Shape your messaging around Link to optimize conversion and user experience
Factors that you control, such as how Link is placed in your onboarding flow, and the UI of the page where it is hosted, can have large impacts on Link conversion. This article outlines best practices for Link presentation that you can adopt to maximize conversion and overall user experience.
Pre-Link messaging best practices
Explain the benefit to the user
Your UI should tell the user why they want to use Link. For example, linking an account might let them make free transfers, versus having to pay a credit card transaction fee. Or it might be faster, allowing them to avoid manual data entry of balances or transactions, or having to wait several days for a micro-deposit-based verification flow.
Tell the user what to expect
Before launching the Link flow, explain to the user that they'll be prompted to link a bank account with Plaid. Explain what data your app will be collecting from their account, and why it's needed.
Present Link as the default
Rather than presenting Link and manual flows as equal alternatives, encourage your customers to use Link through the size, positioning, and color of the Link entry point. You can also use labels such as "Recommended" or "Preferred". Yet another option is to display manual flows as an option only after the
onExit callback (indicating a failed link attempt) has been received.
Explain that Link is secure
Let customers know that Link is secure and uses 256-bit encryption; a lock icon can also be used to help convey that Link uses encryption. Explain that your app does not have access to their credentials. If your app implements the best practice of allowing users to disconnect accounts from within the app, explaining that they can choose to unlink their account later can increase users' confidence in their control over their data.
Provide a polished, engaging flow
A Link hosting flow that is engaging, polished, and reflects your brand conveys the legitimacy and importance of linking an account. Illustrations and interactive elements can all be a part of your pre-Link messaging.
Use multiple channels to engage users
If a user does not link an account during their first interaction with your app, you can use other channels such as email, text, or mobile notifications to remind them. These channels should use the same best practices as your in-app UI. You can also use these channels to notify users when they need to take action to repair a linked account via update mode.
Pre-Link messaging examples
Below are some examples of fictional Plaid-powered apps that incorporate elements of best-practice messaging. While every app will have its own unique pre-Link UI, these examples are intended to provide inspiration and demonstrate how the principles above can be applied.
This pre-Link flow conveys the benefit to the user, presents Link as the default experience, and uses social proof to show that Link is a secure solution trusted by many users. It mentions Plaid by name before launching the Link flow, helping the user understand that Plaid is trusted by the app. It also clearly explains what customer-permissioned data the app will be using, how that data will be used, and that the user can revoke access to that data.
This pre-Link pane conveys the benefit to the user of linking an app, presents Link as the default experience, explains that Link is secure, and uses a polished design with a cute illustration.
Personal financial management example
This pre-Link pane conveys the benefit to the user, explains that Link is secure, and contains a link to additional security messaging with more detail on security practices, including an explanation of how the user can manage their linked account.
Email messaging example
This followup email, sent when a user does not link an account within 24 hours of signing up for the app, uses the same branding as the main app, contains a clear call to action, and explains the benefits of Link and why the user should link their account.
Post-Link messaging best practices
While post-Link messaging has a less direct impact on conversion, it can still impact the confidence your users have in Plaid and in your app.
Present a success screen
Let the user know that they successfully linked their account to your app. You can also show some of the data that your app has collected, so that the user can have proof that the link process worked correctly. If applicable, have a CTA on this screen that allows them to link another account.
Allow users to manage linked Items
Having an area within your app where users can view, manage, or remove linked Items is a privacy and security best practice. It can also minimize the risk of duplicate Items (when a user accidentally adds the same Item twice) and help users fix Items that are unhealthy and need to go through update mode.
Post-Link messaging example
This post-Link pane includes a success screen to instill confidence. It incorporates the account mask, which lets the user know their account data was retrieved, and incorporates a call to action to link another account.