How Dropbox handles downgrades
While going through the main user flows in Dropbox, one stood out to me.
Plenty of companies require you to contact support to downgrade from a paid tier to a free one and the rest tend to make you jump though hoops, but the way Dropbox handled it seemed very deliberate and I can only assume it's been tested rigorously.
Below, I go through how Dropbox handles downgrades, with some notes on what I liked & didn't like:
The first warning
When you start the process by clicking on "Cancel plan" in the settings menu, you're taken to the first warning. This is an expected reminder of what happens to your account when you downgrade.
You don't want to do this
At the bottom of the page that explains what happens when you downgrade, things start to get interesting. There are four options that you can continue with; the two most prominent being "Contact dropbox support" and "Change my Dropbox plan" (which only lets you upgrade or change the billing period).
The option to continue with the downgrade is de-emphasized. While I'm sure this reduces the amount of downgrades, it makes it seem like a more daunting decision, which is probably unnecessary. I can't imagine upgrading again would be that tough if I regretted the downgrade.
Now we're asked why we want to downgrade. Once we pick a reason (which is required to continue), we have to pick from a sub-reason. This is fairly standard practice, although more detailed than what I've come across before.
Now we've managed to downgrade our account, we can sit back and reflect on that process.
What I liked about it is it didn't involve contacting support, but gave Dropbox enough information to know where they could improve. When balancing the user experience and the business goals, I think this is almost the ideal setup for self service cancellations. The objection handling part is super smart and very well done.
What I didn't like was the de-emphasizing of the buttons most people probably wanted to click. After reading all of the information and reasons not to downgrade, I don't think I should be made to feel like I'm still clicking the wrong button.
Overall, this was an impressive flow and there's clearly a lot of thought going into it.
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