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Building Reputation With Testimonials And User Reviews

Build Your Reputation With User Testimonials And Reviews

Are you stuck in a cycle of doing what you’ve always done to attract and retain customers, only to get the exact same disappointing results? Most small business owners don’t need to be told that finding new ways of generating new customers can be difficult. Just trying to keep your business afloat requires a lot of your time, money and energy, and sometimes this can feel like it’s just not worth the effort.

In today’s digital and social-driven economy, ignoring what users may be saying online about your business could be a costly mistake!

Don’t ignore what your customers may be saying online about your business!

By the same token, you may also be doing your business a disservice if you aren’t publishing the positive things your clients say about your services and products. Testimonials, user reviews, and case studies are powerful when it comes to helping you market your products and services online and should be an integral part of your content.

In this article, you’ll discover how to turn more visitors into prospects with profit-boosting client testimonials.

User Reviews And Testimonials

P.T. Barnum, the great American showman and businessman, once stated that “Nothing draws a crowd quite like a crowd.”

P.T. Barnum obviously understood the power of “social proof”. Social proof-based content is a powerful and effective way of getting your business promoted. Quoting reviews and testimonials from your existing clients is satisfied users are far more persuasive for drawing new clients, customers or users than anything you say about your own products or services.

There is clearly an untapped source of business growth potential that most small businesses just aren’t utilizing, or utilizing correctly … reviews from your customers!

Reviews and customer testimonials are great for building credibility for your business.

Studies conducted by marketing research firms all point to the same conclusion: adding customer testimonials and consumer reviews to your sales pages helps to eliminate doubts potential customers may have about purchasing products or services that you are trying to sell, helps users select products and helps increase the number of sales.

Below are just some of the statistics available to support this:

(Source: eConsultancy.com)

Adding User Reviews And Testimonials – Managing Online Reputation

You should be adding great reviews from existing clients to your site.

Customer testimonials and reviews, however, can work both ways and impact your business both negatively and positively.

You see, people may not be saying bad things about your business directly to your face, but they could have posted updates on Facebook, or a discussion thread or forum about a bad encounter they’ve just had with one of your representatives and this could be costing you business.

This is where online reputation management becomes a significant part of your business and content marketing strategy.

Misconceptions about online reputation management, such as the process being too complicated or too time-consuming (or the belief that you just don’t need to worry about it) could be seriously causing damage to your business without you even being aware of this.

See this article to learn more about a simple plugin for WordPress users that can help you avoid the escalation of negative reviews about your products through effective user review management:

Improving Your Sales With Customer Testimonials – Useful Tips

Testimonials, user reviews, and case studies are powerful ways of marketing your products and services online and should be included as part of your content marketing. When you quote your own customer responses in your content, you:

Below are some tips on improving your sales conversions with testimonials:

How To Get Testimonials From Clients

Just Ask

If you have just completed performing a service, or a customer says they are really happy with your product or service, ask them for a testimonial.

Here are some useful guidelines for requesting testimonials:

Offer To Publish A Link To Their Site

Offer to add a link back to their website in exchange for their testimonial. This is often enough of an incentive for clients to provide you with a testimonial. It also makes the implicit statement to visitors that your testimonials are real and can be verified.

Include Testimonial Requests In Your Auto Responder/Newsletter Messages

If you have a subscriber list, include a request for a testimonial in one of your autoresponder messages. Preferably, this should be done as soon as your customers have had a chance to use your services. Use words like “I need a quick favor” in the subject of your email and make the point of your email or message specifically about asking them to provide feedback, a testimonial, or a review of your services.

Use LinkedIn

The LinkedIn “Recommendations” feature helps you obtain testimonials from other members for your account. The process for requesting and providing recommendations is simple and user-friendly and the person who provides the recommendation gets a link to their profile. If you get a recommendation on LinkedIn, ask for permission to reprint it on your website (you can offer to add a link back to their profile in exchange).

Create A Testimonials Section On Your Site

Create a new section for client testimonials and add a “read more customer testimonials …” link pointing to your main testimonials page throughout your site.

Useful Tip: You can measure how effective client testimonials are by how long visitors stay on the section of your pages or posts where you have added the testimonial content. ”Heatmapping” technology is a great way to observing visitor behavior on your site.

We have written an article about adding heatmaps to your sites to observe visitor behavior here:

Using Testimonial Plugins For WordPress

If you use WordPress, you can use a plugin to add, edit and display testimonials. Some plugins also allow you to add a form to your pages inviting users to submit testimonials.

Once your testimonial plugin is installed and set up (make sure to provide simple instructions for adding testimonials via the submission form – if available), all you have to do is refer users to your “Testimonials” section.

Check out the testimonial plugins below:

Easy Testimonials

Easy Testimonials is an easy-to-use free plugin that lets you add customer testimonials to your sidebar as a widget, or embed testimonials into posts and pages using a shortcode. The Easy Testimonials plugin also lets you add a list of all testimonials or output a random testimonial, and include an image with each testimonial, which can be used to add a photo of the testimonial author, a logo, etc.

The plugin also can be upgraded to a “pro” version that has additional features and developer support.

Visit this site for more information about the plugin:

Testimonials Widget

Testimonials Widget is a free plugin that lets you add random or selected portfolios, quotes, reviews, or text with videos or images on your blog. You can insert testimonials via a shortcode, theme functions, or widgets with category and tag selections and specify different display options such as random or specific ordering.

The plugin makes loads of additional features available via a premium version, including built-in options for improved search engine results and plugin support.

Visit this site to download this plugin:

Testimonials WordPress Plugin

This is a premium WP plugin that provides many great features right out of the box, including:

To download and use the plugin, go here:

To learn how to add testimonials in WordPress, see the tutorial below:

In Summary …

Client testimonials and customer reviews are great sources of content that can help your business in terms of adding credibility, building authority, improving online reputation, and growing your sales funnel. Always ask for testimonials, reviews, and feedback from your clients, and start publishing these on your website or blog.

Resources

The articles below provide useful information on creating engaging testimonials and were helpful in providing research and information for sections of this article:

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