Research shows that 85% of consumers read 10 or more reviews before developing confidence and trust in a brand.
It’s no longer enough to have an updated, easy-to-use website that provides information and resources for your customers. Now, you also need to have testimonials, case studies, and reviews readily available. This showcases all of your satisfied customers and helps you stand out in an increasingly competitive crowd.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a B2C company or a small business that caters to the B2B world—everyone loves hearing a good word about a business. If people see others talking highly about a product, service, or company, they’re more likely to check it out for themselves. They’re also more likely to consider that company (hopefully yours) more credible based on those reviews alone.
Typically, testimonials are written by the customers themselves, and then posted to your website, social media pages, or other online locations. These are positive in nature, for the most part, and can be solicited or unsolicited. It’s a great way to let people tell others, in their own words, why they like your small business.
Case studies, on the other hand, are written by you (or someone you hire). They provide an overview of the problem, the process, and the solution that was decided upon for specific client interactions. This allows others that are facing the same problems to see just how well you can deliver the solutions that you need.
A case study usually includes:
It’s a bit more in-depth and allows you to cater to a different audience who wants more insight about what you can actually do, not just how people feel about what you do.
Testimonials are generally used as personal recommendations from satisfied customers who have used a product or service with good results. Reviews, on the other hand, are a more generic expression of someone’s opinion about a business or a specific interaction. Reviews can be positive or negative, and positive reviews can be used as testimonials on a website, too.
Both of these offer what customers today want to see: social proof. They show other satisfied customers and relay their experience firsthand. And if there are negative reviews and you address them promptly, it also shows people that you’re committed to resolving issues and satisfying the customer at all costs.
A good mix of everything is usually the best choice. As we’ve discussed, each type of user experience insight has its own benefits and uses. You should have a dedicated page for testimonials, but consider also adding them to landing pages, sidebars, or the bottom of your website pages so more people see them organically.
If you use case studies, make sure that you have them written by someone with experience or you read up on how to compile them yourself. If they’re not done properly, they’re not going to give you the same benefits. In fact, poorly done case studies can actually damage your reputation because it shows that you didn’t take the time to figure out how to present the information the right way.
Case studies done well provide real-life examples of how your products or services work for the people who need them. This allows you to demonstrate value and provide confidence in buying decisions. Testimonials give firsthand insight into an experience, and usually promote your business to others based on that experience. They each have their place and can do a lot to bolster your professional reputation.
When you use these tools to showcase the capabilities of your small business, you will be giving your company the chance to grow and expand in entirely new ways. You might even be able to break into new markets or reach new audiences based on a certain case study or testimonial that you get from an existing customer. We’ve covered a lot to this point, but let’s take a quick look at the benefits of using testimonials and case studies as social proof.
The combination of storytelling and promotion from your existing customer base can do wonders for your business. If you’re looking to improve your marketing and outreach, this is a great place to start. Plus, reviews, testimonials, and case studies show search engines like Google that your business is worth ranking highly, which can help your local and organic SEO efforts.
When you want to maximize your use of testimonials and case studies, the following tips can help:
Once you have these resources integrated on your website, it will be easy for you to attract new leads and generate new lines of business. When you do, you’ll need to be ready for the incoming leads.
While you’re capitalizing on testimonials and case studies, let us serve as your 24/7 answering service so that you never miss a lead. When you partner with our virtual receptionists, you’ll also find support for lead intake and appointment scheduling, freeing up your time for even more outreach and sales. To learn more, schedule a consultation or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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