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Chris Crum

Do you Use Testimonials in Your Marketing?
Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Testimonials can be a very effective marketing tool for many products. I'm willing to bet even you have been persuaded into buying something based on what other people have said about it. If so, tell us about it.

It's kind of like word-of-mouth advertising that you're showing customers yourself.

Testimonials will be more likely to attract customers if they come from well-known people or from a source that displays a good amount of credibility. This will in turn make your product or business appear more credible as well.

Movie marketing is a great example of where testimonials can work very well. Ads for films often include quotes from critics that reviewed them favorably, and these quotes in turn influence the audience to go see the movie. These quotes are more likely to get people in the seats if they come from someone they know. Two thumbs up from Ebert and Roeper or 4 stars from USA Today are more likely to get people to take notice than a positive review from John Q. Movie Reviewer.

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Of course not everyone will be able to get testimonials from sources that everyone knows, but someone well known within your industry (or an industry your product affects) can be convincing as well.

Let's say hypothetically Aaron Wall liked my product. He may not be well known to the general public like say, Johnny Depp, but if I was selling something related to the search industry, an endorsement from Wall would probably be pretty valuable, because within that niche, he is well-known and respected.

If you can get somebody well-known to say something good about your product, then great. This won't always be an easy task however, and it is comforting to know that testimonials can still be effective when they're from someone nobody's ever heard of.

If I was selling accounting software, I could use a quote from John Q. software-user as a testimonial, but instead of just using his name, I could say, "John Q. Software-User, head of accounting at Random Business Here". This gives off the impression that this person would know what they are talking about. He's head of accounting at some company, so he probably knows what he's talking about when it comes to accounting software.

There are variables that can come into play when it comes to the effectiveness of testimonials, such as the products you are selling, their range of appeal, etc. Have you ever used testimonials in your marketing? Do you think they were effective? What kind of products were involved?

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Online Sales Look Good For Small Businesses

Doug Caverly By Doug Caverly

Survey respondents expect steady or increasing revenue

If you haven't started selling stuff online, now would be a great time to do so. Small business owners seem to feel online sales are going to remain strong regardless of how the rest of the economy sinks.

"Approximately 70% of the respondents don't expect their web revenue to decline despite economic conditions," according to Register.com, which talked to 800 small businesses. Exactly 34.5 percent of its respondents plan on seeing the same level of revenue, and 34.6 percent expect the level to rise.

All of the standard disclaimers apply: conditions may be different according to geographic region or market segment, or Register.com's respondents could just be incorrectly optimistic.

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