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18 highly effective examples of social proof in ecommerce

With 70% of people said to trust consumer opinions posted online, ecommerce sites are wise to use social proof to increase buyer confidence. 

Social proof (online, that is) takes many forms. Reviews are perhaps the most obvious example, but this can be conveyed in other ways. 

Here are some examples of sites using social proof to convince customers to take the plunge… 

Word-of-mouth: focus on the steak, not the sizzle

Is social media, and the data it produces, overvalued? As companies continue to struggle the ROI from their social initiatives, some are starting to suggest that social’s impact might have been overestimated.

But social media proponents say not so fast: social media is the digital channel for word-of-mouth, and although word-of-mouth has historically been hard to quantify, its importance is rarely questioned. Which raises an interesting question: instead of talking about social media, should we be talking about word-of-mouth?

Are questionnaires an effective tool for online product recommendations?

While browsing ecommerce sites recently I noticed several examples of retailers that use questionnaires as a way of delivering product recommendations.

It’s not an approach you see that often, as sites more commonly recommend products using features such as ‘Customers who bought this product also bought’ or ‘Popular products’.

But that doesn’t mean questionnaires aren’t an effective tool. In theory, asking customers for their preferences adds an element of personalisation to the shopping experience and makes the recommendations feel more relevant.

This could in turn lead to higher conversions as the customer feels more confident about their product choice.

But does it work in practice? To find out, I tried out product questionnaires on three very different retail sites…

Can Foursquare compete with Yelp?

Foursquare has been on the list of candidates for the ‘next big thing’ for some time, but the location-based service’s future seems uncertain.

Last week, reports surfaced that the company, which has already raised upwards of $70m in funding, was looking for investors to provide an additional $50m to $100m of capital at a valuation of $700m-plus. According to TechCrunch, investors aren’t exactly rushing to check in to a deal.

Unruly study sees brand recall improve with social video recommendations

Social video platform Unruly has today released findings that suggest viewers are far more likely to recall a brand name and engage with an ad’s message if a brand-led video has been recommended to them.

Carried out by Decipher Research, the study spoke to 976 18-34 year olds online, discovering that brand recall and association rose 7% among viewers who had been recommended the videos versus viewers that found them by browsing.