There are always challenges that stand in the way of getting testimonials that help in getting publicity for an organization. Testimonials are extremely effective PR tools. The reason they work is that while a business can always claim how great it is , it seems more authentic when people who have used its products and services talk positively about it. Businesses use testimonials on their site for impact. They add strength to any news release, brochure, or media kit.
What makes a testimonial compelling?
A testimonial works really well when it is accompanied by a happy customer’s name and an identifier like a city or the organization they work at. The customer’s occupation provides added credibility and helps whoever is reading the testimonial to decide on the relevance of the praise to their own purposes. For instance, if an organization sells anti-dozing devices, then a testimonial from the president of the American Truckers Association would positively impact the reputation of the organization. The tone of the testimonial can be congratulatory or fervent. Using an unenthusiastic ‘good’ can be dragging. Specific testimonials are also very helpful. Given below are tips on getting pertinent praise from customers.
This may seem like a traditional strategy but it is an effective one. Clients and customers can be provided with postage-paid postcards which they can mail back with comments. At seminars or webinars, participants can also be asked to fill out evaluation forms before they leave or log out. If the aim is to get quotable material, then how the questions are worded will make an enormous difference. Rating scales like, ‘poor-good-excellent’ or ‘1-10’ should be avoided in favor of evocative questions like, ‘How would you characterize the service?’ or ‘ Why would you recommend the business?’
Facts that carry the weight of testimonials
Certain testimonials carry the power of testimonials. They may not include specific words of praise but they can be used in news releases and media kits. Media mentions and wards that have been won by a business can always be highlighted. Nothing should be taken for granted. It never goes well when a business assumes that a customer is satisfied. If a person declines to write a testimonial, there should be no negative reactions and nobody should be forced to write testimonials. User comments posted on amazon have a tremendous influence on shoppers and they should not be taken lightly. The products or services offered by a business should be such that people would offer testimonials on their own in a spirit of helpfulness. Customers can be offered incentives to give testimonials but then it might seem that the testimonials come from a sense of self-interest. If a product meets the needs of customers and is unique in its own way, people will talk about it, even if they are not reminded to do so.
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