People are used to seeing product reviews and Questions/Answers when shopping online these days. And the reason is that peer validation drives 1.6 to 3x higher conversion rates – perhaps the single biggest difference in conversion that a retailer can make. This kind of increase doesn't come free or even cheap. There are significant challenges to creating and managing programs to gather, manage, and showcase peer validation content.
The good news is there is a secret weapon that any brand can use to make better customer validation on their sites quickly, cheaply, and credibly. Brands with their own online communities probably have a ton of feedback content to tap into today. As a bonus, community reviews and comments are usually from experienced customers/users who are also motivated to help their peers - not by discounts or to rant about a single bad experience.
Formalizing a review program in a community is a great idea because it addresses all three concerns listed above.
BONUS - Interactive content: Not only are community reviews easier and better for all the reasons above, they also get the added bonus of being interactive. This means any other community member can add to their feedback to a post to add details, provide their perspective, or confirm the information in the same review. This engagement helps keep reviews fresh and adds valuable detail. It also makes it easier for future customers to engage.
Now, most communities were built for purposes other than generating product reviews. The good news is that you can still use them for this purpose thanks to the new Community Syndication combined with Product Associations.
Product Associations are a way to tag posts with a product ID that can later be used to create syndication code snippets to automatically grab those tagged posts to syndicate to any page you want. And this can be done by generating one snippet that can be used for thousands of products using a variable product ID.
It’s that easy!
Whether you're serving 10 or 10,000 or 100,000 products, with Community Syndication you can set a single, simple snippet of code to pull the right UGC about a specific product onto the right page so that you're always providing the correct window into your Community.
The challenging part is doing this across a community where you didn’t have associations set up before deciding to syndicate. This requires some manual effort to find and tag. One idea is to enlist the community to help with this by creating a contest around who can tag the most posts with good product content!
ROI can be tricky to measure in the best of times, and crossing between communities that usually focus on support to the domain of shopping cart or website conversion deep inside marketing departments makes it even harder.
However, the general idea is that it falls into 3 buckets:
The best part of this - Syndication is now live for EVERY KHOROS CUSTOMER. Contact us for a demo or reach out to your Customer Success team for an update.
QUESTION: It would actually be very interesting to get a better understanding of how much these programs cost? Many times, they are run as part of Loyalty or Customer Research departments, so they likely never even interact with brand community programs. Have you ever talked to someone at your company about broader customer feedback and research to help get product feedback?
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