When it’s time to shop for new hiking boots or treat yourself to a fancy spa package, where do you turn? Most likely, you’ll check out reviews, ask for recommendations through Instagram stories, or watch unboxing videos on YouTube. These are all examples of social proof, which is what your customers look for when checking out your products.
Social proof helps customers understand how other people have experienced a
Keep reading to learn actionable ways to integrate social proof into your business and enhance your marketing game.
What is Social Proof in Ecommerce?
Social proof is a psychological phenomenon where people rely on others to guide their decisions and actions. Individuals assume that the choices made by the majority or authorities are correct.
Social proof in an online store consists of multiple factors, including ratings, reviews, likes, and endorsements from other customers, celebrities, and experts. It also includes customer interaction statistics like display counters for views, purchases, remaining stock, discount notifications, and recently purchased items.
Simply put, if you want to create trust with your customers and encourage them to buy your products or services, there’s no better way than by backing it up with social proof. Let’s go through some ways to do just that.
Collect and Publish Your Customers’ Reviews
Customer reviews are an effective way to build trust and attract new customers to your store. They offer an authentic look at the experiences of others with your products or services, showcasing your brand’s reliability and quality.
Publishing reviews isn’t just about sharing feedback. It’s an opportunity to engage with customers by responding to their comments and questions. This helps foster stronger relationships with your customers.
With Ecwid by Lightspeed, you can collect customer feedback automatically through marketing emails. Just enable an automated feedback request email, and your customers will receive an email asking them to leave their feedback after they receive their order. Learn more about automated marketing emails.
Also, check out all the ways you can collect and display reviews in your Ecwid store.
Harness the Power of Social Media
Shoppers often use social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram to search for products or gifts. You need to get your product out there. The more customer reviews you have on social media, the more proof you have that your product is worth buying.
Here are some ways to get social media reviews rolling in:
- Encourage customers to post their photos or videos with your product on social media using a brand hashtag. For example, a camera store, Paper Shoot, asks their customers to use #takenbypapershoot when sharing pictures taken by their camera on Instagram.
- Run a social media contest or giveaway with a brand hashtag. The participation of many people in your contest not only creates hype but is also social proof, strengthening your brand’s credibility.
- Offer customers an incentive like a discount or a free product sample for sharing a detailed review on social media.
Having an active social media profile with an engaged audience also acts as social proof. Regularly post content relevant to your target audience, answer questions about your products, and publish customer pictures and reviews.
It won’t hurt to add social media sharing buttons on your product pages. They allow customers to share your product on social media. In Ecwid, such buttons are added to product pages by default.
Send Your Product to
Micro-Influencers for a Review
If you’re not collaborating with
By teaming with
You can also collaborate with review platforms like Influenster that connect brands and influencers. Using Influenster, you can generate more influencer reviews for your brand in exchange for sending them free product samples.
Display How Many Shoppers are Viewing Your Product to Show its Popularity
A product view counter is a handy social proof tool that keeps track of how many people are checking out your products in
The Product View counter helps bring attention to products. It encourages customers to dive in and explore all the great offerings your online store has to offer while feeling a sense of urgency.
Enhance the Demand with Purchase Counter
Looking for a way to push potential buyers towards making a purchase? Try a purchase counter. The tool showcases the
If you run a sale, this tool is just what you need. Don’t underestimate the impact of this seemingly simple
Keep in mind these best practices when using the purchase counter:
- Consider displaying customer reviews or product ratings alongside the purchase counter. This can further encourage potential buyers.
- Set up
pre-ordersfor items that sell out. Not only this shows that your product is in demand, but it will also provide a pathway for people to buy more of it.
Create a Sense of Scarcity by Showing How Many Items are Left in Stock
A stock counter will capture a customer’s interest and drive them towards making a purchase, which is the whole point! This tool serves as a form of social proof that motivates browsers to become buyers. By displaying the number of items left in stock (e.g., Only 5 left in stock), it creates a sense of urgency that nudges visitors towards a purchase.
A stock counter is a must for a
For best results, try the following tips:
- Display the stock counter when the product quantity is low, typically less than
- When running a sale, combine the stock counter with discounts to maximize customer motivation to make a purchase.
Show Which Products are Purchased in Real Time
You can harness social proof by showing the products shoppers are buying right now. This method involves displaying messages about the latest purchases made by other customers. It provides a subtle but powerful message that your online store is trustworthy,
Tap into the psychology of social proof and build your brand’s reputation, inspiring purchase after purchase. Recently bought product messages are really effective when you want your newer products to get more attention.
For best results, follow this advice when showing these kinds of messages in your store:
- Test the message on different pages of your online store: storefront, category pages, product pages, search page, and checkout.
- Ensure your products have attractive product images and clear product names.
Social Proof Your Store
If you run an Ecwid store, you can test various social proof notifications with the Social Proof app. It allows you to set up purchase, product view, stock counters, discount messages for products, and Recently bought
When displaying social proof in your store in the form of various popups (like stock, product view, or purchase counter), keep in mind these recommendations:
- Though popups should stand out on a product page, don’t make them obtrusive. They should be consistent with your store design, noticeable but not
- Avoid overwhelming users with too frequent
pop-upsand social proof messages. Stick to the one page, one popup rule to avoid spamming your shoppers.
- Keep notifications updated to provide customers with relevant information. You don’t want to show the Only 2 products left in stock message for months.
Social proof is a powerful way to build trust and credibility with your customers. However, it’s not a
By doing this, you not only have the chance to showcase your products in the best possible light, but you also give your existing customers a chance to share their experiences with others. This retains those valuable customers while attracting new ones. Everyone is looking for a reliable, trustworthy