3 Reasons Why You Need Social Proof for Your Website

Dylan Lynch - Proofly blog author
Dylan Lynch

July 9, 2021 | 62,620 views | 6 min. read time

Whether you’re a small business owner or managing a large corporation, you know how important it is to have a presence on the Internet. With so many websites out there, your audience has more options than ever before. If they can find your business online, that means they can also find your competitors and alternatives. As such, it’s more important than ever for businesses to build their online presence. To this end, you may be wondering how you can create a website for your business that impresses visitors and gives them every reason to stay on it as often as possible. After all, if you want people to buy from you instead of someone else, it helps if they trust you first. In order to do this and much more, here are three reasons why you need social proof for your website:

1. Establish trust with your audience

Trust is incredibly important in all areas of business, but it is especially relevant when it comes to ecommerce. This is because you are asking customers to purchase something that they cannot physically touch or see. Sure, the Internet has made the process of ordering items much easier, but it can still be nerve-racking. After all, if you don’t trust the seller, there’s a good chance you won’t feel comfortable purchasing from them. If you want to build trust with your audience, social proof is a great way to do it. This is because it shows that other customers are satisfied with your products and/or services. In doing so, it could encourage your customers to buy from you as well. This is especially true if you feature a customer testimonial on your website. This allows a real person to vouch for your company, which is a great way to build trust.

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2. Provide essential information to visitors

If you want to build a relationship with your customers, it’s important that they know more about you and your business. After all, the more they know, the more likely they are to make a purchase. However, there are many things that your customers may want to know about your company that you don’t necessarily have to put on the front page of your website. For example, you may have a section on your homepage about shipping terms, but a visitor might not know to look for it. Even if a customer is interested in your products and services, he or she may not have any idea how to purchase them. In cases like these, customers may leave your website because they don’t know what to do next. If you have social proof on your website, you can use it to provide information that is essential to your customers. For example, you can add a section that states how customers can purchase your products. In this way, you can provide helpful information without making it obvious.

3. Increase the likelihood of buying

Simply having information on your website is not enough. Once people visit your site, you want them to stay as long as possible. Even better, you want them to leave knowing that they want to come back again. Social proof can help to achieve all of these goals. You may want to place the social proof on a page that is easy to find. This could be the homepage, or you could make it part of your “about” section. In any case, you want to make it very easy for people to see the proof and for them to stay on the page as long as possible. As people browse your website, they may see the proof and feel compelled to stay. This could mean that they don’t leave your site without purchasing and it could mean that they come back again. If you make it clear that the proof is real, customers may also feel more confident about your business.

Conclusion

Social proof is important for any website and for any business. It can help to establish trust, provide information, and increase the likelihood of buying. These are all things that a website needs in order to be successful. If you want to build a successful website, you need to make sure that you have social proof on it.

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