How to Write a Good Testimonial
by Blair Cariss
“Blair Is A Great Guy, Use Him For Your Printing.” - Anonymous.
Today I’d like to talk about testimonials. Specifically good ones and bad ones. Not enough businesses use testimonials in their marketing, and many of the ones that do make a mess of it.
Why would you want to use testimonials in your print and online marketing?
Simple really – testimonials are a chance for you to back up what your marketing is saying about you and have a customer tell their story in their own words.
Which is going to be more convincing to your potential customers – you beating your chest telling them how great you are or your clients testimonial saying they had the same hopes and fears as the reader does and that you delivered the goods for them?
It’s much more believable when somebody else says nice things about you isn’t it?
What Makes A Good Testimonial?
Take the headline of this article – is it a good testimonial? No, I don’t think it could get much worse than that - people definitely won't be beating down my door to print with me if that's the quality of my testimonials. However any testimonials are better than none so don’t scrap the ones you have just because you think they are bad.
With some research into what makes great testimonials I have found they have the following attributes.
- They are Specific. The more specific the better, (don’t say it increased “over 100%” or “about 120%” when it actually increased 117%). See how there are no specifics in our ‘bad’ headline testimonial.
- Stick with One Benefit Per Testimonial. Where possible try and only have one benefit per testimonial – too many benefits overwhelm the reader.
- Make sure the testimonial appears believable. If your testimonial is too good it will build scepticism in your reader rather than helping the sale. Don’t be too formal. Relaxed and conversational is the ideal tone.
- Be targeted to your audience. Chiropractors are going to be more interested in testimonials from other chiropractors about a service for chiropractors etc. So who your testimonials are from matters. They should also be used to ‘back up’ what you are saying about yourself.
Take Nicholas Tait’s testimonial that we featured in our June 2012 Print2Profit newsletter (shown top right).
It is about one specific benefit – our customer service, making sure that our clients get what they want and what that means in return to them. I hope this it is believable (it's what we do) and that you as the reader find it relevant.
With these tips in mind who thinks they’ve got what it takes to write us a great testimonial? Of course only if you feel we are genuinely deserving of one – we definitely don’t want you to make things up, that’s not what getting testimonials is about. So if you are a happy and satisfied client of ours we would love to hear from you. Please send your testimonial to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 85 77 85 and we’ll take some notes from what you say, write it for you and send it back to you for your approval. Our favourite testimonial will win a $100 voucher of their choice or $100 credit off their next order.