As consumers have changed over time, Bazaarvoice has evolved our approach to consumer confidence. To encourage consumer feedback and reach as many consumers as possible, we focus on the following key areas:

  • Type of content: Do you have the right kind of content to influence the breadth and depth of your consumer base?
  • Volume of content: Do you have enough of that content to create relevance?
  • Reach of content: Is the content in front of as many consumers as possible?
  • Insights from content: How do you measure and improve?

Optimizing these areas of focus enables you to get the most value from consumer-generated content.

Type

Consumers are inundated with so much stimuli on a daily basis that the majority of brand messaging is white noise. Brands have shifted to digital marketing based on the ability to target the right audience, but it is difficult to map the most relevant message to each unique customer journey. Rather than push brand messaging to them, the key is to have trusted content readily available wherever consumers see it.

Inspire and influence consumers by offering the right types of content:

  • Use Post-Interaction Email (PIE) to invite customers to submit ratings and reviews
  • Customize submission forms that are used to submit reviews.
  • Configure review resubmission so consumers can understand why their reviews were rejected. They can modify and resubmit their reviews, increasing your review volume.
  • Solicit generic review submissions to gather reviews outside of the typical review submission scenario. Consumers can provide feedback at any time.

  • Enable Seller Ratings to allow consumers to provide feedback about your company and their buying experiences.
  • Display Questions and Answers on your product pages so that potential customers can make buying decisions based on other consumers’ inquiries about products you offer.
  • Integrate Ratings and Reviews into your mobile apps, to collect content from consumers using mobile devices.

  • Consider implementing Curations to gather consumer-generated photos, videos, and text content, which helps you deliver more engaging consumer experiences and increase sales.

Volume

Do you have enough content? Where are your volume gaps and how do you close them? Bazaarvoice can generate content volume so that you see value:

Reach

Make sure content is displayed in the right places. How can you maximize the reach of your trusted content?

  • Syndicate consumer-generated content across the Bazaarvoice network so that you reach more consumers than if you displayed content on the source site only.

  • Make sure your content is displayed in Google Seller Ratings.
  • Use Spotlights to display CGC on pages that typically do not include it, such as category, list, and landing pages.

  • Consider implementing Connections to respond to reviews and answer questions across retail partner sites in the Bazaarvoice network.
  • Consider using Advertising to influence three 3 out of four shoppers by building audiences of active shoppers who are currently in-market for your products and category.

Insights

With many types of trusted content and a lot of it that is displayed in many different places, the next step is to ask, ”what am I learning from this content that will help me to better compete?” Insights arm you with the information needed to help influence product development and understand the way advocates talk about your products and services. Using the following features, you can gain insight into your data:

  • View real-time data in the Workbench to see the performance of your program.
  • Use the reporting dashboards to evaluate the health and effectiveness of your Ratings and Reviews program.

  • Implement analytics and content tagging to capture product display page (PDP) traffic and measure return on investment (ROI).