Testimonials Often Just a Marketing Trick

Before buying a product/service or trying out a new diet for instance, most of us like to check out the opinion of people who have actually bought/tried it. If most of the testimonials or user reviews are positive, the product/service is probably offering a good value. Negative responses, on the other hand, are a strong signal to stay away. After all, if the product/service worked for other people, there is a great chance that it will work for you too and vice versa. That is under the condition that the testimonials are authentic which, unfortunately, isn’t always the case. They often just a marketing trick.

More than Half of Consumers Don’t Trust Online Testimonials

Online testimonials have been shown to have a major influence on the consumers’ behaviour including their decision to buy or not to buy a particular product/service. A recent study on consumers’ online behaviour, however, has also shown that more than one half of consumers don’t trust online testimonials, especially if they are exclusively positive and endorsing. The same study also found that nearly one half of consumers who took part in the researchers’ survey believe that companies are probably paying or give some other form of incentive to their reviewers.

How to Tell the Difference Between Authentic and Fake Testimonials

It isn’t easy to tell which testimonial is authentic and which has been fabricated by the manufacturer of the reviewed product/service. However, there are a few cues that can be used to distinguish between the authentic and fake testimonials: