Social Proofs are Powerful Add them to Grow Trust and Sales

Social Proofs are Powerful: Add them to Boost Trust and Sales

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In this blog, I’ll show you how powerful social proofs are for your business and how to add them to your WordPress website in minutes with no code.

Your well-designed website might attract thousands of new visitors daily and offer them quality services and products, but the visitors leave without hitting the Get Started or Buy Now button. As a result, all your business and marketing strategies fail to reach your sales target.


New visitors are unwilling to become customers the first time they come across your business website. You must earn their trust first.


It’s not only with aesthetic graphics and persuading copies.

Then how?

Simply with social proofs. A study shows 91% of buyers read at least one review before making a purchase.

What is social proof? 

This term has been popularized by the most prominent persuasion scientist Robert Cialdini. 

Social proof refers to a psychological phenomenon where people look to the actions and behaviors of others to determine the perfect behavior and make the right decision in a particular situation. 

For instance, customer reviews and testimonials are the most powerful ones, as seen on ShapedPlugin’s landing page.

Social proofs on ShapedPlugin landing page
Social proofs on ShapedPlugin landing page

On the landing page above, we can see multiple types of social proof‚ÄĒcustomer reviews, featuring organizations, and live sales notifications in the bottom left corner. 

Types of social proof 

There are several types of social proof based on your business industry and context. The most used types include the following. 

  1. Reviews and testimonials
  2. Certificates 
  3. Featuring organizations
  4. Influencers’ and celebrities’ words 
  5. Industry Leaders’ Recommendations 
  6. The number of ratings, likes, followers, downloads, installations, and so on 

Have you none of the above yet? Do you want to get some stronger proofs from more prominent ones? No Worries. Learn how to collect real testimonials for your business growth.

However, if you don’t have any of them to display right now, you can add a carousel with the logos of the companies and organizations that purchased your services or products. 

Great! You have or will soon have the proofs to display, let’s learn the easiest way to display them on your website professionally for the highest output.  

4 easy steps to display social proofs on your WordPress website 

Four simple steps to add a beautiful social proof showcase on your WordPress website. Follow them properly and add social proof carousel in minutes with no code. 

Step 1: Install and activate Real Testimonials

First, we have to install and activate the best social proof showcase WordPress plugin-Real Testimonials.

Why this plugin? 

Not only for its outstanding features:

  • Easy and Automated way to collect and showcase testimonials
  • 5 unique preset layouts – Slider, Grid, Masonry, List, and Isotope 
  • 10+ super aesthetic customizable themes
  • 100+ advanced styling and layout customization options to make testimonial showcases more appealing
  • Video testimonials with a full-featured Lightbox.
  • Unlimited testimonial submission forms.
  • Mobile-ready and SEO-friendly, and much more

But also, most importantly, for its real social proofs: 

  • The number of happy, active users
  • The number of all-time downloads
  • The number of five-star ratings
  • Customers’ reviews and testimonials
  • Live sales notifications 
Social proofs of Real Testimonials
Social proofs of Real Testimonials
User testimonials on Real Testimonials
User testimonials on Real Testimonials

So, let’s install and activate Real Testimonials to create effective social proof showcases to boost sales. 

First, click Real Testimonials to download it. After that, open your WordPress dashboard in a new tab. 

Install Real Testimonials
Install Real Testimonials
  1. First, click Plugins available in your WordPress admin sidebar. 
  2. Next, click Add New
  3. Then, click Upload Plugin next to the Add Plugins at the top of your WordPress dashboard. 
  4. Click Choose File. It will take you to your download list on your computer. 
  5. Select the zip file testimonials-free from your download list on your computer. Unfortunately, if you don’t find it in the list, please click here. Sorry for the inconvenience. Go back to the download list and refresh it. You will find it now. 
  6. Click Open
  7. Click Install Now. It will take you to the following interface. 
Activate Real Testimonials
Activate Real Testimonials

8. Finally, click Activate Plugin button to get the plugin on your WordPress admin sidebar. 

Step 2: Add social proofs

After you activate Real Testimonials, it should be on your WordPress admin sidebar, as seen in the following image. 

Add testimonials
Add testimonials
  1. First, click Real Testimonials.
  2. Then, click Add New.
  3. Paste the title of your client’s review in the text field. The review could be some positive words in the social media comment box, over the phone, or elsewhere. 
  4. Paste the body of your client’s review in the text field. 
  5. Fill out the required fields with relevant information
  6. Set the reviewer’s photo
  7. Finally, hit the Publish or Update button. 

This way, you can add as many testimonials as you want. Now, let’s dive into designing an attention-grabbing carousel with these social proofs.

Real Testimonials offers you a wide range of design features. With them, you can design your WordPress social proof carousel exactly how you want. 

Design WordPress testimonial carousel
Design a social proof carousel
  1. First, click Real Testimonials.
  2. Next, click Manage Views
  3. Give your testimonial carousel a title. 
  5. Select the Slider layout. 
  6. Insert 3 or the number of testimonials you want to show at once. 
  7. Have an attentive look at all these six tabs and their features. Each has many features to let you design your WordPress testimonial carousel exactly how you want. Explore all the features individually, and don’t leave any of them that you need to make the carousel more attractive.
  8. Click the SHOW PREVIEW button to see how it looks. If everything sounds good, let’s go to publish. 
  9. Finally, hit the Publish or Update button. 

You can see the documentation or watch the following tutorial to learn more. 

If everything looks perfect, it’s time to publish it. And it’s so simple. First, go to the page or post you want to show your social proof carousel. Also, you can add a new page or post by clicking Add New under Pages or Posts from your WordPress admin sidebar.  

Real Testimonial block
Real Testimonial block
Publish your social proof carousel
Publish your social proof carousel
  1. First, click the plus icon. 
  2. Next, type Real Testimonials in the search bar. 
  3. Click Real Testimonials
  4. Click the dropdown. It will display the social proof titles (shortcodes) you’ve created. 
  5. Find the title or shortcode you want to publish and click it. 

Superb! Your social proof carousel is almost live on your WordPress website.

Publish user testimonial showcase
Publish user testimonial showcase

6. Finally, if everything looks perfect, hit the Publish or Update button at the top right corner. 

Take Away

In essence, social proofs are even stronger than your captivating graphics and persuading copywriting. Because new visitors to your website trust them more than anything others. They are true and powerful marketers that sell your services and products through trust and authenticity.

So, let’s add some social proofs to your website in the next few minutes and take your conversion rate to the next level. 

Thanks for reading. 

Now it’s your turn. Share what kind of social proof is the most effective you think. Or, what’s your plan with social proofs? We really appreciate your comments and queries. Please leave them below. We love to read and reply.

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Manir Husain is a creative Content Writer at ShapedPlugin, LLC. He loves to write articles on WordPress products specially. In his free time, he plays table tennis and spends time with family.

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