The Smart Way to Add Testimonials to Your Website

We recently talked about how to get testimonials for your design firm, which leads us to our next question: where should you add them on your website?  

Before you copy-paste praise everywhere, it’s important to be strategic about it. Otherwise, in my experience, it’s going to look a little messy. And, more importantly, it’s not maximizing your testimonials’ potential to attract new clients. Strategy matters here.

Today, we’re covering:

  • The top 4 considerations when sharing testimonials on your website
  • How to condense testimonials honestly & effectively
  • What to share based on the page you’re adding a testimonial to
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Top 4 Considerations When Sharing Testimonials on Your Website

01. Make It Readable

Your testimonials are likely going to be long paragraphs, especially if you ask the questions we suggested here. This is wonderful, but in most cases, you won’t share them that way. Very few people take the time to read long stretches of text, and your testimonials will be far, FAR more impactful in digestible pieces.

This can mean cutting down a long testimonial into a shorter one, OR cutting a single testimonial into two or more that can be used in different contexts. Which brings us to my next point…

02. Cater to Context

Catering to context means asking, What is this testimonial serving to underline? For example, if you’re looking for a testimonial to include on your Process page, which option will be more powerful: praise for your design style or praise for a professional and buttoned-up process? The latter. Hands down. More on this to come.

03. Know Your Audience

Only include details that your future clients care about. If your past clients mention the fact that you also designed their mother-in-law’s house, or that their favorite trip to Italy inspired their wine cellar, leave those sentences out of your website pages. Those are great details for a longer blog post about their project, but as a testimonial, it actually detracts from what’s really important to potential clients: your service, style, and the transformation you create for them.

04. Be Careful Setting Precedents

Lastly, if there are details within a testimonial that aren’t precedents you want to set with future clients, take them out. Did a past client convince you to go shopping together? Were they really happy with budget items you found? Do they mention a timeline that is faster than you would feel comfortable agreeing to in the future? Nix those phrases. As long as you’re not changing the overall meaning of the testimonial, you have every right to do this.

How to Condense Testimonials Honestly & Effectively

To help illustrate how I would condense a testimonial for various platforms, I’m going to shamelessly promote O&B and use one of our recent client reviews as an example:

The Full Version: 

“Ochre & Beige is the team member you didn’t even know you were missing. Everything they’ve written for us has been pure genius. Before working with them, I thought our copy was decent, but they took our content to another level – the kind of level that has people repeating our words back to us in messages & sales calls. Not to mention, the process of working with O&B is efficient, timely & strategic. I would recommend them to literally any business owner who wants to be taken seriously. Working with them has been a non-negotiable investment for us that has paid us back tenfold.”

You didn’t read it all, did you? I don’t blame you. It’s too much on its own. BUT — there are a lot of powerful statements in there. How can we ensure that they get read?

Answer: Split the testimonial into two or more smaller testimonials that are relevant to the page in question.

Choosing Testimonials for Your Home Page

On your Home page, share either the most powerful sentence, OR the sentence that shows you solved your clients’ number one pain point. For example, when looking at the long testimonial above, I chose the following for our homepage:

“Before working O&B, I thought our copy was decent, but they took our content to another level – the kind of level that has people repeating our words back to us in messages & sales calls.”

Note: The “O&B” in this sentence was originally “them” in our client’s testimonial. I changed it for clarity. This is okay! You can also do this if your client wrote a testimonial to you personally (with your name), and you’d prefer that it apply to your whole team. Simply change your name to your business name.

Adding Testimonials to Your About Page

On an About page, select a sentence or two related to you (if you’re the main point of contact for clients), your team, or your client’s overall experience working with you. For example, I would choose:

“Ochre & Beige is the team member you didn’t even know you were missing. Everything they’ve written for us has been pure genius.”

There’s a reference to being a team member, and the idea of “genius” will soon be matched to our faces right below. This creates human connection.

Selecting Testimonials for Your Services Pages

On a Services page, choose a sentence or two related to that specific service, ideally aligned with your clients’ pain points OR as a way to underline the value of what you’re offering. Again, from the long testimonial above, I picked out this quote:

“I would recommend O&B to literally any business owner who wants to be taken seriously. Working with them has been a non-negotiable investment for us that has paid us back tenfold.”

Note: This is easily the most powerful sentence in the testimonial, so you might be wondering why I didn’t I put it on the homepage. Because I don’t want the first thing a potential client sees to be about money.

I would much rather someone see that what we do works — that our work in the digital world inspires action in real life — before underlining the value of the investment. That’s a personal choice, but I think it’s relevant to you, too.

I see a lot of designers’ testimonials that include how the designer stayed on-budget, and yes, this is important to clients. But if you make this the first thing people see, you may attract clients whose number one priority is the budget, instead of a home where they feel happy and uplifted. This creates a different working experience.

Including Testimonials on Your Process Page

On your Process page (or below the process on a services page), you can select a sentence or two related to — you guessed it — working with you or how well you took care of your clients. O&B doesn’t have a page on our website like this, but if we did, I would pick out this one:

“The process of working with O&B is efficient, timely & strategic. I would recommend them to literally any business owner who wants to be taken seriously.”

Note: In the original sentence, our client had written “Not to mention.” Since this is a transition sentence and not relevant to our client’s intention or meaning in the testimonial, I took it out.

Adding Testimonials to Your Portfolio Pages

If you can match a client’s testimonial with their project in your portfolio, great! This emphasizes the quality of your work and puts the praise in context of what was physically achieved. Again, shorten the quote to just a couple of powerful sentences and work with your website designer to display it well.

Other Notes on Using Testimonials on Your Website

Mix It Up

The examples I shared with you all came from one testimonial, and while it’s okay to have a couple duplicates, it’s also true that you don’t want it to look like you only have one client. Use the same strategy to pick out powerful statements from the other testimonials you have and mix them strategically throughout your website.

Create a Testimonials Page

Another option is to create a single page dedicated to your clients’ testimonials. To be honest, this isn’t my favorite strategy, mostly because it clutters your menu. However, if it feels right to you and your brand, use the tips above to condense your clients’ reviews and feel free to add them in this one location.

Highlight a Stand-Out Phrase

Lastly, another stylistic option for sharing testimonials is to pick out a key sentence and put it in a larger, eye-catching font. Then, include the rest of the testimonial (or a shortened version) below the headline for additional reading, if desired. Like this:

“Everything they’ve written for us has been pure genius.”

“Before working with them, I thought our copy was decent, but they took our content to another level – the kind of level that has people repeating our words back to us in messages & sales calls. Working with them has been a non-negotiable investment for us that has paid us back tenfold.”

Alright, that’s a wrap for now. I hope this has been helpful and actionable for you! If you’re looking for more website copy tips — or maybe some insight into whether your existing copy is working well for your business, download our Website Copy Handbook below.

Until next time,
Jaquilyn

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