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social media how toDo you need to bump up your conversion rate?

Have you put social media front and center to help you do that?

The underlying power of increasing your conversion rate is targeting the right kind of traffic. Where does the right kind of traffic come from? It comes from social.

In this article you’ll discover three ways you can use social media to enhance your conversion rate.

increase your conversion rate with social media

Find out how to increase your conversion rate with social media.

#1: Improve Signups With Social Login

Social logins allow users to sign up for and log into your website, app, list or service through their social accounts, rather than creating a new account just for your site.

For most sites, social login is killer because it has several benefits. The frictionless one-click signup of an existing account is attractive to users and has a pretty good conversion rate. Since most users are already logged into their social accounts (or at least have their social password memorized), there’s no password fatigue.

manpacks signup

Manpacks offers two signup options: email and Facebook.

The cornerstone of getting visitors to sign up using their social login information is a clean user experience. The way you offer a social login option can make signup and sign-in processes more appealing to visitors.

For example, Forbes offers two ways to sign up—users can choose a social network or complete a form. Visually, people perceive clicking a button to be much easier than filling out a form. On a screen, a form looks heavier—as if it takes more effort to complete. People will almost always choose the simpler, shorter option.

forbes sign up options

Forbes lets visitors choose whether to sign up with a click or a form.

Fox.com makes it even less appealing to sign up in the traditional way. Visitors can sign up using their email address instead of their social logins, but they have to click an extra link (Create a Fox.com Account). Extra clicks equal extra effort and discourage visitors from using the form. It’s easier, and preferred, to click the relevant social network and be done.

fox sign up options

The way you offer account signup affects your visitors’ choices.

Tying your website login to a user’s social login has a vastly superior signup conversion compared to traditional methods.

#2: Reduce Shopping Cart Abandonment With Social Checkout

Social login works on the front end, but it also works on the tail end of a conversion when the customer is ready to check out. It is definitely an important part of the process.

Offering a social checkout option reduces shopping cart abandonment. When you allow customers to check out using their social profile, you’re simplifying the process—and simple is the most critical element of an ecommerce interaction. You always want to avoid cart abandonment (the most vile of curses for ecommerce).

ugg purchase sign in

Frame the checkout as a check-in to ease customers into the process.

Notice how UGG structures the beginning of their shopping cart process. It’s posed as a sign-in, rather than a checkout. This provides a more seamless conversion funnel for UGG, while softening the purchase call to action for the customer.

#3: Encourage Social Proof With Easy Sharing

Social proof,” says Gregory Ciotti of Help Scout, “is the marketing tactic for easing the minds of worried customers.” It comes in many forms: reviews, social status updates, side conversations, word-of-mouth marketing and more.

Social media is a key player in relaying social proof: People tend to trust reviews and recommendations that come through social media because they are seen as unbiased and genuine.

Happy customers are your best bet for word-of-mouth marketing. There’s no better time to leverage the social sharing potential of these customers than right after they purchase.

If you can get your customers to share their purchase with their social networks, you’ll improve trust with an expanded audience (your buyers’ friends and families), therefore improving the conversion rate of your product or service.

Following our mantra of keeping things simple for the user, you can pre-fill a social sharing option. Customers don’t have to do anything but click a button to let their friends know about their purchase.

If sharing is paramount to you, add a catchy headline that makes buyers want to share their purchase with friends so they don’t miss out on a great deal, or add a coupon as incentive.

Keep in mind that people aren’t only swayed by reviews and recommendations. They’re swayed by how others interact with your overall content (like blog articles).

buffer blog social shares

Show off your blog’s social shares for added social proof.

For example, Buffer’s articles are wildly successful in the social sphere. Just look at their social shares above. By displaying the number of tweets, likes, +1s and shares, Buffer gives their audience strong social proof that the content is useful and others like it. The result is a form of conversion optimization.

Even Google’s Knowledge Graph recognizes the significance of social following by featuring it in search results. Although obviously favoring their own social network (Google+), the results are still there as additional social proof.

social media examiner in google search

Google considers your social following when displaying search results.

You can use authentic social media proof in your own social profiles and website by embedding positive Twitter comments, displaying the number of social shares (more shares mean more trust) and comments and posting YouTube video testimonials.

Each of these forms of social proof are real testimonials and can go a long way in ramping up conversion rates by building trust.

Over to You

Everyone recognizes that social networks are powerful marketing channels. However, fewer people realize that they have a direct impact on optimizing conversion rates.

Guide your customers toward more social interaction and sharing with subtle but deliberate design choices and the option to share their purchases. Both of those tactics provide social proof, the most powerful element of conversion optimization.

What do you think? How are you using social media to optimize your own conversions? Do you have more ideas to share? Let us know what’s working for you in the comments.

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  • treb072410

    Thanks for sharing Neil, very useful information being shared here..

  • Glad you found it helpful. Please let me know if you need help with anything else.

  • Selene Verri

    And… how exactly do I offer a social checkout option in my clients’ shopping cart? I use WooCommerce on WordPress, is there a plugin for that? Thanks in advance. Very useful advice, BTW.

  • Glad I could help. Let me know if you have any specific questions.

  • Great article Neil and great to see you on SME. I love incentivized sharing. We ran a webinar recently and after people subscribed they were asked to share and enter a competition. 5% increase in registrations as a result.

  • Sandy

    If someone signs up using the social login, are you still capturing their emails for your own list?

  • Kasper Vancoppenolle

    Any specific tips for B2B?

  • Great post @disqus_5pPRxXyRW3:disqus 🙂

  • Ian, sounds like you are on the right track. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sandy, it all depends on how you have structured your opt-ins.

  • Kasper, I think the same principles apply — focus a lot on customer service and problem solving.

  • Thanks, Daniel!

  • I have yet to find a study that proves social login increases revenue. There is a lot of talk about conversions and nothing about long term revenue and I see no data to back it.

    Mailchimp wrote their piece about how “social login isn’t worth it” granted they focus b2b and I shoppers might behave differently I would love to see some statistically significant tests that have proved social login works.

    The link to the social annex article was subpar it did not provide any facts or specific examples.

  • Prateek Sharma

    Through social sign ins can we get user details like email address, phone number etc?