How WHYPAY? powered their business forward using Trustpilot reviews
Trustpilot: Why was trust important to you before coming to Trustpilot?
Kieron James: People are understandably nervous when a commercial organisation offers its service for nothing. Our most frequently asked question was “what’s the catch?” and we tried any number of ways to respond - directing people to the Ofcom website which explains that calls to 03 numbers are included in network bundled minutes and explaining that as a Communications Provider we receive a wholesale out-payment from BT (which is how we run a viable business). Explaining our commercial model is clearly not a marketer's dream, but cynicism was a genuine block.
It struck us that the very best people to confirm that there absolutely is such a thing as a free lunch was our existing customers. We considered testimonials, but felt that this wouldn’t satisfy many - testimonials are requested by the business after all. So, the best approach would be third party trust validation. At this point we started a conversation with Trustpilot.
TP: How do you use the Trustpilot platform?
KJ: We make use of the platform to gather validated reviews and display them across all channels.
We were able to automate this process very easily even though we don’t have a checkout process (we don’t sell anything) we were able to ensure that everybody invited to review the service had organised and participated in a WHYPAY? conference call. To do this, we send an email out to organisers, only if the cost savings on their call exceed £10. In this email we advise customers that they will receive an invitation to review the service directly from Trustpilot and so doing ensures that all our reviews are from verified customers.
We use the platform to respond to reviews (every review receives a personal response), monitor dashboard data and make extensive use of the social media integrations for Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
TP: Are there multiple departments or teams using Trustpilot?
KJ: We are a small team at WHYPAY? so everybody involved has access to the Trustpilot platform and our social media accounts. Although one person manages reviews on a day to day basis, any of us can cover and we all use the same friendly, fairly informal ‘voice’ when communicating with customers - either responding to reviews or sharing them on social platforms.
It’s safe to say that our Trustpilot score is one of the most important KPIs in the business. We were always passionate about providing excellent service, but having a number to hang it on has turned this into a very positive obsession. Anything less than a five-star review is immediately circulated with a :-( emoji via internal chat - not as a reprimand, but because we’re so invested in delivering the very best.
TP: How do you use your reviews on your website or any marketing campaigns?
KJ: Our Trustpilot stars are placed prominently below the main call to action button (Create a FREE Conference) with other widgets embedded on key pages (for example our blog posts) to ensure our stars and rating appear in organic search results on Google.
We use Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to share reviews (using the integration tool on the Trustpilot admin site), and we’re proud to be the very first business to use Trustpilot’s new logo in our outdoor campaign on fifteen interchange stations on the London Underground last summer.
Our star rating is also included in our social cover images and referenced in our Twitter biography.