Does letting people test your service for free in exchange for reviews really help to get clients?

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I was thinking of doing this...I tried to google similar threads since it sounds like a common question, but I couldn't find anything.

And I'm thinking that instead of offering my services for totally free, I could just give them a really good discount? Would that work if I offered my services (web design and article writing) to both offline and online bushinesses/bloggers/ etc.?

Or I could ask them to promote my work on their social media accounts in exchange for my services for really cheap too. Anyone done this?
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  • Profile picture of the author YourIMSpecialist
    I wouldn't recommend this tactic. It will probably take up too much of your time, without a guaranteed reward. It may work with a local client that you know personally, but I wouldn't depend on the general public to reciprocate in a valuable way.
    hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author MrFume
    Originally Posted by twinklingstars View Post

    I was thinking of doing this...I tried to google similar threads since it sounds like a common question, but I couldn't find anything.

    And I'm thinking that instead of offering my services for totally free, I could just give them a really good discount? Would that work if I offered my services (web design and article writing) to both offline and online bushinesses/bloggers/ etc.?

    Or I could ask them to promote my work on their social media accounts in exchange for my services for really cheap too. Anyone done this?
    This approach can work, what a lot of web services people do is offer one aspect of their service for a 'no-brainer' discount, like a promotional video ranked on google for $50, then once this is seen to actually work you can offer more services and you then have the credibility with the customer who is impressed with your work. So yes, if you can do something like this with your services it is a genuine path to gaining clients, it has worked for me in the past and i know plenty of other instances of it working also.
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    • Profile picture of the author twinklingstars
      Originally Posted by MrFume View Post

      This approach can work, what a lot of web services people do is offer one aspect of their service for a 'no-brainer' discount, like a promotional video ranked on google for $50, then once this is seen to actually work you can offer more services and you then have the credibility with the customer who is impressed with your work. So yes, if you can do something like this with your services it is a genuine path to gaining clients, it has worked for me in the past and i know plenty of other instances of it working also.
      Do you have any tips for ranking vids on google quickly?
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  • Profile picture of the author hyacinthp
    That could work. You could try doing it.

    You won't be able to know the result if you don't try.

    It's a risk to take but based on your plan seems like it's worth the risk.
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  • Profile picture of the author sam1987
    there is no precise answer here, sometimes yes and sometimes no, but you should make a try to know.
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  • Profile picture of the author Profit Traveler
    Great practical well balanced replies so far I love that.

    Testimonials are true assets. They are little commercials working for you to generate sales.

    I am generous to a fault.

    But when you are in services niche its a little tricky. That is real work and effort you are expending and even then there are no guarantees.

    I once reached out to a person I saw struggling here in the forum and I just approached them with some of the very best complimentary suggestions I would honestly give myself or a family member!

    I will never forget the response I got and it makes me smile to this day...

    "Could you put that in Video Form"?

    Unbelievable.

    I would just deliver my butt off to a paying customer and get a real testimonial from them. If they come thru with flying colors I would reward them in some way but after the fact.

    I have used past testimonials (with full disclosure of course) as an example of my work even on newer products that is why I say they are true assets.

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  • Profile picture of the author SteveSki
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    • Profile picture of the author twinklingstars
      Originally Posted by SteveSki View Post

      It depends on what your service or product is.

      One thing that may work for you is to create a free draw for people to enter. One lucky person wins whatever you are giving away. Everyone who enters gets added to your email list so you can build a large list of people to send special offers to.

      Here's a promotion I did to give away my service for free that resulted in an extra $10,000 in sales.

      Enter Our Contest To Win A Free Glow-In-The-Dark Fantasy Portrait Of Your Child!

      Also, you can earn several thousand per month setting up viral draws and email campaigns for others. There's a very good udemy course on how to do this at: www.udemy.com/home-business/learn/v4/overview

      Cheers,
      Steve
      Awesome ideas, thank you! How did you promote the contest to so many people? Like what methods did you use if you don't mind answering?
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      • Profile picture of the author SteveSki
        Originally Posted by twinklingstars View Post

        Awesome ideas, thank you! How did you promote the contest to so many people? Like what methods did you use if you don't mind answering?
        I just did a single post on my Facebook Timeline and paid $5.00 to boost it. That was it!

        Cheers,
        SteveSki
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        • Profile picture of the author twinklingstars
          Originally Posted by SteveSki View Post

          I just did a single post on my Facebook Timeline and paid $5.00 to boost it. That was it!

          Cheers,
          SteveSki


          Wow! How many followers did you have already? How many people total entered the contest?
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  • Profile picture of the author GetPLRhere
    If you look at the WSO, people give out reviews all the time. The hope is to get positive reviews, which will translate into sales from other people.

    In the software world, companies let people demo their software before they buy.
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  • Profile picture of the author superowid
    I would not give discount or free option. I would offer BONUS and over deliver (can be my service itself or other service or other product).
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Originally Posted by twinklingstars View Post

    I was thinking of doing this...I tried to google similar threads since it sounds like a common question, but I couldn't find anything.

    And I'm thinking that instead of offering my services for totally free, I could just give them a really good discount? Would that work if I offered my services (web design and article writing) to both offline and online bushinesses/bloggers/ etc.?

    Or I could ask them to promote my work on their social media accounts in exchange for my services for really cheap too. Anyone done this?
    It's up to you as to how you make the offer.

    Here's my question: If the prospect values the service enough to use it, why don't they value it enough to pay for it?

    There's a disconnect somewhere, isn't there?

    No investment = no commitment...in my experience.

    However...

    Your question is centered around testimonials. So here is my take on that:

    Don't leave the content of the review to chance. Spell it out for them. Tell them exactly how you want the review to be--otherwise, you'll end up with bland and inert testimonials saying how your service is "great" or "really helpful."

    Compared to what? For whom?

    When I ask for a review, I tell my client I want them to explain, "Where you were at when you found me, ie. what problems did you have; and where are you now, ie. what did I give you to fix them?"

    If you leave it up to them without giving any guidelines, you can't be upset by the useless responses you get. Tell them what you want.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Trading services (or products) for reviews, especially if you specify 'positive' reviews, starts putting the reviewers into the realm of 'compensated endorsers", where the FTC has some very specific rules about disclosure.

    If you're trying to get established, instead of proposing a barter, why not approach a few handpicked prospects and propose providing your service in return for using them as a case study to promote your service.

    Personally, I value a few detailed case studies over pages of testimonials.
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  • Profile picture of the author limitbreaker
    Sure, it will work. Give a good discount for the first few buyers in exchange for reviews. Once you get a good review. People will be more comfortable to pay.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    use it as a limited time thing, that will work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Does letting people test your service for free in exchange for reviews really help to get client
    If done correctly.
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  • Profile picture of the author rialopez
    Sounds like a good idea. It will definitely boost your product sales.

    I was thinking the same thing to do with my products.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex A2Hosting
    If you are just starting out then I would defiantly consider giving the first few web design projects for free and slowly build out better pricing as you grow.

    Web design can be very expensive so people want to see a portfolio, through that they can see how skilled you are and if you have testimonials to go alongside that would really be a great addition.

    I would consider this more an investment than a loss. You are investing into your portfolio which in turn should hopefully increase your paid work.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxsi
    You can use this strategy in order to get the first testimonials

    testimonials = more sales in the long term

    by the way you need to test before to know the perfect response
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  • Profile picture of the author silveroaks
    It is true that you do not know the outcome of these free trials but give it a try. not every review is gong to be positive but its worth a try though.
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