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16 Feb 2016
by Kelsey Taber

4 Ways to Use The New Star Rating System

We recently added a star rating system to the front end of your Boast display widgets. This means you can now collect a rating from your customers to show off on your website and social pages. Ratings help you build strong social proof by giving users a quick point of reference when looking at your customer testimonials. In this post, we’ll cover how to turn on your Boast Star Ratings, and some different ways to use them.

 

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15 Jan 2016
by Kelsey Taber

Pure Energy Window Company: Boast Client Spotlight

Here at Boast we’ve had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of customers. From real estate to marketing agencies, each industry finds a unique way to use Boast to help better their testimonial processes for themselves and their clients. One of those companies, Pure Energy Window Company, has integrated Boast into their sales process and has had huge success at collecting and displaying quality feedback.

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16 Sep 2015
by Kelsey Taber

Introducing: New Boast Display Widgets

Here at Boast we’ve been working hard to expand your options. We recently launched two new display widgets with an entirely new look. Check them out below, and find out how to get them up and running on your site.

What Do The New Display Widgets Look Like?

(Click on them- They expand!)

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6 Signs You Should Invest In Testimonials

Testimonials and word of mouth are the driving force behind 20-50% of all purchasing decisions, and yet only about a 3rd of businesses are actively seeking and collecting customer reviews on an ongoing basis. Many companies that lack testimonials on their website are missing out on a large portion of potential customers whose decisions are fueled by social proof. If you are not sure if your company should be collecting testimonials, then take a look at these warning signs to help point you in the right direction.

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How to Display Testimonials on Your YouTube Channel

Having a large online presence is crucial to keeping up with other businesses today. Showcasing customers testimonials on various platforms is one of the ways you can expand your online presence while building a trusted brand simultaneously. Now that we’ve given you a way to display customer testimonials right on your website, we’ve also developed a way to expand your digital footprint by uploading your customer testimonials directly to your YouTube account. There a huge added SEO benefits to having a presence on YouTube, and with a few simple steps, you can tap into that for your business. In just a matter of minutes, you can link your Boast account to your YouTube channel and have testimonials uploaded directly to your channel once they’re approved.

Want to add your testimonials to your YouTube channel? Let’s get started. Read more

New Feature: Boast Thank You Page

Customer loyalty and experience has the ability to make or break your business. With 68% of customers abandoning companies and products because they feel that they’re indifferent, it is important to take every opportunity to let your customers know they matter to you. When a customer fills out a form, purchases a product, or submits a testimonial, you should say thank you. A Thank You page not only lets the customer know you’ve noticed them, but also opens doors for optimization.  Adding a Thank You page creates an opportunity to link back to your website, share on social media, and even showcase a different call to action. That’s why Boast users now have the option to create a Thank You page that displays after a customer submits a testimonial.

Customizing Your Boast Thank You Page

We know how important branding is, which is why this new feature allows you to customize the look and message of your Thank You page. Follow these simple steps to start creating your custom Thank You page. Read more

Testimonial Management Software: Organize, Edit & Download Testimonials

As testimonials and reviews continue to play a larger role in the sales process, there’s an even bigger need for a way to effectively organize and manage them. With Boast’s testimonial management software, it not only gives you an easy way to collect testimonials and reviews but it also functions as a comprehensive testimonial management tool allowing you to organize your testimonials, edit your testimonials and even download your testimonials. Read more

20 Aug 2014
by Samantha Dunn

Announcing: Exclusive Boast Member Deals

At Boast, we’re all about helping you grow and market your business, products, and events as effortlessly as possible. That’s why we’ve decided to partner up with some other cool SaaS products to give you an opportunity to do that even more easily.

From customer service plugins and analytics software to free e-books and emailing services, these great products will help to boost any marketing and sales strategy. These like-minded companies have stepped up to the plate to provide exclusive offers and discounts just for Boast users.

Boast Deals

Take a look at the new Boast Member Exclusives page to see these special offers. Don’t forget to check back periodically to see the what’s been added!


Do you have a cool offer or product discount that you want to provide Boast customers? Let us know, and we’ll get in touch with you about becoming a partner!

Lock Boast App in Kiosk Mode on iPad

We live in a high-tech, mobile-world where convenience is everything. If we can’t do something in a matter of seconds, we ponder if it’s worth our time.

This is no exception when it comes to collecting customer stories and reviews. The strength of a customer review goes far beyond a simple ego boost and becomes part of a powerful and effective sales and marketing strategy. But again, capturing these reviews requires organizations to get people to take the time to make them first, which becomes an obstacle in itself. One of the most effective and straight forward ways to go about getting people to participate is to get them on location and on the spot. That’s where the idea of the locking the Boast app in mobile kiosk mode came from. Read more

17 Jun 2014
by Samantha Dunn

How to Update Your Embed Codes

The recent change from Post Kudos to Boast has been an exciting one, to say the least, and has brought about many changes. One of those changes includes updating our embed forms. Now, if you’re a Boast user, you should have recently received an email about updating these forms. Don’t start panicking! It’s pretty easy, and I’ll walk you through the steps here.

How to Update Your Testimonial Collection Widget

  1. Login to your account to view your Dashboard.
  2. Select Collect Testimonials from the left side navigation.
  3. From the “Change Campaign” dropdown menu, select the campaign that you are currently using to display your testimonials.  Then copy the generated embed code in the box below.Boast Dashboard
  4. Now you need to access and edit the actual page on your website where you originally added the embed code or contact your Webmaster to make the following change.
  5. Switch to view the page in “HTML” or “Text” format to edit the HTML code. Locate the code that starts within  <iframe src= and ends with </a>.  Quick tip: Search for “iframe” to locate the code easily.
    Boast Code Snippet
  6. Replace the entire block of code starting with <iframe src= through </a> and replace it with the new code that you copied in Step 3.
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  7. Save the web page, and you’re done!

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29 May 2014
by Samantha Dunn

Post Kudos is now Boast!

We’ve been working on some major updates lately, and with the launch of our new features, we are taking on a new name!

The reason for this is simple. As we were outlining our growth path, we realized that “Post Kudos” was very specific and limiting some of the future areas where we want to take the company. Our new name, Boast, will allow us to become an evolving platform to help you better manage, share and distribute customer stories for your businesses.

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30 Apr 2014
by Stephanie Sundheimer

Mailchimp Integration Now Available

Mailchimp Integration - Boast Video TestimonialsOne of the easiest and most trackable ways to communicate directly with your clients is through email marketing. You can keep customers up to date and engaged with your business by sending out product specials, company news, or articles that are useful to your audience. Once you have an email address for your customers, the possibilities for engaging them are endless. But getting that email address is always tough.

Boast now makes collecting those emails a little bit easier by offering integration with Mailchimp. Any time someone submits a testimonial using one of the Boast apps or a submission form on your website, their name, phone number and email address can be automatically added to the Mailchimp list of your choosing. Read more

30 Apr 2014
by Samantha Dunn

YouTube Integration Now Available!

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We’ve had many people approach us knowing the importance of both having a presence on YouTube and the power of displaying testimonials on their websites, but without a way to capture the benefits of both through one solution. That’s where the idea of Boast YouTube Integration came in. The YouTube widget allows you or your website visitors to upload videos to your YouTube channel with just the click of a button while uploading videos directly to your website at the same time.

How Does Boast Integrate with YouTube?

Upload YouTube Videos From Your Website

It only takes a few easy steps to streamline Boast and your YouTube account. Once you have completed the setup process, any time someone submits a testimonial on your website and it is approved by you, it will automatically be uploaded and on display on your YouTube channel.

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Upload Videos to YouTube From an iPhone, iPad & Android Device

Our video testimonial application also allows users to upload videos to your website and YouTube channel directly from their mobile device. Once they install the app, people can enter their information, take a short video and submit it to be reviewed. The upload widget for your website is also 100% mobile friendly, so your customers can upload a testimonial without having to install the app. After you approve a submitted video, it will appear on both your website and Youtube channel.

Create Your Own YouTube Kiosk

One of our most sought after features, Kiosk Mode, allows you to set up and lock an iPad into the Boast mobile app on location, such as in store or at an event. This allows you to show off testimonials, reviews, contest submission and more on your YouTube that are submitted through the kiosk from just about anywhere.

Upload Videos With YouTube Kiosk

Benefits of Integrating YouTube with Boast

YouTube is the second most used search engine right behind Google, and more than 1 billion unique visitors go to YouTube each month. This means that people are going there to get information on products and services they’re interested in. Those that have a presence on the site have the ability to get their brand and organization in front of those 1 billion new.

Increase Traffic & Impressions

YouTube continues to outperform Yahoo and Bing in amount of searches performed by users. That alone tells you how big the marketing and SEO benefits are of having a presence. And the fact that YouTube is owned by Google and connected to Google’s wildly expanding social network Google + is only more fuel the fire. Because of these reasons, YouTube videos are ranked very highly within Google searches as well. Videos on this platform not only benefit from the thousands of eyes searching daily, but also when people search within Google, these videos grab impressive real estate, often on the first page, because of Google’s current indexing methods. Businesses pay top dollar to get on the first page of Google, and videos have the potential to get that placement without any extra cost.

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Better SEO

A couple things that Google and other search engines look at are titles, descriptions and tags of videos. By including keyword-focused content in each of these areas of your videos, you increase the likelihood of people finding your videos when they are searching for similar products, services and brands. Once your videos are upload to YouTube through Boast, you can go in and update your tags.

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Social Media Branding

YouTube’s following and connection to Google + create further branding opportunities for businesses to develop a social media marketing strategy and influence. User-generated videos created through Boast can be incorporated into an organization’s overall social media marketing strategy.

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Getting Started with YouTube Integration for Boast

To set up your Boast account with your YouTube channel, you’ll need to navigate to your dashboard and click on your Campaigns tab and select Third Party Integration for the specific campaign that you would like to integrate and follow the step-by-step instructions. After a few minutes and a couple steps, your Boast and YouTube channel will be completely streamlined and ready to go.  A simple approval of a video will display it on the webpage that you have designated to show your testimonials and it will appear on your YouTube channel within only a matter of minutes (5-10 to be exact). It’s as easy as that. No extra steps needed.

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#TestimonialTuesday

Testimonial Tuesday

Customer testimonials are so important not only from an internal prospective and for evaluating how your business is performing but from an outsider standpoint and in trying to capture new clients. We wanted to start a universal conversation around this that gives businesses a chance to showcase what their customer are saying. That’s where #TestimonialTuesday comes in. This hashtag basically creates one giant pool of virtual high-fives for businesses. By adding on the #TestimonialTuesday hashtag, you can show off your biggest asset of all- your customers- and give others a chance to see what’s being said about your business. 

Every Tuesday we’ll be displaying some of our happy customers. Join in on the conversation!

13 Nov 2013
by Stephanie Sundheimer

Boast Member Exclusive – Extended Free Trial of Moz Analytics

Boast is a great tool for building credibility, showcasing testimonials and giving your business a face, but if your website isn’t getting much traffic, reaching your sales goals can be tough.

That’s why we’ve partnered with Moz, an industry leading web analytics software company that specializes in helping companies improve inbound marketing efforts and build online communities.

The folks over at Moz have been generous enough to offer an extended free trial to all Boast members. That means as an exclusive offer, all Boast members have access to an extended 60 day free trial of Moz Analytics.

To learn more about what’s included and redeem your offer, head on over to Moz and create your account.