As an entrepreneur, online courses are excellent for sharing your knowledge and expertise in your niche. It’s also a great way to generate extra revenue – if you market the course well.
In order to stand out among all the competitors, you need to be able to show the value in your course. One way to do this is through social proof. In this blog post, we’ll first explain what social proof is and its importance, and then discuss how you can use social proof to boost online course sales.
What is Social Proof and why does it matter?
Social proof is a psychological phenomenon where people mimic the action of others in situations of uncertainty in an attempt to display the correct behavior. This phenomenon was originally coined by Robert Cialdini in 1984 in his book, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, and is often referred to as informational social influence.
From the words of Cialdini, “In general, when we are unsure of ourselves, when the situation is unclear or ambiguous, when uncertainty reigns, we are most likely to look to and accept the actions of others as correct.” In other words, we rely on others’ (friends, family, influencers, experts, etc.) behaviors to determine the proper way to act in a certain situation.
From a marketing perspective, social proof is when consumers look for reviews, testimonials, and recommendations on what products to buy. This is especially true for online courses. Before a potential customer buys your online course, they’ll want to hear from others’ experiences first.
According to a recent survey, 91% of consumers indicated they read at least one review before making a purchase online. Social proof is so important for the success of an online course. Keep on reading to learn how to use social proof to boost online course sales.
How to Use Social Proof to Boost Online Course Sales
So now you understand what social proof is and why it’s important to increase your online course sales. Let’s dive deeper into some of the many ways you can leverage social proof.
Course Reviews Are Key to Boosting Sales
As we highlighted earlier, your audience will be looking for reviews to influence their decision on whether or not they buy your course. This means you should definitely be including them on your social media, landing pages, newsletters, and website.
Course reviews come from students who’ve taken your course. They will generally include a star rating and a short description talking about the course. You can use these reviews to generate an overall star rating of your course and feature the reviews on your landing pages to influence potential students.
Coursera does an excellent job collecting course reviews to provide a star rating of their courses.
Course reviews are often seen as star rating, but you could also generate a Net Promoter Score℠ (NPS®). NPS is a simple way to measure your previous students’ satisfaction with your course. This is done with a single question – “How likely are you to recommend this course to a friend?” – and a scale – 1 being very unlikely and 10 being very likely – to generate a satisfaction score.