How do you get customer's company logo on your site?


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I see sites that launch recently and they already have around 10 customer companies logos on their page under Customers. Some of these are logos of fortune 500 companies. How do you pull off something like this? Seeing Sony or even Microsoft using your software should improve your conversions? I mean if big companies use your software then small guys can trust it too?

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asked Nov 22 '11 at 12:07
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Kim Jong Woo
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  • Those logos are useless. Do they influence you? – Tim J 9 years ago
  • Clearly it did -- or it wouldn't be the impudence for a question here. – Joseph Barisonzi 9 years ago
  • @Tim Yes it did. Why shouldn't it? – Kim Jong Woo 9 years ago
  • @Tim - Its called "Social Proof" and believe in it or not it does generally work and its a staple of marketing psychology. Don't make the mistake of believing that all your customers are exactly like you. – Ryan 9 years ago
  • @Ryan, et al/, - I respect my customers and insulting them by taking up valuable space on my website with logos from Microsoft or others makes a statement about what we believe is important and what we believe is important to them. If your customers need "social proof" to get them to give you money then great. I prefer other more important things - besides - no one checks those - you could put anyone's logo on there and take them down if you get a letter from their legal department. They are just wastes of space. – Tim J 9 years ago
  • @Tim - Plenty of research shows otherwise (and no, I am not going to dig it out). But each segment is different so presumably you've done an A/B test to prove that your assumptions are correct in your marketplace? – Ryan 9 years ago
  • @Ryan - Investment banks and high frequency traders are not easily influenced by people claiming that others have bought a $20,000 piece of software. Also - none of them would let us use their names anyway. – Tim J 9 years ago
  • @Tim Your customer will buy financial software from the vendor that lists, say, JP Morgan and HSBC as customers, compared to the vendor that proudly tells them they are going to be customer #1, _all else being equal_. It implies a proven track record, and implies that big companies have done the due diligence so it is fine to relax and follow in their footsteps. (Regarding "waste of space" and "insulting them", you don't put the logos on every page; you put them on a page called "Our Clients" or "Testimonials".) – Darren Cook 9 years ago
  • @Darren - No. Sorry. You are wrong. Not these guys. They don't follow - they all lead. Have you ever worked with people who have SLA's regarding systems that measure latency down to the 10s of microseconds? These guys don't look at "our clients" pages. They look at your software and whether it will work. They don't give a crap about who else you sell to. If we were Bloomberg or Thomson Reuters then the name helps. But without that name recognition the ONLY thing that matters is if it performs. Not who our customers are. – Tim J 9 years ago
  • Hi Tim, again that refers to a very different niche than the perceived general response to seeing social proof. It's your niche so you obviously know what works or doesn't work. Again the intention is not to formulate an absolute answer because that obviously depends largely on what niche you are in. Having said that, it appears from reading responses and other studies, social proof cannot hurt conversions if done right. I have an idea of what niche you are working in and of course you should pursue what you feel is necessary or not. – Kim Jong Woo 9 years ago

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Third-party validation and testimonials are a consistently proven component of the sales process. This is especially true in new product adoption.

Many people assume that the "Sony"'s of the world would not allow/permit their logo to be used unless they were a customer. Usually they are right.

Most of us -- yes me too -- are influenced by the due-dilligence process these company's go through in the selection of vendors.

Whether it is third party celebrity testimonials to get us to purchase shoes, or endorsements in the political arena, the ticker on the bottom of the info commercial telling people how many more items are available, or the case studies of past client success that every real "service' company provides -- third-party validation and testimonials sell. In fact-- that is the entire "point" of the "fan" button on Corporate Facebook pages.

Start-up companies that "already" have these logos already had them as customers. They probably had them as beta customers. They probably secured those beta customers through personal connections of the principals based on past professional relationships.

What can you do?

  • When you have a happy customer, request the opportunity to document your experience in a case study and to promote them as a customer on your marketing material.
  • If you are recruiting companies into your beta program make the communication of their status an expectation of participation.
  • Focus on determining who are influential brands in your specific industry and make them the sales target for your lead sales professional. Focus on closing those who will impact others.
Don't Forget Remember that the FTC does regulate testimonials on your site -- so ensure that you are only quoting real people who are customers stating verifiable and documented results.
answered Nov 22 '11 at 14:49
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Joseph Barisonzi
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  • great answer thank you. – Kim Jong Woo 9 years ago

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You better ask permission before you google image search a logo and slap it on your site. Some clients don't want their logos on customer sites due to secrecy, non-disclosures, etc.

For instance we had a vendor that did some work for us. We're still using them and they do great work. They failed to ask permission to put our logo on their site and an ambiguous description of the work they did. They had to remove it because our client which the work was done for can't have this out there (even a hint) due to us and them being 1st movers in this space.

So as you wrap up project with the client ask for a testimonial and ask to put their info on your site. Most times they'll probably say yes. Oh, and ask them for a high-res image of their logo. Don't google image search it. :(

answered Nov 23 '11 at 03:24
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Valien
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  • +1 for noting the desire for privacy by many clients. – Joseph Barisonzi 9 years ago

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On the other side of Valien's valid comments, many companies are eager to have their logos seen in the world and they even have approved graphics for your use. Sometimes these logos are provided right from their websites. Other times you have to ask. So just ask them.

answered Nov 23 '11 at 07:11
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Kenneth Vogt
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  • +1 for noting that many companies have approved art work (and logo use requirements) for this use. – Joseph Barisonzi 9 years ago

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