9 April 2019

Case Study Testimonial: A Powerful Way to Add Social Proof

In SaaS case studies, as in most content, no one wants to hear you ramble on about how great you are. Prospects are, however, very interested in what your customer thinks about you. Enter the case study testimonial.

Case study testimonial is the money quote

It’s the attention-grabber.

A case study testimonial is the customer telling the world that they enjoyed working with you, the results were dramatic and they recommend your services to others.

Not just any quote pulled from an interview is going to work well as a case study testimonial. The quotes you choose to highlight should be specific, and resonant. “It’s great and I’m happy!” convinces no one.

Case study testimonial needs details to bring it to life

Check out this customer testimonial example:

bamboohr testimonials SaaS case studies

Kim’s quote is descriptive and explains how BambooHR specifically benefited her. The big, quality photo of a happy customer makes it really stand out. This is a real person, someone we can trust to tell it like it is.

Use the quote with the most impact as a callout in your case study design. Separate it from the text, increase the font and catch the reader’s eye with colour and other design elements. Include a pro headshot of the person speaking. This increases visibility, relatability and trustworthiness.

The importance of a headshot in a testimonial

If you compare the case study testimonial example from above to the testimonial example below, which one has more impact for you? If you’re like me, you’ll probably agree that the bigger headshot is more powerful. A slightly smaller headshot is an option, though it provides slightly less impact:

higherlogic testimonials SaaS case studies

Although the headshot is small, it, along with the statistic, makes this testimonial work. Light editing to shorten and tighten the quote would make it even better.

Great quotes from real customers can also be used elsewhere on your website, in social media and in other marketing and sales material.

Is your case study testimonial authentic?

Check out these customer testimonial examples:

It’s not just professional headshots that help with credibility. The words need to be genuine as well. Take a look at these 2 examples:

higherlogic testimonials SaaS case studies

Too over the top, too perfect—with big numbers, no believable detail and photos that don’t inspire anything except an eye roll.

It’s all too easy to write a fake case study testimonial, and there’s too many of them out there. Take the time to make yours credible. Your next customers will notice.

Next step?

Now that you’ve seen customer testimonial examples and you know how to pull a great testimonial into your case study, it’s time to think about statistics. Find out what to do if you don’t have concrete stats to work with.

This is the sixth post in an 11-part series on how to write SaaS case studies that convert.

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Emily Amos

As the founder of Uplift Content, Emily leads teams in creating done-for-you case studies, ebooks and blog posts for high-growth SaaS companies. Check out her bio.

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