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"Tell a Friend" widget - is it worth it?

   
11:12 am on Aug 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

I have a few websites designed to sell certain types of products.I'm thinking about developing a "tell a friend" widget on the product page, but I'm not sure how many people will actually use it...Do you think it's worth the time?

Thanks.
1:09 pm on Aug 2, 2014 (gmt 0)



Why not try a free "tell a friend" or sharing widget? Most off them generate nice statistics with #clicks and #shares. Then you can decide to build your own.

I get daily clicks from my sharing widget..
2:30 pm on Aug 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator martinibuster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month



What are the pros and cons of developing your own social widget versus using a free social widget?

Pro development:
Leaner code?
Privacy (commercial widget data is shared)
Faster load time
Total control over integration with your layout

Any other pros and cons?
3:09 pm on Aug 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member planet13 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time Top Contributors Of The Month



The con could be that, unless it is developed correctly, it could be susceptible to spammers using it to email a bunch of people.

So make sure that if you DO decide to use your own, that it is secure and adheres to an of the canspam acts.
3:17 pm on Aug 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Any free sharing widgets you'd like to recommend?
4:30 pm on Aug 2, 2014 (gmt 0)



A major con of your own widget is the support of different social media platforms. The free ones support around 200 platforms. In my sharing stats i see social media sites i never heard of.
4:53 pm on Aug 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator incredibill is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month



Total waste of time.

Implemented them many years ago, many customers had them, very few people used them.
7:48 pm on Aug 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member lucy24 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time Top Contributors Of The Month



The question isn't really how many people would use it, total. The question is how many people would use a widget who would not otherwise mention your site on their own initiative, whether in direct email ("You said you were looking for a place to buy small purple widgets") or by posting to social media ("Let me take a moment to sing the praises of smallpurplewidgets dot com").

People who want to recommend a page on facebook certainly don't seem to have any trouble doing so without further hand-holding from me.