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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?

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.
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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)

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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.
 

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