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The Trust Signals Blog is a leading resource on trust in PR and marketing, authored by Scott Baradell.

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Make Your Brand a Star with Celebrity and Influencer Endorsements

Celebrity endorsements for brands are nothing new. One of their earliest uses as trust signals was by British entrepreneur Josiah Wedgwood, who...

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First-Party Reviews: Google's a Fan, So Maybe You Should Be, Too

Third-party validation is one of the best ways to build trust online -- and one of the most powerful forms of validation is a positive review of...

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Review Gating: A Common Sense Approach

What is "review gating" and why should you care about it?

Review gating is when a business attempts to first find out if a customer’s experience...

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5 Factors That Make People Trust (or Distrust) Online Reviews

You can find customer reviews for virtually anything online today, from a $2 ballpoint pen to a $2 million enterprise software system. But no...

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What Twitter's New Blue Verified Badge Can Teach Us About Trust

A verified badge on social media has long been one of the most sought-after trust signals on the internet. Having that little blue checkmark next...

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How Are Review Site Star Ratings Calculated? The Answer Is Not What You Think

Once upon a time, if you wanted to visit the best steakhouse in Dallas, you’d ask a friend or relative for a recommendation. If you’re an old...

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The Enduring Relevance of the Better Business Bureau Seal

The Better Business Bureau has been a symbol of trust since the days of teletypes and horses and buggies. In 1912, the organization emerged to...

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8 Trust Indicators to Determine If a Media Story Is Fake News

Note: if you are searching for website trust indicators like trust badges and trust seals,you can learn more about those here.

There are few...

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Grow with TRUST: The Trust Signals Mantra

Everybody claims to be a growth hacker these days -- at least if you check out people's bios on LinkedIn.

The truth is, though, that while...

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Bring the Power of Online Reviews to Your Homepage with Embedded Reviews

Many customer review sites, such as Tripadvisor, G2 and TrustRadius, enable you to embed reviews of your company directly from their website onto...

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