In this guide, we’ll explain how to create a Showcase Reviews widget.
- Select widget style
- Create a widget
- Select reviews
- Design widget
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1. Select widget style
Click the Showcase Reviews tab in your Reputation Manager report.
There are three different options to showcase your best reviews from across the web. Each Location can have one widget of each type - List, Carousel and JSON feed.
List Widget lets you layout up to 50 reviews in a simple list or grid format.
Carousel Widget scrolls through reviews horizontally, you can select up to 10 reviews for this widget and choose whether you want the slider to be animated or clickable.
JSON Feed gives you a raw data feed of selected reviews. This option is best for those with in-house web design capabilities, who don't need to use our styling options.
2. Create a widget
Once you have selected which style of widget best suits your application, hit ‘Create’ to start selecting reviews and customizing the look and feel of your widget.
3. Select Reviews
On this step, choose which reviews you want to showcase in your widget. Use the filter menu to narrow down your list according to star rating, recency or review source*. To include first-party reviews from Get Reviews campaigns, choose an option from the ‘Feedback Score (NPS)’ section.
*Excluding reviews from Yelp, which is very strict about reusing review content.
Now that you’ve filtered down to the best and brightest reviews, there are two options for populating the widget.
You can hand pick reviews by using the selectors on the right hand side to toggle a review on or off. This method gives you complete control over which reviews make the cut, but you’ll need to come back and update these settings to include reviews received after the widget was created.
Or, if you’d prefer to ‘set and forget’, and let us do the work for you, toggle on ‘Auto select reviews’. In this mode, any new reviews pulled into Reputation Manager which match your filters will automatically be included in the widget, with the latest reviews shown first.
In this mode, the ‘Select’ toggle becomes a ‘Blacklist’ function, so that you can exclude any inappropriate content, even if it matches your filter selection.
Both manual and auto select modes have a ‘Position’ column. Here you can set and ‘pin’ the order of the first ten reviews so that your stand out reviews are always front and center. Once you’re happy with review selection, hit ‘Next’.
4. Widget Design
In this step you can customize the look and feel of your List or Carousel widget, using the dropdown menus. We’ve created some simple preset styles to get you started. As soon as you begin editing a preset, that will become a separate ‘Custom’ preset.
Select the max widget height in pixels, number of reviews to be shown and the display format.
Here you can edit the container, or background layer of your widget. Color, border width, corner radius, shadows and widget title can all be customized to give your reviews some extra pop.
In this section you can update all settings related to review text, change the font, alignment or color.
Last but not least, this section is where you can edit everything inside the review panel. Choose whether to include details such as the source site icons, reviewer's name or change the date format to match your region.
In this example I've softened the corners and defined the shadow to make my reviews stand out a little more.
When you're happy with how your widget looks, hit 'Finish' in the bottom right hand corner to finish and save your settings.
That's it! Your embed code will now be available as shown below, ready for you to place on your own website.