Trusted Shops is originally a German company founded in 1999, and has a presence in most European countries including the United Kingdom, Poland, France, Spain and Germany. The company brands itself as the "European trust brand in e-commerce", offering both a business solution and a consumer-facing money-back guarantee of £2,500 per purchase.
Working with over 25,000 shops in Europe, they strive to create a safer e-commerce experience for consumers, powered by authentic reviews, a money-back guarantee and a trustmark which aims to show consumers that a brand can be trusted. Trusted Shops' pricing is somewhat complicated, as it's correlated with a companies annual online revenues. Further, they have line item charges for several aspects of their service, including a €99 application fee to become a member.
PowerReviews is a Chicago-based company that primarily serves the North American markets, working with over 1,000 large brands like Staples, Toys R Us and GoPro. They provide tools to help brands and retailers host product reviews on their own websites, as opposed to consumer-facing review platforms that host them externally. Hosting the reviews on your own site means that your domain is gains authority as opposed to the review platform. PowerReviews also offers powerful technology that syndicates these reviews to other e-commerce sites where their products are being sold.
Their suite of products include their Ratings & Reviews, Questions & Answers and Seller Ratings products, which effectively covers the standard range of requirements for large brands when it comes to user-generated content and reviews. With offices in Chicago, San Francisco and London, they have a large presence and are working to expand beyond their North American focus.
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Trusted Shops offers a strong and time-proven service for the European market which companies big and small can benefit from. Given that they use reviews as one of three pillars of their service, companies do need to keep in mind the commitments required from the other two. Their pricing does seem to need an update, given that it requires a calculator to figure out a base price, and will likely incur additional charges given the setup.
PowerReviews offers an extensive reviews solution primarily aimed at large brands and retailers, with pricing to match. They cover a broad spectrum of solutions and also offer extensibility with their API. The fact that they help you collect content under your own brand is a great benefit, as having unique user-generated content will help you with both SEO and attracting visitors. As of 2016, PowerReviews reaches more than 700 million shoppers and works with over 1,000 global brands and 5,000 websites.
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