Go to website
Basic information about HelpfulCrowd
Finding answers to your questions about HelpfulCrowd
Do you have questions about HelpfulCrowd or need our assistance to make something work? Here's what you can do: Type your question in the search box above and hit Enter, your answer might be already here. Click the chat icon located in the bottom right corner of this page or anywhere in our app Did the above steps fail? Use the old-fashioned way: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org from the email address you used to sign up for HelpfulCrow
What is HelpfulCrowd?
HelpfulCrowd is a customer content and engagement platform. It helps businesses generate and share User Generated Content (UGC) - primarily Ratings & Reviews and Question & Answer HelpfulCrowd makes it easy for businesses of all types and sizes to collect unique, authentic con
What is User Generated Content (UGC) and why is it so important for my business?
User Generated Content (UGC) is the name used to describe any form of content, such as ratings & reviews, question & answer, photos, discussions and any other forms of content created by customers that is publicly available to other consumers and end-users. If you're not using UGC today to grow your business then you are missing out on sales and one of the most powerful ways to expand your business reach, reputation and brand. Don't take our word for it though, read [seachengineland.com](http:/
How long does it take to install and setup HelpfulCrowd?
HelpfulCrowd is easily and quickly installed - less than a minute! After HelpfulCrowd has been connected to your online store, it will automatically start generating reviews after the very next online order is received. HelpfulCrowd works out-of-the-box, but for a more personal, branded experience, HelpfulCrowd can also be quickly customised using our unique [setup guide](https://helpfulguides.crisp.help/en/a
Can I temporarily deactivate HelpfulCrowd?
Sometimes you may wish to temporarily deactivate HelpfulCrowd or some of its features. This can be done without uninstalling the App. There are two options which can be used together or seperately: Deactive backend - to temporarily stop sending review requests Deactive storefront - to hid the app in the storefront Both features are accessed under Settings > Store Settings !(https://storage.crisp.chat/users/helpdesk/website/3067cc1e
What platforms do you currently support?
HelpfulCrowd was initially developed for Ecwid, but we now support Shopify, Lemonstand and also any Custom website or business as well. Tell us about a platform you would like to see HelpfulCrowd on by registering here Also be sure to keep an eye on our [Blog](http://www.helpfulcrowd.com/blog/?utm_source=help_pages&utm_mediu
What languages do you currently support?
Automatic Storefront Translation (AST™) saves you significant setup and installation time and also provides your visitors with a seamless language experience. We currently support the automatic translation of twenty six (26) different languages on the storefront display widgets. The preferred language can be changed with a single mouse click with the automatic translation in your storefront of all HelpfulCrowd placeholders, help and error messages. Current supported languages Arabi
Can I import existing Reviews and Q&A?
Absolutely! We try our best to make it as easy as possible to join HelpfulCrowd so you can immediately start benefiting from all of our great features. You can quickly and easily import both Ratings & Reviews and Questions & Answers under the Tools > Data Import menu in the HelpfulCrowd App. You can also mark specific items as being verified to maintain the verified badge where relevant. If you need help importing, we are only happy to help
Who decides what is shared and published?
You do! HelpfulCrowd gives complete flexibility and control over what is, and what isn't published and shared. We suggest that you familiarise yourself with best practice publishing guidelines for Reviews and Q&A As a general rule we recommend publishing all relevant reviews. A [negative review](https://hel
How do I request a feature you don’t currently have?
Let's build something great together! Our vision is to be the best UGC platform for web businesses, providing a set of unparalleled rich features, flexibility and value for you, our customers. To help us realise this vision, we need you to tell us the most essential features, new or enhancements, required to continue to maximise and expand your business reach, brand and growth. If you need something we don't currently have, simply tell us by voting or adding it here. **We also recommend read
Who owns the data that is collected from my customers?
That's simple. You do. If you want to leave us, then we would love the opportunity first to see how we can address your concerns. If after this you still want to leave then we will help provide you with all the content you have imported or generated with us provided that you have complied with all app guidelines. Just connect with us through the app. We also recommend reading: [Who decides on what is shared and published?](https://helpfulguides.crisp.help/en/article/who-decides-what-i
Does HelpfulCrowd have Content Publishing Guidelines?
Yes. These outline the instances when content should not be published. If one or more of the following guidelines does not apply then the content should generally be published, including negative reviews, unless there is very good ethical, moral, legal or other reason. All feedback (like reviews, questions, comments, media etc.) published on or via the HelpfulCrowd platform must comply with the [Review](https://h
What are Product Ratings & Reviews?
Product Ratings & Reviews are one of the best ways, if not the best way, to build trust with consumers and give them the confidence that they are buying the right product for them. This translates into more sales for your business. Screenshot: Product Rating & Review Summary Teaser !(https://storage.crisp.chat/users/helpdesk/website/ecba1ec0b705d000/3d23da9f-5423-4757-80df-9b
Why are Ratings & Reviews important for my business?
Ratings & Reviews are a form User Generated Content. They are one of the most important and powerful ways for businesses to easily demonstrate credibility, build trust and generate more sales. There are endless surveys and studies that demonstrate the importance of providing authentic product reviews and the increase in sales that they have when customers take a
How do Ratings & Reviews work?
HelpfulCrowd is one of the simpliest, easiest, yet most powerful platforms for collecting, curating and sharing your best Ratings & Reviews. Here's how Ratings and reviews work for online orders. Online order placed First review request sent - after a set number of days (your choice) depending on the trigger rule you have specified (again, your choice), the customer receives a review request via email Reminder review request sent (optional) - if the customer doesn't rep
What is a review request?
A review request is an email request sent to a customer after they have had an interaction with a business. Review requests are sent automatically after a specific trigger events and set number of days, both which are customisable - learn more on scheduling review requests You can also read more about how we collect reviews and our [Frictionless Review Xperience (FRX™)](https://helpfulguides.cr
How do you collect reviews and what is FRX™?
Reviews can be collected in real-time via two different customer engagement channels: By email after purchase- sent automatically after a customer has made a purchase and some pre-configured conditions have been met i.e. x days after shipped, delivered etc. Online on the storefront - via an online form on the specific product page HelpfulCrowd has developed its own signature email experience to collect reviews called the Frictionless Review Xperience (FRX™). FRX™ provides an entirely
What is a Verified Review?
The verified buyers badge, the green tick in a circle, builds trust and gives your customer the confidence that the person who has written the review has first hand experience with product - an authentic review. The verified buyer badge is displayed in HelpfulCrowd when: A review request originates from an online order; or A verified offline order; or A verifi
What is Review Inertia™?
HelpfulCrowd uses a proven, tried and tested secure review collection process (like Amazon, Airbnb and other great companies) called FRX™ that delivers significantly higher number of reviews collected compared to other platforms. On average our members have a review conversion rate of between 8-12% with many in excess of 25%. This is the result of HelpfulCrowd dedicated attention to quality and det
How many reviews can I expect to collect on average?
This varies significantly from member to member, but most HelpfulCrowd members have review collection rates in excess of 10% and it is common for our members to have review collection rates in excess of 20%. There are many factors that influence review collection rates including: Industry or sector Product type Value of products Context of review request email Email deliverability HelpfulCrowd utilises it's very own Frictionless Review Xperience (FRX™) which delivers one
What product review & rating features are currently available?
This is expanding on a weekly basis. To see the latest available features visit out feature page for Local Business and E-commerce stores We also recommend reading: Latest features
Why don’t you have recommended products in review email requests?
Recommending products to a customer is a marketing activity. We believe at HelpfulCrowd that recommending or promoting products in an review request email potentially creates two issues: It creates a distraction for the customer when the primary focus is to collect a review It potentially creates a 'grey' area in connection with the CAN-SPAM Act as to whether the purpose of the email is commercial (promotional/marketing) or transactional in nature Whilst HelpfulCrowd will never allow t
Can customers opt out of emails?
As an email recipient, it's always nice to be given the choice of whether you continue to receive emails of a particular nature. It's also good for your reputation and for building respectful and lasting customer relationships. For this reason, all review request emails sent by HelpfulCrowd contain an unsubscribe link. When a customer unsubscribes, it immediately: cancels the review request that they unsubscribed from; and unsubscribes the customer from any future review request email
Rich Snippet and Star Ratings in Google Search
Rich snippets is the name given to rich information that is displayed in search engine results to help searchers. Below is an example of a rich snippet star rating for HelpfulCrowd on Ecwid app marketplace. How do search engines display rich snippets? Rich snippet information compiled in a specific structured language called, structured data markup, makes it easier for
Why is Question & Answer (Q&A) so important and how does it work?
Why is the Question & Answer feature important? Whilst every business does it's best to provide a complete, informative detailed overview of their business, products and services, it is common for visitors to seek additional information. These occasions provide a unique, possibly one-off only opportunity, to build a relationship with a visitor during their purchase decision process. !(https://storage.crisp.chat/users/helpdesk/website/6a95ce2b92df8400/0ac4187a-c8ba-43d5-a20c-616870_
What is a verified Question?
The verified Question badge gives your customer the confidence that the person asking the question, for that specific product, has bought that product. The verified buyer badge is only displayed if the person asking the question is has purchased the product - either before or after asking the question. We also recommend reading: What is a Verified Review? Receiving and Answering Questions
How does the 14-day free trial work?
Test drive all the features. No Risk. No credit card required. Just Signup today. Start turning more shoppers into customers! We also recommend reading: Current Plans
What plans are available?
HelpfulCrowd offers a set of different plans to suit every business. Unlike our competitors, you get ALL the premium features, regardless of plan! Our plans are designed to fit every business type - from startup to high volume. You can test drive every plan for 14 days, no obligation or payment details required. To continue after the trial, just select the plan which best matches your type of business - products or review requests. Visit the pricing
How are plans billed?
HelpfulCrowd plans are designed to give you access to all premium features as standard together with maximum flexibility and value. Your plan may be either based on the number of products in your catalog or the number of review requests sent in a month. Usually eCommerce stores will be based on products and local business services, such as business reviews, will be based on email review requests. Plans based on email review requests or Orders have a fixed minimum mo
What is counted as an order?
What is an order? An order is defined as 'a sale made to a customer through your online store or an offline order imported into HelpfulCrowd using the manual import feature'. What orders are counted during the free 14-day trial? You can import historical online orders, connect to your online store and send manual review requests during the trial period. Generally during the free trial we allow 500 orders to be imported free of charge. What items are counted for billing purpo
What is counted as a product?
What is a product? A product is counted as a unique product in your HelpfulCrowd account, either as supplied by your eCommerce platform or manually uploaded for custom stores. Generally the product count will be the same as the number of products that are in your store catalog if connected to an eCommerce platform. Products can have three different status's in HelpfulCrowd: Published - active and reviewable Unpublished (Hidden) - not displayed on storefront but review reques
Order Based Billing example walkthroughs
We thought we'd share some examples of how our resident business owner, Fred has selected his plan. Fred is currently on the Handful plan, which has the following components: In-plan orders: 50 orders for $5.00 per month Out-of-plan bundle: 50 orders for $2.50 per bundle Example 1 : 48 actual orders Storeowner Fred has just signed up with HelpfulCrowd and estimates he will usually process about 40 orders a month. He has chosen the Handful plan as it includes the first 50 orders
Can I upgrade and downgrade at any time?
We know that business activity is seasonal and can change month to month. You can upgrade to a higher plan at any time and downgrade to a lower plan once a month. Any billing changes will either be processed immediately or being deferred till the next billing cycle, depending on whether HelpfulCrowd or the eCommerce platform is performing billing.
Are there special discounts for NGO's or charities?
A strong value of HelpfulCrowd is supporting businesses with a strong social responsibility or worthwhile cause. We can't make any promises if your business falls into this category then please connect with us to see what we can do. We also recommend reading: Pricing Blog
Other billing FAQs
Product Based Plans Q: Do inactive products get counted towards my product catalog? A: Inactive products can arise because they are currently out of stock or are discontinued. A product may be inactive in your eCommerce stores but still active in HelpfulCrowd. Any product that is not hidden in the HelpfulCrowd catalog will be counted towards your plan count. Q: Do variant products get counted towards my product catalog? A: Generally no. If the product is setup as a
What is GDPR?
**General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU law that regulates how the personal data of EU residents can be collected, used, and processed by businesses. Under GDPR individuals have rights of access, rectification, erasure, restriction, objection, right not to be subject to automated decision-making of their personal information. What constitutes Personal Information? Personal data is any information that relates to an identified or ide
HelpfulCrowd GDPR Principles
**General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU law that regulates how the personal data of EU residents can be collected, used, and processed by businesses. Under GDPR individuals have rights of access, rectification, erasure, restriction, objection, right not to be subject to automated decision-making of their personal information. What are the broad GDPR principles when it comes to processing personal data? The GDPR sets out seven key prin
Anti-Spam Requirements for Email
Alternative Physical Address Ideas
It can be a challenge to meet the email marketing requirements for a physical address if you work from home or don't have an actual office. If you don't want to use your home address for marketing contacts in emails but don't have an office address, there may be alternative addresses you can use, as long as you're able to receive mail there. In this article, you'll learn about a few ideas that have worked for HelpfulCrowd users in the past. Please note these are suggestions and we recommend you