Even established brands need to continuously build on their digital presence.
Just because your company has been around for a while doesn’t mean your prospects see you as a leader or an authority. Some know this all too well - especially those in competitive industries like Truckstop.
Truckstop enables shippers, carriers, and brokers to keep on trucking.
The company provides a complete suite of tools, most notably its best-in-class load board for today’s trucker. A load board functions as a marketplace for shippers and brokers to post jobs where truckers can choose a load that aligns with their needs.
Truckstop has been in business for over 25 years. Despite being the first marketplace of its kind for shippers and carriers for so long, the company was facing increased competition and knew they needed a strategy for solidifying their status as a leader in the trucking industry.
Truckstop turned to G2 to do just that.
The team behind Truckstop knew that they had a good product and were confident that their customers could prove it to the world. For SaaS companies looking to tap into qualified software buyers, G2 is the best marketplace to harness the power of peer validation.
But while it was important for the company to establish itself as a leader, they were also focused on the ultimate goal: acquiring more buyers.
Director, Demand Gen and Content at Truckstop
After setting up a G2 profile, Truckstop began to prioritize their presence on G2. Some of their marketing and leadership teams saw G2 as a great lead generation tool but knew that was contingent on building up reviews. Truckstop soon learned that collecting high-quality, authentic reviews takes time.
A few months and several review generation campaigns later, the team at Truckstop started exploring new options to accelerate their review generation. The team was growing fast with a tight bandwidth to manage one-off review generation campaigns was becoming a challenge. It became clear that the team had some challenges to overcome, so they started exploring their options for automation.
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Truckstop was already leveraging one of G2’s partners, Pendo, for in-app messaging to their customers. They soon learned that they could also utilize Pendo to request and capture reviews from their customers right in their product.
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Pendo triggers a review request with a visual overlay when users are most active. Instead of directing a user to G2 to submit a review, Pendo allows them to submit their feedback directly in your product at the moment where they’re the most engaged.
Submitting a review through Pendo also removes a layer of friction from the review process. If a user opts to fill out a review via Pendo, they don’t have to create a G2 account or use G2’s social login options to submit their review. The reviewer also still has the option to submit their review anonymously.
Truckstop soon realized that implementing Pendo not only gave them “always on” functionality to drive more reviews, but it opened up several other benefits.
Many companies are hesitant about automating review collection since it leaves them open to receiving negative reviews. Truckstop knew this was possible, but the team was open to welcoming that uncertainty.
In fact, opening up for negative reviews is better for a brand in the long run. Authenticity is the name of the game for users to actually trust the reviews they read, and that can’t happen if the reviews are perfect.
Content & Email Marketing Manager at Truckstop
With all of the pieces in place, Truckstop activated the Pendo integration in early October 2021. The plan was to trigger review requests for users who were active for at least 30 days. This was to give users enough time to get a feel for the load board so they could share more honest and accurate feelings about it.
And from there, the reviews (and badges) rolled in.
With the Pendo integration activated and reviews pouring in at a faster rate, the Truckstop team was beginning to see some good results. More importantly, they were seeing positive movement towards achieving their other goals.
Every vendor wants that coveted top spot in their target software categories. Increasing their number of reviews at a consistent pace meant more customer feedback for Truckstop on G2, and they soon earned their first-ever G2 Leader badge. What’s better is that they were able to stay on top for both the Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 G2 Grid Reports.
Now that they had rightfully earned the top spot, how did their position on G2 feed into their other goals?
Prior to activating Pendo, the team at Truckstop weren’t seeing the results they initially expected in terms of lead collection on their G2 profile.
But, after a few months of collecting reviews at their new accelerated pace, their monthly leads increased. And because these leads were already researching Truckstop on G2, they were highly qualified and much more likely to convert.
Walsh explains, “G2 is a really great resource for us to connect with that more qualified buyer who is further down the funnel in their sales journey than our other marketing efforts can provide.”
Beyond new leads, generating reviews at this scale was also providing Truckstop with more information about their customers than ever before.
Just like how user surveys can be critical to improving products and understanding customers, constructive feedback from G2 reviews can be a great resource for product teams. G2’s reviews have a structure that gets as in-depth as possible to truly understand user sentiment about a product.
Digital Marketing Program Manager at Truckstop
For example, Truckstop had a mobile app that the team knew needed some improvements towards the beginning of 2022. Using some of the feedback from constructive reviews, the team rolled out a new mobile app in April of the same year that puts the newest version in a much better place.
Before activating Pendo across the Truckstop website and app, Truckstop had roughly 30 reviews after their first year with G2 and hovering around the #13 spot for Freight Management, their target software category.
Fast forward to Spring 2022, and Truckstop is in a much different place. Just a few months after turning on Pendo, the impact became clear.
Truckstop is not only #1 on the Grid for both of their target software categories, but they’ve seen a 150% increase in monthly leads from G2. And they attribute much of that success to the Pendo integration. Over 92% of their review volume, a total of 124 reviews have been directly sourced from Pendo, and 76% of those reviews were 4-stars or higher.
increase in monthly leads from G2
reviews from Pendo, accounting for 92% of total review volume
of reviews were four stars or higher
And they’re not stopping there. Walsh says, “I think this is going to be just the start of something really great for us."
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Stephen is a Sr. Content Marketing Specialist at G2. With over 8+ years of digital marketing experience, he's helped countless B2B tech brands reach new highs through content creation and SEO. When not nerding out about the artistry behind well-written copy, Stephen can be found info-dumping about homemade cocktails, Italian cuisine, and why vinyl is the superior physical medium for music.