In this era of social networking, social media, and the social web, it all comes down to this one question – if we don’t know anything about the users on our site, how can we build a relationship with them?
If you think about that for a second, it is a pretty powerful statement.
The new success metrics we just talked about: Quality of traffic on your site Interactions on your site Sharing content from your site
All of these metrics revolve around knowing your users and then using this knowledge to create experiences and offers that are engaging and relevant.
But, how do you get there? We all recognize that this is quite different from an off-line setting where you can pick up verbal and non-verbal cues, ask questions and build a profile over the course of an interaction. It is much trickier in an online setting.
One solution is to use the information received from a user during the registration process to help bridge this gap.
A registered user opens up a new world of possibilities including multiple opportunities for deeper, more targeted marketing activities that can impact the bottom line.
Discuss the transformation in OpenID from something that was going to be adopted by consumers to a piece of the back end plumbing
BBC round table and issues raised: Deployability Usability # of live openids
Led to founding of OpenID Foundation
Higher Registrations: Increase conversion of visitor to registered user by 25% to 50%* Better Login: Reduce forgotten password costs and frustration by up to 50%* Increased Referral Traffic, SEO, and Brand Projection: Allow users to share activities (purchases, product reviews, blogs, surveys, video views) with friends on social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google, MySpace, LinkedIn, Microsoft, etc.) with links back to your websites Customers as advocates, project your brand beyond your website, links back improve SEO Websites seeing anywhere from 5 to 25* referral visits for each social publishing link Referral visitors are highly qualified and come with active identity accounts for easy registration & login Collecting Rich Customer Data: Build richer customer profiles by using customers’ existing online accounts - name, verified email address, shipping address**, phone**, payment info**, nickname, language, zip code, age, friends lists, address books, personal interests & hobbies, photos, etc. Improved Mobile Experience: Provide a much quicker and simpler user experience via mobile applications Website Federation: Single sign-on (SSO) for your customers across multiple web properties and component solutions (commenting, rating and reviews, customer feedback, community, etc.).
By providing the option to register with multiple networks, you cast a wide net and potentially reach more users.
Based on the demographics of your users and the content of your site, certain networks might carry more weight. For example, Janrain customer Business Journals is seeing over 25% of their logins come through LinkedIn which makes sense considering it is a business newspaper. Contrast that with a media site which probably sees more Facebook or Yahoo logins.
This data is based on over 250,000 websites across industries such as retail, media, entertainment, online guides, technology and non-profits.
In addition to an expedited registration process, you also receive profile data on the users without making them fill out a lengthy form.
Not only do you receive standard demographic data but you can also capture their interests, hobbies, activities and other information to give you a more in depth understanding of the user.
Another advantage of leveraging your user’s existing credentials for registration is pre-populating the form.
Even with the varied and rich profile data that you receive when a user signs in with a Facebook login for example, there may be a few pieces of additional data that you deem critical.
Pre-populate the form with as much data as you can and then only require the user to fill in a few additional pieces or to sign up for a newsletter.
By storing this rich data in your user management system, you will be able to offer more personalized experiences to the user.
Another advantage of offering registration with an existing identity is you can make it easy for users to invite their friends to join them on the site and you gain access to the social graphs of your users.
It is important to keep in mind that social graphs differ by network. Close friends are on Facebook, Colleagues and Professional connections on LinkedIn, etc.
This connects back to the earlier point of the importance of offering a wide variety of social networks for registration.
In addition to enabling the sharing of user activities via social network feeds, you can allow users to invite friends.
Mahalo, a popular knowledge sharing community, lets users login with a preferred social network or email account. Janrain Engage pulls in a list of friends, helping you connect the user with friends from other networks that are already members of your site.
In addition, you can import contacts from Google (Gmail), Yahoo! or Windows Live (Hotmail/MSN), allowing users to send email invitations asking friends to join the site.
This provides another effective channel to promote your brand to the social graphs of your users and increase time on site and engagement.
In addition to faster registration processes, increased conversion rates, and access to user data that you get from leveraging existing login credentials, equally important are the hard cost savings.
As we all know, password recovery is an expensive proposition.
According to the Gartner Group, between 20-50% of all help desk calls are for password resets.
And Forrester Research estimates the average help desk labor cost for each of those resets to be about $70.
When you offer login with existing credentials, by contrast, you avoid these costs.
For example, Janrain customer Tal.ki recently noted that prior to leveraging existing credentials for registration, they had over 30 support requests per day related to password and account recovery issues. This number has dramatically decreased.
This is becoming a competitive advantage
Stanford GSB Portland Alumni - Leveraging Social Media for Customer Engagement
Technologies to Increase Online Engagement
Chairman, OpenID Foundation
Agenda: Social Login and Publishing
Utilizing OpenID and OAuth for online engagement
– Increase registration and login rates
– Collect rich, accurate user profile data
– Supported by Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Microsoft, AOL,
MySpace, PayPal, NTT Docomo, France Telecom, Telecom Italia, and many others
Role of social networks and identity providers
– Expanding brand reach
– Increasing qualified referral traffic
– Access the social graph of your users
Best practices and trends
Forces at Work
1. Growing expectation for sites to have a social
2. Know more about your customers to gain mindshare
and market share
3. Registration can be a barrier and “identity fatigue”
4. What friends recommend is becoming critical
Harder to build relationships with
anonymous site visitors…
A registered user opens up a
new world of possibilities
Social Login Evolution
Started with Microsoft Passport – transportable user managed ID
Open standards followed: OpenID, OAuth, Portable Contacts,
Activity Streams, Open Social, etc.
Foundations and standards bodies formed
Support by large players including Google, Yahoo, AOL, Facebook,
Twitter, PayPal, MySpace, LinkedIn, Microsoft, France Telecom,
Telecom Italia, Verisign, NTT Docomo, etc.
Evolution from community to content to commerce applications
Founded in 2007
Non-profit, open-standard technology organization like Linux Foundation
Promoting open standards for user-managed identity
Board members include folks from Google, Yahoo, Facebook, PayPal, Microsoft, IBM,
Sears, NY Times, and NPR
OpenID Foundation members include:
Benefits of Social Login
Higher registration conversion rates
Increase referral traffic
Improve SEO through user generated content and links
Expand brand reach across your user’s social networks
Collect rich customer data
Improve the mobile experience
Enable single sign-on (SSO) experiences
Minimize help desk costs for password recovery
Accounts Enabled For Social Login
How is it Being Used: Kodak Example
“Join for FREE” call to action, familiar graphical interface for intuitive use
Reach and Benefits of Multiple Social Networks
Yahoo, AOL, and LinkedIn for more mature market segments
Facebook, Yahoo, Google, and Hotmail/LiveID for international
LinkedIn, Google, and Microsoft for B2B customers
Facebook, MySpace and Twitter for younger, socially oriented
Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft to import address books
PayPal for commerce
Social Login Preferences
Source: 250,000 websites using Janrain Engage
Login Preferences Vary By Category*
Results vary by demographics, market segment, application, geography, etc.
*Statistics from Janrain Customer Base
Profile Data from Social Networks for Customization
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Customer Profile Data by Social Network
Password Recovery Is Expensive
“According to the Gartner Group, between 20% to 50% of all
help desk calls are for password resets. Forrester Research
states that the average help desk labor cost for a single
password reset is about $70.”
Source: Mandylion Search Labs
My research indicates this is an undeniable trend, that corporate
websites must integrate social networks to increase the relevancy and
interaction of their websites…
Consumer facing companies should look at their customers socialgraphics
to first identify which social networks they should allow for integration of,
yet be inclusive by using a Social Sign On feature which allows for
consumers to register using a variety of login options.
Altimeter Group Analyst, former Forrester Group Analyst
September 27, 2010
The trust factor of friends’ suggestions can make a big difference. Loopt’s users
are 20X more likely to click on a place their friends had liked or visited than a
place that simply ranked higher in search results.
“Improving search has always been about improving relevance,” Augie Ray of
Forrester said. “But the thinking now is that getting information from your
immediate social network is what will really make results more relevant.”
“People are likely to find what your friends are saying about the iPhone 4 or a
Chinese restaurant more helpful in a Web search,” said Matt Cutts, a software
engineer who oversees search quality at Google.
Sept 12th, 2010
NY Times: Search Takes a Social Turn
Who’s Using Social Login?
News & Media Retail Government & Non-Profit
Integrated into Leading Technology Platforms
networking platform for
Community & review platform
that powers Sears, P&G,
Nintendo, Kitchen Aid,
Whirlpool, Kraft, SC Johnson…
Uses on over 100,000
white-label community sites
Deployed across 25,000 client
websites on its community-
powered support platform
Deployed across 20,000
client websites for its
Integrated into its forum
technology that is
embedded on 20,000
platform for Microsoft, RedHat,
Avid, Navteq, Coldwater Creek,
and several govt. agencies
Social Network & Community Platforms
Customer Feedback Tools
Technology Platforms (continued)
Leading CMS for NY Times, CNN, Fox, WSJ,
Reuters, TechCrunch, Flickr, Harvard, NASA,
Yahoo, Rolling Stone, Xerox, USPS, Ford, etc.
Leading CMS for AT&T, Mattel, Zappos,
Warner Bros, ABC, Nokia, Levis, NPR,
Economist, Harvard, MIT, White House,
CMS Turnkey Plug-ins
Content Communication Platforms
Deployed on >100K
websites of all sizes and
Market leading media sites including
AMC, Newsweek, Time, Forbes, Wash
Post, Discovery, cNet, Dow Jones,
Market leading sites including
AARP, NFL, Best Buy, USA Today,
Lowes, Kraft, Microsoft,
Southwest Airlines, etc.
Hot Off the Press: Ning Partners with Janrain
Social Sign in Adoption
Wikis, Blogs, Forums
Magazines, Guides, etc.
Services, Auctions, etc.