Since it launched in 2016, Thrive Ovation has helped thousands of WordPress website owners collect, manage and display conversion-boosting testimonials to grow their clients and customers.
During this time, we went on a crusade to upgrade, improve, evolve and modernize all our tools, starting with Thrive Theme Builder, Thrive Architect, Thrive Apprentice, and the launch of Thrive Automator.
Now it’s Thrive Ovation’s turn!
Today we’re happy to share some powerful and flexible features... some of them completely new and some of them simply better than before.
Tony has the lowdown in the video above, and below we’ll explore these upgrades in more detail.
So Why Upgrade Thrive Ovation?
And why now?
Thrive Ovation was originally built as a standalone plugin with its own code, development plan, resources and integrations.
In other words... whenever we released cool new features for our other plugins – like Thrive Architect, Apprentice, or Theme Builder – Thrive Ovation didn’t necessarily benefit from these improvements.
But we love Thrive Ovation and so do our customers, so the question became how best to juggle priorities and resources. How can we improve everything at the same time?
The solution is to share the underlying technology between our plugins – so as we improve Thrive Architect, we’re also improving Thrive Ovation for example.
And, oh boy, did we ever!
The new Thrive Ovation is now more powerful, scalable, flexible, and dare we say better looking than ever before.
Here’s a rundown of the new features and changes...
Capturing Testimonials on Your Website
Rebuilt - Using the Power of Our Flexible Lead Generation Element
Thrive Ovation’s testimonial capture element has been rebuilt using our powerful lead generation technology.
This means your testimonial capture forms now share all the same great features and customization options available in Thrive Architect’s Lead Generation element... enhanced mobile responsiveness, smart colors, styling, pixel-perfect layout and positioning, integrations, form fields, and of course professionally designed, conversion-focused templates!
Behind the scenes, this also means that Thrive Ovation will benefit from all future improvements to the Lead Generation element too.
Let’s explore what this means for you...
New - Testimonial Capture Form Templates
The new Thrive Ovation Capture Testimonial element comes with 7 professional design templates to choose from.
As with all our element templates, these can be fully customized to fit your brand, audience and personality. Just choose a template to get started, and tweak it using the Visual Editor until it’s perfect!
New - Fully Customizable Capture Forms
When most people hear that something in WordPress can be customized, it usually means they can toggle a few options, choose from a handful of fonts, and maybe add custom CSS if they’re feeling adventurous.
But we say Thrive Ovation’s Capture Testimonial element is fully customizable, we mean it’s FULLY customizable.
Margin, padding, alignment, backgrounds, colors, images, borders, shadows, custom variations for mobile devices, submit buttons, avatars (more on this later!), field placeholders, icons, required fields, labels, minimum and maximum characters... fully customizable!
It’s easy to add new fields (e.g. questions) to your testimonial capture form, so you can collect additional data from your satisfied customers and clients.
You can even quickly add a GDPR checkbox and a CAPTCHA spam challenge.
New - A Flexible, Interactive Avatar Picker
All those customization options are pretty cool, but we’re particularly proud of Thrive Ovation’s new avatar feature. After all, testimonials are much more believable with a real person’s face behind them.
Now your audience can include a photo when they submit their testimonial simply by choosing one of the following options:
- Gravatar - Automatically displays the Gravatar profile image associated with the testimonial email address
- Google or Facebook - Automatically displays the Google or Facebook profile image associated with the testimonial email address
- Custom URL - Allows the visitor to specify an image URL to display
- No image - For people who are camera shy or privacy conscious
When a visitor clicks the avatar element, they will see only the options you have enabled:
But why can’t visitors upload their own image directly?
There are serious security risks with allowing visitors to upload and display files directly on your WordPress website. After carefully reviewing the risks, we decided it was safer to offer the above options instead.
Note that the custom URL option displays an image from an externally hosted source... nothing is uploaded to your WordPress website. Of course, your visitors can display any publically available image online, so it’s up to you to decide if you trust your audience before enabling this feature.
No promises... but if the new avatar element is a super hit, we might roll it out to other tools like Thrive Apprentice’s student profiles. Hint hint. So let us know in the comments!
Improved - Collect and Share Testimonial Data with Integrations
Ever wished you could automatically pass along new testimonial data from your WordPress website to other services like your email marketing service, Zapier, Hubspot, etc.?
Well now you can, using the familiar integration options originally found in the Lead Generation element.
In practical terms, this means you can automatically add people to your email list, set tags to later send special offers, trigger automations and much more.
We’re really interested to see what types of integrations and workflows you find valuable, so be sure to share your ideas below.
Displaying Testimonials on Your Website
Rebuilt - Using the Power of Our New Post List element
Just like we shamelessly repurposed the Lead Generation element for capturing testimonials, we also completely rebuilt the Display Testimonials element using our amazing Post List element.
That means you can display and customize your customer and client testimonials in any way you choose.
At the risk of repeating myself, you now have access to all the customization options included in the Post List element that so many of you love. Read on for specifics!
And just like with the Capture Testimonials element, this also means that Thrive Ovation’s Display Testimonial element will benefit from all future improvements to the Post List element too.
New - Testimonial Display Templates
The new Display Testimonials element includes 37 professionally designed templates to show off your testimonials on your website.
Not only do these templates look great, but they’re also – yep, you’ve guessed it – fully customizable and smart color enabled!
If you’re a Thrive Ovation customer, you can find all these new templates waiting for you today.
New - Fully Customizable
If you’re familiar with our new Post List element, you’ll know just how insanely customizable it is... And because we’ve moved Thrive Ovation over to this same technology, you can now make your testimonials look and behave exactly like you want.
Of course it supports all the standard styling and layout features included in our Visual Editor, but we’ve also added some extra-special upgrades that you’ve going to love.
Now you easily display your testimonials in a grid, masonry, or list layout AND ... *drum roll* ... even in an interactive carousel!
The carousel layout now offers a range of extra, customizable features so you can craft the perfect testimonial section for better social proofing:
- Show arrows - Enable and customize the previous and next arrows to the side of your testimonial element
- Show dots - Enable and customize the pagination dots underneath your testimonials to provide alternative navigation and a visual indicator of how many are available
- Infinite sliding - Return the first testimonial after the scrolling past the last one
- Drag to scroll - Perfect for mobile visitors who swipe with their finger
- Columns - Choose the number of columns
- Autoplay - Automatically cycle between testimonials
- Overlap end items - Show part of the previous and next testimonials so visitors know there’s more to read
- Uniform slides height - Ensure your testimonials are vertically consistent
- Single slide fader - Display a single testimonial with a fading image
Updated - A Simplified, Modern Display Filter
And finally, we’ve also cleaned up the testimonial filter UI to make it even easier to show specific testimonials and set the groundwork for future improvements.
When you add a new Display Testimonials element, you’ll be asked if you want to show specific testimonials or create a dynamic list.
- Specific testimonials - Manually choose and reorder the testimonials you want to display.
- Dynamic list - Automatically show testimonials based on the tags you specify. You can also set the order based on published date, and limit the number of testimonials shown.
These New Thrive Ovation Features Are Available NOW
We’re really excited to upgrade Thrive Ovation to help you collect, manage and display testimonials on your WordPress website. This important update is another big step towards sharing the same powerful technology and benefits between all the tools inside Thrive Suite.
And best of all, it’s all waiting for you right now.
If you’re not yet a Thrive Ovation customer, then you’re missing out on the best testimonial WordPress plugin, and all the conversion-boosting social proof that goes with it. So if you want more customers, more clients, and a more professional brand that showcases your success stories, check out Thrive Ovation today.