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If you’d like to manage your review invitation process using in-house tools, Unique Links might be right for your business. Here you can find a detailed explanation of what they are and how to set them up.
Note: The technology used to protect personal data in a Unique Link is now considered outdated. Trustpilot recommends using Business Generated Links instead, which protect personal data using advanced 256-bit AES encryption.
What is a Unique Link?
A Unique Link is a link that invites customers to leave service reviews, without logging in to Trustpilot. Unique Links can be used in combination with all our other invitation methods.
Each Unique Link is specific to a particular customer interaction, and is generated and stored on your business’s own server. Once you generate the URL, it can be used wherever you want. Customers you send the link to can click through to write a review.
Note: To confirm both their submission and authorship of a review, your customer will receive a four-digit confirmation code to their email address.
How does it work?
A Unique Link URL contains the required customer data to be able to write a service review: name, reference number, and email. But because they are generated and stored on your business’s own server, Trustpilot will only receive this data when customers click the link to write a review.
To ensure the Unique Link comes directly from your business (not a third party) it also includes a hash containing the data, and the Secret Key made by Trustpilot specifically for your business.
Note: If you’d like to set up Unique Links, you’ll need to contact your Trustpilot Account Manager for your Secret Key code.
What does a Unique Link look like?
Here’s an example of a Unique Link using the following data:
- Domain Name: mydomain.com
- Reference Number: A1B2C3
- Customer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Customer Name: John Smith
- Unique Link Secret Key: TrustpilotSecret
It will look something like this:
Note: The Unique Link invitations method is only available to some paying Trustpilot users, depending on your subscription tier.
Create a Unique Link
If you would like to create Unique Links to send to your customers, we suggest programming it to work dynamically with your business’s customer data.
If you want to test what a Unique Link could look like, it can be generated in real time below. This program is ONLY for testing.
Test a Unique Link in a browser
If you’d like to check if your Unique Link was created correctly:
- Paste your link into a browser and navigate to www.trustpilot.com.
- If the URL was created correctly, it should look like the left image. If there is an error in the URL, it will look like the image on the right: