Bazaarvoice, Inc., the provider of product reviews and user-generated content (UGC) solutions, announced it has acquired Influenster, a product discovery and reviews platform with nearly six million community members across six continents. The acquisition brings together Influenster’s engaged community of everyday consumers with Bazaarvoice’s industry-leading software and network of over 6,000 global brand and retailer websites. Through the combined solutions of Bazaarvoice and Influenster, brands will have a single partner to help them build relationships with new and existing customers, create comprehensive product reviews and UGC strategy, and power word-of-mouth marketing at scale.

Consumers rely on honest recommendations from peers and other shoppers when discovering and buying products. Brands and retailers that facilitate this peer-to-peer conversation by generating and showcasing UGC boost online and offline sales and foster brand loyalty. In fact, our recent Shopper Experience Index found that best-in-class companies who make UGC available to shoppers drove an average 137% conversion increase and a 157% lift in revenue-per-visitor. Through its platform, Influenster has created a product-obsessed community whose members have written more than 38 million product reviews and who continue to create more than 50,000 pieces of content every day — including photos, videos, and Q&A. Brands work with Influenster to run product sampling campaigns, generate and license organic review and social content, and build brand awareness.

“The decision to join forces with Influenster epitomizes Bazaarvoice’s commitment to connecting brands with consumers and consumers with one another through user-generated content,” said Joe Davis, CEO of Bazaarvoice. “Influenster’s product sampling and review generation offerings further strengthen our core product ratings and reviews solutions, and their hyper-targeting and gamification capabilities will allow us to better support brands’ broader marketing initiatives. We’re excited to partner with a company that shares our belief in the power of the everyday consumer.”

“Our vision has always been to empower today’s consumers to be a trusted voice when it comes to product experiences and recommendations. Bazaarvoice shares a similar mission, making them an ideal partner,” said Elizabeth Scherle, President and co-founder of Influenster. “Since launching Influenster nine years ago, we’ve innovated to meet the changing needs of shoppers as the retail, e-commerce, and social media landscapes evolve. Through this acquisition, we’re excited to continue our growth by developing new capabilities and connecting our highly-motivated community with thousands of brands and more than a billion shoppers in the Bazaarvoice Network.”