Social Media Today reports that review quantity gains the trust of 70 percent of consumers. An ideal number for online reviews rests between a 6 and 10 reviews minimum. Do you have that many reviews?
If not, here are some important things to keep in mind that will help you score more quality reviews for your business.
Ask for Client Reviews and Follow Up
The simplest way to get more customer and client reviews is to simply ask. If you don’t ask for feedback, many customers won’t remember to do it, since they have other things to do. Incorporate feedback requests at appropriate times, such as through a follow-up email survey or on an invoice.
Or, if you’re trying to heavily increase your amount of reviews, feel free to just email or call people. This could be people you work with. Request an honest review.
Show customers clearly where they can go to leave online reviews by providing them with website URLs. Or explain how to leave a review on social media sites unless you’re simply accepting reviews via email.
If someone responds initially and sounds like they’re interested in leaving a review but fail to follow through, don’t be afraid to send a follow-up reminder. Just make this easy and quick to send a brief review.
Since I tend to work with more clients than customers, I usually ask people to send 1–3 sentences of their honest review of working with me and that seems to do the trick.
Express The Value To Your Customers/Clients
First, let your customers know how valuable feedback is for you. Explain how reviews help your business grow and how they only take a few seconds. Make the process easy for customers or clients to leave you a review. Consider you can even offer an incentive like a discount on a product or service if they leave an honest review.
You don’t want to bribe or pay people for reviews, but there’s nothing wrong with being encouraging. But, mostly be grateful since you are asking someone else to make time to do a favor for you.
After someone gives you a review, actually say thank you. You can address anything they mentioned in the review whether it’s positive or negative. If negative, fix it quickly.
Don’t Be Afraid to Get Bad Reviews
You can’t always delight every customer every time. I figured this out pretty quick when I started pushing my company. Don’t let your fear of getting negative reviews turn you away from getting any reviews. Negative reviews can seem like the end of the world to small business owners. It’s understandable that you want to avoid them.
Depending on your niche, negative reviews aren’t actually all that bad and are often expected. A ton of positive reviews can look somewhat suspicious because everyone has weaknesses and drawbacks.
Just make sure you’re offering an exceptional product or service. Some things people point out may be out of your control and solely up to their personal preferences. The thought of getting a negative review can still scare you. Realize that you need to carefully take care of customers and target who you want to request a review from.
Ideally, you’ll want to reach out to people who you went above and beyond the service requirements for. Has anyone left you a positive response on social media? You don’t have to ask everyone for a review. Especially if you have a brick and mortar, stick to asking people who you know have had a positive experience.
If you do receive a negative review online, respond quickly and try to solve the issue. Also, utilize any constructive criticism you receive to improve your products or services. And, for heaven’s sake don’t go shooting your mouth off at them.
Focus On Connecting With Customers
It’s important to spend time engaging with your customers through social media channels. When you create an emotional connection with your customers, you set yourself apart from the nameless, faceless big-box stores and companies.
Your biggest fans and social media advocates are more than happy to shout their opinion of you from the rooftops, so encourage them to post online reviews during the conversation.
Social media engagement can be as simple as talking with customers in social media comments and addressing any problems or concerns mentioned on your profiles. Creating strong relationships with customers doesn’t have to take up your entire day or small business marketing budget.
Some customers want to review your business after engagement, but they don’t know how to go about it — so make it clear for them. If you’re a local business, keep in mind that Facebook will ask visitors to leave a review if they check in at your location.
A few hints for asking client online reviews:
1.Try not to offer incentives. A good part of your clients will do it for nothing. If you offer to pay your top brand ambassadors, it’s possible they will get turned off, which could hurt your business by dampening the enthusiasm of these mavens.
2. Make it simple for clients. Try not to send them a link to review you on Google unless they have a Gmail address.
3. Try not to approach individuals for Yelp reviews. This quite often backfires. You may get a couple of positive reviews for the time being, however in the event that your clients are not dynamic Yelpers, Yelp’s SPAM filters will in the end toast their reviews. You’ll wind up without any reviews and possibly some furious clients who ask why their online reviews vanished.
4. Do it quickly. Try not to hold up. Individuals are likely to give you input immediately. The longer the time lapse between customer engagement and request for review, the probability of getting reviews drops sharply.
5. On the off chance that you have the client’s email address, follow up with an email containing links for online reviews. Follow up messages can represent a gigantic level of review conversions.