Have you ever found yourself compelled to leave a review for a product, service or an experience you’ve had? Or better yet, respond to a review that’s been left about you or a service you provided? How to respond to reviews is not something most of us learn.
We normally just speak our mind by giving our opinion, right?
Most of us have had an opportunity to leave a review about something or someone. And like most people, we feel our review matters. We feel it will help someone make a better decision, or we wouldn’t bother leaving one.
Leaving reviews has evolved into a serious factor in a businesses success.
Learning how to respond to reviews is just as important as the review itself.
So, today we are going to uncover the best ways to respond to reviews – both good and bad. You will learn about 4 types of reviewers and some guidelines on how to respond with grace.
Responding to customer reviews helps improve customer communication and retention. It can also be a snapshot of how your brand handles situations with its customers.
Are you ready to learn how to confidently respond to reviews?
Let’s get started.
Think about this question – what can you learn from customer reviews?
The answer… everything you need to know about your brand. Customer reviews are a direct route into the mind of your customer.
They are explaining first hand what works and what does not work. Consequently if you ignore your customer reviews you begin to drive them away. Which displays for future clients that you avoid them when something is wrong.
By not responding to them it communicates you don’t care about your customers experience in any way.
A 2019 consumer review survey showed that among the consumers that read reviews – 97% read the businesses responses to those reviews. And in the same study, it was shown that a consumer on average must read a minimum of 10 reviews in order to trust a business.
There is no denying the shift in the direction online business is moving. It is based heavily on getting reviews and more importantly learning how to respond to those reviews appropriately so you build the reputation you want to be known for with your customers.
Now that we have discussed the main reason customer reviews are important, let us briefly discuss the other benefits received from customer reviews.
Now that we have driven home the value reviews hold. It’s time to list out some review types and some appropriate ways to approach responding to these reviews.
Responding to negative reviews can be so difficult. It can be hard to hear something bad about your business or service. And sometimes reviews can be downright merciless.
We all love these don’t we! There is not much to say here but these reviews still need your undivided attention. These reviews allow you to seize an opportunity to create customer retention.
These situations present themselves when things went well but a small confusion or hiccup got in the way of a fully smooth transaction.
This is your customer that is the hardest to please, they most likely review every product and business they use. They have high standards that often can be unrealistic. None the less you must respond, with an open mind to their concerns.
Knowing how to respond to reviews, is a talent that must be acquired in order to remain a top competitor in the business arena. Today we uncovered 4 major types of reviewers and easy and simple guidelines to respond to those types of reviews.
Remember: The way your business is perceived matters. Not just by what you say, but more importantly by what your customers are saying.
Portside Marketing is an agency that knows a thing or two about helping small to medium size businesses get found by customers and thrives on helping you participate in improving your businesses online reputation.