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December 16, 2020

10 Biggest Graphic Design Mistakes in Your Marketing Pieces

10 Biggest Graphic Design Mistakes in Your Marketing Pieces Design work is an intricate process. It is far too important to get wrong. To produce premium designs, all the little details are essential. That’s why there are several common user interface (UI) design errors and weak points that cause graphic design mistakes. How can you as a business owner prevent these typical errors? Keep reading for some tips and suggestions concentrated on assisting you to […]
December 16, 2020

Print Marketing Trends – Branding 2020

Print Marketing Trends – Branding 2020 Why Print Will Never Die When you work in marketing, keeping up with the latest trends in the name of the game. As some technologies and strategies become obsolete others take off like a rocket ship. It’s important to aware of what’s trending and what’s losing steam. After all, it doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with digital or print marketing trends, you have to stay sharp.  The best part […]
June 17, 2020
5 Ways to Market on a Budget

Get Top 5 DIY Marketing Tips to Simple Marketing

No matter if it’s a big recognizable company or a small business just getting started, both face challenges when marketing their products or services. For a smaller business, the budget is often an issue. So, in this article, we are going to share the most effective top 5 DIY marketing tips that get results. And don’t worry, these tips won’t blow your entire budget. Let’s uncover these top 5 DIY marketing tips so your business […]
June 25, 2019
Business Assets for Marketing

Important Business Assets You Need to Have

When you own a business there are many things to consider. From inventory to employees to accounting, you’re always busy doing something. One thing that can’t get lost in the shuffle is how you market your business and manage your business assets. These days everyone goes online to look for a business or service they need. Once they find a few, they search how successful they are via reviews. That’s why you need to make […]
December 14, 2018
Digital Marketing

What are the Different Types of Digital Marketing?

The term “Digital Marketing” has grown in scope and meaning over the years. Two decades ago digital marketing could have referred to the type of old bank signs that told time and temperature.  Today it could refer to several different types of internet marketing that have become more effective than print advertising.  If you’re in the business world, it’s important that you understand what each subset of digital marketing entails. Likewise, it’s important to know […]

Quote of the Day

Lisa shares some quotes, along with her thoughts, feelings and in some cases advice! Here are just a few.
February 21, 2016

Neglect is Harmful

Quote of the Day by Portside Marketing
September 16, 2016

Stubborn Kitty

Quote of the Day - Stubborn Kitty
October 24, 2016

Two With Nature

Quote of the Day - Two With Nature

Reviews play a big part when it comes to shaping consumers’ decisions. Positive reviews are social proof for customer trust and the reputation of the business. These reviews can convert into clicks to websites, leads, and a boost in search rankings. Recent surveys go as far to suggest that over 90% of adults under 35 trust online reviews just as much as they trust personal recommendations.

In short, reviews matter. Almost half of consumers won’t even consider using a company with poor reviews. Unfortunately, the power of reviews has so much pull these days that there are people out there who will manipulate reviews for their own benefit. While the fake review industry has been under careful watch, fake reviews still make it through from time to time.

Yelp Reviews

Yelp is one of many online review platforms. One year ago, they began aggressively targeting any businesses that seemed to have suspicious reviews. They have since reported that they’ve placed consumer alerts on nearly 250 businesses for engaging in what they deem to be “questionable review practices.”

Many business owners don’t realize this, but asking your customers for Yelp reviews is a violation of Yelp’s Terms of Service. You should, under no circumstances, ask your customers to review your business on Yelp.

Yelp’s review ghost algorithm is extremely good at finding reviews that say or imply that the business asked the customer to leave a review. When they find these, they filter them out or place them in the “not recommended” area.

As long as you’re honorable when it comes to your reviews and not probing customers for Yelp reviews, you don’t have anything to worry about with this process. However, occasionally fake reviews to make it through the algorithm. These fake reviews can really damage your business by either saying things that aren’t true about your company, or artificially inflating the rankings of another.

Identifying Fake Yelp Reviews

Despite Yelp’s best efforts, nothing is fool proof. But here are some tips for spotting fake reviews on Yelp:

Fake Profile Photos

Take a look at the reviewer’s profile. If the picture doesn’t seem genuine you can do a reverse image search on Google with the profile picture. Fake review profiles often use stock profile photos. So, if you see a number of other sources for the same picture, chances are it’s a fake review profile.

Check Out Their Other Reviews

On Yelp, you’re not only able to click on the user’s profile picture, but you can also see which other businesses that profile has reviewed. This can give a clue as to if a profile may be fake. Typically, suspicious review activity falls into one of these two categories:

  • Reviewing several similar businesses
  • Posting reviews across several states

For example, if one profile reviews six plumbers in four different states then it’s probably a fake profile engaging in fraudulent reviews. If you see several reviewers leaving reviews for the same handful of businesses, then that’s also a sign of fake reviews.

View Customer Photos

Sometimes reviews are accompanied by a photo, uploaded by the user. If the reviews are fake, then there’s a good chance you’ll see stock photos in this area as well. A quick reverse image search will confirm any suspicions. If a user does use a stock photo then Yelp will either remove that review or move it into the “not recommended” area. However, no algorithm is perfect.

We suggest really investigating reviews for home remodeling companies as these businesses in particular seem to be littered with fake reviews.

Do Your Research

Consumers, now more than ever, are really digging into reviews on platforms like Yelp. Many businesses try to game the system by taking every advantage they can over a competitor. However, when it comes down to it, these fake reviews are doing more harm than good for everyone.

The best thing a business can do to fight fake reviews is provide an excellent product or service along with superior customer service. These things are likely to result in positive reviews that weigh much more heavily than any fake review can.

Customers read 10 reviews on average before they make a decision. It’s important for consumers to be aware of what’s really happening with reviews. It’s also important for business owners to be diligent when it comes to following the terms and conditions for various review sites. And finally, everyone needs to know how to spot a fake Yelp review so they can report it.

If you have questions about reviews or your search engine ranking, call Portside Marketing today at (972) 979-9316 to speak to our SEO specialists.

September 17, 2019

Identifying and Handling Fake Yelp Reviews

Reviews play a big part when it comes to shaping consumers’ decisions. Positive reviews are social proof for customer trust and the reputation of the business. These reviews can convert into clicks to websites, leads, and a boost in search rankings. Recent surveys go as far to suggest that over 90% of adults under 35 trust online reviews just as much as they trust personal recommendations. In short, reviews matter. Almost half of consumers won’t […]