What do customer reviews, either on your own website or posted on an online review site, actually do for your online business reputation?
Most business owners tend to see them as a nice extra bonus to help sway an already interested buyer, but this is really just be the tip of the iceberg with regards to their impact.
Today, more and more online shoppers report that they read between one and nine reviews when considering a purchase, and that number tends to be higher with the price of the item or service. And, to add to that information, 90% of those shopping online indicated that the customer reviews had an influence on choosing to buy, or not to buy, a particular product or to do business with a particular company.
There used to be a saying that only dissatisfied customers talk about their experiences, but if you read any online review site, you will find this simply isn’t the case. When customers have a positive experience, even if they had a problem that was resolved, they are still likely to provide good feedback and ratings. This shows future customers that you are a company or business that puts customers first.
Online reviews on your website, or on other websites, also provide assistance for your website movement up the search engine rankings for organic results (those results not from paid advertisements). This is because when customers use a description of the item they bought, or perhaps use an alternate term, this won’t count against your website with Google with regards to keyword density.
Those secondary or less common keywords that customer’s use in their writing is also seen by the search engines, adding to the search terms that will bring up your site.
Trust and Confidence
Word of mouth is still the best source of referrals and is ranked as the most trustworthy. While online reviews aren’t necessarily by someone known personally, if they are from a verified customer from your local area they are seen as trustworthy by other online buyers.
Facebook is a great source of positive reviews that are coming from local people. When your friend, or a friend of a friend, posts a positive review is has more weight than just a ranking with stars or happy faces completed by a stranger.
Getting Online Reviews
Encouraging customers to post online reviews is always a bit of a challenge.This can be done at the time of the purchase, and then a follow-up email with links to leave feedback is also a good option.
Make sure your website also links to all the external sites where you want customers to post reviews. It is also helpful to have information on how to post reviews printed as part of a sales receipt or invoice, and then follow up with clients with a thank you email when reviews are posted online.
We can help you develop a strategy for boosting your search engine rankings and increasing your website potential with customer reviews. As a top NYC marketing firm we have the experience and expertise you need, email or call us at 212-686-0806 today.