How Online Reviews Can Help Your Business

by on June 7, 2013 · 6 comments

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James Martell just interviewed me on his podcast to talk about how online reviews can help small businesses. We talked about the topic in depth – including:

  • How online reviews help you rank better and get more customers
  • How to ask your customers for reviews
  • What to do if you get a bad review
  • Three things every business owner should be doing

Listen to the Podcast

We also talked about my new Online Review service for small businesses called GetFiveStars, and how it helps you automate asking your customers for feedback and getting reviews.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this – please let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Don is an entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He founded Expand2Web and is the publisher of the Expand2Web Blog, and the GetFiveStars Customer Feedback and Reviews service.

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Derek Carroll June 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Wow Don, that got me thinking really… I guess I had a feeling that reviews would have a big impact on customer conversion, but I really got a wakeup call when it comes to the impact on SEO and brand mentions.
I better get into it for my local presence. Thanks for the heads up!
I did start collecting reviews a little while back to show credibility on my site – it’s so true that you need to chase the good reviewers.

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Don Campbell June 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Yes it’s a good idea because many times consumers don’t think to leave reviews unless they are upset. That’s why its good to ask and slowly build credible reviews over time.

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Alan Smith June 13, 2013 at 3:20 am

Online reviews can make or break your business. Reviews can help your customers to understand your product and services in a better way and you can increase your sales. The Podcast is really nice. Thanks for sharing!

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Don Campbell June 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm

My pleasure Alan, thanks for stopping by.

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Larry Exum June 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm

We have a SEO, and people find us often. However Google has changed the rules again on Online Reviews, so now, clients have given up on attempting to write reviews. Yelp, Google, and the others require you to share your life and sign up for endless spam to be able to review a business. Have you any thoughts?

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Don Campbell June 24, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Well, the big providers like Google and Yelp are requiring that users have active accounts in order to leave reviews. They are doing this because they are trying to fight review spam.

The ideal way to deal with this is to have multiple review options for your customers. So if they already have a Google account, they can leave you a review on Google. If they are already a “Yelper”, they can leave you a review on Yelp. Yahoo and CitySearch allow you to use your Facebook account to leave reviews there.

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