Online reviews matter when it comes to attracting more customers and helping them to choose between your company and your competition.
With Google dominating online searches, Google business reviews are an essential ranking signal for local SEO. So it makes sense that you work on getting reviews on your Google My Business page.
Google My Business helps businesses to manage their information that appears in maps and search results all in one place.
With local search results, Google will show a series of businesses in the area which is known as the “local pack” It is from here that your potential customers will see your information like your address, phone number and reviews that people have written about you.
Not only do reviews help you with your click-through rate, they can also help your business appear in the local pack in the first place.
Contact Happy Customers
It should go without saying, but it is recommended to request reviews from happy customers. As they act as the best brand advocates. Do not ask customers who appear upset or dissatisfied as they may leave a bad review and damage your reputation.
Get Your Timing Right
This one is a fine line between not asking too early and not asking too late. Too early and your customer may not have got the full benefits of your product or service and may simply not have an opinion on it yet. Too late and that initial sense of impressiveness you created may have faded.
Educate Your Customers on How to Leave a Review
Hand out cards, add a link to your digital invoices or ask customers as they’re paying the bill. Don’t be shy. You can also create a page or blog post on your website with instructions on how to leave a Google review. For many people, the hardest part is simply not knowing how to do it. That’s where mediaBoss comes in, we’re here to help you with ideas on how to ask.
Create a link from Google Search
Step 1. On your computer, search for your business using Google.
Step 2. Find your business listing and click Write a review.
Step 3. Copy and paste the URL you see in your address bar.
If these steps don’t work for you,
you’ll need to use the PlaceID Lookup Tool instead.
Create a link using the PlaceID Lookup Tool
Step 1. Go to the Google Places API.
Step 2. Enter your business name in the “Enter a location” field at the top of the map.
Step 3. Click your business name in the list that appears.
Step 4. Your Place ID will appear on the map, beneath your business name.
Step 5. Add your Place ID to the following URL after the equals sign to create your link
Write a personal Email
A simple email asking customers to leave a review is a quick and easy method of receiving feedback. Your email could read something like this:
Thank you for your business. We really appreciate your support and feedback, and truly value you as a customer.
Our goal is to provide the very best products/service and we are always looking for ways to improve. We would love to hear your feedback, and I would be incredibly grateful if you could take a couple of minutes to write a quick Google review for us.
To submit your review, simply click the link below and let us know what you think.
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. Your feedback is highly appreciated and important to us and I look forward to reading your comments.
Shorten your URL using bitly.
Create a shortened version of the long code above and get the added benefit of setting up tracking on that particular link. Simply paste the long URL and click SHORTEN. Bitly will give you a shortened link that is easier to paste.
Like this sample. https://bit.ly/2t5RUKH
Now send to your clients and start getting Google reviews.