How to Get Online Reviews

How to Get Online Reviews

How important is it to get online reviews?

Research has shown that 9 out of 10 consumers trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation from family and friends.
Not only do consumers read and trust online reviews — they actually help you to rank higher in Google, Yahoo & Bing.
And beyond that they can even improve your conversion rate

For more on the value of online reviews, see our infographic.

People use online reviews to pick a business
When searching online, people really do take online reviews into accout when deciding which listing to click on. For example, if you were looking for an Indian restaurant in Lake George, NY, this local 3-pack might well convince you to drive ½ hour south to Sarasota Springs. But if that’s too far, it’s an easy choice between the two local restaurants.

Avoid phony reviews
There’s an understandable temptation to sort of start the ball rolling by writing a review for yourself. Or to make up for a mediocre average star rating by creating s..

Don’t Show Up Missing on Google My Business!

Don’t Show Up Missing on Google My Business!

Your Google My Business listing is a local business essential
If you’re a local business, dealing with your customers face to face, having an accurate Google My Business listing is critical. Google says this is one of the first things to do to rank well for local searches. Google says “The information in your listing like address, phone, logo, business hours, and website determine what shows up when people see you in Google Search and on Google Maps. See our blog post about getting found in local searches.

Too often information for small businesses on Google My Business is old or out of date. And when your NAP (name address, phone) is out of date or inconsistent with other citations across the web, that compromises your listing. It may even prevent your listing from showing up.

But worse yet is not having a Google My Business listing at all. If you’re a very small business or a new business, odds of not having a Google My Business listing are greater.

How to tell if you have a Googl..