30 Dec 4 common mistakes after a bad online review
As any local business owner knows a bad online review can have a huge impact on future business. But what should you do when you get the inevitable less-than-positive review? Ignore it? Respond and risk becoming the next Amy’s Baking Company” horror story (as featured on the show Kitchen Nightmares)?
Based on an analysis of thousands of local businesses featured on the Locality.com platform, Locality CEO Jay Shek has developed a list of four crucial mistakes that small business owners frequently make when responding to negative online reviews:
MISTAKE 1: POSTING FAKE POSITIVE REVIEWS
Local neighborhood guides often have red flags in place to find out when a business owner posts fake reviews. Don’t run the risk of being publicly shamed. It’s not worth it.
MISTAKE 2: OVERREACTING
Negative responses, finger-pointing, and customer-blaming is a quick way to turn a bad online conversation into really bad buzz that hurts your bottom line. Instead, be constructive and find a solution.
MISTAKE 3: BEING TOO PASSIVE
Ask your loyal followers to review you online. Target red flags in customer service and nip them in the bud before they find their way to a review.
MISTAKE 4: KEEPING THE CONVERSATION ONLINE
Don’t get stuck online — move the conversation offline. Contact the customer behind the negative review, hear them out, and offer a positive solution.
“Knowing how to deal with online reviews is just one step local business owners should take in creating the perfect online identity.” Jay Shek, CEO, Locality.com
Founded in 2011, Locality is a service that businesses can use to create an online profile and publish their information for free. To sign up, visit locality.com/merchants. Previously, CEO and co-founder Jay Shek managed finance and analytics at Snapfish, an online photo company acquired by Hewlett-Packard. Locality is currently funded by Lightbank, ffVC, Cowboy Ventures, Founder Collective, and others.