online reviews

How To Get Control Of Your Online Reviews

There is no doubt about it!

Online reviews directly shape your image, and are a must have for any business to thrive in today's industry. In fact, studies have shown that 92% of consumers take to the web to browse the review section before contacting a business, and what's more, 84% of consumers trust these stranger's online reviews as much as a personal recommendation from a close family member or friend. Now, given some of the reviews we've come across online, that statistic can quickly become a source of anxiety for any business owner. After all, you can't control the reviews, can you?


Well, apart from always striving for excellence and caring about your staff and consumer interactions, you are right. You can not control the reviews that someone might leave. However, you can control your response and actions, which as it turns out, might be more important in managing reviews than we previously thought.

Let's explore that a little.

Have you ever gone out to a restaurant with friends or family, only to be disappointed by the service and food? You waited a while to be seated, even though you had a reservation. Then, your server forgot to bring you your water. To top it off, your friend's steak was medium instead of medium rare (why do they always get that wrong, anyway?). You gossip among the table about your disappointment, and moments later, your server comes over with the famous “How are your first few bites tasting?” question. Your friends and you smile and say, “Great, thanks!”, and your server walks off. Later on in the evening, you and your group find yourself waiting forever for your dessert. When it finally comes, the manager walks over and asks if you enjoyed your experience. You contemplate complaining, but decide against it, and instead, tell him you had a great time. Why didn't you complain? In all likelihood, you didn't want the confrontation that most of us go out of our way to avoid. The same thing can be seen in online reviews.


Now, in the above restaurant scenario, it would have been reasonable to say something politely, but what if the only negative was the wait time? Unfortunately, there are some people who are triggered by an event or action that others may view as insignificant, and depending on how their day went, they may feel the need to take some steam out on you, your staff, and your establishment. We've all seen this happen!

Studies have shown that the more face to face management interactions, the fewer complaints, but online consumers feel more open to say what they want, how they want without the same confrontation. However, if reviewers see consistent feedback on you reviews, they are less likely to complain about the small things, so that they, too, can avoid what may become a confrontational conversation.

While being proactive with your reviews helps decrease the amount of bad reviews you might receive, we want to maintain a high level of positive reviews without resorting to questionable tactics such as discounts for 5 star reviews, so we strongly encourage listening the complaints you do receive, responding with care and empathy, and making the changes necessary to help your business grow.

Negative reviews are actually a great way to learn, and show off your customer service skills. Think about the last time you searched through reviews, good and bad. Did anyone respond? How did they respond, and how did it make you feel?

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Imagine you are looking to get in to TLC at a local spa, and you are looking through the reviews. You see one positive and one negative review as follows.

Positive Review: 5 Stars
“ My spa treatment was the most relaxing experience I have ever had in my life! Seriously, treat yourself to their aromatherapy massage and scalp treatment, and your life will never be the same! Great staff, awesome atmosphere A+”

Negative Review: 1 Star
“I booked an appointment here for my wife's birthday, and when we got there, the receptionist said didn't have an appointment, and couldn't take her till the next day. The staff obviously don't care. I wouldn't go here if I were you!”

Now, at this moment, you are probably left thinking of the negative review, but imagine you see the business response.

Positive Review: 5 Stars
“ My spa treatment was the most relaxing experience I have ever had in my life! Seriously, treat your self to their aromatherapy massage and scalp treatment, and your life will never be the same! Great staff, awesome atmosphere A+”

“ We are over the moon that you enjoyed your experience with us! That is one of our favourite treatments too! We look forward to pampering you again soon; you deserve it!"

Negative Review: 1 Star
“I booked an appointment here for my wife's birthday, and when we got there, the receptionist said didn't have an appointment, and couldn't take her till the next day. The staff obviously don't care. I wouldn't go here if I were you!”

“We are so sorry that this happened to you and your wife, and there is really is no excuse for it. Birthdays are a special time that need to be cherished, and we do care a lot! If you can give us a second chance, we would love to pamper your wife even more by adding a complimentary half hour massage onto her pedicure for a full day of pampering. In the meantime, we will investigate further as to how this happened. Take care, and we hope to hear from you both soon!”

So, are you left thinking about the negative review, or how kindly the spa responded?

In the end, you can't control the reviews that are left by consumers, but your actions on and offline can go a long way to reducing and even reinventing bad reviews.

Looking for some help reinventing your google review section?

Contact our Online Reputation Specialist to help increase your online reputation and build your consumer base!  

What Does Google Really Think Of Your Reviews?

We already know Google Reviews play an important role for both you and your business, but let's review the facts!


  1. Keeping your reviews current is crucial for keeping your product and services relevant to potential consumers.


  2. 92% of consumers look online for google reviews BEFORE visiting a local shop.


  3. 84% of people trust google reviews just as much as personal recommendation from a close friend or relative.


  4. 80% of consumers will click call or visit a business after reading current positive reviews


So, there you have it. Google Reviews are clearly a lifeline for you, and should definitely be a top priority, but what does Google itself think of your reviews, and just how much impact does it really have in relation to your reputation with Google search engines?


Let's explore that!

When was the last time you googled your business to see where it comes up? If you haven't recently, we strongly suggest you do!

Pro Tip: Do this from a device you never use because the Google puts Einstein to shame, and knows you want to see your own business. We want to see what everyday people see!

Did your business show up on the top of the list? How about the first page?

If it didn't, you're probably feeling a little down at the moment. Getting to the top isn't always easy, but go ahead and let the moment pass, because we are about to give you some information to help rise you to the top!


"Google review count and score are factored into local search ranking"- Google

Google wants to be the best search engine the world has to offer, and they aren't about to let Bing get in the remember them, right?

In order to stay on top, Google needs to be constantly providing consumers with the best location that match their search description. After all, you would never trust Google again if they sent you to the worst Chinese Restaurant in town that time your in-laws came to town and you scrambled to find the best local take out!

Like your consumers, Google trusts the people of the internet to let them know who should rank supreme. This method isn't always full proof, and you will always have some unjust negative reviews out their bumping your score down. That is why a steady stream of great Google Reviews are the most valuable tool for your business!

While Google Reviews are probably the best way to climb your way up the web latter, there are a few other tools you can use so that Google will notice you.

  • Update your website regularly
  • Verify your business with Google Business Pages
  • Provide new content through blog articles, and
  • Remember to use your keywords!
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Google makes it even easier to find out what your customers are looking for by tracking how often your business is being found via related search phrases or direct business lookup!

Want to learn more about handling a negative google review and turning it into a positive? Click here to read more!

Looking for expert help?

Contact Review Me Now today to speak to a professional Online Reputation Specialist!



How To Deal With Negative Google Reviews

OUCH! You're scrolling through your online reviews when you see it. You were on such a great streak, but there it is. A negative google review...

You take pride in your business, so this really hits you where it hurts. Wait a minute... you don't remember this guy! In fact, you don't think you've ever heard of him, let alone had him as a client!

Your blood begins to boil as you read the slander he wrote about you. He talks about bad customer service, terrible products, and how he would give you no stars if it were an option. You raise your adrenaline shaking hands to the keyboard, and you prepare to give this guy a piece of your mind. STOP! Don't over react, and don't let your rage get the best of you!

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I know you're angry, and you have the right to be, but let's think about this logically. By going completely ballistic on this guy, you may get your point across, but at what cost? You risk the chance of turning off future clientele, and you DON'T want to do that!

So, what's next? Do you tell Google to take down this bad review? Well, you can definitely report it, but the truth is, proving a review is fraudulent it extremely hard to do, and the likelihood of having the review removed is very low. So, now what?

Well, the good news is you have been presented with a bit of a blessing in disguise. As it turns out, Google loves businesses that respond to their reviews (all reviews) good or bad. To respond to a google review, you first need to login to your google business page:

Here comes the best part. Now, you get to show your clients just how professional and awesome you really are! When you respond, be sure to stay courteous, and express genuine concern for the lack of quality service they claim to have had. If you are 100% positive the review is false, and you feel no other choice but to address it, you can try responding with something like, “I am so sorry you had such a terrible past experience, but it doesn't seem we have had the pleasure of doing business together. It is incredibly important to me that our clients are happy at all times. So, please, reach out, so we can make sure your experience with us is a positive one!” If you aren't 100% sure it's untrue, it is better to avoid making any claims of falsity, and stick strictly to a response of sincere apology with a clear solution of how to make it better. Be sure to avoid anything that may sound sarcastic!

By responding to the review in a non aggressive way, you will show potential customers that you care for your business, and you care for them. This helps take some of the weight away from the negative review and bury the bad review with lots of positive ones!

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Just How Relevant Are Your Online Reviews?

You made it!

If you have stumbled around the web and found yourself here, then we already know how passionate you are about your business; You value quality and customer satisfaction, and you take your clients' reviews to heart. Well, guess what? So do all your future potential clients!

Let me explain. It's been a long-standing fact that word of mouth is your biggest and best advertising investment, right? Well, that still rings true today, but look around. Hear anyone talking? Maybe not, but you can certainly see them! In today's digital age, everyone is making their voice!

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Did you know a whopping 92% of people read online reviews before visiting a business? In fact, 84% of people trust online reviews just as much as a personal recommendation! That's a whole lot of trust! More importantly, it seems that google reviews reign supreme when it comes to not only trust, but online visibility!

You may be thinking to yourself, No, problem! I rank 5 stars on google reviews already, so what's the real issue here?

Consistency! The key to keeping your business trending and popular is to always have current reviews. Just how important is it? So important that 73% of your customers think a review older than 2 months is no longer relevant. That means that Joe's raving old review from 3 months ago is making zero impact on almost 75% of your potential business!

Don't believe us? Let's think about it!

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Picture this. You're downtown on your lunch hour, and you decide you want to try something new. You instantly take out your phone and head to google. You search great local restaurants downtown. A few pop up, but right away you start examining the google reviews to find only 2 have a 5 star rating. You click on each one to examine them more. The first, shows a great review from 3 months ago: “The sandwich I ordered today was so perfect, I just had to come a leave them 5 stars! The staff was friendly, and we can't wait to be back. I HIGHLY recommend!” (5 stars)

The second restaurant, has a similar good review, but it was just posted yesterday! “I just had the most amazing lunch! Service was quick and the staff was friendly. I have definitely found my go to place!” (5 stars)

Time is running out, and you have to pick a spot fast, or you risk losing out on lunch. Let's be honest? Even though the reviews are similar, you are probably picking what's behind door # 2. Are we right?

Let's explore why that might be. Obviously, you want to be sure you have a good experience. Restaurant #1 sounds great, but why hasn't anyone left a review since? Did it get worse? Is there a new cook? Is it under new management? It could be fine, but you KNOW that people are still having 5 star experiences at restaurant #2! So, why take a chance? Thanks to google reviews, you have made up your mind, and are now sitting in restaurant #2 enjoying a fantastic lunch, and what's more, you're leaving a current 5 star review of your own.

So, be honest, is your business relevant?