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How To Generate 5-Star Business Reviews For Your Business

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Getting a 5-star review is easy. Just do your job in such a way that your customers can't wait to tell the world how wonderful you are, and then ask them to review your service on one of the Internet review sites. Sounds easy enough doesn't it? ... but there's more.

Based on my Local Search Marketing research, the quantity and quality of your reviews do seem to make a difference. It is more common to see a business listing with more reviews ranked near the top of the search rankings than a business with few or no reviews, but this is not always the case.

Here's What Really Matters

Ranking aside, searchers are much more likely to click on a business listing with a significant number of reviews than they are on a listing with fewer reviews. What's more important however is that these same searchers are much more likely to contact a business with a 5.0 rating than a business with a 3.2 rating.

So the questions is, "How do you generate 5-star reviews for your business listing?" Here's what you need to do.

Step 1: Do a search on Google for your local business and notice who shows up in the 10-pack of results. Odds are, some of the businesses have reviews and other don't. Depending on the industry, you could see a range of reviews from 0-300.

reviewsStep 2: Click on the "# reviews" button for the company with the most reviews. Notice the sites where their customers are leaving their reviews. If it's an industry with very few reviews, you'll probably find that most of the reviews are on Google. If it's an industry with lots of reviews, there will be certain review sites that stand out. You'll notice them quickly.

Step 3: Repeat this process for two or three of your biggest competitors and make a note of where their customers are reviewing their business. These are the sites where you want to send your customers to review your business.

Step 4: On your follow-up call, (I assume you make follow-up calls after the sale) ask your customer if they were happy with your service. If the answer is yes, ask them to email you a brief (2-3 sentence) testimonial. Tell them you will email them a few examples of testimonials written by other customers so they can see how simple they are to write. This makes it very easy for your customer to see exactly what you're looking for and it provides them with your email address at the same time.

Step 5: When the testimonial arrives, ask them to please copy and paste their wonderful testimonial to a review sites on the Internet so that everyone can see it. Make sure you include a copy of their testimonial along with the link to the review site you selected in your email.

If you receive a testimonial that is less than spectacular, you're under no obligation to ask them to post it to the Internet. Just write them back and say, "Thank You."

Step 6: Rinse and Repeat. You're goal is to get as many 5-star reviews as possible. If you ask every happy customer to write and post a review for you, you will be at the top of the search results page in short order with all 5-star reviews.

You can watch a video I made on the subject here

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Comment by Bob Sommers on September 16, 2009 at 8:28am
Writing your own review is unethical. There are people who do it however ... and I don't know how Google knows, but they can tell the difference between genuine reviews and fake reviews. I've seen this a hundred times. For example, check out the reviews for Superior Plumbing Services on Google and then check out their reviews on Kudzo. Something amazing happened on Kudzo after about October 2008. Superior Plumbing started getting all 5 star ratings instead of all 1 star ratings. Google decided not to show the 5-star reviews on their site.

Truth is, you can detect a fake review a mile away and so can your customers. Please, don't ever write a fake review for your business. I know you wouldn't do that Brian, you're just testing me. If you get caught, it could create a media frenzy and destroy your business.

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