Net Promoter Score vs Star Rating

Aside from the popular Five Star rating system found on most review sites, a popular alternative is the Net Promoter Score (NPS).  The rating system chosen by a business can provide very different levels of insight. But was exactly is the Net Promoter Score, and what makes it a good choice as a rating system?

NPS Score

For those unfamiliar with the Net Promoter Score, the rating system is based on a customer rating that ranges from 0 for worst to 10 for best.  A rating of 9 or 10 are Promoters, a rating of 7 or 8 are Passive, and a rating of 6 or less are Detractors.  Promoters talk about how great your business is whereas detractors talk about how awful it is.  Passives typically take a neutral stance and stay quiet about your business.  To arrive at the single-numbered NPS Score, the percentage of Detractor scores is subtracted from the percentage of Promoter scores.  Therefore, NPS can range from as low as -100 to +100.  If you have a score of +100, it means that every customer that rated your business is a Promoter.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Net Promoter Score

While the five star system appeases analysts and researchers, the Net Promoter Rating System provides more depth. The 11 point (0 though 10) rating system can both give the appearance of greater complexity, but it can also steer a consumer away from making a choice. And while ReviewInc does a masterful job of doing so, the full number range for NPS is more challenging to display on a mobile device.

Advantages and Disadvantages of the Five Star Rating System

The Five Star Rating system is by far the most popular and most recognized rating system on the planet.  Virtually all review sites use the Five Star rating system.  As such, the sheer consumer familiarity with this rating system is a huge advantage.  Most adults learned to appreciate star stickers as the award of choice in kindergarten, which bolsters its popularity.

There are a few disadvantages of the Five-Star rating system. First, while the NPS rating allows for a 0, the Five-Star rating system often times does not. What’s more is the Five-Star rating system doesn’t allow any wiggle room for discerning reviews that like to reserve the perfect school for a select number of businesses. The NPS, however, allows for a customer to give a rating of 9, which is still considered a “Promoter” score.

Other Rating Systems

There are alternatives to the NPS and Five-Star rating systems. The most popular is known as the Emoji Rating Systems.  Also known as Millennial Sentiment Scoring, this system offers really a very simple decision, and can even be a binary choice. Are you Happy or Sad?  Alternatively, are you Happy, Just OK, or Sad?  These rating systems require very little thought and appeal to gut emotions.  The theory is that the consumers, inundated with requests for ratings, don’t have to think too much and will quickly provide a selection.  Of course, this can lack depth, and it is more difficult to spot small improvements in overall ratings.

What Consumers Say

So which rating system to consumers prefer?  We put it to a test of over 3,000 U.S. Internet users.  We presented them with images of the rating systems and asked them  “When rating your experience with a company or business, which of these rating methods would you prefer to use?”

The result of this survey was surprising.  We had expected the simpler rating methods to be more popular.  Instead, the Emoji-based systems were the second most popular kinds of rating systems.  The Net Promoter Rating system was the least popular.  But, by far, the most popular rating system was the familiar Five-Star rating system.

Gender Differences

Males indicated a higher preference for the Net Promoter Score and a higher preference for the Happy/Sad (i.e. binary) rating system than Females. Meanwhile, females indicated a higher preference for the Five-Star and the Tertiary rating system of Happy/OK/Sad.


Age Differences

When examining preferences by age group, the results were also insightful.  The 18 to 24 year old demographic showed a lower preference to the Five Star system than any other age group.  At the same time, they showed the greatest preference for the Net Promoter Score.  The 65+ age group showed the greatest preference for the Five-Star rating system, and least for the Emoji-based rating systems.

Response Rate

While customers may express their preference of a rating system, their response rate to each rating method was quite different.  ReviewInc’s analytics team collects data on how well customers responded (or abandoned) a review request with different rating systems.

ReviewInc offers the option of use any of these rating systems and even allows you to customize colors, shapes and images.  To learn more about the customizations or the response rates, contact one our online reputation management experts.

Review Management Software

Review Management Software

The internet has taken over every part of our lives. It helps us connect with friends and family while providing information, access and entertainment. But one surprising thing that has happened in the past several years is the aggregated knowledge and wisdom that are review sites.

Yes, a lot of us ask a friend here and there what kind of vacuum to buy or who is the best dentist, but now it’s just as easy to Google the BEST vacuum, dentist, restaurant, or car dealership local to you. It’s true: we trust the internet like an old and dear friend, so it’s no wonder that we as consumers are putting our lives in the hand of ratings and reviews online.

Look Who’s Talking Now

If we as consumers are influenced by reviews online, we as business owners are directly affected. Review sites have gained importance over the past several years by a factor of over 19%. Everyone from Baby Boomers with discretionary income to Millennials are contributing to the popularity of review sites. In fact, when people were asked what is most important when choosing a service or professional, a recent study conducted by ReviewInc showed that 40% of those surveyed said they relied on review sites including Google, Facebook and Yelp to help determine which product or service they choose.

How Does This Affect Your Business?

If your business has ten locations or even one, chances are your business can be found online. Whether you like it or not, people are judging your business, often by a count of stars. This is your business reputation and it’s in the hands of the public where potential customers read these reviews, and choose your business over a competitor.

Even if your star rating is high, it does not mean that you are getting customers in the door. You are still competing with other like businesses in the virtual world and some of these businesses may have a higher star rating than your business, a larger review count, and a more established online presence.

Alternatively, let’s say that you are the business with the established online presence, however just one poor rating posted recently can directly affect your business in a negative way. Since most review sites have the option of showing the most recent reviews, customers may see the recent negative review as a change in the quality of your product or service and steer away from your business.

Time Is Money

Now that you know that your business has an online reputation to manage, there are a few other things to keep in mind. After you’ve established your online business presence and claimed all of your business pages, there’s a matter of management.

More and more, you’re engaging with customers on and offline. Following up with every single customer can be time-consuming, especially when you don’t always see all of the reviews posted all the time. This is an added (and necessary task) on your plate to deal with, and time is money.

The Solution: Review Management Software

Recent studies have illustrated just how critical the right reviews are when it comes to the revenue and growth of a company. As we say at ReviewInc, “Negative reviews hurt emotionally and financially and they are not going away on their own!” The solution to this problem is none other than review management software.

There are plenty of sufficient review management systems out there, however your question should be, how can the software accommodate your need?

Age Is But a Number

In our last post, we discussed how age and gender affected consumerism. Women over the age of 55, the largest consumer group worldwide, are a part of the group that read the most reviews. Millennials, often described as born between 1980 and 1996, makes their choices through conversations. That’s why it is so important to not just be visible online, but to have a conversation and connect with those customers leaving and looking for reviews.

Review management software should meet this need. This software should let you see all of the reviews from review sites pulled in under one main dashboard, and should also allow you to respond easily with just one click.

Engage!

These days, people don’t want to be told what they want. They want to choose for themselves. This is the case with older generations but is especially the case for the Millennial Generation as they reach their peak consumer spending.

But before they even leave a review, why not connect with your customer before they even leave a review? Great software should also be able to allow you to upload contacts or automatically pull in contacts from CRMs so you can easily message customers and see what they have to say. Once you’ve seen this feedback, you can engage with them in a way that will positively impact your business.

The Cherry on Top

It’s not just seeing everything and engaging. Review management software should also have additional components to make managing your reputation easier. For example, being able to create testimonial pages for your business website and Facebook page highlight all of that positive private feedback you’ve been getting in the platform.

But there should be so much more reputation software should do. If you are on the go or tend to use a tablet, you should be able to see and do everything in the platform. It is important to find something that doesn’t just provide a “light” app but allows you 24/7 secure and stable access whether you’re in your office or on the go.

Where Can You Find This Software?

Luckily, there is a review management software available that does all of these things and so much more. It also comes with professional reputation management experts available during regular business hours. Want more information? Interested in a free consultation with an expert? Click below!

Best Advertising Channel 2018

In the last five years, ReviewInc conducted several studies of over 15,000 U.S. Consumers asking what they seek out most before selecting a business, service or product. Now, with five years of data, the answer is clear: Review Sites are the most critical to the purchase decision.

The study asked consumers to provide only one answer to the following simple question:
When choosing a service or professional (such as a doctor, mechanic, plumber, attorney, etc.) what is most important?

Each respondent was provided with a multiple choice list from which they could only choose one answer. While multiple answers could have been allowed, ReviewInc wanted a more discerning answer so that it could pinpoint what was most influential to the consumer.  This method has been applied to all the surveys form 2013 through 2018.

The Five Year Trend

In this year’s result, Review Sites again topped the list for the most influential component. This is followed by a company’s website (as in previous years). What was more interesting was the year over year trend. The importance of review sites continued to increase by a factor of over 19% from 2014. The company website‘s influence remained steady within the margin of error which could account for the very slight decline. The influence of the traditional yellow pages continued declined, albeit slower than anticipated. Online advertising also appears to have remained stable compared to last year.  The “Other” category gained the most presumably from the use of personal interactions on social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

Females Versus Males

In the last 3 years, females outpaced males in choosing review sites as their most influential source. This is beneficial for businesses engaged in reputation management as global spending by women is estimated to be a whopping $18 Trillion in 20181.  Considering that females tend to spend more than males, businesses should pay closer attention to their reviews. More specifically, Baby Boomer women are undermarketed2 but spend the most time choosing to look at review sites, an undeveloped “gold mine” for businesses maintaining their reputation online.

The Generation Gap

Some age groups displayed a significant increase in preference for Review Sites while other age groups decreased. Of particular interest was the more affluent generations (ages 45 and up) showed a significant increase in the choice of Review Sites.  

The younger age groups exhibit a decline due to a variety of factors that created a different economic environment for a generation fairly recent to adulthood. While the younger portion of the millennial generation is still paying for education, the older part of the generation is still in debt; while spending increases with things like homes and starting family, the baby boom of 1987 placed the crux of Millennials in or just leaving university during the Great Recession (between 2008-2009).

What’s more is the amount and use of income has changed. According to Morgan Stanley3, from 2005 to 2012, the average amount of student debt has near doubled from over $13,000 to over $24,000, leaving the majority of a generation in debt. Previous generations had more disposable income, spending far more on dining and entertainment. Millennials and some of Generation X is still fighting their way through debt; according to Mother Jones6, Millennials spent only 81% of their income, a 10% decrease from the Reagan era.

As the younger generations are in fact more cautious about their spending, and may  turn to social media and friends more than the review sites themselves. Long gone is the need for linear marketing techniques. What newer generations want is a conversation, and review sites built by Generation X and Millennials alike have to find a way to meet this new need for engagement. This is especially the case as the Millennial generation reaches their peak consumption years.  This underscores the importance of Responding to Reviews on popular sites such as Google Maps and Facebook.

The Older Generations

While Millennials and Gen-Xers are in their peak consumption years, According to AARP’s Venture Capital Review4, Baby Boomers (ages 53 and over) by far spend the most across all product categories, and their spending will only increase over the next 20 years due to retirement, health care, and their high discretionary income.

This is reflected in the age groups that choose reviews on review sites like Google Facebook, and Yelp. In great contrast to 2017, 2018 is illustrating that those over the age of 45 are more likely to use review sites than those under the age of 44. As 70 % of the disposable income5 is controlled by Baby Boomers and the older generations are choosing to spend their time on review sites, reputation management becomes an even more integral part of maintaining businesses both on and offline.

Decline of Yellow Pages

Speaking of the traditional yellow pages, we can readily observe the difference between this year’s survey results and those of 2014. Interest and preference in using the traditional yellow pages are down by around 40% from only three years ago. The decline is most apparent, again, in the older generations.   Our only surprise here is that it is taking longer for the traditional paper-based Yellow Pages to decline in usage.

What’s the Takeaway?

  • The importance and influence of Online Reviews is critical to your business (much more than your website)
  • If you’re neglecting the investment in your online reputation, you could be missing out on big revenue growth opportunities.
  • Make sure your reputation management solution integrates and leverages social media.
  • Make sure to respond to reviews and create a “conversation” especially if you serve those under the age of 35.

Interested in a free consultation on how to improve your online reviews and overall reputation management? Give us a call at 877-973-8439 or email us at info@reviewinc.com to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

References

  1. Source: Forbes “Want A Piece Of The 18 Trillion Dollar Female Economy? Start With Gender Bias”
  2. Source: American Marketing Association “Baby Boomer Women Remain Invisible to Marketers”
  3. Source: Morgan Stanley “Generations Change How Spending is Trending”
  4. Source: AARP Venture Capital Review Issue 29
  5. Source: Nielson: Introducing Boomers, Marketing’s Most Valuable Generation
  6. Source: Mother Jones “What Do Millennials Spend All Their Money On?”

 

Review Sites Spending Big Money On “Eyeballs”

As Seen On TVIf you’ve been watching your favorite sports team, sit-com, drama or news show, you may have seen a commercial for one of any number of review sites.  Recently, Apartment Ratings has joined the advertising blitz with TV commercials aimed at attracting more visitors.  The more visitors review sites get, the more they can charge for advertising (which is usually how most review sites monetize their site).

With a 30-second TV commercial costing anywhere from $30,000 to over $500,000, it means that review sites have recognized that there is a huge audience looking to read reviews.  Let’s have a quick look at several well known review sites that have spent significant dollars to lure in more visitors:

Apartment Ratings

Avvo

Angie’s List

Health Grades

YellowPages

Foursquare

TripAdvisor

UrbanSpoon

Zillow

SuperPages (Mobile App)

Your business reputation is an investment. With significantly increasing consumer traffic to popular review sites such as these (and many others), business owners and marketing managers need to take more control of their online reviews.

ReviewInc can help your business get more reviews everywhere and enhance your reputation.  For a no obligation consultation call us at 877-9REVIEW or leave us a note here and we’ll contact you.

SURVEY: Why DON’T People Write Reviews?

In a survey comprised of 1,160 respondents, 59.6% male and 40.4% female, it was found that what inhibited people from posting an online review was:

When sorted by age groups, the findings got more interesting. Below, you can see that people aged 55-64 reported ‘Unwanted Attention’ as a main deterrent for writing an online review, while people aged 18-24 reported ‘Hard to Write the Review Itself’ as a main deterrent.

This tumbles down logically since older people have a tendency to be more reserved.

It also makes sense because young people are seemingly always on the go, and cannot seem to be bothered by something as time-consuming as putting together a review. (After all, many of the people in this age group are likely in college and probably have ENOUGH things to write such as essays, reports, etc.)

What’s even more interesting, is that of the respondents who claimed it was ‘Hard to Write the Review Itself’, half of them had a reported income of $150,000 or more.

Could it be that this group of high-earners are busy with the very jobs that are earning them that amount of income, that they cannot be bothered to do something as tedious as composing a review?

The main takeaway for this survey is that many people cite unwanted attention and the difficulty of writing the review as two main reasons why they would not write a review online.

That being said, gently reminding your customers that they can in many cases use their initials instead of their full name on online review sites could help to alleviate these concerns.

ReviewInc automates and addresses all these concerns.  To learn more, give us a call at 1-877-9REVIEW or email us at support@reviewinc.com.  Take charge of your online reputation today!