The New King of Review Sites?

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A new review site is quickly emerging and giving business owners another avenue for online exposure. Google and Yelp have lead the field of online business review sites, but a new study by ReviewInc reveals consumers’ usage of top review sites and neither Google and Yelp made the top spot.

In June of 2016, nearly 2,300 U.S. consumers were asked “Where have you read or browsed business reviews?”  The same study was conducted by ReviewInc in 2015 whose results were compared with the 2016 study.

Facebook has emerged as the top review site!  Say what?  Yes, quietly Facebook has risen in the ranks to be recognized by consumers as a place to obtain business reviews. In the study, consumers were allowed to select multiple review sites. Facebook was selected most often at rate of 34.6%. Yelp was a very close (perhaps even statistically tied) at 32.9% followed closely by Google. Yahoo and Yellow Pages (YP.com) maintained their positions but Yellow Pages declined a little in usage. (This year’s survey added the Better Business Bureau (BBB) while CitySearch dropped off the survey).

Review Site Usage 2015-2016

The rate of change between 2015 and 2016 was most noticeable. Facebook gained 25.8% in usage and Yelp gained a whopping 38.2%!  Google’s usage dropped off by 16.3%.

Review Site Usage Change 2015-2016

So what’s at the root of Facebook’s rise?  Well, it’s not only an increase in Facebook’s average daily usage. At each quarter, Facebook reports both Average Monthly Users  (MAUs) and Average Daily Users (DAUs). Facebook also reports the ratio of DAUs and MAUs as an indicator of usage. After all, there is a big difference between someone who browses Facebook once per month vs. once per day. The ratio has risen steadily from 63% two years ago, to 66% last quarter. But, Facebook knows far more about usage than it lets on.

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Watch for our next post that analyzes Facebook’s daily usage.

And now for our gratuitous but necessary plug:

Most businesses find it difficult to engage every customer in a consistent process. Utilizing a feedback and review management system, such as ReviewInc, is the best way to automate and measure feedback.

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

Asking for Bad Reviews?

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Should business owners be required to ask unhappy or angry customers to put a review on review sites like Yelp/Google+? Old fashioned bulletin boards with notes from customers have become more of a novelty. They have been replaced with testimonials … Continue reading

Chicago Business Files Lawsuit Over Negative Yelp Review

A North Park neighborhood business is suing a husband and wife for writing a negative review on Yelp, accusing the couple of libel.

Zwick Window Shade Co., 3336 W. Foster, takes issue with a Feb. 6, 2014 review where a customer claims she and her husband never online-review-monitoring-yelpreceived a set of blinds ordered from Zwick, according to the lawsuit filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.

“Still waiting on blinds ordered nearly 4 months ago that were supposed to take 3 to 6 weeks,” the reviewer wrote. “My husband and I like to support small, family-run businesses when doing home improvement projects.”

The two-star review states Zwick’s service was excellent, but the delay in receiving the product was frustrating.

More than four months after the Oct. 16, 2013 purchase, Zwick delivered and installed the blinds, the suit said.

But the claims in the suit that, because the blinds were eventually delivered, the Yelp review is making “misrepresentations about the alleged non-delivery of the blinds” and is essentially false.

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To help avoid situations like this, ReviewInc offers business a solution.  To learn more, call ReviewInc at 877-9REVIEW for a no obligation consultation.

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!

What’s the Most Effective Source of Advertising? (Hint: It’s not your website)

In a ReviewInc survey conducted in late November of 2014, with 2,042 respondents comprised of 63% males and 37% females, it was shown that 36.4% most preferred to consult reviews on Google+, Yahoo, Yelp, etc. before making a business service purchase decision.  In the same survey conducted in 2013, 34.9% indicated that reviews were most important.

To conduct the survey, respondents were asked:

When choosing a service or professional (such as a doctor, mechanic, plumber, attorney, etc.) what is most important?

Survey respondents could only make ONE selection to indicate what was most important. With the choices placed in random order, these were the results:

Key Age Demographic Differences

55% of the 25-34 age group reported that Reviews on Google+, Yahoo, Yelp, etc. were the most valued resource to refer to when making purchase decisions. This compared to 41.90% of the 18-24 year-old set that chose Reviews on Google+, Yahoo, Yelp, etc.

This shows just how important online reviews are with the younger crowd. With technology ever-prevalent, young people have mostly been using devices such as smartphones and tablets to get most of their information. This is why it is crucial to pay attention to your online reputation.

Age groups that chose Reviews on Google+, Yahoo, Yelp, etc.In this survey, senior citizens (ages 65+) still preferred the Traditional Yellow Pages. 25.80% of those ages 65+ chose Traditional Yellow Pages.

This goes to show that even though the use of online reviews is gradually rising, the tried-and-true Yellow Pages Book still remain to be a constant among the older generations. So varying your marketing mix with your marketing efforts is also very important.

Age groups that chose Traditional Yellow Pages Groups

Population Density Differences

While we expected higher density populations to prefer Reviews on Google+, Yahoo, Yelp, etc. more than less dense populations, we were surprised at the preference levels of lower density populations.  Of the urban population, 41.10% preferred Reviews on Google+, Yahoo, Yelp, etc.  Not too far behind was that 30.20% of the rural population, which showed a preference to Reviews on Google+, Yahoo, Yelp. etc.

Cities are where many may not only work, but dwell. Often, people commute from suburban and even rural areas to work in the nearest city. So it makes sense that these individuals are consulting online reviews, likely from their work computers and mobile phones, when making purchasing decisions. But even though there are more people in the inner-cities, it is equally important to pay attention to your client-base in rural and suburban areas.

Population Density groups that chose Reviews on Google+, Yahoo, Yelp, etc.

Key Income Bracket Differences

The study revealed that higher earners had a tendency to consult online reviews when making a purchase decision. Of those earning $100K or more annually, 66.70% indicated that online reviews were most influential. This further underscores that reaching the segment with the most discretionary money requires excellent online reviews.

Key Conclusions

  • If you’re investing in your business website but are ignoring your online reputation, you are likely missing out on a huge opportunity
  • Online reviews still overall the most valued resource in purchase decisions, even above a company’s website
  • Online reviews prevalent for high earners (and even more so in urban settings)
  • Yellow Pages still among the top resources for people aged 65+ but have little influence over the younger population

Interested in a free consultation on how to improve your online reviews and overall reputation management? Give us a call at 1-877-9REVIEWS or email us at support@reviewinc.com today!