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6 min read

Using NPS to measure brand image

When it comes to running a successful company, customer satisfaction is one of the most important elements to keep in mind for obvious reasons. A satisfied customer is a customer who is more likely to be loyal to your brand. They are also more likely to recommend your brand to others, therefore improving your brand’s reputation and your likelihood to attract new buyers.

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Can the Yelp algorithm be beaten?

Let's get this out of the way first: Reputation X doesn't do fake reviews. Really. But the question of fake Yelp reviews does come up quite often - usually after a complaint from business owners that Yelp has been hiding some reviews (real ones) and not others. Some business owners even believe Yelp hides good reviews as a marketing tactic - for the record, we don't think that's true. 

Yelp does filter out real reviews all the time. It's understandably frustrating for business owners and marketing professionals who feel they are at the mercy of a heartless algorithm, because they are at the mercy of a heartless algorithm.

Yelps' algorithm is a big secret, but we've found some of the reasons both honest and less honest reviews are filtered out. We'll share them here.

6 min read

What is reputation marketing?

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Reputation marketing is the promotion, monitoring, and acquisition of positive brand content, such as reviews, social media comments, online forums, and traditional press. It is a strategy used to better understand what is being said about you or your company online, and to use that understanding to improve your brand and overall online reputation.

5 min read

How negative reviews affect business

Consumers of all ages and walks of life are turning to the internet first when they want to learn more about a business or product. Specifically, they’re checking out online reviews. Websites like Yelp, Angie’s List, Facebook, OpenTable, and Google Reviews are considered to be trusted consumer resources, where discerning buyers can get a feel for how different products and services stack up to each other.

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online reputation monitoring tools overview

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Monitoring your online reputation will provide the insights you need into what is prospects, customers, and other stakeholders are saying about you. You’ll improve your understanding of customers, and that will shed light on to what degree your products or services perform in search results and commercially. To top it off, you'll have a better chance to avoid a crisis or controversy by catching it in its early stages before it has a chance to get out of control.

6 min read

How to Manage Online Reviews for Small Businesses

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Every additional 1-star improvement can increase business 9%. Think about that. 

If you are in business, chances are one of your main sources of business is from your review and star-rating websites.

By this point, you’ve surely put the time and effort into making your profile stand out from the rest of the crowd. But the work doesn’t end there. You must continue to manage your business reviews to make sure qualified (real) customers are leaving reviews, the positive reviews out number the negative ones, and that any issues are being addressed so that lower star-ratings don't appear as often. 

An easy way to do this is to put a review management plan into action. You can use tools to do this yourself, or have an agency do it for you

9 min read

Are Yelp reviews reliable?

The success or failure of your business can hinge on its online reviews.

From choosing the best hotels and restaurants in town to consulting the right doctors, most people rely on online reviews. Reviews are quickly replacing friend recommendations to become the main way we vet businesses against one another. In fact, we rely on online reviews so much that a single bad review can completely ruin the online reputation of a company.

A 2018 study suggests that 91% of people trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations—as long as the reviews are authentic. But about 20% of reviews are fake. So can you really trust Yelp business reviews?

Using online reviews to help us make decisions has become so natural that we have started to do it without giving it a second thought. But why do we trust reviews so blindly? There are plenty of causes for concern when trusting online reviews.

This blog will share some of the most common types of review manipulation, and what you can look out for to become a more informed buyer. It's time to stop trusting reviews at face value and take a more critical stance when researching businesses online.

4 most common types of review manipulation:

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Prospective customers read between two and ten reviews. Why it matters.

Have you ever bought anything online without looking for customer reviews first? If you’re like most adults in the U.S, your answer should be a straight “No!”. 

Studies suggest that 72% of online consumers read between two and 10 customer reviews and testimonials before actually making a purchase.Having no online reviews about your company is not a choice either.

Because, according to research, even if you get one negative review from a dissatisfied client (or a shrewd competitor who hires fake reviewers to defame you), you’ll need about 12 positive reviews to counter its effects.

5 min read

Things You Can Do to Fix a Broken Reputation

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Of all the categories involved in managing a business’s online reputation, reputation repair is the one most fraught with confusion.

Humans hate criticism - founded or unfounded. Any sort of negativity directed toward your business—earned or otherwise—holds an immense power to inflict damage in both the present and the future. How you respond can either improve the situation or exacerbate it, and with the stakes so high, not many businesses can afford a misstep.

3 min read

How many ways does Google present information online?

Today there are least 18 different ways for a business, or person, to be seen in search results - and that doesn’t even count social channels. Different types of search results include Adwords at the top or bottom of the page, the Knowledge Panel in the upper right, images, reviews, news, shopping, videos and of course normal blue link search results.

6 min read

Restaurant Reputation Management: The Challenges Franchises Face

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Fast food restaurants occupy a special place in the dining ecosystem - at least when there isn't a pandemic happening. Restaurants get blamed if a waitress is having a bad day and lets some of her mood slip in front of guests.

Problems come either at the regional level as in the case of Chipotles E. coli snafu, or at the local level like when Domino's was sued over wire brush bristles found in a Dominos pizza. Both cases were dramatic and affected the overall brand.

But individual fast food restaurants can suffer a quieter, less dramatic online reputation problem - review decay. Some embrace a bad reputation, as in the case of Botto Italian Bistros' Yelp reviews, but most see a slow leak in prospective customers that can cost an individual restaurant thousands or more in lost revenue. 

2 min read

Business Review Case Study

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Review websites are not just for people seeking a good restaurant. Prospective employees looking for their next place of gainful employment often look to business review sites like GlassDoor, Indeed and Vault to get an idea of the working environment from people who've been there. Conversely, from the business' viewpoint, acquiring the best employees is key and unfair reviews can keep companies from hiring new talent that might improve the company. Our client was a mortgage firm who'd had a single employee post many negative reviews on GlassDoor posing as different people. But the reviews were not flagged as they didn't seem to violate the community guidelines.