Asking for Google My Business reviews is not an easy feat. But for those businesses who can do it, they’ll stand out from the rest on the Google search result pages.
It’s easy enough for me to tell my clients to acquire as many positive Google My Business reviews as possible. However now that I am also a business owner, I can fully emphasise that it’s an easier said than done task.
Google is the review site of choice. 63.6% of consumers say they are likely to check online reviews on Google before visiting a business, more than any other review site. – ReviewTrackers
As I want to lead by example, I make a pointed effort to gain positive and genuine reviews on the Grand Cru Digital Google My Business listing. I’m actually very excited to nearly have 10 amazing reviews from my wonderful clients!
And the best bit? I haven’t cheated or gone against Google’s guidelines to get them.
Business owners shouldn’t offer incentives to customers in exchange for reviews. Reviews are only valuable when they are honest and unbiased. – Google
Google is a big advocate of business owners asking directly for reviews. It doesn’t hurt to ask someone in person, via email or on the phone for a review. Especially if you know they have had a good experience with your brand.
Pro tip: If you are going to email, Facebook message or in some way write to ask someone for a review, make it personal. Don’t simply send a bulk message out. This has happened to me before and I immediately turned the other way (also because I didn’t have a good experience with the business – putting lipstick on a pig won’t work right).
I know sometimes it’s not the easiest thing to do. I mean, after all, you are asking someone to take 10-15 minutes out of their day for your benefit. However, I find that a lot of people are more than happy to sing your praises if they love what you do.
So just remember…
If you have a genuinely awesome product/service, then it’s going to be a heck of a lot easier to gain more reviews and good chatter about your business online.
Reminders never hurt
We are all busy people, which means sometimes things can be forgotten. Therefore don’t be shy about reminding people to leave a review.
I wouldn’t suggest to email your customers every Friday until they leave a review, but I would suggest to ‘gently’ remind them.
By this I mean, why don’t share other reviews about your business on your website, social media channels or through your email newsletters. This may help spark a reminder to your other customers/clients. Especially if they see how much a review means to you and your business.
Be grateful for reviews
Regularly through my personal channels, I tell my families and friends to leave reviews for businesses when they have a good experience. I do this because it can mean so much to a business owner.
Being a fairly new business owner and I can’t even explain how amazing the feeling is when I get a notification to say I have a new review. I literally do a little happy dance in my office. To read that what I put my heart and soul into every day is helping people is amazing 🙂
On the note of being grateful. If you can, try and respond to the review right there in the moment. The passion and gratefulness, that will no doubt flow out of your fingertips, will really help you to write an expressive thank you message.
Reply to all reviews. It shows your customers that you value what people are saying about your business and helps to build trust.
Understand how leaving a review works
To understand what’s involved in the process of leaving a Google My Business review, leave one yourself! But just not on your own listing 😉
Think about a business you have dealt with and had a great experience with. Now search for their Google My Business listing on Google (typically typing in the company name should bring it up on the righthand side of the page) and go through the process of leaving a review.
This will help you understand what exactly you are asking of your customers when you ask them to leave you a Google My Business review.
If you don’t have a Google account, you will need to sign up for one. However this doesn’t mean you need to sign up for a Gmail address, you can use a pre-exisiting email address to sign up.
Get creative when asking for reviews
Try to think outside-the-box and look for creative ways to entice Google My Business reviews which fit your brand’s personality. Here are a few I have brainstormed to get the ball rolling:
Unobtrusive signs/stickers around your stores or on/inside company vehicles
Very happy with Grand Cru Digital, so refreshing dealing with someone like Casey who is constantly proactive and creative to benefit your on line presence.
01:51 08 Aug 19
Casey at Grand Cru Digital is amazing! Efficient, effective and also friendly. Everything is executed promptly, results are shown and explained, accurate timeframes are advised and all done in a professional and caring manner. Thank you.
10:48 05 Aug 19
Casey is awesome! She knows her stuff and is a dream to work with! Highly recommend her services!
04:23 18 Jun 19
I highly recommend working with Casey if you need assistance with SEO & Google Adword campaigns. She was great to work with and knows her stuff. We are already seeing terrific results with my businesses online presence and brand awareness and l look forward to seeing this grow. I have learnt alot about SEO & Analytics in my time working with Casey which will be hugely benefitial...Thank you Casey you are a star!
03:47 13 May 19
Oh my god this women is seriously amazing! Thank you Casey for being such a pleasure to work with. Casey knows exactly what she is doing and was very happy to explain to me as if she was explaining it to a 5 year old haha cause I was way out of my depth. I'm so glad I paid for a service that was able to take control, give me exactly what I wanted and take away the stress. The extra bonus is how lovely Casey is and always willing to go the extra mile. Thanks Casey x
10:50 22 Apr 19
Casey has been wonderful to work with. She held our hand every step of the way and gave us so much information to manage our Google listing. With her knowledge and support we have managed to increase our online presence in an new location that we have been targeting. We couldn't recommend Grand Cru Digital highly enough. Thanks Casey!
00:06 27 Oct 18
Casey was a dream to work with - really efficient, incredibly informative. Huge relief to deal with someone competent in this area. Highly recommend! Thanks Casey!
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04:15 26 Oct 18
Casey at Grand Cru Digital is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in providing SEO and online marketing support. She is brilliant to work with - she responds quickly to all queries and always provides well thought out strategies and suggestions. We have seen a marked increase in traffic to our site since having Casey advising us and her services are excellent value for money. We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to improve their online presence.
02:18 25 Oct 18
Grand Cru Digital is fantastic to work with. Casey is pro-active, results driven and always making valuable suggestions to improve leads and traffic to our business. An excellent company to work with.
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07:08 29 Aug 18
I didn't even know SEO existed till I spoke with Casey. A friend passed her detail on to me. After talking for about a minute I knew this girl was onto it. Casey explained the ins and outs of what she does and why I needed it. Honestly I had no idea about half of what she was saying, haha, but trusted her instantly. And that was one of the best decisions I made. This girl has opened my eyes to the world of GOOGLE. Casey works so hard behind the scenes to make sure everything is spot on. I cant thank her enough. She has quickly become someone I respect wholeheartedly but more importantly a great friend. I cant wait to see what she has in store next
01:36 30 Jun 18
Casey is very generous with her knowledge, extremely helpful and her customer service is second to none! Highly recommend for small businesses who want a personalised approach.
06:23 04 Jun 18
I hit a big problem with the traffic on my website, and every SEO specialist I spoke with wanted to sell me a big support package, whilst I felt I had a fire I needed to put out first. Casey suggested an SEO audit, and uncovered so much useful information in such a short space of time, and got everything back on track. She knows her stuff and was brilliant to work with.
Cat Haven WA
06:15 31 May 18
Casey from Grand Cru is efficient and so helpful! She helped us optimize our website at Cat Haven and walked us through what everything meant and how to complete each stage, resulting in a highly optimized site. She was also able to help apply for our Google Adwords grant and apply the grant so we now have our site showing right at the top of Google search pages. Fantastic service, great result -so happy and highly recommend.
Renee Brown Brown
02:51 31 May 18
Casey is terrific at what she does, one quick audit, and we were ranking organically on first page ! No google ad spend (yet- we might do that later) we couldn’t be more pleased. We are ranking higher than some of the “big boys” in our market. Thanks Casey!
06:03 15 May 18
Casey from Grand Cru Digital is amazing! Her expert knowledge of SEO and GOOGLE is second to none! Casey helps you to grow your business online, whilst providing a personalised service you can trust! Thanks Casey for all your help! I have loved having you as my new online marketing specialist!