Why ecommerce companies should look at company reviews as well as product reviews

Why ecommerce companies should look at company reviews as well as product reviews
If you work for/run an eCommerce company you should know by now that it’s pretty much common sense to incorporate product reviews into your marketing mix. The evidence is undeniable (i’ve compiled a few of my favourite review statistics here), however there are far fewer articles looking at the benefits of online reviews of eCommerce companies themselves. That’s what I...

First Party Reviews Vs Third Party Reviews – Which is better?

FIRST PARTY REVIEWS VS THIRD PARTY REVIEWS – WHICH IS BETTER? - Ben M Roberts
According to Brightlocal’s 2016 survey: 43% of consumers search for a business by reviews at least one time per month (vs. 38% in 2014). That’s a fair old percentage, and one that should make you stand up and take note. Now that i’ve got your attention, there are two types of online reviews that will be potentially shown when you search for...

Online Reviews – Breaking down ‘REVIEWS’ into the sum of its parts

Online Reviews - Breaking ‘REVIEWS’ down into the sum of its parts - Ben M Roberts
Reviews are important. More people and businesses are noticing, and finally starting to do something about it. In this post I do something really clever (well I think so anyway), I attempt to break down ‘REVIEWS’ into the sum of its parts in order to describe and explain their benefits to both businesses and customers alike (I told you...

5 key reasons why you should never delete negative online reviews

5 key reasons why you should never delete negative online reviews - Ben M Roberts
Reviews are everywhere. You may be able to run for a short while, but even Mo Farah wouldn’t be able to keep running forever. Even if you could, would it actually do you any good? No. Despite all the articles, blogs, podcasts, and the like talking about online reviews, there are still some big misconceptions, and maybe by writing this,...

Ratings Vs Reviews – What is the difference?

ratings vs reviews - What's the difference?
There is a difference between ratings and reviews. Sure they go together like bread and butter, and like bread and butter they are not necessarily reliant on each other and they are able to be used separately, but together they make for an effective partnership. What’s the difference? A rating is: a classification or ranking of someone or something based on a...

Some of my favourite Online Review Infographics – 2016

I'm going to put it out there, i'm a sucker for a good statistic. But, I am also acutely aware of how limiting numbers can be and how taken out of context: Remember this quote by British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." That being said, statistics are extremely useful. The stats included...

How to deal with negative reviews

HOW TO DEAL WITH NEGATIVE REVIEWS - Ben M Roberts
Negative reviews happen. You can never satisfy every single customer that walks through your door (physical or digital) no matter how hard you try, it’s just one of those things. There is something more important than the negative review itself, and that’s how you deal with the review. So, without further delay, here are a few tips on how to...

Online Reviews: You learn from complaints not praise

ONLINE REVIEWS: YOU LEARN FROM COMPLAINTS NOT PRAISE - Ben M Roberts
Five star reviews tell what you are currently doing well. Anything else shows you have room to improve. Everyone loves to be told that they are doing well. There is nothing wrong with that. Praise can lead to increased motivation, increased drive, and essentially a happier workforce. However, I have found that this actually does very little, especially in the...

My one golden rule when asking for ratings and reviews

MY ONE GOLDEN RULE WHEN ASKING FOR RATINGS AND REVIEWS - Ben M Roberts
Some people will agree with me, others will not. Either way, I am a firm believer that asking for reviews is in no way a bad thing. That is as long as they are asked for in the right way. So, my golden rule . . . Do not, under any circumstances bribe or ask for a specific type of rating...

7 lessons that I have learned from online reviews in eCommerce

7 LESSONS THAT I HAVE LEARNED FROM ONLINE REVIEWS IN ECOMMERCE - Ben M Roberts
Retail is a fickle business. Buying and selling things online is even more fickle. In ecommerce especially it takes but a moment to leave a review, voice an opinion or share a story about an experience with a company or brands products online. I've been involved in online reviews for a fair while now, and there are some things...