How to get Google reviews [free questions]

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Google reviews are so important for business. But many business owners just don’t know how to get them. Many feel embarrassed to ask or even worse, frightened of the response.

Word of mouth referrals are as popular as they were 200 years ago, only they’ve gone digital. A recent survey found that 98 percent of customers read online reviews for local businesses. On average, they read 10 reviews before making a decision.

So, how do you get nice testimonials and raving reviews without feeling icky?

How to get Google reviews from clients

Doing a great job is unfortunately not enough. It’s just not human nature to write a nice review for a business. Especially when it’s a good transaction.

After a poor customer service experience, 70% of people will tell their friends not to buy the product or service and 18% would take their issue to social media as well.

So, unfortunately, you’re going to have to ask your customers for a review or testimonial.

You don’t know if you don’t ask. Get in touch to get more great testimonials.

How to ask for a review successfully

Imagine you’re walking along and you bump into a customer you remember from a few months ago. You say hello, engage in a bit of banter, and then you bravely ask for a Google review. The guy says ‘yeah, sure’.

Then, surprise, surprise, time passes and they never wrote that review.

Why? Why???

They probably had the best intentions, but when they got home they threw the idea in the ‘too hard’ basket, along with folding fitted sheets and juicing pomegranates.

Make writing your review easy for them

Did they know where to leave the review? What to write? Could they even remember your name?

1. Ask them in an email

Have the request in writing. That way, they have the device in their hand, they have your details and the icky factor is way smaller.

2. Time it right

Ask them for a review just after they’ve paid the bill. Your service is fresh in their mind and it’s when they’re most likely to follow through with writing the review.

3. Get it in writing or even better a video

I think this is obvious, but you need evidence of the review. Video testimonials are all the rage at the moment. So, if they’re willing to get in front of a camera to say how fantastic your service is, go for it.

4. Tell them what to write

I don’t mean to tell them to write ‘Melissa was the best journalist in the whole world’. But, you could ask them some cleverly crafted questions in a survey gathering tool like Survey Monkey. You can even use the free version. Only have a few questions that they can easily respond to on their phone while sipping a cafĂ© latte.

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Free review questions

1. Overall, how satisfied are you with _____________?

  • Extremely satisfied
  • Very satisfied
  • Somewhat satisfied
  • Not so satisfied
  • Not satisfied at all

2. How well does my service meet your needs? 

  • Extremely well
  • Very well
  • Somewhat well
  • Not so well
  • Not at all well

3. Please complete this question. I booked _________ to _________because…

4. What I liked most about the service, was how she… 

5.  If I had to describe _____________ in three words, they would be –

6. If there’s one thing I could change about the experience, it would be …

Don’t have many more questions than this, or else they’ll give up. The last question may provide some good tips, constructive feedback or may elicit a raving rant. I’ll leave it up to you if you want to include it.

Survey Monkey then email you once the survey has been completed.

Last important step

Cut and paste their words into a nicely worded review, email it back to them and ask them to leave it on your LinkedIn, Facebook or Google My Business page. The important thing is to provide the link where you want them to paste it.

Then you can go crazy on your social media by creating pretty posts of your new Google review. Yes, promote it, get the word out there.

I turned this into an Instagram Story. Ask me how you can reuse your testimonials to get more clients.
If you have any more questions about the value of reviews or you need words for your website, get in touch.

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