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4 Steps to Earning Great Reviews for Your Business

4 Steps to Earning Great Reviews for Your Business

Reviews are one of the most powerful marketing tools that we can use to promote your products and services. Great reviews, when used properly, can help to build trust and convert more prospects into valued clients. This is the four-step system to great reviews.

Step 1 – Think like a client.

You need to work out what elements of your product or service you would think about when reviewing your business. For example:

  1. Did the product arrive in good condition?
  2. Was the product as described?
  3. Did the product arrive on time?
  4. Do you feel valued, pleased you bought from them?

Etc.

Step 2 – Find out areas for improvement and make those changes.

Once you have a list of the key points, work out how you would rate your offering and what you can do to improve your score for each element that you might be reviewed on. For example:

1. Did the product arrive in good condition?

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You can make sure the answer to that question is a “YES,” by only using brand new packaging. You can use plenty of internal packaging and ensure each item in a box is carefully and individually wrapped. This will help to ensure that, when your parcels are opened, each client is impressed with how your goods were packed and that they arrived in perfect condition.

2. Was the product as described?

Ensure that you have provided very clear and complete information about the product being supplied. Include several clear images and always be truthful. Provide a video if appropriate. Always set realistic expectations for your products so that your client’s expectations will be met.

3. Did the product arrive on time?

Are you setting accurate expectations for when products will be dispatched and how long they will take to be delivered? This is a great opportunity to set an expectation that you can meet or exceed.

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Are you confirming with clients that their order will be dispatched on “x” date? Once an order is dispatched, are you confirming it to the client, with information on the courier service used, its tracking number, where they can go to track their shipment, and when the estimated delivery date is? This is especially important for high-value shipments or those going abroad. If you keep your client fully informed of the status of their parcel to the USA, they will not be anxious and know when to expect their delivery, making them more likely to leave a great review and become a repeat client.

4. Do you feel valued and appreciated?

It is easier to sell to an existing client again, rather than a new one. So having clients love your products and services is important. You can show your appreciation in several ways: a handwritten note saying thank-you for your order and we appreciate your business, including money off voucher codes, and offering enrollment in a loyalty scheme are just some suggestions.

Once you have made the necessary changes to your business, let’s move on to Step 3.

Step 3 – Ask for Reviews

I know that it might sound like a cliché, but if you do not ask for reviews, you will not get them. So you need to develop a strategy to ask and receive reviews. Here are some proven techniques:

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1. Automated emails.

Once a sale has been made, you can usually set a length of time to pass and then automate an email to be sent requesting a review of a client’s purchase. This should be timed to be as close to the post-delivery date as possible.

2. A reviews page on your website.

Here, you can display your reviews, and have a button that allows clients to leave reviews on your website. Better yet, have the button take them to an independent review site like Trustpilot, where they can leave a review. Reviews left on independent websites add a layer of credibility to the reviews that are displayed on your site.

3. Facebook

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If you have a business Facebook page, you can display some of your positive reviews here, and also include a link to where clients can leave reviews for you. If a client has left a positive review, let them know when you post it on your Facebook page and ask them to share it. A positive review from a person you know and trust is a great recommendation that has a level of authority.

4. By card

If you are supplying a service, you can leave a review request postcode with a prepaid stamp on. Give the review card at the start of the job and ask the client to send it in once the work is completed. Alternatively, the card can have a URL to your review page, and you can ask your client to take a moment to go online and leave a review.

Step 4 – Great reviews only help if they are seen.

Once you have your positive reviews, ensure that you put them to work.

They should be displayed on the major pages of your website, or in your marketing material next to your products and services. They should help to answer the question, “What did other clients think of this product or service?”

Promoting your positive reviews will help to build your reputation, trust, and increase your conversion rates.

I hope that you find this guide useful and that your positive reviews help to improve your reputation and sales.

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The founder of ISU Technologies, passionate in writing about productivity, creativity, entrepreneurship, work and technology.

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Last Updated on July 17, 2019

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

What happens in our heads when we set goals?

Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

The Neurology of Ownership

Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

The Upshot for Goal-Setters

So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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