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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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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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