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The Myths and Truths About Customer Reviews

 

The diversity of voices and opinions that create authenticity and ultimately value in a business’s online reputation.

In evaluating a product or service, consumers want to hear from more than just its ranters and ravers. They triangulate on the truth from many points of view.

This quick video takes you through the 5 Myths About Customer Reviews and introduces you to a Review Funnel that can help become a positive marketing channel for you.

Why Customer Reviews Matter

You can find hundreds of recent stats and studies that confirm the insanely influential role online reviews play in getting customers to buy or try new products, services, and local businesses. I cite some of the most salient findings in this section, but for me, the most compelling evidence comes right from our clients:

  • An urban chiropractor asks his new patients where they heard about his practice. In the last year, he says that the proportion of total patients identifying review sites as the referral doubled from about 40% to 80% of all new patients.
  • A spa with glowing online reviews was getting a steady flow of new client leads. Eager to grow, the owner ran a Groupon daily deal that brought in scores of new clients at once, but the spa staff wasn’t prepared, leading to service failures and a spate of scathing reviews. The owner says business slowed to a halt until she took measures to recover her reputation.
  • Two competing pizza joints opened a block away from each other in a town with a cutthroat dining scene and high restaurant turnover. One owner decided to go “black-hat” and buy scores of fake reviews to “prime the pump,” while our client focused on collecting a few honest reviews from real customers every month. Our client has grown a steady following, visibly busy most nights and packed on the weekends. The most visible activity from the competitor is online: a bunch of empty five-star ratings and 2 comments from real customers calling out the phony reviews!

These rangy anecdotes are just that: anecdotes. But for me, they expose the power and complexity of what has been dubbed “social proof,” the notion that consumers now validate or invalidate for each other the value proposition of your business. It’s not quick or easy to build genuine social proof, but it is definitely worth it. Here’s why.

Reviews are Insanely Influential

Customer reviews matter.  We now live in what Forrester Research has dubbed “The Age of the Customer,” and guess what? Empowered customers are more demanding than ever, and they have the ability to make or break your business. They don’t trust what you say about your product or service, and they really don’t trust your ads. Instead, they trust other people like themselves.

72% of consumers trust online reviews as much as recommendations from friends and family.

So, whether you’re talking about a restaurant, a medical practice or an electrical contracting company, it’s hard to overstate the influence its customers now have on each other. Because customer reviews are perceived as being written by regular folks with no agenda, people trust them—even more than they trust expert opinions. A 2011 study found that 55% of consumers felt that the opinions of “people like me” had the greatest impact on their buying decisions. To underscore the point, the popular members-only home service review site Angie’s List started using this tagline in the same year:

“Reviews you can trust, written by people just like you.”

And globally, trust in online reviews is on the rise. According to Nielsen’s 2012 “Global Trust in Advertising Survey,” 70% of consumers trust online reviews from people they don’t know, up 15% from four years earlier. Ninety-two percent of consumers around the world say they trust word-of-mouth recommendations, whether from strangers or from friends and family, above all other forms of advertising.

And keep in mind that those who regularly read and post online reviews tend to be younger, wealthier and more optimistic about technology—an attractive segment for most businesses to reach.

4 out of 5 consumers reverse their purchase decision based on negative online reviews.

Author Bio:  

Jon Hall has helped small and medium businesses over the last decade and a half, most recently as the co-founder of a Web marketing software solution for medical practices that was acquired in 2013. He loves the grit and excitement of working alongside business owners and entrepreneurs, and lives to see them succeed

5 Facts that Will Surprise You and Change Your Marketing

A recent Kissmetrics post, https://blog.kissmetrics.com/shocking-social-media-facts/, reveals some important facts that marketers need to keep in mind in developing their social media strategy.At the core of this is the importance and the foundation that email marketing has within the whole social strategy.The Pinterest stats in this video were provided by Piqua. And, the Kissmetrics post, provides insightful bullet points of lessons and next steps.These 5 Lessons from the Kissmetrics blog posts are the most helpful takeaways from the statistics:

1.Spend more time and money on email marketing than on social media marketing.
2. If you want engaged traffic, spend time optimizing YouTube.
3. Stick it out with Facebook.
4. Use Pinterest. And be patient.
5. If you’re going to use Twitter, stay on top of it.

The entire blog post is well worth the read.

https://blog.kissmetrics.com/shocking-social-media-facts/

Maria Elena Duron connects small business to new customers and referral partners. She connects businesses to their internal team members and advocates, and business to their customers and brand advocates through authentic appreciation. Maria Elena connects you to the systems, tools and frame of mind that develop strong joint ventures and genuine communication.

There’s a NEW VIDEO published every Friday providing PRACTICAL tips and tactics so that you can make solid connections and increase your know, like and trust factor.

Maria Elena Duron is senior Marketing Strategist/Coach with Know, Like + Ignite. http://KnowLikeIgnite.com

Know, Like + Ignite is a Relationship Development Firm focused on bridging online + offline relationships to get more business for small business and make work relationships work.

“I’ll share strategy, tips and tactics here on making marketing simple and makes business connections work, online and offline.” – Maria Elena

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The Cost of the Unhappy Customer

It seems like the first instinct now when you’re dissatisfied with a company is to post it on social media. According to Vision Critical, there are large costs associated with an unhappy customer.

Take a look and see how that unhappiness  has reach and influence fueling it.

http://www.visioncritical.com/blog/unhappy-customer

http://www.visioncritical.com/blog/unhappy-customer

Planning a Successful Event Campaign

15 Best Practices for Running a Successful Event Campaign

Events are a great way to deepen relationships with current customers and can help you attract new customers as well.

When done right, events are also one of the best ways to get people to take the next step from interacting with you on Facebook or reading your newsletters, to actually visiting your store, restaurant, or office.

But successful events don’t just happen overnight.

To create a successful event campaign, you need to come up with a strategy that incorporates your different marketing channels — like email, social media, mobile and web — so that you can promote your event, reach the right audience, and drive meaningful business results.

That’s why we created this guide.

This guide will walk you through the necessary steps to plan a successful event campaign that will attract new customers and help you do more business.

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Author Bio:

Ryan Pinkham is interested in helping small businesses and non-profits recognize their full-potential through marketing and social media. He wants to hear your story and learn the creative and innovative ways that you’re marketing your business. He’s worked in small businesses his entire life and now is excited to work with them!

Email Marketing Tip

Today I reviewed someone’s email that they sent out to their contact list and they were curious because they feel like they weren’t getting any response to their email. What I saw was that they had a picture–a JPEG, actually posted in their email, and that’s all there is to it! There was nothing else with it other than of course a subject line and the picture.

Email

Well I explained to them that first of all, Gmail’s default is that we don’t see pictures. So it won’t display the picture, unless they click on a link that allow photos to show up in the email. So know that about 65% of the people got your email, but they probably didn’t see the message since it is in a photo format. What they saw is a big “X”, and unless they have a really strong relationship with you or know you, the chances of them clicking on the little link “This is display images” is small to none.

But let’s say that they saw the photo. And you have a bunch of information there that cater to different customers. Another problem for you as a marketer is that you will not have a way to gauge which of your audience is more interested in what information, or item because they were all just in one photo. What you can do to increase your email marketing is to get rid of that one picture. Or, don’t just put a photo in there and expect marketing returns. You have to give your audience something in writing that they can click on to, or gather more details about what you are sharing.

Another tip, make sure to make it mobile friendly. Most people read their emails on a smartphone, and if you want your message to get across, you have to make sure that your message is easy to access and readable. Test out your email before sending it out, both on your desktop and smartphone, to ensure that they receive a nice copy. If you are targeting in your local area, and you have issues of slow mobile internet connections, make sure that your photo isn’t too big so it doesn’t take long to load on smartphones.

Take a look at your email and if you’re thinking about doing a picture email, stop right now, don’t take a picture, don’t change a PDF to a picture, stop right now, instead, pick a part of a text and put it into an email. Or mix it both of them well, with just the right balance of words and photo to give your customers more for their time. As you make such simple changes, you will soon notice responses from your email marketing.

Author Bio:

Justin - Digital Assets Manager and CraftsmanJustin Duron is Digital Assets Manager | Craftsman for Know, Like + Ignite.   Justin manages and monitors the reports, data, insights and gives us a look at what’s actually working and not just the “bright shiny” vanity numbers! 

Webinar: Building Your Online Marketing Toolkit

Several Dates Available:  Click here to reserve your spot!

Build Your Online Marketing Toolkit with Email and Social Media Every business needs an online presence and a marketing strategy. Building your online marketing toolkit and growing your business with Email and Social Media Marketing is a must. In this workshop, we’ll look at the most effective tools and strategy + ideas to grow your business.
This workshop will focus on how to optimize your email and social media marketing and how to cultivate the relationships that matter most to your business or non-profit.

Attendees of this presentation will learn:

    • What marketing really is (and isn’t).
    • How marketing has changed in ways that benefit small businesses.
    • The importance of setting goals and objectives for your marketing efforts.
    • The 4 Pillars or Marketing Success – a framework that shows how different marketing activities all fit together, and will help small businesses reflect on their own marketing program.
    • It’s ok to start small, to start where you already are.
    • Campaigns in general: what is a campaign, types of newsletters
    • What to write about in your newsletter or announcement and how to consider using images
    • Subject line best practices, and when to send your newsletter
    • The importance of understanding how connected email and social media are…they have to be done together.
    • What types of additional tools might be useful

Are You Ready for Event Season?

By Giles Cassels

Event SeasonEvent season is here! Are you ready?

Do you have everything in place to:

  • Set up and send out invitations to potential attendees?
  • Provide a simple, smart online registration experience to get commitments that will stick?
  • Collect payments for your ticketed event during the registration process?
  • Track your success against sign-up goals in real time so you can optimize your outreach?
  • Efficiently collect payments and donations at the door and during your event?

If you answered “yes” to all of the above, congratulations! You are on your way to a well-attended and financially successful event.

If you answered “no” to a few of those questions, don’t worry. You still have time, but the time to act is now. Here are a few things you can do to ensure that your event is successful.

Send impactful invitations. Capture valuable data.

Online event planning services make it easier than ever to create and send great invitations that will build the kind of excitement around your event that drives attendance. Whatever type of event you’re hosting, you can work with a variety of customizable templates that make creating attractive, eye-catching, and informative invitations quick and easy.

You can send your invitations via email and have them direct potential attendees to your online event registration page where they can provide you with a firm RSVP. You’ll want to make sure that your registration is easy to complete, gives just the right amount of detail, and collects just the right amount of information.

By having people register online, you can easily track responses, measure your progress, and collect valuable data about your attendees that will help you measure success and optimize future events.

Collect payments during registration for greater success

If your event is one that requires payment to attend, you may want to make it a part of the online registration process. This gives your guests the chance to pay (using PayPal) while they’re already providing their information.

Including a payment option as part of your online registration process not only makes it easy and convenient for your guests, but it can save you time and headaches that come from trying to collect money later. Pre-paying makes it even more likely that the folks who registered for your event will show up too.

Gather payments and donations at the door and during your event

If you’ll be collecting payments or donations as people arrive or throughout the event, you might want to consider using an innovative mobile payment technology like PayPal Here. These easy-to-use credit card readers that connect to a smartphone or iPad, let you swipe a guest’s credit card and then email their receipt.

You can even have folks moving through the crowd at your event, collecting donations from guests at their tables or as they mingle. Imagine, you make a call for donations, and the money starts flowing in immediately. Not only that, but the funds you receive will usually appear in your account in just minutes.

Original Post: http://blogs.constantcontact.com/product-blogs/event-marketing/event-planning-2/

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