The Power of Reviews: How to Get More for Your Small Business

a woman on her phone demonstrating the power of reviews

Positive reviews are vital for small businesses competing in the digital marketplace. With 92% of people reading online reviews before making purchasing decisions, reviews influence your discoverability, reputation, conversions, and even SEO, proving how far the power of reviews stretches. This makes cultivating an outstanding review profile essential.

Understanding the Power of Reviews for Your Small Business

To understand the power of reviews, let’s review the benefits positive reviews can provide for your business as well as some effective strategies to help you procure those reviews:

5 gold star next to a keyboard, showing the power of reviews on a small business
How many 5-star reviews do you have for your business?

Benefits of Great Reviews

Many business owners are so overwhelmed with running their businesses that garnering positive reviews on Google, Facebook, or Yelp usually isn’t top of mind, much less a priority. But positive, 5-star reviews provide many advantages that can significantly impact your success, including the following:

  • Boost credibility and trust in your business
  • Improve local search rankings and drive traffic
  • Persuade prospects to convert into customers
  • Promote repeat business and referrals
  • Counteract any negative reviews
  • Build brand authority and clout in your niche

With so much to gain, focusing on getting more online reviews should be a priority. But even if you understand the many benefits of good reviews, how do you actually get them?

Takeaway: Prioritizing the procurement of positive reviews for your small business will boost your credibility, improve your SEO, lead to referrals, and promote repeat business.

Strategies to Get More Reviews

At Paragon Marketing Group, we understand that it takes some effort to maintain a robust review profile. However, implementing these simple strategies can help generate more customer feedback on an ongoing basis.

Ask for Reviews Everywhere

The easiest way to get reviews is to directly ask satisfied customers to leave feedback. But don’t limit yourself to just one platform. Collecting reviews across multiple sites broadens your exposure. Make sure to include the following sites:

  • Google My Business – Google is the most common site potential customers will visit, making it critical for visibility. This requires your business to have an official Google My Business profile so customers can find you.
  • Facebook – While Facebook isn’t used as much as Google for reviews, getting reviews on Facebook helps with social proof, especially as Facebook still reigns as the most popular social media platform in the world.
  • Yelp or Houzz – Depending on the industry your small business is in, you may want to consider an industry-specific site like Yelp or Houzz where people leave reviews as these specific sites build authority within their particular niches.
Make Review Requests a Routine

A key strategy to get positive reviews for your small business is to incorporate review requests into your regular customer interactions. Some best practices to implement into your schedule include the following:

  • Ask for reviews once a purchase has been made.
  • Add a link directly to your Google My Business or Facebook page in email signatures.
  • Print a QR code on receipts, invoices, or custom cards to hand out to customers.
  • When you or sales staff are face-to-face with clients, request verbally at the point of service.
  • Promote positive, 5-star reviews on your social media platforms and website.
Offer an Incentive

Encouraging reviews through a reward or giveaway helps motivate customers. Offer a discount, free product sample, or entry into a prize drawing in exchange for leaving a review. Just ensure incentives are not conditional upon getting a 5-star rating.

Respond and Interact . . . No Matter the Review

Being engaged with your reviews shows customers you listen and care. Always respond promptly and politely to feedback – positive and negative. This fosters goodwill and shows your brand values customer perspectives.

From a customer perspective, negative reviews for a business may hold significant weight. But so does the way in which the business responds to those reviews. Consider this advice from Skip on how to address negative reviews.

Takeaway: Actively asking for reviews and incorporating the process into your routine will enable you to garner those positive reviews you need.

Here’s a Quick Recap:
  1. Prioritizing the procurement of positive reviews for your small business will boost your credibility, improve your SEO, lead to referrals, and promote repeat business.
  2. Actively asking for reviews and incorporating the process into your routine will enable you to garner those positive reviews you need.

With a rigorous review generation strategy, you can build the social proof and reputation that propels business growth.

At Paragon Marketing Group, we’d be remiss if we failed to take our own advice. So we’re going to implement our first recommended strategy to obtain a few reviews. If you’re a client satisfied with the level of surface we’ve provided, will you leave us a 5-star review on Google?

If you need help managing your online presence or more strategies for procuring positive reviews, please contact us. Visit our website at or call us at 262-443-9092. We’d love to hear from you.

5 Creative Ways to Show Customer Appreciation This Holiday Season

Holiday customer appreciation event

Everyone’s heard that this time of year is the “season of giving.” And it certainly is. But this season is also really busy, overwhelming, stressful, and challenging. Often, finding ways to say “thanks” to our family and friends, much less to our customers, falls to the bottom of our never-ending to-do lists. But if you ever stop and really think about why you’re in business, why you do what you do, it always comes back to your customers. And your customers are what allow you to maintain and stay in business. So this holiday season, we challenge you to show customer appreciation.

5 Creative Ways to Show Customer Appreciation This Holiday Season

Most businesses choose to go the common routes – the holiday card, the fruit basket, the 20% off coupon. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with thanking your customers those ways. But we’re going to offer you 5 creative ways that are a little “out of the box” to show your customers how much you appreciate them:

1. Personalize Your Holiday Gifts

Personalized Christmas card to show customer appreciation

Have you ever received a gift and felt like the giver didn’t know you at all? This is often what happens when businesses send out generic gifts, such as mass-produced holiday cards or pretty gift baskets where half the food tastes stale. If you’re sending holiday cards, try handwriting a message. If you’re going to send a food basket, go the extra step and find out if that customer has allergies or food preferences. Whatever holiday gift you choose to send, make sure it’s personalized.

Source: McNutt & Partners

2. Hold a Customer Appreciation Event

Group of people at a customer appreciation event.

Now this might not be the most creative way to show your customers appreciation, but it might be one of the most fun ways to thank them for their business. If you have a brick & mortar office, this could be a great option for you. If not, you could consider renting out a small (or large) meeting space to have food, drinks, and plenty of holiday cheer to thank your customers in person.


3. Pay It Forward

People volunteering at a charity after a business received donations to show customer appreciation

The holidays might be the most common time of year for businesses to donate to charities. And that’s okay! It’s a great bandwagon to jump on, and there are many creative ways in which you can thank your customers by paying it forward. Ask your customers which charities are most meaningful to them, and then plan to donate to those! Or, invest a percentage of profits into local charities that will benefit your community overall.

Source: Faire Blog

4. Highlight Your Customers for 12 Days

Smiling customer headshot for 12 days of customer appreciation

So if you’ve been following along with our blog, you might recall our 12 Tips of Holiday Marketing post! Either way, we like the number 12. Put a cool twist on the 12 days of Christmas and instead, highlight 12 different customers for 12 days on your website or social media sites. Highlight what makes them a great customer or partner, and how much you appreciate their business.

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5. Give Away Gift Cards . . . for Other Businesses

Set of gift cards for other local businesses to show customer appreciation

Okay, now this might seem counterintuitive. But we promise, it’s not. As a small or startup business, having the support of your local community is everything. And what a great time the holidays are to set the focus on other businesses. Whether you want to host a giveaway, or simply surprise customers with gift cards for neighboring businesses, this is sure to be a hit with your customers, and a reminder of what your business prioritizes.

Source: NextDoor for Business

We know this time of year is busy, but taking a few extra steps to show customer appreciation can go a long way. If you ever need help thinking of new, creative ways to thank your customers, we’re just a phone call away at Paragon Marketing Group. Call us today at (262) 443-9092.