Nobody enjoys seeing that notification of a negative review, but with the right attitude and response, you can turn them into a real competitive advantage for your home improvement business. Below are six questions all home improvement contractors and business owners should ask themselves before hitting “publish” when responding to a negative review.
Question 1: What kind of review was given?
Without counting those that break review guidelines, it’s generally one of these familiar types: simple statements of facts, polite critiques, reasonable complaints, and unfair attacks.
Your response should be topical and focused on any actual feedback given.
Question 2: Who gets a response?
Everyone—no exceptions. Every valid review deserves a proper response. If it’s a lesser star rating, a response can help that person feel comfortable about updating their review to a higher star rating once their issue is resolved. A response to a positive review can make the person that much happier and could even help to encourage a referral.
Question 3: When should you respond?
The sooner the better! Generally within 24 hours is ideal, but this isn’t to say older reviews can be left by the wayside. If a review is within a couple months, it could provide a great opportunity to check back in and ask how their new roof, windows, siding, etc. is working out.
Question 4: Where should you respond?
Negative reviews are best approached on two fronts: public and private.
Your public response shows the reviewer and others that you care about customer experience. Then, by inviting them to move the conversation to a private channel, you’re able to address their issue(s) in a more focused and efficient way.
Question 5: Why respond at all?
The goal is to turn their negative review into a positive experience. Doing so demonstrates that you value customer service, which improves customer retention and acquisition. Everybody wins!
Question 6: How should you respond?
Before working toward a resolution, always first thank them for leaving a review. Apologize for the cause of dissatisfaction and explain how you plan to keep it from happening again. Specific resolutions can be discussed in private.
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