Top 5 Places to Get Reviews Other Than Google and Yelp


May 24, 2016 By

Cheryl Dykstra


It’s no secret that online reviews are important for any business, and incorporating those reviews in your overall digital marketing and advertising plan is essential.

According to WordStream, “79% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, 85% of consumers say that they read online reviews for local businesses, and 73% of consumers say positive customer reviews make them trust a business more.”

Because of this, it’s no wonder big review sites such as Google and Yelp are go-to spots for businesses to try to garner these important reviews. Unfortunately, most companies stop there, when in fact, many other online platforms will still add value, so it’s important to get those amazing reviews in more places than just the top two.

Here is a short list of top places to get reviews to get you started:

1. Facebook Ratings and Reviews

If your business isn’t on Facebook, you’re really missing out. Facebook isn’t just posting statuses anymore. Businesses are utilizing the social media giant to grow their customer base and increase brand awareness. One way to do this is by gaining Facebook reviews.

Similar to Google, Facebook Ratings and Reviews uses a star system for their users to express how much they like or dislike a company or product. The more people who review a business, the more likely it is to show up in Facebook search and potentially in search engines as well.

 

2. Amazon Customer Reviews

Arguably just as popular as Google and Yelp, Amazon is a key player when gathering reviews for a product. Amazon is often a destination where the visitor has the intent to purchase, so having stellar customer reviews on your products is very often a make-or-break distinction.

Amazon uses a 5-star scale, and then purchasers are able to write their own reviews underneath. You can also sort those reviews into “most helpful” and “most recent” to narrow down what will most likely be a giant list.

 

3. SoTellUs

This fairly new review system was created to make getting reviews easier than ever. With instant access to leaving text, audio and video reviews, your customers won’t need a login to say how wonderful your product or service is.

Once their review is posted, it will be uploaded straight to your website for potential customers to see. You also have the ability to share your text or video reviews to Facebook or Google+.

SoTellUs is easily one of the quickest ways to get quality reviews for your business. See more about it here.

4. Consumer Reports

Even though it has been around since 1936, Consumer Reports is still one of the most trusted sources for product reviews.

Consumer Reports is unique in that it’s in-house testing laboratory and survey research center tests and researches all its products before posting reviews. As a non-profit company, its reviews are true and unbiased.

According to Wikipedia, approximately 7.3 million people subscribe to Consumer Reports, which is a huge, diverse audience to be missing out on.

5. Aabaco Small Business from Yahoo!

Aabaco Small Business from Yahoo! (formerly know as Yahoo! Local Listings) is trying to give businesses plenty of options to choose from to increase their client base. They have Free listing, Enhanced listing ($9.95/mo), and Localworks listing ($29.99/mo) options available.

Similar to other listings sites, consumers are able to review and comment on your business, which you can then respond to as the business owner.

With Yahoo! still in the running with Google and Bing, it is still a good idea to include them in your marketing strategy.

Now that you know some great review alternatives to Google and Yelp, let’s get your business out there! Get the support of an experienced digital marketing team to help increase your reviews and leads. Give us a call at (407) 682-2222 or use the contact form below.  

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