How to Create more Online Reviews For Your Business. In Blackboard Fridays Episode 79, Jacob talks about Marketing. Need this implemented into your business? Talk to the international business advisor who can do exactly that – Contact Jacob, Learn More, or Subscribe for Updates.
I’ve got a question for your Blackboard fans:
On a Scale of 1 to 10, how likely are you to recommend the incredibly awesome Blackboard Fridays to a friend or colleague?
Now, you’re free to answer (hint: the correct answer is 10) but I’m not actually asking the question – instead this week I’m talking about that question, which may sound familiar. It’s the key question in what’s known as the ‘Net Promoter Score’ (NPS), an excellent way to distill feedback from your clients into meaningful data.
If winning more work from your existing clients, or more referrals from your existing clients (two of the 5 Attractants is a focus, then NPS is probably part of the answer.
In this week’s episode I talk about:
- Why using NPS can increase your revenue
- The 3 categories of clients you’ve created (with thanks to Customer Frame who recently did this for businessDEPOT), and
- The incredibly simple way you can leverage this to generate more online reviews and higher search-engine ranking, turning a small number of happy customers into a large number of new and profitable ones.
Definitely worth 5 minutes of your Friday morning. Watch it all here.
Who is Jacob Aldridge, Business Coach?
“The smart and quirky advisor who gets sh!t done in business.” Back independent since 2019.
Since April 2006, I’ve been an international business advisor providing bespoke solutions for privately-owned businesses with 12-96 employees.
At this stage you have proven your business model, but you’re struggling to turn aspirations into day-to-day reality. You are still responsible for all 28 areas of your business, but you don’t have the time or budget to hire 28 different experts.
You need 1 person you can trust who can show you how everything in your business is connected, and which areas to prioritise first.
I love to travel. My beautiful wife and I have been privileged to see much of the world and going all the way back to our honeymoon almost 10 years ago when we visited Italy with nothing more than a Lonely Planet guide to give us some recommendations about hotels and restaurants.
Nowadays, of course, we wouldn’t imagine traveling anywhere without getting a SIM card, some data and that most ubiquitous of useful travel tools, online reviews. If you’ve been traveling recently, you’ll know and you’ve probably done exactly the same thing, jumping online to find out everything from which seat to sit in on your airline to which hotel to have breakfast at.
Increasingly, your clients are doing the same thing. They’re looking for online reviews when making a decision about whether to use you or one of your competitors. in this week, I want to talk through a really practical process that I recommend to my clients they use in order to take responsibility for creating more and more positive online reviews of their business.
Now, it starts by using a tool called NPS Net Promoter Score and you can google that you’ll find a wealth of research into how this is a very useful tool for understanding the loyalty, the enthusiasm of your client base and how likely they are to talk well about you in the public. Very, very simply NPS asks a very specific and deliberate question how likely is it that you would recommend our product to a friend or colleague?
I’ve been through some very long-winded surveys where to test customer loyalty they ask you 10, 15, 20 questions. NPS is to sign so then you only need to ask that one question. And you give the recipient the option to score between naught and 10. So how likely is it that you would recommend our product to a friend or colleague between naught and 10?
The actual NPS process takes the percentage of your respondents to give you a 9 or a 10 removes the percentage that gave you a naught to a 6 and gives you a specific score which you can then use to benchmark against your industry.
Again, loads of research online. I love what the team at Customer Frame are doing around NPS the businesses and have recently done for us here at businessDEPOT. They break down these three categories it’s three fantastic names they talk about the nought to 6 as Assassins.
That might surprise you someone who says they’re 6 out of 10 is actually an Assassin. But in today’s polite world, scoring a 6 means they’re actually more likely to talk poorly about you then talk well. Seven to eight Customer Frame called the Apathetics. These are these people that like your business but you know they’re not going to go out of their way to recommend nor are they going to go out of their way to detract you.
What you’re really wanting to build are be Advocates. Those who score either a 9 or a 10 on this scale. Because it’s only those who are most enthused., who say they are most likely who are indeed most likely to go out and recommend your product service business to a friend or colleague. So in and of itself, NPS is a wonderful exercise to do.
Here’s how I really leverage it to create more online reviews to turn existing clients into new clients. You can send out an NPS by email automatically to every client at the end of their transaction with you if you’ve got an ongoing relationship with your clients maybe on a quarterly by annual or annual basis. This will give you not only a score but also the opportunity to see how that changes over time.
Because it’s just one question one answer it’s very, very simple for you to set up in your own email program and website if you’re that way inclined or to leverage free online survey tools in order to do so. Here’s the really cool part it’s what happens to that client after they click.
The first thing we want to do is make sure these Assassins are neutralized. So if somebody scores anywhere between naught and 6 we want to reroute them immediately to another forum where we ask for feedback. We’re sorry that your experience was not as wonderful as we would like to have achieved. We would really appreciate any feedback you had about how we can improve our service for you or other clients moving forward.
If there’s something specific maybe you missed a deadline, maybe there was a miscommunication, a misexpectation, this is a great way for you to actually find out what that was and rectify it. If there’s something in your general process that’s falling down, failing your clients, this is how you find out about it and in giving these Assassins the opportunity to address that, you’re hopefully alleviating their likelihood to go and moan to somebody else in the marketplace.
For the Apathetics and the Advocates, we send them somewhere different. We’re not looking for their feedback about how wonderful we are. We’ve already got the score. Now, instead we want to redirect them to a page that says, “Thank you. We’re so glad you appreciated the service that we provided.”
To help us grow our business and provide that service to even more excellent clients like you, we would greatly appreciate two minutes of your time to leave us a review on either Google or Facebook.” Give in this page a link to both Google and Facebook so it’s as easy as possible for those Apathetic and really those Advocates to click on a link which will take them to the Google page of your business or to the Facebook page of your business where they can leave a review and they can rate you.
If you implement this very simple process within your business, not only will you suddenly have a very simple tool for measuring the quality of the service that you and your team are delivering. You’ll also be putting those people who value you into the ability to go online and tell the world how wonderful you are. And that means that next time somebody you don’t know is searching for you, or for a service in your industry, instead of having one or two reviews written by one of these guys or by your mom, we actually have a long list on Google and Facebook of Advocates talking about just how wonderful you are I’m off to grab wine at that great hotel.
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