When Bad Reviews Happen to Good Businesses

Eyecare Business by Alicia Hoglund

As published in  Eyecare Business, four out of five consumers say they have changed their minds about a recommended purchase based on a negative online review. With online reviews more prevalent than ever, keep in mind the following Do’s and Don’ts when dealing with a negative review.

  • DO always respond. If you make a mistake, accept it and let the customer know it won’t happen again
  • DON’T minimize or invalidate the review’s concerns
  • DO listen intently to the customer
  • DON’T respond with an angry or defensive reply. Even if the complaint is biased or unjustified,  people reading the review will assume this is how your company handles complaints.
  • DO be compassionate and caring
  • DON’T contact a negative reviewer without a plan to make things right by him or her
  • DON’T use generalities. Be specific when addressing a problem. Speak to the matter at had specifically where appropriate and avoid canned responses.
  • DO be willing to give a little. Sometimes customer just want to be heard. Your willingness to go the extra mile might just win them back as customers and even be worth a referral

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