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Advice For Pros · November 13, 2019 · AUTHOR: Roy Dekel

Reviewing the Reviews: SetSchedule on how to evaluate and evolve from negative reviews

Word-of-mouth testimonials have served as meaningful sources of consumer engagement since the dawn of the industry. What your customers say about your business to other people matters. This is possibly true now more than ever as advances in social media allow businesses to harness their online reputation to boost brand awareness, inspire customer loyalty and attract new consumers. At the same time, these same advances open potential vulnerabilities for a business when the review(s) in question prove unflattering.

Research has shown that upwards of 90% of online consumers report avoiding a business after reading bad reviews. Obviously, in this day and age, anyone can comment at any time about anything on many social media platforms. There is something to be said about leaving an opinion in print. Despite the source or credibility of the review, reviews can change the way you perceive a business. And since it is virtually impossible to be a successful company today without operating in the digital realm, at least in small part, your online reputation matters. Bad reviews can close a company's doors before they are even open and leave newly established businesses vulnerable to consumer slowdowns.

Being a technology and data company that services the real estate communities, SetSchedule is no stranger to online review. Since SetSchedule’s online presence inevitably impacts our consumer engagement, it is important that we take action toward a resolution. Below is SetSchedule’s strategy of evaluating, responding to, and evolving from negative reviews.  

Evaluate the negative reviews

Bad reviews sting even the most seasoned business professionals. Objectively you understand that no one can please everyone, but nonetheless, when faced with a bad review your instinct will often be to deflect (blame the customer for their bad experience), dismiss (I don’t care what anyone says about my business), or wallow (ruminating on your perceived failure). None of these are helpful responses. Instead, try to remain empathetic yet detached when evaluating your reviews. Try to notice patterns in both your positive and your negative reviews, and let go of the outliers. There will always be extremes and isolated incidents which can be easily identified and resolved internally. But more important are the recurring themes in SetSchedule’s negative reviews. These are invaluable insights into where our service might be lacking and how to improve.

Respond to negative reviews

Whether a review is good or bad, behind that review is a person who took time out of their day to write about your company. SetSchedule remains grateful for all reviews - the good, the bad, and the ugly. One predominant way we show this gratitude is by responding to each and every review. Above all else, reviews should be treated as business indicators - indicating what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong. Social media has brought the power to receive instantaneous customer feedback and if responded to with gratitude first and foremost, this feedback can be harnessed to boost your business to new heights.

Evolve from your negative reviews

The final step in SetSchedule’s approach to negative reviews is to evolve. I just explained how reviews function as roadmaps guiding your business on a path to success. Now it’s up to you to incorporate those reviews into your business model. Once you identify patterns in your negative reviews, you next have to plan how to overcome these points of friction. Do your employees need more training? Do you need to invest in infrastructure? Do you need to modify the service you offer? Growth only occurs in a state of discomfort so it’s up to you to use your reviews like a roadmap and pilot your business accordingly.

Bonus Tip: Research is showing that more positive reviews are appearing online. Meaning online forums are becoming less a place to complain and more a place to recommend businesses. However, consumers are still more likely to leave a review after a negative experience than a positive one. This means it is increasingly important that you remember to ask your happy customers to leave reviews too. What’s more, it is important to follow up with those customers and encourage them to leave those glowing testimonials.


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  • Jodie Stimpson says:
    Yeah, i agree with setsetschdule because online reviews are critical to the success of a business, with nearly 90% of consumers only depending online reputation.
  • Coleen E. Hamlin says:
    Good blog. I know every response is a valuable aspect of any marketing. Since setschedule doing well on that point. Online reviews is a great value add to marketing services Because having a strong reputation is a cornerstone of business presence and helping business to navigate the complex water of reputation.
  • Edward Huntsberry says:
    Good article but I think the understanding of fair price points is based on previous exposure and is influenced by social media that is easily accessible online .
  • Jennifer says:
    Thanks for the kind words Leslie. As a firm, we make a point to help agents, teams, and brokers. The best way we can do so is by providing clients' point of view, their growth, challenges, and success.
  • Leslie Smith says:
    Every point on the set schedule is commendable. I think BY spending time on reading bad reviews, we avoid good reviews and healthy analysis. I appreciate that set schedule prioritizes good service at the end of the day.
  • Kayleen Kern says:
    Negative reviews do a lot of harm to the companies, some time for no good reason. Good article though. Nevertheless, the company's bad comments should be used to get better and improve.
  • Jhon Patrick says:
    The comments are great but I am curious to know what sets schedules give priority to their customers? I have seen on the internet that there are many reviews. What is the reason for this?
  • Deloris Rinaldi says:
    Humm, Interesting Describe that how can setschedule manages reviews. I’m also inspired that how can I manage my business bad reviews. Really good topic for any business.
  • Anderson Ferry says:
    Thank you for sharing the article, how do you execute based on reviews positive or negative? Do you allow for any business changes or product change to take place? My partner and I are constantly looking to improve our products we had some issues with review websites in the past but we truly appreciate it SetSchedule advice and will curious to see how you handle those.
  • Paul Golden says:
    Good information, how does SetSchedule address negative reviews? Do you have any advice regarding best approach? Do you answer all of them or some of them?
  • Jennifer says:
    Thank you
  • Candice Cropper says:
    Very good and informative blog thank you. I like your point of you regarding testimonials, I think the Setschedule approach is absolutely spot on, and our line of work we request for testimonial from every single buyer that we get. We actually were able to get a couple of favorable testimonials from Some SetSchedule leads to refer to us.
  • Jennifer says:
    Yes, as a company, we make a point to address all reviews good and bad.
  • Jacob Martin says:
    Very interesting perspective. I like your description regarding the post negative review advice. Does SetSchedule make a point to connect with every client?

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