I believe it was a week or two ago, when a small business owner contacted me, asking for my help with deleting a bad review off of his Facebook Page. I then proceeded to ask him why he would want to do that? The business owner expressed his concern that the bad review might hurt his business and eventually shut him down, well, I would like to take this time to share with you my professional opinion on why deleting bad reviews is a BAD IDEA and also show you the right way to respond to negative reviews and comments on your social media platforms. The conclusion of the small business owner will be revealed a little later in the blog. OK, let's get started.
Nobody wants a bad review, whether it be on social media or on a website. We all want our businesses to shine and be considered reliable and ethical with exceptional customer service but let's face it, we can't make everyone happy, even though we try. There will on occasion be an unhappy customer/client even if it's not or not entirely our fault. If you happen to fall victim of bad reviews or comments, it's time to deploy REPUTATION MANAGEMENT and here's what I suggest, you should do.
2. Reply to review.
3. Message them privately. (Be sure you let them know on the comment that you have sent them a message).
In Conclusion, what I can't express enough is Don't Delete The Bad Review. Honestly, doing so could make the situation worse. The person who is complaining, could take it to another level by contacting agencies such as the BBB or Chamber of Commerce. They could also gather family and friends who currently use your business and tell them not to use your business again. It can become ugly, nasty and turn into something that is way worse than the bad review itself. Let everyone see that you are a real person and that your business always makes bad situations right again.
Now back to the small business owner. The owner did take my advice and his business is still standing, LoL. The business owner did discover that it was his mistake, a misprint in an ad and owned up to it and offered the customer a discount for his trouble. The customer in turn responded back, saying Thank You and I just found out today that the customer is now an admin on the business owners FB Page. How about that for a Happy Ending. :)
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