Have you seen these   stars show up on Google search results? They are Google Reviews that people are placing on your business Google+ page. As you can see below in my email signature, reviews are also an important aspect of YELP, Angie’s Lists, Bing and local YellowPages … but the most effective are reviews placed on Google+!

Review Cards Review Cards

I have started to assist my clients in printing business cards w/ short URLs that direct customers to their own review pages.  Vista Print is a very inexpensive and reliable service for these.  Go to some of the short URLs ( for example –http://goo.gl/0WzNRc ) in these business cards and see.

For Google Reviews, customers must also have Google+ accounts in order to write a review. Customers need to post the reviews themselves, through their Google+ accounts. Customers can leave ratings without actually writing a review. The rating is just the “stars” without the text of a review. At least in terms of rankings, the number of reviews you have seems to matter more than the quality of those reviews.

Best-practices for requesting reviews – Ask everyone for a review, not just your diehard, happiest customers. Point out as often as possible that you’d like your customers’ honest feedback. Don’t incentivize – Not only is it against the rules, but makes you look as though you’re desperate. Your customers care, not all of them, but that’s OK. Many will write a review if you ask and especially if you give them basic instructions as to how.

Place a line on your email signature that guides people for reviews. Where have you seen this before???

   Sincerely,

http://my.angieslist.com/angieslist/Review/7917105

   Rich Blakemore
   d.b.a. Rich’s Web Design
   511 S. Main St. Kernersville, NC 27284
   336-408-9075
   http://www.RichsWebDesign.com
   Review Rich’s Web Design at GoogleYahooBingYelp or

http://my.angieslist.com/angieslist/Review/7917105