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You don’t need formal research to show that more people are shopping online every day due to COVID-19. 

Right now, more than 25% of consumers are buying products online, and 43% of consumers say they plan on transitioning to online shopping if the coronavirus continues. With this recent transition, people are more reliant on reviews from others to help make their purchasing decisions.


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Studies show that 86% of customers read reviews on local establishments and a minimum of 10 reviews before making their decision. With this data, it’s important to make sure your online presence isn’t marked with negative reviews as they could drive away potential clients.   


A current trend revolves around people intentionally creating fake 4-star reviews to pull down a perfect 5-star rating. Four-star reviews don’t automatically appear as false, but in an abundance, they can pull the Google rating down. With a lower rating, a company will be further down the webpage and, therefore, will have trouble getting business. 


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Reviews are an integral part of many industries, including healthcare, food, hospitality, etc. However, one that is often overlooked is the wedding industry. 

Unlike a pair of sandals you can return, an individual's experience is not a purchase. The amount of refunds or sales doesn’t measure its true success.

To improve your business in the wedding industry, you must listen and adhere to your audience, and the best way to do that is through reviews. 


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When it comes to leaving reviews, “it’s not me; it’s you” is only half true. In their own ways, both parties are at fault when it comes to the downfall of the feedback loop. Reviews are important to the customer so they can express themselves and to the business so they can improve themselves. So why aren’t reviews provided more often? What causes these invisible barriers? 


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Encouraging, collecting, and sometimes requesting reviews from your patrons is a regular part of the business, but is it actually hurting your business? According to Yelp, it could be.


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Bad reviews are bound to happen, and they don’t have to keep you down. With a few simple actions, you can turn bad reviews around to work for you rather than against you. Here are six ways to survive those negative reviews.


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