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How to Handle Negative Reviews: 7 Tactics to Turn Negative Reviews Into Positives

How To Handle Negative Reviews: 7 Tactics To Turn Negative Reviews Into Positives
Written in Partnership with Heinz Marketing

Did you know 67 percent of B2B buyers prefer to see a mix of positive and Negative Reviews when looking to buy a new product or service? As we all know, when something seems too good to be true, it generally is. That’s why negative reviews, when utilized correctly, can actually increase the impact your business has on your buyer:

  • 72% of people say negative reviews help them make a real, informed decision (2018 Benchmark Report: The Impact of Reviews on B2B Buyers and Sellers)
  • 82% of buyers specifically seek out negative reviews (The Power of Reviews)
  • 78% of consumers say managers responding to online reviews makes them believe the business cares more about them (Review Trackers)

Prospects want to see a full visual of what they will get before purchasing. With negative reviews, potential customers see the whole picture — the good and the bad. This instills confidence that they won’t encounter any surprises down the road, and increases the credibility of your business. Instead of shying away from negative reviews, use these seven tactics below to turn your negatives into positives.

1. Respond to every negative (and positive!) review

Demonstrate your commitment to your prospects and customers by making sure their voices are heard. This shows your dedication to improving their experience and shows appreciation for their feedback.

2. React and respond appropriately

When you do respond, make sure you do so with poise and dignity. Remember, there’s never an appropriate time for a heated moment. So, take the time to react and craft a thoughtful, constructive response.

Related Content: How to Respond to Reviews Infographic

3. Turn criticism into an opportunity

Use this feedback as an opportunity to dig deeper into what went wrong and examine how issues can be rectified. Are there gaps in your product or service that negatively impact the user experience and could cost you a customer? Share these insights with your ops team to see where, when and how your solutions can be added into the next phase of the product.

4. Use as competitive learning

Prospects and customers are constantly comparing you to your competitors. Use your own negative reviews to see where your competitors excel. And vice versa: Use the negative reviews of your competitors to see where you gain a competitive advantage.

5. Re-engage lost customers

Regardless of why you have lost clients, use negative reviews (and your response to these reviews) to re-engage past customers. Reply to negative reviews with what is on the road map, and confirm that you are making changes based on customer feedback. You may address a previous pain point that you are now overcoming, and you’ll demonstrate to your lost clients that your company cares about what customers want — you’re worth another look!

6. Create a lifelong brand advocate

Show your customers you listened. As product updates occur, or issues mentioned in negative reviews are rectified, let your customers know. The best way to respond to a negative review after the problem is solved is by stating that fact, and asking for an updated review. Create a brand advocate and demonstrate your customer-first mentality.

7. Be transparent

Contrary to what most people think about negative reviews, they actually prove your credibility and that you have nothing to hide. So be transparent and accept negative reviews to gain the trust of your future buyers.

Related Content: Power of the Customer Voice Infographic

Did you know…
according to the Spiegel Research Center, products with an average star rating in the 4.7–5.0 range are less likely to be purchased than those in the 4.2–4.7 range.

So, true or false? Perfection is inauthentic.

When three out of four buyers say negative reviews help provide more depth and insight to make an informed decision, the answer is clear. Start using negative reviews to your advantage by turning them into positives.

Learn more

If you want to learn more, download the full 2018 Benchmark Report: The Impact of Reviews on B2B Buyers and Sellers or check out all of our marketing solutions.

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*OnTarget Consulting & Research, in partnership with G2 Crowd and Heinz Marketing, conducted a survey over two weeks in late September 2017. The responses came from 548 business professionals from a variety of different industries, ranging from SMB to large enterprise.

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