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January 5, 2023

Online Review Management: How to best respond to restaurant reviews online

Good restaurant reviews on platforms like Yelp, TripAdvisor and Google Reviews are important... But what about responding to those reviews? Whether they're positive or negative, responding to reviews can have some serious benefits.

First and foremost, responding to reviews shows that you care about your customers. It shows that you're listening to what they have to say and that you're willing to make changes based on their feedback. This can go a long way in terms of building customer loyalty and increasing customer satisfaction.

But it's not just about making your customers happy. Responding to reviews can also improve your search engine optimisation (SEO). When you respond to reviews, it tells search engines that your restaurant's page is active and up-to-date, which can help improve your ranking in search results.

So, how do you respond to reviews effectively? Here are a few tips:

  1. Be prompt: The sooner you respond, the better. This shows that you're paying attention and that you care about what your customers have to say.
  2. Be grateful: If you get a positive review, thank the customer for their kind words and let them know you appreciate their feedback.
  3. Be apologetic: If you get a negative review, apologise for the customer's experience and let them know you're working to fix the problem. You can minimise negative reviews with our Smart Reviews feature - keeping negative reviews, private.
  4. Be human: Use a friendly, personable tone in your responses. This will make it more likely that customers will want to come back and try your restaurant again.
  5. Be specific: Instead of just saying "Thanks for your feedback," try to be more specific in your response. For example, "Thanks for your feedback about our slow service. We're working to improve and hope to see you again soon."

Therefore, responding to online reviews is important. It shows that you care about your customers and can help improve your SEO. By being prompt, grateful, apologetic, human, and specific in your responses, you can effectively manage your online reputation and improve your chances of success.

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