Fortunately, for a lot of civilians and maybe some business owners alike, a lot of what makes a person go to a restaurant or company is what other people have to say about it. A small percentage of this could be friends and family divulging about the awesome new coffee shop or restaurant by their house, but the wide majority is reviews that people post on review sites. These reviews are typically straight-forward and always honest, letting people know what’s good, what’s bad, what needs work, and what should stay. For the business owners out there, there are certain review sites that people check often, and having good reviews and a couple five out of five stars on them could really improve your business.
Yelp is the first online reviewer website on the list strictly because of a couple aspects they hold. Typically used to review restaurants, Yelp is completely free, but it also goes a little further and makes reviewing simple. Going onto Yelp’s website or app isn’t complicated and anybody can figure it out. Plus, you can see every review posted, so if somebody gives a bad rating just for the fun of it, the customer will be able to weigh it against the surplus of four and five star ratings. That’s right, Yelp delivers the ability to rating the company out of five stars and then adding some additional comments and even pictures if the reviewer chooses, letting everybody take a look at what they’re missing out on.
TripAdvisor is another reviewing website typically used to review hotels, airlines, restaurants and even some entertainment. The amazing thing about TripAdvisor is that you can rate and discuss any place anywhere in the world–there doesn’t have to be a page previously set up, like when using Yelp. It’s also the largest travel site on the entire Internet, with almost 220 million travelers posting their opinions, just like you.
ConsumerReports is a reviewing website for all things products. They specialize in running tests on products and delivering unique, and completely unbiased, reviews. The fact that they guarantee their reviews are unbiased is an important feat for a product review company. The bias people typically hold can greatly affect a product or companies lifespan.
AngiesList is a website directed towards customers of service-based businesses. Since reviewers have to pay for a membership, having good reviews on this website can really enhance the chance of you seeing an influx in customers. Whether you be a plumbing service, electrician, or landscaper, there’s a good chance being on AngiesList can help you. Since it’s the customers that can write reviews, you have the ability to insure every job is done to the best of your ability, resulting in a better review for you.