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Online reviews are crucial to every business that wants to boost its online reputation. Ever since they became a thing, online reviews completely changed the way marketing on the web works. Having customers and experts share their feedback allows companies to bridge the gap between word-of-mouth and viral web content. But why exactly does your brand need online reviews? Here are five reasons you have to be aware of.

You can use online reviews to increase sales

Ever since the internet emerged, shopping started involving. People no longer have to rely on friends and family recommendations, as they can do their own research online before making a purchase. This is exactly what most consumers do. In fact, a recent study has shown that 88 percent of customers read online reviews before buying a product or service. Therefore, by including reviews in your marketing strategy, you’ll expose your product or service to 88 percent of the buying population. No matter what kind of business you’re running, increasing your sales has to be your ultimate goal. Since online reviews can help you do that, including them in your marketing strategy is a no-brainer.

Online reviews increase your local search rankings

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While the internet has made online shopping possible, most people still buy stuff in local stores. Local customers are an important part of your business, and targeting them when promoting online is a must. The good news is that online reviews can also help you increase your local search rankings. When looking for a business they can turn to, most people don’t just look for an address or website. Instead, they want to see what other local customers have to say about it. Google and other search engines understand this and they favor companies with online reviews. Therefore, online reviews improve search visibility and can help drive even more local customers to your business. SEO plays a crucial role in brand-building and the worst thing you can do is ignore it.

It improves your keyword content

If you did your research on SEO, you know how important keywords are. The more keywords you use, the better your website will rank. However, you can’t just go and stuff content with keywords to gain better ranking. Luckily, you don’t have to do everything yourself. If you encourage customers and experts to review your business on the web, they’ll be very likely to use your keywords in their reviews. As a result, your ranking will improve and so will your online reputation. The best part of it is that search engines favor micro-content such as online reviews. This makes any feedback you receive from customers and experts the perfect place for using your keywords.

Expert opinion matters more than you think

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expert opinions

We talked about how important customer reviews are. Consumers prefer learning about people’s experiences with your business before they make a purchase. However, they are aware that opinions differ and that they may not be able to learn everything about your business from customer reviews. This is where expert reviews come into play. The content experts create is extremely valued by consumers and they engage in it as much as they engage in customer reviews. Just take a look at websites such as AskGamblers. They post expert online reviews and help players find online casinos that suit all their needs. Using expert reviews as guidance, they don’t have to worry about making deposits on websites they’ve never played on before.

There’s nothing more important than understanding customers

You can’t grow your business unless you know what your customers want. You can come up with new products and features, but if they’re not what customers want, you’ll only lose money. To avoid this, you need to keep trying to gain a better understanding of your customers. And what’s better than having them review your business online. That way, you’ll get content you can analyze and use results for determining your next move. Not to mention that you’ll be boosting your reputation and increasing your sales along the way. Expert reviews also provide you with professional opinion that can help you take your business to the next level. Rely on data you collect and you’ll know exactly what people want from your business. Also, there’s no need to say that customers love brands that fulfil all their needs.

To sum up

So many businesses drop out just because their online reputation can’t compare to that of large corporations. If you don’t want this to happen to your business, encouraging online reviews is critical. Find customers and experts who’ll be ready to review your business on the web and you’ll see your reputation skyrocket. As a result, you’ll have more customers and your site will rank better on search engines. If you’re struggling to find reviews, try offering freebies and discounts to those ready to help you out.

Mahesh is leading digital marketing initiatives at RecentlyHeard, a NewsFeed platform that covers news from all sectors. He develops, manages, and executes digital strategies to increase online visibility, better reach target audiences, and create engaging experience across channels. With 7+ years of experience, He is skilled in search engine optimization, content marketing, social media marketing, and advertising, and analytics.

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