11 Review Response Templates For Great Reviews

These 11 review response templates can come in handy when a happy customer decides to leave you an amazing review. Happy customers deserve your appreciation!
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This post was updated: 3/30/2023

A good review deserves a worthy response.

If a happy customer decides to leave you an amazing review due to a successful email review request, you’re going to need to respond in some way.

If you respond well, these reviews can easily become evergreen tools that spur more and more customers to respond in kind. The first step in being able to celebrate your happy customers is knowing that the positive review was published by monitoring reviews.

What’s an appropriate way to respond to great reviews?

We’re going to look at several examples now, taking a closer look at the positive review responses that make a praiseworthy review even better.

Let’s dive in.

First, you need to know your review elements

Understanding the components of a positive review is essential to crafting a review response that builds on your existing success.

A positive review has (at least) four essential components:

  1. Experience. The overall experience customers have with an individual business. This can be positive, neutral or negative. A customer’s experience is largely guided by unseen factors (e.g. psychological health, mental schemas, past experiences and met/unmet expectations).
  2. Response. A business’ positive, neutral or negative response to a customer’s experience. This is essentially boiled down to a simple idea: “When X happened, [company] responded by doing Y.
  3. Helpfulness. This measures the helpfulness of a particular review. Does the reviewer offer clear and concise details outlining their experience or events? Is it easy for readers to reconstruct a customer’s experience in their own mind?
  4. Advice. What sort of advice does the reviewer offer? Is it offered to the business, management, specific employees or to readers reading their review?

These aren’t requirements (obviously). But, they’re details you should keep in mind when responding to a particular customer’s positive review.

Another thing to keep in mind?

Every business is different. Every business has its own approach, culture, tone and voice when it comes to reputation management.

This means that you’re going to need to take the time to customize these review responses for your business. The idea here is to treat these positive review response templates (and their negative counterparts) as a framework or general guide for your team and less like a script that absolutely must be followed.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at our first review response.

Review response template #1: The happy/unhappy customer

The happy/unhappy customer is mostly happy. They’ve left a positive (four or five star) review. But there are still a few sticking points these altruistic customers feel compelled to share.

Here’s an example:

A glowing review isn’t always full of flattery and praise.

Sometimes, it’s the opposite.

Sometimes an amazing review has elements that are disappointing or discouraging to the business owner. Businesses often make the mistake of ignoring these minor details in their review response, choosing to focus exclusively on the positives.

This is a mistake.

Here are three templates you can use to respond to your happy/unhappy customers.

Template #1:

[date]

Dear [Reviewer Name],

Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us. We want you to feel comfortable sharing good or bad news with us. I’m so sorry that your [visit/experience] with us fell short of expectations. I also want to thank you for giving us a chance to make things right.

We’re using your feedback to make some important changes:

[Specific yet concise list of changes]

I’m pleased we were able to make things better and I hope we see you again soon.

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #2: 

[date]

Dear [Reviewer Name],

Thanks so much for the chance to make things right. We’re disappointed to learn that your previous [visit/experience] did not meet your expectations. Thanks to your openness, we’re making the following changes to our staff policies. 

[Specific yet concise list of changes]

I’m pleased we were able to turn things around for you; please reach out to me directly if you ever have any issues or concerns in the future. 

Best, 

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #3: 

[date]

Dear [Reviewer Name],

You shouldn’t have had this experience with us. It’s disappointing and upsetting news, but I’m thankful that we had the chance to change circumstances for the better. Thank you for your trust, and your willingness to share your experience with us. 

Here are the changes we’re making to prevent this from happening in the future. 

[Specific yet concise list of changes]

If there’s anything else we can do to make this right, please let us know.

[Manager name | contact number]

Why it works:

This template uses a few specific ingredients to boost reader trust, credibility and admiration even further. Let’s look at how you did it:

  1. You thanked them for sharing. This isn’t easy to do, it can be stressful and difficult for customers to be open and honest.
  2. Acknowledgment and empathy. Your review response didn’t invalidate, omit or ignore your customers problem. Your response faces it head on, acknowledging mistakes were made. Think maximum empathy and zero excuse making.
  3. Ownership and acceptance. These responses weren’t argumentative. They didn’t look for ways to save face, manipulate the situation, or save face; there was no Darvo. These responses started with taking ownership.
  4. Action steps and specificity. You’re showing reviewers and potential customers that (a.) You’re trustworthy and interested in their business and (b.) You’re eager and willing to do what it takes to take care of them.

See what I did there?

Review response template #2: Happy but difficult to please

Some customers are difficult to please.

This customer gave the hotel a four-star rating. It’s still a great review but a large portion of it is centered around details the hotel had no idea about and weren’t given the opportunity to fix.

You’ve most likely experienced this.

You do everything right for your customer. Everything is done by the book. Your customer seemingly has a positive experience but still refuses to give you the full five stars.

It happens.

Here are three templates you can use to respond to these “happy and satisfied” customers.

Template #1: 

[date]

Dear [Reviewer Name],

It was a pleasure serving you [and your family]. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and being so open with us.

I’m glad you felt [reiterate positives they mentioned].

We hope you’ll come and see us again soon!

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #2

[date]

Dear [Reviewer Name],

Thank you for the opportunity to serve [you and your family]. I also want to thank you for taking the time to share your thoughtful review. We appreciate your trust. 

I’m happy we were able to [reiterate positives they mentioned].

We’re grateful for your support, and we hope you’ll stop in and see us again soon! 

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #3

[date]

Dear [Reviewer Name],

Thanks so much for your kind words! Your support means the world to us. We appreciate your support, and we’re thankful for your trust. 

I’m glad you felt we [reiterate positives they mentioned]. I’ll be sure to let the team know. 

Please stop by any time you’re in town. We hope to see you again soon!

[Manager name | contact number]

Why it works:

This is the time to ignore the details you can’t (or shouldn’t) try to control. If you’re dealing with a positive yet slightly unreasonable customer, this will be evident in their review. There’s no need for you to point it out. There’s no need to argue or become defensive with your reviewer.

Choose gratitude instead.

Make a note about this particular customer in your CRM system. Tag them, then be sure to go above and beyond the next time you see them.

Review response template #3: The customer evangelist

Your customer evangelists are true believers. You have an extended relationship with these customers. They love, admire and engage with your business on a regular basis.

Like this:

Give them what they need.

Their need is implicit, you hold a special place in their hearts so it’s important that you show them they hold a special place in yours.

Here are three templates you can use to do just that:

Template #1:

[date]

[Reviewer Name], it’s always a pleasure seeing you. Thanks so much for your [positive feedback] and good vibes. You’ve always taken the time to [memory of something good they’ve done].

We’re happy that you’re happy, and we’re looking forward to your next visit.

Hurry back!

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #2:

[Reviewer Name]! 

You’re the best! It was great to see you again. Thanks for the [positive feedback] and support. You’ve always been [generous and kind]. It’s always a pleasure having you visit.  

We’re happy to see you, and we’re looking forward to your next visit.

Don’t be a stranger! 

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #3:

[Reviewer Name], you’re always so thoughtful and kind, it’s truly a pleasure taking care of you and your family when you visit. [compliment or supportive comment].

My door’s always open to you, stop by or call anytime. If there’s anything I can do for you, please let me know.

See you soon!

[Manager name | contact number]

Why it works:

This reviewer shows their customer relationship with you isn’t like all the others. They know, like and trust you. They’re fans of your business and they depend on you. There’s a real relationship here. Ignoring their review is a serious missed opportunity.

It’s far more likely to produce hurt.

Take the time to acknowledge your customer evangelists whenever and wherever you can. Make continual deposits in your relationship bank and relationships with these evangelists will continue to blossom.

Review response template #4: The professional reviewer

This reviewer isn’t like your average reviewer. These reviewers are diverse – entrepreneurs, bloggers, or a customer with a considerable amount of clout. It could be an influencer or power broker.

These reviewers have one of three things (1.) reach or access to a considerable amount of people in your target audience (2.) an active and engaged audience of their own or (3.) the ability to connect with millions of other people on a powerful, established or well known platform.

This requires a nuanced, multi-faceted approach.

Here are three templates you can use with these professionals:

Template #1:

[date]

Dear [Reviewer Name],

Thanks very much for your balanced and fair review of [business name]. I’m glad you felt [positive detail from their review] was well done. It’s something we’ve worked hard on and we’re pleased our efforts resonated with you.

I also want to thank you for your feedback and criticisms. We’ve taken your thoughts to heart and we’re planning on making some internal changes based on your recommendations.

I appreciate your kind words and professional demeanor and look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.

Best,

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #2:

[date]

Dear [Reviewer Name],

You’ve brought up some key points in your review. Your feedback is balanced, fair, and precise. We took a risk with [positive detail from their review], so I’m glad it met your expectations. It’s something we’ve worked hard on, and we’re happy to see it made an impact.

Your critique is also clear, concise, and fair. I’ve shared your feedback with the team, and we’re making specific changes based on your comments. I’d like to share this feedback with you when it’s available (my contact info is listed at the end of my review). 

Thank you for your evaluation, it’s always encouraging when it’s based on genuine pros and cons you’ve experienced directly. Thank you for your kind words and professional demeanor.

Warm regards,

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #3:

[date]

Dear [Reviewer Name],

Thank you for your balanced and fair review. I appreciate the time you took to evaluate our [products/services]. I also want to thank you for your criticisms. You’ve shared important details with us that I think we missed previously.

Please let me know if you have any additional feedback or concerns. We welcome any additional information that helps us to improve.

Warm regards,

[Manager name | contact number]

If you’re dealing with a professional there’s a good chance they’re using social media to promote their work. You can share your direct messages, status updates or tweets with them directly. Be sure to add a link to your full response (see above), like this:

.@[twitter handle] thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and feedback with us. We’re grateful for your honest feedback and we’re glad you feel we’re on the right track! [li.nk/t0yo45c0n7ent]

Why it works:

The reality here is it’s all about gratitude. Even if you paid for positive exposure gratitude is still the appropriate response to their review. These professionals didn’t have to write a positive review. They didn’t have to share their honest feedback with you.

But they did.

They took the time out of their busy schedule to build your organization up. To spread the word about the great things you’re doing for those you serve.

Respond with gratitude.

Meet these professionals where they are whether they’re on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. Post your long form response to their reviews on your website as a blog post or a comment to their review. Accept their gift, then give some more.

Find a tangible way to say thank you.

It could be a card, a nice bottle of wine or an inexpensive gift delivered to them after the fact.

Review response template #5: Fear, Felt, Found

These customers arrive with baggage. Their baggage comes from one of three sources.

  1. Past experiences. This could be their experience or someone else’s. Maybe they were burned by a similar business in the past. Or they were forced to deal with an empty promise.
  2. Perceptions is another name for bias. When it comes to buying and selling, we all have biases (e.g., used car salespeople are crooks). They’re simply a reflection of the thoughts, beliefs and expectations that are buried in our subconscious. These perceptions shape behavior. Sometimes they create fear.
  3. Inexperience (or a need to know). When you’re buying something new for the first time there’s a fear of the unknown. What if this goes wrong? What if things don’t turn out the way I expect? Inexperienced customers arrive with questions and concerns. When sellers run from these questions and concerns, customer fears grow.

Here are three examples of fear, felt, found.

Template #1:

[date]

Dear [Reviewer Name],

Experiences like yours are far too common. I’m so glad we were able to help you feel comfortable. I’m also happy that we were able to help you resolve your problem.

I’ll be sure to relay your message to [employee].

Thanks for placing your trust in us and your willingness to share.

Best,

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #2: 

[date]

Dear [Reviewer Name],

I have to admit we were shocked when we read your story. If we had experiences like yours, I imagine we’d feel the same way you do. This makes your willingness to trust us even more extraordinary. I want to thank you for sharing the information we needed to put you at ease. I’m so happy you had a positive experience with us. 

I’ll be sure to relay your message to [employee].

Thanks for your support and your openness with us. It means so much.

Warmly,

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #3: 

[date]

Dear [Reviewer Name],

I’m so sorry you experienced the trauma and fear you did. Thank you for sharing your story with us and showing us how to take good care of you. I’m so happy we were able to help you feel comfortable, address the issues you came to us with, and relieve the fear and tension you felt.

Thanks so much for your trust, it means so much to us. 

Warmly,

[Manager name | contact number]

Why it works:

You’ve acknowledged their fear, feelings and previous experience. That’s huge because it’s something many customers are willing to do. Thanking them discreetly boosts psychological it also increases openness and honesty.

Review response template #6: The conscientious objector

This is similar to the “happy but difficult to please” and “happy/unhappy customer.” What sets this reviewer apart is the fact that they’re focused on one of these six common objections.

  1. Price: Too expensive, I can get it cheaper, etc.
  2. Complacent: We don’t need to purchase this yet, we can put this off a bit longer
  3. Distrust: Have you done this before? What happens if you…?
  4. Politics: Your customer has another company in mind, but they’re using you to gain leverage.
  5. Timing: Can you come in again in X months? (Then they string you along indefinitely)
  6. Disinterest: Send me some information and I’ll look it over.

Here are three templates you can use to respond to these customers:

Template #1:

[date]

Dear [Reviewer Name],

We’re happy you had a fantastic time with us!

Thanks for your trust, we’re thankful for amazing customers like you.

We hope to see you again soon!

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #2: 

[date]

Dear [Reviewer Name],

We’re honored and thankful for your support. We’re so happy that you enjoyed yourself. 

Thanks so much for your kind words and the compliments..

Come again soon! 

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #3: 

[date]

Dear [Reviewer Name],

Thank you for your generous words and thoughtful review. 

We’re thankful for your support and your willingness to spread the word.

It means so much!

[Manager name | contact number]

These review response templates are very subtle.

Why it works:

These reviews are gold mines. They sell customers on your business in a way that no salesman can. These customers acknowledge their objections, defuse these objections and advocate for your business.

You’re thanking them for their visit, for the opportunity to serve them, for their trust and for being an amazing customer. You’re also inviting them back for another visit in the future — you’re reinforcing the fact that you’re trustworthy and the fact that your customers are well behaved.

It’s a subtle way to create the kind of experience you’re looking for.

 

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Review response template #7: The comparison shopper

Comparison shoppers aren’t focused on your business.

They’re focused on your product, service, pricing or offers. They want to make sure they’re getting the highest quality product and the best deal.

These customers may have given you a positive review but they aren’t as loyal and it shows in the review. Here’s a review template you can use to respond to these customers.

[date]

[Reviewer Name], I’m happy you’re pleased with the results and that we were able to help. If there’s anything else we can do to help, please let us know

Best,

[Manager name | contact number]

This review response is short, sweet and to the point.

Why it works:

This review response template focuses on the details that matter most to you. It doesn’t bring up the comparison-shopping because it’s not a great way to attract ideal customers. That’s important if you’re looking to minimize comparison-shopping.

If you’re not in the business of attracting bargain hunters, minimize bargain-hunting discussion on your end.

Response template #8: The altruistic reviewer

These customers are simply about reporting the facts as they see them. Their focus is on helping others – prospective buyers who are interested in an unbiased account of their experience with you.

See what I mean?

It’s not about you so much as it is about your customers. Here are three templates you can use to respond to these reviews:

Template #1:

[date]

[Reviewer Name], thanks so much for your thoughtful and detailed review. This is incredibly helpful. I wanted to let you know we’ve taken the good and the bad elements you’ve mentioned in your review to heart.

Here are some changes we’ll be making based (in part) on your feedback:

[concise list of changes]

Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience with us. We’re grateful for customers like you.

Best,

[Manager name | contact number]

Template #2:

[date]

[Reviewer Name], you know us so well! Thank you for taking the time to write this thoughtful and detailed review. I’d like you to know that I’ve shared your feedback with the team; we’re making changes internally, based in part, on your feedback. 

Here are some changes we plan on making:

[concise list of changes]

Thank you again for your openness and your willingness to share your experience. Even if it’s bad news, it’s good news to know. 

Warmly,

[Manager name | contact number]

Template #3:

[date]

[Reviewer Name], thank you for your detailed review. You’re a regular, so it helps that you’re taking the time to share your feedback with others. I want to let you know that we’ve taken the good and the bad portions you mentioned in your review to heart.

Here’s what I’d like to do to improve. 

[concise list of changes]

Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience with us. We’re grateful for your trust. 

Best,

[Manager name | contact number]

Why it works:

You’ve expressed gratitude, but you’ve also shared some facts of your own. This shows your reviewer and your customers that you take their account seriously and you’re willing to act on it.

It’s an easy way to attract more customers and reviewers.

Review response template #9: Storytellers

Storytellers leave amazing, story-driven reviews that draw customers in. Here’s a review of the product Poo Pourri:

See what I mean?

This story, for a hygiene product, has a beginning, middle and end. It has problems, and it has compassion. It’s a fantastic way to attract, hold and convert customer attention.

Here are three review response templates you can use:

Template #1:

[date]

[Reviewer Name], your story is incredible; thank you for sharing that with us! It’s wonderful that [product] has made such a difference for you.

One part that really stood out to me was [quote from their story].

Would it be alright if we shared your story with our team here?

Thanks for your trust.

Best,

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #2:

[date]

[Reviewer Name], that’s so sweet of you! It’s wonderful that you go out of your way to take good care of Mom. We’re happy that we get to be a (small) part of your story. 

Can we share your story with our team and other customers? 

It’s a touching story.

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #3:

[date]

Oh no! That’s terrible! I’m sorry that [your mom] experienced that, but I’m thankful that we were able to help. Has everything worked out the way you expected? We definitely want to make sure mom is taken care of. 

[Manager name | contact number]

Why it works:

This response acknowledges the key parts of your customer’s story. It reinforces the captivating portions of their story, increasing goodwill with your reviewer, future customers and your business.

Review response template #10: Comedians

These customers are true comedians. They craft reviews that attract a significant amount of attention and goodwill.

See what I mean?

This customer’s story is hilarious, but it’s even better when you’re able to match your customer’s tone and voice. Here are three examples to show you what I mean:

Template #1:

[date]

What fart? 😉 [Play on the joke]

[Reviewer Name] is one of our best (and freshest) customers. It’s easy to be a professional when you have clients like [Reviewer Name].

Stop by any time [Reviewer Name].

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #2: 

[date]

I couldn’t smell a thing. 😉 [Play on the joke]

[Reviewer Name] is one of our best (and freshest) customers. He’s a sharp, witty cat who puts us at ease. 

Stop by anytime! 

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #3: 

[date]

Silent but never deadly.. 😉 [Play on the joke]

[Reviewer Name] is a smooth cat, he’s always prepared and always clean. It’s a pleasure working with the Fresh Prince.    

Here when you need us. 

[Manager name | contact number]

Why it works:

Your customer’s funny review needs to be the star. An effective review response should amplify your customer’s review, making them look even better. You’ll also want to make sure that your review doesn’t insult, humiliate, challenge, scold or bully your customer.

It requires a significant amount of care.

Review response template #11: Hyperbolic reviewer

These customers are passionate about your product or service. They’re prone to hyperbole and exaggeration when they describe your product or service.

These customers aren’t lying when they use descriptors like greatest, best ever, cleanest, nicest, etc. They’re telling the truth. The only problem with their review is the fact that it’s completely subjective.

Why is that a bad thing?

Remember what it was like when someone raved about a product, service or experience? They built the experience in your mind up so high that reality failed to deliver.

The disappointment was inevitable.

You’re in a similar situation. Here are three templates you can use to respond to these reviews:

Template #1:

[date]

Wow [Reviewer Name]! It sounds like you had a [good] time with us.

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us. It means so much when our best customers share their experiences.

I’m glad we were able to meet your expectations!

Best,

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #2:

[date]

[Reviewer Name], that’s amazing! 

I’m so glad we were able to meet your expectations. We’re happy you’re happy! 

If there’s anything else we can do for you, please let us know. 

Warmly,

[Manager name | contact number]

 

Template #3:

[date]

[Reviewer Name], we’re blown away! 

We’re happy to hear that we met your expectations! It means so much to us that we were able to take good care of you. 

We hope to see you again soon! 

[Manager name | contact number]

Why it works:

This response template conveys gratitude, but it downplays the hyperbolic statements made by your customer. This is important because it minimizes buyer’s remorse. It’s also a subtle way to decrease refunds and control customer expectations coming in.

What if these don't work?

What if these review responses don’t strike quite the right tone or voice with customers? Is there anything you can do to craft an appropriate, relationship building response?

Absolutely.

Focus on a formula.

Review response = Gratitude x (Mirroring + Feedback + Specificity)

Let’s break this down.

Your review response is made up of four distinct components.

  • Gratitude: This creates psychological safety, improves your customer’s schema, gives them peace of mind and improves their willingness to share more in the future. Everything in your response should be dipped or slathered in gratitude. It’s a must.
  • Mirroring: This conveys empathy. It tells your customers you hear, understand and accept them. That they will be heard in the future. This provides them with a deep sense of satisfaction, that all’s right with the world (at least temporarily).
  • Feedback: This calibrates your customer’s expectations. If your customers have fuzzy, implicit or unrealistic expectations, your feedback calibrates and tames these unruly expectations. Your feedback should be factual and free from negative, condemning or accusatory statements. Your feedback is designed to create alignment between you, reviewers and future incoming customers.
  • Specificity: Weasel words, vague statements and glittering generalities amplify distrust. Specificity is the antidote to these trust killers. With specificity, you’re able to draw a clear line in the sand, outlining the specific who, what, when, where, why and how of your circumstances with your customers. Specificity builds trust.

Use this formula to craft the perfect response to a positive review.

These components give you the tools you need to give your responses structure and impact without coming off as pretentious, disinterested or ungrateful. It gives you the foundation you need to improve your relationship with your reviewers and new customers visiting your business for the first time.

Which is precisely the kind of response your business needs, especially when you’re generating great reviews.

Avoid these mistakes. Don't ruin a great review.

When customers vouch for you, they take a risk. 

When they go out of their way to write a great review for your business, they’re publicly stating that they’ve used your products and services, support your business, and are willing to back you up. 

It’s a big deal. 

Why do businesses go out of their way to frustrate their happy customers? No one in their right mind would make these mistakes if they knew what was on the line, right? 

Wrong. 

Take a look at this review. 

Screenshot of Yelp 5 star review

So what does this 5-star review tell us? 

  • This was a long-term customer (since 1990)
  • Something went wrong, and they walked away from this business
  • 10 years later, this customer decides to give them another shot
  • She’s billed for services she didn’t receive during Covid but sticks by the gym anyway

Okay then. 

Let’s take a look at her most recent review. 

Screenshot of Yelp 1 star review

Yikes. 

So let me get this straight. The customer who was cheated but returned after a 10-year hiatus, wrote a five-star review, and paid for services and access she didn’t receive during Covid is rewarded for her loyalty by being asked to pay more for the services she already paid for? 

This is no good. 

This is the kind of behavior I’m talking about. 

This is still kind of vague. 

Here’s a more precise list of the offenses that sour a customer’s experience. 

  1. Asking customers for more money or favors 
  2. Ignoring the good things (loyalty, kindness, support, favors, etc.) they’ve done for you
  3. Completely ignoring their feedback or reviews 
  4. Arguing with them over details in their review 
  5. Demanding that they change their review or do something for you
  6. Responding to their heartfelt review with corporate-speak
  7. Not respecting their role in your business
  8. Neglecting customers who’ve given your business, product, or service a positive review 
  9. An inconsistent experience; your customers are treated poorly the next time they visit
  10. Compensating customers for their review

Did you see it? 

The issue at the heart of this list? 

It’s expectations. 

When customers take the time to write a five-star review, they’re committed. These customers have self-identified as loyalists. That’s a problem if the company they’ve reviewed refuses to acknowledge them as loyalists. 

Here’s why that’s a problem. 

Loyal customers are better than ‘customers.’

These customers have high expectations. What sort of expectations are we talking about here? 

  • Fidelity. Customers don’t want you to cheat on them. They want to be included in the big decisions you make, and they want you to ask for permission. If they’ve committed to you, they expect you to make the same kind of commitment to them. This isn’t a thing they state openly; it’s something they expect you to understand implicitly. 
  • Ownership. With loyalists, your business becomes “our business.” Customers throw a collective tantrum when you make drastic changes to the product or service they’ve come to love without their permission. When movie studios changed the design of Sonic the Hedgehog, fans were outraged. The same thing happened to Google when they changed their logo. Users hated it
  • Stability. Customers want a stable relationship they can count on. They want to know you’ll continue to provide them with the care, guidance, and protection they expect. DuckDuckGo billed itself as the champion of privacy and free speech. They always stated that they “don’t track you.” All of that changed in 2022 when they allowed Microsoft to use trackers on users’ browsers by default without their consent. DuckDuckGo pulled the rug out from under their users.
  • Consistency. Customers want you to be consistent, to stay true to who you are. In 2011 Netflix decided to increase its prices by 60%, spin off its DVD business, and call it “Qwikster.” The internet lost its mind, and customers let the company know they were unhappy. CEO Reed Hastings said, “Qwikster became the symbol of Netflix not listening.”

What does this have to do with writing a response to great reviews? 

Everything. 

Great reviews are a journey, not a destination. If you want to keep your great reviews, you’ll need to meet the implicit expectations your happy customers have above. 

No pressure. 

The amazing five-star reviews you receive from your customers aren’t free. As we’ve seen, they come with expectations. Customers expect you to fulfill your end of the (unspoken) deal. Your customers deserve it; they’re loyalists, after all.

A good review deserves a worthy response

It’s a high status way to acknowledge your customer’s contribution. A positive and appropriate response to a thoughtful review that you’ve earned from a well designed email review request is necessary. It becomes an evergreen tool that automatically attracts more of these high-value customers to you.

Your goal is simple.

Make your customers praiseworthy review even better than it already is by responding to their reviews. If you’re focused on a specific industry or niche, craft review responses that are specific to your industry. Find a way to express genuine gratitude, to empathize with your customers feelings, struggles and concerns.

Show them that you’re listening. It’s good review management.

With the right review elements you’ll have what you need to create a compelling and noteworthy response to positive customer reviews.

 

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