We can’t overemphasize the importance of online reviews for field service companies. 62% of consumers say they look at online reviews before selecting a service provider and it’s not just the star ratings they’re checking out.
When asked what they paid attention to when reading reviews, here’s what consumers had to say:
You need enough volume for people to trust the reviews. They also need to be genuine and they need to be recent.
Whether you’re in the plumbing, electrical, painting, or roofing industries, you’ve got a unique opportunity to get reviews. You’ll have multiple interactions with customers before, during, and after visits.
The biggest determining factor in whether you’ll get positive – or negative – reviews will be a customer’s experience with your company. When technicians are on-site, ensure your tech visits are spotless. Make sure invoicing and payment systems are easy to use. Ensure you’re providing status updates, reminders, and customer communications promptly.
When you have satisfied customers, encourage them to leave reviews. They’ll be your best references. And most of the time, it’s as simple as asking.
You need a formal process to encourage reviews, including:
Make it easy for customers to leave reviews how and where you want them. Have techs leave a business card with the review site information. Include the link in your texts or emails. Display it on your website.
If you’re trying to increase the volume of positive reviews, consider reaching out to prior customers and asking them to post.
You should also monitor your social platforms carefully. Solve problems quickly to avoid them getting repeated online. When there’s a positive comment, thank them publicly and send them a private message asking if they’ll leave a review.
It may be appropriate to offer incentives for your field reps when they get positive reviews for their work.
Do not, however, offer an incentive in exchange for leaving a review. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is bringing cases against companies who do that.
Make sure you have strong reviews on your site by providing solid customer service. Getting a bad review is not necessarily a bad thing. Just make sure you respond in a professional and timely manner. When customers see only glowing reviews, it can make them question their overall authenticity.
People know that no business is perfect. They’ll judge a business by how they handle problems when they do arise. By addressing poor reviews quickly and offering a reasonable solution or accommodation, it can turn out to be a net positive.
Pay particular attention to reviews on Google through your Google My Business page. Managing and responding to reviews on Google may impact your search ranking results or listing in Google’s local map pack.
People can spot a phony a mile away. If you make a mistake, acknowledge it and fix it. Whatever your brand values are, live by them. Customers value the authenticity of the brands they choose and the quality of businesses they support.
Make sure your brand resonates with them on a personal level. Your brand message should be consistent across your website, social media, and any other ways you connect with customers.
Invest in technology that will manage the entire customer experience from start to finish. FieldPulse, for example, can help you engage with your customers more thoroughly than traditional means of phone calls and paper invoices. At the same time, it provides tools to manage your business, schedule your service teams, provide route planning and tracking, and handling purchase orders and invoicing.
Positive reviews are important to attract new customers. The only way to get consistent, five-star reviews is by taking care of your customers in the first place. This means providing stellar care in every interaction.
Contact FieldPulse today to learn more about how to provide the best customer experience and how we can help grow your business.