How to Ask for Google Reviews
Positive Google reviews can buy you big points with potential customers and with Google’s search engine. If you’re looking for a quick, easy, free way to push your business ahead online, this is the way to go. Here’s how to retrieve your review link to share with your customers:
1. List your business on Google Businesses.
You may already be listed here, so go to this link, click “start now,” and search for your business. Follow the steps to list your business. If you’re already listed, move on to Step #2.
2. Find your Google Places ID.
Do a search for your business on this page. Once you find it, you will see an ID below your business name, like so:
3. Create Your Review Link
You’ll want to add your ID to the end of this url: https://search.google.com/local/writereview?placeid=
It will look something like this: https://search.google.com/local/writereview?placeid=ChIJz96MGayWOxARDR4l_Kruxcw
Be sure to test out the link to make sure it works. However, don’t give yourself a review. That’s just weird.
4. Send That Link to Your Customers
Now you can send this link to all your favorite customers, lovingly requesting a review. You may feel apprehensive about asking customers for such a favor and might not know what to say. Here’s a link to some ideas for what you could say in the email: https://www.thumbtack.com/blog/snag-more-reviews-with-these-3-templates/
5. Add The Link to Your Website
If you have a “Reviews” page, this would be a perfectly appropriate place to add a button that says “Leave a Review.”
6. Thank Your Customers
Be sure to share your gratitude!
As more people turn away from phonebooks and flock to the internet, your online reviews become increasingly important. If people are passionate about the services you offer, give them the opportunity to shout it to the world!