Below are 3 tips to ask your customers for online reviews
1. Good old-fashioned newsletter
Create an email template specifically for people who have purchased your product or service. This could be as simple as a graphic that says “Leave us a review!” and a link to your reviews page (yelp, google reviews, etc).
Be careful not to offer any incentives in exchange for a review. Offering incentives, either gifts or money, violate most review sites’ terms of service.
2. Facebook Reviews
This is only applicable if your business has a Facebook page. Make sure the “review” option is accessible on your Facebook business account. For your existing customers – make a post asking them to rate your business. For your new customers, ask them to “like” your Facebook business page and rate your business. Extra brownie points if they include a quick review next to their rating. This is a simple way to accumulate ratings and for future customers to have access to your reviews (you can also direct people to leave you a Facebook review through your Newsletter).
3. Simply ask
If you have a customer that you have especially interacted with, ask them to leave a review. You can call or email them after they visit you, or you can ask after a transaction in your storefront. Your best customers will be happy to help you out.