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Negative Reviews and the High Cost of Always Being ‘Right’

After years of working with businesses both small and large, I have seen numerous examples of  companies focusing too heavily on being “right” as opposed to finding the best course of action when dealing with negative reviews.

For example, a company reached out for assistance with negative reviews on several sites. In discussing the matter, what appeared to instigate the rash of negative reviews was a conflict over a $400 payment. The client disagreed that the money was owed and the company jumped to threats of sending to collection much too soon – trying to be right about the situation as opposed to seeing if there may be more to the situation.

The result was a negative review. The company then increased its threats to the client, demanding that money was still owed as well as threatening legal action – still trying to be right. The result was a tirade of negative reviews on multiple sites, including sites that are notorious for never removing negative content whether true or false such as ripoff report resulting in more damage than collecting $400 from the client could repair.

Unfortunately there are those (really a small percentage) who will try to badger a company into giving service or items for free while holding them hostage with a negative review. But this is a small amount and most customers upsets can be resolved and negative complaints neutralized.

The Bottom Line

So how much can negative reviews effect your business? Here are some studies to think with:

So it seems that apart from delivering a good service or product and treating our customers well, we also have to weigh the value of being occasionally wronged by a customer and the price to fix that if one wants to just be right.

Sheldon Hogarth

About Sheldon Hogarth

Don't ever expect anyone to say good things about you. Public Relations and Online Reputation depends on how vigorously you make your good works and happy customers known to others. I can help you focus on leveraging your unique ideas, innovative approaches and stellar results to become new customers and a PR asset. Ask for a free consultation by emailing me at sheldon[at]massive.pr

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