Six Tips for Turning Customer Feedback into a Powerful Business Tool

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Use Reviews to Boost SEO

Search engine algorithms constantly hunt for new content, which is a natural byproduct of proactively collected customer reviews. As an added bonus, reviews focused on customer service are rich with keywords that establish your brand as a consumer-friendly, trustworthy organization. Invest in tools that feed review data to major search engines, such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. Offer the potential to integrate this data with Google AdWords and Bing Merchant Ratings, and give your customers a chance to contribute to the heavy lifting of SEO organically.

Marketing pros love to talk about Big Data, and with good reason. Without Big Data insights, email campaigns, A/B testing initiatives and programmatic ads, personalized customer engagements and other efforts can prove even less valuable than the heavily branded ads that preceded them. However, many marketers continue to overlook their most valuable data source: their customers. This, even in the face of growing budgets dedicated to collecting and analyzing this data.

Perhaps the oversight results from the sheer volume of customer feedback available today. Social channels, support forums and review sites give every customer a chance to share his take on retail experiences, critique customer service and air his grievances with a brand's products. Harnessing this feedback, and welcoming even the most negative of customer reviews, can be daunting. Yet, those reviews have a proven influence. According to a recent survey conducted in part by Censuswide, 62 percent of consumers are more likely to do business with a company after reading a positive review, and one in five will go on to spend at least 10 percent more with that company.

So, how can your brand listen, measure and act on the VoC in order to turn customer feedback into a powerful business tool? Peter Holten Muhlmann, CEO of Trustpilot, has identified six tips to help your organization take advantage of Big Data opportunities.

Peter Mühlmann founded Trustpilot in 2007 and has been the main driver behind the company's continuous global expansion. In 2013, Peter was named Danish Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.

 

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