If you’re not responding to online reviews (negative and positive) of your local business, then you may be missing out on the opportunity to drive new business.
This is the message that travel reviews aggregator TripAdvisor is trying to get across after findings reveal how management response to a review affects business performance. According to research published recently by the company, hotels and accommodation properties that respond to reviews enjoy 17 percent higher levels of engagement and are 21 percent more likely to receive a booking inquiry than those who don’t respond to reviews.
Moreover, those that respond to more than half of their reviews are 24 percent more likely to receive a booking inquiry via TripAdvisor.
Here are other interesting figures released by the online review site:
- Hotels and B&Bs that respond to 65 percent of their reviews receive an average review rating of 4.15, compared to only 3.81 for those who have not taken the time to answer any of their customers’ reviews.
- It seems like photos still make a positive impact on a business’ TripAdvisor profile. According to the study, hotels and properties with at least one photo receive a staggering 225 percent more booking inquiries than those with zero photos. If the business’ TripAdvisor page features more than 100 photos, then they receive 238 percent more booking inquiries.
“The more engaged the business owner, the more interested the traveler,” says Mark Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “It’s no secret that travelers want to see pictures and read reviews of a property before making their booking decision. What’s really key is the upward trend in average ratings, traveler engagement levels, and booking inquiries on the site, the more frequently a hotel owner (or local business owner) responds to reviews.”
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