Introduction to How to Respond to Yelp Reviews:

This template will show you how to respond to Yelp reviews. 

Before anyone makes a purchase, visits a restaurant, goes on holiday or buys anything, they trawl through the reviews on Google, they look for recommendations on TripAdvisor and they read the advice of others on Yelp. 

Customers have the power to share their experiences with the world through online websites like Google, Yelp, and Facebook.

Yelp is one of the big five review platforms. Although similar to Google, in the way they ‘’connect people with great local businesses”, Yelp focuses on long-form reviews as opposed to short one-liners. It provides the kind of in-depth, thorough review that every wary customer craves.

“Yelp has been one of the most popular Internet rating and review sites for local businesses since its initial inception” - Wordstream 

Founded in 2004 by PayPal employees, Yelp has individual pages that are dedicated to businesses. Yelp users submit their reviews on these pages, using a one to five-star rating system, and businesses can, and should, respond to these reviews.

So, how should you, as a business, respond to Yelp reviews? 

Glad you asked!

This template will provide you with a process to follow that will identify the best way to respond to your good and bad Yelp reviews. 

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Complete the following fields to provide top-level information about the review.

Decide if you want to respond publicly or privately

Decide if you want to respond publicly or privately.

Reasons for responding publicly
Responding publicly shows customers and potential customers that you care and are attentive. It allows everyone to see how seriously you take customer feedback

Reasons for responding privately
Responding privately can make it more personal for the customer, or you may want to ask for more information about a delicate issue. 

Confirm review type

Confirm if the review is positive or negative by answering the below question. 

Analyze and Respond to the Review:

Establish how to respond to the positive review

Answer the below question to establish how to respond to the review. 

Respond to the customer and add value

Identify how you can add value to the customer's review in the field below.

Respond to the Yelp review by copy and pasting the following response script into your reply. 

Make sure you customize the response and adapt it accordingly. 

{{form.Customers_name}}, thank you for submitting your review.

Your review means the world to us, and we wanted to expand on your comments by {{form.I_can_add_value_to_the_customers_review_by...}}

We appreciate your support and value your custom.

We look forward to receiving more reviews from you in the future. 

Thank you again.
{{form.Your_name}}

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Respond to the customer

Respond to the customer's Yelp review by copy and pasting the following response script into your reply. 

Make sure you customize the response and adapt it accordingly. 

{{form.Customers_name}}, thank you for submitting your review. We appreciate your ongoing support and value your custom. 

We look forward to receiving more reviews from you in the future. 

Thank you again.
{{form.Your_name}}

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Select which reviewer type you are dealing with

Read the descriptions below and decide which type of reviewer you are dealing with in the drop-down field below. 

People that leave negative reviews, tend to fit into the following categories:

Unhappy. Somewhere along the line things went wrong with this customer. Perhaps you dropped the ball, or you messed up their order. This customer has had a negative experience. 

Rager. A rager will use their words, emotion, and tone to abuse. They leave nasty comments and make threats. This reviewer is a punisher. 

Faker. A faker is someone who leaves a fake review

Misguided. This customer has been misinformed. Their review is based on inaccurate information that they’ve seen, read or heard.

Establish how to respond to the unhappy customer

Answer the following questions to determine how to respond to the unhappy customers negative review. 

Customers review: {{form.Copy_and_paste_the_review_here:}}

Give a solution to the unhappy customer

Identify the solution to the problem the customer is having in the field below. 

Respond to the Yelp review by copy and pasting one of the following response scripts into your reply.

Make sure you customize the response and adapt it accordingly. 

Example script 1: No follow-up 

{{form.Customers_name}}, on behalf of {{form.Company_name}}, I'd like to apologize for your bad experience with us. 

To rectify this, we will {{form.What_is_your_solution_to_the_problem?}}. 

Once again, we are sincerely sorry for this and please do not hesitate to reach out to us if this doesn't resolve your issue.

We are grateful for your feedback as it means we can continue to improve. 

Thank you,
{{form.Your_name}}

Example script 2: Follow-up 

{{form.Customers_name}}, on behalf of {{form.Company_name}}, I'd like to apologize for your bad experience with us. 

To rectify this, we will {{form.What_is_your_solution_to_the_problem?}}. 

Please could you let me know if this resolves your issue? 

We are grateful for your feedback as it means we can continue to improve. 

Thank you,
{{form.Your_name}}

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Supply the correct information to the unhappy customer

As the customer has been misguided, identify what the correct information is in the field below. 

Respond to the Yelp review by copy and pasting the following response script. 

Make sure you customize the response and adapt it accordingly. 

Example script.

{{form.Customers_name}}, on behalf of {{form.Company_name}}, I'd like to apologize for your bad experience with us. 

We've had a look into this and we believe you have been misinformed.

{{form.Add_the_correct_information_for_the_unhappy_customer_here:}}

We will make this clearer for future customers.

Once again, we are sincerely sorry for this confusion and any inconvenience this may have caused you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if this doesn't resolve your issue.

We are grateful for your feedback as it means we can continue to improve. 

Thank you,
{{form.Your_name}}

Respond to the misguided customer

As the customer has been misguided, identify what the correct information is in the field below. 

Update the customer with accurate information in your response. Copy and paste the following response script into your Yelp review reply. 

Make sure you customize the response and adapt it accordingly. 

Customers review: {{form.Copy_and_paste_the_review_here:}}

Example script.

{{form.Customers_name}}, on behalf of {{form.Company_name}}, I'd like to apologize for the confusion we have caused. 

{{form.Add_the_correct_information_for_the_misguided_customer_here:}}

We will make this clearer for future customers.

Once again, we are sincerely sorry for this confusion and any inconvenience this may have caused you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if this doesn't resolve your issue.

We are grateful for your feedback as it means we can continue to improve. 

Thank you,
{{form.Your_name}}

Establish how to respond to the rager

Answer the following questions to determine how to respond to the rager customers negative review. 

Customers review: {{form.Copy_and_paste_the_review_here:}}

Supply the correct information to the rager

As the customer has been misguided, identify what the correct information is in the field below. 

Respond to the customer by copy and pasting the following response script into your Yelp review reply.

Make sure you customize the response and adapt it accordingly. 

Example script.

{{form.Customers_name}}, on behalf of {{form.Company_name}}, I'd like to apologize for your bad experience with us. 

We've had a look into this and we believe you have been misinformed.

{{form.Add_the_correct_information_for_the_rager_here:}}

We will make this clearer for future customers.

Once again, we are sincerely sorry for this confusion and any inconvenience this may have caused you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if this doesn't resolve your issue.

We are grateful for your feedback as it means we can continue to improve. 

Thank you,
{{form.Your_name}}

Escalate the rager

Monitor this review, but do not respond

Escalate this review to your Review manager by sending the below email.

A complaint should always be acknowledged and addressed, but a rager is simply there to incite anger. Don't feed them the very treat they are seeking. 

Escalate the faker

Select the reasons why you feel this review is fake. You can select more than one reason. 

  • 1
    high number of reviews left on the same day
  • 2
    suspicious language / phrase repetition
  • 3
    abundance of spelling / grammar errors
  • 4
    the reviewers profile

Monitor this review, but do not respond

Escalate this review to your Review manager by sending the below email. They will be able to report or flag it to the marketplace as inappropriate.

Make sure the review is recorded

Make sure this review is captured in your review management software or database. 

Share the Review:

Share with the company

Share this feedback with the company by sending the below email. 

Establish if the review should be shared on social media

Work through the below list to establish if this review should be posted on social media.

If each sub-task can be checked off, then this review can be sent to the social media manager so they can create a social post, similar to this one:

Assess the review against the below criteria before sending it to the social media manager.

  • 1
    Can the review help to build trust with customers?
  • 2
    Does the review have the potential to grow our reach?
  • 3
    Will the review increase engagement and sales?
  • 4
    Is the review likely to raise brand recognition?
  • 5
    Does the review give us an edge over our competition?

If the review meets the above criteria, send this email to the social media manager, so they can publish the review on social media. 

Confirm if the review should be shared

Complete the following fields to establish if this review needs to be shared with any other department. 

Email department

Answer the following question to determine why you are sending this review to another department. You can select more than one reason. 

  • 1
    I need an answer to a question
  • 2
    I need a solution to a problem
  • 3
    I feel the department can learn from this review and improve

Once you have established the reasons for sending this review to another department, send the email below. 

Follow Up:

Confirm if a follow-up customer message is needed

Confirm if the customers review requires a follow-up response. 

If the answer is ''Yes'', use dynamic due dates to set the date for the follow-up message.

To find out how to set a dynamic due date, check this article out.  

Send follow up message

Time to follow up with the customer! 

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