[UPDATE] Not one of our clients got 5 Google reviews in June. One client got 4 reviews. So in August, We’ll do another reward offer and I’ll publicize it more.

Now Offering a $100 REWARD!

You are kidding me. Last month, we offered $50 if any of our current clients could generate 5 Google Reviews in the last 3 weeks of May. We did not strike out – Tobin Photography came in with a whopping 9 reviews in the month of May! Outstanding! And what a coincidence – their rankings have jumped in the past 30 days and I received this email from Tobin on June 3rd:

“2 leads in this weekend from Organic traffic!”

Today it was a pleasure to credit his account with his reward. And it’s time to up the ante.

For June – We will send you $100 if your business gets 6 new Google reviews (at any single location) in the month of June.

Seriously.  Let’s do this!

We know that getting Google reviews is not easy. But one of the hardest parts is simply “making the ask”.

Here’s a good email template to customize and send individually to your customers.

Dear [FIRST NAME],

We’re happy we had the pleasure of … [INSERT PERSONAL NOTE TO THIS INDIVIDUAL].

Also, could I ask you to do a small favor for us? Online reviews from awesome customers like you help others to feel confident about choosing [YOUR BUSINESS NAME], and will really help us grow our business. Could you take 60 seconds to leave us a review on Google? Here’s a direct link to our Google listing [LINK TO YOUR GOOGLE LISTING] (or our Yelp listing if you are an active Yelper [LINK TO YOUR YELP LISTING]).

Wondering what to write about?

The best reviews offer some detail or a helpful tip or two for others considering our services. Here are some questions that should give you some ideas about what to write about:

What service did we complete for you?
Which location did you have the service at?
How did we do?
What did you like about working with us?
Did you work with any specific people you’d like to mention?
How do we compare to other services you have tried?
Are there any tips you would offer others about our business?

Thank you in advance for helping us out on Google!

[YOUR FIRST NAME]

Jeffrey has consulted for thousands of small business owners over the past 12 years as a Local Search nerd. His opinions can sometimes be quite impassioned. Bighorn Local SEO is his latest successful agency venture based out of Sisters, Oregon and Portland, Oregon, which offers unique subscription SEO services. Bighorn Local SEO also designs websites, logos, and print media and strives to create great success for local business owners across the country.

Jeffrey Magner

Bighorn Local SEO