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Old 03-18-2010, 07:48 PM  
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When deciding where to go to spend your $$, what business review sites do you use?

Doing informal market research for an idea which is buzzing in my head......

With the growth of consumer review sites of local and national businesses, which ones do you use?

Different ones for shopping? Restaurants?

Yelp.com? Yahoo? etc?

Much importance do you place on the reviews? Lots of good reviews? Lots of bad reviews?

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Old 03-18-2010, 08:25 PM   #2
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The most important thing is a statistically significant number of reviews from people who are passionate about the item being reviewed. I want a rating system for quick browsing and detailed comments to see specifically what makes something so special.

I use:

Amazon for general consumer goods.

Zagat for restaurants. (Preferred, but don't anymore since it's not free and I wasn't going out enough to justify the subscription.)

Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB for movies.
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:27 PM   #3
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I had this same idea about 7-8 years ago. I had started a site and was going to get the domain name YouReview.com. I wanted it to be a free for all review site for anything. But I got lazy...
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:28 PM   #4
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:34 PM   #5
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The most important thing is a statistically significant number of reviews from people who are passionate about the item being reviewed. I want a rating system for quick browsing and detailed comments to see specifically what makes something so special.

I use:

Amazon for general consumer goods.

Zagat for restaurants. (Preferred, but don't anymore since it's not free and I wasn't going out enough to justify the subscription.)

Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB for movies.
Cool. Thanks!
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:39 PM   #6
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Houston has a great restaurant site called b4-u-eat.com.

http://b4-u-eat.com/

If I'm ordering something online a lot of times I'll go over to the Something Awful forums and ask for recommendations. That's how I picked my last video card. Before that I was using Sharky Forums but it died. SA has a shit ton of members, though.
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:43 PM   #7
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:05 PM   #8
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I'm in the process of writing a book on how consumer reviews effect business. It's a very intriguing topic, and many small businesses are due for a shit tsunami if they don't pay attention.

Google Maps is the aggregate site of most all review sites... and it's the most important for a small business to claim. Period.

You need to make sure all of your business data is consistent on ALL local directory sites, which there are about 15 main ones... and if you are in a specialty niche, you need to focus on vertical directories.
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:12 PM   #9
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I'm in the process of writing a book on how consumer reviews effect business. It's a very intriguing topic, and many small businesses are due for a shit tsunami if they don't pay attention.

Google Maps is the aggregate site of most all review sites... and it's the most important for a small business to claim. Period.

You need to make sure all of your business data is consistent on ALL local directory sites, which there are about 15 main ones... and if you are in a specialty niche, you need to focus on vertical directories.
I find google maps to be somewhat unreliable. I went looking for a BBQ joint on a recent road trip. Out of three places I tried to find, one was an operating business but closed on Saturday, one was no where to be seen, and the third I found the building but it had obviously been closed for a number of years. I drove up the road a piece and tried again and found a great place.
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:16 PM   #10
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Well, they are working on it. But the thing about Google Maps, is how they have populated the search engine result pages with a "7-Pack"... so if you are in a city and you type in BBQ restaurant... you are going to get a lot of traffic from the front page.

It's why it's crucial for business owners.

Now, yes, there is some data variations, but only 3% or so of business owners have actually CLAIMED their business listing. If it is out of business, I report it as such.

Now, with smartphones becoming so prevalent... Google Maps and local review sites are going to gain immense importance.
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:20 PM   #11
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:23 PM   #12
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I go to Yelp a lot, although I realize its not always that helpful.

I also go to menupages.com a lot for restaurants, amazon and CNET for products reviews, tripadvisor for travel, rottentomatoes for movies.
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Old 03-19-2010, 06:16 AM   #13
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Well, they are working on it. But the thing about Google Maps, is how they have populated the search engine result pages with a "7-Pack"... so if you are in a city and you type in BBQ restaurant... you are going to get a lot of traffic from the front page.

It's why it's crucial for business owners.

Now, yes, there is some data variations, but only 3% or so of business owners have actually CLAIMED their business listing. If it is out of business, I report it as such.

Now, with smartphones becoming so prevalent... Google Maps and local review sites are going to gain immense importance.
Exactly!

So please share with us more about your book. Very cool. How will businesses be impact?
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