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Reviews have a significant effect on your local (think searching maps) search engine optimization efforts. Here are some tips for getting your local search engine optimization started for your lawn care business.

If you search for “Lawn care Frederick, MD” you’ll see that the top results have reviews filled out. See the picture below to see what I mean. Reviews are a significant factor in getting your lawn care company to show in these results.

Here are four ways that you can get more reviews from your customers.

Make sure that you are listed on all possible local search engines

Make sure that you are registered on all likely local search engines (Google, Yelp, Foursquare, etc.). Check your local listing using a local search engine optimization tool.  It will help you make sure that you have filled out all of the listings that you could. Moz local has one that is free to check your listing (they charge you if you want them to manage the listing for you, or help you fill it out).
https://moz.com/local 

Start asking customers for reviews

If you use CLIPitc or CLIPxe, you can include it in your post service notification. Ask the customer to give you a review of your service. If you are concerned that some customers may leave bad reviews, then try to offer them a solution before they submit a review. Something like this could be beneficial.

 

“Thanks for letting us be your lawn care provider. Our goal is that you are delighted with our work. If you are happy with our service we would be grateful if you would leave us positive feedback by clicking the following link:


If you can’t leave us a 4 or 5-star rating before leaving feedback, please let address your concerns. You can reach us at xxxxxxx to let us know about your experience. Your satisfaction is important to us!

Help customers review you

If you have older clients that might not be using technology help them set up a google account and fill out a review. It’s probably worth it to help walk them through the steps. Most local google listings only have a couple of reviews.

Make your requests for reviews automatic

Include your review links in your communication with customers. If you are using CLIPitc, you can add it to your Post service notifications.

To find your Google listing follow these instructions:

First, find your business places ID using the website below. You can copy it (See the GIF for instructions).

https://developers.google.com/places/place-id

Then add the place ID code in the “ADD PLACE ID HERE” section below.