PRLog - Jan. 31, 2014 - LOS ANGELES (January 31, 2014) – In something of a turnabout, business owners have formally sounded off on consumer review sites like Yelp -- and it appears that while the vast majority are listening intently, businesses don’t take reviews quite as seriously as consumers do.
That’s just one of the findings of a new Woodbury University (www.woodbury.edu (http://www.airpush.com))
“While most prior research on online reviews dealt with the consumer perception of reviews, our study is one of the few to examine the impact of online reviews from the business owner’s perspective,”
Among the study’s key takeaways:
· While 49 percent of respondents reported that they monitor reviews at least twice a month, more than half do not monitor reviews at all.
· A whopping 79.5 percent of respondents said they expected revenue to increase at least 1 percent with a one-point star rating improvement.
· If their overall business rating went from a 4.5 star to 3.5 star rating, 75 percent of respondents expected their revenue to decrease by at least 1 percent.
Expectations for increased revenue based on star rating improvement were consistent with a recent Harvard Business School Study (http://hbswk.hbs.edu/
“In consumer studies, reviews tend to have the most impact on business selection,” said Henri Isenberg, founder and COO of ReviewInc and a Woodbury MBA. “By contrast, our survey demonstrates that reviews are not yet a top priority for business owners and executives.”
Woodbury MBA students are currently conducting a follow-up study to increase the survey sample size. “As the online review ecosystem rapidly evolves, we want to continue to critically analyze its importance and economic value.” Woodbury’s Schiele said.
Download the full Woodbury University and ReviewInc study (http://www.reviewinc.com/
About Woodbury University
Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. Woodbury offers bachelor's degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies, along with an MBA program, Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch), and Master of Organizational Leadership. A San Diego campus offers bachelor of architecture, Master of Real Estate Development for Architects (MRED), and Master of Science in Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism degrees. Visit www.woodbury.edu for more information, and Reflections on Excellence (http://www.drluiscalingo.com/)
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