How to Get Reviews on Amazon

Jason Wells

July 20, 2021

Your reviews on Amazon are what could make or break your business. They’re what build social proof and encourage customers to pull the trigger during their purchasing decision.

In fact, 84% of customers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations from their family and friends. And to go even further, over 68% of customers read between 1 to 6 reviews before they decide to purchase on your website.

However, getting reviews for your Amazon business can feel like a minefield: one simple misstep, and you could get sanctioned by Amazon. That’s why you must get familiar with all the good and bad tactics of collecting Amazon reviews so that you don’t make any costly mistakes.

How to NOT Get Amazon Reviews for Your Store

Since getting reviews plays such a vital role in running a successful Amazon business, many stores are willing to do whatever it takes to collect them. Even if it means taking the risk of getting themselves in trouble on Amazon’s platform.

However, while gray hat tactics may seem like an easy route to get amazon reviews, they’re not worth losing your business in the long term. Here are a few common tactics that stores use to fake their reviews but end up getting them banned from selling:

  • **Paying for Amazon Reviews: **A direct way to collect more reviews on Amazon is to simply pay for them. Typically, stores go on platforms such as Fiverr or fake review apps to generate them.
  • Writing Fake Amazon Reviews: Another way that stores fake their reviews is by simply writing them down themselves. It’s the most low-effort and low-budget way to gain more reviews.

These activities may boost your social proof in the beginning but will end up creating your Amazon store’s downfall. Amazon has a strict policy on fake reviews and won’t hesitate to get your business banned if you’re caught. Here’s a screenshot from Amazon’s review policy page of potential consequences if you don’t comply:

Amazon Review Policies

Common Ways to Get Amazon Reviews That Are Bad in 2021

Paying for fake reviews or writing them yourself may seem like a no-brainer of things you shouldn’t do as a serious Amazon business. However, stores use other common tactics to collect reviews that could potentially get them in trouble on Amazon without realizing it.

It’s all because of Amazon’s subtle and complex regulations that are implemented on the platform. Below are common ways of collecting reviews that you should avoid:

Facebook Retargeting

Facebook retargeting consists of going through your list of previous buyers and using the data to run ads to retarget customers on Facebook. In the Facebook ads, you can ask your audience to review any prior product purchased.

You can collect this data from Amazon’s Central Order reports. Next, you can download all of the information and upload it to Facebook as a custom audience. You’ll then run the Facebook ads and ask for previous users to drop their Amazon reviews.

Why It’s Not a Good Idea:

You don’t want to use this tactic because it goes against Amazon’s terms of service. Amazon prohibits sellers from contacting customers outside of its platform, especially when using data from it to retarget previous shoppers on different channels.

Follow-Up With the Buyer-Seller Messaging Feature

Another way to collect Amazon reviews from customers is to use Amazon’s Buyer-Selling messaging feature. Through Buyer-Selling, you can ask the customer to drop in their feedback on their purchase.

Why It’s Not a Good Idea:

Amazon has stringent rules when it comes to using its Buyer-Seller messages. For example, you’re only allowed to ask for a review once. Also, you can’t explicitly ask for the customer to drop in a positive rating instead of a negative one.

Not respecting these rules could lead to Amazon preventing you from using its Buyer-Seller feature. So if you plan to use Buyer-Seller messages to collect reviews, you’ll have to remain very careful.

Adding Slip-in Inserts to Packaging

A creative tactic to collect more Amazon reviews is to include slip-in inserts as part of your product packaging. They’re product cards that showcase your gratitude to the customer and make the purchase feel more special.

As part of the postcard’s message, you can ask the customer to drop their product reviews online. It can also include the different steps your customer can take on Amazon to drop their feedback.

Why It’s Not a Good Idea:

Amazon has specific rules to follow when it comes to product inserts’ messaging. For example, you can’t offer customers gift exchanges, such as a discount or refund for a product review.

The 5 Best Ways to Get Amazon Reviews Legally

That said, there are still various ways you can use to collect more reviews without getting sanctioned by Amazon. Here’s how to get Amazon reviews the legal way and gain peace of mind:

1. Deliver High-Quality Products

As obvious as it seems, to improve customer experience and Amazon reviews, it all starts by delivering excellent product quality. If your product quality is subpar, you’ll be less likely to get the positive reviews that you’re seeking for.

By optimizing the quality of your product, you'll naturally see an increase in positive feedback from customers as a result. If any of your products frequently comes back returned or with complaints, you can take it off your store for a while and fix the issues to stop the negative reviews.

2. Use the “Request a Review” Button

When you go to your Amazon dashboard and view your orders, you’ll notice a “request review” button. By clicking on this email, Amazon will send an automated email to your customer and ask them to rate your product.

It’s a simple way to ask the customer for their feedback while respecting Amazon’s rules. Here’s how the email will look like in the shopper’s email inbox:

Request Amazon Reviews

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The process is speedy for the customer: all they have to do to drop their feedback is click on the stars, and they’re good to go. However, keep in mind that there’s no way to customize this email in any shape or form, but it will help you collect more ratings.

Even better, with Amazon’s new Selling Partner API, you can automate the pushing of the “request a review” button. We’ve implemented that API at Pattern, and use different strategies to target getting more reviews, like choosing between asking everyone and asking repeat purchasers for reviews–knowing that repeat purchasers are more inclined to leave good feedback.

3. Enroll for the Vine Program

Enroll in Amazon's Vine Program

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A practical and safe way to collect more reviews for your store is to enroll in Amazon’s Vine Program. The program is available for any store that signed up for Brand Registry and helps your business easily connect with other reviewers.

How the Vine program works is that stores must provide free samples of their products, and Amazon will connect top reviewers to take a look at the items. These reviewers are known as “Vine Voices”.

Then, these Vine Voices will drop their feedback on your product, and their review will come with a “Vine Voice” badge on your product page. Their assessment will be as honest as possible without any bias involved in their rating.

4. Make Your Product Listing as Accurate As Possible

When it comes to getting more positive reviews on Amazon, it’s the simple things you do that count. Always make sure that your product listing includes all the information the customer needs to know about your product, so they don’t end up getting nasty surprises.

That’s going to consist of uploading accurate photo images of your product and optimizing your product descriptions by making your product’s functionality clear and providing any vital information (such as if your product contains any allergic material). That way, the customer has the information they need before making the purchase, has a better experience, and is more likely to voice positive feedback on the product.

5. Collaborate With Top Amazon Reviewers

Amazon keeps a list of its top reviewers on its platform valued thanks to their expertise and insights. They hold titles on the platform such as “Hall of Fame Reviewer” or “Top Ten Reviewer”:

Hall of Fame Reviewer

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There are different steps you must take to collaborate with top Amazon reviewers and get more ratings. First, you’ll have to go through Amazon’s extensive list of top customer reviewers and find the ones most relevant to your industry.

Next, look at their email contact and reach out to tell them directly that you have some great products you think they’d like to review. Don’t forget to personalize each email based on their previous reviews to make your message stand out from others in their inbox.

It will feel like a numbers game: many top reviewers will say no or flat-out ignore your email. But just know that it just takes 2 - 3 ratings from Top Amazon reviewers to skyrocket your social proof.

Boost Your Reviews and Social Proof Without Getting Yourself in Trouble

Good ratings go beyond improving your store’s credibility. Aside from gaining the customer’s trust, positive reviews also influence your store’s ranking on Amazon. The more positive reviews you collect, the better you’ll rank on the ecommerce platform’s search engine, and the more visibility your products will have.

To get started with collecting more reviews on Amazon, start small. For example, that could be tweaking your product descriptions to make them more accurate. Overtime, you’ll gather more position reviews and improve conversion on Amazon.

Have questions? Want help? Pattern’s Amazon experts are ready to help you grow your brand’s success on the marketplace. Get in touch today.

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Sept 27, 2022

Global Ecommerce Weekly News: 27th September 2022

Get up to date with this week's ecommerce headlines from around the globe. --- Amazon News --- Amazon drives renewable energy push with 71 new projects Amazon is planning to add 2.7 gigawatts of clean energy capacity through a couple of new projects as the company attempts to use 100% renewable energy by 2025. The ecommerce business will soon have a total of 329 renewable energy projects, generating 50,000 gigawatt hours of clean energy, which is equivalent to powering 4.6 million US homes every year. [Read more on Reuters](https://www.reuters.com/business/sustainable-business/amazon-drives-renewable-energy-push-with-71-new-projects-2022-09-21/) Amazon launches Prime Early Access Sale Amazon is launching a new 2-day shopping event for its Prime members only, beginning on the 11th of October. Across 15 countries, Prime customers will have access to the shopping event, with thousands of deals on offer globall, ranging from fashion to electronics to essentials. The event has the purpose of giving Prime users the chance to spread the cost of items over the winter months, 6 weeks ahead of Black Friday. [Read more on Charged Retail](https://www.chargedretail.co.uk/2022/09/26/prime-early-access-sale/) --- Other Marketplace News --- Shopify unveils new localisation tool Shopify is launching a new localisation tool, called Translate & Adapt, which works with Shopify Markets to offer localisation for sellers who are looking to expand into new markets. The tool translates a user’s online store into different languages, including product pages and information pages. Merchants are also able to create different shipping terms for each market using the new tool, which allows international expansion and offers a more localised consumer experience, unveiling new potential. [Read more on Ecommerce News](https://ecommercenews.eu/shopify-launches-new-localisation-tool/) Etsy is set to invest hundreds of millions into its marketing platform Etsy CEO claims that the company is on route to spend more than $570 million USD on marketing this year. Even during a time of macroeconomic pressure, inflation and rising interest rates, the company is preparing itself and its sellers for the upcoming holiday season and is focused on retaining interest from buyers. [Read more on Yahoo News](https://uk.news.yahoo.com/etsy-600-million-on-marketing-ceo-154054219.html) --- Other Ecommerce News --- Meta looks to cut costs by 10% in the coming months Meta employees are facing job redundancies as the company plans to cut its costs by 10% over the next few months. Meta reported a 22% YoY increase in costs and expenses, totalling over $20 billion USD. The cuts are expected to come in the form of job redundancies as a result of department reorganisations rather than formal layoffs. [Read more on Charged Retail](https://www.chargedretail.co.uk/2022/09/22/meta-to-slash-costs-by-10-over-coming-months/) DHL teams up with Quadient to offer smart locker deliveries in the UK DHL and tech company, Quadient, have partnered to offer smart lockers parcel pick-up throughout the UK. The new contactless, secure locker stations will give recipients more choice and flexibility to receive their parcels at a time and location best suited to them. The partnership plans to install 500 locker stations across the country by the end of 2022. [Read more on Charged Retail](https://www.chargedretail.co.uk/2022/09/21/dhl-partners-with-quadient-to-offer-smart-locker-delivery/) The online fashion market is set to be worth nearly $170 billion USD in 2025 The European online fashion retail market is set to grow 50% by 2025, with an online turnover of $170 billion USD, which is 33% of the retail branch’s total. Cross-border marketplaces prove to be the largest drivers of this growth, with online websites and apps like Vinted largely pushing the market’s online growth. Zalando recently became the largest cross-border fashion retailer/marketplace, responsible for 11.7% of the online market’s share. [Read more on Ecommerce News](https://ecommercenews.eu/online-fashion-market-worth-e175-billion-in-2025/)
Sept 26, 2022

Top 5 Ways to Prepare for Peak with Google Ads

Peak season is almost upon us and with all signs pointing to it starting earlier than ever, with Christmas gifting searches now ramping up in August and September, it’s time to start preparing for peak. In this article, we’re sharing our top five tips for planning and preparing for peak season with Google Ads and the strategies required to get your Paid Search ready so you can drive success over this crucial period.

1. Go Early

In 2021, gifting search terms started increasing in popularity in August. The general trend is that people are looking, researching and weighing their options early, so it’s best to start your Paid activity early to ensure that you’re capturing that early research traffic. This will help drive revenue alongside aiding those consumers who are in their research phase.

From 2020 to 2021, spend during Cyber Week actually only rose 2% but in the weeks leading up to it, it increased by 16%. However, Cyber Week is still the biggest period during the latter half of the year, accounting for 23% of all online spend by consumers over peak. Being prepared and starting early will help you to maximise your time during this period.

2. Get Ready for Privacy Changes

 According to Google, 48% of global consumers have stopped buying or using a service due to privacy concerns. Privacy is front of mind when consumers are shopping online and we know that Google is phasing out 3rd party cookies in 2023. This is going to make it much harder to track users online and it’s something that brands need to think about this now – waiting isn’t an option.

From a Google Ads point of view, you want to ensure you have set up the Google Ads tag across your site and have enabled ‘Enhanced Conversions’, which ensures all conversions are tracked and allows you to monitor other actions such as ‘Add to Cart.’ This is relatively easy to set up, especially if you use ‘Google Tag Manager’.

It’s also vitally important that you build up your first-party data during this time as this is data you own and it can be used when targeting consumers that have provided your brand with their email address. Pattern’s own experience shows that by segmenting and using first-party data, you can see a 10% improvement in revenue and ROI.

3. Ensure Consumers Can Discover your Brand

A full-funnel approach is now more important than ever as consumers become more discerning and have more choices than ever of where to shop.

Pattern has seen success with Google Ads’ ‘Discovery Campaigns’ (image-based ads that appear on Google platforms such as Gmail and the Google app), which have driven success both from a traffic and revenue perspective.

The performance of these campaigns is significantly enhanced by adopting a segmented and nuanced approach to first-party data and incorporating these into your campaigns. Other options for a full-funnel approach include YouTube and testing bidding on keywords that are more representative of the research phase. (e.g. ‘best baby clothes’ for a baby clothes brand)

4. Get Moving with Performance Max

Earlier this year, Google announced that they were moving away from Smart Shopping and launched Performance Max. This is a new campaign type that incorporates features and placements from Smart Shopping but expands them onto other platforms such as Gmail but also alternative creative options, such as images and videos.

Since Google has already started automatically upgrading Smart Shopping campaigns to Performance Max, expect to see some fluctuations in the first 2 weeks following the switch over but results generally seem positive. We recommend upgrading sooner rather than later to limit any potential impact to peak period.

5. Flight Budgets Accordingly

Peak period will be even more competitive than in 2021 and you’ll need your budgets to support this period, we recommend boosting budgets in October to start capturing that early peak traffic. As we enter November and the Cyber Period, start early and make sure you are capturing those consumers looking for early bargains, ensuring you are being nimble in your optimisations and reacting to the data that you are seeing.

Overall, peak period is vital to help drive your sales and by preparing early, you will see strong results and drive success for your brand. If you want to discuss how your brand can navigate this next peak period, contact us to discuss your options with our performance team now.

Sept 20, 2022

4 Ecommerce Marketplace Consultant Must-Haves

Entering the ecommerce landscape is a huge undertaking for any brand—it usually requires a large investment in resources and expertise to really be successful. Any brand can quickly get in over their heads trying to navigate the nuances of SEO, fulfillment and logistics, distribution control, listing optimization, and meeting the numerous other requirements and administrative tasks to show up well on marketplaces. 

Unfortunately, because it’s so easy for third party, gray market, and unauthorized sellers to obtain and sell products online, many brands find themselves pressured to execute an ecommerce plan without the right resources to succeed on marketplaces and their other channels.

So, for brands looking to enter the ecommerce space or improve their current and future performance, it makes sense to partner with an ecommerce consultant.

Pattern’s global presence and proven success with hundreds of brands has allowed us to develop highly effective ecommerce consulting services. We can guide your brand to navigate issues both large and small in marketplaces worldwide. To maximize your ecommerce efforts, you’ll need to understand what an ecommerce consultant does and how to select one who drives the right value for your brand and products. 

What is an Ecommerce Consultant?

An ecommerce consultant is a specialist in the ecommerce space who can give you personalized guidance on how to market your products and grow their presence on digital marketplaces.

An ecommerce consultant should be able to analyze your brand, audience, category, opportunity, and current roadblocks and help you understand how to utilize your resources (or what resources are missing) to be most effective in capturing your opportunities in the ecommerce space.

Not sure how to evaluate a consultant? Here are 4 key attributes to look for as you make your choice.

1. Brand Obsession/Specialization/Passion

At Pattern, we prioritize brand obsession for a reason—we know that a brand-centered mindset makes a crucial difference in the outcomes and results our partners achieve. So in our experience, when you begin your search for an ecommerce consultant, it’s important to look for a partner who is specialized in ecommerce, invested in the product, and passionate about helping brands build and improve their strategies. Typically, this means finding someone that consults exclusively for ecommerce marketplaces, rather than choosing a consultant who offers many different services. 

2. Proven Results

It’s also important to avoid choosing a consulting partner who can’t deliver the right experience for your brand. The best indication of whether your potential consultant can do that is to review their history, data, and results with other brands. Ask if they’ve helped others in your selling category, if they’ve solved specific issues your brand is facing, and why they feel you are a good fit. The key is to leave the conversation feeling confident that you understand your consultants’ capabilities and whether or not they match up with your needs.

3. Wide Range of Marketplace Expertise

It’s best to pick a consultant who knows how to guide a brand onto and through multiple marketplaces worldwide. You’ll want to take a look at your long-term strategy and think about the regions and platforms you’re currently on and where you might want to take your brand in the future. If your consultant is truly great at what they do, they’ll be able to help you perform well enough with your current product roadmap that it’ll be a no-brainer to expand your presence at the right time.

4. Network of Resources

The most effective partnership with an ecommerce consultant will be able to give you both recommendations and point you to solutions for making those changes in your planning, processes, and execution. Your time and money is valuable, so you want to make sure that you’re spending it as efficiently as possible as you follow your consultant’s advice. So, before you commit to an ecommerce consultant, ask about the resources and concrete solutions they typically recommend to the brands they work with.

Achieve Your Ecommerce Goals With Pattern

Finding an ecommerce consultant that checks the boxes can be a difficult task. At Pattern, our entire focus and drive centers around giving brands the tools and resources they need to succeed on domestic and international ecommerce marketplaces. 

With over 100 global ecommerce consultants across 10 global offices, we have the right tools to partner with brands across the world to achieve better ecommerce success. We give specialized advice, then make sure our partners have all the adequate SEO, social media, CRM, Amazon multi-channel fulfillment services, and ecommerce outsourcing services they need.

Interested in ecommerce consulting services? Set up a call here to learn what Pattern can do for your brand on global marketplaces.