(You can download a pdf of the presentation for FREE, just click the link.)
The key takeaways were:
Responsive, Not Reactive
Move the Conversation Offline
Highlight the Positives
Give some Stellar Customer Service
Try and Make It Right
Rinse and repeat.
Deleting Reviews and Recommendations
You can’t. Facebook doesn’t allow it.
You can report the recommendation – if they use inappropriate language or it’s vulgar, otherwise, you’re SOL.
You can respond to the recommendation, telling your side of the story.
You can turn recommendations off.
We manage and post to Facebook accounts for a wide variety of industries, and recently, one of our clients received an emotionally charged negative recommendation.
Thankfully, our client was prepared due to interactions with the original poster (OP) previously and responded to the recommendation with their side of the situation.
I saw the recommendation the next morning, when the OP also posted the same rant to their Google My Business (GMB) account.
I had a quick conversation with our client outlining a response similar to the response left on Facebook.
The client emailed me a little later. “The Facebook response is gone! Did you delete it?”
Did you know that an OP can delete a business’ response to a recommendation?
As in, if someone gives you a negative recommendation about your business on your Facebook Business Page, and as a business owner, you respond to the recommendation on your Business Facebook Page, highlighting and addressing any comments and concerns:
They Can Delete Your Response
Facebook Is a Dumpster Fire.
We were in shock. Shook, even as the kids might say.
So naturally, I took to the interwebs.
But no one was talking about this!
I was outraged on behalf of my clients.
I started a Facebook chat with support. They confirmed, that an OP can delete the response from a business.
I think he was even taken back.
So, what to do?
How To Respond When They Delete A Business Response
How you respond when a person who makes a negative recommendation deletes your business’ response really depends on you and your business
Turn It Off – Turning off recommendations is a setting on Facebook pages.
Do Nothing – although now there will be a recommendation on your page with no response.
Respond Again – although they might delete it again. #HoldingGrudges
Respond Globally– as a new post on your page, post that while customers and clients can make recommendations to the page, they aren’t always telling the whole side of the story and to look at your other reviews as an example of your excellent customer service.
Put Them On Blast – Screenshot the review, post it as a post on your business page and give your side of the story.
Facebook isn’t really helping businesses by having this loophole where people who may have grudges against a business can delete business response to their negative recommendation.
It will probably blow over. Your true customers will shine through.
Less than 24 hours after the OP posted on our client’s page they received (4) 5-star reviews.
The customers you want to connect with will see past the crazy.
Plus if you only had 5-star reviews, it might be a little suspicious.
You can add it to the growing list of headaches…I mean things, a business owner should keep track of.
At Neon Goldfish, we manage online accounts and reputation management for our clients. If this is something you’re interested in, let’s chat.
If you’re like me and want to send Facebook some feedback about how this feature handcuffs business owners, feel free.
Log into your Facebook page, and click on “Help”, and select “Send Feedback”.
As much as I love being the one who discovered a “new thing”, this can’t be new.
Have any of you experienced a deleted business response?
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