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Direct Response: Chesapeake Sail & Canvas Receives a Poor Customer Rating on Yelp. Yelp, the social network for consumer reviews and local searches, logs approximately 89 million monthly unique visitors and has listed 121 million reviews at this time.26 Many users rely on what they hope to be real reviews by real people, as the company claims. They wish to make more informed buying decisions based on Yelp reviews. Barry Gregg, owner of Chesapeake Sail & Canvas in Annapolis, Maryland, watches his Yelp reviews. Currently, he has six reviews, all five stars. Imagine his surprise when he recently received only one star from Angela K. Chesapeake Sail & Canvas does good work, but it seems to have become a casualty of its own success. The company is unresponsive when you call and e-mail. I will take my business elsewhere because after 3 weeks, still haven't heard about that estimate for my marine canvas. I had left a voice mail message and sent an e-mail. No response. / called again and was received as if my request were outlandish when I expressed the hope of getting a quote that same week. Since then, silence. Not cool. And I am a repeat customer.... People, fortunately there are other businesses out there! The writer says she is a returning customer. Barry sighs because he is really shorthanded. His administrative assistant has been sick a lot lately, and inquiries have gone unanswered; communication has been poor. Business is booming, and he does not have enough qualified installers; as a result, weeks elapse before his small crew gets around to completing a job. Barry searches his files and finds Angela's job completed four years ago. Harbor had made custom cockpit cushions, a dodger, a sail cover, and smaller canvas items for Angela's 30-foot Catalina sailboat, a $5,000 job. YOUR TASK. Consider Barry's options. Should he respond to the one negative review? What could be the consequences of ignoring it? If you believe that Barry should respond, discuss first how. He has the disgruntled customer's e-mail, phone number, and street address. He could post a reply on Yelp to provide a commentary to the bad review. If your instructor directs, plan a strategy for Barry and respond to the customer in the way you believe is best for Barry and his business.

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Essentials of Business Communicati...

11th Edition
Mary Ellen Guffey + 1 other
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781337386494

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11th Edition
Mary Ellen Guffey + 1 other
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781337386494
Chapter 6, Problem 6.8AAC
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Direct Response: Chesapeake Sail & Canvas Receives a Poor Customer Rating on Yelp.

Yelp, the social network for consumer reviews and local searches, logs approximately 89 million monthly unique visitors and has listed 121 million reviews at this time.26 Many users rely on what they hope to be real reviews by real people, as the company claims. They wish to make more informed buying decisions based on Yelp reviews. Barry Gregg, owner of Chesapeake Sail & Canvas in Annapolis, Maryland, watches his Yelp reviews. Currently, he has six reviews, all five stars. Imagine his surprise when he recently received only one star from Angela K.

Chesapeake Sail & Canvas does good work, but it seems to have become a casualty of its own success. The company is unresponsive when you call and e-mail. I will take my business elsewhere because after 3 weeks, still haven't heard about that estimate for my marine canvas. I had left a voice mail message and sent an e-mail. No response. / called again and was received as if my request were outlandish when I expressed the hope of getting a quote that same week. Since then, silence. Not cool. And I am a repeat customer.... People, fortunately there are other businesses out there!

The writer says she is a returning customer. Barry sighs because he is really shorthanded. His administrative assistant has been sick a lot lately, and inquiries have gone unanswered; communication has been poor. Business is booming, and he does not have enough qualified installers; as a result, weeks elapse before his small crew gets around to completing a job. Barry searches his files and finds Angela's job completed four years ago. Harbor had made custom cockpit cushions, a dodger, a sail cover, and smaller canvas items for Angela's 30-foot Catalina sailboat, a $5,000 job.

YOUR TASK. Consider Barry's options. Should he respond to the one negative review? What could be the consequences of ignoring it? If you believe that Barry should respond, discuss first how. He has the disgruntled customer's e-mail, phone number, and street address. He could post a reply on Yelp to provide a commentary to the bad review. If your instructor directs, plan a strategy for Barry and respond to the customer in the way you believe is best for Barry and his business.

Summary Introduction

To Determine:

Barry’s option to react to a poor customer rating on Yelp and the strategy to respond to that customer.

Explanation of Solution

Given information:

A condition of a poor review and acting upon that to solve that review problem.

Barry has at most two wider options to go with: To solve the problem by working on it and solving the issue related to that customer or to ignore the issue and work as usual.

From my point of view, every customer is equally important and every issue should be resolved. Hence, Barry should look at the issue and then resolve the issue by writing to the customer.

Ignoring the review will actually make the customer more confused about the company’s performance and due to that, the rating would come down which is not a good way of doing business in a market. The customers have a huge impact of a negative review rather than a positive review because they search in the hope of getting a negative review.

Barry should first contact the customer and tell her that due to the communication problem they were not able to contact and solve the problem...

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