Do you trust customer reviews on e-commerce websites?

Elena Cirera
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Hamza Afzal Butt
Digital Marketing Manager
Yes, customer review is a great thing to review the product before buying, and yes, there can be some proportion of fake reviews as well, but still, they are trustworthy.
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Andrew Kpyto
Digital Marketer at Sembly AI ‍🚀
Yes, because fabricated one's is too oblivious. Not easy to manipulate the results and ratings, if this is huge amount.
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Dominic Manning
Solutions Engineer at Caravel
Reviews can be the bread and butter for both customers and companies. If you want to stay on top of them as a company, you need to be notified when there's a fire in the review section. If you don't, you'll be losing so many customers to a bad review. A good mediation from a company can actually win you a customer. The reviews section is where decisions are made and also where your product or service can improve. Programmatic VoC is the way to automate that whole process, but having any process is better than nothing.
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Johnny Fekete
making cool stuff for web and mobile
if it's just a couple of reviews (written at the same period, with similar ratings), I'm more cautious, but when there's plenty, and on a trustworthy site, I'm totally sold.
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Atul Ghorpade
Marketer. SEO. Love to engage.
Yes, I trust in reviews.
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Alexey Shashkov
Inspired product maker
I trust only if there is an attached video and photo from that customer.
Rachel Levitz
Analyst at Amy
Yes!...If I like the product i'll ignore the negative feedback though lol
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Elena Cirera
I am the Product Owner @ Vidmonials
@rachel_levitz But if you are purchasing a new product and it has all negative reviews, you will definitely hesitate to buy.
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Rachel Levitz
Analyst at Amy
@elena_cirera correct (:
Saqib Ali
A marketing enthusiast from next door.
Most definitely, my answer is yes. I never buy a thing from an e-commerce store until I see a good amount of positive reviews along with parcel pictures.
Elena Cirera
I am the Product Owner @ Vidmonials
@saqib301 You are not alone; statistics show 93% of customers are likely to purchase after reading a trusted review.
Hussain Effendi
Curious thinker, writer and cook!
There are two aspects to your question which are quite contrary. Firstly when I step in the shoes as a consumer, then in this case my answer is definitely YES! Whenever I use any e-commerce platform the first thing that I do after liking a product is to check the reviews. There are have been multiple incidents, when even despite me liking a particular product I have refused to buy it, solely based on the bad customer reviews. Now even though most of the e-commerce websites offer an exchange policy or refund; as a customer, it is the inconvenience that comes to my mind. Now as someone that has seen the business side of things, I generally grow suspicious of customer reviews. Most businesses, unfortunately, buy fake reviews and I'm sure this part of the comment is going to get me, haters! But it is what it is! A few articles that I recently came across while browsing through the web revealed that certain brands have fake reviews ranging from as low as 4% to as high as 20%. Quoted from an article that I came across: “In 2019 alone, Amazon spent more than $500 million and employed more than 8,000 people to reduce fraud and abuse on its platform,” according to researchers. They found Amazon was deleting around 40% of the fake reviews. Now isn't that surprising! It is definitely a very unethical practice and not something that I would personally use in my own business. When you build something, you ideally must have user empathy and fake reviews are just misleading.
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Elena Cirera
I am the Product Owner @ Vidmonials
@heffendi You are doing great, it will take some time for you to excel, but once you win the hearts of your customer, your success will be long-term. The most important thing is that you need to COMMUNICATE your feelings to your customers, which will be valuable for them. Silently having a sincere feeling is useless; it is just like a silent and one-way "love."
Alexandra Kazakova
Community Manager at Cash Flow Portal
Yes, I trust reviews if they are detailed enough. Also, if a product has 100 reviews and all of them are super-positive - then I will question its authenticity.
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Aurelian Spodarec
Building my first Saas this year :)
Nope. I've build some e-commerce sites and a lot of reviews are fake. Curated reviews are fake. Some reviews or many of them can be self generates with an algorithm - its not every website, but I don't trust the reviews, unless it's a reputable website. Even simple brochure sites with testimonials can be fake - testimonials have zero credibility for me, for like 98% of things. If someone does have a fake review, you might start seeing a pattern and figure out what they are up to, but then again, what if they hire 10different people to write 100different reviews - the language, writing style will be different. Some say its not easy to manipulate the reviews however, a few lines of code and you're done. It's that easy...
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jonny vince
Silent people have the loudest minds.
yes, why not?
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Mohsen Kamrani
Founder @ dotenx.com
Well it depends, seeing 2 or 3 negative reviews is enough for me to just move on, but I have to see plenty of positive reviews to trust them and then yup I rely on it.
Sophia Emma
Sales Manager
A single review with a few positive words makes up an opinion, but a few dozen say the same thing make a consensus. The more reviews, the better
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Olivia Watson
Sales Representative
In today’s web-based world, virtually everyone is reading online reviews, And I somehow trust those reviews.
Kolton
Private Equity // Tech
I've seen a lot of shopify apps for reviews, and there are always workarounds to showing 'verified' reviews, which makes me weary. After seeing enough reviews from enough companies, its fairly easy to tell which are organic, which were incentivized, and which were simply manufactured by the staff/owners Typically (from what I've seen) in paid ads, reviews that are included in the ad copy/creative are either falsified for the sake of advertising, or so cherry-picked that it is more of a sales pitch than an actual review As with anything, its best to take them with a grain of salt and use common sense when looking through them
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Ng Fang Kiang
Digital Nomad & Remote Work @ jorcus.com
Yes, if it is not flooded with fake reviews. It is helpful most of the time.
Elena Cirera
I am the Product Owner @ Vidmonials
@jorcus Fake reviews are misleading and harmful for customers and organizations in the long term.
Jonathan Massabni
Product Enthusiast. Travel & Fintech
I trust them with a grain of salt. Too many companies look like they recycle them from a generic source. A good example is Best Buy's website. But if a product has a large volume of written reviews, it is still trustworthy even if the e-commerce site itself doesn't own the review
Zhen Chen
Entrepreneur in Dropshiping Automation
I would if there are good number of them and they are all detailed. I will judge by the content.