How to make it big on Tripadvisor...
I admit that the concept of Tripadvisor is a good one. You have travelers advising each other on where to stay, eat, drink and go and writing reviews. The company makes money booking the hotels and has an army of people promoting them. And as for hotels and other services, careers are made on Tripadvisor as the more good reviews you get the more people book your hotel and then hopefully add their favorable reviews.
But what if someone has written a bad review? If you go to defend yourself by answering the post will people accept what you say or are they going to believe the bad review? They say that one bad review can make someone think twice about booking with you even if he has just read twenty good reviews before. Well, never fear. Being in the travel biz I get junk mail like the two below from companies who are in a position to assist me should
this ever happen. (I have deleted the name and e-mail and website of the company. Sorry.)
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That sounds reasonable. But if I received this e-mail does that mean I got a negative review on Tripadvisor? Well since I am the quiet sensitive type who won't risk the emotional devastation that reading something nasty that someone has written about me on Tripadvisor would cause me, I guess I will never know.
But wait! What if I could bury any bad reviews under mountains of good reviews? If only there were some way to do this without having to ask the people who use my website to write nice things about me.
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So there you go. You can be a lousy hotel and for a small price, or maybe a large one, this company will get rid of all your bad reviews and replace them or bury them with good reviews. I suppose if I was actually a travel agent or a hotel owner and was desperate enough and it was a matter of life or death and I knew that I did offer good service and that somehow I was blind-sided by a couple mean tourists, or even a competitor, this might be something I
be interested in out of sheer desperation. But I wonder how far this service goes. Let's say I pay to have my good name restored on Tripadvisor and suddenly the bookings are pouring in and my bills are getting paid and I have money to spend on advertising. I wonder, does the company that offers this service have a program where they write bad reviews about my competition?
No. They would never do that. That would be unethical.