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For over 5 years, app users have been able to share public reviews about your app in Google Play and recently, in the App Store. Strangely, most businesses still don’t respond to app reviews. This is a missed opportunity, to turn 1 star reviews into 5 star reviews, and to engage with customers.

A practice all businesses should be adding to their list of tasks to complete on a regular basis is to respond to their reviews. Not only can reviews help drive further business but a response to a review can dramatically change the outcome.

Still haven’t convinced you? Here are my top my five reasons why every app review should ever be left without a response:

1. Turn a 1 star into 5 stars

A frustrated user is a user you don’t want to be reviewing your app publicly but unfortunately, it’s out of your control. There is one thing you can control and that is the outcome. A negative review is an opportunity for you to turn a frustrated user into a fan and possibly even a loyal advocate.

Here’s a great example of how businesses can respond and completely change the outcome:

Mobiddiction: Why You Should Respond to App Reviews

Mobiddiction: Why You Should Respond to App Reviews

2. Stand out from the crowd

With 97% of Google play reviews going unanswered, being part of the 3% means you stand out from the crowd. Pounce on each and every review so you’re known for great customer support.

3. Encourage others

Reviews and ratings are a very strong signal for us on Google Play” – Ankit Jain, Previously Head of Search & Discovery at Google Play.

Being seen to be leaving replies encourages others viewing your app page to also leave reviews. An engaged business creates an engaged community of customers. Large review volumes don’t just positively impact your position in the app stores but also in search position.

4. New feature ideas

Reviews can be full of great ideas for new features. Through app reviews, you don’t just have the ability to find recurring themes (which you probably want to add to your roadmap), but you also have the ability to contact users through App replies to find out what the real pain points are.

Finding and mitigating those pain points can only mean a clearer roadmap and a better product = less negative reviews in the long run.

5. Find new bugs and issues

Similar to user testing, app reviews can be a great source for finding bugs and other issues. Keep a close eye on your app reviews and fix (or troubleshoot) any issues as they arise.

Not sure how to respond to your app reviews? We’ve put together easy to follow how-to guides for the App Store and Google Play store.

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