FAKE NEWS: 4 Things You Need to Know About Fake Reviews and Why You Can’t Spell “Shame” Without “Sham”

Let’s talk about astroturfing. The number of articles available about artificial turf is surprising, but before I lose you, this isn’t one of them. Astroturfing is when a brand presents a testimonial about their products or services under the guise of a real customer. They believe they are doing their reputation a favour, but are they really? Merchants are clamping down on this behaviour, including Amazon who sued 1000 fake reviewers in 2015[1]. More recently, they have filed lawsuits against their own customers, the sellers, who use them[2]. Is it stopping people though? They are still being sold on auction sites, and unfortunately, every business pays the price as some consumers are losing faith in the experiences they see shared online. 

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At JudgeService, we believe in trust

At JudgeService we believe in trust, and as an independent review provider we are dedicated to bringing unbiased, honest and accurate customer reviews. Clients can choose to use our research for internal purposes only but where we publish any reviews we publish them all – good or bad. Reviews are published on Google, Facebook, our client’s websites, our website, and across numerous strategic partner websites.

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At JudgeService we are proud that we publish all appropriate reviews

Traditional British reluctance to complain about poor service is being swept away as multiple internet channels enable consumers to become more ‘opinionated’. It’s not realistic to expect everyone to be happy and bad reviews lend credibility. And companies should learn to see the value in negative comments.

Negating a negative is a genuine thing and, of course, two negatives make a positive! At JudgeService, if you choose to publish your testimonials, we publish all of them (unlike some other review providers that cherry pick and only show the good ones to fudge the results).

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