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. More recently, they have filed lawsuits against their own customers, the sellers, who use them. 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.
Earlier in 2018, we saw Facebook change business page privileges –affecting follower and engagement numbers –pushing many B2C companies to either invest heavily in Sponsored Social Ads or do something else. A few thought it was the beginning of the end for social but even after the controversial shift, Zuckerberg’s contrivance made £9.2 billion in Q1 of 2018 alone. * Another gigantic platform, LinkedIn, has seen its revenue increase by 37%, reported in April 2018. ** Which can only mean Social Media, in its entirety, is still a powerful marketing tool.
Written reviews at our granular reporting are essential to improve business. Why not add to the mix with photographs to support their claims? Snap’N’Share is our free app that has been developed especially so that you can instantly share verified, branded photographic evidence of your customer’s satisfaction.
You only need five minutes on social media to recognise the mania of photographing food and social experiences. From the millennial’s smashed avocado on rye to their grandmother’s unscathed traditional Sunday roast or Larry’s birthday meal out last night, it’s all out there so whatever your niche, there’s a marketing opportunity for you in this obsession.
If you were to search online for restaurants, would you look at one with no photo before you looked at the ones with appealing images? Time is precious; consumers want to make the right decision as quickly as possible, without the need to troll through every possible avenue before coming to a decision so it’s important to stand out and this is certainly not exclusive to the catering industry.