The book and product reviews on Amazon work the same way. The more reviews that people see for your product, the more likely they are to buy it. It triggers the social proof shortcut for your consumers. “Obviously, many others are buying it, so I will buy it.” Even if it sucks.
I am a product designer and create a new brand in Amazon. I read lots of promotion and started to invest my time and resources however there are millions millions of “case” even though I am offering some designer’s fashion but it will take long long time for my design to surface out, should I need to wait for “step by step” moving or aggressively shift to other less competitive catalogue to start other product design?
The reason for product testing is that Top Name Brands would like to know what consumers think about newest products they’re developing to be sent to stores, but before they do that they need your opinions. This way, it’ll save them time and money if the product doesn’t do well and need changes.
This is a review program run by Milliard Brands to get reviews for their own line of “bedding, pet supplies, pool items, cleaning products, yoga and fitness equipment, organic teas and nuts, candies, grocery items, and more.” Available for reviewers in USA.
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If you think it’s necessary, you may also ask customers to write a title (or headline), and to provide a broad location (such as a city and/or state). If you want customers to be able to include images or video, use an upload function that you’ve tested on all devices.
The purpose of the Amzrc Amazon product review service is not just to make profit. The concept was inspired by the desire to help people, who need their first push to success. We know, that buyers can be reluctant to buy products from a new seller, this is why they need some encouragement. We are ready to provide it!
Hi Kristin, I replied just above your comment about being careful posting your personal Amazon profile publicly. I understand why you want to do it, I would too if someone had not told me all of the horror stories about things people do with other people’s profiles. Another big problem right now is people stealing other’s reviews, copying and pasting them word for word. Good luck and stay safe, LW
Hi Megan. Truly fantastic advice. In fact could be a great book! 🙂 I have already moved to phase 2 of taking action after reading this pleasurable piece of advice. Many thanks and may you have a great weekend. Happy Halloween! Greg
I fill out surveys and some leads to testing a product that I get invited to try at home. Some surveys leads to focus groups where me and other people are in a chat room setting discussing different products.
I participate in the Home Depot Seeds Reviewer program as well where you choose 5 items each month (1 of which can be a premium item) and as they randomly come up, bonus campaigns where you may be able to select a single item or multiple items depending on the individual bonus campaign. Items are shipped free to the reviewer address, and I have not come across an item yet that I had to return within the 6 month vendor recall period.
Thank you Tristan, your blog is great and very insightful. It is very helpful for someone like me who is just getting started. I made it onto the top 10000 reviewer list hopefully it helps. I am reviewing for a few companies and love it. Thank you for the tip about the Genesis Reviewer Programs I have contacted a couple of them.
The comments are interesting but most are incorrect if they believe that all discounted reviews are shill. I just received a request from an Amazon partner to do discounted item (for my honest revie). I though,t well if they think they are buying stars from me they are very wrong. I have no incentive to give bad or good reviews artificially. I don’t get anything extra. So people that paint a negative brush are quite wrong. It matters more to me to be honest because I buy items there at full price and don’t want to be fooled. Think about this too. Send it back. It’s easy as that. It’s a pain, but the situation isn’t all fake.. Common sense tells you that Amazon would nosedive.if this was the case.
Childish, my foot. If you don’t think others are jealous of those who get things for free, you have limited knowledge of human nature. No one said the program does not have problems. It’s certainly not a perfect program free of problem reviews. But look at all the non-Vine reviews at Amazon–you think they are all wonderful and honest simply because the reviewer may have paid for the item? No, they are not. Personally, I like to think most readers of reviews are intelligent enough to tell a good review from a bad one; an honest one from a fake one; and who certainly don’t simply look at how many stars the reviewer gave, as opposed to reading the review in a critical manner.
Jungle Launch has an interesting concept where it actually consolidates multiple Amazon sellers in their collective effort to enhance the visibility of their products in the market. This arrangement certainly works well for me as I can be exposed to a great variety of products without going many places to look for them. Again the reward is free products or super fantastic discounts.
As for the second criteria – Amazon looks for your interest and expertise in specific product categories. Anecdotal evidence shows that sticking to one product category, and becoming a recognized and helpful expert in that field gives you a better chance of becoming a Vine member.
I just found this comment in one of the sections of the club site…it is about a seller lamenting the fact that someone bought all of his product, and resold it…As a small business owner, I feel for some of these folks…but if you dance with the devil, you’re bound to get burned.
“Used to order from amazon for years but this past year has been consistently bad and I think I’m done ordering from amazon. No one else has issue that to me. I paid 12 dollars for guaranteed delivery. Call customer service. They send the driver back out several hours later. DRIVER DOES THE SAME THING. they have my number and address, I tell them to call if have any issues. Nothing. Receive notification for fail delivery attempt. Cancel my order because I’ve had enough”
I’ve tried repeatedly to reach out to AMZ Review Trader because I always get a pop up that my URL is already in use.. I don’t share my Amazon account with anyone, and this was my first time trying to sign up (several times), so apparently someone is using my URL. No one is answering my emails, they just have an automated response system that directs you back to the FAQs page because they don’t have enough help to answer the reviewer emails. I have also tried the FB page, nothing. I’ve tried all avenues to get into contact with someone there who may be able to look up my URL in my system and see who’s fraudulently using it. I’ve worked very hard at my reviews, and the thought of someone swiping my URL really, really annoys me.
If anyone is looking for a group to get amazon products for free or deeply discounted go to Reviews4Success.com and they just added a bunch of new products. They are a legit company and if you are a seller you can use them for product promotion.
I actually came across this answer on accident so oddly enough and for the first time might I add I can answer this. 🙂…… This is assuming that the rules are the same in the UK as they are in the US, I can’t imagine why the wouldn’t be, you are allowed to contact the seller directly if you choose. If you do this everything I’ve read said to politely contact and point them to your profile as well as your enthusiasm for helping sell products with integrity and honest reviews. Last but not least sliding in a hint about your “portfolio” of previous reviews can’t hurt…😉
Just as asking for a review as soon as a customer purchases a product isn’t effective, neither it is to take too long to do it. Because of that, I would like to share a 3-email follow-up sequences you can borrow for your own campaigns. Just make sure you modify this structure to suit your own product and company’s message.
There’s always a chance for a scam and websites come and go. With any website, only invest a small amount of money (if any) before you buy a lot of products to sell to make sure you like working with the site and to make sure it isn’t a scam.
How I review is based on my personal experience with the item , value of the product for the price paid ( the listed price , not my discount ), quality of the product and if it really is as its listed . Everything I base my review on is the same as I base my reviews on full price items , I would be lying otherwise and not helping anyone who is really in the market .
I mentioned that an Amazon rep emailed me in response to an issue and told me in the course of our correspondence of the vine club; yet I was told repeatedly that just wasn’t so or possible. How do these people know who has contacted me? They don’t. I actually have the emails saved. Amazon has always had the best customer service or it has been my experience. I never would have believed that they allowed such to go on when they give this link to get help on products etc. Not one conversation I found was about about product. The conversations taking place were about club reviewers and how they would be purged and done away with. Matter of fact, I was told it was coming for me and I would no longer be an Amazon reviewer when Amazon was done with me.
I turned to two sites, Fakespot and ReviewMeta, which use publicly available review metadata and algorithms to try to suss out which reviews are “unreliable” or “unnatural.” The Samcable listing with 673 total reviews got a grade of F from Fakespot, with it declaring that 100 percent of the reviews were “low-quality.” After discarding what its algorithm determined were untrustworthy reviews, it adjusted that 4.6 average rating down to a 0.0 rating. ReviewMeta wasn’t much kinder. The highly rated Samcables went from an average review score of 4.6 to 1.1 using ReviewMeta’s criteria, deeming only 81 reviews out of the 673 not unnatural in some way.
Ciao is one of the biggest paid survey sites, in addition to that Ciao also pays its members to write reviews on verity of subjects, from electronics and CDs to books, restaurants and anything in between. You earn money every time your review is red or rated by other members. Once you have £5 in your account, you can request a payment.
Chattykathy16, I’m not sure how much Amazon is still promoting the Vine Review program. I haven’t received a listening of books from them in over five months. I do know that in order to be considered for the program that you have to write lots of product reviews for the site.
Paid or compensated reviewers are BS. They should ban this. It takes me 5 times longer to research products and more often than not I find myself unhappy with things I bought with 4-5 star reviews. These people need to get a real talent and get off their butts.
Here is what you do: First go to Amazon and locate the gear you are interested in. Then write a quick message to the seller(s) letting them know you are going on a family hiking trip and that you would love to try out their product(s) in exchange for an honest and detailed review. To increase your chance, mention that you will also be open to doing a video review of the product(s). Reviews are everything for Amazon sellers, and some sellers won’t hesitate to give out a few items in exchange for detailed reviews.
Ask. Can’t hurt to ask a Seller of a big ticket item you are interested in to send you a free or discounted product for a review. Give them some added value in that you will do a video review, share it on social media, and even post a review on multiple platforms in addition to Amazon.
There is none that specializes in electronics. Some of them do send you electronics here and there, but I don’t think there is much of a chance to get a phone. Its mainly small electronics like chargers, headphones, etc.
Thank you for sharing these many great opinions. Wanted to share some of my story. I started my e-business 6 months ago, I have my own e-commerce website KelementStore.com, as well as Amazon marketplace store, tried many marketing strategies to promote my own website, such as Google AdWords, social media, referral program, only to realize only Amazon can move some quantity, even when I didn’t do any marketing on Amazon (not eligible as a new Amazon seller). I’m very grateful for the initial 5 star reviews I got, those genuine words quickly brought in sales. Then when the sales grow, bad customers come up, they didn’t like the product or there were misunderstanding, and these people refuse to communicate, just threw you bad reviews. I’ve consulted Amazon customer service on how to deal with such unfair situation, Amazon only removed a couple that violates their review/feedback guideline. Just like we would meet mean people in real life, they exist on the Internet too. I agree with Megan that the best thing to do in such situation is to get more positive reviews to bury the bad ones, but once there’s a bad one, your sales drop, and you seemed to have to search for paid reviews, but will also worry about being caught by Amazon. It’s a painful dilemma, I’m still struggling on the decisions and looking for good reviewers. I become a more active and positive reviewer now, since I know how hard and important it is to maintain a good reputation. Hope the same for every other sellers.
I hope you did what Tristan said! That was some good advice lol. I had a similar situation recently. My husband generally has a beard. He’ll shave in the summer sometimes, but he has facial hair. I was asked to review some “beard oil”, and jumped on it. I left the house to run errands, and called the hubby several hours later to chat. I mentioned to him over the phone that I’d gotten the beard oil for him to try, and he made a kind of strangled sound. He’d decided to shave. We laughed, and planned to just return the item at our own cost because crap happens. But I got lucky and have a teenager trying to grow out his facial hair. I also checked other ways to use the oil, and tried it as a moisturizer on my own skin.