I own a business which is listed on Angies List. If you get a certain number of positive reviews you can run specials on Angies List.
I reached out to all of my customers, my Twitter account, my linked in and my Facebook page. No one was a current customer of Angies List but they agreed to go there and write a positive review. To my shock and horror Angies List deleted all the positive comments. I called them and asked why they did this and they said "someone posting a positive comment on Angies List needs to be a paid subscriber".
I said do they need to be a paid subscriber to write a bad review? Again to my horror they said "no they don't". I said so anyone can write a bad review but only paid customers can write good reviews? They said that is correct.
I said how many paid subscribers do you have? They said 2 million. I said well that's a lot. How many in Michigan?
25,000. Only 25,000? How do I find a current customer in a population of 10 million that subscribes to Angies List? This is where the scam comes in!
They told me and I quote: "what you do is take $50.00 off the customers bill and tell them to go join Angies List and write a good review for you. It will only cost them $37.00 and they can keep the $13 for their effort, you're doing your customer a good service". I was outraged. I said so you want me to pay my customers to write a good review?
You're kidding me right? So go look at a contractor who has a bunch of good reviews and chances are really high the contractor paid the customer (assuming $50) to write a good review.
How is that accurate? The thing is a scam