The Best Company Review Handbook outlines the procedures Best Company follows as related to consumer reviews. This handbook will go over the following four areas:
Reviews submitted through BestCompany.com are individually moderated by Best Company's Integrity Team within two business days of verification.
All reviews are manually moderated in accordance with our Review Guidelines. Reviews that do not meet the guidelines are rejected and an email notification with the reason for rejection is sent to the reviewer. The following are some (not all) of the common reasons reviews are rejected:
When Best Company suspects a company of submitting fraudulent reviews, the offending company will be alerted and the reviews will be investigated before removal. For specifics on this policy, please see Section C, “Fraudulent Reviews and Penalties.”
Best Company requires companies to submit review disputes through their Best Company for Businesses accounts. Signing up for an account is free and includes the ability to respond to reviewers publicly and privately, as well as the ability to dispute the legitimacy of reviews.
Best Company encourages companies to use their account. Best Company for Businesses allows companies to reach out to their reviewers and resolve their issues or complaints. Reviewers can update the content and overall score of their reviews if resolutions have been made or meaningful subsequent interactions have occurred.
If a company believes a review is untrue or inaccurate, it is required to first reach out to the reviewer in their account portal in attempt to resolve the situation before they submit an official review dispute. If the reviewer does not respond to the company after five days, a dispute button (flag icon) will appear next to the review. Companies can dispute reviews for the following reasons:
Best Company does not allow companies to dispute reviews based on the overall score, if the reviewer's name is not found in their CRM, or the location associated with the review. Best Company does not accept monetary compensation in exchange for removal of reviews. Best Company believes the moderated reviews published on its site to be valid unless proven otherwise by the company. Below is a further explanation of review disputes Best Company does accept. Please note that factual evidence is required to accompany every disputed review.
Companies can expect a response to their disputes from Best Company within two business days. Ongoing disputes may be passed to or handled by a Business Development Manager at Best Company. If a review dispute is accepted, the reviewer will be emailed, informing them that their review was removed along with an explanation. Please note that decisions made by the Integrity Team and Review Manager are final.
Reviewers who respond may have their review reinstated if they provide contrary evidence showing the review is factual or if they resubmit the review to meet review guidelines.
For bulk disputing (three or more reviews), Best Company will address each dispute in an email. Each review will include the review information seen in Best Company for Businesses, plus the origination of review, date of dispute, company's reason for dispute, Best Company's response to the dispute, whether further information is needed for the dispute, and the current status of the review (live or removed).
Best Company will provide a secondary audit of the reviews and reviewers disputed.
Best Company's Integrity Team has several systems in place to catch fake reviews. If suspicions arise, reviews for the company or industry will be audited and the offending company will be emailed the details of the investigation. Reviews believed to be fraudulent will be removed.
After fake reviews are detected or suspected, Best Company may automatically reject all incoming reviews for the company with an email to the reviewer. This email will ask for proof of customer purchase or interaction in order to resubmit the review for publishing.
Fake positive reviews will result in a warning sent via email to the company contact or directly to the company's main email address if a contact does not exist. This is considered a strike against the company. If fake reviews continue after two strikes, there will be a one-point manual deduction to the company's overall score for one year. Additionally, the company's profile on BestCompany.com may contain a section alerting site visitors to the company's dishonest reviews. This process will also be applied to companies that leave fake negative reviews for their competitors.
Best Company defines fraudulent reviews as any review left by an individual who claims to be a customer, but is not, or an individual claiming to have had an interaction with a company when they have not.
While company-incentivized reviews may not be “fraudulent,” they are not permitted on Best Company if the incentive impacts the score and/or tone of the customer's review. This includes direct incentivizing or through a third party. If the reviewer states the incentive offered by the company affected the score and/or tone of their review, the review will be treated the same as fraudulent reviews with the responsible company receiving a strike against them.
Please also note that Best Company does not permit company employees to leave reviews for the company they work for, past or present, even if the individual is also a customer of the company. These types of reviews may result in a warning to the company and count towards the three-strike policy.
We encourage companies that receive a strike for fraudulent reviews to give Best Company the dates these reviews were left. This ensures only the fraudulent reviews are removed. If a company cannot or will not disclose this information, Best Company will estimate when the fraud began and send an email to each reviewer in the time period. This email will state why the review was flagged and require proof of customer purchase or interaction in order to keep the review live.
Companies who use BestReviews™ to submit fake reviews will be banned from using BestReviews™ for 6-12 months depending on the severity. Secondary offenders will be banned indefinitely. Fraudulent BestReviews™ are considered a strike. These verified reviews (generated via BestReviews™) will be removed during the period that fake reviews were generated. Best Company may remove all verified reviews for that company depending on severity.
Best Company offers a service called BestReviews™, which generates reviews from a company's customer database. BestReviews™ gathers reviews via phone and email, moderates those reviews (see section A, “Review Moderation”), and then posts them to BestCompany.com. For more in depth information, please see or request our BestReviews™ White Paper.
What is required to start a BestReviews™ campaign?
If you would like to generate reviews via phone and email, we will need the following:
If you would like to generate reviews via email only, we will need the following:
Why do you need a customer service phone number, and why can't it be from an IVR?
Sometimes when we call a company's customers, the customer has a question that only the company can answer (about their account, billing, the product, etc.). In these cases, we transfer the customer directly to the company. Our call center can only complete this transfer using non-IVR numbers. Companies may opt out of providing an IVR, but then customer questions will be left unanswered. We do not recommend companies do this, as it reflects poorly on Best Company and the company we are collecting reviews for.
How often will you call my customers?
We call customers four times, unless they leave a review, ask us to stop calling, or hang up on us. Best Company's call center is fully TCPA compliant, meaning they call from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays only and the calls are never closer together than six hours.
What phone number will you call from?
Our call center rotates through the following numbers. Please note that these numbers may change. If you are concerned about the phone numbers, please reach out to Best Company and we will verify the phone numbers we are dialing from.
What do you say when you call my customers?
First, we let customers know we are calling from BestCompany.com on behalf of your company. Then, we ask if they have time to answer questions and if we can publish their responses on BestCompany.com. Once we have permission, we will ask questions that answer our required sentiment criteria ratings: customer service, quality of the product/service, value for your money, and company trustworthiness. With these questions, plus one or two unique to your company's industry, we are able to generate a review.
If you would like to see a copy of what we will say to your customers, we would be happy to provide a copy.
How often will you email my customers?
We email customers two to three times. Again, emails stop once we have a review or your customer unsubscribes from our list. We can work around your specific needs, so if you only want us to send out one email or two emails, we will do that.
What do you email my customers?
Your customers will receive an email that looks very similar to, if not identical to, the email below:
If you would like a specific phrase excluded or included in the email to your customers, please let us know. Customers will be asked all the same questions that reviewers are asked on BestCompany.com.
How long does it take to get reviews published?
For reviews generated via phone, it takes an average of two weeks from the time we receive a list from a company to the time reviews generated via our call center are posted. For emailed customers, we publish the reviews one week after each email is sent.
How many reviews will I get from BestReviews™?
With calls and emails, BestReviews™ converts at an average of 14% total. However, different industries have different response rates. For specifics on your industry, please feel free to reach out and ask us.
What does Best Company do with my customer data after review solicitation?
Once your review solicitation campaigns are complete, we will not contact your customers again unless they gave us permission to do so when they left a review on our site. We never re-use or sell your data. Our call center automatically deletes customer data after 180 days.
What data can you share with me after you collect reviews from my customers?
After your customer reviews are published, you will be able to see the review and name of the reviewer. In some cases, your customers will ask to be anonymous. With reviews generated via email, they may choose to use a different name or no name entirely. We respect the customers' right to leave a review under whatever name they choose and will not reveal the given name of the reviewer. However, we also understand that companies want to know which of their customers leave a review. Upon request, we will send back a spreadsheet highlighting which customers left a review (but not outlining their specific reviews).