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How Do I Respond To A Google Review? (Proven "Copy/Paste" Response Templates Included)

   By: Hayden Jarman

Ever feel like ripping your hair out after reading an undeserved negative Google review?

You're not alone.

Most small business owners have gone through this. That gut-wrenching feeling of seeing a "passionate" negative review (especially when you've poured your heart into your business) is enough to make anyone see red.

Here's the deal: how you respond to these reviews can either turn things around or make matters worse.

You might be thinking, "Why should I even bother responding to this nonsense?" Trust me, I get it. The thought of talking with someone who seems dead-set on poisoning your good name is infuriating.

But here's the thing: your response isn't just for them; it's for everyone watching.

Now, imagine flipping that frustration on its head. Instead of feeling powerless, you take control.

You respond with grace and professionalism, showing potential customers that you care.

"But how do I do that without sounding like a pushover?" you ask. Great question! It's all about striking the right balance.

Today, I'll guide you through the art of responding to Google reviews, turning your irritation into an opportunity.

Ready to take charge?

Let's begin.

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Key Steps (Summary):

  1. Gather All Information: Understand the review and gather context.
  2. Stay Calm: Take a deep breath and approach with a clear mind.
  3. Acknowledge the Review: Publicly recognize the review.
  4. Personalize Your Response: Use the customer's name and mention specifics.
  5. Express Gratitude: Thank the customer for their feedback.
  6. Address Specific Points: Respond to particular issues or compliments.
  7. Offer a Solution or Next Steps: Provide a way to resolve any issues.
  8. Invite Them Back: Encourage the customer to return.
  9. Sign Off Professionally: End with your name and position.
  10. Proofread and Post: Check for errors and post the response.

Step 1: Gather All Information

Before you respond to the review, ensure you have all the necessary information about the situation. This includes:

  • Details of the Review: Read the review carefully to understand the feedback.
  • Context: Gather context about the situation mentioned in the review. This may involve talking to your team or reviewing any relevant records.
  • Customer Details: Note any information about the customer, such as their name (if available) and their history with your business.

Step 2: Take a Deep Breath and Stay Calm

Negative reviews can be emotional, but it's important to stay calm.

Take a moment to breathe and ensure you're approaching the response with a clear, level-headed mindset.

Step 3: Acknowledge the Review

Start by acknowledging the review publicly on Google My Business.

Whether the review is positive or negative, it's crucial to show the customer that you have seen their feedback and appreciate them taking the time to provide it.

Example Acknowledgements:

  • For a positive review: "Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience with us!"
  • For a negative review: "Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced."

Step 4: Personalize Your Response

Use the customer's name (if available) and mention specific details from their review to make your response personal and genuine.

Example Personalizations:

  • For a positive review: "Hi [Customer's Name], we're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed [specific service or product]."
  • For a negative review: "Hi [Customer's Name], we're sorry to hear about your experience with [specific issue mentioned]."

Step 5: Express Gratitude

Regardless of whether the review is positive or negative, express your gratitude to the customer for their feedback.

This shows that you value their input and are committed to improving your business.


  • For a positive review: "Thank you so much for your support and for sharing your positive experience with us!"
  • For a negative review: "We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your feedback."

Step 6: Address Specific Points

For positive reviews, highlight specific things the customer mentioned that you appreciate.

For negative reviews, address the specific issues they raised and provide any necessary explanations or clarifications.


  • For a positive review: "We're glad you enjoyed our [specific product or service]. It's great to hear that our team was able to provide you with exceptional service."
  • For a negative review: "We apologize that you had a negative experience with [specific issue]. We understand how frustrating that must have been and are looking into what happened to ensure it doesn't happen again."

Step 7: Offer a Solution or Next Steps

For negative reviews, offer a solution or the next steps to show that you are committed to resolving the issue.

This could be an invitation to discuss the matter further, a promise to rectify the situation, or any actions you are taking to address the problem.

Example Solutions:

  • "We would love to make things right. Please contact us at [phone number/email] so we can discuss how to resolve this issue."
  • "We are taking steps to ensure this doesn't happen again and appreciate your patience as we work to improve our services."

Step 8: Invite Them Back

Encourage the customer to give your business another chance by inviting them back.

This shows that you are confident in your improvements and value their business.


  • For a positive review: "We look forward to serving you again soon!"
  • For a negative review: "We hope you will give us another opportunity to provide you with the excellent service you deserve."

Step 9: Sign Off Professionally

End your response with a professional sign-off.

Include your name and position to add a personal touch and show that you are a real person who cares about their experience.


  • "Best regards, [Your Name], [Your Position]"
  • "Sincerely, [Your Name], [Your Position]"

Step 10: Proofread and Post

Before posting your response, take a moment to proofread it.

Ensure there are no grammatical errors and that the tone is appropriate. Once you're satisfied, post your response on Google My Business.

Checklist for Proofreading:

  • Correct spelling and grammar
  • Professional and courteous tone
  • Specific details mentioned
  • Clear and concise language

After proofreading, go ahead and post your response.

Additional Resources

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