Pictures Advertising: Asking for a evaluation

in earlier columns, I’ve mentioned the significance of getting evaluations, particularly on platforms like Google and Fb. So what’s one of the simplest ways to do it? How do you ask for a evaluation with out sounding determined?

Why are evaluations necessary?

Opinions on each Google and Fb are necessary as a result of they assist construct your popularity. Whether or not it’s a easy star ranking or an in-depth advice from a shopper, having these is necessary as you proceed to construct what you are promoting. Whether or not it’s the case or not, having no evaluations would possibly present that you simply’re inexperienced, whereas having just some evaluations would possibly present that you simply aren’t constant and lose purchasers typically.

Having no less than 10 evaluations on every platform reveals you’re a good enterprise proprietor and photographer, and may additional assist in boosting your model and attracting new purchasers.

Ask for one thing particular

I attain out to purchasers after they’ve employed me a few instances. Getting a one-and-done shopper to evaluation you’ll result in a really generic evaluation, as they actually don’t understand how you’re employed but.

Immediate your purchasers with reminders of what you probably did for them.

Once I do resolve to achieve out to a shopper, I begin out generic by way of my request, however then I’m going to extra specifics.

Ask for what you need

Ask them to focus on your work on that current headshot you probably did for them, the winter household session that was freezing however enjoyable or the occasion the place you actually captured the essence of the environment. Give them concepts on what to write down about you, however don’t direct them.

Give easy directions

When you don’t present a straightforward approach for purchasers to evaluation you, they merely gained’t do it. Right here’s how one can ship directions to each Google and Fb:


Visit the Google PlaceID Lookup Tool help page here. Then seek for what you are promoting title, be aware of the Place ID after which insert that into this URL:<place_id> (your Place ID goes after the equal signal). The ultimate URL ought to look one thing like this:

Then copy and paste this hyperlink. This can be a direct hyperlink on your purchasers to go away you a evaluation, with out them having to look.


With Fb, it’s gotten quite a bit simpler to get a fast hyperlink to your Opinions portion of what you are promoting web page. Merely go to what you are promoting web page, click on Suggestions or Opinions on the left aspect, and duplicate the URL in your browser window. Then paste that in your e mail to your shopper.

You would possibly see that you simply’ve solely been beneficial by just a few folks on Fb, although you will have extra evaluations. It is because Fb not too long ago modified evaluations to go simply past star rankings, permitting customers to “suggest” companies in addition to give a star ranking. New evaluations will mechanically current this to the consumer to suggest (or not suggest), however previous evaluations should not mechanically up to date.

Selectively ship to purchasers

After you have your directions prepared, ship an e mail to your shopper(s). It’s necessary to personalize every e mail when asking for a evaluation. It’s additionally necessary to remind them of among the most up-to-date and profitable photoshoots you’ve accomplished for them. Right here’s a typical e mail I would ship:

Hello Shopper —

I had such a good time working with you final week as we captured the winter spirit with your loved ones! When you’d be so type, I’d love so that you can go away me a evaluation on Google. When you can, I’d adore it for those who may write about how I made your youngsters really feel snug by having enjoyable within the snow! To do that, merely go to and go away me a evaluation. Thanks upfront on your type phrases!

I’ll discuss to you quickly,

It’s so simple as that — brief and candy, however nonetheless personalised to your shopper. Don’t ask for a five-star evaluation; count on them to go away this for you for those who did an incredible job.

By doing this and prompting your purchasers, you’re certain to get some evaluations that may shock you in a great way, and hopefully, that may allow you to construct your shopper base.

For extra on Pictures Advertising, see my weekly column.