If you’re running the social media account of an F&B business, this is a useful case study of how NOT to react when you receive a 2-star review (which cannot be hidden or deleted from Facebook) from a customer.
So this customer, Joan Soon, gave a 2-star review for Crab in da Bag (CIDB) at SportsHub:
Here’s CIDB’s first response:
You know this is going to go viral when it involves watching CCTV footage to count number of mussels a customer has eaten.
Also, we are not sure how appropriate it is for a business to put it out on a public platform that a customer has mutual friends with the business-owner, and also to highlight the customer’s employer.
Here’s Joan Soon’s side of the story after ‘watch CCTV for mussels’ response:
And here’s how CIDB carried on with its service recovery:
Perhaps the person running CIDB’s Facebook page should read other comments to get a sense of whether their service recovery efforts are going well or not:
The founder of CIDB has come forth with a contrite apology and proper service recovery:
Was the response to Joan Soon’s 2-star review an anomaly?
Here’s how it responded to a 1-star review:
A quick study of the CIDB Facebook page shows that they respond well to 5-star reviews, thanking customers and personalising each response, if any, as such:
There were four 4-star reviews, each response CIDB gave included a sentence to the effect of them working hard to achieve 5-stars, like this one below:
It seems that CIDB is very committed to achieving 5-star reviews.
Perhaps the person running the CIDB Facebook page can take cue from CIDB’s founder in responding to negative reviews.
This was taken from the CIDB branch at Big Splash: