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How C-Stores Can Leverage Customer Reviews to Boost Foot Traffic & Sales (Infographic)

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If you had the opportunity to win back 80% of your unhappy customers, would you? The solution is at your fingertips.

Now, more than ever, your customers are in control, and their growing engagement with local online ratings and reviews have become the building blocks of your brand. Since GasBuddy launched the ratings and reviews feature within its app in April 2016, users have submitted more than seven million individual station and c-store ratings and hundreds of thousands of written reviews.

As a retailer, you have the opportunity to rebuild and reclaim your brand through real-time responsiveness and authentic interactions with your customers. According to a recent survey, a majority of GasBuddies take your overall star rating, individual written customer reviews and whether you have taken the time to respond to a review into consideration when deciding where to fuel up or grab their morning coffee.

And what about the customers who have left a negative review, vowing to never to return? All is not lost.

Eight out of 10 survey respondents said they would consider returning to a store if they received a personal response to their complaint.

Key highlights from our survey:

  • 74% of GasBuddies actively rate stations and c-stores; 75% find ratings and reviews helpful when choosing where to stop.
  • 69% of users wouldn’t consider visiting your store if it had less than three stars, while 43% of GasBuddies only read 1-3 reviews before forming an opinion.
  • 72% would consider revisiting a store if their complaint was resolved quickly.
  • Nearly 70% of customers disregard reviews that are more than 30 days old.

Perfect Your Pit Stop Infographic

GasBuddy is a smartphone app connecting drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop™. With 70 million downloads, GasBuddy is the leader in crowdsourced information to help drivers find the best gas prices, closest stations, friendliest service, cleanest restrooms, tastiest coffee and much more. GasBuddy is the leading source for the most accurate, real-time fuel prices at more than 140,000 gas stations in the U.S., Canada and Australia.