What’s the Impact of a 1 star review to your score?

what's the impact in my score of 1 star reviews
what's the impact in my score of negative reviews

They say that “A happy customer tells a friend; an unhappy customer tells the world”. The problem is that they tell the world and also post it on Google Maps, ruining our Real Rating and Rating trends.

Today we are going to find out what’s the real damage, and see a couple of scenarios of what’s the impact of a negative review and what it takes to recover from it.

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What’s the damage of a negative review

Putting aside the negative impact for your image, brand, etc, the quick answer is this:

It depends on how many reviews you have. Basically the more reviews you have the less impact it will have:

Total ReviewsPublic ScoreReal Rating after
1 Star review
Public Rating after
1 star review

In this case a 1 star negative review would only change the public score for businesses with 50 reviews or less. From there the impact is logically mitigated the bigger the review base is.

In this very same scenario, how many 5 stars reviews would be required to get back to the public rating of 4.5?

The answer is 7.

You need 7 five-star reviews to overcome a one-star review

Actually 6 five-star reviews will get you back to the public rounded 4.5, but with 7 you get the same 4.5 average real rating you had before the bad review.

Total ReviewsPublic scoreReal Rating after 1 Star reviewPublic Rating after 1 star review5 star reviewsReal Rating after 5 Star reviewPublic Rating after 5 star review

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