What are Expedia Reviews? A Comprehensive 101 Guide

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What are Expedia Reviews? A Comprehensive 101 Guide

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If your customers aren’t talking about your business, whether online or offline, it’s definitely a concern. Reviews play a crucial role as they provide potential guests with valuable insights to help them make informed decisions. That’s why every business, including hotels and rental property owners, must focus on generating more quality reviews to convert visitors into customers. Did you know? A staggering 88% of customers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations.

Expedia, one of the fastest-growing online travel portals, stands out in the realm of virtual booking agencies. Owned by Expedia Group, it includes popular platforms like Expedia.com and Hotels.com, where guests can leave their feedback. In 2018, Expedia held a significant 32% share in worldwide revenue distribution, placing second after Booking.com's 41%.

To maintain a steady flow of feedback on Expedia, businesses must consistently engage and encourage reviews.

Once your business is registered on Expedia and you’ve begun responding to reviews, the next step is to boost the quantity and quality of these reviews to enhance your reputation.

To guide you in achieving this goal, we’ve simplified the process in this article:

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What are Expedia Reviews

Expedia reviews are feedback from users who have booked a rental property through the platform. The property’s listings display collected reviews, offering firsthand insights to potential guests.

What sets Expedia reviews apart is their verification process. Unlike reviews on platforms like Google and Facebook, where anyone can leave feedback regardless of whether they've stayed at the property, Expedia reviews are 'verified'.

Why Expedia Reviews Matter

Expedia reviews are crucial because all reviews hold significant value. They provide potential guests with an easy way to compare your rental property to others in the area, offering a straightforward score out of ten that helps quantify the quality of your service.

As a property owner, you can write captivating descriptions and upload beautiful photos to your listing, but nothing beats the impact of a genuine guest sharing their firsthand experience. Nearly 90% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations from family and friends.

The fact that Expedia reviews are verified further enhances their credibility. Potential guests can trust that the reviews they read are from real people who have actually stayed at your property.

How Does Expedia Reviews Work?

Expedia reviews are largely beyond a property owner’s control until they are published. Here's how the process works, provided the guest has booked and stayed at your property:

  1. Create an Expedia Account

To leave a review after their stay, guests must be Expedia members. Fortunately, signing up is a breeze:

  • Users need to create an account during the booking process.
  • Creating an account takes just a few clicks.
  • Once they’ve booked and completed their stay, it’s review time.

  1. Click on the Email Link

After their stay, Expedia members will receive an email inviting them to leave a review. If they don't get the email, they can submit a review directly through their profile. 

  1. Follow the Prompts to Leave the Review

Expedia makes it easy for guests to leave a review by guiding them through a simple process. Guests will rate various aspects of their stay, including cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities, and eco-friendliness. Along with these specific ratings, they’ll also provide an overall score.

  1. Add Photos and Click ‘Submit’

The final step in the review process allows guests to add photos of their stay, providing even more insight for future visitors. After adding photos, guests simply click 'Submit'. The review won't appear immediately; it will be reviewed by Expedia and posted within a day or two. 

How to Respond to Reviews on Expedia

Once a review is live, property owners can respond, which is a great way to engage with guests and show potential visitors your commitment to customer service. Responding to a good portion of your reviews, around 40-50%, is ideal. It shows that you value feedback and proactively address any concerns or appreciate positive comments.

How to Respond to Good Expedia Reviews

Responding to positive reviews on Expedia lets your property’s personality and gratitude shine. Here are tips to make your responses stand out:

Use ‘We’ Instead of ‘I’: Highlight that providing a great guest experience is a team effort. Responding on behalf of your whole team shows unity and appreciation for their hard work.

Personalise Each Response: Avoid using generic replies. Make each response unique by mentioning specific aspects of the guest’s experience that they praised. 

Stay Humble and Grateful: Accept compliments graciously and modestly. Thank the guest sincerely for their kind words and for choosing your rental property.

How to Respond to Bad Reviews

Creating a response to a negative review requires tact and diplomacy. Here are some tips:

  • Remain Professional and Objective: Approach the response with a calm and professional demeanour. Avoid reacting emotionally. Consider seeking advice from a trusted colleague or waiting a day before responding.
  • Express Gratitude: Start by thanking the reviewer for their feedback. Acknowledge any positive aspects they mentioned, even in a negative review.
  • Take Ownership: Use ‘I’ instead of ‘we’ to show personal accountability. If the criticism is valid, take responsibility and express genuine regret.
  • Seek Clarification: If the review lacks details, politely ask for more information to better understand the situation.
  • Provide Solutions: Express your sincere remorse for any shortcomings and outline specific steps you will take to address the issue. Transparency about your commitment to improvement can mitigate the negative impact of the review.
  • End on a Positive Note: Conclude your response in a positive and welcoming tone. Thank the reviewer again for their feedback and extend an invitation for them to visit again.

How To Get More Reviews 

Want more reviews from your guests? It's easier than you think! Here are some straightforward tips to encourage them to share their experience:

Room Signs

Place a friendly message in each room inviting guests to leave a review. Something like "Tell us how we did!" with links to your website and social media profiles can do wonders.

In-room Materials

Include a review request on materials like Wi-Fi login info or local attraction guides. It’s a subtle reminder that’s hard to miss.

Messaging Tool

Use the messages tool to send personalised requests for reviews after guests check out. It’s efficient and includes a direct link to the review form.

Conclusion 

When it comes to handling Expedia reviews, there's no need to feel overwhelmed. With the right property management company like Houst, you can streamline the process and personalise your responses effectively. We’ll provide you with valuable insights from guest feedback to improve your services and guest satisfaction.

The Insider @ Houst

The Insider @ Houst

The Insider team at Houst is dedicated to providing up-to-date and relevant information on short-term rentals. If you have hosting inquiries, please write to us at expert@houst.com. For guest inquiries, reach out at guest@houst.com. We are here to help you navigate the world of short lets and look forward to assisting you with your needs.

The Insider @ Houst

The Insider @ Houst

The Insider team at Houst is dedicated to providing up-to-date and relevant information on short-term rentals. If you have hosting inquiries, please write to us at expert@houst.com. For guest inquiries, reach out at guest@houst.com. We are here to help you navigate the world of short lets and look forward to assisting you with your needs.

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