Frank’s Tire & Automotive – A lesson in negative reviews

My phone rang at 6:40 this evening as I was eating dinner and I let it go to voicemail.  Without even listening to the message, I knew that it was someone I had called earlier in the day by the phone number that was on my screen.  I was looking for  a new auto mechanic near my house and obviously went to Google and searched for auto repair in Pittsburgh and it came back with a list of results.  What I saw was a surprising, if not downright scandalous complaint lodged against a Frank’s Tire and Automotive in Bethel Park which is about 4 miles from my house.   Someone had gone to great lengths to let everyone know that this particular auto and tire shop was the “scum of the earth” and that the owner “scammed  women and people who knew nothing about car repair”  Needless to say, I think we have all seen this before.   The poster decided it would be a good idea to make up fictitious names and email address so that it would appear more than one person was unhappy with the service they had received.  Unfortunately that person misspelled the same word in each of his posts, which further illustrated that the majority of these negative reviews were unfounded.I called the owner back and he let me know right away that he wasn’t interested in discussing anything else except getting those bad reviews off of Google and Yahoo immediately.  Not only  were they showing up all over the internet, but they were costing him money a few different ways.  Take for instance that he not only does magazine and newspaper advertising, but direct mail as well.  How many people do you think will go to the internet and type in “Frank’s Tire & Automotive Repair in Bethel Park “?   Even if it were only one, he was still losing clients and that is not a good taste in any business owners mouth.This presented a particularly interesting problem for a few different reasons.  First and foremost, the person that was making the negative reviews against Frank’s Tire & Automotive for no reason other than the fact that they were posted by an incompetent ex-employee (as mentioned by Frank himself) that had been posting them at a clip of one every six months.  The second part of that equation was the easiest to deal with, because we all know a few different tricks to get the bad reviews to plummet and have better rankings and reviews show up ahead of them.  The last and final part was to accept that some of the reviews wouldn’t go away.  No matter how you look at it, a business owner doesn’t want to read anything negative about their business.  In the end, we have someone who is willing to pay a premium to get his good name in front of prospective clients and customers, and who also doesn’t understand the true power of online review.As we work with Frank to get these negative reviews pushed down the page, we will be providing some tips and methods that have helped us handle some clients reputation management issues in the past.  Check back for an update by this time time next week.

Morgan Cushey

Morgan Cushey

Content Writer at Higher Images Inc
Morgan Cushey writes SEO articles for clients who want to enhance their online authority and see their Google Rankings rise. She has written entertaining and informative SEO-focused articles across a wide range of industries, from dentistry and landscaping to tourism and pest control, giving her a comprehensive knowledge on a variety of subjects. Morgan has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism with a minor in political science from California University of Pennsylvania. She has been a lifelong writer and has extensive experience in many styles of writing, from SEO-focused articles and PR to non-fiction and feature news articles written for local newspapers. Morgan lives in Monongahela, PA, with her fiancé Aaron, where she spends her free time reading or snuggling with her two dogs, Biscuit and Ellie.
Morgan Cushey

September 22, 2009
By: Morgan Cushey