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5 reasons you should reply to Google Play reviews

Published 1st April, 2016 by Stuart Hall 5 reasons you should reply to Google Play reviews diagram Since 2013 Google Play developers have been able to reply to reviews. However, the vast majority of developers choose not to reply to Google Play reviews.

In this post we will share our 5 top reasons to reply to Google Play reviews:

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Here are 5 reasons you should starting replying to Google Play reviews today.

1. Turn unhappy users into happy users

Frustrated users are leaving bad public reviews on the Google Play store for all your potential future users to see. :(

Why would you not take the opportunity to turn them into a fan instead and look amazing to your potential users? In fact reviews and ratings are the most important factor when users search the app stores.

Here is a great example from Appbot of how a simple reply to known issue turned the review from a 1 star to 4 stars.

Replying to user and they're updating their negative review with a positive one

That's a pretty good ROI!

2. Stand out from the crowd

97% of Google play reviews go unanswered! Compare that to what your customer support targets are - probably more like 95% replies in 24 hours.

Given the lack of developers replying to reviews it gives you a great opportunity to stand out from the crowd and be known for great support.

3. Encourage more users to leave reviews

Reviews are important, really important.

Leaving replies encourages others viewing your Google Play page to also leave reviews. The larger review volume positively impacts your position in the top charts and also search.

For the average app, search actually makes up the vast majority of installs” - Ankit Jain, Google Play

4. Unearth new feature ideas

Reviews are full of great ideas for new features.

two reviews tagged with the topic of Feature Request

Finding recurring themes is great, but having the ability to contact users through Google Play replies gives you the opportunity to find out the real pain point.

Finding those recurring pain points through talking with users can only mean a better product and clearer roadmap.

5. Reviews help you diagnose bugs

Just like features reviews can be a great source for tracking down bugs and issues.

three reviews tagged with the topic of Bugs

Unfortunately many bugs are hard to reproduce without more information. Google Play replies give you the opportunity to engage with users and get more information so you can squash those nasty bugs.

Reply to Google Play reviews

There are many compelling reasons to reply to Google Play reviews. Start making it part of your everyday support workflow and get ahead of the majority of Google Play developers that are ignoring them.

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About The Author


Stuart is Co-founder & Co-CEO of Appbot. Stuart has been involved in mobile as a developer, blogger and entrepreneur since the early days of the App Store. He built the 7 Minute Workout app in one night and blogged the story of growing the app to 2.3 million downloads before exiting to a large fitness device company. Previously he was the co-founder of the Discovr series of applications which achieved over 4 million downloads. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

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