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Vendor Review Sites: The Full Picture

When you’re looking to buy something, what’s one of the first things you do? Aside from comparing prices, more than likely you read reviews online about it. Online reviews have become one of the most powerful word-of-mouth marketing platforms of today. Doubting all the buzz? Take a look at these results published in a recent survey:

  • 72% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations
  • 58% of consumers trust a business which has positive online reviews
  • 52% of consumers said that positive online reviews make them more likely to use a local business

The cool thing about online reviews is that they are available for almost anything! If there isn’t a specific site providing online reviews for something, chances are there is some sort of forum or discussion board that may provide the insight you’re looking for.

When planning your event-whether it’s a wedding, religious celebration, birthday or anniversary party-it’s a great idea to research reviews of your prospective vendors. However, there is a proper way to dissect reviews so that you can get the full picture. Take into account the following tips to ensure you don’t wrongfully hire, or dismiss, a vendor.

1. Quantity. When you’re trying to get to know a vendor via online reviews, it’s best to gather as much information as possible. Read as many reviews as you can to get an overall scope of people’s experiences with the vendor. This will help you create a collective understanding of their overall performance. If you see a 1 star review in an ocean of 10 star reviews, chances are the majority’s experience will be yours as well.

2. Quality. What may be more important than the number of reviews you read about a particular vendor, is the quality of the reviews. Taking the writer’s tone into account let’s you decide whether or not their review is valid. For instance, if the review is entirely emotional-expressing only opinions and not facts- it may not be the best source for information. Reviews that mention points like punctuality, friendliness, enthusiasm, quality of equipment, attentiveness, and other relevant information, will be your best resources.

3. Go to the Source. No matter how many reviews you read and how deeply you read them, you might still be left with unanswered questions. At this point it would be best to reach out to the vendor themselves. Asking them about a negative review allows the vendor to explain their perspective on the matter. And don’t be afraid to prepare a list of concerns-if they’re a vendor worthy of your business, they’ll be happy to address all of your points of interest.

4. Pay it Forward. Once you’ve worked with a vendor for your event, it’s a great idea to review them online. You’ll be helping other people choose which vendor to hire, just like the reviews you read helped you decide who to use. Writing online reviews also gives you the opportunity to rate your vendors publicly. If you’re happy with their service, do them a favor and share your experience. If you were dissatisfied with their service, provide specific details as to why you were left unhappy. Either way, create a review that you would appreciate reading and that gives the reader the full picture.

Post by Izabella De Souza

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2011 Party of the Year

 

LJ Productions proudly announces 2011 Party of the YEAR!

Paige’s Tiffany’s Sweet 16

There is no denying this party was lavish, exciting, and full of surprises.  When Paige booked her Sweet 16 with LJ Productions she detailed the importance of having a high-energy party.  She knew her Sweet 16 would be one for the books and would rival any of those Super Sweet 16’s you’ve seen on MTV.  Her theme was Tiffany & Co. and her spectacular dress fit her theme flawlessly, cascading in Tiffany blue with a diamond encrusted top.

The beautiful Lakeside Manor was the perfect venue to hold such a spectacular event.  Paige’s Sweet 16 included a concert package complete with motivators, a photobooth, intelligent lighting, DVD montage, monogram, and more!  Paige requested a club atmosphere with her music selection including club hits, remixes, mashups, and special guest DJ Lil Cee from 92.3.  Lil Cee played a club set mixing classic dance mixes with todays biggest hits keeping everyone on the dance floor.

Paige had a few surprises for her guests which included giving away three 30+ inch flat screen TV’s to guests selected at random from a hat.  Her parents on the other hand had a totally different surprise for their beautiful birthday girl.  Their surprise gift included a brand new black Bentley convertible that arrived during the party and was revealed to Paige and her guests.  The Bentley was an incredible ending to a superb Sweet 16!  LJ Productions would like to thank Paige’s family for allowing our staff to host their daughters Sweet 16 and look forward to working with them again soon.

Another successful event and year for LJ Productions has gone by and we look forward to an amazing 2012.  Thank you to all of our clients for giving us the pleasure of hosting their beautiful events all year round.  Keep partying hard and perhaps your event will be the 2012 Party of the Year!

Looking for a reputable and reliable DJ Entertainment company to host your next event?  Call LJ Productions @ 973-751-8850 or visit our website.

 

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