We have added a new search and filtering functionality to the reviews on your Storefront. Couples are now able to easily find reviews related for the type of event they are planning. We’ve found through user testing that more relevant reviews can resonate even stronger with potential clients. For example, if they’re planning an outdoor wedding, users can easily select that particular search term to see just the reviews of past clients who had that type of wedding. Similarly, if a user wants to see anytime a particular employee was mentioned and they search by name, all reviews mentioning will display with that search term bolded in each review.
With this new functionality, it’s more important than ever to collect reviews from all your clients to showcase your offering! We automatically ask questions about which services each couple uses after they complete the review to make sure they will be associated with the correct filters.
We make it easy with the WeddingWire Review Collector. Just add your client’s contact information and customize your email. We’ll take care of sending reminder emails on your behalf if they don’t take immediate action. Request reviews »
Don’t forget! Couples’ Choice Awards 2017 is coming soon. The deadline for your reviews to be considered is December 31, 2016. Make sure you ask your clients for reviews today to help boost your chances of winning.
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A key way to expand your business and stand out from the competition is through winning industry awards. Whether you’re a new business or a seasoned pro, earning both recent and frequent accolades, collecting stand-out client reviews, and sharing your best work is a pivotal part of your business success.
In our latest infographic, get insights from Education Expert Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting with these six helpful tips to earn more industry awards!
For more information, watch the full webinar! All past webinars are available within your WeddingWire account under the Education tab for Premium members to view on-demand at any time.
An easy way to expand your business and stand out from the competition is through winning industry awards. Whether you’re a new business or a seasoned pro, earning accolades, collecting client reviews, and showcasing your hard work is a pivotal part of your success.
In this month’s webinar for Premium members, WeddingWire Education Expert and Owner of OFD Consulting, Meghan Ely, shared her tips for how to submit for and win more prestigious awards that build your credibility in the wedding industry.
Here are a few steps to earning more industry awards:
- When deciding which awards to apply for, first take a close look at your business goals. Ask yourself how earning the award would help you meet these goals and then pick your top choices to actively pursue.
- Once you decide to submit, always read and then reread the guidelines. It’s easy to overlook an element that could make or break your entry, or notice it too late in the process, simply by not paying enough attention to detail.
- Create a plan for your submission before jumping in. Once you carefully review the guidelines and submission details, draft an outline of what you need to do and strategically plan your approach before you start writing.
- Use facts and figures to stand out and impress the judges. By bringing your work to life with stats and examples, you can showcase the difference your business has made, and why you deserve to earn the award through a compelling story.
- Share images that help support your story where applicable. However, it’s important to get approvals you may need from photographers to use their images. Also, make sure you do not rely on the images alone to tell your story.
- Ask a friend to review and proofread your entry. A second set of eyes is key to making sure your story makes sense to an outside point of view, and that you are not overlooking and grammatical mistakes that could be easily avoided.
- If you win — spread the news! Share your win on social media, and showcase your expertise by adding your award to all your marketing materials on and offline. This will impress clients and industry colleagues alike, and help you stand out in a competitive industry.
To learn more great tips from Meghan, watch the full webinar now!
Did you know that you can view all past webinars any time in your WeddingWire account? Watch recorded webinars at your convenience on a variety of topics to support your business growth from SEO to social media to sales and beyond.
With the summer months winding down and students heading back to school, we’re giving your clients the chance to win $500!
As part of our Back-to-School Reviews Sweepstakes, couples who write two or more reviews on WeddingWire for at least two separate pros now through September 30, 2016, are automatically entered to win $500. For extra credit, entries double if your clients write four or more reviews.
Since 38% of engagements occurring between November and February, a whole new class of engaged couples is right around the corner! Getting reviews now from your 2016 clients will help other engaged couples decide to book your business, plus you’ll earn more reviews towards our our WeddingWire Rated® program and the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®, awarded each year in January.
Remember that customers look at the quality, quantity, recency and consistency of your reviews, meaning that you should be collecting at least one review each month. What better way to build your online reputation and encourage future clients to reach out than with the prospect of winning a cash reward?
We’ve added custom language to the Review Collector tool in your account so you can start spreading the word to your past clients!
Start requesting reviews now to fill out your 2016 ‘report card’ >>
If you have any additional questions regarding our latest reviews contest, please see our Official Rules.
A strong reputation is one of the best marketing tools you can have as a wedding professional – so don’t be afraid to network locally with potential clients and build relationships with other wedding pros! By reaching out to your peers, you can create professional connections that can lead to more referrals which means more leads. It’s important to get involved in your community to spread your name and your business skills in order to develop a powerful reputation.
Check out our latest infographic, which provides important highlights from our recent webinar all about building your reputation through wedding industry relationships, hosted by WeddingWire Education Expert Andy Ebon.
To learn more, watch the full webinar available any time to all Premium members. And check out the latest industry data and reports available at WedInsights.com!
If you’re one of the 77% of wedding professionals who has a goal of collecting more online reviews to increase your credibility, we’re here to offer a few thousand more reasons to request reviews from your clients.
For reviews written on WeddingWire from now until May 31, 2016, your clients will be entered to win $5,000 toward their wedding expenses! Invite your clients to review you all month long and they could win money just in time for the summer months ahead.
79% of wedding pros say online reviews are critical to their business, but 48% say collecting online reviews is difficult. Our review contest provides you with another reason to reach out if you’ve already sent a request, and it’s a great incentive for those clients who are still paying off their balances.
Since we know prospective clients like to read reviews to learn more about your business from past couples who have used your services, collecting more reviews helps your online reputation and helps other couples searching for vendors like you.
Easily share this contest with your clients on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or add a note in your emails. Remember, each review counts as one entry – so spread the love by letting them know they could win some major moola!
If you have any additional questions regarding our latest reviews contest, please see our Official Rules.
We are pleased to announce the 2016 Weddi Awards™ winners!
The Weddi Awards™ is WeddingWire’s annual award program distinguishing exceptional businesses and individuals in the wedding industry in the categories of Professional Achievement, Customer Excellence and Innovation + Creativity. Review the full list of winners, and navigate to the award categories, then click on each award name to find out the individual winners.
All winners were announced at the Weddi Awards™ reception at WeddingWire World 2016 last week. Winners receive a trophy to showcase their win, materials to help spread the word, and bragging rights on the Weddi Awards™ website for the year!
Thank you to all those who participated in the Weddi Awards program this year through nominations, voting, judging and collecting great amounts of reviews, endorsements and traffic to great features on WeddingWire. We appreciate your commitment to success and integrity in the industry, as well as your support of colleagues and other Pros.
We look forward to continuing to evolve, expand and improve the program in the future. Stay tuned for details for the 2017 Weddi Awards™ program later this year via the Weddi Awards™ website!
Reviews are a great way to showcase your business, all from the mouths of happy past clients! Beyond just collecting reviews, make sure you make your reviews easy to find, and consider adding them to all your marketing collateral including emails, websites, materials and more.
Our latest infographic highlights 10 creative ways to use your reviews to boost your business from WeddingWire Education Guru Alan Berg, who presented on the topic during a recent webinar for premium members.
Ready to get started? Check out and manage your WeddingWire reviews, request reviews from past clients, and showcase your great reviews!
The Weddi AwardsTM, WeddingWire’s latest awards program for distinguishing exceptional service in the wedding industry, has now launched the voting pages for all Weddi Award nominees!
Earlier this fall, we launched the program and accepted submissions from Pros and peers to honor exceptional work in the industry through a variety of awards in the professional experience, customer excellence and innovation + creativity categories.
To vote, visit the website and click through the award pages to find out what Pros you know have been nominated, and vote for your favorite entry for each voting-based award. Each individual can only vote one time per award (per device), so pick your winner carefully!
The top three nominees with the most votes per award will move on to the final stage of the competition, and will win a free ticket to WeddingWire World 2016 and a special invitation to our Weddi Award reception at the event where the ultimate winner as determined by our panel of 11 industry judges will be announced!
If you or an industry friend has been nominated, share the news! Email, post, and tweet with a link to their award’s voting page and ask your audience of past clients, colleagues, friends and family to vote from now through December 23, 2015 when voting closes at midnight EST. All nominees will be contacted to learn if they are in the top three per award by December 31, 2015.
For more information about the Weddi Awards™, please read our press release here.
Additional questions? Please refer to the Weddi Awards™ FAQ page, or you can reach out to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck to all the nominees!
Before reaching out to a wedding professional, brides and grooms like to read wedding reviews to get a better understanding of your business. In fact, our data shows that 83% of searching couples like to hear what they should expect, not from the vendors themselves, but from past customers who’ve been in their position.
Unlike other awards in the wedding industry, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® are solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with their wedding professionals. Our annual awards program recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.
Check out our tips below on how to collect more wedding reviews before the December 31st deadline and get one step closer to winning the 2016 Couples’ Choice Awards:
Send a “Thank You” note to recent clients
Because most communication these days is online, your email may get lost in the chaos of a client’s inbox. To get their attention, consider sending a “Thank You” note to some of your most recent clients! While this may take a little more time than sending an email, a handwritten note will stand out and be appreciated. It’s a personalized way to not only congratulate them on their wedding but also a great way to ask them to post a review for you. Just be sure to make it clear in your note that they can review you by going to your Storefront, and include the link whenever possible.
Remind your 2015 couples to leave a review
Take advantage of collecting feedback from all the events you worked so hard for all spring and summer! 1 in 5 couples will write a review when asked by their vendor, and that number increases to 1 in 3 if they are reminded at least once. The WeddingWire Review Collector makes requesting, following up, and getting reviews simple. You can upload your clients’ email addresses and use our pre-formatted templates or a craft personalized message to send your past clients a polite request to review your services. Additionally, you can share with your clients on Facebook or Twitter using our messaging!
Check out the latest updates to your WeddingWire account this November!
New Storefront Edit Mode
We are excited to share that your account editing options have been improved to better build out your business’ Storefront. Updates include a streamlined design that gives you the ability to update your listing from all devices – mobile to desktop to tablet!
Plus, thanks to feedback from Pros like you, we have added additional popular social networks you can now add to your Storefront, including Instagram, Vimeo and YouTube. Plus, we updated the About Us formatting so you can more easily customize your profile, and preview your Storefront on WeddingWire, EventWire and GayWeddings.com, based on the site’s you are listed on.
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