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The Easy Way to Getting 5 * Reviews for your Martial Arts Business!

In today’s world, when people are looking for products or services in their area, the most common way they do it is by going to Google and searching.

For example, for martial arts in Sydney they would so something like:



The main thing we want to point out here though, is the rating field which is highlighted by the red arrow. Studies have shown that businesses with 5 star ratings get far more leads from google than businesses without.

So, how do you get 5 star reviews? 


Well, the first step is to ensure you have your Google Business Page setup and up to date. If you haven’t done that then go and do it.

Then, once your Google page is setup, the easiest way to get your 5 star reviews is … (and this is not rocket science) … is to ask your existing members to go there and leave you one!

Now because Google wants to maintain the integrity of the reviews left, they need to validate the reviewer. And although the reviewer can review without a gmail address, given that a user with a gmail address has already been verified by Google, and we want to make it quick and easy for your customers to leave a review … the low hanging fruit is to ask your existing customers with gmail addresses to review your business!

And this is so easy thanks to Arnold (assuming you’re doing the basics right)! 


Firstly, draft an email in windows notepad (or another text editor) when you write something like:

Dear member, in an effort to help grow our business, would you mind doing us a quick favour and leaving a 5-star review on our Google listing? It should take no more than 30 seconds. 

Here is the link [copy-paste your google listing URL here]

Thank you. 

Then, go to Arnold and select Member Query from the main menu. Using the drop-downs, setup your query to look for all contacts in your database (that are in Open Accounts) with gmail addresses, as per this image:



Finally, once you have your list of contacts, click the Email option from the right side menu … copy/paste your email from notepad, format it how you like … and click send.

Assuming your members are happy with your services and are raving fans (sorry, can’t help you with that, that’s up to you) … then it will be relatively straight-forward for them to click the link from your email, be taken to your google page where they’re probably already signed in with their gmail account … and review your business!

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