How to Get Reviews on Amazon in 2020 – 9 Proven Methods

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Product reviews can make or break a new Amazon FBA seller. In fact, according to a 2017 study performed by G2 and Heinz Marketing, 92% of customers are more likely to purchase a product after reading a positive review.

Therefore, when you launch a product this year, it’s important that you know how to get reviews on Amazon — and how to get them quickly and legally.

In this article we’ll cover the nine most effective ways to get product reviews on Amazon, breaking the methods down into two categories: The Amazon Way and Seller Methods.

“The Amazon Way” features methods and programs Amazon provides to help facilitate customers leaving reviews for their purchases. “Seller Methods”, on the other hand, will offer strategies outside of Amazon’s infrastructure that third-party sellers can use to seek reviews. 

We also recommend watching our “How to get reviews on Amazon” webinar for more tips to help you in 2020.

Important: As of this writing, all of the methods listed below are viable ways to get product reviews and do not violate Amazon’s terms of service.

 

How to get reviews on Amazon in 2020: The Amazon Way

Amazon understands how important reviews are to your products. After all, if you aren’t making sales, they aren’t making sales.

Here are four programs Amazon has in place to help you get product reviews on Amazon.

1 – Trust Amazon’s automated follow-up system

Amazon has its own system in place for following up with shoppers who purchase products. These automatic emails encourage shoppers to leave a review and report any issues they had with a product.

Typically, Amazon only sends one product review request email. However, you can send a second request through the Amazon Request a Review functionality (see below). This method requires no effort from you as it is automatic. 

2 – Use Amazon’s ‘Request a Review’ button

Amazon’s ‘Request a Review’ button is a feature within Seller Central’s Order Reports which allows you to send an automatic follow-up email to your shoppers within four to 30 days of purchase.

Amazon only allows you to send one review request. But, when coupled with the first email Amazon sends post-purchase, it increases your chances of scoring a review.

In fact, after looking at Amazon product listings for the two weeks prior to the release of the ‘Request a Review’ button on March 8, 2020, and again for the two week post-launch, Jungle Scout data* shows that the average review increase was 3.6 before the button was introduced.

And afterwards? For 94.7% of sellers who used ‘Request a Review’, the average increase jumped to 25.9. That’s a massive difference!

Of course, going through each and every order to click the ‘Request a Review’ button can be time consuming. Fortunately, Jungle Scout offers a feature that can make this a lot easier.

New feature: Bulk Request Review 

If you have Jungle Scout’s Extension, you can now request reviews for your Amazon FBA orders in bulk, rather than sending a request for each individual order. 

On your Amazon Seller Central order page, click on the button for Jungle Scout’s Extension. It will then open and ask you to add additional permissions. Once you agree to the permissions, a new ‘Request Reviews on This Page’ button will appear on the far right on your orders list. When the requests are done sending, the button will change to say ‘Finished Requesting Reviews.’

Select a date range (we recommend between four and 30 days as that is the time period during which Amazon allows you to request reviews) and click the button. All of the orders on that page that qualify for the ‘Request a Review’ button will then be sent review requests.

You can also submit individual requests without clicking on the orders. That way you won’t have to go through each individual post.

3 – Enter the Amazon Early Reviewer Program

Amazon’s Early Reviewer Program is a platform within Amazon that encourages shoppers to leave reviews for new products. After the shopper makes a purchase, Amazon sends the shopper an offer to leave a review in exchange for a $5 gift card.

To enroll in the Amazon Early Reviewer program, simply submit a product and agree to the terms of the program. Once they receive a review from one of the reviewers the seller is charged $60. 

4- Enroll your product in the Amazon Vine Program

Get reviews on Amazon: Seller Central page

Amazon recently opened its Vine Program to sellers who have Amazon brand-registered products and fewer than 30 reviews.

In the Vine program, a seller submits 30 units of inventory. Vine reviewers then receive the product for free, test the product out, and write a review. I

In many ways, it is similar to the incentivized review programs banned by Amazon in late 2016. The only difference now is that the reviewers in the program are being vetted by Amazon.

According to Amazon, “25% of reviews received occur within 5 days of the order, while 99% of reviews received occur within 35 days of the order,” so (naturally) this is a game-changer as it helps newly registered products get reviews fast.

Currently, Vine is free for third-party sellers. However, we suspect that Amazon may start charging fees to enroll or participate at some point. As of this writing, we do not know what the cost will be. To find out how to enroll, check out our guide

 

How to get reviews on Amazon in 2020: Seller Methods

The following methods describe how to get reviews on Amazon outside of the programs Amazon offers. 

5 – Use third-party automated email responders

Get reviews on Amazon: Launch homepage

In addition to Amazon’s internal automated responder, many sellers use third-party responders to send messages through Amazon’s seller messaging system. One popular example is Jungle Scout’s Launch, which creates email templates for you to send to those who’ve purchased your products.

It’s important to note, however, that Amazon has begun to severely limit the quantity and types of messages that can be sent via its Seller Messaging System. We predict that this solution may not be viable by the end of 2020.

6 -Create a contact list for emails

If the seller messaging system and third-party automated responders are disbanded in 2020, you will want to find other ways to communicate with your shoppers.

Remember: as long as they’re buying your products via Amazon, they’re Amazon’s customers. To get past this hurdle, you will need to build your brand off Amazon and one of the best ways to do that is by building your own email list. 

Thankfully, there are a number of ways to create an email list. You can build one through social media. Or you can create a blog that asks for people to subscribe. Another popular method is to add product inserts into existing products, encouraging people to join your list.

Once you have a mailing list, you can request reviews from those who’ve purchased from you. 

7 -Utilize product inserts

Get reviews on Amazon: BBQ gloves' insert

Easily the most popular way to encourage shoppers to leave product reviews on Amazon is through the use of product inserts. Many sellers insert a card into their packaging, asking shoppers to leave a review. 

However, product inserts have recently caught the attention of Amazon. They’ve noticed that some sellers have been breaking all three of the “guidelines” described in the “How to Get Reviews on Amazon (Without Breaking the Rules)” section of this article.

Here are some best practices for product inserts:

  • Ask for product reviews, but remain neutral. Telling people to leave you a five-star review — or even showing a picture of five-stars — is against Amazon’s guidelines.
  • Give useful information about the company and the product. Make sure people have ways of contacting you if an issue comes up. Good customer service goes a long way to prevent negative product reviews.
  • Incentivize in other ways. While you can’t financially incentivize reviews with a product insert, you can incentivize people to join your email lists or to follow you on social media. This will help you in the future.

8 – Mitigate negative reviews

Get reviews on Amazon: Launch homepage

You can mitigate poor reviews of your products proactively by ensuring that your product is top-notch and worthy of a commendable review. Reactively, you can address any customer service issues that may arise.

Plus, by using a tool like Jungle Scout’s Alerts, you can be notified whenever you get a poor review. That way you can immediately address the problem by leaving a comment on the review.

Note: Amazon no longer allows you to reach out directly to a customer who left a negative review through its seller messaging system.

9 – Launch products on promotional marketplaces

Many sellers launch new products on Amazon promotional markets like Jump Send. And, thanks to the money-saving promotions offered by these sites, some shoppers feel an obligation to leave positive feedback with the Amazon sellers.

Keep in mind, however, that an Amazon promotional marketplace cannot ask a shopper for feedback in exchange for a product. Therefore, getting a review from a heavily discounted or free product is not a given.

 

Don’t forget to follow the rules

Amazon takes its product reviews very seriously. In fact, many sellers are suspended from the platform due to review manipulation.

When you’re trying to get reviews on Amazon, it’s important that you understand the difference between legal methods and black hat tactics (which can get your business suspended from Amazon).

Here are some essential Amazon product review rules you should know — and follow:

You can’t incentivize reviews

As recently as 2016, you could offer products at a low price — or even for free — in exchange for a product review. It was a strategy that helped countless sellers build up their reviews and gain popularity.

However, Amazon discovered that, more-often-than-not, this led to over-inflated reviews. So, because far more products were receiving a 4-5 star rating than were warranted, Amazon banned this practice in 2016.

Some sellers still offer discounts and rewards on the back end for positive product reviews. This is a black hat practice, though, and could get you suspended.

You can’t cherry pick reviews

Another thing Amazon has put a stop to within the last couple of years is “cherry picking” reviews. In other words, sellers cannot ask for reviews from customers they know had a good experience while ignoring those who’ve had neutral or negative experiences. 

You can’t use manipulative language

This is a new rule and one that many sellers find confusing: Amazon now prohibits the use of manipulative language in review requests.

Manipulative language includes phrasing like, “If you feel this product is worth a five-star rating, please leave us a review, otherwise contact us”. Even mentioning that “we are a small, family-run business” or “we make our products in America, so please support local businesses” is considered to be manipulative.

 

Good luck with reviews in 2020

Hopefully the information in this article has given you good ideas for how to get Amazon product reviews in 2020. And, as things change, we will be sure to update the material found within.

At the minimum, use Amazon’s methods as they are 100% free of any “gray areas”. And always make sure to play by Amazon’s rules. Remember: a few extra sales garnered by using a black hat tactic isn’t worth putting your entire seller account in jeopardy.

To learn more about Amazon’s terms of service be sure to read our breakdown of Amazon’s product review terms of service.

You can also read about what happens to sellers who incorporate “black hat” tactics in their selling strategies.

 

*Disclaimer: This article was updated on May 8, 2020 to reflect data regarding the efficacy of the ‘Request a Review’ button.  

 

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29 comments on “How to Get Reviews on Amazon in 2020 – 9 Proven Methods

  1. Can you send your product to people for free from your own list and do the following: tell them to review the product if they wish and to include language in the review that says they received the product for free but were under no obligation to write a review?

  2. “you can incentivize people to join your email lists or to follow you on social media” I thought ToS says you can’t direct Amazon customers to other off-Amazon sites, including your own website, social media or email.

    1. Hi Leonard,

      Good question. Here’s a clarification on that. You can’t do that in emails to your customers. But through your product packaging it’s fine. At least for now! Amazon may change their policy on this, of course, but that seems unlikely as there are plenty of large companies out there that thrive on this.

  3. Off course, its good idea to use some software for sending emails to your customers…

    Nowadays getting feedback, reviews or ratings from the customer is a hard job for Amazons sellers. Stat said that 98% of Amazon customers are not giving feedback…

    And even Amazon seller is not getting time to acquire Feedback, Reviews, and ratings organically from the customer. So using some software to send an email and to promote their products is the best idea.

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  5. Thanks for a helpful article.

    – How do you send an email with your own subject line? Amazon only lets you choose from a few standard subject lines.

    – Where do you find the order link that you suggested in the article? In the Amazon email client is further states “Please do not include HTML or links (URLs) in your message.”

    Thanks,

    Eivind

  6. Hi, any updates for 2018? I’m interested in joining the vine program but I have a question regarding your article. Do you have to join vendor express in order to be considered for vine? Will joining vendor express guarantee that you will get vine?

  7. Sometimes it seems that customers only want to leave a review when they are unhappy. Don’t they realize that they are killing our business. Why not call us first so that we can take care of the issue.

  8. […] you should always strive to get higher reviews through quality and service and employ some kind of customer review strategy. Having reviews and good star-ratings appear on your search results inside Google goes a long way […]

  9. Hello, Considering purchasing Jump Send but am a bit confused.

    One of the email follow-up templates in this blog says “If our product has met or exceeded your expectations, please help us spread the word by leaving a review.”

    Surely this would be against Amazon’s TOS because we are asking people to leave a review IF they like the product, thus initiating only positive reviews? Thank you.

  10. Thanks for the awesome article! It is great to be able to setup these emails as I launched my first product a couple weeks ago and these emails are starting to go out with each purchase.

    But here is an issue that has come up now that Incentivized reviews are no longer allowed…

    I have been using promo codes to give out a good amount of product at the launch to drive of sales, and then following up with these emails that you mentioned, but today I received a review from someone and they added the ***I received this product at a discount in exchange for a review*** at the end of the review.

    I used these exact emails and never said anything about them having to leave a review. I don’t want my new seller account to get banned, especially since I was trying to do everything right.

    My guess is that this is a reviewer that does not know about the new rule changes. Should I contact the reviewer and let them know about the change and explain that we were not expecting a review in exchange for the discount?

    I don’t want to break other terms of service by asking the user to take down the review. What would you do about reviewers who maybe don’t know about these new changes? Thanks for the great articles!

    1. Amazon tracks gift cards and promo codes now, which means his product review will not show up anyway. You wont get banned, you just wont get the review, especially since they added the fact it was incentivized.

    2. I don’t think that you have to worry.

      There’s an old saying “Truth is the best lie”. I’ve heard of several people complaining about this but haven’t heard of anyone being penalized by Amazon for it.

      Just as me and you understand that you did it the right way then Amazon does as well.

      But I would refrain from contacting the reviewer because then you can open a can of worms. Leave it as is and don’t worry about it.

      That’s my thoughts.

    3. Hey Matt,

      Kym from the Jump Send team here. Did the review get through and displayed on your product?

      Sounds like the customer was still under the impression that discounted products meant you had to leave an incentivized review. Perhaps they just weren’t aware of it. As mentioned by others in this thread, if you didn’t break the rules I wouldn’t worry too much.

      If you did want to take any action, rather than reaching out to the customer, I would recommend reaching out to Amazon support.

      Cheers,
      Kym

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