HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY
This blog post today is as the title states and am influenced to write this due to an email I have received earlier today. I am not here to bash that specific company therefore I have covered the names. I've always believed honesty is the best policy for any and every reviews.
Product reviews are not for talking bad about the company, it's there as a guide for readers and to show them new products available on the market suited for them. A negative review, doesn't mean that the product is bad overall and it doesn't give the company a bad image. There is negativity everywhere and if a company cannot handle any criticism, they shouldn't be in the business. I am surprised as to how this company had reacted to my criticism review of their product. The screenshot of their email is above. They had expected me to amend the review I've already posted which readers have read and commented on it. This is a first at which a company had reacted to one of my negative reviews.
Below is my reply:
There are plenty of reviews of this exact same product out there which I have read. Plenty that are positive, plenty that are average and plenty that are negative. None of my reviews bash the product or company. It's my experience and wanting to share it. I am a very honest blogger (which I am known for) and I hate lying and liars. My email reply outlines what I really want to say in this blog post. There are always positive AND negative points in every product you try even if it only has one positive or negative note. Readers may or may not be influenced by my reviews but it is their choice whether they want to check out the product, the other products a company sells and the company itself.
I know there are bloggers out there who will just keep saying positive things about a product even if they hate the product just to be in the good books of companies hoping to get a lot more free products. THIS IS WRONG. People will see through this. Don't be afraid in talking about the bad points of a product. This will help the company if they receive a lot of the same bad points and will act on it. It may feel bad in talking about the bad points, just don't word it where it sounds like you're actually bashing the product. You should explain why you like/dislike it as others may probably have had the same experience as you. Being honest shows your readers that you're not biased, persuaded or anything. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions.
I have done some research on this particular company and there are positives and negatives reviews, at which the negatives outweighs the positives. But I shall be keeping the name of this company hidden. I appreciate the time and effort they put in for the product they had sent me for review purposes and I thank them.
What are your thoughts on being honest in product reviews? Regardless of whether they were sponsored or purchased.