When you are selling your products online, providing your store visitors with product reviews is vital for making your business profitable. This way, you help online shoppers to decide on what to buy while they can’t examine a product physically. Reviews left by other customers act almost as personal recommendations and build trust in your brand and quality of goods. Besides, product reviews are an excellent source of user-generated content, which helps you to rank higher in Google.
Today, we are describing a solution that enables merchants to organize the convenient process of collecting product reviews on their ecommerce sites – Amasty Advanced Product Reviews for Magento 2. The extension provides website visitors with a user-friendly interface allowing them to share their opinion on your products in the most comfortable way. By installing the Magento 2 module, you also save the time of your store administrators on managing submitted reviews.
Below, we explore deeper the features of the Magento 2 product reviews module by Amasty and show how it works in the backend and frontend.
- Convenient review submission form
The Amasty extension adds the in-store review form to your website pages, that allows customers to conveniently write their reviews and rate products.
- Possibility to upload images
Your website visitors also have an option to add images to their reviews, making them more visually appealing. This feature also helps store owners enrich their site with original image content. In case of uploading a few images, the module automatically places them in a slider with lightbox.
- Admin replies to customer reviews
As a store owner, you can leave comments to customer reviews from your admin panel and edit them later if necessary. This way, admin replies act as a communication channel with your customers and help you show your concern about their issues, as well as quickly react to negative feedback. Also, you can enable notifications sent to customers on admin reply to their reviews.
- Reviews summary block
In addition to listing all reviews on a product page, the module allows placing a separate block with reviews summary at the top of the Reviews section. The summary block helps website visitors get a first impression on the product they are interested in by checking its star ratings and percentage of customers recommending it for purchase.
- Reviews filtering by star rating
Your storefront visitors can also filter reviews by rating if they click on the line with the relevant number of given stars.
- Product Pros and Cons
Another useful feature available with the Magento 2 advanced reviews module is the pros and cons of a reviewed item. Possibility to quickly check a product’s advantages and disadvantages from other customers’ point of view greatly helps shoppers make a purchase decision.
- Helpfulness voting
One more improvement to your store functionality brought by the Amasty extension is marking reviews as helpful using a thumbs-up element. This way, customers can skip reading reviews that were not evaluated as useful and have better navigation through the reviews section.
- “Verified Buyer” badge
To those customers who purchased a product they review, you can automatically assign a “Verified Buyer” badge that will be displayed next to their reviews. Such label acts as social proof for the quality of your goods.
- Automatic emails with review reminder
You can enable automatic review reminders that will be sent to customers after they buy a product from your store. For each item in the order, the module adds the “Leave a review” button in the emails. This way, you can motivate shoppers to share their opinion and collect more reviews.
- Widgets with top-rated products
The Amasty tool enables store owners to create eye-catching widgets displaying reviews with high product ratings and place them on any website page. Position of the block on a page can also be adjusted depending on the website’s design.
- Product reviews displayed in a slider
Due to the integration with the Amasty Page Builder extension, you can show an unlimited number of product reviews in a slider widget. Page Builder provides a handy drag-and-drop tool that allows you to place the reviews widget anywhere on a web page.
- Star ratings and number of reviews in the Google search results
The Amasty Advanced Product Reviews extension improves your website’s search ranking position by displaying the number of product reviews and rating stars on the Google results page. This way, you get an opportunity to enhance your SEO while attracting more clients to your store.
- Email field in the product review form for guest visitors
The module’s settings let you insert an email address field in the review submission form for your website guests. Thus, you can use the extension as a tool for turning one-time shoppers into leads.
- Compliance with the GDPR regulations
- Invisible reCaptcha functionality
The Magento 2 product reviews module provides reCaptcha function with 3 different forms included out of the box. By enabling invisible reCaptcha on your store, you get protection against bots.
- Cron tasks management on the dedicated grid
You can view and manage all cron tasks on the Cron Tasks List grid, as well as run them and generate their schedule manually.
You can view and approve submitted reviews on a dedicated grid page under Marketing → User Content → Reviews. The Reviews grid contains 12 columns:
- Checkbox – use it to select reviews for applying mass actions;
- ID – a unique ID number of each review;
- Created – date and time when a review was created;
- Status – Pending, Approved, or Not Approved;
- Title – a title of a review specified by a customer;
- Nickname – a name of a customer who wrote a review;
- Review – beginning of the review text;
- Visibility – a website where a review is visible;
- Type – defines an author of a review: Administrator, Customer, or Guest;
- Product – a name of the reviewed product;
- SKU – an SKU of the reviewed product;
- Action – you can edit a review from here.
The reviews screen allows applying following mass actions: Delete and Update Status. It is also possible to filter and sort the grid columns.
Magento admins can create reviews by clicking the “New Review” button, as well as approve and edit the content of existing reviews. Let’s see in more detail how to modify a submitted review.
On the Edit Review page, you can view the name of a reviewed product, author of the review, and rating. To approve the review, change its status from Pending to Approved. It is also possible to modify the author’s nickname, as well as review summary and content.
Next, you can change the “I recommend this product” option (Yes or No) and remove selected images.
Here, you can also check if a person who wrote the review got the Verified Buyer badge, how many website visitors marked this review as helpful and unhelpful, and specified pros and cons from the client’s point of view. In Admin Answer Section, you can leave a reply to the customer’s message.
With the Amasty Advanced Product Reviews extension, store admins can manually add rating stars to particular products under Stores → Attributes → Ratings.
To set a required rating, press on the “Add New Rating” button.
As for the widgets mentioned above, you can create them by navigating to Content → Widgets and clicking “Add Widget”.
The Widgets screen is divided into 2 tabs: Storefront Properties and Widget Options.
In Storefront Properties, select a widget type, theme, create its title, select store views where to display it, and set the sorting order.
Below, there is the Layout Updates section where you select on which pages to display the widget as well as a container.
In Widget Options, specify a header for the block and number of reviews to display in it. Then, decide whether to show reviews for products from the current category only, select a type (recent or random reviews), set the minimum rating for the reviews in the widget, and enable or disable slider.
Now, let’s explore the main settings page of the Amasty Advanced Reviews extension. The configuration page consists of 5 sections: General settings, Images, Notify Customer about Admin Reply, Review Reminder, and Follow Up Email.
In the General settings, you can enable/disable the following functions:
- helpfulness voting;
- “I recommend this product”;
- pros and cons;
- admin comments on customer reviews;
- submission of reviews by guest visitors;
- email address field on the review submission form for guests;
- GDPR consent (type its text if enabled).
In Images, decide whether to allow your storefront users to upload images, make the relevant option required, and set the size and the maximum number of images to display in the block without slider.
The following settings tab lets you select a sender and template for notification emails sent to customers on admin replies to their reviews.
Next, you can set necessary options for emails sent to your clients as review reminders.
The last settings tab can be configured if you have the Amasty Follow Up Email extension installed on your store.
Now, we want to show you how the advanced reviews functionality appears on the frontend.
Below is an example of a category page with the slider widget that includes top-rated products with ratings and reviews. There are also star ratings and the number of reviews displayed for each item in the catalog. If a website visitor clicks on the link with reviews number under a product, it will open the related reviews.
On a product page, the module adds a separate tab with all reviews to the product. The tab shows the overall product rating, total number of reviews, the percent of customers recommending the product, and the percentage of ratings split by the number of given stars. To add a product review, a customer should click the “Write a review” button.
All product reviews are listed below the Customer Reviews section. Customers who purchased a reviewed item are marked with the Verified Buyer badge. Besides the text of the review, storefront users can view star rating, product recommendation, date of submission, helpfulness voting, customer images, advantages and disadvantages, and admin comments.
This is how the review submission form looks:
Furthermore, the extension adds the My Product Reviews tab to the customer account area, where shoppers can view all their submitted reviews with detailed information.
The Amasty Advanced Product Reviews extension is a great tool enabling merchants to easily collect customer reviews on their products and build brand credibility. The module’s features help you promote particular items on your store, stay in touch with customers, and get higher rankings in the Google search results. As for the price, you can buy the M2 extension for $159.'