Read Our Reviews

Arrivala is rated 5 out of 5.0 stars based on 21 review(s).

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- Ian Hunter

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Arrivala was a big reason for our success in 2018.  After reviews started appearing on Google search results we received a big bump in traffic and the leads have been steady ever since.  We’re in a pretty competitive lawn care market in Southwest Florida and Arrivala has enabled our company to standout from competitors.  We did end up upgrading the the premium service to enable text message sending.  Overall a great service!

- John Ballamy

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What a fantastic service.  We were looking for a way to jump start out reviews and Arrivala was the perfect entry level service.  The WordPress plugin made it very easy to get setup even for people who may not be tech-savvy such as myself.

- Jenny Lloyd

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The product is fantastic for the price.  We tried a couple other services previously and they had a few more features we enjoyed but certainly not worth the $400+ we were paying every month.  Arrivala has everything we need to keep charging forward with more product reviews at a price point that is sustainable for our business.  Keep up the great work, Arrivala!

- Ian Dawson

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Exactly what we needed.  Support has been super helpful, we’re improving our review count, does what it is supposed to.  What more can you ask?

- Brady Eli

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Great product backed by great support.  When we have a question we always get a response within a day, most of the time the same day.  The product is exactly as described and we’re super excited about the new WordPress plugin although we haven’t started using it yet.

- Kelly Williams

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We run a fine jewelry shop and were comparing different options to help generate reviews on Google.  We thought we had already found our solution when at the last minute we heard about Arrivala.  After trying the free version we were very happy with the product.  The price point was about 1/8 of the price we were going to pay for a similar product.  Affordable and a great product, I have already recommended to several friends.

- Kacey Johnson

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We were referred to Arrivala by a friend of the owner.  We were aware it was a newer product but the price point was unbeatable and we were in the market so we gave it a go.  What’s the worst that could happen?  We’ve been blown away.  There were a couple of small issues at first but the support has been top notch and everything has been resolved very quickly.  We’ve been recommending the service to fellow business owners for nearly 6 months.  Keep up the great work!

- Peter Wilson

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We’re a new dental office and trying to get established in search results.  We came across Arrivala and decided to give it a go to get some Google reviews.  It’s been the single best decision we’ve made in terms of online marketing.  We crossed the 60 review mark last week and our website traffic has improved 10X.  Almost all of our traffic is organic now which has allowed us to cut back on the $2k/month budget we were spending on Google Adwords.  Arrivala is actually saving us money on top of bringing in new clients.

- Janet Olsen

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The text messaging feature is fantastic.  Prior to using Arrivala, we were manually sending out emails asking for customer reviews.  Now, we get past their unread email inbox and right to their text messages.  The number of reviews we’ve received in the last month is equivalent to what we received all last year.  Thanks Arrivala!

- Judy Timmons

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The bad: the kiosk mode could use some improvement.  While it does work, it’s pretty difficult for people to share their reviews to Google from our store.  The good: literally everything else.  We’re super happy with the product and it is very cost effective.  Other services like this go for a few hundreds dollars per month.

- Jackson Gregory

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Great service backed by great support.  I would recommend to my friends and hide from my competitors :)

- James Quintal

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We did a lot of shopping around before deciding on Arrivala so I feel very confident is saying this is the best product out there for your money.  If budget was not a thing, I would potentially select a different product but this has everything you need and more at a great price.  Don’t pay $200/month for other products when this is what you need.

- Paula Norton

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We’re still relatively new to Arrivala but thus far it’s been very smooth to setup and we were up and running in about an hour with all the settings configured.  We haven’t yet sent out our first review request but the process seems pretty straight forward.  We’re excited to see the results.

- Johnny Davis

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Kudos for a great product to help small businesses grow and compete with the big guys.  We certainly would recommend the service to our friends and business associates.  Great work!

- Heather Mason

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Worth. Every. Penny. I’m telling you, reviews have taken us from a small, ugly website on the internet not really serving a purpose to a consistent flow of daily new customers.  Arrivala has been a huge part of helping us get there.

- Keller Hawkins

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We love Arrivala!  From our very first pre-sales call they have been nothing but supportive and guiding in helping us get started.  The system is easy to use but when you have a question, you know you’ll get a pretty quick answer.  We will likely be lifelong customers.

- Julie Raymond

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An essential tool in the small business toolbox.  Arrivala has most certainly helped us bring in new clientele and is worth the monthly fee.  We regularly recommend to others.

- Houston Wallace

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A great option for review collection.  We are a local general contractor and our reviews have increase from just a few to over 20 in the last few months.  I’m very pleased when I do a search for local contractor and I’m the first result on the Google map with all those great reviews.  Couldn’t of done it without Arrivala.

- Roger Neville

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“you get what you pay for”. Not the case with Arrivala!  You get what you pay for and soooo much more.  I was hesitant to write this review but Arrivala, you need to raise your prices.  You could easily be charging 4x the amount if not more.  Reviews are very important to our business as there is a lot of local competition and it seems whoever the most reviews typically wins the Google battle.  It’s safe to say, we’re winning thanks to Arrivala.

- Chris York

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Awesome company to work with!

- Bold City Design

9 Ways To Save Money When Starting A New Business

Dec 01, 2018

9 Ways To Save Money When Starting A New Business



1. Bootstrap When You Can

Unless you’ve brought on investors or have a sizeable savings, starting a new business is all about bootstrapping when you can.  That is, finding areas you can save money by doing it yourself so you can spend money on things you can’t. 

What you can bootstrap depends completely on your skills but don’t assume just because you haven’t done something in the past that you are incapable of doing it.  The internet is a great resource as is YouTube.  If you’re opening up a retail store perhaps you’re able to run that outside electrical plug without the need for an electrician.  If you need to build out an office space, buy from IKEA and spend some long nights assembling the furniture yourself.

Many young businesses assume that they need to spend 100% of their focus on their business and outsource every other aspect to other companies.  Unfortunately, a lot of those businesses will fail.  The businesses that succeed know that every dollar they don’t spend is a dollar they can put to something else.  Late nights busting your butt or some extended study time on YouTube can be business-savers. 

 

2. Don’t Pay For A Website

A website will likely be your single most important marketing tool and here I am telling you not to pay for one.  Why?  Let me step back and say that if you have the budget to pay a professional to complete your website, do it!  Or if your website literally IS your product then that puts you in a different boat as well.  But for the majority of small businesses that are starting a retail store, consulting business, or other similar business, there are good enough DIY products out there that can get you by until you’ve proven your business model as successful.

A great option is WordPress.com which will allow you to create a (almost) free website using pre-made themes.  Plug in your logo, some information on your services and an about us page and be done for the time being.  In the beginning, most people who visit your website will likely be your own referrals who simply want to learn a little more about you.

As your business grows and your website begins to become the ‘first-impression’ of your business, it then becomes time to hire out a professional web design company to make you look great online.

 

3. Don’t Pay For A Logo

Similar to the above, bootstrap your logo until you prove proof of concept.  There are some great tools out there for creating a simple, free logo.  Have a look at Logomakr.com or logojoy.com.  Or if you have some basic Photoshop skills, go check out graphicriver.net where you can buy pre-made logos for under $40.

Logos can be extremely important to an established business.  Not only do they establish your businesses identity but they can be very expensive to change one your business gets rolling.  For example, if you have advertisements on billboards, on PPC campaigns, on your website, business cards, letterheads, etc. you would have to pay to have each of those replaced with your new logo.  That’s why people are willing to spend a considerable amount on professional logo design to ensure they get it right the first time.

However, in the case of a new business that you are hopefully bootstrapping along, you likely won’t have as many assets or campaigns and if you do you’ve created them yourself.  Changing your logo after your business gets rolling will not be a huge undertaking.

Once your business is established, we would absolutely recommend hiring a professional to handle logo design & branding.

  

4. Stay Away From Lawyers If Possible

This will vary business to business but in general, try to stay away from lawyers.  They will quickly kill your budget.  If you are forming an LLC, most states have a very simple process for you to do it yourself.  A lot of lawyers will charge $1,000 for something you can do in 30 minutes once you’ve spent a bit of time figuring out the process.

Stay away from trademarks in the beginning unless you feel it completely necessary.  In many ways, buying a domain name for your website (yourbusiness.com) establishes a ‘placeholder’ trademark in this day and age.

Unless you feel it absolutely necessary to get a patent, stay away from those as well.  Patents can easily be $10-$15k and then on top of that, if anybody ever encroaches on your patent you have to pay lawyers even more to fight it.  Unless you feel it necessary, avoid patents and instead create a business plan that puts you ahead of the competition in terms of first to market.

 

5. Collect Business Reviews Immediately

As soon as your product or service goes to market, start collecting reviews from customers/clients.  Get them to share the reviews across all of your social profiles and local business citations such as Google Business, Facebook, Yelp, Trip Advisor, Healthgrades, Zillow, Houzz, Avvo, and any other niche site in your industry that displays reviews.

In a recent survey by INC., it was found that 84% of consumers trust reviews as much as recommendations from friends.  Whether you are a retailer, contractor, hair stylist, or consultant, people love to see reviews prior to giving you business.

There are some great services out there that help automate the review collection service.  Arrivala is great for new businesses since they offer a free tier that can be easily upgraded as your business grows.

 

6. Constrain Your Rental Space

The need and type of space you are required to rent will vary based on the type of business you are opening.  As a general rule though, start small and expand as you grow.  If you are a single person consultant or offering a service that doesn’t involve much face-to-face with clients, consider working from home.  Turn that spare bedroom into an office and make your in-laws get a hotel when they come to visit. 

If you’re a restaurant or retail store that requires more visibility, get creative with ways you can use smaller, less expensive space without sacrificing the customer experience.  Perhaps you can move that ‘managers’ office to your home and instead get more retail space out of the building.

Overall, rental space is a very controllable expense and also one that can eat up a lot of budget.  Weight the pros and cons of any space and look for leasing opportunities that don’t tie you in for extended periods of time or provide an easy out.

 

7. Use A Credit Card For Everything

Credit cards can be a major advantage when running a business as long as they are used correctly.  I’m not telling you to run up a huge debt and have the collectors chasing after you.  I’m telling you to get a great credit card that offers excellent cash back points because let’s face it, you’re going to be spending money as a business.

There was a commercial on TV from Capital One (I believe?) that advertised how a business paid for all of his employee’s health insurance using the cash back points he received from simply buying everything with his business credit card.  How cool is that?

Before you start your business go check out thepointsguy.com and see what he’s recommending as the best credit card offers at the time.  If you have a good credit, apply for one and use it just like a debit card, paying off your balance on a regular basis.  What the points add up and re-invest those points into your business.

 

8. Get Active On Social Media

Social media is like free advertising.  All you have to do is H U S T L E.  Find interesting articles that relate to your business and post them on your social media channels.  Write interesting articles about your business and post them on your social media channels.  Take fun pictures, show you have a good thing going and make people want to be a part of it.

A lot of people complain about having to deal with so many social media channels and how much of their day it takes up.  News flash for you, every one of those social media channels is more opportunity for you to connect with your customers!

There are great services out there that help you automate social media posting.  One of my favorites is socialpilot.co.  They have a free plan that will work for most new businesses and you can always upgrade down the road. 

 

9. Save On Technology When Possible

Try to cut back on technology subscription services in the beginning.  This can include anything from computers to business phone lines to internet to that Spotify subscription.  Keep it as light as possible until your business gets going.

For hardware components such as computers, try buying used from eBay or Apple refurbished.  If you know what to look for (hint, do some research), buying computers off eBay can be a great deal.

For subscription-based services such as internet, make sure your business is 100% ready to go before subscribing.  There’s no reason to get high-speed internet in your office or retail store while you’re still building out the office.  Use your hotspot on your phone or wait until you get home to do your internet related tasks.

For a business phone line, consider using your same personal phone with the GoDaddy Smartline service.  Very affordable and allows you to connect a second phone number to your existing phone.  You’ll know if somebody is calling your business or personal phone.

 

In The End

Your business will only be as successful as the amount of work you’re willing to put in.  Grind it out day in and day out, make smart decisions with your limited resources and you’ll more than likely be successful.

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