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Are you breaking in a new radio commercial copywriter?

Or perhaps you’re trying to get your account executives to write spots that don’t sound as though they’re written by account execs?

Challenge them to a game of “Spot The Fake Yelp Reviews.”

It’s easy and fun for the entire radio station!

Each player is assigned a random sampling of Yelp reviews to peruse.

The first time a player sees a review that is filled with language and sentiments that no human would express, that player yells, “Yelp One!”

The second time a player sees a review that is filled with language and sentiments that no human would express, that player yells, “Yelp Two!”

The third time…Well, you get the idea.

Look for Clues Such as These.

Declarations that the business handles all of their _______ “needs.”

Example: I always go to Dr. Whozis for all of my dental needs!

The use of outsized superlatives that far exceed the realm of the product or service.

Example: The shoelaces at Ed’s House of Footwear Accessories are incredible!

Too Much Information: The reviewer mentions everything the business owner would put in a brochure.


I couldn’t believe how easy their free parking was. I was relieved to see that they take Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, check, money order, PayPal, Bitcoin and, of course, cash. I knew I could trust Ned’s Newspaper Stand with all my newspaper and magazine needs when I found out they’ve been family owned and operated for over 17 years. They get deliveries of a wide variety of new magazines every Tuesday at 4am, which means they always have just what you’re looking for.

They also carry out of town newspapers, which is particularly great for me because I’m from out of town. I make it a point to stop by every Monday evening between 8 and 9 o’clock to take advantage of their half-price special featuring a wide variety of torn, damaged or soiled publications at huge discounts. By the way, Ned’s Newspaper Stand thoughtfully provides a wide variety of candy, chewing gum, and confectionaries right next to the cash register. That has saved me SO much time I’d otherwise have spent having to stand in line at the supermarket.

Everything Is Great: The location, service, selection, quality, prices, policies, staff, cleanliness, hours of operation…

Unlike your favorite restaurant, which has at least one dish you don’t particularly care for, everything this place sells is exceptionally good.

Here’s A Typical Fake Yelp Review.

When I asked friends and co-workers what dentist I should go to for all of my dental needs, their recommendations were unanimous. Everyone told me that they go to Dr. Whozis because he’s an “old fashioned” dentist who always puts the needs of the patients first. And he’s so conveniently located to where everybody lives.

Whenever I need to have a potential dental problem diagnosed or treated, I know I can trust Dr. Whozis. When I made an appointment with Dr. Whozis to find out what was causing my bleeding gums, I was astonished at how quickly he spotted the problem and advised me, in his expert yet reassuring manner, to stop flossing my teeth with barbed wire. I always get all of my veneers, bonding and teeth whitening from Dr. Whozis and his wonderful staff who are so friendly that I think of them as family.

Like many of Dr. Whozis’s patients, I often show my gratitude to his front office staff by bringing small gifts of candy, Amazon gift cards, and cash…especially Brenda, the office manager. She’s amazing! I don’t know how she manages to run the entire office so smoothly and always with a smile.

Who Would Post A Fake Yelp Review?

Naturally, no business owners or employees would try to fool consumers by leaving fake reviews of their own business or service.

I can only guess the plethora of obviously bogus rave reviews are the work of Internet Pranksters.

Ready To Play?

Here’s a real customer review from Yelp.

I assume it’s a legitimate review from a real customer.

Can you see anything that makes you think otherwise?

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