Basic business reviews tell the story of a single firsthand consumer experience. Editorial reviews, on the other hand, provide a complete treatment of the business based on several firsthand experiences and maybe even a little research. Here are some questions to help you dig deeper:

  • How long have they been in business?
  • How many different products and services do they offer? Which ones have you bought or experienced firsthand?
  • What are the business’ strengths?
  • Conversely, where can the business improve?
  • Who was this business made for? (example. “the all you can eat steak house is perfect for meat-eaters with a big appetite!”)
  • Who should avoid this business? (example. “the all you can eat steak house offers few options for vegetarians and small appetites will not get their money’s worth.”)
  • Has the business had any effect on the community? If so, is it good? Bad? Both?
  • If applicable, is the business in a good location? Is it convenient? What is the best way to get there?
  • Should consumers be on the lookout for any regular discounts or specials?
  • If applicable, does the business offer any notable perks or amenities?
  • How does the business stack up to similar businesses in the area?

When crafting your editorial review please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Do not write anything that you do not want publicly accessible.
  • Use proper grammar, spelling, capitalization and punctuation.
  • Make sure your review is a minimum of 100 words long.
  • The reviewed company must still be in business.
  • Do not use profanity, hate speech or abusive language.
  • Do not use HTML code.
  • Your reviews must be unbiased and objective. Do not write reviews of your own business or employer.
  • Do not include personal information, such as: names, phone numbers or email addresses.
  • Do not write about alleged illegal activity or make bogus claims.
  • Do not include blatant advertising or spam in your reviews.

Reviews that fail to meet these guidelines will be removed and any points earned will be deducted from your User Account. Repeated failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in disqualification from the User Reward Program.

Editorial Review FAQ

How do I submit an editorial review?
Go to the EZlocal profile of the business you wish to review. Click on “Write a Review”. On the basic review page click the link that says, “Submit an editorial review”.

I submitted an editorial review, but it’s not showing up. What gives?
We manually screen all editorial reviews to ensure that only the highest quality reviews are featured on EZlocal.

My editorial review was approved! What do I get?
Members of the EZlocal User Reward Program will receive 20 bonus points and this neat little badge in their user trophy case:

Editoral Review Badge

Why won’t EZlocal let me submit more than 1 editorial review per week?
It takes time to learn enough about a business to write an editorial review. Relax and enjoy your local businesses. Take your time and write an editorial review that does them justice.

For purposes of this limit, a week is defined as beginning at 12:00:00 AM CST each Saturday and ending at 11:59:59 PM CST the following Friday.

My editorial review was rejected. Now what?
If your editorial review is rejected you will be given the option to resubmit the review as a regular business review, which is worth 5 points.

I want to remove my editorial review. How do I accomplish this?
Go into your [Editorial Review Dashboard] and click “Withdraw Review”. Please note that withdrawing more than 5% of your content (business reviews, business photographs and editorial reviews) may result in disqualification from the EZlocal User Reward Program and forfeiture of all points in your account.

Can I edit my editorial review?
No. Once approved, editorial reviews cannot be edited. If you feel strongly that edits are required please use the contact form on your [Editorial Review Dashboard] to state your case.

Can I submit an editorial review to an EZlocal profile that already has a featured editorial review?
Yes. However, for your editorial review to be approved you must meet EZlocal’s quality standards AND exceed the quality of the current featured editorial review.

A featured editorial review I wrote was replaced! Do I lose my points or my Editorial Review Badge?
Nope! You keep your points and your badge! The only thing you lose is your spot as featured editorial review.