County favorites hit top 100 list
Oregon Business magazine has named its top destinations of 2019, and multiple spots in Clackamas County made the list.
Analyzing more than 95,000 reviews from Google, TripAdvisor and Yelp, the publication found Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch in Molalla to be at the top of the list of 100 businesses featured.
Other Clackamas County places mentioned were Swan Island Dahlias at No. 18, Timberline Lodge at No. 39, Mt. Hood Skibowl at 59th, Happy Rock Coffee at 63rd, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm at 64th and End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City at 95th.
Mt. Hood Territory executive director Samara Phelps said in a statement that the results of this process go to show "the importance of managing a business's online reputation," since the rankings were determined by customer reviews.
"Studies show that more than 80% of shoppers value online reviews as much as a personal recommendation from a friend, so not only is excellent customer service vital, but so is keeping tabs on those reviews and encouraging customers who had a positive experience to submit reviews can have a big impact on your business," Phelps noted.
According to the statement, previous years' winners have reported seeing "substantial growth in business following the award."
Jennifer and Bill Cameron of Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch plan on implementing that possible increase in popularity to promote their neighbors as well.
"First of all, just to be included in this list of hundred businesses, that's an honor. And then we're at the top, that's incredible," Jennifer said. "We like to show our visitors other places they can go after their visit with us. If our business is going to grow, we'll be able to point more people to things to do and places to stay."
To view a full list of the 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destinations in Oregon, visit www.oregonbusiness.com/100best/destinations.
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