The Right Way to Solicit Great Patient Reviews for Your Practice
- Reviews don't flow in good numbers on their own without encouraging patients to write them
- Most reviews that come on their own are from self-motivated patients who are more likely to be the unhappy ones
Use Market Research for a Larger PictureMany industry leaders are releasing their own market researches. Software Advice, BrightLocal, and Google release surveys from time to time. You can use this data to understand the industry trends and devise strategies for your review solicitation process. For example, a recent RepuGen study about why asking for reviews is essential for healthcare practices took on Yelp's “not asking for reviews” policy, and also clarified how Yelp's algorithm wasn't allowing the reviews to be consistent with the actual patient satisfaction level. In this case, you can make your review solicitation strategy for Yelp to avoid any future issues. Also, you can start focusing on identifying other important doctor-specific review sites and concentrate your energy in creating a stellar reputation there.
Facilitate, (but) Do Not Incentivize for ReviewsIncentivizing for reviews isn't a good idea as they aren't considered to be an ethical action, especially in healthcare business. And second, they aren't recommended by most, if not all, of the major reviews sites, be it Yelp, Google, Amazon, and Facebook (although none have no strict guidelines for it on their site). Here's what Yelp, Google, and Facebook (the major players in the review market) have to say in the matters of incentivizing for reviews:
YelpNot just incentivizing, Yelp is so much particular about even asking your customers for writing reviews. And when it comes to buying reviews or incentivizing in any other form for reviews, Yelp turns even obnoxious. It shows a warning to those who get caught:
“Use patient sentiment tool to analyze your patients' emotions and their satisfaction level. Check out how sentiment analysis tool works.”
Engage Before Asking for ReviewsIt's important to learn how well your communication is with your patients to make sure you understand their perspective in order to build loyal relationships. You'll need to ask the right thing, and also put them in a proper way that can encourage your patients to go and write a review. Read the blog “How to actually get your patients to write a review” for more detail.
Take Care of the TimingThe best time to issue a satisfaction survey is immediately after your patients leave the practice. That's the time they will most likely leave a response. You should also pay attention to their mood. If a patient seems to be highly upset, you should avoid asking for reviews. It may unnecessarily bring their wrath upon you.
Some Survey TipsOne of the most essential survey tips to remember is to keep the form concise, so that people don’t abandon it, due to other priorities. Here are other important tips:
- Keep questions relevant
- Use consistent rating scales
- Avoid bothering patients with frequent reminders for taking the survey
- Make surveys mobile-friendly to allow them to take them while on the go
- Invite constructive criticism for your learning
- Personalize the survey experience and say thanks