Last updated on November 2nd, 2017 at 09:19 am
We all want to be the best.Â This is not a bad thing. We also would prefer that every customer or patient was happy with us or our services. Itâ€™s human nature. Translating this into the technology age, online review sites and social media (Google, Facebook, Yelp, et. al) we all inherently want a 5-Star rating.
So, one day we go online and see that our 5-star rating has been ruined by something like this:
Or this (my favorite and yes this IS a review for a dental office):
(Yes â€“ apparently this office is a place that will kill your spirit and make you bitter and spiteful. Never taught you how to handle that in dental schoolâ€¦did they).
Seeing things like this â€“ itâ€™s especially hard not to take it personally.
And to add insult to injury, that one-star review brings our 5-star rating down to a 4.8 or 4.6!
Now as far as what you DO with these and how to handle them â€“ Iâ€™ll be following up on this subject over the next few weeks.Â Keep an eye on our blog for updates. Iâ€™ll tell you this though: I reviewed HUNDREDS of bad review responses from dentists and maybeâ€¦just maybe less than 2 percent WERE NOT IN VIOLATION OF HIPAA. Said another way â€“ in my estimation, approximately 98% of these responses had HIPAA violations! So, yes this is a problem. So much so that ProPublica did an entire article and study on the subject in coordination with Yelp. The findings wereâ€¦ not so great. See here for more info.
But back to the matter at hand. How important is your 5-Star rating?
In a nutshell â€“ not very. For that matter if you have a large number of reviews you DONâ€™T want a 5-star rating. It makes you appear to be fake.
â€śIn fact, product purchasesÂ were most influenced by reviewsÂ with an averageÂ starÂ rating between 4.2 and 4.5, according to research fromÂ GetApp. Products with five-starÂ ratings were less influenced, likely due to todayâ€™s skeptical consumersâ€™ â€ś too good to be trueâ€ť sensibilities.Â Having a few less-than-perfect reviews decreases a productâ€™s averageÂ starÂ rating, but grows the business more.â€ť
Want some real-life examples? Well, do you ever buy anything from Amazon?Â OK.Â If the product has 250 reviews and a five-star rating â€“ what is your immediate thought? If youâ€™re the average person, words like â€śScam,â€ť â€śfakeâ€ť or â€śfriends left reviewsâ€ť come to mind.
Taking this a step further â€“ look at this.Â If youâ€™re a â€śfoodie,â€ť youâ€™ve most likely heard of these three restaurants:
- Eleven Madison Park in New York City
- The French Laundry in Yountville (Napa) California and
- Le Bernardin in New York City
All three of these restaurants share a unique distinction.Â They are among the 14 restaurants in the United States that have three Michelin Stars (see here for more).
In other words â€“ they are considered the best of the bestâ€¦of the best.
Even better, on April 5, 2017, 11 Madison Park was just selected as the best restaurant on planet Earth by Eater Magazine (See here for story).
So, with all that in mind â€“ how do these business fare on Yelp? Five stars, right? Well letâ€™s look:
Hmmmm…all of them have a 4.5 or similar rating.Â Iâ€™m sure Thomas Keller (who in addition to owning the French Laundry has another three Michelin Star restaurant in New York â€“ Per Se), is quaking in his proverbial boots! Yeahâ€¦not really.
Looking at Google, youâ€™ll see similar ratings for each.
So, what does this tell us?Â Well, no matter who you are or what you do â€“ someone is going to have a problem with it. And while some complaints are valid and require action, the advent of the internet and all the good itâ€™s brought is accompanied by an invasion of Internet Trolls. Many of which would find something to complain about, even if you were saving starving babies, puppies or whateverâ€¦
So, this isnâ€™t to tell you that you should ignore negative reviews. You shouldnâ€™t. And as I mentioned, Iâ€™ll show you how to handle these in a follow up article. What does it tell you? Donâ€™t freak out about a negative review! Continue to run and manage your business. That 4.5 rating your riding with can actually be beneficial.Â It makes you appear real and like all of us â€“ imperfect!
As a final note – I have run into clients with a 5-star rating asking me what they should do? Wellâ€¦donâ€™t go leaving yourself a bad review!Â If those 5-stars were organically obtained â€“ donâ€™t worry about it and enjoy! Eventually someoneâ€™s going to take a shot at it â€“ and when they do – donâ€™t worry about that either!
For more information on this subject â€“ along with how to handle a bad review and much, much more, attend the MGE New Patient Workshop or theÂ MGE Internet Marketing Seminar. Call (800) 640-1140 to register.