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Getting More Reviews

 I’ve heard over and over again how important reviews are to a practice. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks one day. I was visiting another city and was looking for a great place to eat. And of course it had to be a Thai restaurant. How did I decide where to go? I ‘googled’ it.

So it was right then and there that I decided to pay more attention to getting more reviews for the practice. At that time we had about 5 reviews on google. Now we have 87. It has been about 14 months or so.


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There are literally hundreds of ways of doing this. I’ve tried fancy software systems, ipad kiosks, asking patients, etc. I just want to share with you what we are doing right now.

We Have A Pretty Basic Approach To Patient Reviews.

ASK. It’s pretty simple.

Usually I would say something simple like – “Mrs. Jones you’ve been a great patient in our practice. We are working on improving our overall Google ranking and helping others know more about our practice. Would you kindly take a moment of your time to leave an honest Google review on your experience at our practice. It would really mean a lot to me.”

It’s amazing what happens.

To make it easy for the patient simply hand them a business card with instructions on how to leave a review. Here’s what ours looks like:


Dental Arts Google Review Card

Give it a try and see what happens. You’ll be shocked. Now hopefully you are treating your patients well so you get 5 star reviews!

Subliminal Requests.

The other way we encourage reviews is utilizing our Revenue Well software. Baked into every message is a ‘leave a review’ button. If the patient clicks that, they can easily leave a review of your office.

You can take these reviews and feature them on Facebook and of course ask the patient to submit them to Google, Yelp, etc.

Reviews are an important part of your business. In today’s world you can’t properly represent your practice without them – especially the ones on Google.

Get started today!

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Does Yelp work?

Does Yelp work?

In today’s competitive environment all dental offices must have a good understanding of how social media can work for their practices.  It is very important to gain the social media business intelligence that will drive new patient flow in the most effective manner – and that is not always easy. Net32’s annual surveys of Social Media Habits for Dentists show a strong and growing interest in dentists trying to leverage social media sites for new patient acquisition. In fact, in 2014 almost 34% of dentists were seeking to use social media sites for new patient acquisition as opposed to only 18% in 2010.  So, what is working for you?  Let’s take Yelp as a real life example. Is Yelp driving new patients for your dental practice? Here’s my story.

Like any well managed office my team asks all new patients “Whom may we thank for referring you to our practice?”  Although we have tremendous new patient acquisition, despite trying for the last 4 years or so, next to no one refers to Yelp as the referral source. Make no mistake, we have been quite successful in acquiring terrific reviews by means of internal marketing, links on post-appointment surveys and monthly specials emails, QR codes on appointment cards, website links, slides in the lobby, laptops, and iPads, etc. etc. Currently we have ten 5 star reviews showing and 59 reviews (the vast majority being 5 star) that yelp’s algorithm declines to display. Relative to other sources Yelp is yielding a big fat goose egg. How are you determining if Yelp is of any value to your practice, and what do you consider best practices?

Perhaps patients’ use of Yelp is different in other parts of the country. Perhaps my experience is not the norm. However, it appears that Yelp in North Carolina is not working for me.

Maybe further education is in order to expand our Yelp business intelligence? So far our study of best practices has not disclosed any new gems nor led to any new tactics to try.

5 Stars is the best rating possible on Yelp and that is not driving patients to my door. What’s your story?

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6 Yelp survival skills that every dentist should know

Dr. Johnson’s epic battle with the Yelp review filter*



Dr. Johnson is a dentist in Philadelphia who has been practicing for more than 30 years. He has treated thousands of patients over his career. One day in 2013, he Googled himself, and to his dismay, only one person had left him a review on Yelp. The review was written two years ago. It was negative, and he suspected it was written by a former employee.

Dr. Johnson asked Yelp to remove the review. However, nothing he tried—not even purchasing advertising from Yelp—would convince them to remove the review.

His next idea was to request that patients evaluate him on Yelp. By getting more reviews, Dr. Johnson hoped to receive a more favorable Yelp rating. That’s when the doctor learned about the Yelp Review Filter.

Over the next three months, Yelp hid every review that patients left for Dr. Johnson. The only review that remained was the original bad review. And below the bad review was a line of gray text showing how many other reviews had been hidden.

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A count of how many reviews the Yelp review filter hid on Dr. Johnson’s account

Undeterred, the doctor continued sending patients to Yelp. The number of filtered reviews continued to grow. Only the original bad review was still visible.

The doctor wished he could sue Yelp. He performed online searches and found that Yelp had already been sued many times. In these lawsuits, Yelp had prevailed because of free speech and the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which protects sites like Yelp from being held liable for things consumers write.

Frustrated, the doctor gave up and learned to live with his one star review.


Online review websites, like Yelp, are becoming increasingly important to the business of dentistry. As a dentist in 2014, you need to have some basic survival skills to ensure that you don’t waste precious time like Dr. Johnson did.

The Yelp review filter behaves like a SPAM filter. Yelp has had to do this for legitimate reasons to block fake reviews. Just as authentic emails can get caught in spam, patient reviews can get caught in the Yelp review filter. If you send a lot of patients to Yelp to write reviews, the Yelp Review Filter will go into a tizzy and may filter most of your reviews—regardless of whether you pay for advertising.


Do not send massive amounts of patients to Yelp to write reviews. If Yelp sees that you received one review in 2012, three reviews in 2013 and suddenly 34 reviews in 2013, they are going to know that you are spiking your reviews.


If you do send people to Yelp, do it subtly. Ideally, you would only send regular Yelp users to your profile. People who have never used Yelp before should be directed to other websites, like Vitals, to write reviews for you.


Don’t buy advertising on Yelp if your sole intent is to remove reviews. There are merits to advertising on Yelp, but the review filter exists to build trust with Yelp’s audience. They will not change their review filter in exchange for payment.


Claim your Yelp profile and update your website to link to your testimonials page. Pictured below:


One Review Concierge client’s Yelp profile – see how it links to /reviews.html.

People who are reading your Yelp profile want to learn about your reviews. The most visited link on your Yelp profile is your website. So send prospective patients to your website to read all your positive reviews in one place.


The best way to approach negative reviews is to respond with kindness.


Get professional help. There are a multitude of online reputation management companies out there. Make sure whichever company you choose is making realistic promises. I would question any company that claims they can get reviews removed from Yelp more than 5% of the time.

To gain more survival skills, we recommend that dentists read the Online Review Survival Course for Doctors. The survival course is free and publicly accessible. It covers a brief history of online reviews as well as the treatment options for dental practices who have received negative reviews.

*The story is based on actual events. Names have been changed to protect the innocent.

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