Long gone are the days of scouring the internet for online reviews. Reviews are everywhere and easier to find than ever before. Last month, Google announced a new feature, reviews from the web, which pulls reviews from multiple websites and displays them in Google’s knowledge panel. This new feature allows users to see more useful, relevant content regarding their local search. The screenshot below shows how the feature looks on smart phones.
As shown below, Google now showcases other review sites’ ratings in addition to the business’s Google My Business rating in the knowledge panel. According to a Google spokesperson, the order in which the review sites are shown will be determined by relevance.
What does this mean for my practice or hospital?
When a patient performs a Google search, they now see reviews from third-party sites such as Yelp, Healthgrades, Vitals, etc., making your practice’s ratings on these sites more visible and relevant than ever.
While asking for reviews can be awkward and uncomfortable initially, it is a vital step in increasing the online presence and ratings for your practice. For more information on how to acquire new reviews, contact your reputation management account manager.
Once a ticket on ZenDesk has been solved by a member of the Corporate Online Marketing and Digital Services team, the requester of the ticket is sent an email 24 hours later inviting feedback on their support experience. The survey simply requires a one-click positive or negative rating. The requester has the additional option to leave a comment on the rating. Here is how you leave a rating and comment on a ZenDesk ticket:
Once the ticket is marked as Solved by a Corporate Marketing team member, an email is sent to the requester of the ticket.
There will be two links in the email: Good, I’m Satisfied and Bad, I’m Unsatisfied.
After clicking the link of your choosing, the URL to the original ticket will be opened. (Note: you do not need a log in to leave a rating.)
You will be prompted to rate the ticket and add an additional comment, if you would like.
Once you select a rating, it will be shaded in Green on the ticket. You will have 5 business days to change or update your rating before it is published in the system.
Our team greatly values and appreciates your feedback. Leaving a rating with or without a comment on your solved ticket will help our team provide even better customer support to you and your team in the future.
The Digital Marketing Operations Team is excited to introduce Zendesk. Zendesk is an online help desk that allows HCA practices and marketing teams to easily submit any update requests or questions regarding their online listings, Binary Fountain or general reputation management to HCA’s Digital Marketing Operations Team. After a user submits a ticket, a member of the team will follow up regarding the request within 24 hours.
Going forward, we ask that you use this online help desk to:
Claim or update online profiles for your hospital, service lines, practice or physicians.
Inquire about responding to a review
Report a duplicate online profile for removal
Contest or hide an online review
Make updates to Binary Fountain
Provide general feedback to our team
….and much, much more. When in doubt, fill it out!
Select the type of request you are submitting: Online Business Listings, Binary Fountain, Reviews or Miscellaneous.
Select a sub-category for your request under the request options.
Complete a request form, detailing all relevant information. The following fields are required and must be completed in order to submit a request:
Your location name
A detailed description of the issue
After submitting a request, a member of our dedicated team will follow up with you within 24 hours and continue to provide regular updates on the progress of your request via email. Multiple team members are available to assist with your requests or filter them to the correct people. Additionally, users also have access to a library of digital marketing toolkits to reference at their convenience.
With your help, we look forward to providing a faster, more transparent and more structured support system to better serve you. If you have any questions, please contact Hannah.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Promote My Practice has an exciting update – the Marketing and Digital Services team will now be centrally managing all online profiles, which includes updates for existing profiles and claiming requests for new practices, providers or locations. While Promote My Practice is our Physician Services Group online marketing brand and encompasses many services – including resources on online marketing and social media Best Practices, toolkits, newsletters, blog posts, etc. – our Online Marketing Training Program was a significant offering within that brand.
With the announcement of our listings management implementation, we have received a lot of questions about the Promote My Practice program and where it stands. The program itself is still active, and our team will continue to assist with questions and best practices in regard to online listing and social media sites. The biggest change to the program is the retirement of the Course 100, 200 and 300 offerings.
5 Things You Need to Know:
Practices will no longer enroll in a five-week course to learn how to claim listings – all basic online profiles will now be centrally claimed and managed.
New practices or new Practice Managers will no longer participate in a structured Promote My Practice course to receive training on claiming/updating listings, since all listings will be managed centrally.
We will be launching a new 1-hour Healthstream Training Session this summer specifically for new practices/new managers to learn how our team is managing online profiles and the new process for submitting updates. Stay tuned for more updates on this online course.
All passwords to existing online profiles have been updated with new credentials and will be maintained by one source, eliminating any Practice Manager transition or login issues.
Yext – a listings management vendor – will also continuously monitor and update any additional profiles that are created on online listing websites (including other 3rd party websites, such as Yahoo, not covered in PMP).
Course 200 – our Facebook course – has been paused this year due to leadership prioritization of centralized listings management. If you are interested in managing a Facebook page for your practice or taking action on an unclaimed page that exists for your practice, we will assist with page setup and share training materials, Best Practices and resources to those administering the page.
How Do I Make Updates to My Listings?
All Claiming Requests: If there is a Google My Business, Yelp, Vitals, Healthgrades, Foursquare or Angie’s List profile that needs to be claimed, contact Kelly Bodell.
All Profile Update Requests: If any of the above listings need to be updated, please contact Hannah Brown. These two account managers will help with any of your online listing needs and questions.
Our team will continue to update this blog with helpful news, tips and recommendations for promoting your practice’s online presence. The helpful articles in this blog will be summarized in our PSG Social Media and Online Marketing Updates email, which will now be sent quarterly. If you would like to be added to the email list, please contact Emily Williams.
If you have any additional questions about Promote My Practice and how we support PSG, please reach out to Amanda Short.
Never underestimate the power of responding to online reviews. In a recent reputation management success story, an upset patient who left a review about his negative experience at the hospital was quickly addressed offline, restoring the patient’s confidence and prompting him to update his review to 3 stars:
As a site centered on physician profiles, Healthgrades wants to ensure that physicians have a voice. Healthgrades recently integrated free text reviews, which allows patients to write reviews, as opposed to leaving only a star rating. Although physicians cannot respond to individual reviews, they can post a general response.
What is a general response?
Healthgrades does not allow users to leave a public response to individual reviews. Instead, physicians can post one general response communicating gratitude to patients who have completed the survey.
What should the message say?
What are some examples of responses?
Thank you for taking the time to complete the patient survey. As a valued patient, your feedback is of utmost importance to me and my staff. We are committed to providing you with the best care possible.
Thank you for sharing your experience. Patient feedback is important to us as we continue to make strides towards enhancing the patient experience. My staff and I take great pride in serving the <insert city> community and we are honored to be your healthcare provider.
Thank you for your feedback! It has been a privilege serving the <insert city name> for the past <insert number of years> years. My staff and I aim to provide the highest quality patient care and we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience.
I appreciate your time in submitting a patient survey. If you received great service and attention, please tell a friend. If you did not, please tell me or my staff. We are committed to providing you with the best care.
If would like to update the general response for your provider, please contact Hannah Brown or Kelly Bodell. You may use an example response or submit a customized response.
Healthgrades recently added free text reviews to their patient satisfaction surveys to keep up with the rise in consumerism throughout the healthcare industry. The driving belief is that the new review feature will add to the meaningful information that helps patients choose the right physician using Healthgrades as a tool. Below are three key things to note about the new free text feature:
Healthgrades reads every review that is posted to the site
Once a patient submits a patient satisfaction survey, Healthgrades screens each submission to verify it complies with their stated policies and that the review isn’t spam.
Healthgrades does not allow for physician or practice responses to text reviews, unlike other review sites such as Vitals or Yelp. Although you do not have the ability to respond to specific reviews, you do have the ability to post a general response to all reviews on your Healthgrades profile page.
To post a general response; login to your Healthgrades profile. Click on the “Your Voice” option, on the left hand side of the screen.
Then, select the Response to Patient Satisfaction Surveys option in the Your Voice Section.
You cannot hide or delete reviews, but you can “flag” them
Unlike Vitals, you cannot hide Healthgrades reviews. However, you can “flag” the post, making a request for Healthgrades to review the post. You must first login to your profile, and then flag the review. The Healthgrades team will review your flagged comment within 2 Business Days.