Why Google Reviews Are More Important for Your Medical Practice Than Yelp Reviews

December 09, 2021

You know that online reviews are a crucial component of your medical PR strategy. However, did you know that the effectiveness of those reviews relies heavily on the platform on which patients leave them?

3 reasons to make Google reviews an integral component of your medical PR strategy

When it comes to review websites, two major ones come to mind: Google and Yelp. While it cannot hurt to have reviews on both platforms, those left on Google likely serve you better in the long run. Not only are Google reviews easier for patients to leave and more visible to searchers, but they also offer less competition and more opportunity. If that sounds too good to be true, check out these three reasons more medical practices are marketing to patients online via Google reviews.

1. Google reviews can help with your medical practice ranking

Local SEO is crucial for business. According to the data, 34% of people who conducted a search on a computer or tablet visited the business’s physical location within one day. 50% of people who used a mobile phone to conduct a search did the same. A whopping 78% of local-based searches ended up in an offline purchase. A 2017 Local SEO Guide assessed the various ranking factors and found that of the top 10, nine involved Google reviews.

Google, which determines its rankings based on how likely the results will satisfy users, likely uses its reviews because they offer a simple and indisputable way to gauge customer satisfaction. With Yelp, however, Google cannot know for sure if reviews are legitimate. This uncertainty leads to distrust, which means Google is unlikely to deliver Yelp reviews in the top results. The bottom line is, if improving your medical practice ranking is a priority, using Google reviews over Yelp is a must.

2. People have trust issues with Yelp

People rely on reviews, period. According to one survey, 85% of people trust online reviews from strangers as much as they do personal recommendations from friends or family. Of those, 73% say they trust a business more if it has more positive reviews. So, reviews are reviews, right? Not necessarily.

There have been several very public grievances concerning Yelp’s practices and the legitimacy of its reviews. When presented with one review from Google and one from Yelp, potential patients are likely to give more weight to the one from Google.

3. Google lets you ask patients to leave reviews

Per Yelp’s policy, you cannot even hint to patients that you would like them to leave reviews. Yelp assumes that you will only ask for reviews when you know it is going to be a glowing one. Google, on the other hand, has no such rule. In fact, the search engine giant wants to make review garnering easier on you by providing an official review link. People are more likely to leave positive reviews if asked to do so, so prioritize Google and then ask away.

Get help setting up your Google reviews account

Make Google reviews an integral part of your medical PR campaign. Contact Doctor Genius at 1-877-477-2311 to learn more about how we can make your reviews work harder for you.

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