Facebook Reviews Are Now Recommendations
Back in August of 2018 Facebook announced several changes rolling out to business pages, with the reviews to recommendations change being one of the most discussed.
Dentists with Facebook Business Pages have always been able to feature ratings and reviews from your patients, and patients could always leave you a review.
So what’s changed?
Those reviews are now recommendations.
Reviews don’t exist in a 1-5 number rating anymore, now it’s more of a richer, personal experience.
Although the numerical star rating system is still displayed on your Facebook Page, that’s only for reviews & ratings you accrued before the change to Recommendations.
Now when your patients want to write a review, they can choose to recommend you – or not.
Here is how Facebook puts it:
Recommendations: Your customers are your best ambassadors. When people look for places to eat, shop or book a service they often ask their friends and families where to go. That’s why we’re making it easier for people to recommend your business by bringing Recommendations to your Page. People will now be able to post a Recommendation for your business including text, photos and tags directly on your Page. And Recommendations will also help you reach people while they’re searching for or talking about your business.
When your loyal patients now visit your dental practice Facebook page, instead of rating you with 1-5 stars, they’ll now be presented with the option to recommend your dental practice.
Here is what it looks like – on mobile:
And those aren’t the only changes to business pages Facebook has rolled out to continue what can only be a deeper dive into the local search realm – and a grab at small business ad dollars.
In addition to the Recommendations update, Facebook Business Pages also added or enhanced Page Stories, Page Templates & Action Buttons, Events, Jobs, & Customized Business Info.
3 Reasons Why Facebook Recommendations Are Better Than Reviews
Facebook reports that 1 in 3 people on Facebook use the platform to look for Recommendations and reviews.
Think of reviews as one-dimensional number-rating feedback, whereas recommendations are a powerful sentiment that communicates more trust, authenticity & value.
Not only do Facebook Recommendations provide a more genuine form of social proof, they’ll also be valuable as a new patient acquisition tool.
When someone recommends your practice on Facebook, it will appear in their feed for their social network to see, amplifying that word-of-mouth with each new recommendation.
Here are three reasons why Facebook Recommendations are better than reviews...