When we speak to new clients we often find that their website, Facebook, blogs, and other online platforms all look different making it difficult for patients to see they belong to the same practice. There is no branding-the use of fonts, colors and imagery from one place to the next is different, and there is nothing consistent about the messaging. You have to wonder, how would this make a new patient feel about your practice?
Practices often ask us, “Should I continue running an ad on this site?” or “Should I continue spending money on these postcards?” Our question to them is, have you tracked the results of the campaign? One of the biggest challenges with marketing is measuring results. While not all of your marketing efforts can be precisely tracked, much of it can.
Not all dentists are the same, but do your patients know that? When we ask doctors what makes them unique most of them give us the same answer, “ We are friendly, have a great team and use state-of-the-art technology.” These are all great attributes, but how will this make you different from all the…
Not many people think of going to the dentist as fun. As with most health practitioners, the dentist is usually thought of as a serious and professional place. Marketing your dental practice, however, can attract more people with the use of some light hearted humor. There are many, shall we say not so fun brands, that spice up their marketing to stand out and get noticed. Geico Insurance, for example, took a dull subject and created amusing advertisements that are well recognized across multiple media channels. Not all practices may be feel up to this type of marketing but if you like to think of yourself as fun, laid back and you are willing to stand out then a campaign that grabs attention may be for you.
When you think of marketing your practice, you probably think about using your website, social media posts, emails, and online ads to attract new patients. In any solid marketing strategy, however, you shouldn’t overlook your existing patients-they are key to the success of your practice. In fact, once you acquire a patient, think of it as just the beginning of your marketing relationship with them, as well. Here are reasons why you should:
The countdown to the New Year has begun, and we can’t wait to help market our clients in 2020 so they can reach even more new patients and grow their practice. This is also a time to reflect on what we can do different, or improve upon so that marketing processes and plans run more effectively. One common occurrence we notice is that dental practices start to plan in late November to do something special for the holidays. Most likely, they are not aware that as a marketing agency we work months in advance on projects and they should too. Here’s how your practice can plan properly for effective marketing next year.
Steve Jobs said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Asking patients for a review puts you in a vulnerable position. You hope they will leave positive feedback, but what if they don’t and their not so flattering review is online for everyone to read. In the past, this hesitancy to ask any and all customers to leave a review led businesses to filter candidates, a process known as “review-gating”. It was a common practice and in fact, we did this for our clients years ago, too. Not long ago, however, Google and other credible review sites put a stop to it and for good reason. Like Google, we noticed it wasn’t helping our clients, but actually hurting them in the long run.
When you write a book that becomes a #1 best seller on Amazon, your first reaction might be to pop the champagne corks and start celebrating. That’s not quite what’s happening here at the My Dental Agency offices. While our book, Dental Disruption: The Decade That Changed Dentistry, is now a #1 best seller on Amazon, we are feeling grateful and humbled more than anything.
Unlike a Halloween horror movie, marketing your practice doesn’t have to be scary. The trick is to not be like Freddy or Jason when it comes to digital marketing and scare your patients away with creepy tactics. Instead follow these tips to lead you out of the corn maze and have your patients calling you the hero.