You have likely heard the old adage, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” It’s better to value and appreciate what you already have. It’s cheaper, too. A lot of dental practices have no idea what their cost-per-patient acquisition is. Have you calculated your costs for every new butt in your chair?
More Time Not More Money
Dentists, and a lot of marketers for that matter, almost completely ignore the profit potential sitting idle within their existing patient base. If you’ve read any of my blogs, you’ve likely heard me promoting the idea that dentists and their teams need to spend more time on their marketing, not more money.
You don’t have to discount dentistry or constantly chase higher new patient numbers. The truth is, there is likely a mountain of profitability right where you are.
The Power of Storytelling In Your Marketing
It all starts with storytelling. You have a story. Your practice has a story. Your patients have a story. Dentistry is unique in that there is a high-level of intimacy between you and your patients, plus a pretty universal anxiety/fear attached to your relationship. Understanding and expressing empathy is a great starting point for building a valuable connection.
Maximizing your patient experience is where I always recommend dentists start. Are you packing as much into your schedule as humanly possible? What do you think that is doing to your patient experience? Could case acceptance increase if you or a member of the hygiene team spent a little more time chairside? I don’t mean to play Devil’s advocate, but I always encourage practices to think about the experience, start to finish, as honestly as possible.
Next, all elements of the brand need to be reviewed and synergized. Your website, social media, SEO strategy, and reviews and testimonials all need to work together to promote integrity, trust, professionalism, cleanliness, etc. Consumers put a lot of emphasis on the experience of others even after a referral from a trusted friend or family member. Analyzing, optimizing and executing a cohesive marketing and branding strategy is no easy feat.
I know many, if not all of you, are already actively asking for reviews. What are you doing with those reviews after you have them? Are you just leaving them on Google or Facebook? Are you posting them on social media, along with photos and video of other happy patients? You need to be. Your existing patients wield the most power of persuasion for potential new patients. Not stock photography models.
Your Dental Practice Sales Approach
Aside from just reviews and a strong social media following, you should review your sales process. What happens once a patient confirms their appointment? Stop chasing sales after the appointment. Sell in the lead-up time to the appointment.
Over the years, I’ve had the honor of spending time with Revenuewell founder, Alex Nudel. Alex is a huge proponent for preemptive selling to patients once they confirm their appointment. It really works and it can change the profitability of your practice.
All you need to do is send a quick video message promoting products and services, like whitening for example, on the front end of hygiene visits. Most people want white teeth. Give them the option to add it before their visit. They can know and adjust their schedule for the added time during the appointment.
Most people say “no” chairside because:
- They don’t feel connected to you. You haven’t gained their trust.
- They haven’t been presented financing options beforehand.
- They don’t fully understand the value of the treatment
- They simply don’t have time.
Spend a little extra time and send this information and their options ahead of the appointment. Use video! It’s powerful and will get much more engagement than standard text.
You’ll be surprised how many people say yes!
I’m not saying new patients aren’t important. They are. However, focusing on existing patients will always provide tremendous upside for the practice. With a little extra time and care you will connect and build a bond that promotes loyalty and case-acceptance. Each member of your tribe will likely promote you to their family and friends, leave you great reviews, engage with you on social media, and stay with you for the long-term.
Start marketing products and services in the lead-up to appointments, not after the fact. Understand that patients are busy and need to “pencil you in”, to their lives, too. Maybe they would love to accept professional whitening after a cleaning, they can’t because they didn’t plan the extra time. This is a silly reason to lose revenue. Give options for treatment and products before. Shoot quick videos and add them to your confirmation, reminder and reactivation email sequences. Have your team text or call. You have options!
This marketing approach is slower. It’s not flashy or sexy. It will take more time and effort. But the ROI is there. Understanding human behavior and maximizing the relationship with each patient can and does lead to strong, steady growth.
Look at your patient experience and overall marketing presence. Give it an honest review. You can chat with a Dental Marketing Expert on our homepage anytime, too. Stop by today for a risk-free, zero-obligation audit of your existing website and SEO strategy.
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Getting more traffic to your dental practice website, blog, and/or social media channels is a want of every dentist. In the modern digital age, it’s harmful not to have a strong online presence. Sadly, there is no “silver bullet” for increasing traffic.
Your content strategy and approach need to be FSCP. Focused. Strategic. Consistent. Patient. Those are the ingredients to success. I see practices that are doing a good job initially, but after a couple of weeks they abandon their strategy because it didn’t “do anything”. You have to commit and persevere in content marketing. There is a lot of noise out there and it will take time to cut through.
In this blog, I am going to show you a quick, easy way to get more traffic without spending more money. Who doesn’t love that?
Getting More Traffic to Your Dental Practice’s Website
Let’s face it, sharing curated content is much easier than creating content. Start by thinking about how you, your friends, and family use the internet. You read and share articles, right? We all do (and we spend WAY too much time doing it).
I want to introduce you to Snip.ly.
Snip.ly is an incredible tool that allows you to use content curation to drive traffic to your website. What’s better? It’s free!
Every time you share an article, on any social network, you will share the Snip.ly link versus the original link. The Snip.ly version appears the same as the original, only it includes a call to action at the bottom of the page. This allows the reader to go straight to your website or landing page. See below:
You can always include credit to the article’s source. It is a great way to build relationships with influencers and engage their audience, but it is not required.
Get started with Snip.ly
Here is an easy, step-by-step guide to get going.
- Go to snip.ly and sign up for a free account. Yes, you just type “snip.ly” into your browser.
- You will need to create a practice account with an email.
- Setup your brand profile. You are going to want to upload your logo and decide on where you want to drive traffic.
I would advise you have a dedicated page to send traffic to. Do not just drop them on your home page. Send them to your Contact page or to a landing page for the service you are promoting (whitening, Invisalign, CEREC, etc.).
- Once your brand profile is set up, find an article you want to share.
- Copy/Paste the URL of the article into Snip.ly.
- A box will appear where you will customize your CTA. Choose what you want to readers to see as a message, customize your CTA button, and input the URL of where you want your web traffic to go.
- Click “Create” and you will see the new URL you’ve just created. It will be shorter and should start with http://snip.ly/.
That’s it! You just created your first snip! Copy the Snip.ly URL and head over to your social media accounts and start sharing using the new link.
*Additional Dental Marketing Tip – Install the Snip.ly Chrome extension. It will make snipping much easier! Any time you come across a great article, you can immediately “snip” that content in your browser.
Powerful Content Marketing
There are various levels of Snip.ly pricing. As stated, the free version allows up to 1,000 clicks per month. Paid versions give more customization options for logos, buttons, etc. It’s fully customizable! Create multiple CTA’s for various services, different seasonal drive times, different types of content, or for more than one office location.
Every Snip.ly account includes some really helpful analytics and tracking information, too. Your dashboard will give you data such as the number of snips you’ve created, clicks, average time on your pages, etc. This is powerful for your dental practice as it allows you to gauge what content worked and what did not work in generating traffic.
Tracking your marketing ROI shouldn’t just be about money. You need to spend and track your time intentionally, too. Stop wasting valuable time on things that aren’t working.
Snip.ly is powerful and awesome. It will allow you to use influencer content to drive traffic to your website. It allows you to share relevant, engaging content with your audience and continue to build those important relationships that keep your brand strong and your patients referring.
If you want to build strong relationships and get your patient referral network running like a well-oiled machine, we are here to help! Chat with us anytime at GrowPracitceGrow.com.
I would love to hear about your experience with Snip.ly and how it helps boost your website traffic! Email me with questions, thoughts, or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Have you considered using Facebook Messenger in your marketing strategy?
A retargeting strategy will go a long way in promoting your practice to site traffic and those already familiar with your brand. Using Messenger can provide even better ROI.
Facebook Messenger ads give you the ability to engage patients and potential patients without actually having to “engage”.
Here is how it works: When a prospect clicks on your ad it starts a “conversation” with your practice… No matter what kind of device your prospect is using! Cool huh?
You can use Messenger ads in a few different ways. You can:
– Promote an offer or service.
– Offer a discount on the products you sell.
– Request likes and follows on social media.
Add a warm greeting and a clickable graphic to start engaging with potential new patients in a fun, unique way! It’s a great way to get a relationship started without a phone call or the need for a visit. That means more productivity for you and your team – focusing on dentistry versus prospecting.
Messenger Ads have a lot of potential from a customer service and sales perspective… and this feature is still very much in its infant stage. By adding this to your Facebook strategy, you will be able to start telling your story, building relationships, and creating a personalized, intimate patient experience your competition won’t come close to.
Are you paying over $500 per month for an SEO strategy that isn’t producing new patients? As a dentist, you are a local specialty service provider. A complex and expensive SEO strategy isn’t needed to drive local new patients to your office. Even if you practice in multiple locations, local search needs to be set up, effectively, for each market. Google estimates around 73% of all, yes all, online activity are from customers looking for local businesses in their area. This is advantageous for your dental practice and should be a cornerstone of your new patient strategy. The best part… you can do this yourself. Here’s what you need to know to get new patients in your practice.
Own Your Google Business Listing
Optimize your Google Business listing. I mean really knock it out of the park. First, claim your listing. Verify it. Next, go through and thoroughly complete your Google Business Listing. This will serve two purposes:
- One, it will help patients find you.
- Google will rank you higher if your listing is complete versus one that is incomplete. *Make sure that you select specific categories for your business.
Own Targeted Local PPC
If your plans for your practice include global conquest, that’s great. Most likely though, your ads don’t need to be seen by everyone all over the world. By setting up targeting, your ads will only display in a certain location or set of locations as specified. We recommend a 5-mile radius around the practice location. However, in more rural/urban locations, the radius may fluctuate.
Own Call Tracking
Your practice needs a solution to track and measure phone calls. Setup a call tracking phone number for every new patient source like Facebook, Google, radio, etc. This will help you to see which sources are producing new patients and which are not. Thus, you can optimize your advertising budget to profitable channels and make your marketing dollars much more intentional. This call tracking number needs to be connected to your Google Business Listing so that AdWords will pull the number into ads through it’s “location extension” feature. This allows more phone calls to generate on local searches and improve your AdWords quality score.
That’s it! That’s the “secret sauce” of effective local search. Sounds easy right? Not necessarily. You can do this yourself. However, we can make it easy by providing solutions to create, implement and manage all of the above for you. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the stream of new patients.
You Deserve More
As a dentist, you deserve more. You deserve more than overpriced services and the confusion, frustration, even fear that can come with any marketing agency’s pitch. There are a lot of fancy words floating around out there like SEO, PPC, keywords, ranking, etc. I’ve heard them all as I am sure you have, too. The truth is, SEO is important. However, it should not cost you an arm and a leg.
Common SEO Problems
Many dental practices are struggling in the same areas of SEO, so I put together a new e-book all about the 5 most common SEO mistakes that dental practices make. You can pick up a free copy here, but first, I want to talk about your brand. You see, SEO and PPC and a website that costs thousands aren’t the Pandora’s box that unlocks the riches of modern dentistry for you. It’s all important, but the fact is, your patient is buying you. Most consumers don’t care to know the details of a procedure, how expensive your tech is, how much granite you’ve had installed or the number of flat screen TVs you’ve got. Those aspects tie into an awesome patient experience no-doubt, but in the end, they are buying you. People want a dentist they like, know, and trust. Think about it, how many of you have that office in town that’s been there forever, they do little to no marketing, and they are still killing it in the production department? No matter what promo or discounts you run or what you give away, the majority of those patients will not leave. Ringing any bells?
Stop Wasting Marketing Dollars
The fact is, you can spend a ton of money on marketing. I have been in dental marketing for years and I have seen no fiscal investment outweigh a dentist who is willing to invest time in their community and social media. Referrals will always be your strongest marketing pipeline. When I say strongest, I mean those patients that stay with you for years, that make their recall appointments, that accept treatment and that pay their debts. Quality patients. That is the bread and butter of profitable dentistry.
Will quality patients walk-in off the street, too? Absolutely. But, delighting your existing patient base will work wonders for your bottom line versus trying to win over cold leads. Invest in your practice, in your team, and in your patients. Connect with the community. Start a blog. Branding is where I’ve seen dental practices really take their marketing to the next level, and I have tried it all.
In the coming months, I’m going to be sharing a lot of content that I hope you enjoy and that can help you and your colleagues see real growth. I look forward to the journey together.
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