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These Aren’t Your Dad’s Dental Patients

As someone once said, the rate of change of the rate of change is changing. That’s not a throwaway line. It’s a reflection of a stark truth that many dentists are slow to come to grips with. Today’s dental prospects are very different from the patients dentists treated just 10 or 15 years ago. The problems aren’t different, but the expectations of dental patients most certainly are. And those expectations are continuing to evolve quickly. The change in the rate of change poses significant challenges for dentists. It’s A Competition Thing Today’s dental prospects ...

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What Do Your Dental Patients Want Online?
What Do Your Dental Patients Want Online?

You want and need to make your social media posts stand out for your prospects. With the incredible and ongoing flood of online content these days, that’s quite a task. Regardless of which social media channels you’re using to promote your practice, the first thing to keep in mind is that you’re not posting for a national audience. All dentistry is local, so your posts need to reflect the overall cultural ethos of your market. Obviously, that will vary depending on the socioeconomic, racial, cultural, and ethnic makeup of your population. However, it’s not possible to truly be all ...

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Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Dental Content?

Content is king on when it comes to being found on Google. But for dentists, as well as almost every other business, the right amount of content is the key to keeping your website ranking high. There are two reasons why too much content is a bad thing: keyword dilution, and reader fatigue. Keyword dilution can happen in several ways. The most common is to put too many common keywords across all of your site’s pages. Just as an example, you might include the phrase, “(City, state’s) preferred dentist” on all or almost all your pages – whether it’s appropriate or not. If you ...

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More is Not Better for Dental Websites

Content is and probably always will be king as far as Google is concerned, but dentists should be wary about adding content just to try to score higher in search engine results pages (SERP). That’s not to say that content doesn’t need to be kept fresh; that four-year-old article on dental implants isn’t likely to score well. But Google is far less concerned with the quantity of content than with the quality. Quality content is Expert, Authoritative, and Trustworthy and does an excellent job of answering searchers’ questions. If you’re loading down your website with additional ...

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Dentists Who Publish a Book Stand Out

One of the biggest problems that dentists face today is the presumption of competence. That might sound like a nonsensical statement, but it’s true. Dentists are viewed as advanced-degreed professionals and, as such, they’re presumed to be competent. In the minds of your prospects, one dentist is a basically as good as another. That’s a problem when you’re trying to attract higher-value cases. The fact that you’re a dentist does nothing to differentiate you from any other dentist. You can’t count on completion of postgraduate training to help you stand out. The vast majority ...

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What Story Does Your Dental Marketing Tell?

Too much of today’s dental marketing is a straightforward proposition: “We do this for this much money.” Quite a few of a given market’s dental prospects will respond that approach. They’ll pick the lowest-price dentist, get some work done, and vanish. There are several downsides to that marketing approach. You’re having to cut your rates to be the lowest-price provider. Your marketing generates little or no repeat business. And positioning yourself as a cut-rate provider is a turnoff to the 20 percent of prospects who are looking for a relationship with a dentist who they ...

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The “Voice of the People” Can Be Bad News For Dentists

Is your image of a consumer someone who uncritically chooses the goods or services that businesses offer? You’d better rethink that, because the rise of “consumerism” is changing the face of commerce. Take smart phones as an example. Every new phone has a huge marketing push, and some people seem to be compulsive adopters of the “latest and greatest.” Most other people, however, will wait for the independent reviews to come in from the first adopters. Based on comparability in features and price, it's likely that cell phone coverage, phone reliability, and user-friendliness will ...

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Will Your Online Dental Content Strategy Fail?

Benjamin Franklin reportedly coined the phrase, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” That holds true when it comes to your dental content marketing. Many dentists treat their content marketing as an afterthought. They’ve read, or been told, that they need to produce online content, so they do. But there’s often no strategy involved or even a clearly defined goal for their content marketing efforts. That lack of planning carries the seeds of failure. 5 Steps to A Winning Content Marketing Strategy Know Your Audience Most professionals will tell you to define your ...

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How’s That Monthly Dental Advertising Thing Going?

I’ve met many dentists who can’t escape that “hamster on a treadmill” feeling. They’d prefer to spend more time solving patients’ dental problems. Instead, they have to take time away from clinical practice every single month to figure out their advertising for the next month. This is not why dentists spend four years in dental school. Not only that, marketing wasn’t on the curriculum. Not only is a traditional advertising approach annoying to dentists, its value is questionable. Dentists advertise on price, specials, coupons, and availability. So does every other dentist ...

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When Your Dental Content “Muse” is AWOL

One of the requirements for your dental website to rank high in organic search is to have fresh, authoritative content that answers searchers’ queries. Keeping that content fresh can be a challenge for dentists. Not everyone is naturally inclined toward writing and not everyone is skilled at producing content that is written a a level that your prospects will easily understand. Add in the fact that producing online content doesn’t directly make dentists any money and it’s no wonder that websites are often a “fire and forget” project for dental practices. In today’s ...

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