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Let’s Cut Through the Dental Marketing “Smoke and Mirrors”

There are probably thousand of U.S. marketing firms offering services to dental practices. Some of those companies are good at what they do. Quite a few of them tend to specialize in one area marketing – search engine optimization, social media marketing, and content writing come to mind. Not to “diss” any particular company, but there’s no “magic marketing bullet” that will consistently get you the new patients you need. It’s like having one tool in your toolbox; it’s just not up to tackling all the jobs that need to be done. Today’s dental prospects overwhelmingly ...

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What’s In Your Dental Marketing?

You couldn’t operate your dental practice without having carefully designed processes and procedures in place. From dental insurance to billing to appointment-setting, your practice needs structure. The same holds true for the clinical side of your business. But have you ever given the same degree of thought and planning to your marketing? Probably not. The vast majority of dentists have no formal training in the principles and best practices of marketing. They tend to do what they’ve learned from other dentists, or what they see their competitors doing. In a way, that’s a shame, ...

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Did You Hear About Colin’s New Dental Marketing Book?

In 2017, Colin Receveur released a groundbreaking work about dental marketing in an uncertain age. The Four Horsemen of Dentistry: Survival Strategies for the Private Dental Practice Under Siege has proven to be enormously popular with dentists everywhere. The book identified four macroeconomic forces that pose a severe threat to unprepared dental practices: corporate dentistry, new dental school graduates, declining dental insurance reimbursements, and economic uncertainty. Moreover, The Four Horsemen of Dentistry provided a proven solution for dentists to meet those challenges and ...

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What You Really Need To Grow Your Dental Practice

There’s rarely been a better time for dentists to embrace practice growth. The economy continues to surge, a recent market correction notwithstanding. With unemployment near record lows, and the recent tax cut promising to put more money in families’ pockets, smart dentists will position their practices to benefit. There’s just one problem – how do you do that? You certainly didn’t study practice marketing in dental school. You probably didn’t intend to add to your professional workload by managing your marketing yourself. Frankly, it’s a huge waste of dentists’ time and ...

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When Dentists’ Retirement Is Just a Fading Dream

Having trouble watching this video? Click here. Patient Attraction Episode 1120 The Great Recession forced many baby boomer dentists to delay their retirement plans. But the effects of that downturn lingered for years, and it’s only been in the last 2 years or so that dentists’ incomes have begun to recover. That may not be a pressing concern for you right now, but the lesson from 2008 to 2010 should be clear. Any dentist’s retirement plans can be derailed if the economy goes south. After the break, I’ll tell you how you can insulate your dental practice against economic ...

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Why Orthodontists Must Master Local Search

Things aren’t looking that bright for a lot of orthodontists these days. There was a time when orthodontists pretty much had a lock on the business of correcting malocclusions. They did have a lock on treating more complex orthodontic cases. That all changed when Invisalign® was introduced. Suddenly, GP dentists could effectively treat mild to moderate orthodontic cases. And they did, signing up by the tens of thousands for Invisalign training. That was a serious blow to many orthodontists’ pocketbooks. Invisalign was challenge enough, but now ClearCorrect has tossed its hat in ...

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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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You Catch the “Fish” That Will Take Your Dental Bait

People who enjoy fishing know that certain kinds of lures and baits are better suited for attracting certain kinds of fish. There’s a lesson here for dentists. Most dentists advertise their practices the way that dentists have for decades. They offer low prices, specials, and discounts. Those are the bait, or the lure, in their marketing. And just as with fishing, only a certain type of patient will bite. That type of prospect is generally price-driven, insurance-driven, or a one-and-done patient with relatively low case value. But when it comes to attracting the new patients you need ...

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Track Down the Weaknesses in Your Dental Marketing

Dentists aren’t detectives, although some diagnostic puzzles may challenge your deductive skills. But one area where dentists can benefit from doing some investigation is their online marketing. Dentists aren’t trained as marketers. For that reason, many dentists’ marketing violates a lot of the rules that determine good marketing. That may or may not be the case with your marketing. Regardless, here are four mistakes that dentists’ make with their marketing that you should avoid at all costs. Number 1: Limiting the number of marketing channels Almost no business needs to be ...

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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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READY TO THRIVE?

If you’re ready to begin getting the only result that matters from your marketing - more and better patients in your chairs - get started today and schedule your Practice Discovery Session™. They’re free to serious dentists who want to see a Patient Attraction System™ that can double or even triple their practice.