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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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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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Are You Impatient With Your Dental SEO?

Search engine optimization, or SEO, has been widely touted as the greatest thing since the invention of the smartphone. That’s both true and not true. One of the side effects of the internet is that everything is right now, or at least near-instant. That’s resulted in a shortening of expectations generally and particularly with regard to marketing. As the saying goes, “The problem with instant gratification is that it takes too long.” Done correctly, SEO is a highly effective means of driving more dental prospects to your website. But it’s not a quick fix, as much as most ...

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Your Dental Marketing Results Should Be Guaranteed

Manufacturers provide product warranties, and service companies offer satisfaction guarantees. Why should dental marketing services be any different? At SmartBox, we firmly believe that marketing firms should stand behind their services, and here’s why. Marketing has come a long way in the last 100 years. As an industry, we have much more knowledge, more more data, and many more demonstrated successes to help guide our efforts. In today’s connected world, every marketing company should be meticulously gathering and interpreting data about website hits, impressions, email opens and ...

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Dentists Shouldn’t Always Believe Their Self-Talk

It’s not always easy being a small business owner. Your decisions, including the staff you hire and the tone you set for your practice, are major determinants of your success. The ultimate responsibility is yours, and it’s likely that every small business owner has moments of self-doubt. One of the self-doubts that can last much longer than a moment is about the value of the services you offer. If you’re like the vast majority of dentists, you advertise based on specials, discounts, and coupons. By doing that, you’re devaluing the worth of your services. And, while it may not ...

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When Your Dental Website Makes You Look Old

There’s no environment that changes faster than the online environment. The internet is a hotbed of innovation, new design, and the next greatest thing. It’s an environment in which few dentists flourish. Your website says a lot about you and your practice, and all of it may not be good if your site isn’t updated regularly. Style matters, even for dentists. Today’s internet users can pick out a “cookie-cutter” website within seconds, and they won’t be impressed. Stale, dated design immediately brands you and your practice as old-fashioned. That may appeal to some senior ...

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Why Your New Dental Patients Have a Voice

Search from mobile devices overtook desktop computer search in 2o15. Mobile devices allow people to search from almost anywhere at almost any time. For this reason, and due to the increasing penetration of mobile devices, mobile search is expected to continue to grow steadily. Today, more and more time-pressed people are using digital assistants like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google Voice Search to find what they’re looking for online even faster. By one estimate, half of all searches will be voice searches by 2020. If you haven’t used a digital assistant, you ...

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Are You Using the RIGHT Dental Keywords?

The keywords you choose to include in your online efforts to attract new dental patients have a tremendous impact on how high you’ll place on local search engine results pages (SERP). Back in the day, “black hat” SEO types used to “stuff” dentists’ website pages with keywords to try to get better SERP placements. Those days are gone, because Google got wise to that trick quite a while back. Keyword stuffing now draws a major penalty. So, you need the right keywords to show up in search results, but even keywords aren’t what they used to be. The emphasis used to be on ...

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Does Your Dental Marketing Firm “Trick” or “Treat?”

Happy day after Halloween! Or, in some circles, All Saints Day. Halloween might present a dilemma for many of you. On the one hand, those little trick-or-treaters are expecting something delicious, sweet, and sugary in their bags or baskets. On the other hand, you’re a dentist and don’t want to promote tooth decay. Sugar-free gum probably seems like a “trick” to those youngsters who were expecting a treat. Some dental marketing firms are like that. They promise you delicious treats, in the form of impressions, views, clicks, and followers, making it sound as if those will get ...

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