The growth of digital marketing hasn’t skipped dentistry. Patients are looking for dentists online – are they finding you? Regardless of whether you just opened your dental practice or you have been around for a long time, these 6 marketing strategies for dentists are the keys to expanding your practice’s online presence.

How is the dental industry handling marketing?

Our Dental Practice Online Presence Report analyzed 10,000 practices in the US to find out.

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The Ultimate Guide to Dental Marketing

Regardless of how long you’ve been in business, marketing is how you attract and retain patients, which makes it key to sustaining your practice for years to come. What’s the key to a good marketing strategy? Building a solid foundation. Here’s how.

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Dental Website Design

Generating New Clients

Very Effective

Do It Yourself Option

Very Difficult

Typical Cost

$1,000 (predesigned) - $10,000+ (custom)

What makes a good dental website?

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of users' mistrust of a business website is directly related to web design elements.

When it comes to marketing, all roads lead to your website. If you’re spending lots of money on other marketing strategies for your dental practice and still not seeing the results you expected, your website could very well be the cause. A good website gives your patients an instant first impression of you and your practice. It showcases your specialties and skills that set you apart from your competition while providing a safe, easy-to-use experience for your patients.

What are the basics of website design for dentists?

  • Easy to use across all of the platforms users access them with – from mobile to desktop to tablets
  • Frequently updated with new, relevant content
  • Redesigned at least once every two years
  • Hosting happens on secure, trusted platforms that don’t expose users to security breaches or downtime
  • Conversion elements like forms, phone numbers, chat support, and other contact options are present and easy to use

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Local Search for Dental Practices

Generating New Clients

Effective

Do It Yourself Option

Very Difficult

Typical Cost

$50 – $250/month

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of consumers who perform a local search ultimately visit a business within 5 miles of their current location.

Local search is incredibly important for dentists. Managing the local directories and search listings for your practice means that your information is accurate – and patients in your area can find and contact you.

What’s important in a local listing? It’s known as NAP information and stands for Name, Address, and Phone number. These three listing elements are the key to making sure your listings don’t get your business penalized, but they require constant monitoring, as local listings are always changing.

We created Local Power to make it easy to manage your listings and improve your rankings. Not only does it automatically monitor and correct inaccuracies in your local listings, it constantly improves their quality.

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Dental Reputation Management (Managing Reviews)

Generating New Clients

Effective

Do It Yourself Option

Possible

Typical Cost

Free – $300/month

WHY IT MATTERS

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of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations.

Patients looking for a dentist read online reviews to help them decide who to trust. Can you blame them? Reviews offer a chance to see the results other patients have had with your practice, as well as how you handle negative reviews and customer service. Successfully managing your online reviews means successfully managing the reputation of your dental practice. 

Customers aren’t the only ones looking at your reviews. Search engines judge them too. Specifically, they’re looking at three things:

  • The number of reviews
  • The overall sentiment of the reviews
  • Your responses to each review

We created Review Power to make it easy to improve these three factors. It lets you request and monitor reviews across multiple platforms, and gives you HIPAA-compliant templates to respond to reviews with. Want to know more?

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Dental Social Media Marketing

Generating New Clients

Very Effective

Do It Yourself Option

Possible

Typical Cost

Free – $3,000/month

WHY IT MATTERS

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of Gen Z and 49% of Millenials say social media is their preferred channel for ad influence.

Social media has become a staple of every practice and is now embedded in an online user’s journey to becoming a patient. It can help instill trust and encourage connection on a more personal level. However, it’s easy to underestimate the amount of work required to run an engaging, successful social media presence that helps you stay top of mind with your current patients.

The key to doing social media successfully is planning, from the goals of your profiles to which content you’ll post. Social Power gives you a calendar view of all of your social media posts while providing templates and designs for you to work with.

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Dental Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Generating New Clients

Very Effective

Do It Yourself Option

Very Difficult

Typical Cost

$500 - $5,000/month

WHY IT MATTERS

0%

of searchers never click past the first page of results.

There’s a ton of misinformation out there about dental SEO. The truth is, search engines reward the same things your users value: correct information on a site that works well and is safe. To accomplish this, Google and other search engines weigh various factors such as the content of your site, the security protocols in place, its performance across mobile and tablet devices, and the accessibility of your site for users with disabilities. 

What can you do to help your website rank higher?

  • Make sure the technical elements of your site are working correctly - this includes your title tags, meta descriptions, & site security certificates
  • Regularly adding new content in the form of blogs and site content
  • Build relevant, high-quality backlinks

Need more tips on how to improve your site SEO quickly? Download our free SEO checklist for some instant advice on how to power up your dental SEO strategy, or view our different SEO products.

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Dental Search Engine Marketing (SEM)

Generating New Clients

Very Effective

Do It Yourself Option

Very Difficult

Typical Cost

Recommended Min Budget: $750/month. Market Dependent.

WHY IT MATTERS

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of people say paid search ads make it easier to find the information they are seeking on a website or a search engine.

SEM is often referred to interchangeably as pay-per-click (or PPC for short) because you only pay when a user clicks on your ad and lands on your dental practice’s website. What are you paying for exactly? The prime real estate at the top of a search engine results page. Because this is a paid strategy, having knowledge of budgeting, ad writing skills, and a solid website to convert the traffic you paid for is the key to success.

If you’ve mastered every other piece of dental marketing, this is a great strategy to grow your business even more. It’s also the most time-intensive and expensive. 

SEM Power is the platform for you if you don’t want to manage it on your own.

Contact us for a free online demo.

If you seek answers and help with the items listed above, you’re in the right place. We can help your dental practice reach the next level of digital marketing. If you’re ready to speak with a knowledgeable marketing professional, we are pleased to offer a free online demo and consultation.

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