New Data on the Power of Online Reviews to Get More New Patients
How often do you look up online reviews of a local business you’re interested in before you make any decisions about products or services?
If you’re like most people, the answer is all the time. The first thing most consumers do after looking up a practice’s website is go straight to the online reviews left by other patients. Did those people have a bad or good experience? What was their reasoning behind the review they posted?
The 2016 BrightLocal Local Consumer Review Survey* was published recently, and had some key takeaways that we can learn from:
Today’s Topic: What is Remarketing?
Remarketing. Are you familiar with this term? Maybe not but you have noticed its effects any time you are surfing the web. Have you ever Googled a phrase like “Men’s dress shoes” in order to find a pair you might like to buy only to see ads for Cole Haan pop up in your Facebook feed? And then you continue to see Cole Haan ads everywhere you go online? Or maybe you put some items in your shopping cart on Amazon and left them there, only bombarded with ads offering a discount on the very items you have yet to purchase?
Would You Hire The Person You Just Spoke To?
Recently my beautiful wife – whom I somehow convinced to marry me years ago – and I took an anniversary trip to New York City, the place where we first met each other. I booked the plane tickets through Delta Airlines months in advance. Unfortunately when booking, I completely forgot to complete our seat assignments. About four days before the flight I called Delta in a panic to do just that. The call went smoothly, I got the seats I wanted, and at the end of the call the representative asked me if I would complete a one question survey. What happened next surprised me.
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The one question was:
“Would you hire the customer service representative you just spoke to for a customer service position in your business?”
I was blown away! I had never heard that one before. I was completely expecting the most popular one-question survey that there is (which is also referred to as “NetPromoter”): “How likely would you be to recommend us to a colleague, friend or family member?” But the airline has a found a new way to measure true customer satisfaction with their servicing team.
Five Things You Should Look For When Choosing a Dental / Medical Marketing Company
This week are discussing what dentists and doctors should be looking for when choosing a dental / medical marketing company.
- How many clients have they worked with LIKE YOU? You want to work with a marketing company that has “been there, done that.”, and has significant experience working with doctors. You don’t want to be their first client so that they can make their mistakes with you. Make sure they are experienced (i.e. they have already had plenty of successes and a few failures and learned from them all). Ask for references, case studies, etc.
- Your marketing company should have a proficient understanding of your services and how they appeal to your patients. Dentistry is a unique (and complicated) business. That is why you have to go to school for so long! A really good dental/medical marketer understands your business and services (at least at a high level) and more importantly, understands the best ways to communicate those services to the masses.
- They should not be too big…or too small. If you work with one of the bigger agencies you will likely be pawned off on rotating account managers who will ask you your customer ID number every time you call. If you decide to cancel your service you will be put in an endless loop of trying to find the right person that you have to speak to before you cancel. If you work with a company that is too small you will end up waiting months and months for your logo to be designed! You want to work with a company that knows you by name, not account number; and where the success of your business is as important to them as it is to you.
You already have a Facebook page set up for your practice (and if you don’t you should) but what does it do for you? If you are like many small business owners, posting to your social media account is something that happens “sometimes” and usually just during the holidays. But you can utilize your practice’s Facebook page to drive more people to your website with Facebook advertising, gaining more “likes” for your practice’s page along the way.
Now, some of you might be thinking “Well, I advertise through Google Adwords…should I switch?” The answer is no. Facebook is a great supplement to your Google Adwords strategy, but it should not replace it entirely. The advantage of Google is that if someone is looking for a dental implant at that very moment they are going to find your website. Facebook is great for brand building and for getting new prospects who are passively looking at their Facebook newsfeed to your website to check you out.
That being said, here are the top 6 reasons that you should be advertising on Facebook…
Everyone thinks they are special (including me). We all know we are better than our competitors. But when our patients ask us why, it is often a hard question to answer with certainty. Even though we may know what makes us better, it not always easy to communicate that to a patient.
In the increasingly competitive market of dentistry, it is more important than ever to STAND OUT. If potential patients see your marketing and think you are no different than the other dentists out there, why should they pick up the phone and call you? Here are some tips on how to STAND OUT.
Today we’d like to talk about a source of new patient referrals that is often overlooked in a dental practice. Referrals from your team members.
I am not talking about the friends and family referrals that you might get from your receptionist or your assistant (that you feel obligated to offer at a discount), but a calculated and measurable plan to increase the number of patients that come to you through this channel of people.
Have you ever considered that your team can be a walking billboard for your business when they are out on their lunch break or just running errands on the weekend? Why not encourage them to engage with potential new patients when they are out and about?
It is real simple to do. It requires not much more than a handful of Care to Share cards and maybe a clever, well-designed t-shirt branded with your logo that encourages potential patients to ask your team members, “Hey, where is that dental office?” (According to OSHA, they should not be wearing those scrubs out of the office anyway!)
Total Online Presence. Does that sound familiar? It does if you are a client of Practice Treatment Plan. Our clients often hear us say, “It is not enough to just have a website to market your practice online! It requires a Total Online Presence.” Total Online Presence is a system of connected links, listings and content pages that raise your online profile for search engines.
Here are 5 other places where you need to be online:
When you own your own practice you are not just a doctor, but also a business owner, an entrepreneur and a leader. But what makes a person a great leader? Are leaders born or are they made? Famed marketing and management guru Simon Sinek discusses these topics in two short Ted Talks (links below). As the leader of your practice we hope that they might inspire you lead your team and grow your practice to new heights! Both of these talks can also be listened to in your car if you want to make the most of your commute! They are shorter than 20 minutes.
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ALERT! 5 Things You Need to Know About the Recent Google Changes
At the end of February Google made some big changes to how they display search results. They removed Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertisements from the right hand side of the results page, and added a fourth Pay-Per-Click ad at the top of the search results. You are probably asking yourself… what does that even mean??? You will have to take our word for it, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ANY DOCTOR OR DENTIST THAT USES THE INTERNET TO GET NEW PATIENTS! Here are 5 things you need to know:
This change further diminishes the value of traditional, organic Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
. If you are paying an SEO company lots of cash each month to get you to the top of the organic search results, you should know that the value of that service is somewhat diminished. Why? Because the first organic search position (the coveted #1 spot when someone searches for your service) is now “below the fold”. “Below the fold” means that someone now has to scroll down to see the result.
You better have a mobile friendly website. How is that relevant? The reason Google made this change is simple: more people conduct searches on Google each month on a mobile device than do a desktop or laptop computer. The Pay-Per-Click ads never did show up on the right side on mobile devices, so Google made the change to align the desktop/laptop experience with the mobile experience. If your website is not delivering a good mobile experience, then you are offending more than half of the people that search for dentistry each month online.
If you are using Google Pay-Per-Click today, you need to make sure your results are in the top 4. Being in the number 5 or 6 position now means your ads are pretty much invisible. After position 4, your ads fall to the very bottom of the results, at the very bottom of the page. Make sure you are bidding aggressively to be in the first four spots.
If you are using Google Pay-per-click today, make sure you are using ad extensions. Now that you are going to be bidding more aggressively to be in one of those top 4 positions, make sure you are effectively using ad extensions (one of the benefits of showing up at the top). Location, sitelinks, callouts, etc. These are all good ways to get additional attention to your ads.
If you are not using Pay-Per-Click as part of your marketing plan, YOU SHOULD BE! This change only reinforces what we have been telling our medical and dental clients for years now. Google is trying to push more businesses to their Pay-Per-Click platform by making it harder to succeed through traditional Search Engine Optimization (SEO). They would rather you paid them to get new business rather than pay an SEO company.
Have you tried Pay-Per-Click as a marketing strategy? Call us and we can help. PPC marketing is generally the highest ROI (return on investment) channel that we use for our clients. It does not cost much to get started, and clients can see results in the first few weeks of the campaign.
If you would like to learn more about our Pay-Per-Click service contact us at 888-412-8820 or visit http://practicetreatmentplan.com/.
New Patient Marketing Strategist
Practice Treatment Plan, Inc.