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Community Outreach: A Powerful Tool to Achieve New Dental Patients

Using community outreach to get new dental patients

We discussed the power of paid marketing in our last post in the “Generating Patients for your Practice” blog series. We’ve covered how referrals, insurance, organic SEO, and a custom dental website can grab peoples’ attention.

Are you ready for the final step?

To conclude our series, we will be focusing on one last tool in your arsenal to maximize new patients: community outreach. If used correctly, this can be an effective way to get people in your door, and more importantly, solidify your business’ footprint within your town or city.

A dental practice is a small business in a community, and people naturally gravitate toward those that are focused on “doing good” and helping their community flourish. If you want to separate yourself from corporate dentistry, or any of your competitors for that matter showing you care and getting involved goes a long way.

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Utilizing Paid Marketing to Get More Dental Patients

Our last post in the “Generating Patients for Your Practice” series focused on the power of the internet search (organic SEO) in driving people to your website.

In this edition, we’re going to look at an aggressive method to market your dental practice. This technique is one of the more ‘flashy’ marketing tools… that’s right: we’re looking at getting more dental patients utilizing paid marketing.

It’s important to remember that paid marketing is only one of the many tools available to achieve new dental patients. While its impact can be rewarding and lasting, there are many variables to consider — and more importantly — effective and proven tracking tools must be in place to ensure you’re achieving a return on investment.

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Getting More New Patients with Organic SEO for Dentists

organic seo for dentists

In our last installment of the “Generating Patients for Your Practice” series, we looked at the importance of insurance… sexy, we know! Now, let’s turn our attention to organic SEO for dentists, also known as Search Engine Optimization – an essential tool to get more people to view your website.

Unless someone has your specific website address, they will have to search for you, and you must stand out to get their attention. Most importantly – without a proactive and consistent effort to better your SEO on popular search engines like Google, your practice will be virtually impossible to find on the internet!

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Will Geofencing Save or Kill Direct Mail?

Geofencing for dentists vs direct mailIt’s no secret the digital footprint of consumers and patients grows each day, especially as people are connected via their smartphones, watches, tablets, etc. But, many businesses, including dental practices, tend to stay in their comfort zone when it comes to marketing tactics, including direct mail to patients. As the consumer advances technologically, does a direct mailer stand a chance at making a difference, and if so, can some of that technology help it along?

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Practice Growth Director of Operations Spotlight

Michelle Kupper, Practice Growth Director of Operations

We may be a dental marketing firm here at TNT Dental, but we know that we only succeed when our clients succeed. Maintaining the relationships with our dental practices and the people behind them doesn’t just happen organically; it requires hard work, active listening and exceptional growth leaders to cultivate that relationship.

Overseeing our client relationships as well as all operational functions at TNT is no small task; that’s why we have our Practice Growth Director of Operations, Michelle Kupper, leading those charges. She’s responsible for leading the team of Growth Leaders. You may remember our profile on Relationship Expert Lindsey Campbell last year; her work as an account manager to our clients funnels up through Michelle.

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Do You Know Your Rate of Returning Dental Patients?

If you were to ask most of your fellow dentists if they know the number of new patients coming in each month, you can bet that the majority can rattle off that number with no problem. But, what if I were to ask you to tell me how many of your existing patients come back per month? Would that be as easy? I’d bet not. You see, most dentists spend so much time focusing on getting new patients that they forget you have to always keep recruiting and enticing your existing patients to come back to you.

As you can imagine, knowing the number of return patients over a six-month period is critical to building your practice. It also helps you to assess whether or not you’re wasting your money on new patient marketing. If you’re spending money on patients who are one-and-done, then you’re just throwing your money out the window. Instead, you need to be focusing on marketing efforts that will turn your existing patients into good, long-term patients.

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Production Manager & Creative Director Spotlight (and How to Create an Awesome Dental Website)

TNT Dental Creative Director, Alex Calams

Alex Calams
Production Manager & Creative Director

You’ve heard us talk repeatedly about the importance of a good, customized website for your dental practice. Creating a successful website that operates as a true conversion platform for you doesn’t happen overnight; it requires the work of a dedicated team to execute this for you.

This process begins under the guidance of TNT Dental’s Production Manager and Creative Director, Alex Calams. He doesn’t enter into this process lightly; there is a lot of work that has to happen in order to elevate a client’s website and take it to the next level.

Read on to learn more about Alex, his process, and how he utilizes a team of talented project managers, graphic designers, professional copywriters, website developers, and quality control specialists to create the best custom dental websites in the business of dentistry.

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TNT Dental Earns Academy of General Dentistry PACE Certification

TNT Dental, PACE-certified provider of CE credits for dentistsWhen an accrediting organization certifies a company, practice or institution, it lends a certain legitimacy and validation to that particular entity. Companies don’t put themselves through the process just to make themselves feel better; there are many benefits to being certified. Recently, the Academy of General Dentistry certified TNT Dental through their Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE). TNT is now the only PACE-approved organization with an 18-year track record of helping dental practices grow. And, we are in a unique position to share this expertise with you.
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Why Your Online Reputation Matters (and How to Handle Good and Bad Reviews)

How to get 5-star dentist reviewsReputation management for dentists has greatly evolved over the past few decades. Where you once typically received feedback in the form of comment cards and word-of-mouth praise (and disdain) has now transformed into mass feedback in multiple public spaces, through the help of the internet.

Even if your practice doesn’t have a website (and if that’s the case, you need to give us a call at TNT Dental today!), your practice is online… and, people are talking about it. You have two choices: put your head in the sand and ignore it, or embrace the shift to digital and find out what you can do to stay active online, engage with the customer base and build a good reputation with your patients.

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Learn to Love Long Scrolling Websites… or Get Left in the Past!

Dentist explaining why she does not like long scrolling websites

Once upon a time, websites that scrolled on and on were seen as a death knell for businesses’ online presence, including dental practices. People weren’t going to scroll for more information; if you didn’t have all your information “above the fold,” it was essentially lost in the internet ether.

Then came 2015 and the shift to mobile. As you know from our previous blog posts, including “Generating Patients for your Practice using a Custom Dental Website,” about 60 to 70% of your viewers are visiting your site from a mobile device. So, in order to stay relevant, web designers had to reconfigure the look and feel of websites. That shift took long scrolling sites from the losing column of web design over to the winning.

Users have become accustomed to scrolling with ease; it’s often easier to scroll and find what you’re looking for versus clicking on a page and waiting for it to load. Look at young kids today; hand them a smartphone or tablet, and they’ve got scrolling down pat!

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