Top 6 dental marketing mistakes to avoid

Great marketing is what makes the difference between a highly profitable dental practice and one which simply pays the bills. If you’d rather have the former – and let's face it, who wouldn’t? –there are six basic marketing mistakes to avoid.

       1. Being like other dental practices        

When it comes to marketing your dental practice, the last thing you want to be is generic. For generic, think “ordinary, run of the mill, the same as everyone else”. If you want to be profitable you need to be anything but generic. Try something different: use the things that are unique and different about your practice to develop some kind of brand which sets your practice head and shoulders above the rest.

2. Taking patients for granted

Your patients are the lifeblood of your practice - but you knew that already. So why are you taking them for granted? Go above and beyond the call of duty with your patients by taking a personal interest in them and making sure they feel comfortable when they attend appointments. Other little touches such as birthday cards go a long way to making your patients feel valued too.

3. Not encouraging patient referrals

Word of mouth is by far the best dental marketing you’ll ever get. If you’re not taking advantage of it by using referral programs, then you’re missing out on opportunities to increase patient growth. Encourage your patients to spread the word amongst their friends and family by offering discounts or special offers for each referral they bring you

4. Not having a website

What do you mean, you don’t have a website for your dental practice? A huge amount of your prospective patients will use the Internet to find a new dental practice. If you don’t have a high search engine ranking for the keywords and phrases that identify your dental expertise patients will not find you- but they will find your competitors.

5. Not using a newsletter

You already have the names and mailing addresses of all of your patients – so take it one step further and obtain their email addresses. Send out a monthly or quarterly electronic newsletter containing dental information that educates your patients and promote your practice. Make sure the content is genuinely useful and your patients will start to look forward to it, and may even pass it on to their friends.

6. Not asking for patient feedback

You may well be doing a fantastic job as far as your patients are concerned, but if you don’t ask them you’ll never know. Ask your patients for regular feedback: that way you’ll not only be able to build on the things you’re doing well, you’ll also be able to fix the things you need to improve, before you start to lose patients.