Early April, Google changed its interface to allow Google Map users to add a review for your practice. This was an option a few years ago, but its back! Now, Google allows visitors with and without a Google+ account to leave a local Google Review. This is fabulous news!
Accumulating Google Reviews is a great way to improve your dental SEO. The more positive Google Reviews you have, the higher your website will appear in a Google search.
Dental Start-up client, Smile Science Chicago, a Wicker Park Dental office opened April 5, 2016. This new dental office has an excellent location, a bright, comfortable and contemporary reception area, and sleek private operatories that have 2 TVs, computer dental practice management software, digital x-rays and an intra-oral camera so the doctor can share the diagnosis and treatment plan with her patients.
The owner, Dr. Monica Urda completed every dental marketing initiative suggested by Cutting Edge Practice dental consultant, Sharon Kantor Bogetz, MBA. Dr. Urda, a dental start-up, had patients on her schedule before she was open! Sharon suggested dental branding with a dental logo design, window sign design, TV advertising, rack card design, dental postcard design, dental website design, Facebook & Google+ design, SEO and SEM.
Cutting Edge Practice and Wicker Park are very excited to welcome the first female dentist on West North Avenue.
Google is getting ready to implement a new change to Google searches in May 2016. Consumers are turning to their mobile devices to access information by cell phone, by tablet, on their car consoles and their watches! Maile Ohye, a developer programs tech lead at Google posted a great video outlining the reasons businesses should have a mobile website. Here is some of the information she presented in her video explaining why customers searching for information on their mobile device matter. You can watch her complete video at the bottom of my post!
“85% of smart phone users have searched for local info
Don’t wait until May to start your new dental website design. Sharon Kantor Bogetz, MBA, MEd, partner at Cutting Edge Practice and her team of website designers can create a mobile friendly responsive website that will launch before May 2016. If you already have a website you like, we can re-engineer a new dental website that will be mobile friendly before this next big Google change. Call Sharon to discuss your options at (847) 370-9131.
While we were at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting, Google installed a major global change to its Adwords program and Google Search Results. Until February 26, 2016, Google displayed Pay Per Click ads at the top and at the right under a Google map display. NOW, Google will show 4 ads at the top of the page and 3 ads at the bottom of the page below the organic listings and NO ads in the right hand column. This is affecting the SERP for any given keyword. SERPs stands for: Search Engine Results Page.
What is the effect of the Google change to display 4 ads at the top?
This change will push the Google 3 pack Google local listings down the page and the organic listings even farther down the page “below the fold.” In some instances, there will be no paid ads at the top because Google has pushed the ads to the bottom.
How does this affect your dental marketing?
Google search results for your dental keywords will affect where your dental practice listing appears. To the right, you will see the new Google SERP for the keyword phrase “Chicago Dentist”. The organic listings have been pushed below the fold under the Google Adwords listings and the Google local listings. I suggest you invest in a Google Adwords campaign to improve your listing in the Google Search Results. It is the fastest and most cost effect way to get you to the top of the Google Search Results Page.
Sharon Kantor Bogetz has created Google Adwords campaigns that have resulted in first page placement for Cutting Edge Practice clients. Call Sharon at (847) 370-9131 or email her to move your practice to the top of the Google Search Results page!
In a blog posted on the 21st July, 2015 by marketing zen, the author suggested that a company targeting Gen Xers should create an internet strategy that includes:
Using Email Communication to reach Gen X consumers
Appealing to the financial responsibility felt by Gen Xers
Using Videos to convey information
Appealing to Gen X values which include fitness and wellness, security, protection, making life easier and a focus on nostalgia.
How should you develop a dental marketing campaign strategy for Generation X?
Leverage your dental practice software to send email blasts to your patients.
Help patients understand that by restoring teeth when their carious lesion is in the earliest stages will save them time and money.
Use patient education software, digital x-rays and an intra-oral camera to help the patients understand the extent of their dental needs.
Help patients stay healthy by keeping their hygiene appointments, offering adults fluoride treatments and selling them electric toothbrushes or waterpik devices.
Create a Youtube channel and post videos on your channel. There are a variety of dental companies that offer videos their clients can post. For example, Invisalign offers video clips that clients can post on their websites or on their Youtube channels.
Keep your social media up to date. Try to post a blog and Facebook entry once a week to keep your website fresh and your Facebook active.
If you need help developing your dental marketing strategy, contact Sharon Kantor Bogetz at 847-370-9131. She has more than 14 years of dental marketing experience on-line and in print.
February is just three weeks away and this is a great month to kick off your 2016 dental marketing program. Now is the right time to get ready for Children’s Dental Health Month. Schedule a meeting with your staff to develop your dental marketing plan for February.
Here are some activities you can use to celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month:
8. Plan & write a series of posts on dental health to your dental blog & on your social media.
9. Plan a tooth fairy event and invite families to meet the tooth fairy.
10. Sponsor and staff a “toothbrush trade in” day.
11. Order children’s tooth brushes personalized with your practice website address and phone number.
12. Create a press release announcing your activities.
If you and your staff need help implementing any of these dental marketing activities or creating colorful eye-catching blog or social media posts, contact Sharon Kantor Bogetz, dental marketing expert at 847-370-9131 or contact her by email.
VistaPrint is offering a great sale on printing. Get 50% off at VistaPrint until November 4th. Its a great time to stock up on business cards, appointment cards, rack cards, brochures, banners and posters.
Let me know if you need help with any of your graphics files.