Smart Marketing for Dentistry

How to use digital marketing to grow your dental business.

Digital Marketing for Dentists

You may have tried to put some marketing strategies together for your dental office or had an office assistant or your spouse try their hand at digital marketing, but your results may have not been effective or consistent. I understand.

Dental Marketing Strategies That Work!

That is why I have put together this list of dental marketing ideas, organized so they are easy to follow and ordered by importance and difficulty level. You don’t have to do every single idea, but many are easier than you think, and some once implemented can run on their own, on autopilot. 

And when you use these strategies to work together to form your SMART Marketing System, you can create a scalable system to consistently grow your dental practice and help you rise above your competition.

I’ve also included some essential marketing tools and additional resources so you have everything you need to market your dental office for success and sustained growth.

Let’s get smart about your dental marketing!

 

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45 Dentistry Marketing Strategies

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Your Dental Website

You probably have a website, but do you have a website that generates new patients? I could go through dental websites in every city, in every state, and show you websites that will never generate new patients.

Most dentists’ websites are failing them. And that is because the website was designed to please the dentist, and not to bring in potential patients. Here are website strategies to get more patients from your website. Here are dental website marketing ideas:

Use Real Photos

Use real photos of your office and your staff. When a patient is looking for a new dentist do you think they want to see drills and tools? No, they want to see your office and your staff. Incorporate real photos in your website, not just on your about page.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

Refresh Your website

If your website is old or out of date it may be time for a refresh or a redesign. If you are on a budget or want to DIY your site try templates from Elegant Themes.

🚦 Difficulty level: MEDIUM

Use A Call to action

Use a clear call to action to guide your visitors to take the next step. Make it clear for them to call or make an appointment. If you are not clear they are likely to take no action at all. Learn more about using a call to action.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

organize Your Website

Make your website EASY for your patients to find what they are looking for by organizing your site, using simple navigation, and easy-to-find links to important hub pages.

🚦 Difficulty level: MEDIUM

mobile friendly Website

With most searches starting on mobile devices it is essential that your website is mobile responsive. You can check your site’s mobile usability in Google Search Console. Learn about Mobile Friendliness.

🚦 Difficulty level: MEDIUM

Benefits not features

Don’t talk about the features of your office, tell them how they will benefit from it. Explain how you can improve their life and their dental visit. “State of the art dentistry” is a feature. “Get a beautiful, healthy smile in less time” is a benefit.

🚦 Difficulty level: MEDIUM

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Claim Your Business

Dentists have a plethora of FREE sites that you can claim your business on and reach more patients. Many of these will automatically create a listing for your dental practice, that may or may not be accurate so it is imperative that you take control of each listing. You can also find directories, local sites, and review sites to list your business. Many will have a paid version, but the free version is all you need.

Here are ideas on how to claim your business:

Google Business Profile

85% of searches start on Google. Get your business on Google maps and Google searches for free by setting up your Google Business Profile.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

Health Directories

Find all the health directories such as Health Grades and Open Care to be listed on. Also, get listed on your insurance directory, associations, and memberships you’re a part of.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

Bing Places for Business

Claim your listing on Bing Places to reach patients looking for a dentist in your local area. Bing represents about 7% of local searches.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

Local Websites

Be sure to get listed on local websites for your area, including your local chamber of commerce and other local groups. These can also be great for networking opportunities.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

Yahoo Business Listing

About 3% of searches in the U.S. are still done through Yahoo, so you want to claim your dental practice on Yahoo Business, as well.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

Directory websites

Find other directory websites like Yelp, YP, and City Search. Check out these 50 sites to list your business for free.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

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Dental Social Media Marketing

Everyone is on social media these days and social media platforms remain one of the best places to reach more people for free. Your dental practice can take advantage of social media marketing to reach more patients, get more referrals and build better relationships with your community. Let’s look at Facebook dental marketing, Google, Instagram, and more. Here are your social media marketing ideas:

Facebook

Posting to Facebook every day is not necessary for most dental offices, but claiming your business, posting weekly, and utilizing reviews and ads is promising for any dentist.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

get some Google Love!

Google loves to show Google assets as search results so set up and use your Google Business Profile. Post photos and updates to get a little Google love without having to spend a cent. Check out this.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

INSTAGRAM

Don’t discount Instagram as a place to reach more people. My kids LOVE the Bentist – with over 1M followers. And there are other dentists that have attracted a following on the gram.

🚦 Difficulty level: MEDIUM

Create a Content Strategy

Wherever you decide to post be sure to create a strategy. This includes a mix of educational, behind-the-scenes, and case study posts. Check out our TAPS method for posting content with purpose.

🚦 Difficulty level: MEDIUM

Measure & adjust

Social media can be a great asset or a terrible waste of time, but that can be avoided by checking your insights. Each platform has built-in insights to show growth, reach, and engagement.

🚦 Difficulty level: MEDIUM

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Dental SEO

Search Engine Optimization is the process of getting your website optimized for search engines. Your dental website will need both onsite and offsite SEO, so that your dental practice is shown in search results to the right patients. You can learn more about the basics of SEO with my easy-to-follow SEO for Beginners Series, which I made as a basis for every business owner to understand SEO. Here are SEO ideas:

ONSITE SEO

You need to search engine optimize your website so that it shows up on search results for your prospective patients. Use keywords and terms thoroughly but naturally. Use SEO tools to research and plan your content. Check out these SEO Tips.

🚦 Difficulty level: MEDIUM

OFFSITE SEO

Offsite SEO is the process of getting quality backlinks to your website; it’s like the other websites are vouching for you. The more quality backlinks you have, the higher your site will rank in search engines. Learn more about backlinks here.

🚦 Difficulty level: MEDIUM

Specialty Services

If you have specialty services, like cosmetic dentistry, be sure to create a page for each including unique content, descriptions, case studies, and images. This will make it more likely that your website will show up for these terms, than if you just listed them briefly on your services page.

🚦 Difficulty level: MEDIUM

Learn Search Engine Optimization

Learn SEO basicsWhether you hire an SEO company or do your own SEO, as a website owner you need to know the basics. This is a business owner must!

In SEO 101 you’ll learn SEO fundaments, how search engines work, the main Google ranking factors, and how to get your website to show up for searchers. Also learn how to boost your content visibility online.

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Dental Content Marketing

Content marketing is the process of creating content to educate, attract and book new patients. Content can include articles on your dental blog, free downloadables like a guide or checklist, ebooks, or even your own book. Content marketing is a must in your dental marketing strategy! Here are your ideas:

Your Dental Blog

Your website’s blog is the best place to showcase your expertise, authority, case studies, and services. Writing blog posts gives you more content to get picked up by search engines and patients. Not sure what to blog about? Check out these blogging ideas.

🚦 Difficulty level: MEDIUM

Create a freebie

Create a freebie for download on your website and social media. It could be an ebook, a checklist or another valuable piece of content your prospects would want. This will help you grow an email list of potential patients to market to.

🚦 Difficulty level: MEDIUM

Write A Book

Being an author gives you instant credibility. Would new dental patients rather see; the doctor in town that wrote a book or the one that didn’t? Self-publishing a book is easier than ever. Check out this to get started on your own book.

🚦 Difficulty level: MEDIUM/HARD

Learn To Create A High-Converting Freebie

LEAD MAGNET MASTERYEmail marketing is one of the easiest, hands-off ways to attract new dental patients on autopilot.

But there are a lot of moving parts that confuse people. But how do you get people to sign up for your list? That’s where List Building Lead Magnets 101 comes in. Learn at your own pace with video content.

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Dental Email Marketing

Email marketing for dentists is highly effective. In fact, email marketing has the best ROI of any form of digital marketing at 4200% ROI – that means you can get $42 for every $1 you spend on email marketing. Email is a direct way to reach out to and build relationships with your dental patients and prospects beyond just the simple appointment reminder. Here are email marketing ideas:

Build Your Email list

You can start with your current patients on your email list, but then begin to build a list of prospective patients as well. Email is a great way to stay top-of-mind, build relationships and book more appointments and get referrals.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

dental newsletter

Emailing out a monthly newsletter is a great way to stay in contact with your existing patients, let them know of new services or products you have available and an effective way to ask for reviews, testimonials and referrals.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

ASK & You Shall Receive

Email is more effective than social media to reach out to your patients and offers an great way to ask for referrals and online reviews. If you want more referrals and reviews you’ve got to ask for more referrals and reviews. Best thing is you can automate your review and referral program.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

Learn Email Marketing

Learn Email Marketing: EMAIL LIST from scratchStop hustling for potential patients and put your growth on autopilot! Get the easy-to-follow, step-by-step process for attracting your ideal new dental patient 24/7.

This video course will get you started on growing your email list of potential patients. For more advanced methods pair with Lead Magnet Mastery, Content Upgrades, and Marketing Message 101.

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Dental Video Marketing

If you want to gain more trust and build a personal connection quicker, video is the way to go. And today, video advertising is accessible to anyone with a smartphone, with no need for fancy editing software and video equipment. Simple video marketing tools make it easy to create a professional video for your dental practice that your patients will love. Here are your dental video marketing ideas:

Office Tour

 Video is one of the best ways to show potential dental patients who you are. Spend the time to create a simple intro office video for your website. It could be as simple as office photos and a video creation software like these.

 

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

Edutainment videos

Create entertaining educational videos for your patients. Answer common questions, share products, explain services and procedures, and be a dental resource to your community. Not sure what to make videos about? Start here.

🚦 Difficulty level: MEDIUM

Your youtube channel

Creating a YouTube channel is easy and free, and since YouTube is a search engine, and owned my Google, your videos could show up high on search. Take all the videos we discussed and add them here.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

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Dental Event Marketing

Events, you say, ugh…I don’t have the time to put on local events. But this is different and easier than you think, I promise. Digital events happen online: on your social media, through email, or on your website. No setting up tables, no clean up afterward. Oh yeah. And the best part…you get to pretty much make up whatever you want. Here are some unique digital event ideas:

Contests and Giveaways

We’ve worked with many dentists to set up contests for their patients, with the prize being a nice electric toothbrush or teeth whitening service. Entries can be reviews, referrals, likes, follows or ???

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

of the week

Create your own weekly event that keeps you top of mind and your patients educated, entertained, and wanting more. Question of the week. Tip of the week. You make it up; stick to it and be consistent.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

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Dental Social Proof

Social Proof is showing your prospects that your current patients vouch for you, and their word is more valuable than you just tooting your own horn. Social proof builds your online reputation. That is why it’s so important to not only collect different forms of social proof but also get really good at using it to your advantage in your dental marketing. Here are some social proof ideas:

5 star reviews

Potential patients are likely to try out the office with the most online reviews, so make getting as many 5-star reviews a top priority. Bake review requests right into your follow-up process so getting patient reviews is on autopilot.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

testimonial videos

Written patient testimonials are great, but video testimonials are the icing on the cake. Get your dental patients to create simple videos about their time with you. You can add these to your website, YouTube channel and social media. 
 

🚦 Difficulty level: MEDIUM

Case Studies

Everyone loves a before and after, and case studies do just that. Collect your best stories, procedures, and results to share on your website, social media and beyond. Many patients will be happy to share their success with you.

🚦 Difficulty level: MEDIUM

Learn Social Proof Secrets


SOCIAL PROOF SECRETS Course
Learn how to harness the power of social influence and free social tools to increase your sales and conversions.

In Social Proof Secrets will we dive into the psychologically proven strategies of social proof and how to move beyond just a testimonial on your website or positive reviews here and there. It’s time to supercharge your social proof!

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Dental PPC Marketing

Most of the ideas for dental marketing above have been organic and free, however if you want to turn the firehose on, you can go with some paid digital ads. There are several options for your dental advertising. You can do any on your own or find a media buyer or agency to help you. Here are PPC marketing ideas:

Facebook Ads

I have run hundreds of thousands of dollars in Facebook Ads for my clients and know that Facebook Ads work! They are highly targeted to your location, interests, and demographics so you can spend money reaching the exact audience you want.

🚦 Difficulty level: MEDIUM

Google Ads

Google Adwords and YouTube Ads are other solid dental advertising options for dental offices.  A little more complex than Facebook ads, you can reach people right on Google, at the top of search results in a bid auction for the top spot. I recommend getting assistance on these if you want great results.

🚦 Difficulty level: HARD

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Dentistry marketing Tools

Ten or so years ago, marketing was difficult. It was difficult to make graphics, videos, websites, and social media was not as intuitive, but these days that has changed. There are so many tools out there that put the power into YOUR hands to market your business, look professional, attract potential patients, and analyze how your dental marketing efforts are going. Here are some marketing tools you can use!

This is truly the time of smart marketing and these tools are can make your dental practice shines.

Canva

Sure, I could tell you all the great ways you can make graphics, but I am going to skip them all but one. Canva is your go-to for making any graphics or materials for your dentist office. We are talking social graphics, post cards, flyers, ebooks, checklists – really you name it. Their templates make you look like a pro designer with no design skills required.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY/Free Versions

SEO Tools

Even if you hire out your SEO to an SEO company (we suggest NP Digital), it’s good to have some SEO tools to track your website ranking. We suggest SEM Rush, Ahrefs and Ubersuggest – all with free versions.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY/Free Versions

Video Marketing tools

Whether you want to make a slide show video, an explainer video, a tutorial, testimonial, or any other video for your dental office, there is an easy to use video marketing tool for you. Check out these video marketing tools
 

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY/Free Versions

Analytics tools

It’s easy to waste time and money on digital marketing when you have no idea what’s working and what’s not. That is why we love using analytics tools. Google Analytics for website traffic is a must for every website owner. Find out how much traffic you have coming in and from where. If you have high traffic and no conversions that tells you need to make some changes.
 

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY/Free

Email Marketing tools

Email is an essential marketing tool for your patient relationships – beyond appointment reminders – you dentists are great at that! There are great email software services for small to large offices at any budget to automate your email marketing efforts. Here are some of my favorite email marketing services.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY/Free Versions

social scheduling tools

Ever wonder how the heck some of these businesses post so much all over the web? Social media schedulers are an amazing shortcut to at least get a base of content out on the web. Check out our favorite schedulers here.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY/Free Versions

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Dental Marketing Templates

If you’ve been around my site or seen any of my weekly videos you know I am all about being smart with your time, money, and effort. And using templates is one of those great ways to work smarter. Here are some templates you can use to save time and money in your online dental marketing.

Graphic Templates

If you are looking for dental industry graphic templates a quick search in Canva will give you a huge array to choose from. Other graphic templates can be found at Envato Elements or Creative Market.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

Sales funnel Templates

Automating your lead generation with a landing page and email sequence will not only save you time, but will help you get new patients 24/7. Check out Smart Funnel Templates where everything is set up and ready to go for you.
 

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

Video Templates

Many of the video creation tools have templates already set up for you so you only have to add your video clips or photos and get amazing professional looking videos. Check out my favorite video marketing tools.

🚦 Difficulty level: EASY

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I’ve spent years figuring out digital marketing myself, spending thousands on courses, conferences, training, and books. I’ve wasted time, money, and resources. 

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