Archive for October, 2014

Treat, Not A Trick

Excellent Marketing Support Now, Pay Later

We are getting into the festive period frenzy of special offers and deals – from holidays to furniture to any number of potential gifts. But it’s refreshing to know that for business planning, marketing advice, branding, website and patient communications, your costs can be spread over several months.iStock_000000467930Medium

Following the expense of practice refurbishments and equipment upgrades for CQC and HTM 01-05, or the launch of a new practice, cash may be tight but the need for finding new patients, promoting treatments, attracting high value cases and increasing referrals never goes away.

It’s important that dental practices choose a flexible agency to support them – not just in terms of high quality advice that eliminates costly mistakes or media planning and buying that saves them money.

Smile Marketing works with you to plan and budget in a way that suits your cash flow, whilst allowing you to benefit from marketing right away. There are several ways we do this.

  1. From our proposal, you can simply select paying in 12 equal monthly instalments on the agreed contract value. There is no minimum contract value.
  2. For the larger marketing investments, maybe for a new practice launch, re-brand or change in practice strategy, we can recommend a finance company that allows you to spread payments as part of an unsecured ‘working capital’ loan.

And remember, for retainer clients a proportion of our fees are based on practice results, whether new consultations, cases, income or bottom-line.

For more information contact us or call Steve Davey on 0845 287 3051.

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Don’t Blow Your Own Trumpet

Let your patients do it for you!

Your happy patients are your brand ambassadors. There’s no one better to boast about your excellent dental treatments than your current patients!

Testimonials and case studies show potential patients how brilliant you and your team are from a credible source, people with nothing to gain for inaccurate information.

Although rational people know that you will only use positive testimonials they won’t react rationally – people tend to react emotionally. Other patients encouraging words can give potential patients the confidence to try your practice, especially if they can relate to the patients giving the testimonials.

Most of your patients will be happy to be quoted on a few words if you ask them. To increase the credibility of the testimonial it’s a good idea to display their name underneath – with their permission of course!.

You should encourage willing patients to note a specific treatment, the procedure and the difference it has made to them. Backing this up with a before and after picture is a great way to add a visual element – but avoid any gruesome dental photos, run them by a non-dentist first!

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Blue Wednesday at PPD

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month run by The British Dental Health Foundation. The aim of the campaign is to get more mouth cancers diagnosed at an early stage by raising awareness of the risk factors, signs and symptoms, whilst encouraging people to discuss them with their dental professional.

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On Wednesday 19th November, Patient Plan Direct will be hosting a ‘Blue Wednesday’ which will involve a ‘dress in blue’ day amongst other activities. In the run up to the day they will be working hard to fund raise and reach their goal of £1,000 before the 19th November.

If they hit the target before the 19th then Simon Reynolds, Commercial Director of PPD, has personally promised to come to work wearing nothing more than some skimpy shorts and full blue body paint – something like this but without the muscles and with a bit more hair…

This is a fun way to support a very worthy cause within dentistry, with the aim to raise awareness of mouth cancer and the risks it represents, a disease which has increased by 50% in the last decade.

If you would like to contribute to Blue Wednesday and Mouth Cancer Awareness then make a donation via our Just Giving page.

For more information about the cause get in touch on 0845 287 3051.

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Think Inside The Box First

We often talk of “thinking outside the box“, which is now a bit 90′s isn’t it?

Sure, breakthrough thinking and new ideas are the lifeblood of really successful businesses – and dental practices are no exception. I talk to numerous practice owners and business owners from several industries, however, and they are often so busy looking for new out of the box ideas that they miss the clear opportunities staring them in the face – the “in the box” profit opportunities.

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A great example of this is attempting innovative ways to bring in new patients when you have an under-tapped patient list. In other words, putting too much emphasis on new patient acquisition and not enough emphasis on internal marketing.

At Smile we regularly encounter these situations, they all amount to under valuing the potential of your patient list:

  • Not enough communication with patients
  • A recall process that isn’t robust and doesn’t include all patients
  • Giving up too soon on patients coming back for treatment
  • Poor recall letters and emails - I see many that are ‘cold’, matter of fact and unfriendly
  • No newsletter to ‘up-sell’ your treatments - many of your patients simply do not know everything that you offer
  • Little or no ‘ownership’ of recall within the practice
  • No segmentation of your patients - they are not all the same!
  • A practice website that lacks key patient information (treatment, team, prices)
  • Patient plans and membership schemes that are not well promoted

These are all “in the box” issues that can be addressed and are guaranteed to help build income and patient retention.

And here’s the thing. Generating income from your own patient list almost always costs less than finding new patients.

For a FREE practice marketing Health Check call 0845 287 3051 or email info@smiledentalmarketing.co.uk. 

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Smile at Dental Showcase

To celebrate this incredible year for Smile, as well as our 5th anniversary, at Dental Showcase this week (Friday 10th & Saturday 11th October 2014) we’re offering a FREE 20 minute consult over coffee for any dental practice looking to improve their marketing performance.

Our MD Steve Davey will be at the Showcase to answer any questions as well as providing these FREE consults, so either get in touch via email steve@smiledentalmarketing.co.uk or call 07974 748550 to make the most of this offer.

If you’re looking to really improve your practice marketing and your practice income, we can help you create a break through marketing plan. We can help you in all stages of your marketing campaigns, from concepts and creativity to print, web and social – not forgetting response analysis!

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, this is your chance to win more patients and higher-value cases. Call Smile on 0845 287 3051.

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