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Dentists, Don’t Miss Referral Marketing Opportunities

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“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas A. Edison

Many dentists today realize the value of “wowing” patients during their standard two office visits per year; however few appreciate the value of connecting with patients throughout the year.

If you look to the specialists of dentistry, the oral surgeons, periodontists and orthodontists, you’d likely see examples of good relationship marketing (staying in touch with general dentists) throughout the year. If not, they’d likely not be able to maintain good communication, strong relationships or most importantly receive referrals from you. If you didn’t hear from the specialist more than twice a year, a general dentist might wonder if they are sending the wrong type of referral, if the specialist has become too busy, or perhaps wonder if they just don’t need – or want- your referrals any more. The same is true with patients of the general dentist…

Yes, staying in touch with patients throughout the year is work- it requires time, effort and investment. However the benefit you receive is increased referrals because patients:

Feel they have a relationship with you.
Sense you care.
Know you still want their business.
Believe you welcome their referrals.

How do you take advantage of referral marketing opportunities?

Are you looking for an effective way to stay in touch with your patients? Want friendly, authentic and proven marketing? Contact rita@tangiblemarketing.com to learn about our patient newsletter programs and keep your patients loyal, motivated for treatment and regularly referring.

Academy of Dental Management Consultant’s 2008 Meeting

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Rita Zamora and Lynda Kizer, President of Lynda Kizer & Associates

Rita Zamora and Lynda Kizer, President of Lynda Kizer & Associates

I’m back… spent last week in Texas at the ADMC meeting with experts like Lynda Kizer, president of Lynda Kizer & Associates. The ADMC hosts some of the best in our industry. Not just dental management and marketing experts, but some referred to as icons. What a privilege to be a part of this special event!

October Is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

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Are you looking for a buddy? Someone who will love you unconditionally and make you smile (see my adopted girl, Sunny, smiling here). There are millions of shelter dogs waiting for homes right now- especially in this economy! Please check out your local shelter. There are typically many ways to help – even if adoption or donation is not an option for you right now- consider volunteering. Thanks for visiting us and listening!

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October 10, 2008 at 2:28 am

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7 Ways To Boost Dental Referrals

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1. NEWSLETTERS – Quality not quantity is the key. Don’t put off sending out a newsletter because you think it has to be four tedious pages long. The most important elements are to be consistent, interesting, and unique-to-your-practice.

2. REFERRAL PROGRAMS – Make sure you have a turn-key system in place. Be sure to say thank you for each and every referral and consider rewards or incentives when appropriate.

3. CHASES CALENDAR OF EVENTS – Reference this book and find ideas to celebrate any meaningful day of the year with your patients.

4. EMAILS – Send out e-news, greeting card, special offer, promotion, announcement or invitation.

5. CONTESTS – This can be something patients actively enter to win, or are automatically entered into when they refer, elect to receive your emails or complete surveys.

6. POSTCARDS – Get creative! Personalize a custom postcard with a team photo or use a non-dental related theme to get more attention.

7. SPECIAL EVENTS – Picnics, barbecues, pumpkin patch hunts or patient appreciation open-house parties.

Finding effective referral marketing activities doesn’t mean you have to re-invent the wheel or bust your marketing budget. If you forgot to plan, simply choose a few tactics you can implement today.

Want to know more? Get your complete Referral Marketing System How-To Guidebook now.

It’s a dog-gone shame to lose dental patients…

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5 Reasons You May Lose Patients and What You Can Do About It

Today, more than ever, it’s important to retain patient loyalty, build strong genuine relationships and ensure patients know that you accept and appreciate referrals. Here are a few reasons why patients leave their dental providers and what you can do about it…

Feel like you don’t care (they don’t hear from you anymore and think you probably don’t want them as a patient – perhaps because they didn’t do that new crown you recommended last visit?)

Don’t get the attention they deserve (a friend keeps saying how great her dentist is… and your patient isn’t aware that you offer what her friend’s dentist does)

Think you are fee-motivated (they feel like your practice keeps “pushing expensive” implant treatment. Meanwhile they aren’t aware of the risks without this treatment.)

Keep getting solicited by other dentists (they keep getting postcards from other dentists in the area and begin to think it’s time to switch. Besides, they’re not sure you’d care if they left your practice.)

Never hear from you (They aren’t sure they’re getting the service they deserve… the only time they see you is when they remember to call for an appointment).

Today’s marketplace is crowded and challenging (not to mention our current economic situation), so patients require more attention than ever in order to remain loyal, accept higher quality/fee treatments and continue to refer.

Patient newsletter marketing, when done right, succeeds at:

Building authentic and loyal relationships.

Keeping patients informed with friendly, unique-to-your-practice messages.

Reminding patients about recall, treatment/relaxation options, payment/credit arrangements or end-of-year insurance expirations.

Motivating referrals – patients need to know that you, first and foremost, want their referrals, that you appreciate them and perhaps what they might expect in return.

Want to learn more? Contact rita@tangiblemarketing.com