Dental Marketing and Practice Growth Ideas for August 2022

Dental Marketing and Practice Growth Ideas for August 2022

Hello Friends,

August and September can sometimes be tricky months for practice growth & healthy schedules because of the back-to-school season distractions taking place for many families. The ideas I am sharing will help you easily, effectively, and inexpensively make the month of August a fantastic one for you, your team, your patients, and the community.

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Dental Marketing and Practice Growth Tips & Ideas for August 2022

Time for School! (ugh, I’m not ready for it – still too much summer fun to be had) Here are some ideas to help make the back-to-school season fun (& healthy) for the community and profitable for your dental office.

Theme:  Back-to-school with Healthy Smiles!

Target Audience: Teachers and school-aged children.

Focus: Preventive Dental Services.

What: Education, Promotion, and Special Offers

•             Send a press release to local print and online papers and news stations with “Children’s Dental Health Tips for Parents,” such as healthy snack and beverage ideas, when to visit the dentist, what-to-do in a dental emergency, brushing and flossing tips, mouthguard information, sealants information, and more.

•             Facebook (live) videos sharing the back-to-school tips and ideas

•             Share social media and blog posts with dental health tips for children.

•             Promote special offers just for teachers and students during August.

Tooth bags – Make up little bags or boxes with a “congratulations on your lost tooth” message from your office with space to write the child’s name. Deliver these to local elementary schools for them to keep on hand for when a student loses a tooth during the school day. In their early years, both of my kids came home from school with their tooth wrapped in a napkin or in a plain Ziplock bag. Why not take advantage of this opportunity to advertise your office?

Donations – Use your office as a community donation site for backpacks, school supplies, or new & gently used books to be donated to local children and/or schools in need. Advertise in the office, on your social media sites, to local businesses, and the news media via press releases that your office is collecting donations for school supplies or books.

This is a GREAT way to bring in potential new patients… when folks come into the office to drop off their donations, be sure to warmly welcome them, give a brief tour of the office, and hand out small thank you gifts (ie toothbrushes or lip balm) that are imprinted with your office information or have a raffle they can enter to win a prize.

Patient Appreciation IdeaSneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night: August 8th

Give away a zucchini with an attached tag/label with your office name/contact info and a zucchini recipe for patients to take home or share with their neighbors. By the way, this is a super easy way to get your patients talking about you – especially if you give them one to share with their neighbor(s).

Ortho Services – National Align Your Teeth Day: 11

This is a great opportunity to promote your ortho services/treatment options.

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Doctors, if you would like to grow and improve your dental practice and have wondered what it might be like to work with me and what coaching is all about… please feel free to reach out to me to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation coaching call at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com

Social Media Post Ideas to Improve Engagement during the month of August – be active on your social media platforms! (hint: you know that you can schedule the posts in advance, right?)

Golf Month

Happiness Happens Month

National Wellness Month

National Fresh Breath (Halitosis) Day: 6th

Sister’s Day: 7th (First Sunday)

Book Lovers Day: 9th

S’mores Day: 10th

International Lefthander’s Day: 13th

National Honey Bee Day: 20th

Take these ideas and implement them in your practice and make August a great month!

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Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty – Dental Coach

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Dental Office Management and Leadership Tips and Ideas for January 2022

Dental Office Management and Leadership Tips and Ideas for January 2022

Hello Friends,

December is a great time to find and create opportunities for growth in the New Year. Make your action plan for any wanted and needed improvements to your office including setting your production, collection, treatment, continuing education, new patient, administrative time, and happiness goals for the new year.

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”  – Don Millman

What are your practice goals for 2022? I would love the opportunity to work along with you and your team to help you set and exceed your practice goals. If you would like to schedule a no-obligation, complimentary consultation to learn how our coaching program works, please email me at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com.

Dental Office Management and Leadership Tips & Ideas for January 2022

Insurance Renewals: Many of your patients’ dental insurance maximums renew on January 1. Phone, text, and/or email your patients with a friendly reminder of their renewed benefits and encourage them to make a reservation to come in for their hygiene wellness visit or to get started on their unscheduled treatment needs with the doctor. Include reminders on your social media pages.

Unscheduled Patients Do you know how many of your active patients are scheduled for appointments and how many are unscheduled? Now is a good time to find out. It doesn’t do any good to have active patients if they’re not scheduled for a future appointment. Make plans to reach out to all your unscheduled patients and invite them to schedule an appointment for their hygiene visit or if they have unscheduled treatment plans.

Office Appearance:

National Clean Off Your Desk Day: Jan. 10th ~ Clutter represents indecision. Make the decision to get rid of the clutter! That includes any sticky notes attached to computer monitors, coats/sweaters hanging on the backs of chairs, and carry-out drink containers sitting out on the counters. While you’re at it, go ahead and attack the cabinets, counters, & closets. Say goodbye to the clutter!

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Boost Team Morale/Attitudes:

January is National Soup Month – Each week a doctor and/or team member can bring in a crock pot of homemade soup to share with the team for lunch. (For example, Warm Up Wednesdays ) – Be sure to share photos and recipes on your social media pages.

Fun at Work Day: Jan. 28th – Schedule a fun team building activity, games or contest for the team. Be sure to share the fun on your social media platforms.

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National Compliment Day: Jan. 24th ~ Compliment your doctor(s) and/or team when you catch them doing something “right”. Compliments boost morale.  (Tip: You don’t need a special day to do this – you always want to compliment & reward the behavior and actions that you want to see more of. ) See Why Gratitude Matters

Do not delay, put down on paper all of your thoughts and plans to make 2022 a better year for you, your team, your patients, and your practice. Do include your team in this plan, ask them what their ideas are to make 2022 a more productive and happier year for all.

Instead of trying to change your entire practice in January, the simpler strategy is to create a 12-month plan where you and your team are making constant improvements.

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Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty (Dental Coach)

Dentist Office Marketing Tips and Ideas for May 2021

Dentist Office Marketing Tips and Ideas for May 2021

Hello Friends,

How are things looking for you and your goals for 2021? What are your plans to exceed your patients expectations, engage with the commnity, and have more fun as a team during your second quarter?

Even if your schedule is full and you’re really busy you want to continue to plant your marketing (growth) seeds. Everything that you do, everything that the patient (and potential patient) sees, hears & feels is a form of marketing. Everything you do or don’t do, matters. Your marketing (growth) seeds help you to consistently deliver excellent experiences for your patients and get them talking about you.

Doctors, if you would like to grow and improve your dental practice and have wondered what it might be like to work with me and what coaching is all about… please feel free to reach out to me to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation coaching call at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com.

Dental Marketing Tips and Ideas for May 2021

May is National Smile Month & Save Your Tooth Month  

Theme Idea: “We Always Go The Extra Smile” or “Save your Smiles”

Focus: Healthy & Beautiful Smiles (Preventive & Cosmetic Services)

Goals: Bring in New Patients, Engage with the Community, Increase Production & Exceed Patients Expectations – Oh, and to smile more by having more fun!

Contest/Raffle – Family Fun & Wellness Gift Basket (Tote/Cooler) – Fill with Lawn games, BBQ supplies, Sunscreen, Citronella candles, Toothbrushes, Paper products, Chalk, etc.

Patients earn entries for Facebook recommendations, Google reviews, and for Referring New Patients.

Videos – Share videos on Instagram, Facebook, and Google about what you’re doing to help your patients and community smile healthier, happier, and more beautifully.

Fun Patient Give-Away/Gift of Appreciation Idea: World Bee Day: 20th – Give away little jars of honey with a gift tag that says “Thanks for Bee-ing Our Patient”.

Educational Idea: National Root Canal Appreciation Week: 2nd-8th – Root Canals Save Smiles. Share the benefits of root canal therapy.

Community Involvement Ideas:  This month makes it very easy to build relationships with some of the local businesses.  Specifically, your Nurses, Police Officers, and Teachers.

During the month of May you have:

Teacher Appreciation Week: 3-7

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National Nurses Day and Week: 6-12 

Dental Practice Ideas for Nurses Week

National Police Week:  9-15

dental office ideas for May Police Officer Appreciation Betty hayden

Stay tuned because I will be sharing more ideas for how you can celebrate and show your appreciation for the teachers, nurses, and police officers in your community.

Social Media Post Content Ideas to Improve Engagement during the month of May 2021

If you don’t regularly share fresh content to your social media platforms I encourage you to start today. It is so important to stay connected with your patients (and the community) via your social media platforms and Google My Business.  Don’t overthink it. Have fun with it. In addition to posts and pictures, create some brief videos to share as well. SEE: Dental Office Social Media Help

National Golf Day: 4th (Our Patients are TEE-Riffic!”)

National Piercing Day: 16th (Share risks of oral piercings)

National Senior Health & Fitness Day: 26

World No-Tobacco Day: 31

Let me know what you plan to implement in your practice during the month of May – I love hearing about your plans and ideas.

Friends, Do you know how many of your active patients have a future appointment and how many do not? Do you know how many new patients you are welcoming into the practice AND how many patients you’re losing each month?  To help you get that data quickly, like within minutes – if your PMS is either Dentrix, Eaglesoft, or Open Dental you can request a complimentary, no-obligation practice data snapshot here: Game-Changing Awareness from Dental Intelligence  – Within minutes we’ll identify your practice’s strengths and uncover hidden opportunities.  I am happy to assist you with this at no charge and with absolutely no obligation to do anything further with me. 

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Keep Smiling and Stay Healthy!!

Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty

Spring Cleaning and Organizing Tips for your Dental Practice

Spring Cleaning and Organizing Tips for your Dental Practice

Hello Friends,

Is your office past-due for a good cleaning and organizing? Maybe even some remodeling or redecorating? It’s that time of year when many take advantage of the warmer weather to “spring clean” their homes. This is also a great time to spring clean your dental practice.

I encourage you to make a checklist of all the areas in your office that may need some cleaning.  I’ll help you get started by showing you how to take advantage of using your 5 senses while cleaning your office. This is by no means an exhaustive cleaning list but it will give you ideas of where and what to clean.

Before you read on please remember that the patients’ (and potential patients’) perception of you, your team, the office, and the quality and safety of the care you provide is your reality. This means that everything that you do or don’t do…matters!

Even if you feel like you’re just too busy to tackle a project like this you’ll want to make the time; why? The long-term growth and success of your practice depend on it.

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Sight, Smell, Sound, Touch, and Taste.

SIGHT

What do your patients and potential patients see?

Areas to “see” include;

Office Exterior (Curb Appeal)

  • Signage
  • Windows
  • Landscape/Weeds
  • Garbage/Debris
  • Safety Concerns/Handicap accessibility

Office Interior

  • Reception Room – Sit in your reception room, what do your patients see, touch, hear, smell and taste? Look high and low. What do you see? Dirty carpeting/flooring? Outdated magazines & decor? Stained or worn chairs? Peeling wallpaper? Cobwebs? Dusty plants/floral arrangements? Light bulbs that are out?  Look over at the front desk area, if you see a sliding glass window that is full of signs and papers telling your patients what to do and what not to do…remove them immediately. It’s very unwelcoming!
  • Restroom – Most if not all of your patients that visit your restroom WILL determine the quality and safety of your care from that experience. (Isn’t that true of you when you’re at a restaurant or any public restroom? No one wants the gas station bathroom experience…not even when you’re at a gas station.) Your restroom should be clean, nicely decorated, and well-stocked with quality paper products and soap.
  • Front Desk Area – Clutter represents indecision. Make a decision to get rid of the clutter! (That includes any sticky notes attached to computer monitors, coats/sweaters hanging on the backs of chairs, and fast-food drink containers sitting out on the counters.) Purchase hot/cold beverage tumblers, preferably with your office logo on them for your team members to use at their workstations – this looks much nicer than your patients seeing soda bottles or coffee shop cups.

While you’re visiting the front office area, don’t forget about cleaning these areas too…

  • Current Protocols–  Hygiene Continuing Care, Incomplete Treatment Reports, Confirmation, A/R-Collections, Greetings, Patient Hand-off,  New Patient Welcomes, and Referral Thank you’s, etc.
  • Paper Communication Materials –Intake forms, Letterhead, HIPAA forms, Financial Policy & Postcards.
  • Job Responsibilities/Descriptions –Have every team member write down a detailed list of all of their job responsibilities. This is VERY helpful in determining more effective ways of doing things as well as finding out what is NOT being done.

Moving on to other areas of the practice…

  • Operatories – Sit in the treatment room chairs. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you taste? What do you smell? How do you feel? Again, your patients don’t measure the quality of care, they measure the quality of their experience. Keep your patients loyal to your practice by making certain they consistently have great experiences.
  • Closets – Make an inventory checklist. Throw away any expired or outdated products, equipment, manuals, etc. While you’re at it, if there is anything that isn’t be used properly due to lack of education or training, go ahead and schedule a time for continuing education/training.
  •  Equipment/Technology – What needs repairs, upgrades or to be tossed? Computers, Software, Internet Speed & Access, Printers, Scanners, Copiers, Telephone Systems, TV’s, Postage machines, including…dare I say, typewriters?
  • Employee breakroom(area) / staff lounge – don’t forget about the employee break area. Is it clean and organized? Check out the refrigerator, microwave, cabinets, counters, and tables. There is no reason for this room to be messy and/or dirty. While you’re at it freshen up the room decor and stock the cabinets/refrigerator with snacks and beverages for your team.
  • The Team – Appearance – Wear clothes that reflect the excellent care you give your patients. Professional, clean, and wrinkle-free clothes.  Clean hair, nails & body).  Attitudes – Remove any toxic attitudes.   
  • Office Policies – Review and update employee benefits and expectations. If you don’t have an office manual and/or employee handbook please get one asap.

TIP: Make a cleaning schedule – including the who, what & when.  When will the parking lot, restrooms & reception room be checked & cleaned? This should be done several times throughout the day. Do not wait for the “cleaning person” to take care of those areas.  If the flooring needs to be vacuumed… vacuum it. If the glass on the windows/doors have fingerprints…clean them. If the restroom toilet and sink are dirty… clean them.  Make a promise as a team that if you see it (and you know you do) clean it.

Online Presence – What do your potential patients “see” when looking for a dentist in your area? Remember to spring clean your online presence too. Your website, Google My Business listing, and Social Media Pages. See: Dental Office First Impressions – Online Presence

SMELL

  • Get rid of the dreaded dental office smell. There are products out there that will eliminate that smell without aggravating patients with allergies. Bake chocolate chip cookies if necessary.  Be cautious when using scented candles, air fresheners, and essential oils that they are mild and won’t aggravate those with allergies.

SOUND

  • Keep the noise down! Patients want to be put at ease; they don’t want to hear the latest office gossip or a TV that is too loud. Avoid using patients’ full names or complaining about patients when you can be heard from the reception room or treatment chair.
  • Music – Consider playing music in the reception and treatment rooms. Wireless headphones will allow patients’ to listen to music or the TV while in the chair.
  • Telephone Greetings/Messages – What do your patients and potential patients’ “hear” when calling the office? Be sure that what they hear is a reflection of your goals and vision. See How To Effectively Answer The Dental Office Telephone

TASTE

  • Beverage Station in the reception room. Complimentary coffee, tea, cold bottled water, juice, etc. See this Pinterest board for beverage station design ideas.
  • Snacks – Offer snacks such as fruit, granola bars, etc. This is especially nice for patients that may have been in for a lengthy appointment and need a little boost in energy.
  • Allow patients to rinse with mouthwash before and after the appointment.
  • Offer pre-pasted toothbrushes for patients that didn’t have time to or forgot to brush their teeth before their appointment.

TOUCH

  • Reception Room – Is it comfortable & welcoming? (Please keep COVID safety guidelines in mind before implementing some of these ideas/recommendations.)

Reading Material – Have a variety of magazine and books for patients to read.

Temperature – Keep the temperature in the reception room at a comfortable setting.

Lighting – Be sure that the sunlight from the windows isn’t blinding some of your patients during the day.

  • Treatment Rooms – Be sure that your patients are comfortable during their visit. Your treatment rooms should be exceptonally clean from top to bottom. Get rid of any clutter sitting out on the counters, floor, or shelves.

Massage Pads on Chairs

Blankets (If you have a patient that is always cold, pop the blanket in the dryer for them right before appt). Consider offering a weighted blanket during treatment to help reduce anxiety.

Distractions –  (Movies, Music, Digital Aquarium, Etc.)

Give Painless Injections…always.

Put your patients at ease by talking with them before you start looking in their mouth.

  • Free Stuff – Give away items imprinted with your office name, website, and phone number to each patient at their appointment. Such as; toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, calendars, pens, and lip balm.

Using your 5 senses, look closely at yourself, your team, the exterior, and interior of your building, all office systems, your lab, sterilization procedures, website & social media sites, marketing materials, marketing programs, and the patient experience.

Your goal should be to find ways to consistently exceed your patients’ expectations and remove anything that is hindering you from reaching that goal.

If you’re struggling to reach your goals each month or struggling to get your team on board with your vision for the practice maybe a coaching relationship is just what you need. Feel free to reach out to me to set up a complimentary 30-minute call to discuss how a customized coaching program will help you to reach/exceed your goals.

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Yours for Greater Success!

~Betty

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