Dental Office Appreciation Ideas for Nurses, Teachers, and Police Officers during May 2021

Dental Office Appreciation Ideas for Nurses, Teachers, and Police Officers during May 2021

Hello Friends,

The month of May brings many wonderful opportunities to reach out to and build relationships with more people in the community. Here is why:

During the month of May you have:

Teacher Appreciation Week: 3rd – 7th

National Nurses Day and Week: 6th -12th  

National Hospital Week: 9th -15th

National Nursing Home Week9th -15th

National Police Week:  9th – 15th

EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week: 16th – 22nd

We don’t need a “reason” to celebrate and aknowledge our hard-working and awesome teachers, nurses, and police officers however the month of May gives us that extra boost to do so. Don’t let this great opportunity and privilege to reach out to the teachers, nurses, and police officers in your community pass you by.

How can you reach out to them? Here are a few ideas for you:

First, let’s start with any of your patients that are teachers, nurses, or police officers.

Pull a report with any patients that are school teachers, nurses, and police officers and send “We Appreciate You” cards to them. Unexpected and very much welcomed.

Put together some little thank you gifts to give your patients that are teachers/nurses/police officers when they come in for their dental appointment during the month of May.

See my Pinterest Board for a ton of ideas: Appreciation Gift Ideas

Second, reach out to the teachers, nurses, and officers in the community that are not “yet” patients at your office.

Host a Favorite Teacher/Nurse/Police Officer Contest and promote it via your social media platforms. Invite the community to nominate their favorites. The winner receives FREE teeth whitening (or another special offer), a gift card to a local business, and a certificate stating they won (your office name) for the favorite teacher/nurse/police officer contest in your community.

You could easily ask for donations of prizes or gift cards from local businesses to add to the winning prize.

Deliver treats and/or toothbrush bags to your local schools, hospitals, doctors’ offices, fire station, and/or police stations.

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

dental social media content ideas from Betty Hayden Consulting

At the very least you can use your social media platforms to show your love and appreciation for these special and hard-working folks in the community. (If you need help in this area: Dental Office Social Media Help and Ideas

National High Blood Pressure Education Month (why does your dentist/hygienist take your blood pressure?)

May is Save Your Tooth Month and Root Canal Appreciation Week: 2nd – 8th and Root Canal Appreciation Day: 11th

National Teacher Day: 4th

Nurses Day or National RN Recognition Day: 6th

Receptionists Day: 12th  

International Nurses Day: 12

EMSC (Emergency Medical Services) Day:  19th

National Employee Health & Fitness Day: 19th

National Senior Health & Fitness Day: 26

Eat More Fruits & Vegetables Day: 27th  

World No-Tobacco Day: 31

There are so many ways to celebrate teacher appreciation, police officers, and nurses’ week in your dental office. If you’re looking for more marketing ideas for the month of May, please visit here: Dental Office Marketing Tips and Ideas for May

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Wishing you all a very happy and productive Spring!

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Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty – Dental Coach

Dentist Office Marketing Tips and Ideas for April 2021

Dentist Office Marketing Tips and Ideas for April 2021

Hello, Friends ~

It’s time to welcome Spring and your second quarter. Be sure to review your plans and goals to make this second quarter your best one yet! 

Doctors, if you’re struggling to reach your practice goals – feel free to contact me for a complimentary, no-obligation 30-minute telephone consultation at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com to see if a coaching relationship is right for you.

Here are some marketing tips and ideas to help you grow your dental practice, exceed your current and potential patient’s expectations, and to have more fun as a team. Surely, less-stress and more fun at the office is something that everyone will appreciate.

Marketing Ideas for April 2021:

Community Spirit Days (April 1-30) What a great opportunity to get your name out there in the community.

  • Neighborhood Spring Perennial Plant Exchange from the office parking lot.
  • Feature a local restaurant each week on your social media page encouraging people to visit their FB page and leave a review.  Do a gift card raffle for each of the restaurants.
  • Find a local charity that you can support.
  • Make your office a donation drop off site for items of need in the community (ie: non-perishable food items, books, etc.)

If you’re looking for Practice Management and Leadership Tips and Ideas for April 2021 Visit Here: April 2021 Practice Management

Educational & Marketing Opportunities:

National Youth Sports Safety Month – All month-long promote sports safety by protecting smiles with mouthguards.

Dental Office Tips and Ideas Sports Safety

Oral Cancer Awareness Month ~ An excellent opportunity for you to raise oral cancer awareness and the need for early detection in order to save lives.  See Oral Cancer Awareness Ideas

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

National Fun at Work Day: 1st

Vitamin C Day: 4th

National Siblings Day: 10th

National Garlic Day: 19th

Banana Day: 21st

National Sense of Smell Day: 24th

National Superhero Day: 28th

Wishing you all a productive, stress-free, and very Happy April!

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Yours for Greater Success,
~Betty

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Top Ten Tips for How to Effectively Answer the Dental Office Telephone

Top Ten Tips for How to Effectively Answer the Dental Office Telephone

Hello Friends,

The phone is ringing, the calls are coming in, but appointments aren’t being made. In fact, it is quite possible potential new patients are unintentionally being turned away.

You never get a second chance to make a great first impression.”

What kind of impression is your dental office team creating for you? Do you really know how effective they are in answering the office telephone? Are you tracking how many calls come in and how many of those callers schedule an appointment? Does it really matter? Absolutely!

All your marketing efforts lead people to the phone first. Don’t waste your money by losing the potential patient or aggravating current patients due to poor telephone skills and habits. Your entire team (clinical & admin) should be trained on how to properly answer the phone and effectively care for the caller.  

Answering the phone is a privilege and a great opportunity!

Here are 10 helpful telephone tips & ideas:

  1. Always Smile before you pick up the phone.
  2. Answer the phone within the first couple of rings.
  3. Answer the phone with a thank you for calling, identify the office and give your name. (ex: Thank you for calling Dr. Smiles, this is Betty. I can help you.)
  4. Do NOT let the caller go to voice mail (or a busy signal!) during business hours (including and especially lunch hours). People hate leaving messages. Oftentimes, they’ll hang up and call the next office on their list.
  5. Never, ever answer the phone with “hold please” or “can you hold?”! Take a quick second, find out who they are and what they need. People hate to be put on hold. If you are habitually needing to put callers on hold, you need more people answering the phones.
  6. For the few times when you do need to put a caller on hold – please, consider having a great message on hold service. Here’s why: Should I Use A Message On Hold Service?
  7. Get the caller’s name early on and use it often. BEFORE you answer their initial question, you should know who you are talking with. (ie: “Great question, I can help you that. Again, my name is Betty may I ask your name?”)
  8. Find out how they heard about your office (document the referral source in the software!).
  9. “What type of insurance do you have?” shouldn’t be the first thing you ask. In fact, let the caller bring that part up. Your goal is to build a relationship with the caller, to get to know them and their expectations.
  10. Offer an appointment. Sounds obvious right? You might be surprised to know how many offices miss this important step. Seriously, this one is so simple and yet it is shocking how many offices totally miss this opportunity. Remember, the goal should be to end the call with an appointment scheduled.

Set aside some time to meet as a team – everyone in the office should be trained on how to not only answer the phones but should know how to effectively handle the calls. At the very least, professionally & courteously direct the caller to someone who can help.

Practice, Practice, Practice how to effectively handle different types of calls and questions until you feel comfortable. (Yes, I am talking about role-play – I know we hate role-play  it’s uncomfortable (and embarrassing) to do but it’s necessary to be truly successful. Work through the discomfort. It’s worth it!)

As a team, create your Telephone Principles (scripting guidelines)which are your goals & expectations for each call.

Know how to respond to the following callers (not just answer their question but with the goal of welcoming them into the practice by scheduling a new patient appointment):

  • Shopper Callers – Great opportunity! Typically, the shopper caller has a need and is ready to “buy”, that’s why they are “shopping”.  Don’t blow it by refusing to quote fees over the phone or by failing to invite them to come in for a complimentary consultation.
  • Insurance Questions – Have a great response for: “Do you take XYZ ins?
  • Wrong Numbers – offer an appointment anyway.
  • Sales Calls – Be kind, they’re just doing their job. Maybe they need an appointment. Plus, you don’t know who they know. It’s simple – always be kind.
  • Organizations or local businesses requesting donations – Empower your team to fulfill their request. At the very least, offer them an appointment.

The telephone ringing should never be viewed as an interruption to your already too busy day. Certainly, handling the phones is a big responsibility but it’s an even bigger privilege. Don’t miss out on any opportunities to set your office apart from the others by always exceeding the caller’s expectations.

If you have questions about how to successfully handle telephone calls or need help training your team, don’t wait, ask for help. I’m ready to help you. Email:bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com

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~Betty – Dental Coach

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