Two Scheduling Strategies to Increase Revenue for Your Practice

Two Scheduling Strategies to Increase Revenue for Your Practice

Over the last twenty years, the internet has made things like scheduling appointments with dental practices easier than ever before. Patients don’t have to scan through their phonebook to find a dental practice. They don't have to sit on the phone with their insurance company to make sure the practice accepts their insurance. And they don't want to do any of that anymore.

That’s why I sat down with Tom Brown, Vice President of Sales at LocalMed. Tom and I talked about how LocalMed can make it so no patients ever face a complication with scheduling an appointment with your practice online.

Our conversation inspired me to share two simple tricks I’ve learned that make it simple and convenient for any patient to book an appointment with your dental practice. After all, when it’s easy to book an appointment, it’s easier for your practice to grow.

Send social media leads to a simple scheduling page.

 

Two Scheduling Strategies to Increase Revenue for Your Practice

 

Now that we’re in the 2020s, social media is something almost everyone uses. So, dentists need to make sure scheduling an appointment is quick and simple for patients who are finding them through social media. 

At Delivering WOW, we’re all about using Facebook marketing, or really any form of internet marketing for dental practices, to grow your practice. Whether you prefer placing your ads on Facebook, Instagram, or any other site, making it easy for leads to schedule an appointment can increase your results significantly.

Many prospects from social media websites won’t take the time and effort needed to call your practice or navigate a complicated scheduling process. Make sure to direct social media leads to a webpage with a simple, prominent scheduling option.

Make scheduling a patient’s next appointment a habitual part of the post-appointment process.

 

Two Scheduling Strategies to Increase Revenue for Your Practice

 

If a patient leaves the office without scheduling their next appointment, it is unlikely that they will do so any time soon. Their life will take over and unscheduled treatment will sit for weeks, months, or longer. Or, maybe they won't want to spend the money. Or they might forget to schedule the appointment. It's critical to schedule the appointment before they leave. Even if your team member has told them they need to reschedule for more treatment, a patient might never schedule if they leave your office. 

To combat this, have your team members be more proactive about scheduling after each appointment. They can do this by confidently in two simple steps. First, they should tell the patient how much time is needed for their next appointment. Second, they should ask what time of day or day of the week the patient prefers to come in. Those two steps lead the conversation to choosing the right time for an appointment. That way, you avoid discussing whether the patient will schedule the appointment at all.

Another benefit of scheduling in the office is you remove all complications from scheduling. Your team member does everything for the patient. All the patient needs to do is confirm the time works for them. 

Are you making scheduling convenient for your patients?

 

Two Scheduling Strategies to Increase Revenue for Your Practice

 

To Tom, these tips are just the tip of the iceberg. He offers many helpful tips and tricks to make scheduling easy for your patients. To learn more from Tom about how to increase revenue through strategic scheduling strategies, head on over to LocalMed’s website or join us at this year’s Delivering WOW Live Summit event, where he’s scheduled to speak, which takes place in New Orleans, LA, on March 13-14th!

If you want help with getting patients to schedule appointments with your practice, join the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program where you can access top training and coaching from experts in all facets of running a high-growth dental practice.

Why Every Practice Should Consider Starting a Membership Program to Unlock Massive Growth

Why Every Practice Should Consider Starting a Membership Program to Unlock Massive Growth

At Delivering WOW, we believe the benefits of starting a membership program in your practice make it a no-brainer. 

To help you evaluate whether one is right for you, we recently sat down with Jordan Comstock to discuss how. Jordan took the time to explain how membership programs work and how his company, BoomCloud, helps dentists utilize membership programs to get their practice to reach peak profitability.

Here are three of our favorite reasons why every practice should consider starting a membership program.

Help more people get dental care.

 

Why Every Practice Should Consider Starting a Membership Program to Unlock Massive Growth

 

At PPO practices, frustration about insurance is common. For many patients, the complications that come with dental insurance make it just as infuriating to them, too. As a result, patients frequently resort to paying more out-of-pocket than they need to. Those out-of-pocket expenses can really add up to the point that they don’t come in for preventative dental care as much as they should. They only come in for emergency care or when they can’t kick the can down the road any longer on their oral health issues.

Moreover, while health insurance is a common employee benefit, dental insurance isn’t. This leaves a big gap in the market for people who would want dental care but need an affordable and predictable option. 

Finally, many retired patients lose their dental benefits and let their oral health decline. When patients retire, dental insurance can become prohibitively expensive. So, they let their oral health deteriorate. That’s a huge problem. 

Offering a membership program can be the solution for many people and position you as a dental provider of choice.

Create predictable recurring revenue for your practice.

 

Why Every Practice Should Consider Starting a Membership Program to Unlock Massive Growth

 

Oftentimes in dentistry, one month will be super busy and another month will be super slow. There’s a lot of fluctuation throughout the years—kids go back to school, holidays mean people have less money to spend, and more. Jordan refers to this volatility as “feast and famine” months. 

Running a business in which you have to depend on feast and famine months can be very stressful. A lot of factors can make the difference between practice growth and a struggle to make a profit. Membership plans can make revenue more predictable and reliable. 

Jordan works with practices that generate $30,000 to $40,000 a month from just automatic membership plan fees, and that doesn’t include dentistry from non-members. Why start at zero every month when you can start at $30,000 to $40,000? If you’re starting your month at $30,000 to $40,000 as your baseline, you can shoot for higher growth. How nice would it be to aim to start each month with $100,000 in membership plan fee revenue?

Keep your patients loyal.

 

Why Every Practice Should Consider Starting a Membership Program to Unlock Massive Growth

 

When patients have insurance plans, they might only be loyal to you until they need to change plans. If they change jobs, you might lose a patient. If their plan gets expensive and they need a new one you might lose a patient. But if they are on your membership plan, a job change won’t impact their dental coverage.

That’s why patients who sign up for your membership plan will likely become very loyal to you. They’ve paid for a membership and they’re not going to forgo the benefits that come with it. Jordan has found that, when a patient becomes a member, they end up spending two to three and a half times more with that practice than a non-member would.

Does your practice have a membership program?

Whether you have a membership program already in place or decide to start one, make sure you educate your patients about your plan. Tell them how it works and all the benefits to them. Be sure to explain exactly how it works so they know what they’re buying into and how to maximize their benefits. If you do, you can create mutually beneficial relationships with patients that can last years and years! 

For more strategies on making sure your practice grows to its full potential, join the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program, where you and your team can access the best trainings and coaching from leading experts on all aspects of growing a WOW dental practice.

4 Words to Avoid When Presenting Treatment Plans

4 Words to Avoid When Presenting Treatment Plans

Accepting treatment is a big decision for any patient, especially when high-value procedures are involved. It can cost a lot, and it can be scary for some patients when you tell them the best plan of action is to do something uncomfortable like get a tooth extracted.

No matter how scary the procedure is to patients, there’s a lot you can do to get patients to accept your treatment plan. For example, acting personable and caring and having the right systems in place can help. But one thing a lot of dentists overlook is word choice. In fact, you can immediately improve case acceptance by avoiding these four simple words.

“Maybe”

 

4 Words to Avoid When Presenting Treatment Plans

 

If something is “a maybe,” it’ll likely be a “no.” Maybe conveys a lack of confidence. It conveys a lack of urgency. So, if a patient asks whether they need to address an issue, answer confidently. And when you suggest something to a patient, be clear. Never say, “Maybe we should fix this issue.” Instead, say “We should fix this issue” or “Yes, fixing this issue will improve your health.”

Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine you’re at a dermatologist, and after examining your skin they tell you they’re worried about a mole and want to remove it. Most people would be less likely to pay for them to cut it off if they said, “Maybe we should remove this mole.” They’d be more likely to ask about alternative treatments or whether the mole can be tested before spending the money on removing a mole that turns out to be not problematic.

Most people would be more willing to accept treatment if the dermatologist says, “We need to remove this mole. It poses a threat to your health.” That decisiveness makes removing the mole an urgent matter that is putting the patient’s well-being in jeopardy.

“Cheap”

When you tell people something is cheap, there are usually two thoughts that will go through their head. The first is that if it’s cheap, then it’s low-cost. The second is that if it’s cheap, then it’s low-quality.

“Cheap” is a harsh word. Always be replaced with “affordable” or in terms of “value.” When someone tells you something is affordable or a good value, it comes across as being low-cost but without the negative connotation of it being low-quality. Thus, when talking with patients, talk about procedures being affordable or a good value instead of cheap.

“Cost”

 

4 Words to Avoid When Presenting Treatment Plans

 

Speaking of low-cost, avoid saying the word “cost” to a patient when discussing treatment. For example, if you tell a patient that getting an implant is going to cost them $5,000, they will immediately think of how much money they have in the bank. If they don’t have $5,000 in the bank (or a credit card with a high available credit that they’re willing to tap into), they are less likely to move forward. When discussing financial terms, focus on monthly payment plans instead of the total price and let them know you have several ways to help them fit their treatment needs into their budgets. Most patients think in those terms.

Instead of discussing “costs,” focus most of your discussions on the “value” of the procedure. That makes patients think about your treatment plan as an investment in achieving an outcome they desire. For example, you might say “The real value is having a fully-functioning smile again. You’ll be able to eat what you want. You won’t have to remove your dentures anymore. And you’ll be able to avoid large expenses that come from your teeth shifting or bone loss.”

Reminding patients of the value of your treatment plan and the outcomes they will receive, helps them better appreciate the benefits of moving forward with your plan.

“Problem”

While it might seem logical for people to try to “solve” problems, the reality is most people try to avoid them. Thus, when you describe something as a “problem” to a patient, many patients will instinctively push back or procrastinate. “Problems” feel big to patients. And big feels expensive to patients. Thus, of the patients who are of the mindset to find a solution—rather than to procrastinate—many will seek second opinions, giving another practice an opportunity to woo your patients.

Instead of the word “problem,” reframe your presentation using the word “issue.” It’s a gentler way of saying there’s a situation with their teeth that can be resolved through the treatment plan you’re presenting to them. Thus, instead of “the problem with your tooth is,” you might say, “there’s an issue with a tooth in the bottom right of your mouth that requires” and then present your treatment plan to the patient. Your patient is much less likely to push back when you present the issue rather than a problem.

Have you been using these four word when presenting your treatment plans to patients?

 

4 Words to Avoid When Presenting Treatment Plans

 

Consistent case acceptance can make or break your practice. Word choice might seem like a nuance that doesn’t amount to much but patients are much more likely to move forward with treatment plans when you avoid these four words.

If you want more strategies to help you increase case acceptance, plus coaching for you and your team, and more, join our Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program today.

How to Always Get the Best Work From Your Team

How to Always Get the Best Work From Your Team

 

You can deliver the best dental care in the world, have the latest technology, and serve the most gourmet coffee to your patients, but you can’t run a WOW practice without an amazing team.

One of the best ways to make your team do great work is to make them feel a part of the process. When they feel like they’re a part of a practice family and are contributing to achieving your practice story, they’ll be more motivated and happier to wake up in the morning and come to work. They’ll feel their role is meaningful.

So how do you achieve that? One of the best ways to do that is to create a culture in which both you and your team are open to receiving feedback from one another. This creates a safe environment for growth and support and ensures you and your team are constantly improving. With many leaders, this can be a struggle because many of us feel like we need to have all the answers. But when we hire the best team members, their talents and experiences will complement ours and make their feedback extremely valuable to elevating our practices to a whole different level.

Here are three keys to creating a culture in which giving and receiving feedback leads to consistent growth and high performance.

Always ask for feedback.

 

How to Always Get the Best Work From Your Team

 

Many times, team members are uncomfortable giving feedback to the doctors. It’s a natural concern for people to be concerned giving feedback to their leaders—especially when it’s constructive criticism.

To make your team members more comfortable with giving you feedback, ask for it. Also, ask for it in a very specific area, and request suggestions for improvement. The more focused and specific you are, the easier it will be for someone to respond. For example, you could ask, “Do you have any suggestions for how we can adjust how we schedule to improve production?”

Also, try to get a more rounded perspective when asking for feedback. Ask a number of team members for input when it makes sense to do so. Get everyone involved.

Be grateful for feedback even if you don’t like it.

 

How to Always Get the Best Work From Your Team

 

Receiving feedback helps build vulnerability-based trust and a safe environment where people help each other improve. You don’t have to agree or disagree with what they have to say. Just thank them for having the confidence to try to help you improve. By encouraging it, you also won’t seem hypocritical when you give someone feedback.

For example, it’s hard to not get upset when someone says you were tone-deaf with a patient. But if you want to get the best work from yourself, you have to take a step back and be objective about their feedback.

Everyone has room for improvement. If everyone is able to look at constructive criticism pragmatically, you can start to create a culture of consistent improvement.

Encourage everyone to seek feedback from patients.

 

How to Always Get the Best Work From Your Team

 

Make sure everyone on your team looks for feedback from patients. In your office or online, what do they say? What can you read into how they act when they are in your chair? And what is their body language like when they are in your chair?

Team members aren’t the only ones who can give you feedback, but they can be a very helpful resource for gathering patient feedback. Make sure they pay attention to all forms of feedback from them, and not just from the online reviews.

When you receive feedback from patients, react the same way you would with a team member delivering feedback. Be grateful for it, and look for the practical takeaways you and your team can use to improve.

Are you getting amazing work from your team consistently?

Nobody is perfect, and nobody is going to do everything right all the time. We all have development areas. The best way to improve everyone's performance is to ask for feedback, be grateful when we receive it, and encourage everyone to seek feedback from patients. Then, you will create a culture of constant growth and improvement with a free flow of feedback in all directions. It will set the standard that all team members are expected to do their best work and constantly improve—leaders included.

If you want to learn more about building a practice culture in which everyone thrives, join our Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching program, and start learning from the best experts in the dental industry today!

How to Attract and Retain Patients in a Competitive Market

How to Attract and Retain Patients in a Competitive Market

 

It used to be that you could hang a sign up in front of your dental practice with the word “Dentist” on it and you’d be one of the only dentists in town. Locals would stroll through your doors when they needed to get treatment because you were the closest and most convenient clinician around. 

Unfortunately, it’s not so simple to get patients to come to your practice anymore. Competition is bigger than ever, and patients have access to more information than before. That means we have to adopt a different mindset when attracting new patients as well as to retain existing patients. When we do, we can attract the patients we want to grow our practice and then retain those patients for the long term. Even better, we can get those patients to sing our praises online and tell their family and friends about us, making our marketing efforts even easier.

Here are two ways to attract and retain patients no matter how competitive a market you practice in.

Make all patients feel like VIPs.

 

How to Attract and Retain Patients in a Competitive Market


When a patient comes in for treatment, they aren’t too concerned about your clinical skills. They have already concluded that you know how to treat them. In fact, most assume you do because of your training. Thus, while it’s obviously important that you do an amazing job, quality clinical care isn’t a selling point. Making all patients feel like VIPs
is a selling point. Treating all patients like VIPs creates loyalty with current and new patients and gives you great content to use in your marketing campaigns. 

Does your team make patients feel like VIPs when they come in? How were they greeted by the front desk? How were they treated by the dental assistant when they were handed off? And how did the dentist present a treatment plan to them? 

What’s your office environment like? Patients care a lot about how the environment made them feel. A comfortable waiting room with access to magazines that interest them and coffee they like turns what most people expect to be a boring experience into a relaxing one. Having iPads with music people can enjoy in the OP as they receive their treatment can make a stressful experience more pleasant. The list goes on. 

Too many practices overlook the experiences they provide to patients but just a few small tweaks can often help attract and retain more patients, especially in a competitive environment. 

Create a WOW online presence and get patients to share their experiences online.

 

How to Attract and Retain Patients in a Competitive Market


In this day and age, everything is on the internet, and
online reviews are becoming more and more important. There are sites like Yelp and Google where you’ll be graded on a scale of 1-5 stars and people will talk about their good, bad, or ugly experience at your practice.

If you don’t match your online presence to the in-office experience you provide, you could lose a lot of potential patients. When patients see your marketing, they will often visit your website. Does it demonstrate the look and feel you want to convey in the market? Make sure your online presence matches your dental brand. If you need help, here are seven ways to supercharge your practice website.

Also, you can be sure that many new patients have analyzed your online reviews before they came into your practice for treatment. If another practice has a 5-star rating with great online reviews and you have a 3-star rating with only a few mediocre online reviews, who do you think they’ll go to for their treatment?

It can be a struggle to get patients to leave online reviews sometimes. But if you work hard to deliver an experience that WOWs them, make sure you encourage them to share their experience online. Here’s a simple two-step process to get patients to leave positive online reviews for your practice.

Are you attracting a regular stream of loyal patients?

 

How to Attract and Retain Patients in a Competitive Market


Do you consistently have trouble getting patients to come in and then stay loyal customers? Getting in your patients’ mindset to make them feel like VIPs and get patients talking about their positive experience with you can help you attract and retain patients in even the most competitive markets.

If you want even more help growing and marketing your practice, sign up for the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program where you can find more training and coaching on all aspects of running and growing a high-profit dental practice.

A Simple Two-Step Process for Getting Online Reviews for Your Practice

A Simple Two-Step Process for Getting Online Reviews for Your Practice

When you first get started with the marketing strategies I teach, you might be surprised by how simple they are at their core. Whether it’s Facebook marketing for dental practices, dental marketing funnels, or any other strategy I teach, all of them boil down to applying what has worked for decades to the modern world. By doing so, we are able to get better, faster, and more affordable results.

For example, dental marketing funnels involve taking the conversations we used to have with patients in person on webpages and email. Boosting Facebook Live videos to thousands of people moves the videos we used to display on television to social media. And Facebook advertising helps us send targeted ads to people we used to only target through postcards. With all of the things we teach, all we are doing is using modern tools to get better results from the things that have worked for decades.

The same is true for collecting online reviews. Whether it’s a restaurant or a dentist, prospects often search Google before going to a business. So, whether someone gets referred to our practice or finds us because of a Facebook Ad, chances are they will search for reviews before making an appointment. Here’s the simple two-step process we use to get online reviews from our practice.

Step 1: Provide an experience people can’t stop talking about.

 

A Simple Two-Step Process for Getting Online Reviews for Your Practice

 

It is pretty easy to get reviews if you don’t skip this critical first step. When patients have WOW experiences at your practice they won’t be able to help but talk about your practice. They’ll tell you and your team how amazing their experience is. They’ll talk with friends, family, and coworkers, too.

Are you providing experiences your patients will talk about? It doesn’t have to be complicated to do so. For example, patients love when we provide warm peppermint-scented towels after treatment, give office tours, and kids go to the toy box first. It’s so much different than most other dental practices.

In addition to providing experiences unlike other practices, giving patients WOW experiences builds deeper relationships than they get anywhere else. That makes them more likely to want to reciprocate all the goodwill you build up with them. And two of the most common ways patients reciprocate are leaving online reviews and telling their friends, family, and coworkers about you.

Step 2: Ask patients about their experience after every appointment.

 

A Simple Two-Step Process for Getting Online Reviews for Your Practice

 

At the end of each visit, ask your patients, “How was your experience, today?” If you’ve treated them to a WOW experience, the answer will inevitably be something along the lines of “Amazing!”

Once they answer, thank them for the feedback. Then let them know you are trying to help patients who are afraid to go to the dentist because of past experiences and that you will be sending them an online review link and it would mean the world to you if they would share their experience with others. Let them know that patients often say that online reviews gave them the courage to go to the dentist for the first time in a long time. Also let them know that sharing their experience could be the push someone needs to get the care they need to change their life.

Asking about their experience and connecting it to helping others helps transform your request from asking for help to something with a deeper meaning. We can’t just expect people to enter a review when they get an automated text or email. You have to make a connection with them so they want to help you and others.

Are you struggling to collect online reviews?

 

A Simple Two-Step Process for Your Practice

 

Everything I teach is old-school word-of-mouth marketing with a modern twist, utilizing social media and other technological advances to help us get better results in less time and on smaller budgets. Many times—like this—old-fashioned patient care combined with modern technology is the best mix for success. Build deep relationships with your patients and use technology to make the process simple and easy.

If you want even more help growing and marketing your practice, sign up for the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program where you can find more training and coaching on all aspects of running and growing a high-profit dental practice.

How to Improve Case Acceptance for High-Value Procedures

How to Improve Case Acceptance for High-Value Procedures

 

When patients are considering treatment, it can be an investment of time and money that they hesitate to make. This is especially the case with high-value procedures that come with large out-of-pocket investments.

If you’ve struggled with case acceptance for high-value procedures, these five strategies can help.

1. Make the Patient Experience Personal Before It Becomes Procedural

 

How to Improve Case Acceptance for High-Value Procedures

 

It’s very important to do a “meet and greet” with a complex care patient when they come into your practice. After they sign in, the front desk team should let you know they’re there.

You—not the treatment coordinator, not the dental assistant—should then walk into the waiting room, introduce yourself to the patient, and welcome them to the practice. Then bring the patient into an area where you can talk privately about moving forward with treatment.

By doing a meet and greet, you’ve created a personal connection with the patient. If you start a relationship with a patient by doing diagnostics, X-Rays, and educating them about the treatment process, you’ll create a very cold relationship with them. You want to be warm and friendly and you want to connect with them personally. Complex care patients are investing a lot of money into their treatment. They need to trust you in order to move forward with you and the best way to get them to trust you is to develop a personal connection with them. 

2. Understand Patients Before You Educate Them

Following the meet and greet, when you’re in the confidential talking area, get to understand the patient using “the four chiefs.” This concept was taught by Dr. Paul Homoly at our 2019 Delivering WOW Summit.

The first chief is the chief condition. That’s the condition that brought the patient into the dental practice. Discovering their chief condition is done by asking them a simple question: What can I do to help you?

The second chief to discover is the chief disability. The disability is how the condition interferes with the patient’s life. Does it embarrass them? Does it make it difficult to chew?

The third chief is the chief behavioral benefit. Patients get their teeth fixed because of the behavioral benefits the treatment brings to their lifestyle. You might be interested in the clinical benefits, but patients are interested in the behavioral benefits. If their disability is that they’re embarrassed about a gap in their teeth, then the behavioral benefit is that treatment will give them more confidence.

The fourth chief is the chief fit issue. Fit issues are the life circumstances patients go through that they have to fit your dentistry into. Money, for example, is a fit issue. They need to fit treatment into their budget. Time is another fit issue. They need to be able to fit treatment into their schedule.

Identifying these four chiefs will not only help you to understand your patient but it will also help them understand you and your motives.

It will become clear to them that you aren’t just trying to sell them something. Don’t educate them about their treatment until you understand them on a more personal level if you want them to move forward.

3. After the Exam, Discuss Conditions Patients Are Concerned About Before You Discuss Conditions They're Unconcerned About

 

How to Improve Case Acceptance for High-Value Procedures

 

Once you’ve performed your exam and charted everything out, do three things. First, bring awareness to the patient about their conditions. Second, tell the patient what the consequences of the condition are if they don’t get treatment. Third, determine whether they’re concerned about those consequences. 

These three things help you discern what matters to them. That allows you to present treatment for the conditions they’re concerned about before you present treatment for conditions they aren’t concerned about. If you do that, they’ll be better listeners and more likely to move forward.

4. Understand Their Budget

When you go shopping for a home, the realtor will ask you for your price range before they ask anything else. Only then will they present potential homes to you.

You have to be the same way when presenting treatment to patients. Understand what’s suitable for your patients’ budget so you know what treatment they can afford and whether you need to educate them about financing options or other ways to fit treatment into their budget.

5. Don't Make Case Acceptance a Condition of a Good Continuing Relationship

 

How to Improve Case Acceptance for High-Value Procedures

 

No matter how important a treatment plan is, some patients just won’t or can’t move forward. That’s okay. Love them like you’d love any patient. Treat them well and continue to give them the best patient experience possible. If not, you risk losing them completely. If you do, they may find themselves in a better position to move forward and accept treatment later on. 

Are you ready to perform more high-value procedures?

If you have trouble getting patients to accept treatment, use these five strategies to improve. And if you want more help, sign up for the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program where you can find more training and coaching on all aspects of running and growing a high-profit dental practice.