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.

Using Online Reviews to Build Your Reputation with Dr. Len Tau

 

I’m thrilled to welcome Dr. Len Tau to this episode of the podcast to talk about the importance of online reviews to help improve your reputation and grow your practice.

Dr. Len Tau is a practicing dentist and General Manager of Dental Vertical at Birdeye Dentist in Northeast Philly. He’s also a speaker, consultant, podcaster, author and an expert when it comes to online reviews. Dr. Tau will be one of the speakers at my Delivering WOW Live Summit this year too, which the entire community is super excited about. Dr. Tau is the host of The Raving Patients Podcast and recently published his brand-new book, Raving Patients, where he shares simple tips and best practices to become visible and demonstrate credibility online.

As dentists, our online reputations are incredibly important. However, no business is perfect, and we have to expect some not-so-nice reviews to pop up now and again. It’s how you respond to these reviews that matter and in this episode of the podcast, you’ll learn how you can do that and how you can use online reviews to build a powerful reputation for your practice.

 

Using Online Reviews to Build Your Reputation with Dr. Len Tau

 

On this episode, we discuss:

  • How to deal with negative online reviews
  • Why online reviews should play a key role in your marketing strategy
  • A few key takeaways from Dr. Tau’s new book, Raving Patients
  • Tips and strategies for using online reviews to build your reputation
  • What you can expect from Dr. Tau’s seminar at the Delivering WOW Live Summit 2020
  • HIPAA tips for dentists dealing with unfair or negative reviews
  • How to automate the process of receiving online reviews from patients

 

Using Online Reviews to Build Your Reputation with Dr. Len Tau

 

To learn more about how your online reputation and reviews can make or break your practice, check out Dr. Len Tau’s website for more information.

If you would like to hear more from Dr. Leonard Tau, you can tune into The Raving Patients Podcast and pick up a copy of his new book, Raving Patients.

Watch a short video trailer for this episode below: