We take you through the decision-making process that a potential new customer will go through before they finally book an appointment with your practice through online dental scheduling software.

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Podcast Highlights:

  • How reviews and reputation management affect online AND offline performance
  • Googling pizza as an exercise
  • The psychology behind clicking on search results
  • Avoiding the “train wreck” companies
  • How consumers JUSTIFY the dentist they choose
  • What a 2.8 star rating means vs. a 4.8 star rating
  • Offline advertising
  • The 5.0: good or bad?
  • The decision-making process behind websites
  • Converting website visitors to phone calls
  • The important of convenience and online dental scheduling software
  • Why 20% of phone calls are missed… and how to prevent it
  • How to take away borders from decision making
  • How to get a 7pm Sunday Evening caller turned into a patient
  • The impact of software on your website

Podcast Transcription:

Hello, and Welcome once again to the Dental Marketing Mastery series. This podcast is brought to you by DentalWebContent.com and New Patients Incorporated. I’m Howie Horrocks, the Founder of New Patients Incorporated, along with me once again, as my friend and partner and the President of New Patients Incorporated, Mark Dilatush.

Howie: Well, hello, once again, everybody. We’re here for another podcast. Mark’s on the other end. I’m here in Vegas where it’s warm, and he’s in New Jersey, where it’s cold.

Mark: I’m experiencing Franken storm.

Howie: You were supposed to get 16 feet of snow. And

Mark: I know it turned out to be like four inches of snow and two inches of ice snow. I think.

Howie: I think you guys back there or somebody back there the weather people, you know, little exaggerated.

Mark: I’m sure some of our customers from Eastern Pennsylvania and my daughter up and kinetic and I’m sure she’s going to get hammered.

Howie: Oh, well.

Mark: So yeah, I’m just talking about where I am in New Jersey. This is this is this is a whatever. It’s a Tuesday.

Howie: Yeah. Well, anyway, our topic for today is your internet strategy. And how that might play out as you know, approach the whole medium of the internet, which is a huge, huge deal. So let’s, let’s look at that today. Okay.

Mark: Yeah, that’s, that seems to be the volume of questions coming through the mailbag. Actually, there’s some questions coming through dental marketing mastery community on Facebook, if you want to get if you want to log in there and become a member and watch the conversation go do so. And Josh@newpatientsinc.com, he’s getting some through his email. So I think what Howie’s, I think where the interest is coming from is because we’re promoting.

We’re promoting the importance of reviews and reputation management. And we’re also heavily promoting the wonderful benefits of online dental scheduling software and I think, I think that advertising or promoting, is creating the questions. And the questions are, how does this fit because we have, you know, hundreds of offices, dental offices that have our websites, and our SEO. So a lot of these questions are coming in from, you know, from our customers, so, so you don’t have to be a customer for this to apply to you. You don’t have to be a customer of ours at all for this to apply to you. So this really makes good podcast material. So let’s take them one at a time.

Let’s start with reviews and reputation management. And how it directly impacts your online and your offline performance. Believe it or not, it does impact your offline performance as well. So I want everyone to and I actually posted this question on the dental marketing mastery community on Facebook, and you guys did somebody, half a dozen doctors did a great job. In responding back, I want everybody on the podcast, to just do if you’re driving, don’t close your eyes. And if you’re on a treadmill, don’t close your eyes, because you’ll fall over.

But I want you to imagine that you’re searching for something. And in the case of this exercise, you’re looking for pizza. So your phone is in your hand and you’re in some location doesn’t have to be home could be anywhere. And you fire up Google when you type in the word pizza and Google knows your location. And it looks for all the local areas, pizzerias immediately surrounding you brings up a map brings up the little ABC de balloons probably brings up a couple of paid ads from Google, and then delivers to you the organic results. This is where I need your brain right now.

Okay, because in the last five to six years, a new selection criteria has been already or a new piece of the overall selection criteria has been introduced to the Google review or search review page. And it that piece is reviews and the consumer. When you’re looking for pizza, I want you to think to yourself, yeah, really? Where did my eyes go? What do I look at first, second? or third? How do I start to make my decision when I look at a Google search page, and it’s different now than it was five or six years ago, because now there’s reviews there.

And what your friends and colleagues and local people think about the pizzeria or the pizza RIAs near you. That what they think about it has value to you. Now you don’t believe every review you read, because you know, there’s some people out there is nothing better to do than just leave bad reviews. I mean, you know that, right? But you still look.

And it’s amazingly consistent what you look at if you track and when I get the link for this, I’m going to post it in the Facebook community. But if you track eyeballs after a Google search, and you track mouse clicks, and mouse movement after a Google search, the number one draw of the iris of the eyeball is actually the reviews. It’s not even the name, or the link, or what you can provide or none of that stuff. It’s reviews.

And it’s amazingly consistent that almost every consumer of almost anything. Now right now we’re talking about pizza, we’re not even talking about dentistry. Okay. But it’s amazingly consistent Market to Market. how people use their eyes and their subconscious to make selection for services or goods or products or whatever, you know, using a Google search, so they search, they see the reviews. And invariably, the surfer will always look at the train wreck. Not the pizzeria with zero reviews. But the pizzeria with the rating of 2.8. Yeah. Okay,

Howie: you know what the same thing happens on Amazon to always look at the reviews and see the worst one. So, you know, you know, you have a gauge on what you might be

Mark: getting into, you know, sure when people use reviews for different reasons. But the main reason you know, now I’ll take you from pizza to dentistry. The main reason that people, dental consumers review dentists and healthcare providers more than they will review pizza is because this decision? Well, dentistry is not a life saving decision on like a surgeon would be, but it’s a really important decision on the dental consumers mind. And dentistry is a very invasive.

I mean, how he said it in his book, and I think we wrote it in our last book, and we set it up on stage isn’t a whole lot more invasive than being four inches from somebody’s mouth, right? I mean, a dentist is literally in your face the entire appointment, right? Literally and actually, yeah. So it’s a really important decision on the dental consumers mind when they’re looking at a Google screen. So they always look at the lowest rated dentist. Always, you do not want to be the lowest rated dentist because I can tell you why they’re looking, they’re looking at the lowest rated dentist to justify the dentist they chose. Yeah, they’re not choosing the lowest rated dentist again, they’re just looking to justify their other choice.

Howie: They bought automatically and quickly eliminated from their field choices,

Mark: Exactly which, which brings me to the top two or three, maybe four in reviews. So when you click when you type in dentist, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, just to use an example. And you see, I’m sure in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, there’s got to be a dozen dentists with Google reviews on that first page. And you see 103 reviews, ba ba ba ba and you see rating 4.8 4.6 4.2, you know, whatever. Then immediately the eyes, go to the reviews, the reviews score, and immediately your brain puts them in pecking order.

And mom who’s looking for a dentist will almost always review or look at more than one or two, maybe three. And then she’ll go down to the train wreck, look at that again, and then choose one of the one or two or three at the top. That’s how it works. That’s how they make their decision.

It’s the same decision you make when you choose pizza. It’s you’re not going to the pizzeria that gets a 2.8 you’re just not going there. But you will go to the one that’s 4.7 over the one that’s 4.8. If 4.7 offers, whatever something else another dish, your family might like maybe your son doesn’t like pizza, and he would rather have a different time food. Okay. So that’s how your eyes work. That’s how your subconscious work. And that’s how the subconscious becomes then conscious. Okay? And it says, and it all this stuff happens in like eight seconds, right? All the neurons and protons are firing off in your brain make a decision making this decision, you review your review, and then maybe you go to one or two websites, and then you check out from there. Right?

So reviews, reputation, online reputation is an enormous selection, a new relatively new selection criteria for the dental consumer. And for those of you who are not winning the review and reputation war in your market area. I think what’s going on is we’re out there advertising Crusader. And then our customers are sending in these. What are you guys talking about? Why is this so important? That kind of thing? Right? Well, this is why it’s really important.

If you’re sending whatever let’s say you’re doing mail campaign or radio or print ad or I don’t care what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter. If you’re just sending out referral brochures and if your domains on it, people are going to hell your own pace are sometimes searching your name. Actually. They search your name all the time. Because they don’t have your business card in their in their wallet anymore.

So don’t you want to be the best reputation in your market when your own patients go to Google? You know, the answer is yes. Every everywhere down the line. Every box should be Yes, yes. Yes, Yes, Yes! I want to have the most reviews and I want to have, you know, a review rating in line with what a consumer would want a 5.0 almost all consumers look at that and go yet or something fishy there.

Howie: Yeah. unrealistic? Yeah. For all of us cousins got on and left review. Is that

Mark: exactly. Right. 4.62 4.8 4.52 4.9. Somewhere in there. Right. And you’re absolutely good to go. Okay. So that’s why we make it such a big I mean, yeah, we sell NPI Crusader. And it’s a reputation management software integrates with your practice management software, hopefully. And you know, and yeah, it all works and it does all that work for you. But even if you don’t use that, if you use something else, or maybe you’re already using something else, pay attention to it. Okay? Because if you’re spending money on outbound marketing, or you’re spending money on a PPC campaign, or you’re spending money on any kind of advertising to drive website traffic, those websites, those consumers are making choices based not primarily well, based, primarily on your review standing. And that could impact all the advertising money that you’re spending. So pay attention to it.

Howie: Exactly. You know, Mark, this might be a good point, we’re going to stop for a short commercial break. We’ll be right back. Don’t go away.

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Howie: Okay, we’re back now. Let’s continue on with this. We covered the reputation management Yeah,

Mark: Let’s do the next logical sequence, which is you’ve advertised online or offline. And you’ve gotten a patient to search for you. Or you’ve gotten them to a Google screen, you’re the king or queen of the review and reputation. Um, for dentists in your market, and they click through to your website. Now, they may also click through to multiple websites, actually, most of the moms in the top half of the dental market will go look at multiple websites just like they would look at multiple restaurants. They might look at the menu, they might look at the map, they may look, they may have all kinds of interests they may look at in five or six or eight of your 20 pages on your website. Right.

Now what, how do we get them off your website on to the phone to make an appointment? Or in this case, the subject that keeps coming up is online dental scheduling software. If you had two or three different dental offices to choose from, and one of the two or three offered online scheduling right now, and you knew it Saturday afternoon at two o’clock, and you’re sitting there with your iPad, watching your daughter play a soccer game and you knew this one was the only one you can make an appointment for right now. Which one would you choose?

A lot of people choose we’re seeing the appointments come through, they choose the one that’s most convenient. And if you’re a mom, if you’re a mom, and you have you know, you have your own business or your own job, or, you know, obviously your home, you have kids probably have husband, whatever, if you’re a busy mom, there’s nothing more or there’s very few things more important to a busy mom than convenience.

And they will almost always convert through a website better with online dental scheduling software than without it. So, yes, while we’re sending out advertising about online dental scheduling software, the questions are coming in why does that make a difference? Why is that additive? Well, it’s additive because you don’t cover your phones. 24/7, 365 which how he and I both painfully observe when we see our call tracking reports come in. And they almost always say 19.8% of all new patient calls go unanswered.

Howie: Yeah.

Mark: Okay, and

Howie: That’s a killer that’s killing.

Mark: It’s a killer to and again, you don’t have to use NPI for your marketing, it doesn’t. We’re not talking about our company. All I can report to you is that we don’t really cry anymore. But we want to cry when we see that, you know, close to 20% of the phone calls aren’t they aren’t even picking up the phone at all. So how does it bridge the gap online dental scheduling software bridges that gap because now it’s available, it’s not only available to new patients, but it’s available to your established patients.

And that’s huge that helps bridge that gap, it connects the dots between the consumer and your office sending in a form on a website requesting an appointment. I mean, dental consumers know that that’s not an appointment. It’s, it’s a request for somebody to call, it might as well be a contact page, it’s a request for somebody to call you when it’s convenient for them. It’s not an appointment, it’s a request to be called when it’s probably not convenient for you. That’s really what it is to the consumer. But if you offer them online dental scheduling software, and you offer it everywhere, it bridges the gap, it connects the dots.

Now here’s where it gets really interesting. Which is when you’re well, when we’re doing we manage PPC campaigns and pay per impression campaigns through Facebook, and you know, for some of our customers and again, you don’t have to do that through us, you may have your own vendor that does that for you, that’s fine. But most of the time, those go to landing pages. And the idea when it goes to a landing page is to get them off the landing page. And in most cases on the telephone or to fill out a form. Well, what if they could also just skip all that crap and schedule an appointment?

Howie: Right?

Mark: What if I mean I, we have a client, I refer to her a lot. And she does these tongue tie treatments for babies. And when I see two appointments being made on a Sunday evening, you know, at seven o’clock in the evening, on you know, I know on the other end of that line, or you know is a set of parents who are feeling a lot better right now, because they just took action to take care of their baby, right? You can do the same thing with implants.

Like how many landing pages don’t allow you to schedule on a complimentary implant console. That’s insane. To me, it’s insane for you not to have that as part of your arsenal, it just connects the dots and the more dots you connect, the more of those hurdles you take away from the distance between you and a dental consumer, the more all of your marketing is going to work better. No matter what your marketing is, no matter who you market through whether it’s NPI or Bob, Bob’s marketing firm doesn’t matter. Take those barriers away, and you’ll do you’ll do a lot better. You’re going to just generate more ROI out of the advertising dollar you’re already spending.

Howie: Right and that’s really what we look at or what stabs us in the heart when we see that 19.8 new patient calls go and answer it’s wasted marketing dollars wasted marketing punch that you don’t have to waste.

Mark: Right and then and we do we do the little things with our with our folks. And we you know, in our books and an order see we in or our Facebook or we implore people Hey, you know, come in every morning, look at your call tracking numbers, look at the hang ups. But don’t just be sad and leave it there. There’s a caller ID. You know the phone number, call him back.

There’s a really good chance you could get a new patient just by dialing those seven numbers, right? Yeah, I’m now asked me how many of our customers do that? You know, I don’t? I don’t know, I don’t know. I can’t see that. Right. But we still, no matter whether you’re our customer or a customer of a different marketing company, um, do that. That’s free advice. It’s um, it’s right there in front of you have somebody called call and the conversations easy. Hi, this is Jane from Dr. Smith’s office. You dialed our number while we were unavailable to the phone. May I help you? That’s it. It’s really easy phone call to make. It’s not?

Howie: Yeah.

Mark: It’s not a difficult it’s not a telemarketing call. That person dialed your phone while you weren’t there.

Howie: Yeah, it’s not a cold call.

Mark: No. So reputation management, online reviews, and online dental scheduling software for everybody. They’re seeing our ads in dental town, or they’re seeing them and they’re seeing them, probably in Facebook. And they’re asking us, why are we putting so much emphasis on them, we’re putting so much emphasis on them. Because of those barriers, reviews are a barrier if you’re not winning the war, online dental scheduling software is certainly a barrier if you’re not available to your phones, 24/7, 365. Not to mention that mom and dad or mom in particular, just like maybe her hair appointment or nail appointment or massage appointment or whatever. She’s doing more and more of her scheduling online every day. Okay. And she really appreciates the convenience of the able to sit down at the end of the day, take care of it and just be done with it.

So anyway, so those are the two pieces, those are the two dots, that we wanted to connect for you. Because you know, it’s a little bit odd to see us promoting them. along with everything else that we do. You know, we’re not known to be a software company, you would think a software company, right would be promoting those things. We came at both of those for very different reasons.

We came at them from the marketing side, we are definitely a marketing company. And we saw that even wonderful dental practices who weren’t paying attention to their reviews and reputation management. We’re seeing a declining result on the internet. And then we saw and have been seeing that, you know, all those missed calls with the people who have online scheduling those percentages of missed calls go down. Right. And that’s so it’s all good. So we didn’t come at this from a dental appointment scheduling software development standpoint, we came at this from a marketing standpoint. So in that case, it’s a little bit different. But just it’s important, either way.

Howie: Well, good. I think that about wraps it up for now. Right, Mark?

Mark: Thank you, Howie. I’m sure it’s nice. And it’s probably 70 degrees. I’m going to go out and shovel ice.

Howie: Yeah, well, you and I will be in Minnesota in a few days. And it’s I just checked it’s minus eight there. No, not minus. It’s eight degrees there where we’re going so.

Mark: Oh, so it’s balmy.

Howie: Yeah.

Mark: There’s anybody. Oh, that’s right. This podcast will be after the get it done. Yes, meeting, but I think we’re going to have more get it done meetings. So you may hear that those words, get it done meetings. Howie and I will be doing those in the future. Yeah.

Howie: Well, thanks for listening, everybody, and we’ll be with you again soon. Goodbye.

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