Social Media

Some of our best social media tips for dentists by a dentist!


If you want to grow your dental practice, social media is a great (and generally free) way to do it. However, with more social media platforms than ever before, it can be overwhelming to know where to spend your precious energy. That’s why we strongly suggest creating a social media calendar.

What is a social media calendar? It’s simply a document that helps you organize your strategy and plan for special occasions so you can coordinate your posts. This document can be “old school” paper and pen or it can be digital. It just needs to be easy to understand, update, and share with the people who are helping you manage your social feeds.

A good social media calendar will help you accomplish three specific goals:

Keeps You Organized

Social media can often get placed on the back burner when things get busy, but you don’t want to forget about it! I don’t know about you, but calendars help keep us accountable. By having everything laid out on one calendar or spreadsheet, it makes the tasks seem more manageable. If things get really busy, you can even use an automatic posting service to do the posting for you!

Keeps You Consistent

By planning everything out on a calendar in advance, you’re more likely to post consistently on all your profiles. Because everything is organized and ready, it makes it easy to post regularly. With social media, consistency is everything. If you’re posting consistently, you will stay in front of your audience even attract new followers. Remember, those followers can turn into customers!

Saves You Time

Setting aside some time to organize your entire social media calendar can save you time in the long run. It may take a little bit to get it up and running, but it will leave you feeling prepared and less stressed when it comes time to start posting. Now you’ll no longer try to frantically throw together social posts at the last minute!

Also, if you’re not the only one working on your business’ social media, a calendar can be a great way to share ideas and work with your colleagues. We all get stuck in a rut from time to time. If your calendar is available for others to work on, you can have some assistance with ideas, which will free you up to do the other things that are on your to do list!

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Marketing a dental practice is not easy. It’s not like you’re running a candy shop or an amusement park. Some people are afraid of the dentist, and for those that aren’t, it’s still not the first place they choose to visit. However, we know that in order to be profitable, we have to get people excited about coming to the dentist — and not just any dentist! We have to make our own dental practice seem the most fun, the most comfortable, and the friendliest place they could choose. That’s where good dental marketing comes in.

If you’re feeling stuck or need a little inspiration when it comes to your dental marketing strategy, check out these TED Talks:

The Little Risks You Can Take to Increase Your Luck

In this TED Talk, educator Tina Seelig shares three (easy) ways we can increase our luck in business. She says, “luck is rarely a lightning strike, isolated and dramatic — it’s much more like the wind, blowing constantly. Catching more of it is easy but not obvious.”

Growing your dental practice is all about taking calculated risks and not all risks are created equal. This talk may change the entire way you look at your professional career.

The Happy Secret to Better Work

Are you happy? It’s kind of a loaded question, but Shawn Achor presents his argument in this TED Talk that being truly happy leads us to do better, more productive work. He says, “75% of your job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support, and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of as a threat.”

So, can positive psychology help you grow your dental practice? According to Shawn, absolutely it can! Added bonus? He’s surprisingly funny for a researcher 😉

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

This TED Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth is one of the most popular of all time, and it’s not surprising once you sit down and watch it. In her speech, she talks about why IQ isn’t the only thing separating those of us who are successful and those of us who tend to struggle.

Grit is the key factor when it comes to defining who is the most successful. What is grit? It’s passion and perseverance for long-term goals. When it comes to marketing, this is important because some things take a long time and a lot of consistency before you see results. Do you have what it takes to see your goals through even when it takes a long time?

Good dental marketing comes down to sharing thoughts, ideas, and knowledge. Everything you put out into the world should have the goal of connecting with your current and future patients; you want them to see you as someone they can trust and turn to for help. Have these talks inspired you? If you have questions about marketing your practice, please feel free to contact the Dental Soiree team!

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Chances are, you’ve heard some of the recent buzz around Instagram’s new video feature called IGTV. You can now create long-form, vertical video and upload it for your Instagram followers to watch right inside the app, or in the newly launched IGTV app.

It’s easy to have a “wait and see” mentality when it comes to new marketing platforms or social media features. However, the people that get the most benefit from a feature are often the early adapters. I want to make it super easy for you to jump aboard the IGTV wagon and use it to market your dental practice… and I want to make sure it doesn’t take up too much of your time! I know how busy you are right now and the last thing I want to do is overwhelm you with one more thing you have to do.

A Brief Overview of IGTV

IGTV is a lot like YouTube, except rather than being a standalone platform, it’s integrated into Instagram. This is great because you already have an audience on Instagram; you don’t have to start from zero and build followers all over again. IGTV is also different from YouTube because the videos are streamed vertically rather than horizontally. For some people, this is a big deal but it makes sense that they did it this way. It feels more intimate, and it is consistent with how their Stories feature works. Videos uploaded to IGTV can be anywhere from a minute or two all the way up to an hour long.

To access IGTV from the Instagram app, you can tap on the little television icon in the upper right corner. Videos from people you already follow on Instagram will automatically start playing, or you can switch between the For You, Following, Popular, and Continue Watching categories to find other IGTV videos you might like.

Using IGTV for Your Dental Practice

Being able to watch fun videos on Instagram is great, but ultimately, this tool was built for content creation. If you post content on Instagram with the goal to find new patients for your practice, IGTV is definitely something you should consider adding to your marketing plan!

It’s super easy to get started, especially since there’s a good chance you’re already on Instagram. You can use your smartphone to shoot videos, and there’s very little editing that needs to happen, unlike YouTube. While it can be intimidating to get in front of the camera and try something new, if you want to keep growing, you have to hang out where your dream patients are hanging out. Consider sitting down to film a video this week and see what happens! While you may not get the views you’re hoping for right out of the gate, you’ll probably realize it’s easier than you thought and hopefully, you’ll make it part of your consistent marketing strategy. When you’re consistent, you’ll start to see your numbers go up quickly. That’s pretty much the case with any platform.

We’re running an IGTV challenge this week and I hope you’ll join in on the fun! We’re going to have a great time learning our way around the platform together and sharing our success. Be sure to watch our Instagram page for details on the challenge!

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Does it feel like you’re always trying to come up with new ways to attract new patients to your practice? It isn’t easy to convince someone to try a new dentist, and just waiting for them to come to you is out of the question. So how do you find new dental patients?

You’re already on social media, posting about your services, your team, and your passions. This is great, but in order to attract NEW people to your social feeds (people that aren’t already following you) it’s going to take a little creativity.

We have one super fun strategy that you can try to not only connect with your followers in a more meaningful way, but also attract new followers… people that will hopefully turn into new patients for your practice!

Go Live with a Scheduled Q&A Session

Chances are, you have a Facebook or Instagram page for your network marketing business, but when’s the last time you hit that “live” button and connected with your followers in real time? If the answer is “never” or “I can’t remember the last time I did that” it’s about time you scheduled a live Q&A session!

I know it can be intimidating to hit that “live” button — especially at first — but it is so important to show up on your social media pages and interact in real time with the people that have chosen to follow you. These are your current patients, potential future patients, and your true supporters. They’ll be the ones to tell others about what you’re up to and encourage people to follow along, so you definitely need to nurture this audience! Setting aside a half an hour to answer their questions and really connect is a great way to do it.

Leading Up to Going Live

In order for your Q&A to be successful, you’ll want to do a little pre-planning. Let people know you’ll be doing a live stream by posting about it a few days before hand… and again a day before and again the day of. Trust me, people will appreciate the reminders!

Ask your followers to leave their questions in the comments section of your posts so you have time to prepare. Encourage them to tag anyone who has been looking for a new dentist. This is a great way to grow your following and hopefully find new dental patients for your practice!

When the time comes to do your live Q&A, just be authentic and don’t turn it into a “sales pitch” for your practice. People are so quickly turned off anything that sounds salesy. Instead, be likable, engaging, and helpful. This will keep them coming back to your Instagram (and Facebook) posts, Stories, and live videos in the future.

Be sure to thank everyone for coming, answer questions as they come in during the live stream, and save your video so people who weren’t able to attend live can view it. On Instagram, you can save it as a story, and it can be viewed for 24 hours afterward. Make sure you let people know it’s there. Do a “thank you” post and/or story and let people know they can still watch it if they missed out. The more hype you build around it, the more excited people will be, and they’ll feel like they can’t NOT tune in.

Going live on Instagram or Facebook can be scary the first few times you do it, but once you get over that initial nervousness, it’s no big deal! Watch our Instagram page because in the coming weeks, we’ll be doing a super fun Instagram Live challenge that you can participate in if you need more inspiration or ideas! 

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If I were to ask you what kind of content your dental practice marketing plan should include, “photos of myself” probably wouldn’t be the first thing out of your mouth. You might not even think it’s worth listing at all. So many dentists think marketing their practice has very little to do with who they are as a person. However, what may be missing from your marketing — and what could very well be standing in the way of the growth you want to see — is that personal touch.

People are drawn to the people they know, like, and trust. Because you can’t physically get out and meet every potential patient, social media is your primary way to do this! So, rather than thinking it’s a little vain to share a photo of yourself, think of it as a way to connect with other humans who want to know more about you. Content creation sessions are a great way to get tons of unique branded content you can use as part of your digital marketing strategy!

How Unique Branded Content Leads to More Conversions

Think about it; if you were to refer a friend to your doctor or chiropractor or fitness trainer, you wouldn’t just talk about their top-of-the-line equipment or their techniques. You would probably talk about how that person makes you feel, and what makes them different from other people you’ve seen in the past. You’d talk about the real human things about them that make them special.

Unique branded content helps highlight your personality, style, and approach to life and business. It is so important to included content like this into your overall dental practice marketing plan because without it, you’re just another business. When you showcase who you are as a person, people are going to take notice and start talking to you, getting to know you better, and listening to what else you have to say. It doesn’t take much to turn an Instagram scroller into an actual patient when you take the time to make a real connection.

So What Exactly is a Content Creation Session?

We specialize in completely customized content creation sessions, and we have a blast doing it. Our Socialite package is ideal for those wanting to really kickstart (or overhaul) their dental practice marketing. We’ll spend a full day together in Chicago, snapping photos in front of stunning murals and cool backdrops that we’ll scout and coordinate beforehand. We’ll go shopping for props that speak to your brand and personality, and our team of professional photographers and videographers will make sure you get the highest quality content possible. We even have professional hair and makeup artists on hand as well as a professional stylist to help you select the perfect outfits to wear!

We take the time to get to know you and your practice beforehand so we can prepare and come into the content creation session with specific goals that make sense for your marketing strategy. We’ll give you so many amazing content and advertising ideas, you’ll return to your dental practice feeling energized and eager to implement everything you’ve learned.

Every content creation session begins with a consultation call where you’ll get a chance to talk to Dr. Emery about your specific goals, and you can go over anything that’s been standing in your way when it comes to your dental practice marketing strategy. To set up a call and learn more about how a content creation session can benefit your practice, just shoot us a message!

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Chances are, you’ve run into a bot while using Facebook Messenger already. So many businesses are using bots to interact with both potential and current customers on Facebook and it makes sense. 80% of adults and 91% of teens using messaging apps every day, so it was only a matter of time before the traffic became too large to manage without some kind of automation.

Is this something you’ve considered implementing? Have you wondered whether bots can help grow your dental practice? Let’s dive in a little further…

How Facebook Messenger Bots Work

You might think you have to be one of those “techy” people to be able to successfully use a bot, but there are actually a lot of companies out there that create user-friendly tools and programs so people like you and me can easily get a bot set up and running.

Sometimes, bots are used to reach out to a targeted demographic to announce a sale or special offer. Sometimes, the bot acts more as like an assistant, helping people that have reached out via Messenger with a question or request.

For example, I’ve seen a hair salon use a Messenger bot to guide a potential customer through the process of booking an appointment. When I saw this, it clicked that this is definitely a great way for a dental practice to utilize this technology, too. Available dates and times are displayed for the customer (or patient), and once a time slot is selected, it would be removed from availability. The bot can even send an appointment reminder via Messenger. Pretty cool, right?

Share a Special Offer

One of the more popular bots out there, ManyChat, boasts an 80% open rate when it comes to their Facebook Messenger marketing service. If you want to promote a special offer or new service, this is definitely something to consider. It does take a little more effort to set something like this up, though.

You would need to have a list of people that are interested in hearing about your services, kind of like an email list. You would them put them into this bot “funnel” while of course giving them the option to opt out at any time. Unlike email, you don’t have to worry about your messages getting lost in a promotions or spam folder, and you don’t have to agonize over the perfect subject line. Just craft the message and let the bot handle everything else!

Will Bots Help Grow Your Dental Practice?

There are over 1.3 billion Facebook Messenger users (as of December 2017) and 30,000 bots already handling all kinds of tasks for businesses. There’s no reason why this tech can’t help you grow your dental practice, especially if you feel like you’re losing perspective patients because you’re too busy to respond to everyone’s inquiries.

Some have free trials of low monthly rates, so there’s little to no risk involved with trying it out. You never know, it could end up becoming a super effective part of your social media strategy!

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