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Was one of your dental marketing resolutions for this year to write more blog posts for your practice? That is an EXCELLENT plan, not just to form a connection with your patients and establish yourself as the expert you are in their eyes, but it’s also really smart from an SEO standpoint. 

A Brief Explanation of SEO 

Ideally, you have some keywords that you are regularly using in your website copy and in any articles you publish on your website. As you continue to add blog posts and use these keywords, you’ll start to rank higher on Google whenever someone searches for them. 

It isn’t a one and done thing, it takes regular posting to really make a difference. So, don’t give up if you don’t see results by February. Keep with it, posting at least once per month (but preferably twice or more) and you’ll see that your efforts will really pay off. 

If you’re stuck on ideas for your next article, hopefully these blog post ideas for dental practices will spark some thoughts! Feel free to bookmark this page so you can come back to it later if you need to.

10 Blog Post Ideas for Dental Practices

Without further ado, here’s our list of blog post ideas! 

#1 – One Patient’s Real Life Invisalign Experience

Take your readers through one of your actual patient’s experience with Invisalign, along with before and after photos!

#2 – What Do Bleeding Gums Really Mean?

This is a common experience and one that our patients can be nervous to talk to us about. That’s why it makes such a great blog post topic. 

#3 – Five Easy Steps to a Healthier Smile

People like to know about the little daily changes they can make to their oral health routine, especially when it comes from an expert. Share some easy tips with them!

#4 – The Truth About DIY Teeth Whitening

This is a popular topic because more people are trying drugstore teeth whitening products without fully understanding the risks and their limitations. Inform them in a blog post!

#5 – Oral Cancer Can Affect Anyone (And We Mean Anyone)

Talk about why oral cancer shouldn’t just be a topic for heavy smokers or those with other risk factors. Discuss why oral cancer screening is so necessary for ALL patients. 

#6 – Why We Love Kids at XYZ Dental Practice

Do you practice pediatric dentistry? Take to the blog and tell your readers why you are THE place for kids in your community. Don’t forget to talk about your kid-friendly amenities!

#7 – Ten Foods to Avoid for Healthy Teeth

Your patients already know how bad soda and sugar is for their teeth, but share the other foods that can cause problems, like popcorn and hard nuts. 

# 8 – Special Tips for Dental Care During Pregnancy

Chances are, there are a few pregnant ladies in your area with questions about what they need to do to take care of their teeth during this time. 

#9 – Surprising Facts About Modern Day Dentures

Most people have really outdated ideas about dentures and need to be educated on how modern dentures look, feel, and operate. 

#10 – The Real Deal on Fluoride for Kids and Adults

Fluoride can be a controversial and misunderstood topic. Clear the air in a blog post about fluoride safety and share the current recommendations for both kids and adults! 

We hope these ideas got you thinking about ways you can write about your practice in your blog post this year. If you want to learn more about promoting your practice online, consider registering for our Dental Branding Bootcamp! It’s an immersive look into dental marketing and branding that will help you knock your goals out of the park this year!

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One of our absolute FAVORITE things to do here at dental soiree are our branded photoshoots! We love getting to know dentists and their teams, and we especially love it when we get to travel to their practice to take all kinds of photo and video content of their dental home!

Dr. Emery is also a fan of doing photoshoots for herself every year or so. It gives her TONS of fresh content to use all over her social media channels, websites, marketing materials, ads, etc. We thought it would be super fun to take you behind the scenes of her latest one so you can see what the process is like!

Here are some awesome videos we got of Dr. Emery’s 2019 photoshoot!

Dental Soiree Photoshoots: A Behind the Scenes Look

In this video, Dr. Emery models the most eye-catching outfit of the day! This one is ALL about smiles, which is kind of what she’s come to be known for.

For this look, Dr. Emery changes into a cozy pink sweater for some photos with fun, heart-shaped balloons!

In this video, you get to see Dr. Emery’s husband and her adorable kids join the fun while Dr. Emery gets some photos on the steps of the lakeside mansion.

You can see the rest of the videos from this amazingly fun shoot over on our YouTube channel. If 2020 is the year you want to step up your content, we are here to help! We have several openings for branded photoshoots in the first quarter of the year, and we also have our Dental Branded Bootcamp launching soon! It’s a great way to learn how to market your practice so you can make more and work less!

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The new year is right around the corner… can you believe it?? Before 2019 comes to an end, I would love for you to participate in this quick end-of-year dental marketing assessment with me! I put this together to help you reflect on your year. It brings back all kinds of Seventeen magazine nostalgia for me, and I hope it does for you, too!

After taking this assessment, I hope that you will think about your dental marketing goals for 2020. After examining what worked, what didn’t work, and what got pushed to the backburner, you will be able to see where you might need to invest more time and resources moving forward.

Ready to dive in?

End-of-Year Dental Marketing Assessment

  1. This year, I posted consistently on social media for my practice.
    1. Yes, I posted at least three times a week! (3 points)
    2. I posted occasionally but I probably need to do more. (2 points)
    3. I really didn’t post that much. (1 point)
  2. This year, I focused on my SEO by upgrading my site and blogging regularly.
    1. Yes, I am all about that SEO life! (3 points)
    2. It was important to me, but it didn’t happen as regularly as I hoped. (2 points)
    3. I meant to do it, but I didn’t 😬 (1 point)
  3. I did a great job of showing up online by sharing photos of myself and doing video content, e.g. live streams, Instagram Stories, and/or YouTube content. 
    1. I’ve basically got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame now! (3 points)
    2. I did a little of that (and overcame my fear of showing my face online). (2 points)
    3. I know I need to do this but this year, it just didn’t happen. (1 point)
  4. I sent out emails to my patients that were more than just appointment reminders.
    1. Yep, I did that 🤗 (3 points)
    2. I sent out one or two emails. (2 points)
    3. I did not do any kind of email marketing whatsoever. (1 point)
  5. When it comes to prioritizing dental marketing for my practice, I rate myself a/an ____ on a scale of 1-10…
    1. 8-10 (3 points)
    2. 4-7 (2 points)
    3. 1-4 (1 point)

Okay, let’s see how you did!

12-15 Points

You’re a dental marketing rockstar, and you know what you need to be doing to stand out online! Keep doing what you’re doing, but always be thinking of new ways to innovate. It’s easy to let things slip, especially when we get busy. Always think about how to incorporate new trends, technology, and hashtags into your content. Use new, competitive keywords when blogging and make sure your website is always up to date, fast, and gorgeous. 

If you want to invest in your practice, we would suggest the Dental Branding Bootcamp! This isn’t a 101 course, it’s for people who want to level up their dental branding using tools like paid advertising, great storytelling, and in-practice productivity hacks!

9-12 Points

For the most part, you know what you need to do to market your practice, but obstacles are standing in your way. In the new year, let’s work on eliminating those obstacles! If you are low on time, consider investing in done-for-you social media bundles. You can have content to post every day without having to come up with the captions, hashtags and photos all by yourself.

You also might want to consider outsourcing your blog writing and website upgrades to a contractor or agency. We always think we have time for these things, but dentistry is no joke and often, we don’t even have enough time for the things we actually enjoy doing!

5-8 Points

It’s totally okay to be a little lost when it comes to dental marketing. Whether you just need to brush up on dental marketing basics or you just need to find the right tools to get you started, we’re here to help! You can pick our brains anytime over on our social media feeds. 

We also have openings for branded photoshoots in the first quarter of 2020! This is a great way to get tons of amazing photography of you, your practice, your team, and more. You’ll always have something to post, and we’ll give you lots of pointers for using the content all over… not just on social media. 

Do you have questions about dental marketing? We’re here to help! Contact us anytime or find us on social media @dentalsoiree! 

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If you’re following us on social media or signed up to receive our emails, you know that last week, we opened up pre-registration for our new Dental Branding Bootcamp, which is launching in January 2020! We are SO excited to share this incredible bootcamp with the world.

As you probably know, we’ve done mini online courses before, and of course, we’ve done some in-person workshops here in Chicago, but we’ve never done a bootcamp! It’s been on Dr. Emery’s bucket list for YEARS and we are so so so excited that we’re finally going to be launching it in just a few short weeks (as of the time we’re writing this post). 

So, why did we want to do this? A few big reasons, actually…

Why Create a Dental Branding Bootcamp?

Reason #1 – Dentists Need All The Materials In One Place

This is the thing we’re most excited about when it comes to the Dental Branded Bootcamp. It’s literally everything you need to run a successful practice. It goes way beyond social media marketing (although that stuff is in there because it’s soooo important). Dr. Emery discusses her tips for having successful and productive team meetings, how to outsource tasks to team members and get great results, how to run a profitable FFS practice, and SO much more. 

You don’t want to have to buy a bunch of individual courses or go looking for these materials on the internet, filtering through other people’s blog posts to find the little nuggets of wisdom. We wanted it to be a one stop shop for busy dentists who just want to know what they need to do to attract more patients to their practice.

Reason #2 – Dentists Need To Dive Even Deeper

Like we mentioned above, social media marketing is awesome, but with algorithms changing all the time, it’s becoming clear that we can’t just rely on these free sites to market our dental services. We need to also understand email marketing, blogging, storytelling, video marketing and all of the other avenues of branding that are going to help you meet your goals. 

We’ve created social media courses in the past, and we think they’re still super valuable, especially if you struggle with what to post and how to use the apps, but we knew we wanted to dive way deeper. That’s why we created this super intensive, super value-packed branding bootcamp. 

Reason #3 – Dentists Need Advice From One Of Their Own

Of course, we’re not the first to create a branding bootcamp. We know that you have options when it comes to learning these things, but here’s the deal: dentists need advice from someone who really gets it. Dentistry is unlike any other industry out there. It is SO important that you learn branding from someone who really knows the ins and outs (and the MANY unique challenges) of running a dental practice.

If you’re going to spend money on this information, you might as well spend it on a bootcamp that was made specifically for dentists, by a dentist. You don’t want to have to do the additional mental work of taking the generic branding advice you get in another bootcamp and trying to make it work for dentistry. We knew there was a need for continuing education on dental branding specifically. 

As we continue to run our practices, we’re facing new challenges all the time. It’s important to stay abreast of all of the new technology, techniques, and updates as it relates to dental branding. You can work fewer hours while making more money, you just have to know how to brand and market your practice, and how to create an AMAZING experience for your patients as well as your team.

If this sounds like something you need, we’d love to see you inside the bootcamp! It doesn’t officially launch until January, but you can pre-register anytime by clicking here!

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Did you know October is National Book Month? Even though dental soiree is a digital dental marketing agency, there’s still something about a physical book… especially non-fiction. There aren’t a ton of books for dentists, but I will often scoop up a marketing or general business book, and I always learn so much!

In this post, I want to share three books that you can pick up this month if you want to get inspired and learn new techniques to market your dental practice! These books aren’t specific to dentists, but I guarantee they’ll spark some amazing ideas that you can apply nonetheless!

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Gary Vaynerchuk, or Gary Vee as he goes by more commonly. We all are! He just knows how to deliver information in an inspiring and motivating way. He’s another no-BS marketing guru who is ALL about serving the hell out of your followers. That’s what this book is all about. He believes that you have to give three times as much as you ask from your followers online!

We shouldn’t just be focused on selling our services, we should be listening to our patients and potential future patients, figuring out what they want, and creating a great experience for them online and in real life! It’s a simple concept, but so many business owners get it wrong. As dentists, we’re a little more tuned in to our people, but this is still such a wake up call of a book. I just love it. 

Find the book on Amazon here.

Be More Pirate: Or How to Take on the World and Win by Sam Conniff Allende

This one is a little silly, but I did love it. It’s a great beach read! I feel like whenever we’re learning something new like marketing or business management, our first instinct is to learn all the rules and then follow them faithfully. This is a great book for dentists, because it challenges you a little bit by asking how you might be able to rebel and break the rules a little to forge your own path… kind of like a pirate would do!

If you’re working on team-building, this might be a good one to have the team read (if they’re not offended by a little bit of adult language, of course). I think it would spark some interesting conversations about which rules can be broken or re-written to create a better patient experience or to run a more efficient office. I loved this one, and it was a good exercise for my brain! 

Find the book on Amazon here.

The Little Red Book Of Selling by Jeffrey Gitomer

You’re busy, I’m busy, we’re all busy. This book is perfect for busy dentists like us. It’s an old standby of mine because it’s short and direct, and it delivers 12 (and a half) expert-level selling tips that aim to demystify the process and make it super easy to close the deal… and it has totally worked for me!

We sometimes forget that even though we’re dentists, we do have to sell ourselves and our services. There is A LOT of competition in this industry, so you have to handle objections like a sales pro in order to convince people to come to your practice and not the one across the street. Books like this one by Gitomer are priceless because they give you the ability to see things from another perspective (specifically, your potential client’s) so you can serve them the way they want to be served. It’s genius. 

Find the book on Amazon here.

Do you have any favorite books that have helped you grow your dental practice? I’d love to hear about them! I am always looking for new books to read and fall in love with!

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You Will “Fall” for Our Stock Photo Bundles

We are so excited that our September stock photo bundle is out in the world. It is full of beautiful fall images, fun photos for Halloween, and all kinds of dental-themed photographs that are perfect to post on social media.  

In case you’re not familiar with our stock photo bundles over at Soiree Stock, we wanted to take a few minutes to explain what they are, why they’re so wonderful, and how they can help busy dentists!

Monthly Stock Photo Bundles from Soiree Stock

In case you’re not familiar with Soiree Stock, it’s our sister site where we create dozens of new styled stock images each month for dentists and other dental professionals. Most people who sign up for Soiree Stock sign up for the bundles. They make social media marketing as easy as copy, paste, and post! 

How Does the Monthly Photo Bundle Work?

Our monthly photo bundles include everything you need to post on social media each day. You’ll get 30 professionally shot and edited photos that are specifically designed to work with the holidays and overall vibe of the upcoming month. You’ll also get 30 caption templates that you can fill in (Mad Libs style) and 30 targeted hashtag sets that are designed to get your post seen by all the right people. 

Full Access + Extras

Whether you decide to stick with just the monthly bundle or upgrade your membership to our Full Access option, you’ll get tons of helpful extras and goodies. Both options include helpful tutorials and training videos so you can edit your photos like a pro. 

Our Full Access option allows you to access everything for just a small up-charge each month. In addition to the monthly bundle, you’ll get unlimited photo downloads from our 15+ libraries of content. Each month, we add over 80 new images that are all professionally shot and edited in our creative studio. This is perfect for dentists who want more images for their blog, a website re-brand, or other marketing projects!

In addition, you’ll get access to all of our past bundles so you can go back and use captions and hashtags from previous months if you wish. In your member dashboard, you’ll also get tons of freebies and resources, like instructional videos, downloadable content, and helpful tutorials. 

How Monthly Bundles Help Busy Dentists

The truth is, we know how busy #dentistlife can get. We’re owned and operated by a dentist, remember? Dr. Emery is SO passionate about giving dentists easy access to everything they need to market their practice and reach their dream patients. She believes in the power of social media, but she also knows how little time is left at the end of the day. 

The monthly bundles from Soiree Stock make it super easy. You can either download everything at once and post from your phone when you have a few extra seconds, or you can plug everything into a free social media scheduling tool (we like Planoly or Sprout Social). You can get everything set up for the entire month in under an hour and then just have your team respond to any comments or messages that come in. Super easy, and you’re staying front of mind all month long without having to log in every day!

Ready for Your Easy Button?

Running a practice is hard work, but cutting corners with your online marketing is not the way to go. It’s one of the main ways you can find new patients, and it doesn’t cost you anything to show up and promote your business! The future is headed this way, so you might as well get on board now. We make it super easy for you to do that and your feed will look SO much better than any of the other practices in your community. 

At Dental Soiree, we specialize in show-stopping content that disrupts the norm on social media. Would you rather be “just another dental practice” or would you rather be the practice that gets people EXCITED about dental care? We can help with our online courses, styled stock photography, and our upcoming Get Social Workshop! Feel free to contact us for more details on these or any of our other services!

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