How To’s


Hashtags. They’re the bane of many social media user’s existence! It seems like the rules are constantly changing around how to use hashtags. We often get asked if they’re really worth all the extra effort. In our opinion, they absolutely are!

We know the process of finding and adding hashtags to your posts can add more time to your already busy schedule, but they’re the most effective way to get your content in front of the right people. In fact, on channels like Instagram, it’s one of the only ways to show up in new people’s feeds.

If you’re investing in social media marketing or spending a good amount of time doing it yourself, a good hashtag strategy needs to be a part of it.

Where and When to Use Hashtags

If you’re on social media, you need hashtags. However, they’re more effective on some platforms than others. As we said above, they’re absolutely necessary for Instagram. It’s also a good idea to use a few (2-3) hashtags on Twitter and LinkedIn. Facebook doesn’t really support hashtags, so you don’t need to worry about using them on that platform (as of right now, who knows what the future will hold!)

Instagram hashtags connected to your photo will be added to their highly targeted tag page, where other people with the identical hashtag will be able to find the photo more easily. On Twitter and LinkedIn, the pound sign turns any word or group of words that directly follow it into a searchable link. This allows you to organize content and track discussion topics based on those keywords.

For example, if you’re posting a before and after photo of a whitening treatment, you could use the hashtags #teethwhitening or #whiteteeth so people can easily find your post.

An Effective Dental Marketing Hashtag Strategy

The most complicated part about building an effective hashtag strategy is choosing the right hashtags for your content. After all, what good is throwing a hashtag on your post if no one ever searches for that hashtag?

Unfortunately, there’s no centralized list of good hashtags to use. That would be amazing! The truth is, hashtags are influenced by trends and change all the time. Certain hashtags surge in popularity while others fade into obscurity. You have to put in a little work upfront to come up with a list of hashtags that are timely, popular, and relevant to your content.

In a past blog post, we discussed a few ways you can research hashtags. We strongly encourage you to pop on over and read the post.

Dental Soiree Can Help!

Developing a good hashtag strategy isn’t overly complicated, but it can be time consuming. However, we urge you not to skip hashtags. They’re so effective and helpful when it comes to broadening your reach on social media. If it seems like something you don’t have time to do, hiring a social media management team is a great idea. They can do all the work for you, and you can focus on the day-to-day demands of running your dental practice.

If you decide to go this route, we would love to discuss our packages with you! You can contact us anytime and we can chat. We promise, there’s never any pressure or obligation.

Happy hashtagging!

Share:

Did you buy yourself a new planner for 2019? There’s nothing like the possibilities that hide in those clean pages, the year just waiting for you to take it by storm. If you’re a person who is naturally drawn to organization, you’d probably really love using a dental marketing content calendar to plan out your social media content for the year!

It might seem like a big task to plan everything out in advance, but you don’t have to do the whole year… you can just take it one month at a time. You’ll be amazed at how much more intentional you can be with your marketing. This almost always translates to better results and a more strategic approach. It helps you use social media as a tool rather than just a place you hurriedly upload photos and updates to.

What is a Dental Marketing Content Calendar?

You’re probably wondering what exactly we mean by a dental marketing content calendar. There are no hard and fast rules about what this has to be. It can be any kind of calendar, planner, or even a spreadsheet that you use to plan out your social media content.

First, you’ll want to decide how often you want to post. A lot of dental practices find the most success by posting daily, but if that’s overwhelming for you to start with, consider posting three times a week (maybe Monday, Wednesday, and Friday).

Next, take a look at upcoming holidays and special events. Plan content around those things first. Then, think about services you want to highlight. Then, fill in the gaps with educational content, behind the scenes photos, or just some fun, lighthearted posts that will make people want to follow your feed.

Creating the Content

Once you have everything planned out for the month, you’ll need to actually create the content. You’ll need eye-catching imagery and some great copy to go with it. This is by far the most time-consuming part, and you’ll want to do your best to stay on top of the social media trends that come and go so you can see the biggest return on your efforts. We have some super fun courses that specifically made for dentists over at The Soiree Suite. They will help you get all the information you need quickly so you can start rocking your social media!

Also, if you need help with imagery, you might want to check out Soiree Stock. This is our styled stock photography membership site that is loaded with gorgeous images that are ideal for dental practices. All you have to do is download the images you like, write a caption to go with them, and post. We have seasonal and holiday-themed images, dental images, and a whole bunch of other categories that will make setting up your dental marketing content calendar a breeze!

Staying On Track

Probably the most difficult part of all of this will be staying on track. As a dentist myself, I know how busy life can get and if we’re honest, social media is probably the first thing to get tossed to the side — especially if you’re also raising a family and have a busy schedule outside the office!

The dental marketing content calendar will help you streamline your work, but using tools like Planoly or Later to upload content ahead of time and schedule it in advance is a great way to be more hands off with your marketing. Your content will still stream when you want it to, but you won’t have to be there hitting the “post” button every single time.

We also think it’s ideal to sit down once a month and batch out all your work for the next month. It might take a few hours, but then you don’t have to think about your social media content again for a whole month! Batch working is honestly the most efficient way to work, and we believe social media is important enough to dedicate a few hours per month to.

No Time? You Can Outsource!

Does this all seem impossible? If your schedule simply doesn’t allow for regular social media updates, you can absolutely outsource it! If you decide to go this route, we encourage you to choose someone who understands the dental industry. This will be a major advantage when it comes to turning followers into patients.

The Dental Soiree team is experienced when it comes to getting you a gorgeous and effective social media presence that perfectly fits your brand and personality. We have several packages based on the services you need help with the most! You can contact us by filling out this short form and we will be in contact with you shortly to discuss details and answer your questions!

Share:

Every day, it seems like there’s some news story about Millennials “killing” another industry or brand. It might be easy to say this generation is hard to please or ruthless, but we know there is FAR more to the story than that. Understanding the full story (and knowing how to attract Millennials rather than repel them) is vital if you own or run any kind of business… dental practices included.

Millennials are the people who were born between 1982 and 2000, and as of today, there are about 80 million in the United States. That’s a lot of buying power! If your dental practice is still struggling to attract younger adults, it’s time to reflect on your marketing strategy. After all, Millennials often have young children, so if you also offer pediatric dentistry, you could be looking at A LOT of potential new patients.

What Millennials Want

Recently, an article came out in Dental Economics that claimed Millennials are shying away from private practice dentistry. There’s a few reasons the author of this article believes this is happening. Surprisingly, very few of his reasons have anything to do with actual dentistry. Instead, it’s more about the experience and how easy it is for them to interact with your practice when they need to.

The truth is, Millennials need things to be EASY! They’re working more hours than any other generation, they have less “downtime” and a lot of them are parents. They simply don’t have time to call and make an appointment. They want to be able to do it online, from their smartphone, on the go. In fact, according to the article and a Lincoln Financial Group Dental study, “40% of millennials cite a dentist’s website as “very important” as opposed to 14% of baby boomers.”

Do you have a website that works well on mobile? Do you allow patients to book their appointments online? Making it easy is the name of the game if you want to win over this huge chunk of the population!

It’s Time to Get Social

For a dental practice to attract Millennial patients, you have to show up where they hang out. In this day and age, that means online! Your website must look good and be discoverable through search engines, which means spending a little time and energy on SEO (consistent blogging, keyword research, and website optimization).

In addition to a great website, you need to be active on social media. Just posting once in awhile isn’t enough. Daily conversations with your followers is mandatory, and making your content fun, engaging, and informative is key. It should not be about YOU and how great YOU are. It should be about your followers. Solve their problems, give them helpful tips, and get to know them though actual conversations online. This is how you win over the younger crowd.

Some Key Takeaways

At the end of the day, your goal should be to create content that shows exactly why your practice is the best one for your potential and current patients. Showcase your personality, your skills, your equipment, and your services. Use attention-catching imagery and short videos to really “wow” your followers. Be consistent on social media and have a great website. It can seem like a lot, but if you take it one step at a time and outsource when you can, we guarantee you can grow your audience, not only with Millennials, but across the board.

Do you need help with social media management, content strategy, or do you need to schedule a photoshoot so you have tons of on-brand imagery and video to share online? We are here for you! Feel free to contact us anytime.

Share:

Here we are, at the end of another year. Did you reach your goals this year for your dental practice? I sure hope you did, but if you fell short, don’t despair. There is still lots of good information and productive takeaways you can learn from failing. It’s probably the reason C.S. Lewis famously said, “failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”

In this blog post, we want to go over five questions you should ask yourself as you do your year-end marketing audit:

What was your biggest success?

Why not start with the good stuff! What do you think was your biggest success when it came to marketing your business? Can you tie that success to any one decision you made about your marketing strategy? Examining what worked (and why) is a very important step to making sure you can replicate it moving forward!

Has your target market changed?

A year is a long time, and in that time, many changes can happen. Your business or your community may have shifted in such a way that the target market you started the year with is not the same target market you have today. It’s important to know who you are trying to reach with your marketing so you can tailor your strategy to reach the right people. Otherwise, you’re just shouting into the void and hoping that someone will hear you!

Who was your biggest competitor?

Sometimes we get so busy we are just focused on keeping our heads down and doing our best work. Nothing wrong with that! However, the end of the year is a great time to finally come up for air and assess what’s been going on in the industry. Who do you consider your biggest competitor? Knowing this will help you as you think of creative ways to differentiate yourself in the new year.

What was your most popular service?

Did any one service rise to the top this year? If so, you might want to consider putting a little more advertising dollars into promoting it over the next year. Your customers are showing you that what you are offering is something they need and want — which is VERY valuable information that you’re getting absolutely free! During your year-end marketing audit, make sure to consider your most popular service and assess how (and how often) you posted about it on social media. 

Which social media post performed the best on each platform?

Every year, it’s important to sit down and spend some time auditing your social media profiles. Make sure everything is up-to-date and accurate, but also pull up those analytics! See which posts performed the best on each platform and see if you can identify a common theme. This will help you clearly see which content your followers want to see more of so you can start the new year off on the right foot.

If you decide to outsource your dental marketing in the new year, we would love to help! Dental Soiree specializes in creating engaging social content for dental practices with the specific goal of helping them grow and become more profitable. Learn about our packages or get in touch with us to discuss your needs by filling out our contact form. It’s time to kiss traditional marketing (and the non-stop hustle) goodbye!

Share:

Instagram is an absolutely AMAZING resource that can transform the way your dental practice shows up online and reaches new potential patients. This photo sharing social media platform allows practices (and all businesses and brands) to reach new audiences and spread the word about their services. Here are four Instagram hacks you can use to really rock your dental marketing strategy!

Post Consistently

The first Instagram hack we want to share is not really a hack at all. It’s just a reminder to be consistent with your posting schedule. Consistency is key on Instagram. In order to be seen by your followers, you should aim to share content every day if possible. The regularity of the content will help your audience grow at a steady pace and keep you one step ahead of the algorithms.

It’s also important to stay consistent with the type of content you’re sharing. As a dental practice, sharing a picture of your family pet may not make the most sense. Keep your content “on brand” by consistently using the same editing styles. Try using the same filter on all your photos. They’ll look more cohesive and when people see them, they’ll know they came from you.

Hashtag Properly

Hashtags are a free tool that you can — and should — use to  help spread the word about your practice. They’re like tiny little Instagram hacks that can connect your photo to a network of similar content on the platform.

Let’s say you’re looking for photos pertaining to veneers. You can log onto Instagram, search #veneers and instantly see all the photos that have been shared. More importantly, your potential patients can do this, too.

Hashtags are helpful for people who want to look for content about a specific product or service. If a user is trying to find a dentist in Chicago, they can search #chicagodentist or #chicagodentaloffice to see the practices in the area. Don’t forget to make your posts searchable using relevant hashtags!

Interact Within Your Community

Interacting with your followers on Instagram is important, especially as a dentist. Your Instagram feed can act as a new form of communication between you and your patients. By creating a positive relationship with patients online, they’ll form a sense of loyalty to your practice. The more positive the experience, the more likely they’ll be to continue visiting your practice.

Don’t stop there, though. Interact with other members of your community, like neighboring businesses. People in your geographic area will see this and click through to your page to learn more about this fun dental practice that’s going out of their way to be kind on Instagram!

Sponsored Posts

Sponsored posts are a great way to reach a new audiences in a targeted demographic beyond your established network of followers. Not only could you reach new potential patients, you could also reach people who will help you with free word-of-mouth advertising! Maybe they don’t need a new dentist, but they know someone who does. If your post is engaging enough, they may mention it and voila! New patient!

When setting up a sponsored post, you can decide what kind of audience you would like to reach. For example, if your practice is based in Phoenix, Arizona, you can arrange to have to post reach users in the Phoenix area only. This will get your name out in front of Instagram users who are already living and working in your neighborhood.

Have you tried any of these Instagram hacks? Let us know in the comments section! If you want more information on how to make Instagram work for your practice, we have a course for that. Check out our Instagram course over on The Soiree Suite to get all the details!

Share:

Have you been wondering whether it would pay off to start a blog for your dental practice? Blogging is one of those things that seems to rise and fall in popularity, so sometimes people wonder if it is worth their time and energy. Well, since you’re reading this blog post, you can probably guess that we think blogging for dentists is crucial for marketing success.

How will a blog benefit my dental practice?

We recommend blogging for dentists because of the huge impact it has on website traffic. When you create content on your site on a regular basis, you have the immediate benefit of getting people on your website, where you can then direct them to other areas and hopefully get them to click on your content or schedule button!

In a less direct way, it’s a great way to get patients and potential patients to see you as a thought leader in the industry. It’s a way to build trust and establish yourself as a dentist who knows what they’re talking about. The next time they need to schedule an appointment, or if someone is thinking about leaving their current dentist, it’s you they’ll think of first!

Let’s talk about SEO

A well-maintained blog will also help with SEO. Producing helpful content that users are actively searching for will help your website appear higher on the search engine results. This is obviously great for business, because 93% of online experiences begin with a search engine. If you’re showing up in the first page of results, you’re already at least halfway there!

Blog posts are especially good for SEO, because longer content tends to rank better. Additionally, the longer form nature of blog posts allows you to use your targeted keywords more often and incorporate them more naturally than you can with short website blurbs, for instance.

How to Start Blogging

Are you convinced? If so, you’re probably wondering how to start. The best way to start blogging is just to start. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to become part of your marketing strategy and your monthly routine. If you’re stretched for time, aim to blog once or twice a month at first. Eventually, you’ll want to consider making it a weekly task, but for now, just getting started is key.

If you’re not sure how to create a blog on your website, reach out to your web developer. It’s likely not a complex process to get a blog up and running, but you want to make sure someone who is knowledgeable about websites is setting it up for you. Once it’s set up, adding new posts is easy; you might even be able to outsource it to a virtual assistant or someone in your office!

Don’t forget, imagery matters, even in blogging. It isn’t *just* about the words. You have to hook people in with great imagery, especially when you’re sharing your blog posts on social media. If you need help with great imagery, our sister site, Soiree Stock, is the perfect resource. Download unlimited styled stock photos for one flat fee each month. Use them in your blogs, your social media feeds, your website… wherever you need great images!

Share: