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New Year, New Goals: Gargle’s Guide to Maximizing Marketing Efforts in 2024

With the beginning of a new year, dental practices are gearing up to turn their goals into reality. The stakes are higher than ever, from ramping up patient engagement to new patient acquisition and establishing your online presence. Are you overwhelmed yet? Don’t be! The experts at Gargle are here to help you take the pivotal steps to not only set your goals but help you surpass them, transforming your aspirations into the biggest success story in 2024.

The adage “you have to spend money to make money” resonates with some practices but confuses others. . Investing in yourself and your practice is not merely a financial transaction; it’s a strategic move that can help you see more new patients each month and, therefore, exceed your goals for 2024. By allocating resources to your brand presence on your website and strategic advertising, you not only engage your current patient base but also lay the foundation for attracting new ones. In an era where innovation and patient-centric approaches drive success, viewing expenditures as strategic investments is crucial. With the right marketing strategy, practices see loyalty and satisfaction of existing patients and also attract high-dollar cases, creating a self-sustaining cycle of growth. Let’s dive into some actionable steps that can help you in 2024.

 

Setting Goals

The first step in transforming your dental practice is to set clear and measurable goals. Without a goal in mind, practices often spend money on marketing tactics that aren’t giving them a return on investment. Gargle has seen many practices that either don’t have a direction for their marketing or they are investing money in marketing that isn’t working. Gargle works with each practice as a partner. We can help you not only set goals but also show you the path to reach them. For example, you might aim to increase new patient acquisition by a specific percentage, such as 20%, in the next year. Gargle can show you the exact changes you need to make to your website, along with the precise ad budget you will allocate to get there. Setting realistic and attainable goals will provide a roadmap for your marketing efforts and help measure success.

 

Budgeting for New Patient Acquisition

Determining an appropriate budget for new patient acquisition is crucial. Gargle’s case study emphasizes the significance of optimizing marketing spend. Consider allocating resources to strategic areas such as website development, SEO, social media presence, and paid advertising. It’s essential to balance investment and return on investment (ROI).

 

The Four E’s: Enhance, Educate, Empower, Engage

Enhancing and establishing clear and effective communication channels is paramount to preparing for optimal patient engagement. Utilize patient-friendly tools like appointment reminders via text or email to keep patients informed. Education is key; beyond the dental chair, create and develop informative content through newsletters, blogs, and social media to share oral hygiene tips and procedure updates throughout the year. An informed patient becomes an empowered one, taking an active role in their dental care. Embrace technology to streamline processes and enhance engagement, leveraging patient portals for online scheduling, virtual consultations, and access to personal health records. These tech-savvy solutions cater to modern preferences and demonstrate your commitment to staying at the forefront of dental care.

 

Picking the Right Marketing Partner

A lot of marketing companies promise the world, but deliver products and services that are less than average. Dentists often get burned when they start working with a company that is all on board at the beginning, but after they hand over the money and sign a contract, the marketing company ghosts them. Gargle has heard these complaints and has vowed to change the status quo when it comes to being a marketing company. Dentists should invest in a marketing PARTNER rather than hiring a marketing company. What’s the difference? A partner works with you and your team to achieve the goals you set. A partnership is collaborative rather than demanding. A company will take your money and run with it with little communication and feedback. One of Gargle’s core values is transparency and accountability. No matter what partner you work with, they should be transparent in not only the work they are doing, but showing you the results. 

 

Gargle Client Case Study

Background:

A dental practice owner managing two locations encountered initial challenges with the uncoordinated marketing efforts they were trying to pursue on their own for two years. After purchasing a second practice, hurdles in aligning branding, tracking marketing ROI, and increasing new patient counts persisted in the practice.

Solution:

Upon joining forces with Gargle, a thorough examination of existing marketing strategies and online presence was conducted. The website underwent restructuring, while Gargle took over their Google and Social Ads, accompanied by the unification of social profiles under distinct brand identities for each practice. Within the initial 90 days, there was a substantial increase in website traffic, surging from 212 to over 500 visits monthly. Eight months later, this figure rose to 650 webpage visitors per month, achieved through optimizing past campaigns and realigning the marketing strategy.

Strategy Implementation:

Gargle’s team meticulously devised a 12-month marketing plan to optimize existing campaigns and refine the marketing budget. The transition of the new patient count from 18-20 per month to 22-23 was achieved successfully, coupled with a nearly 30% reduction in marketing spend. This achievement underscored the effectiveness of the strategic approach and the client’s commitment to the long-term vision.

Results and Sustainable Growth:

Sustaining a consistent marketing budget led to a steady increase in new patient counts for our client. Their initial challenge of reaching 30 new patients per month became a reality through patience and perseverance. Gargle’s holistic approach revamped its online presence and demonstrated that sustainable growth is attainable with the right strategy, dedication, and patience.

 

Strategic Marketing Strategies

  1. Website Development:

    A user-friendly, visually appealing website is essential for attracting and retaining patients. Gargle’s case study showcases the impact of website restructuring on increased traffic.

  2. SEO (Search Engine Optimization):

    Optimizing your website for search engines ensures your practice is easily discoverable online. Gargle’s expertise in SEO played a crucial role in the success of their case study.

  3. Social Media Presence and Ads:

    Building a strong presence on social media platforms and running targeted ads can significantly increase brand awareness. Gargle’s case study demonstrates the benefits of unifying social profiles and utilizing strategic advertising.

  4. Google Ads:

    Pay-per-click advertising on Google can be a powerful tool to reach potential patients actively searching for dental services. Gargle’s case study highlights the positive impact of taking control of Google Ads on overall marketing ROI.

 
 

Strategic Partnerships, Clear Objectives, and Effective Engagement for Dental Practice Growth

As you plan for the new year, consider the impact of strategic dental marketing partnerships, such as with Gargle, to achieve your dental practice goals. By setting clear objectives, optimizing your budget, applying the four E’s for successful patient engagement, and implementing effective marketing strategies, you can enhance patient engagement and drive sustainable growth. The Gargle case study is a testament to the positive outcomes that anyone can achieve with the right approach and a commitment to long-term success.

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