Design Is More Than Just Making Things Pretty

Friday 22nd August 2014

Web design should be empathetic to the problems of others and thus be used to solve them. This then drives value for everyone involved.

Design is as much about the process as about the end result.

Therefore it ought to be focused not so much on making things look pretty – as on problem-solving, questioning, and building confidence in a solution.

It’s good to explore and interrogate ideas and further develop them, working with the client. It doesn’t matter where the idea first comes from.

It could have been the designers idea, or the client may have seen something interesting, or there could be an established ‘look’ already in existence, needing to be further developed.

Nothing is truly original, as everything derives from something else.

Someone invented the wheel. Then someone else, the internal combustion engine. Before someone designed the E type Jag.

Design is about solving problems, listening to people and creating value – not just about making things pretty.

 

To speak to us about website design, contact Dental Focus on: 020 7183 8388.

 

Dental Focus Case Study : Amit Gupta

Thursday 7th August 2014

In today’s technology-driven world, a practice website is an essential tool in your marketing strategy, giving you the ability to cast your net over a much larger area than traditional marketing methods, and for only a fraction of the cost. Not only will a good practice website help you market your services to patients, but it will also help inform patients about the sorts of treatments that you are able to offer, so your patients are more informed, and will have a better understanding of any treatment plan they may choose to accept.

Dr Amit Gupta is practice principal, clinical director & co-founder of Smile in London, with practices in both Wanstead and Leyton. In 2008 he worked with Dental Focus ® ‘Websites for your profit’ to develop his website www.smileinlondon.co.uk, and has seen an excellent return on his investment.

‘We established our practice website in 2008, a few months after my wife [Dr Preeti Gupta] and I bought our practice,’ says Amit. ‘I had already devised the name “Smile in London” after a brainstorming session, and bought the domain name to match as well. The next stage was to devise the website. I wanted to consult with an online marketing company that deals exclusively with dentists. After some research I discovered Dental Focus ®, and I remember being impressed with their website and their portfolio of example sites they had created for other dentists. I also read up on their team members including their Internet Marketing Director Krishan Joshi, so I contacted him directly. He was really extremely helpful, so I decided to go ahead and get the project underway.’

Design is a crucial part of any dental practice website, as it needs to be eye catching and attractive, as well as being simple to navigate and easy to read. To really establish a practice ‘brand’ a good website should also reflect the practice identity with style, and should ideally tie in with the practice’s other marketing material including patient information leaflets, and of course the practice logo.

‘When we first bought the practice and agreed upon the name, Preeti and I designed a logo that we were both happy with and we used in all our promotional material, including practice stationary and business cards,’ says Amit. ‘So as soon as the website project was underway, I sent Krishan and his team plenty of background information about us, as well as our other dentists and so on, along with our newly-designed logo and photos of our practice.’

Amit had significant input throughout the entire process, providing constructive feedback to concept designs until he was completely happy and satisfied with the final result. Once the main website design was complete, the Dental Focus ® team then worked on creating the content for the website, which included a package of customised treatment videos that describe treatments in a clear and concise way.

‘For the content of the website I was keen to incorporate MEDiVision patient education animations, so patients could envisage videos of different treatments in a clear way,’ continues Amit. ‘I also decided that I wanted Flash images on our homepage to make the page more interesting, and we even had a soundtrack added as well, which I think works really well.’

Thanks to a combination of engaging content, good website design and some clever marketing Amit and Preeti have been able to generate many new patients leads through their practice website, and it continues to be a useful marketing tool to this day.

‘Alongside word of mouth advertising, I’d say our website is one of our most important forms of marketing,’ says Amit. ‘We receive a lot of new patient enquiries directly through our website, and people often comment that they’ve found us because of our website.

‘If you want to remain competitive these days in dentistry it’s really important you have a practice website. We used Dental Focus ® to help us create ours and they have done a really professional job. They have also recently completed work making a mobile version of our practice website so patients can easily view our site on their smart phones and tablets. Again, Dental Focus ® did a great job with this, and I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking to create a practice website!’

For more information call 020 7183 8388, or visit www.dental-focus.com

Is Your Website Really Helping Your Practice To Grow?

Monday 4th August 2014

Often, practices that aren’t focused on their online presence don’t think enough about how a website can build brand recognition and how they could be getting more out of their online investment.

When managed correctly, a website can be a powerful asset to any practice that is trying to grow – by attracting more patients, generate more appointments and increase brand recognition.

Here are five important questions you should be asking yourself to make sure you are getting the most of out of your website.

Five things to ask:-

1) What kind of ROI are you getting on your investment?

2) Is your target patient able to find your website?

3) Is your website optimized for mobile devices?

4) Where does your website fit in to the rest of your dental business?

5) Are you able to give your website the attention it needs, for it to be truly effective? If unsure or if you are in need of some advice, contact Dental Focus on: 020 7183 8388 Also for an extended article, see this link:

http://www.sitepronews.com/2014/07/28/website-really-helping-business-grow-five-things-need-ask/?utm_source=newsletter+-+2014-07-29&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Article%2BUpdate

Dental Focus Case Study: Chris Neve

Friday 25th July 2014

There can be no doubting the importance of the internet, and the significant role it now plays in all our lives. With more and more patients now using the internet to search for dental practices, rather than traditional methods such as phonebooks or local directories, it is essential that your practice has a web presence that fully reflects your vision and the services you are able to provide.

Chris Neve is Business Manager at Queens Park Dental Team, Bournemouth, and has been responsible for overseeing the development of the practice website for over a decade. While the practice was one of the ‘early adopters’ of dental online marketing in 2004, with the surge in internet use across the country, Queens Park Dental Team now attracts more new patients through its website than any other method.

‘It all started way back in 2004,’ says Chris. ‘Back then we realised we needed a website, and we were really looking for that competitive “edge” to make us stand out. No other practices in Bournemouth had a website at that stage, so we thought starting our own would be an excellent idea.

‘At first we started out with a website company based in the local area. Because they were local we thought everything would be easy as we could pop into their office at any time and get things sorted. They did everything – sorted the domain, the hosting and put the website together. The problem was it never looked like we wanted it to, and some of the pages didn’t load properly. Whenever we asked for changes to be made, the company would get a bit funny with us, and so we knew that things weren’t right.

‘It was then a friend of ours introduced us to Krishan Joshi at Dental Focus ®. Our friend had used Krishan to design his own website and we saw what a good job he had done for our friend so we contacted Krishan and went from there really. Krishan was great – he sorted everything out really quickly and gave us the website we had always hoped for in a short space of time!’

To establish the design of the new website, Chris worked closely with Krishan, and was kept regularly updated as the design progressed. With each new ‘mock-up’ of the website, Chris and the team provided feedback on elements of the design so as Krishan could build the final website to their exact tastes and specifications.

‘We were all really pleased with the website,’ says Chris. ‘It was exactly what we were after – a much fresher look, and with all the latest features as it was back in 2004. A few years later in 2008, we then decided to have a major revamp of the site – a complete redesign. Our new website was so good we even won an award for ‘Most Improved Private Website’. We were very happy! This was great publicity for our practice and we even appeared in the local press as a result.’

In terms of marketing, in the past, Chris used to use a number of different marketing strategies for Queens Park Dental Team, but given the success of his new website, he’s found that many of the ‘old’ methods of marketing are fast becoming obsolete.

‘Our new website is absolutely great,’ continues Chris. ‘In fact we attract most of our new patients through our website. We used to be in the Yellow Pages. In fact we were the first practice in Bournemouth to have colour in our advert when colour adverts came in. Obviously that was quite a big draw at the time, but we started to do research into where our new patients were coming from and it seemed that Yellow Pages was providing very few results for the money we were paying. We used to be on Yell.com as well, but that didn’t really bring anything either. So we dropped both the Yellow Pages and Yell.com and decided to focus our marketing on our website and our search ranking on Google and Bing. Of course we do carry out other kinds of marketing as well. We do leaflet drops around our local area and other such things, but majority of new patients are by word-of-mouth or through the website. This is very cost effective in comparison to the “old” methods such as Yellow Pages.

‘All in all we’ve had a very positive experience working with Dental Focus ®. The team are always very quick to respond to any requests, and make updates very quickly. One of the big selling points for us is that the Dental Focus ® team work exclusively on dental websites. This means they really understand dentistry and they understand exactly what we’re talking about.

‘It’s nice – we were one of the first practices to work with Dental Focus ®, but still we’re never forgotten. We may not be the biggest or the flashiest practice in the world, but we are always treated as a valued customer, and if we need anything at all, the team are always more than happy to help.’

When it comes to dental online marketing, it really pays to trust the experts. This means choosing a web design and marketing company that understand dentistry, that has experience producing dental websites that work, and can offer you an unparalleled level of service and support when you need it most. With the internet now such an important part of any dental practice’s marketing mix, choosing a web design company that offers proven results time and time again, will help ensure your practice makes the most of the fantastic opportunity that online marketing provides.

For more information call 020 7183 8388, or visit www.dental-focus.com

 

Keep your website compliant with Dental Focus ®

Thursday 17th July 2014

Compliant Dental Websites in UK


New GDC ‘Standards for the Dental Team’ became enforceable in September  2013. To make sure your website complies with all GDC standards, contact Dental Focus ® ‘Websites for your profit’ today.

At Dental Focus ® we have over 12 years’ experience creating high quality dental websites that are fully compliant with all relevant GDC, CQC and ICO standards. For your complete peace of mind we are offering solutions to ensure all our clients stay compliant with the latest GDC regulations.

  • Solution #1. Disclaimers will be automatically placed on all our 500+ client websites to protect you and ensure patients know not to send confidential medical details via email and website forms, which are not encrypted. This service is complimentary to all Dental Focus ® Customer Service Plan (CSP) clients.
  • Solution #2. We are offering Valident v-Form services, which have been specially developed to comply with GDC, DPA and CQC legislation. These secure, encrypted forms are incredibly important for online referrals and are available at a special discount to Dental Focus ® customers.

To find out more about website compliance and how we can help you meet the new GDC standards, contact Dental Focus ® ‘Websites for your profit’ today.

For more information call 020 7183 8388, or visit www.dental-focus.com

What’s In A Website?

Monday 14th July 2014

Dental Website Designers in UK

A good website is at the heart of any successful marketing campaign, and is an excellent way of showing patients just who you are and what you do. You website may for example include patient testimonials, picture of your team, or even before and after photos from completed cases. Whatever you choose to include, visitors to your website will experience a fantastic ‘snap shot’ of your practice, and what they see, and what they read will persuade them either to call you, or search elsewhere.

Detail in the design

The design is an important part of any website, and in dentistry in particular, an eye-catching design helps to establish a strong first impression. The best websites will work as an extension of the practice setting, and will even use the same branding and colour scheme. Aside from the branding element, you should also be sure that your website isn’t too cluttered, or overwhelming on first glance, and that menus are clear and easy to follow. Remember, your practice website is reflection of your practice, and if your website doesn’t look professional, then rightly or wrongly, patients will assume the same is true of your dentistry.

What you say matters

Content is vitally important to a good website, and is one of the key determining factors behind how well your website ranks on Google. Content should be easy to read and professional, you should avoid jargon wherever possible, and you should never copy and paste text from another source. You should also ensure that your text is up to date, and ideally, you should add new content regularly. One of the best ways you can do this is by writing a practice blog. Blogs are an excellent way of engaging with patients, and making your practice seem ‘real’. Not only that, but Google loves blogs, and you will find your search ranking rises as a result.

Online compliance

While you will be familiar with the need for strict compliance protocols in-practice, you may not be aware of the need for a similar level of compliance when it comes to your practice website. In addition to the requirements outlined by the GDC and CQC, you should also ensure your website meets the ICO’s policy regarding the use of cookies. If you’ve never heard of the ICO regulations then it may well be worth your while to call in some expert support. After all, you may be an excellent dentist, but that is not to say you are an expert web developer, and factors such as ICO compliance should not be overlooked.

Staying ahead of the game

Effective online dental marketing is no easy task, but is one that is vitally important if you are to stay ahead of the local competition. To achieve this, it is important that you have a website that is both appealing to patients and is ultimately something that you and your team can be proud of. This website should excel in areas such as design, content, and compliance and should also be fully compatible across all mobile devices. With these factors in mind, your practice website will be well on the way to online success.

For more information call 020 7183 8388, or visit www.dental-focus.com

About the author:

Alfie Jones aka the Guru is Project Manager at Dental Focus ® ‘Websites for your profit’. Alfie has worked as a web designer, copywriter, college tutor and charity fundraiser in his time, and is called the Guru because he has a ‘guru-like’ knowledge of the web. As an expert in social media and website technology, Alfie is the first port of call for any dentist who is serious about their online marketing.

The mobile web – why having a mobile website is crucial to online success

Friday 4th July 2014

 

Mobile technology is everywhere these days, and is continuing to grow with each passing year. According to the U.N., out of the world’s estimated 7 billion people, 6 billion have access to mobile phones.[1] If this figure wasn’t astonishing enough, Ian Carrington of Google has said that there are now ‘more people on earth that have access to a mobile phone, than have access to a toothbrush’.[2]

A startling statistic I’m sure you will agree, and one that has a significant implication for the way you market your dental practice to patients. This is because many people nowadays will use their mobile phone – or ‘smartphone’ – to surf the web. So, while it is still essential that you have a dental practice website, it is also just as important that your website is ‘mobile-friendly’. If it is not, then you stand to miss out on the many people who now prefer to search for services such as dentists online using their mobile device.

What the research tells us

At Dental Focus ® ‘Websites for your profit’ we’ve conducted our own research into mobile websites and the traffic our clients receive from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Our research tells us that on average 1 in 3 of your website visitors are now using a mobile device, and this figure is fast approaching 1 in 2. So not only do we know that more people are now using mobile devices to surf the internet, we also know that more people are using them to search for dental practices online.

This is important as it means there is no better time to embrace the mobile internet. If you’re website isn’t already mobile-friendly then now is the time to upgrade so you are in the best position to take advantage of the growing market for websites that are quick and easy to navigate from a mobile device.

Secrets to success

If a patient is searching for a dental practice on-the-go, then they will have a very short attention span. This means they have different requirements to desktop users, so need a website that caters specifically for their needs. Ideally your mobile-friendly website should auto-detect that the patient is on a smartphone or tablet and then show a special mobile version which loads quickly and is optimised for the screen size with just the right of information.

Speed and ease of use are two incredibly important factors here. As consumers, we are impatient at the best of times, but if a patient is searching for a dental practice then they are going to want to see almost instant results. Therefore it is absolutely essential that your website is simple, fast loading and easy to navigate. If it isn’t then many patients may be tempted to move on and search elsewhere.

Six key pages

For the perfect fast-action mobile website, you will need six pages. These pages should include a home or welcome page, an appointment form, and information about your dentists and members of your team. There should also be a treatments menu, a ‘fees and offers’ page, and finally a page for patient testimonials. If your mobile website has more than these six key features you will run the risk of bombarding the reader with too much information and too many menus to navigate on a small screen.

Remember, creating the perfect mobile-friendly website is all about giving patients the information they need as quickly and simply as possible. Because they are ‘on the go’ they have less time, and will so also appreciate easy contact features such as ‘click to call’ telephone numbers and ‘click to find’ addresses linking to Google maps for directions.

Marketing matters

Social trends are changing. For a number of years now the internet has been the single most cost-effective way of marketing for dental practices. The good news is it still is, however more people now prefer to surf the web ‘on the go’ than on their desktop computer. This trend is so significant that mobile internet will actually overtake fixed internet at some point this year.[3]

All of which means that if your practice doesn’t have a mobile website, you may well miss out on attracting new patients. Not only that, but if your competitor has one but you don’t, then these patients are much more likely to book with them than with you. This means you will be losing out on two fronts: the missed opportunity of the new patient, and the business lost to your biggest rival.

To help you make the most of your online marketing efforts, contact an experienced online marketing team today to see how you can make your dental practice an online success.

For more information call 020 7183 8388, or visit www.dental-focus.com

About the author:

Alfie Jones is the resident Mobile Web expert and Sales Manager at Dental Focus ® ‘Websites for your profit’. Alfie has worked as a web designer, copywriter, college tutor and charity fundraiser before finding his niche with the team at Dental Focus. As an expert in social media and website technology, Alfie is the first port of call for any dentist who is serious about their online marketing.



[1] ‘More People Have Cell Phones Than Toilets, U.N. Study Shows’, Time.com, 25th March 2013 <http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/03/25/more-people-have-cell-phones-than-toilets-u-n-study-shows/#ixzz2pdawgps3> [accessed 6th January 2013].


[2] ‘More Mobile Phone Access Than Toothbrushes, says Google’, Mobile Marketing, 21st October 2012, <http://mobilemarketingmagazine.com/more-mobile-phone-access-toothbrushes-says-google/#ZoDQuiITk7JQfDQt.99> [accessed 6th January 2014].


[3] ‘Mary Meeker: Mobile Internet Will Soon Overtake Fixed Internet’, GigaOM, 12 April 2010 <http://gigaom.com/2010/04/12/mary-meeker-mobile-internet-will-soon-overtake-fixed-internet/> [Accessed 6th Jan 2014].

How to get ideal patients from your dental practice website – Practice Plan in Reading

Friday 27th June 2014

Dental Website Design UK

Sheila Scott sexy digital marketing for dental websitesThe Practice Plan Practice Management Conference 2014 in Reading has been a sensational day of keynote speakers including Sheila Scott, Kevin Lewis, Steve Brown, Steve Philip and Nigel Jones. The digital marketing lecture was hosted by Alfie Jones who covered Google Page 1, Google Reviews and Emotional Websites.

Krishan Joshi CEO of Dental Focus said, “I trust Alfie will be phenomenal and be fully present to give the most valuable lecture on how to get ideal patients from your dental practice website“.

Alfie Jones, Business Development Manager at Dental Focus said, “Google reviews are a big part of the puzzle and having the right strategy to approach patients makes all the difference. Communication is ‘strategy’ plus ‘connection’ and this is how we break down the approach. Google Page 1 is important for attracting ideal patients to your dental practice website and again having the right strategy in terms of infrastructure is crucial so that you are gaining rankings with power versus force.”

Kevin Lewis said “the speed at which online is impacting dental practices is taking everyone by surprise, even the GDC just developed policies for social media”

Steve Philip from Cherrybank Dental Spa said “I’m really  enjoying a dental conference geared towards managing a practice with an excellent line up of speakers and a room full of eager practice owners and managers!”

Gemma Gibson from Dental Directory said “its great to network with such a friendly group and catch up with everyone!”

Sheila Scott said, “Alfie Jones has brought sexy back to digital marketing and dental practice websites. I’m very excited about what this young man has to say!”

Les Jones from Practice Plan said “I am beside myself with excitement” and had earlier shown me all of his gadgets with which he was going to record the days events!

Nigel Jones from Practice Plan said “it’s great to see so much practical advice for practices about things like communication in the practice and marketing and how to put theories into practice”

Alfie Jones had earlier determined that none of us were related.

Marvyn Ebanks from Dental Focus said “its a great to be here amongst such gorgeous people and to watch, learn and network, plus these cookies are delicious, Smarties AND Eminems, mmm”

Emotional Branding

Tuesday 24th June 2014

We believe Emotional Branding is central to responsive dental marketing, i.e. understanding people’s concerns, fears and aspirations (especially as dentistry is a lot about appearance, confidence and trust).

Interestingly, we note that now SoftBank in Japan have developed a robot that is capable of deciphering emotions. 

It can tell if you’ve had a bad day and are feeling stressed or if you’re feeling sad and need a shoulder to cry on.

All very well – but for your dental marketing you’d be better off talking to Dental Focus, who as part of their strategy, interpret and understand how human emotions can drive dental patients.

For now, we do not rely much on human-like robots using proprietary algorithms and voice recognition technology. 

Call Dental Focus: 020 7183 8388

See more at:

http://www.sitepronews.com/2014/06/06/pepper-robot-can-read-human-emotions/?utm_source=newsletter+-+2014-06-07&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Article%2BUpdate

 

No More Fillings!

Friday 20th June 2014

Fillings may soon be a thing of the past!

Researchers at King’s College have developed a treatment which will be available within 3 years, called “tooth-rebuilding”.

Professor Nigel Pitts from King’s Dental Institute says: “The way we treat teeth is not ideal. When we repair a tooth by putting in a filling, that tooth enters a cycle of drilling and re-filling as ultimately, each ‘repair’ fails.”

Soon, instead of removing decay from the cavity and filling it with amalgam or composite resin – it seems ‘electrically accelerated and enhanced remineralisation’ will speed up the natural movement of calcium and phosphate minerals into the damaged tooth.