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the
10
p's of
Dental Marketing Websites
Business Coach Chris Barrow, coined the original "7 Ps" that became the pillars of creating a successful dental website. The 7 points to "personalise" your private dental practice to attract patients, especially high-end consumers: Profile, People, Premises, Prices, Promises, Proof and Products.

Krishan Joshi, CEO of Dental Focus, still believes it all applies in web design today but it's now important to build beyond these foundation blocks because the Internet and the world has changed, and so has our web marketing strategies of attracting new patients.

Reflecting on the Dental Focus experience since 2001 in working on 800+ dentist websites over 16+ years, the summarised article below seeks to expose the biggest mistakes dental practices make with their website and, in doing so, we emphasize the importance of the original "7 Ps" as well as suggest an additional "3 New Ps" to consider.
Krishan Joshi
Krishan Joshi
CEO Dental Focus
Chris Barrow
Chris Barrow
Business Coach
Dental Marketing
P# 1
Profile
Dental practice websites are usually too busy catering for everyone that they do not stand for anything and do not stand out. The home page needs to be fast to download but also quickly understood. The look, the feel, the brand all need to convince your specific target patient that this is the right place. Your USPs should be clear and the targeted visitor must feel compelled to stay and click in less than 5 seconds.
P# 2
People
Dental practice websites usually forget customer service is visually represented through people that appear professional. You need to show the personality of a happy and approachable team with great smiles. You need to look and read as the experts with the best level of customer service.
P# 3
Premises
Dental practice websites need to stop showing scary dental surgeries, sharp tools and boring technology that mean nothing to the patient. Virtual tours using professional photography or corporate video need to focus on the feeling of luxury and comfort, showing patients what they actually care to look at, such as impressive patient lounges, classy receptions and boutique wash rooms.
P# 4
Prices
Dental practices generally attempt to show their fees online but are confused on the benefit that brings. It is important to appear either reassuringly expensive and/or great value for money to attract your correct target patient otherwise you will not stand out.
P# 5
Promises
Dental practices commonly forget that customer service has to be promised and the brand standards need to be stated. Patients need to know what to expect. This is all usually hidden and difficult to find or lengthy to read. Video and/or photography should be used to explain the patient journey.
P# 6
Proof
Dental practices that think written letters and text testimonials are still going to attract patients are living in the dark ages. Nobody is going to convert into an enquiry after reading scanned-in thank you cards. You need before and after 'smile photos' to show clinical expertise and this means no blood, no gore, no metal, no tools and no retractors. You need full face 'smile photos' to show gratitude in your patient's eyes. You need video testimonials to put 'word-of-mouth' on your website and deliver emotional encouragement.
P# 7
Products
Dental practices are forgetting to differentiate their treatments. Websites tend to advertise the exact same services as others dentists so patients believe price comparison is the only difference. Personalising treatments and creating 'branded experience' packages are required to make you incomparable.
P# 8
Places
Many dental practices are still not aware of the importance of registering their website on Google to obtain a free local business listing. Google is becoming more and more essential for top Google Page 1 rankings and targeting local patients. You will not need to pay-per-click for your own practice name if Google has you listed at the top for free already. You also need to make sure you control your address on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter as patients want to 'check in' virtually, which in turn is free advertising for you to all their friends.
P# 9
Phones
Dental practice websites are still containing Flash animation that does not work on the popular iPhone. Old design standards also mean your website does not view well on a smart phone. More and more Internet surfing is done on the go and in the palm of your patients' hands. This cannot be ignored and mobile phone compatibility should be a priority.
P# 10
Publicity
Dentists mistakenly believe that simply stating their website address on letters and stationery will attract patients to visit their website. Dentists need to understand that visual and conversational recommendation is remembered. You need to spend 10 seconds with each patient, turning towards your computer screen to ask them "Have you seen my website? If you're happy with the treatment today, please visit our website, share us on Facebook, like us on Facebook". These days, word-of-mouth happens online on a ratio of 1:100. Get your patients to talk about you online. That's free publicity on steroids.