Website Design

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

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.

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

 

The Difference Is In The Design

Thursday 22nd May 2014

When it comes to marketing your practice online, the quality of your website design is absolutely crucial. This is because like it nor not, we all make snap decisions that are formed in the first few seconds of viewing a website. If a website looks outdated and poorly laid out, our instinctive response is often to look elsewhere. Especially these days, in the age of smart phones and mobile devices, the savvy user will very quickly be able to make a judgement on the quality of a dental practice based on how the practice is presented online.

Whether this judgement is correct or not is another matter, but the fact is, if your website doesn’t look the part then you could be turning away literally hundreds of potential new patients who take one look at your practice website, and decide to search elsewhere.

So, how do you know if your website is letting you down? Ask yourself, are you proud of your practice website? How does it compare to your competitors’ sites? Do you feel confident in telling your friends, family and patients about your practice website? Do they react positively?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, then the chances are, your website isn’t working to its full potential. In short, it isn’t doing its job. To make the most of your practice’s online marketing efforts, your website really needs to look the part. It doesn’t just need to be well ordered, but it also needs to reflect your practice vision. If you run a boutique spa practice, then your website design needs to reflect this. Very often modern practices will tie their website design in with their other marketing material, with colours and styles matching those used in the practice design itself.

Once you’ve achieved the design you want, then that’s only the first hurdle. So you’ve managed to hold a user’s attention longer than a few seconds. It’s a good start, but there’s still a lot more work to do. This is because once a user has looked at your website as a whole, their next step will be to see exactly what it is you have to say.

Content is very important in online marketing, and just like the design itself, the text you present must reflect your practice and the way you run your business. Text copied from a generic source just doesn’t work – you need to encapsulate your practice vision in the written word just as much as you do in the practical design. The language you use should therefore be chosen very carefully. Don’t over-complicate things, but be careful not to patronise your readers.

To support your message, patient testimonials supported by ‘before and after’ photo galleries can be an excellent way of showing what you can offer to any potential new patient visiting your website. Remember, your website is a 24/7 shop window for your practice business. It works for you around the clock – even when you’re not working. If a someone has toothache and goes online to find their nearest dentist, will they find you? Or will they find you and then decide to look elsewhere?

Though you may not realise it, the better the design of your website and the quality of the text you display, the easier you will be to find on search engines such as Google. This is because Google has a very detailed ‘check list’ that it uses to determine where a website appears on search results. Though this check list is a closely guarded secret, as experienced marketing experts, here at Dental Focus ® we know that this check list includes factors such as quality of content, and also the amount of time users spend on your site. If someone visits you for example, then quickly goes elsewhere, that tells Google that your website isn’t very appealing, and so your website will be ranked further down the search results.

So what’s the solution? Well, the first thing is to make sure you have an exclusive website that works for you. The detail is very much in the design, and then in the content. Once you have a website that you can be proud of, and that you’re happy to share with your patients, talk about it! Encourage your patients to visit it, and share it with their friends. The more people you can get talking about your website, the better you will rank on Google, and the more patients you will attract as a result.

Make no mistake, marketing a dental practice online is no easy task, but it’s a task that can be made easier by working with an experienced online marketing team, with a proven track record of success in dentistry. The award winning team at Dental Focus ® have over 500 dental practices websites to their name, and thousands of page 1 results for natural (organic) search. To make your practice an online success, contact the experts today.

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

Getting the right website for your referral practice

Friday 2nd May 2014

Dentistry can be a challenging environment at the best of times, but with competition for patients so rife it can be a challenge in itself to make your practice stand out. For Specialist or referral practices in particular, this challenge can prove particularly tough, as you’re not only selling your services to patients, but you’re also selling yourself to fellow professionals as well.

Given the massive change the internet has brought about in our world, it’s fair to say if you want to market your practice successfully, you really do need to have a practice website. While some dental practices may be happy with a simple “nuts and bolts” website – one that contains just basic information and contact details – to really make a success of your referral business you should endeavour to create something that sets you apart; something that “sells” your practice and your practice team to fellow professionals and patients alike.

There are many ways you can achieve this, and with the services of a professional web design team, you will find this far easier to accomplish than without. In essence, for your referral practice to become an online success, your practice website needs to be unique, it needs to be exclusive – it needs to embody everything that is unique about your practice, but in digital form. For your website to be truly exclusive, it needs to be a number of things: it needs to look appealing, it needs to contain lots of interesting and engaging content, and it needs to be optimised for the web.

In order to fully realise your practice vision, the very best websites will consist of a strong blend of eye catching, intelligent design, and content that reflects who you are, and the core values you practice team hold dear. For referral practices this point is particularly important – both for attracting patients, and practices seeking to refer.

To meet the needs of these two different groups, many websites will now be split into two sections: one for patients, and one for professionals. In each section you will need to include content suitable for the target market you are seeking. This may include video, or written testimonials (from patients and/or dentists), treatment guides, and even a practice blog.

Though of course, creating an exclusive practice website is a significant task, this isn’t a task you need to achieve on your own. After all, you’re a dental professional, not a web designer, and you should rightly spend your time concentrating on that which matters most: your patients. To make the most of your online marketing efforts then, it pays to trust experts with experience in dentistry to help you achieve the best website to help your practice grow.

The first thing anyone sees when they open a new web page in their internet browser is the design. If your website looks cheap or poorly designed then chances are the user will choose to look elsewhere. Remember, your website is a 24/7 “shop window” for your business. How you present yourself through your shop window says an awful lot about you and your business. It’s therefore vitally important that what you display looks good!

Compatibility is also another important factor to consider for any practice website. Poorly designed, static web pages will not display very well on portable devices, and can prove particularly difficult to navigate if viewed through these mediums. An experienced web design team will know that good web design is much more than just what a website looks like – it also includes the technical elements that many people will just take for granted. If a potential referrer visits your website and either can’t see or can’t navigate their way around it easily, then you may well find your website turns away many more referring clinicians than it attracts!

The third “pillar” of good website design is content. Good content is absolutely key to all successful websites, as ultimately people visit websites in order to digest information. Content is also extremely important from a technical perspective as well, as high quality, regularly updated content can help boost your search engine results and can also influence your “conversion rate” – that is, the number of people who contact you as a result of visiting your website.

Indeed, many practices nowadays will run a practice blog as a good way of engaging patients in issues relating to oral health. As a referral practice, you might also like to consider posting case studies and examples of complex or particularly difficult cases you have treated. This can be a great way of demonstrating your commitment and skill, and will show colleagues the type of specialised service you can offer.

To help you make the most of your online marketing efforts, employing the services of an experienced web design team really can make all the difference. Companies such as Dental Focus ® Web Design for example can really help make your referral practice stand out with an exclusive website design that is search engine optimised, GDC compliant, and fully compatible with all internet browsing devices.

In this highly competitive age of dentistry, it’s absolutely essential that you market yourself effectively to the world. For referral practices, this is especially important, and it is crucial that you make use of all the tools at your disposal. To make your practice an online success, invest in an exclusive website, and see your referrals grow.

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

Creative Thinking

Wednesday 16th April 2014

Dental Focus design web sites for dental practices. To design, we think ‘creatively’, not ‘subjectively’. 

 

Thinking creatively is not “thinking outside the box”, but instead “thinking from firmly within the box”.

This is because, first we need to know the objectives, the relevant imagery, your treatments, the practice’s “Point of Difference” etc, before starting any design work.

Designers (many assume), should be tortured, cynical, self-conscious souls. Not a bit of it. Nevertheless, here for some light relief, are the top ten common mistakes supposedly made – which can be worth thinking about. See the link:

 

http://www.designweek.co.uk/industry-voice/ten-mistakes-designers-make/3038242.article

 

Is Your Practice Website Optimised For Mobile Devices?

Thursday 3rd April 2014

Like them or loathe them there can be no escaping the fact that mobile phones are everywhere. In fact, last year Cisco reported that the amount of mobile phones on the planet would surpass the number of people. And with the technology behind mobile phones improving and getting cheaper year on year, it’s fair to say that the mobile phone phenomena won’t be going away any time soon.

This has important implications for dentistry and dental marketing, as patients are increasingly using their mobile phones to access the internet and search for dental practices online. It’s therefore no longer good enough just to have a basic dental website advertising your services to the world. If a patients comes across your website on their mobile device and your website isn’t designed to be rendered on a mobile phone, then they will quite simply just look elsewhere.

Here at Dental Focus ® we are in the fairly unique position of being able to study visitor trends across the many hundreds of dental websites that we have helped to create over the years, and so are able to build a picture of how the market is changing. By studying our own Google Analytics we have found that on average up to 1 in 3 of visitors to dental practice websites are now using a mobile device to do so. We predict this number to rise towards 1 in 2 within 12 months.

These figures really reinforce the need to ensure your dental marketing is working for you and not against you. For example, our research would suggest that if a mobile user is not happy with your website, there is a 40% chance they will go visit a competitor. Furthermore, if a mobile user has a poor experience on your website, they are 57% less likely to recommend your business to others.

What this tells us then is that there is a really pressing need for all forward-thinking practice owners and managers to consider the practice website for what it is – a valuable marketing resource that needs to be exploited and put to best use. If you already have a practice website then that’s great – you’re making a good start – but ask yourself this: are you proud of your website? Does your website ‘sell’ your practice in the best possible way? And crucially, how does your practice website appear to mobile visitors?

Given the stark statistic that around half of your web traffic will come from mobile devices within the next 12 months, there is a greater need than ever to ensure that your practice website is completely compatible with mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. These mobile optimised sites should allow users to browse your site quickly and easily, and so find key pages with minimal effort. These pages should include an appointment form, a treatment menu, a testimonials page, and a page describing the dentists and the team, as well as your fees and perhaps also a page of testimonials. Importantly, your website should also include all the necessary contact details (with a ‘click to call’ feature), along with opening hours and addresses linking to Google maps for directions. Remember, if a prospective patient can’t find the information they are looking for quickly and easily, there is every chance they will decide to search elsewhere. With competition between practices so rife these days, the chances are they will end up at your nearest competitor and you will have just lost out on a new patient.

Now is the time to have both a “classic website” which is mobile and tablet friendly as well as a separate fast-action “mobile website” that downloads hot pages within 3 seconds when patients are “on-the-go” so you can attract as many patient enquiries as possible.

Make no mistake, dental marketing is tough, and is bound to get even tougher as more and more practices discover the benefits that an effective online presence brings. This is why it’s absolutely crucial that you make best use of the tools and resources available to you, that you establish a high quality website that you are proud of, and that you market your website to your patients. By combining online marketing strategies with other tactics that include internal and external tactics, slowly but surely your practice will climb the Google ladder and you will really make your practice stand out ahead of the competition.

So… if you haven’t got a practice website already, then you really do need to make sure you get one. You are potentially missing out on hundreds of potential new patients by not being online, and your competitors will only gain as a result. Similarly, if you are already online, is your website mobile friendly? Does it adequately reflect your practice? Imagine your website as a shop window. Does it make any sense for only half the passing customers to be able to see into that shop window?

With technology and social trend changing rapidly, it pays to use the services of an experience online dental marketing team you can trust. The award winning team at Dental Focus ® “Websites for your profit” have over 500 dental practices websites to their name, and thousands of Google Page 1 results for natural (organic) search. To make your practice an online success, contact the experts today.

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



‘More mobiles than humans in 2012, says Cisco’, BBC News, 15 February 2012 <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17047406>.

Dental Focus Case Study: Phillip Greene

Thursday 13th March 2014

Dental Focus ® ‘Websites for your profit’ case study: www.effectiveperio.co.uk

With a career spanning over 40 years, Philip Greene is a Specialist in Periodontics, and is serving President of the British Society of Periodontology. He works at The Malt House Specialist Dental Centre in Manchester – a well-established practice in a thriving community – and is well known to patients and clinicians alike. Though his practices is marketed on the corporate side by James Hull Associates, in 2003, Philip decided he wanted to create a website that marketed both his practice and his medico-legal work in one single, easy-to-find location.

‘I’ve had a website for somewhere in the region of 10 years or so now,’ says Philip. ‘Though I have changed my web design company in that time. I had known Krishan Joshi from Dental Focus ® on and off for a number of years. I first met him through his father Vinod, who was a consultant in restorative dentistry in Yorkshire. I then came upon Krishan again at The Dentistry Show a few years ago where he gave an excellent talk on dental online marketing. I was very impressed with what he had to say so contacted him and asked him to design a new website for me.

‘Before I saw his talk I really didn’t think I needed a new website. I thought the one I had was ok – it was designed by an internet marketing “expert” after all – but I never really got any contacts from it. I never received emails from people who had seen my website and wanted to consult me. Now I’m not quite sure what the reason for this was, whether it was down to my Google ranking or the design, but as soon as the Dental Focus ® site went live I started to get online queries almost straight away. It really did make a dramatic difference. I went from receiving almost no leads through my website to receiving several a month. This may not sound a lot in today’s terms, but in the dental market it’s quite good. Probably about half of these calls then convert into patients, which is very good for our type of practice. We’re specialist practice with many years’ experience and a good reputation, operating at the high end of the scale, so our fees are quite high and this doesn’t suit everybody.’

At the heart of any successful website is its design. A good website design is neither cluttered, nor too sparse; it is easy on the eye and it fully reflects your business identity and the values you represent. For Philip, the design of his website www.effectiveperio.co.uk is one of its strengths, and he worked closely with the Dental Focus ® team to achieve what he believes is an excellent result.

‘When it came to design I knew I wanted the site to promote my specialist Periodontal practice as well as my medico-legal practice,’ continues Philip. ‘I do a lot of cases as a dental expert witness so this side of my work is also very important to me. This created something of a challenge in the design process as I wanted to showcase my work on the legal side as well as my work as a clinician. On the legal side there are examples of my work, specimen reports as well as my terms of conditions. For the clinical side we have also included examples of treatments that I’ve done, as well as some links to other useful websites as well as a referral form for dentists.

‘I have to say I am very pleased with the result. Adrian from Dental Focus ® worked with me quite closely on the colour scheme and achieving a “look” that found the right balance between my two roles. In our early designs the site was a much paler green, but I opted to go for a darker, richer colour. In the end I think we’ve achieved something that’s quite lively and easy to read that’s not too cluttered but has lots of information that is easy to find and navigate through. I like the way it looks, and patients seem to like it too – we often get a good response.

‘In terms of my clinical practice, Malt House Specialist Dental Centre is part of the James Hull-Smiles Corporate Group. This means they do all the corporate marketing, but at the same time we also do some local marketing with the practice ourselves. For example we’ve always had a practice newsletter (even before we were with James Hull) that we release a few times a year just to all dentists on our referrers database to remind them that we’re still around, show them what we can do, give them practice news and so on. The website is an extra part of that really.’

As Philip is keen to emphasise, having a website in this day an age is an absolute must:

‘It’s interesting,’ continues Philip, ‘If a patient comes to me and tells me about their dentist I normally go online and have a look for that dentist to find a little bit about them. If they don’t have a website I can’t find out anything about them. I think a lot of people do this. If you want to establish yourself as a modern, up-to-date organisation of any kind you really need a website. It’s your shop window after all. If you haven’t got that then you’re already in the “second division” in many people’s minds.

‘In this day and age you really do have to be on top of all these things. Thankfully I found Dental Focus ® and have found them to be a professional team of people who always listen closely to what I have to say and work with me to achieve the best results. In fact we’re currently in the process of optimising my website for mobile devices. Nowadays an increasing number of people surf the web from mobile phones or tablets. A big website takes a while to load on these devices and isn’t very easy to navigate on a small screen. As such we’re now working on an optimised “mobile” version of my website for patients and clients who find my website that way. In these competitive times, it really does pay to work with an excellent team of web designers and online marketers you can rely on to provide excellent results!’

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

Emotionally branded websites – the tipping point : Dental Focus In The Press!

Wednesday 26th February 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How much time do you spend marketing your dental practice? How much energy do you invest trying to generate new leads and find new patients to add to your books? One of the most cost-effective marketing strategies today is to set up in a website.

However, while numerous dental practices now have their own website, many teams still find that their phones aren’t ringing and they’re not generating any leads. Their website may contain all the latest features, but still there’s something missing – that special something to take the website on to the next level.

Click here to read the full article, as seen in British Dental Association News.

 

Why Are Mobile Websites Essential?

Tuesday 11th February 2014

The use of the internet has changed dramatically in the last five years, and this has altered the way websites need to be programmed. Originally, the majority of users viewed websites on a computer or laptop, which meant that web designers didn’t need to be overly concerned about page resolutions and plugins.

To build a website that showcases your practice on every screen, from smartphones and tablets to computers and TVs, please ensure your patients get a great browsing experience regardless of what device they use. For example, If you want to reach people on a mobile, you’ve got to have a mobile site. Though it seems obvious, a study found that 96% of consumers have encountered sites that weren’t designed with mobile in mind.

When a website is created, SEO normally follows to ensure that content appears across all search engines. However, optimising for desktop search doesn’t necessarily mean that a website will perform well in a mobile search.

For instance, one technique to use is responsive web design, which allows a website to automatically adapt itself to display on the viewer’s device. Contact us to find out more ways to go mobile, and for more information about why mobile websites are essential to a business.

https://www.dental-focus.com/contact-us.html