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Back in 2011, Damon Braces published a press release stating that Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton would be endorsing Damon Braces to promote "fast, comfortable orthodontic treatment". The sub-sequential campaign as a result of the endorsement has done really well for Damon Braces, not only relating kids and teens to a celebrity, but a celebrity who has the “just like me” factor that is crucial to trustworthiness.

Recently, Damon Braces took another big leap in this campaign by releasing their Bethany Hamilton Damon Smile Emoji Keyboard. The entire campaign has focused on “embracing your uniqueness”. The idea behind the downloadable emoji keyboard is to provide a nifty tool to help Damon Braces wearers present themselves accurately (especially kids and teens on social media). The keyboard is pretty cool. It features several commonly used smiley emojis, but with braces on the teeth. It also has several Bethany Hamilton-themed emojis, saying fun, braces-related versions of colloquial phrases like “keep calm and smile on”.

 

How can you use it for your practice?

Unique social media tools like this are a cool way to interact with your patients, and our team at Ortho Marketing has a couple fun tips to help you do just that.

Since you’re already developing an active social media marketing presence (you are doing this, right?), we think the Bethany Hamilton Damon Smile Emoji Keyboard is a great way to enhance it. You can use it in your own social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to craft even more customized posts tailored to your patients. Post something that initiates engagement like, “Like 'Fake Person’s' new smile? Comment with a Damon Smile emoji!”

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Using the new keyboard can be a great way to promote your practice and get people involved through their own social media accounts, as well. Show your patients how to download the app on their phones, either while in the office or maybe with a fun email blast. Then, you could try offering promotions like “Want to win a gift card to 'Fake Restaurant'? Tag our practice in a tweet about your treatment, and include a Damon Smile emoji!” It'll help people feel more represented in the world of social media with emojis that look like them, but it'll also get people talking about your practice.

 

Get kids and teens excited about braces

As we all know, many kids and teens have a perpetual self-consciousness about wearing braces. We think incorporating these emojis into social media engagement opportunities are a great way to not only promote your practice, but also to get more people excited about braces.

For more tips on social media marketing and how to use social media for your practice, don't hesitate to contact Ortho Marketing today!


The team at Ortho Marketing are the experts in orthodontic marketing. Ortho Marketing serves orthodontic practices on the international level. If you have any questions pertaining to website design, social media marketing, SEO, reputation management, Google Adwords, or PPC campaigns, or would like to get started marketing your orthodontic practice, contact Ortho Marketing at: 914-788-1555

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We know you've got a lot going on, so our team at Ortho Marketing built you an infographic to explain why your practice needs to start using Facebook ads to gain new patients. Or if you'd rather not use your eyes at all, listen to our podcast version of this blog post HERE. Feel free to read on to get all the details on why your practice should start using Facebook ads.

 

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Just to clarify, this is not the same as updating your practice’s status on Facebook. This is a brilliant way of gaining new leads at an unbelievably rapid rate. We’ll show you exactly why you need to take advantage of this growing opportunity, and yes, we’ll do all the work for you.

1. People use social media A LOT

This needs to be emphasized: social media is what dominates the marketing world today. Every minute, Facebook users “Like” over 4 billion posts. The average person spends almost 2 hours on social media everyday, a huge chunk of that dedicated exclusively to Facebook. That’s a lot of time to not be showing your practice off to potential patients, if you ask us.

2. Facebook organic reach is basically dead

Unfortunately, it’s true. You can be updating your practice’s Facebook page with mind-blowing, engaging content, which is awesome. But what you probably don’t realize is that, on average, less than .5 percent of your followers will actually see that information—and don’t even think about getting new leads this way because if no one is seeing, no one is sharing.

Super frustrating, we know. The truth is, you need Facebook ads in order to help your content be seen by not only your followers, but prospective patients, as well. The good news is it won’t hurt your wallet like you might think. And the results you’ll see justify any expense.

3. Facebook ads have highly adaptable audience targeting

The amount of functions and tools available to reach various target demographics for your ads is vast. You can be super vague or extremely picky, whatever makes sense for your practice (and we’ll know exactly what makes sense for you).

We can tap into recent purchase behavior to customize audiences, create “lookalike audiences” (targeting people based on similar interests of current customers), and even get really creative with life-event targeting. For example, a major orthodontist target demographic is moms. So, we can gear your ads toward people who post mom-like life events, like “Had a baby”. This is an amazing way to both expand the kinds of patients you want to target, as well is hit that very niche demographic your practice is fueled by.

4. You can actually measure your reach

You don’t want to be putting time and money into advertising if you can’t really tell what’s working and what’s not. Our savvy analysts can gauge your Facebook ads, measure your data, and physically show you how well you’re performing (and if we have anything to do with it, you’ll have good numbers). Then, if necessary, we can adjust accordingly, targeting new audiences you haven’t quite hit yet.

Plus, these ads will actually help your organic reach, too. How, you ask? Well, the more people see your ads, the better. And when those people see your ads, they share them (people do, in fact, do this). The clicks and engagements generated from those shares and likes become new organic traffic, which looks great for your practice.

5. Retargeting is very powerful

This is probably our favorite part because retargeting is one of the most effective ways to grow your practice. What we mean by this is not letting potential patients forget about you after they’ve visited your page or website, clicked on your ads, signed up for your email list, etc. Have you ever noticed how any time you browse products online, all of a sudden there are ads everywhere you look for those products? That’s no coincidence—that’s retargeting, and Facebook can be used to do that.

Strategic social retargeting through Facebook ads has the potential to triple your engagement rate and double your conversions. This is a marketing tool that has proven its value, and you need to take advantage of it before your competition does.

To sum up…

You need to hop on the Facebook ads bandwagon if you want to see your practice grow, and you need to do it quickly. We’ll work with you on the whole process and take care of all the technical bits, and all you have to do is watch the stream of traffic convert to new leads. Don’t hesitate to help your practice reach its potential. Contact our team at Ortho Marketing today to get started on your Facebook ads campaign.


The team at Ortho Marketing are the experts in orthodontic marketing. Ortho Marketing serves orthodontic practices on the international level. If you have any questions pertaining to video testimonials, website design, social media marketing, SEO, reputation management, Google Adwords, or PPC campaigns, or would like to get started marketing your orthodontic practice, contact Ortho Marketing at: 914-788-1555

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With all the fancy features the social media has to offer, we sometimes become too focused exclusively on the “media” side of media marketing. What you post online should reflect what takes place inside the walls of your practice: face-to-face interactions that build lasting relationships with patients and staff members.

We understand that many people are concerned with all of the obsession with getting your practice recognized on social media. They might say things like, “Everyone just stares at their phone now!” or “People are forgetting how to just have a conversation!” And we do get it.

They’re afraid that our fascination with Likes, shares and retweets is preventing people from forming authentic connections with other people. Which, to a certain degree, might hold some truth. But social media’s not going anywhere — and we believe that with the right mindset and strategic planning, orthodontists can use social media as a tool to share their team culture, strengthen relationships, and generate advocacy for their practices from their patients.

 

The Base of Your Online Presence Isn’t Online

Social media marketing tools like websites and Facebook profiles have no value whatsoever unless they are constantly generating meaningful content. And meaningful content stems organically from the great things that happen in your practice.

Your vibe, your brand starts with what you do every day to go the extra mile for your patients and make your practice an enjoyable place to visit and work. Did your team celebrate a recent holiday or have an engaging conversation in your morning meeting? Have you recently given away a prize or congratulated a patient on a personal accomplishment? Maybe you had a night out with the team as a morale-boost! Whatever it may have been, snap a photo and share it on social media!

Involving Team Members

Successful social media marketing thrives on in-practice participation, especially from team members. Here are some easy tips you can apply today to get your team involved:

  1. Tag team members in practice posts. On Facebook, the account posting to your practice page can tag team members if they are personal friends with them. Doing this stretches your reach to anyone who has a connection with your team, including people who will want to become future patients.
  2. Encourage team members to share practice posts on their own personal accounts. Build a practice morale that makes team members proud to share their place of business and the atmosphere they work in.
  3. Train team members to ask for patient reviews. This is huge, because obtaining positive patient reviews is one of the best things you can do to grow your business. It boosts in-office morale, as well as how your practice looks to future patients.

Involving Patients

Here are some tips to get patients involved:

  1. Give them a good reason to participate. There has to be personal motivation, or else your patients won’t get involved. Invite them to snap and share a photo to raise awareness of good causes, commit to better oral health, and enter to win prizes!
  2. Encourage patients to share on their own accounts and tag and #hashtag your practice. This way, the patient’s friends and family who trust their recommendations will see the post. Also, when people search your #hashtag, people will see anything your practice has been posted about.
  3. If your practice shares a patient photo, remember HIPAA compliance. This is very important because you don’t want to violate any patient rights in the effort to gain an active social media presence.

Below you'll see a perfect example of what we're talking about. This frequently updated Facebook page from Castilla Orthodontics shows a promotion the practice has going on right now, encouraging social media engagement from their patients and followers!

 

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A Welcoming Social Media Presence Reflects a Welcoming Practice

It’s all too easy to get caught up in the latest social media marketing trends. But what truly gives social media marketing that impact you’re looking for begins with genuine interactions with your team and patients in your practice. If you make social media a natural extension of your practice atmosphere, then patients and team members will share it with family and friends, helping you grow your reach, and as a result, your business. 


The team at Ortho Marketing are the experts in orthodontic marketing. Ortho Marketing serves orthodontic practices on the international level. If you have any questions pertaining to video testimonials, website design, social media marketing, SEO, reputation management, Google Adwords, or PPC campaigns, or would like to get started marketing your orthodontic practice, contact Ortho Marketing at: 914-788-1555

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Social media has generated explosive results in marketing just about every facet of business and everyday activity. The NFL now encourages viewers to tweet about the game, and news networks ask viewers to comment on their stories online. Your orthodontic practice can be equally as involved in social media marketing as other industries, so long as you employ the proper techniques, and our team at Ortho Marketing has some helpful tips about social media marketing for your practice.

There are three major steps to building a strong social media presence:

Select the right platforms

For something a specific as an orthodontic practice, there are certain social media platforms that will work wonders, and others that might not be worth your time at first. The social media platforms that work best for orthodontic practices trying to build a presence include:

  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Instagram

These platforms can really boost your reach to people looking for orthodontic practices just like yours. 

Involve your team

The more people you have on board and helping build an active social media presence, the better. Getting your team involved is a great way to help stretch your practice's reach. Do you have a special morning huddle ritual? Or did your team do some fun activity for a morale boost? Post it! Let potential patients know that you have a professional but personal environment in your office, by showing them what your practice is all about. Also, encourage your staff to share your practice's posts on their personal accounts. This will increase your practice's reach across social media platforms.

Get your patients passionate about your practice

Getting your patients involved with your social media posts can be a perfect way to show the strong relationships that you build with your patients. But you have to provide motivation; for example, things like "Snap and share a photo and tag our practice to enter to win a cool prize!" work wonders to promote patient morale and expand the reach of your practice on social media.

It's reached the point where ignoring the influence of social media actually can hurt your practice, so jumping on the social media bandwagon is crucial. We hope these tips help, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Ortho Marketing today at: 914-788-1555


The team at Ortho Marketing are the experts in orthodontic marketing. Ortho Marketing serves orthodontic practices on the international level. If you have any questions pertaining to website design, social media marketing, SEO, reputation management, Google Adwords, or PPC campaigns, or would like to get started marketing your orthodontic practice, contact Ortho Marketing at: 914-788-1555

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