Staying Ahead of the Game: Handling Dental Practice Competition

Dental Practice Competition

The dental industry is witnessing rapid growth in the United States, intensifying competition among practices. New dental clinics are sprouting up everywhere, offering various services and enticing offers. In such a crowded market, creating a distinct competitive advantage becomes increasingly challenging. If you’re wondering why patients choose certain dentists over yours, we have the answer: they seek trust and familiarity. Like any business, the decision is often based on that. So, how can you, as a dental clinic owner, build that trust with your local community? 

Here are ten effective strategies to make your dental practice stand out: 

1. Develop strong patient-doctor relationships: Patients are the backbone of a successful dental practice. Beyond providing excellent treatments, connecting with patients on a personal level is crucial. Patients seek compassion, care, and warmth, which leaves them reassured about their health. There are many strategies you can focus on to cultivate these relationships, such as active listening, personalized care, follow-ups, and patient education. 

2. Set clear and specific goals: Establishing precise business goals is essential for progress. Breaking down these objectives into manageable steps and staying focused amid distractions will help you outperform the competition. 

3. Enhance accessibility to patients: Being present for each checkup ensures maximum patient satisfaction. If you can’t physically be there, be available through phone calls or emails, allowing patients to reach you when needed. 

4. Cultivate an engaging online personality: Having a solid online presence is not enough; you must develop a distinct personality that stands out. Using social media to showcase your practice’s voice and character can attract attention and set you apart. 

5. Announce exclusive and creative offers: Set trends by introducing unique theme days or events that keep patients engaged and eager to return. Engaging with your patients will enhance brand loyalty and humanize your practice. 

6. Provide excellent customer service: Ensuring outstanding patient experiences is paramount, as unhappy patients may never return and could damage your reputation through negative word-of-mouth. 

7. Build a professional website: Transform your website into an interactive media channel, sharing informative content, responding to queries, and providing valuable information about dental procedures. 

 8. Focus on search engine optimization (SEO): Investing in effective SEO strategies will help improve your website’s ranking and visibility, making it easier for patients to find you online. 

9. Develop effective communication: By effectively communicating your brand’s personality and success stories, you can stand out from the competition. Showcase who you are by personalizing content and sharing stories about your team. Highlight your competencies and services and always include your location to address logistical considerations. 

10. Develop brand awareness: To create awareness for your practice, optimize your online presence to reach your local audience continuously. Utilize social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. Implement Facebook ads to target your ideal client avatar based on location, age, gender, interests, and behaviors. This targeted approach ensures your message reaches potential local clients, setting you apart from competitors who rely solely on word-of-mouth. 

By implementing these dental marketing strategies, you can expand your patient base, foster positive patient relationships, and build trust. This way, not only do you gain locals’ trust, but you also position your business for a broader demand for similar services. 

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About Our Experts

Fazel Mostashari is a dental practice expert whose specialty is financial accounting, tax planning, and practice purchase and set up for the dental industry. For over 10 years, Fazel has been the driving force behind the success of many dental practices.

As a proud husband to a dentist, he understands the unique challenges of running a dental practice. Together, they run a thriving, multi-specialty practice in the sunny city of Woodland Hills, CA.

If you’re looking for expert advice, set up a consultation with Fazel.
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