Friday Five Roundup: From Tooth Decay to SEO and Social Media

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Medical News Today

Should We Blame Our Genes For the Bacteria Behind Tooth Decay?



While human host genes may influence oral microbiome composition, it is unlikely that they control the bacteria that promote tooth decay, says a new study.

Read the article on medicalnewstoday.com

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Marketing Land

How to conduct an SEO content audit


A content audit, when done right, can help you assess whether your content is relevant not only to your brand goals and SEO objectives, but also to the customer's needs.

Read the article on marketingland.com

Friday Five Roundup: Digital Marketing for Dentists to Social Media Fails

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Medical News Today

Four Effective Gingivitis Home Remedies



Gingivitis is a condition that affects the gums. Learn about four home remedies for gingivitis, how to take them safely, and how to prevent gingivitis.

Read the article on medicalnewstoday.com

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Quicksprout

How to Incorporate Social Proof on Every Page of Your Website

Every online marketer knows that the Internet is an insanely skeptical place. It's with good reason. Let's be honest. Our space is littered with faux gurus and hyped up promises. Your prospects don't know you well, and they don't trust you yet. Social proof can change that.

Read the article on quicksprout.com

Friday Five Roundup: Digital Marketing for Dental Practices to August Trends

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Medical News Today

Women With Gum Disease May Need to Watch Out For Cancer



New research has confirmed that periodontal disease is tied to an elevated risk of several types of cancer, such as esophageal cancer, breast cancer, and gallbladder cancer, especially in mature women.

Read the article on medicalnewstoday.com

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DIGIDAY

The State of Podcasting in Five Charts

After a brief period of slowing user growth, podcasting experienced a small uptick in 2017, rising from 21 percent in 2016 to 24 percent in 2017, according to a report produced by Edison Research and Triton Digital.

Read the article on digiday.com

Friday Five Roundup: From Dental Trends to Data and Facebook Design

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Medical News Today

What is a Dead Tooth? Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment




A tooth is referred to as being 'dead' when there is no longer any blood flow to it. Sometimes this is also known as a 'non-vital tooth.' Both tooth decay and an injury can cause a dead tooth. In this article, we look at the common symptoms, as well as how a dead tooth can be treated and prevented.

Read the article on medicalnewstoday.com

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CBC News

'Data is the new oil': Your Personal Information is Now the World's Most Valuable Commodity


There was a time that oil companies ruled the globe, but "black gold" is no longer the world's most valuable resource — it's been surpassed by data. Huge amounts of data are controlled by just 5 global mega-corporations that are bigger than most governments.

Read the article on cbc.ca

Friday Five Roundup: From Benefits of Green Tea and Saliva on Health, to Social Media Trends

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Medical News Today

Could A Green Tea Extract Help To Treat Tooth Sensitivity?




Good news for those who suffer from tooth sensitivity! A team of researchers from the Wuhan University in China have developed a new material to better protect sensitive teeth using the most active polyphenol in green tea: epigallocatechin-3-gallate (ECGC).

Read the article on medicalnewstoday.com

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Marketing Land

Facebook Debuts Watch, Its Home for Original Shows



In an attempt to take on YouTube, Google-owned video-streaming platform, Facebook announced on Wednesday that it will begin rolling out a revamped version of its existing 'home for videos' that caters to the original, episodic shows Facebook has been licensing. Called Watch, Facebook's new video hub will be available on its mobile apps, on its desktop site and through its connected-TV apps, but for now only to a limited group of people in the U.S.

Read the article on marketingland.com

Search Engine Optimization: What You Should Know As A Dental Practitioner

 
By: Will Koziey-Kronas
 
As a dental practitioner, any investigation into dental marketing has no doubt involved encounters with the term "SEO" - and for good reason. "SEO", short for "search engine optimization", is a crucial component of a practice's marketing presence. To understand why, we have to start from the beginning: how are prospective patients finding dental practices?

Alongside referrals, another predominant source of patient traffic to dental practices are search engines. Prospective patients will generally search for the service they desire along with their location, such as "dental veneers Mississauga". From there - at best - they may browse the first two or three pages of results before finding a suitable practice. At worst, they won't make it past the first page, or even the first few results.

Now consider that your geographical area is likely home to well over ten competing practices. Then consider that search engines only display about ten results per page. The challenge is apparent: if your site isn't appearing within the first page or two, you miss out on a vital source of traffic - and with more than 10 other practices vying for those limited spots, the competition is stiff.

The snapshot of results for a Google Maps search of "Dentist Mississauga" (each red icon marks a practice). With that much location-specific competition, you need SEO to stand out.
 
This is the role of SEO: deliberately tune your practice's site so that it appears in the first few pages for searches such as "dental service + your location". So where does SEO begin, and what does it look like?

Friday Five Roundup: From Millennials and Dentistry to Psychology and Video Marketing

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Medical News Today

Hypersalivation: Causes and treatment




Hypersalivation, also known as sialorrhea or ptyalism, is when a person has too much saliva in their mouth. It can result in saliva from the mouth spilling over the bottom lip, known as drooling. Read about the causes, symptoms and possible treatments for this condition in the full article.

Read the article on medicalnewstoday.com

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Marketing Land

3 ways to use search query data from Google Search Console



A report in Search Console, called Search Analytics, gives you an overview of how your website is performing in Google’s organic (non-paid) search results — namely, it shows some of the search queries people used to click through to your website. This article provides a handy guide for gleaning actionable insights from your Search Analytics report.

Read the article on marketingland.com

Top 3 Digital Marketing Trends in 2017


By: Noha Abou-Hashima

The digital world moves fast. And it can be overwhelming to keep track of all that happens in this fast-paced environment. So to mark our passage into the second half of 2017, we summarize the top digital marketing techniques for the year, and add our own perspective on some of the latest developments.


  1. Content Marketing and Data Collection
  2. For the past few years, digital marketers focused on tailoring their content (advertisements, promotions, emails, social media posts, etc) to their consumer base with the help of data mining. According to data from Smart Insights, content marketing remains the number one digital marketing technique preferred by marketers.

    Although personalized marketing is not new, marketers in 2017 have shifted their focus from creating static content to generating interactive content that engages their audience and provides them with a more meaningful experience online. Research by Content Marketing Institute shows that almost half (46%) of marketers used interactive content early in 2017. Used by 52% of marketers, infographics were the most popular type of interactive content in 2017. Infographics were mainly used for content marketing purposes, as a way to make large amounts of information more palpable and interesting. However, in terms of achieving content marketing objectives, contests were rated as being the most effective during the first stage of awareness/discovery.

Friday Five Roundup: From Health and Fruit Juice to Digital Privacy

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Medical News Today

Avoid Fruit Juice Up to the Age of 1 Year, Say the AAP



According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, fruit juice offers “no nutritional benefits” for kids under a year old, and may actually be detrimental to their health. Unless advised by a doctor, the AAP recommends that parents don’t give fruit juice to kids under the age of 1 year.

Read the article on medicalnewstoday.com

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Marketing Land

Forging Customer Connections in a Privacy-Obsessed World


Using personal consumer data to target ads is a highly effective marketing practice, but also a controversial one. You don’t want to overstep anyone’s privacy or security, but you also want to connect with your audience on a personal level. It’s a tough balancing act, and EJ McGowan from Marketing Land is here to point you in the right direction with this article.

Read the article on marketingland.com

The Facts and Controversies of Google's New Ad Blocker



By: Will Koziey-Kronas

Ask anyone what Google is, and you're likely to hear "a search engine company" or "information providers". Ask a digital marketer, however, and you'll get a consistent response: "an advertising company". It's true that Google is a search engine, and a handy map, among many other forms of information distribution - but Google is above all else an advertising company, with 89 percent of their 60 billion a year profits coming from ads.

That's why it seemed odd for Google to confirm last month that they're developing an ad blocking extension for Chrome - ad blockers, like the popular Adblock Plus and uBlock - block ads from displaying on sites. Why would an ad company have any interest in making their own? In this post, we'll answer that question by looking at the facts and controversies you should know about Google's new ad blocker.

The Facts

Google's new extension has made the rounds under the title of "ad blocker" - but it's technically an ad filter. Whereas Adblock Plus removes all ad content (with exceptions the user can determine), Google's extension only filters out ads deemed unacceptably intrusive and annoying. That leaves us with two questions: what constitutes unacceptable annoyance, and who gets to decide?

The body of ad formats considered unacceptable are derived from an industry group called the Coalition For Better Ads. The group consists of several dozen digital advertising conglomerates, including Google and Facebook, who united to set new, better standards for web advertisements. Thus far, they’ve identified 12 ad formats that "rank lowest across a range of user experience factors", both on mobile and desktop.

Friday Five Roundup: From Dental Anxiety to Social Media Cheat Sheet

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Dentistry IQ

How to Attract Patients With Dental Fear and Anxiety to Your Practice


Any practitioner is well aware of the barriers dental anxiety can impose between a worried patient and their practice. For a refresher on how to best attract patients with dental anxiety, check out Colin Receveur's article.

Read the article on dentistryiq.com>

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Marketing Land

Amazon’s New Spark Social Feed Wants To Be ‘Instagram for Products’



Amazon's been up to a lot lately – and their latest venture is a new social feed called Spark. Described as the "Instagram for products", Spark is part marketing, part social, and it's still unclear just how that make up will play out.

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How Dental Practices Can Benefit from Online Video Marketing



By: Noha Abou-Hashima

Video marketing is becoming more popular on the Internet than ever before. 78% of users watch videos online every week. 55% watch online videos everyday. Studies show that video content can increase conversion rates by up to 80%. That's a pretty big percentage. And if these numbers aren't convincing enough, consider what this dentist had to say about the benefits of using video marketing for her dental practice:

“I've had a lot of new patients join our office because of the feel they got from our website,” explained Dr. Lavigne. "Patients have commented that they felt like they knew me before booking an appointment. It's scary to choose a new provider, whether it's a dentist, an internist, or a hair stylist! The more they know about me and my practice, the more educated a decision they can make in deciding if we're the right fit for them. [...] “In 2016 patients want to be educated and informed about your practice, you and your team, and your philosophy," said Dr. Lavigne. "We've given a web personality to our practice and set ourselves apart through the use of video.”


Related article: Keeping Up with the Rise of Video Advertising

It makes sense, doesn't it? Customers looking for a service will want to gather as much information as they can about the service provider. And when it comes to dentists, knowing what to expect makes a huge difference, especially for those who already deal with dental anxiety.

The good news is that the short attention span of viewers means shorter videos, which means less work for you if you're producing them yourself. Although a better alternative is to leave the video production to a professional. Transitions, music, and other-post production changes can make a difference in how your video is perceived.

One benefit of video marketing is that it can seamlessly blend in with your current digital marketing strategy. Videos can compliment your existing website, adding to the content you already have, as well as work to improve your SEO. Additionally, you can host them on video-sharing platforms such as YouTube or Vimeo. The advantage of these platforms is that they’re online and can be linked to on your website, or blog.

Tip: Maximize your market strategy by using videos to advertise the dental services your practice offers. You can place these directly inside or outside your practice, such as in-window, in the waiting area, or in an elevator if your practice has one. Note that the content of your video has to align with the medium you plan on using.

Now let's talk about content you can place in your videos.

Friday Five Roundup: From Dental Payments to Customer Referrals and Effective Ads

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Dentistry IQ

Relieve the Toothache of Dental Patient Payments: 8 Ideas to Chew On


Most dental practices avoid payment plans, but giving patients more options is always worth considering. Corban Tenny from Dentistry IQ offers eight practice and patient friendly payment plan concepts in this article.

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Smart Insights

Most Hated or Most Effective Ads?



If you’re a digital market, you’ve no doubt wondered which ad formats are most effective - and most disliked. Dave Chaffey from Smart Insights breaks down a research study into the most hated and effective ads in this article.

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Five Tips for Your Practice’s Staff Page


By: Will Koziey-Kronas

According to our internal statistics on organic website traffic and newsletter clickthrough rates, staff pages are often the second most visited or clicked for practices websites after the homepage. Prospective patients aren't just looking for a run down of your services, or your location - they want to know why they should trust you, both as a person and a professional.

To build a staff page that effectively forges trust between your practice and prospective patients, read on as we address the best practices for staff pages on healthcare sites.

  1. Photos Count
  2. The first consideration is often the headshot or portrait photo. This photo is the element readers will notice first, and first impressions are crucial. Treat this photo with care: set it against an attractive and/or neutral background, dress well, smile (promoting your services in the process), and use the highest quality camera you have access to - or better yet, get professional photography taken at your office. Dr. Carly Gordon from Maple Dental Health exemplifies all these criteria well with her portrait below:



    If you don't have the resources needed to take a quality portrait, read our article on custom photos for a rundown on hiring photographers for staff portraits. Regardless of whether you take the pictures yourself or hire someone, take the photos in front of a background you can consistently replicate to ensure new photos down the road are consistent with old ones.

Friday Five Roundup: From New Medical Research to Viral Videos

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UCSF School of Dentistry

Research Signals Potential Therapies for Oral, Head and Neck Cancers


As a cancer scientist, Andrei Goga fixates on genes that disrupt the cell cycle and drive tumor growth. Goga, professor in the School of Dentistry’s Department of Cell and Tissue Biology, has investigated for more than 20 years how certain oncogenes signal and alter cells, creating intricate pathways for tumorgenesis. Goga now broadens his studies and co-directs a new School of Dentistry research program in oral, head and neck cancer.

Read the article on dentistry.ucsf.edu>

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HubSpot

6 Viral Video Marketing Examples That Will Never Get Old


How many of these viral videos do you remember? Here's why they became so popular and how you could use these examples in your business's marketing strategy.

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Are You Using Social Media to its Full Potential?



By: Noha Abou-Hashima

In order to stand out from the crowd, many dental practices smartly choose to take their business to their patients, rather than the other way around. They do this by utilizing social media. Why is this the smart thing to do? Because unlike your website, social media is an active platform that allows your patients to form a bond with your practice.

When you engage with your patients online, your practice becomes more than just another dental office. It becomes a familiar place where your patients know they can feel comfortable. Patient engagement online allows your patients to form an emotional bond with your brand, thus distinguishing your practice from the competition. But are you getting the most out of your social media?

It is generally a good idea for your practice to engage with patients on multiple social media platforms. But, do not make the mistake of treating all social media platforms the same. Not only does the type of content differ, but each platform also targets a specific audience with specific interests. In our previous blog posts, we have discussed how content like online reviews can improve your SEO or how you can capitalize on User Generated Content. This article will walk you through some of the more popular social media platforms, and how you can write content that caters to each platform and its audience.

Related article: 5 Ways to Reach Your Target Audience via Social Media

  1. Twitter
  2. Twitter is all about simplicity. The 140 character limit keeps users' feeds from getting too crowded with content. When writing a post for your practice's Twitter, keep in mind that your followers are looking for short, simple tweets that get the message across in a matter of seconds. See the example below of what a short and relevant tweet looks like.

    Though short tweets are probably the easiest and least time-consuming to read, you can still use Twitter to promote longer content related to your practice. If your practice has a blog, you can link to it on Twitter, but remember that links are also restricted to the 140 character limit. Using a social media management tool like Hootsuite not only helps you schedule your posts, but also shrinks links to fit the character limit. Use relevant hashtags and an interesting caption to prompt your followers to click the link to your blog post.

Friday Five Roundup: From Ground Marketing to Google Updates, & Prehistoric Dentistry

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Dentistry IQ

Why Ground Marketing is Ultra-Effective for Your Dental Practice


Chances are your practice has a digital marketing presence – but according to Michael Arias of DentistryIQ, ground marketing (also known as face-to-face marketing) is worth investing in too.

Read the article on dentistryiq.com>

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The Verge

Google Plans to Clean Up the Web With Chrome Ad Blocker Next Year


Google’s recently-announced ad blocker is creating heaps of discussion – as it rightly should, considering the blocker will control what ads are deemed appropriate for users of Google Chrome (who make up more than half of all internet users). Jacob Kastrenakes from The Verge breaks down all the potential benefits and problems with this article.

Read the article on theverge.com>