Pay-per-click advertising is frequently tossed into the mix in dental practice marketing. Here are some questions you should ask if you have a pay-per-click campaign such as Google Adwords running, or are considering the use of pay per click in your online marketing efforts.
There are several common practices in the Internet marketing world that are not in the best interests of unsuspecting dentists. Here's what you need to know to protect your website and Internet marketing data.
Over the past 6 to 9 months, many dental practices have unfortunately seen their websites disappear from Google search engine results. Given the popularity of Google as a search engine compared to the others out there, this likely caused a dramatic drop in traffic and new patient leads. Why did Google give them the boot?
Old Internet marketing has a way of coming back to haunt Web campaigns. You've probably heard of black hat tactics. We avoid them because the short-term gains they offer can quickly deep-six a previously successful website by getting it banned from Google. The really scary thing is that old Internet marketing tactics don't have to have been black hat, illegitimate tactics in order to get you into trouble, months or even years later.
Over the past couple of years, legislation designed under the auspices of protecting patient privacy has made nearly every aspect of patient communication more difficult, at least if your practice has made an effort to stay compliant with the new HIPAA/HITECH regulations. When it comes to Internet marketing, HIPAA-compliance is a nuisance, but it's also an area where many dental practices are most exposed for a potential HIPAA privacy breach.