3 Tips for Tracking the Success and Impact of Your Orthodontic Marketing

3 Tips for Tracking the Success and Impact of Your Orthodontic MarketingMarketing an orthodontic practice isn’t cheap, and you want to know that you are making a good return on your investment. Yet that’s often easier said than done: how can you be sure that your orthodontic marketing is translating into actual profits?

Tracking the impact of your marketing is a necessary part of running a successful business. Here are 3 tips to help you get the most out of your orthodontic marketing.

  1. Track meaningful metrics

There are limitless metrics you can track, but you want to make sure you’re only tracking the ones that provide the most insight. Here are some of the most meaningful metrics for orthodontic marketing:

  • Call tracking – Use call tracking paired with your direct mail postcard campaign to track exactly how many people respond to your postcards. Use different phone numbers for different campaigns, so you don’t have any overlap.
  • Discount codes – If you are offering a discount as part of a marketing campaign, make sure you have a trackable discount code. You can use discount codes with newsletters, emails, postcards, Facebook posts, etc.
  • Landing pages – Many of your patients will find you through a search engine. The page they land on is called a “landing page,” and you can easily track the way they interact with that page. Track things like click-through-rates, time spent on page, newsletter subscriptions, whether they filled out a contact form, downloaded a document, etc.
  • Web analytics – Your website likely has many elements to it (home page, about us page, services, contact page, schedule-an-appointment page, etc.). Make sure your website is performing well by using a form of analytics tracking. Google Analytics, for example, can give you great insights into how your website is performing as a marketing tool.
  1. Determine the cost of acquiring and retaining a single patient

The cost of acquiring a single patient is essentially a math equation: take marketing costs and divide it by the number of new patients over a certain time period. You should also figure out the cost of retaining patients: take the cost of your remarketing campaigns and divide it by the number of customers who reschedule a visit.

Once you’ve determined your current costs of acquiring and retaining your patients, then you can use it as a baseline to set goals moving forward. If you’re not seeing improvements over time, then you’ll know that your marketing efforts aren’t giving you the results you want, and you can make adjustments.

  1. Ask your patients

One of the best ways to determine the success and impact of your marketing efforts is to simply ask your patients. There are several ways you can do this:

  • Have them fill out a new patient survey that asks how they found you
  • Have a simple conversation when they leave the office or when they schedule a follow-up appointment
  • Offer an incentive if they fill out a customer satisfaction survey
  • Interact with your social media followers

Armed with the most meaningful metrics, costs of acquiring and retaining patients, and patient feedback, you’ll be able to analyze and reassess your marketing campaigns. You’ll be able to invest in the areas that are giving you the most bang for your buck, and make corrections and adjustments to the strategies that aren’t giving you a good ROI.

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