How to Market Your Dental Practice on Pinterest!

The latest social media storm sweeping the web is Pinterest. Launched in early 2010, this pin-board style content sharing website has gained popularity very quickly. While many people think that Pinterest is just a place on the internet to share recipes, DIY tips and home décor ideas, the reality is that all types of businesses are now using this social media site to market their brands including those in the healthcare field.

If you run a dental practice and have not yet jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon, now’s the time to do so. Even if dentistry isn’t a topic most people are passionately exploring, there are topics and interests related to dentistry that people are exploring. And, remember that everyone likes to do business with people they know and like. Here are some great ways to use this social networking site to market your practice.

Tell the Story of Your Practice
To show that your dental practice has a history, showcase some old photos taken of your practice in the past. This can improve your credibility with prospective patients who may have some anxiety about seeing a dentist. You can even show how your practice has grown over the years with new equipment, technology and décor. If you’re proud of your patient-friendly waiting area, post some photos of it so people know that you provide a comfortable, welcoming environment.

Show Off Your Best Work
Upload some photos of recent cases so you can showcase your best and latest work. This allows people to visualize potential treatments. You can create a board with before-and-after photos for the treatments you provide which could be anything from braces to dental implants.

Introduce Your Dental Team
Don’t make the mistake of coming across as a faceless practice. Upload photos of your dental team both while working and relaxing at staff get-togethers or community events. In order to succeed with your Pinterest marketing efforts, you need to stay focused on showing your current and prospective patients that you are a “people practice”. If you are very proud to be one of the first practices in your area to use a particular type of dental technology, brag about it and showcase your dentist(s) using the technology.

Put a Pinterest Follow Button on Your Website
It’s important to put a Pinterest follow button on your dentist website. This makes it easy for people to find your practice page and it can help you gain followers on Pinterest. It’s a good idea to put the button on several pages of your site and blog because not everyone will visit your main page.

Get Engaged!
Take advantage of the “Popular” section on Pinterest as this is where the most popular pins are featured that have been re-pinned, liked and commented on multiple times. When you comment on these pins you’ll be enticing people to visit your own page. Make sure your comments are meaningful so that you show you really care about the subject.

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