Two Well-Executed Ideas You Can Steal from Dental Marketing

fireworksWho says marketing can’t be fun. Here’s a brief post about two lighter-side ideas from dental marketing that you can steal. Look at these little case studies as idea starters for many other healthcare marketing situations. In each, take your inspiration mainly from the exceptional execution.

Dr. Rich’s Patient Picnic: Western Pennsylvania orthodontist Richard Ribarevski has fun things for patient engagement throughout the year including a Day at the Movies, in office contests, Field Trips and a novel Game Room on his website. But perhaps the biggest event is “Dr. Rich’s Patient Picnic” – a day in the park that nearly rivals a county fair.

Activities include one of the biggest inflatable slides we’ve ever seen, a rock climbing wall, a bungee jumping contraption and other stuff straight from a carnival Fun Zone. All of this in addition to about a ton of food…hot dogs, pizza, cookies, nachos and watermelon. See for yourself. There’s a complete report here on his Facebook page.

The big idea: Orthodontists, along with many other professional practices, can use a picnic event to maintain a personal connection with patients over the summer months. The originality here is that Dr. Rich and his staff (along with a few helpers, we suspect) does it up big…and highly memorable.

Cheeky Teach Me How to Brushy Video: The Oregon Dental Association (ODA) took an attention-getting approach to encouraging proper dental hygiene…sometimes a tired topic. Their twist was to present an up-beat parody video with hip-hop music with wide audience appeal. The resulting public service video has topped a half-million views on YouTube—which gives it a viral status—in addition to being prominently posted on the ODA Facebook page.

The big idea: Push the creative envelope a little. Not all videos capture “viral” popularity, but in this case, being a little cheeky successfully captured wide interest and visibility. In this example, a subject of (potentially boring) patient education was showcased in a fun package for younger patients, parents and adults.

 Got a success story or case example that you’d like to share? Post your comment below or send us a note.

Stewart Gandolf
Chief Executive Officer & Creative Director at Healthcare Success
Over the years Stewart has personally marketed and consulted for over 1,457 healthcare clients, ranging from private practices to multi-billion dollar corporations. Additionally, he has marketed a variety of America’s leading companies, including Citicorp, J. Walter Thompson, Grubb & Ellis, Bally Total Fitness, Wells Fargo and Chase Manhattan. Stewart co-founded our company, and today acts as Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director. He is also a frequent author and speaker on the topic of healthcare marketing. His personal accomplishments are supported by a loving wife and two beautiful daughters.

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