Let’s be honest…
Dental school teaches dentists the business of dentistry and the best dental practices to help them grow, not marketing.
But in order to grow a dental practice, a successful online marketing strategy is critical. And as the most crucial part of it, is Advertisement.
This guide was created to help you get started with the Dental Ads Campaign on Facebook.
First Things First: Why Use Facebook For Dental Ads?
Running a Dental Advertising campaign on Facebook is extremely powerful for a few reasons.
For starters, the targeting options are nearly limitless. You can easily attract new patients from your target audience and increase brand awareness. Want to show your ads to Goldendoodle owners who use an iPhone? Easy!
People who live within 5 miles of your office who have a birthday this month? No problem.
The Facebook advertising platform is also connected to Instagram, so you can easily run ads on both platforms in a single campaign. As Instagram gains popularity, this is a great feature.
Another reason to use Facebook ads is that they are a lot cheaper than advertising on Google. While both are an auction process, the cost per click on Google could run you $20-$40. On Facebook, we usually see a cost per click of $1-$5. That’s a huge difference!
This is why Facebook Ad Campaign is considered as the best part of dental marketing, which not only drives targeted traffic but also gives a higher conversion for different dental services. Moreover, in a recent study, it was discovered that the audience is more likely to engage and convert through Facebook Ads than Google Ads. Thus, making it clear that if you have recently started your dental clinic, running a campaign of dental Facebook Ads would be a nice shot to get started.
The Truth About Dental Facebook Advertising
We know that Facebook advertising is powerful. But is it effective in the dental industry?
In short, absolutely. But it needs to be done right.
Advertising on social media used to be a lot less competitive and easier to master. But in 2020, every business is on there (and if they’re not, they’re losing customers to their competition).
Here are a few things you need to know before you get started with Facebook ads, whether you plan on doing it yourself, have an in-house marketing team, or are going to hire an agency.
1- “Boosting Posts” Is Not The Same As Running Ads
If you already have a business Facebook or Instagram page for your practice, I’m sure you’ve seen the prompts that say, “boost this post to reach up to 900 more people!”
While a boosted post works the same way as a Facebook or Instagram ad does, you are very limited in your options.
Facebook tells you that as little as $5 can get you a bunch of engagement (likes, comments, shares). The kicker is that’s not what we really want. Likes, comments, and shares don’t pay the bills!
Ideally, we’re looking for leads from the target audience and new patients. And you CAN achieve this through using the Facebook ads platform… They just need to be set up correctly.
Here’s an example of how Facebook and Instagram will prompt you to boost your posts:
2- It’s All About The Creativity
By “creative,” I mean both the imagery and the ad copy you use while creating ads. Unlike advertising on Google, you have more real estate on your Instagram and Facebook advertisements. Both platforms are very much about the pictures (or videos), so you need to get this right if you’re going to find success.
Here’s an example of a Facebook ad design we created for a client that performed well:
Good creativity can make or break your campaign results.
Moreover, unlike traditional advertising, you can even create and run video ads in your Facebook marketing campaign to attract more potential patients. Video Ads are considered highly engaging content. So, if you want to attract new clients or a potential patient to generate more revenue, it would be the best shot.
3- Make Sure You Are Tracking Your Facebook Ad Campaign Results
A lot of the dentists I speak with about marketing say they have no idea whether they are getting results or not from their campaigns. They don’t even know exactly what is working for them. With Facebook ads, it’s ridiculously easy to track!
The Facebook ads manager platform will give you insight into your reach, impressions, website visits, cost per click, cost per lead, and more. Use this information to gauge success and determine ROI from your ad campaigns.
4- Choose the Best Ad Type for Your Dental Practice
Facebook ads for dental practices need to be relevant to audiences to draw in potential clients. For a specific type of audience, there is a specific type of ad you have to use. Ad copy should include relevant content that resonates with your audience and the right call-to-action (CTA). A right ad type is also a form of an ad in which you choose to use a different ad style to draw potential clients to dental practices. Make sure that after you choose the best ad type for your dental ad, you create a relevant ad copy.
5- Custom Target Your Facebook Dental Ads For Best Results
Facebook is legendary for its custom targeting options. Everything from income to income brackets to family size is on the table for targeting. Try to line up these attributes with your dental practice by asking a few questions about yourself. Once you’ve answered these questions and many more, you’ll have a better idea of how to custom target your practice for dentists. Think from your buyer persona backward to your dental practice. When trying to decide how to target your buyer persona, think from your ideal patient persona backward to the dentist. This way, you will be able to get a clear vision of what your ideal customer looks like.
6- Specify Your Budget
A daily budget is how much you’re going to spend to run the ad. The lifetime budget is the amount spent in your ad based on a defined starting and ending time period. Specifying your budget prior to running a campaign will help you control your overall ad cost. This way, you will be able to differentiate your net profit from the amount you earn and the amount you have spent on ad campaigns.
Although setting up a budget totally depends on you, a daily budget of $1 can help you reach out to 4,000 people per day.
The Most Common Mistakes We See In Dentist Facebook Ads
Online marketing, in general, is all about trial and error. You never know if something is going to work unless you give it a go. Especially because technology is constantly evolving, but there are a few things that are just plain no-no’s.
Save yourself time, money, and headaches by avoiding these common pitfalls:
1- Forgetting The Facebook Pixel
I’ve audited a lot of Facebook ad accounts, and one of the most common mistakes I see is forgetting to set up the Facebook pixel. The Facebook pixel is a small piece of code that is installed on your website (or the landing pages you’re driving traffic to).
The purpose of the pixel is to track how many people landed on your site from your ad campaigns. Without it installed, it’s nearly impossible to determine the success of your campaign (unless you are only interested in engagement on the platform itself).
Another main benefit of having the Facebook pixel installed on your website is the ability to retarget visitors. In case you’re not sure what retargeting means…
Think about the last time you were shopping online but didn’t complete your purchase. And for the next week, that pair of shoes followed you all across the internet.
Powerful stuff, right?
Facebook advertisers are able to retarget users by tracking their browsing history with the pixel. Retargeting campaigns typically result in the greatest ROI – so make sure you don’t miss out on this!
Installing the pixel is a simple process. All you need to do is copy the small piece of code Facebook provides and paste it into your website header. If code like this makes your head spin – it’s a simple task to send to your web developer.
So, if you want to get the most out of your dental Facebook ads campaign, make sure you install Facebook pixel before you create ads. With its help, you can retarget your existing customers for other dental services you offer.
2- Not Using A Landing Page
Another common mistake I see in dental Facebook ad campaigns is running the ads directly to the homepage of your website. This is not a good idea if you are running some sort of special offer or promotion.
Think about it…
You see an ad on social media for a great deal. Let’s say free teeth whitening if you refer a friend. You’re ready to sign up right then and there!
Then you click on the link, and it takes you to the dental office’s homepage. Now what? How do you redeem the teeth whitening offer? Are you going to pick up the phone and call the office and ask? No way!
The attention span of the average user is only 20 seconds, and then they’re gone. So we need to capture their interest quickly by using a specific landing page for the exact offer you’re promoting. I promise it will boost your conversion rate.
Most dental offices that are taking the start in the online world have to think about Facebook users while creating ad campaigns. A campaign without a designated dental service landing page is an energy-draining practice in the world of digital marketing.
3- Not Following Facebook’s Advertising Policies
Anyone who has experimented with Facebook ads knows that the platform has some strict policies in place. If you don’t follow their policies, your ad won’t be approved and won’t run. You even run the risk of getting your ad account shut down completely.
A few of Facebook’s rules to pay attention to in the dental space are:
i- Personal Attributes:
Ads cannot imply personal attributes like beliefs, religion, age, gender, or medical condition.
ii- Text in Images:
Don’t use images with extensive text on them (keep the amount of text to 20% of the image or less)
iii- Before and Afters:
Ads can’t use any before and after images.
iv- Close-Ups of Body Parts:
Avoid using any images that are zoomed in with smiles or teeth, as they will likely not be approved.
How To Track Results and ROI
Running Facebook ads without tracking your ROI is like throwing spaghetti at a wall. What’s the point?
A few tips that make it easy to track your results from your campaigns:
1- Use A Specific Landing Page For Your Ads
Rather than directing traffic to the homepage of your website, create a specific landing page based on the offer you’re promoting. That way, you know anyone who filled out the form on the landing page came from your ads.
2- Install The Facebook Pixel
Once the Facebook pixel is installed on the page, you will be able to track who clicked on your ads and made it to the landing page and who made it to the thank you page. This will help you determine your cost per landing page view and your cost per lead.
3- Set Up A Lead Tracking Sheet
One of the first things we do when we are setting up a client campaign is creating a blank Google Sheet with the following columns: Date, Name, Email, Phone, Status. We use a software called Zapier to set up an integration, so every time a lead comes through, the information is automatically added to the sheet. Then it’s up to you to keep it updated with status information. You should log whether or not you contacted the lead when they came in and whether or not they converted to a new patient. Keeping all of this logged in one place will help you easily determine your ROI from your Facebook advertising campaign.
Best Softwares For Dental Facebook Marketing
There is a lot of software available to help you get great results from your dental marketing efforts. Our team has experimented with many of them, so you can skip the trial and error and jump right in!
- Clickfunnels (or some sort of landing page software)
- Jotform or Wufoo (to build form requests)
- Zapier (to integrate leads with your tracking sheet and to integrate your funnel with your email marketing system)
- MailChimp or ActiveCampaign (for email marketing)
- Facebook Business Manager (for ad creation and optimization)
- Click send (for text message marketing)
In Summary: Facebook Ads For Dentists Are Powerful
After reading this guide, I hope you realize how powerful Facebook ads can truly be (when implemented correctly). This guide should serve as a starting point for you, but it’s not something that can be mastered overnight. If you have any questions or want us to take a look at your campaigns directly, we’d love to chat!