Internet Search: More than Search Engines

Google has been the search engine of choice for years, and there is no understating the importance of getting a high ranking in its search results. But there are other search functions out there, and they too are important to the marketing of your dental practice.

smartphone_11a_vidAs a case in point, consider YouTube. As we have described elsewhere on this blog, video embedded into your dental practice website is an essential part of its content. To put it plainly, most of your site visitors will prefer watching a short video than to reading.

YouTube is by far the most most-used video site on the Internet. Industry observers say it is searched three billion times each month, making it second only to Google in search traffic. Your videos may be embedded on your site, but they should live on YouTube. They need to be properly optimized so more people will find them when they search there.

Your videos should be built around a keyword, an informative word that indicates what content is about, and that search engines identify. Did you make a video about teeth whitening? Then “teeth whitening” should be its keyword. It should appear not only in the video’s title, but in its filename and its description.

laptop_06a_vidProperly optimizing a video is probably more important than the video’s appearance. A do-it-yourself video shot on your smartphone, and uploaded with minimal editing, is fine. After all, you have an excellent subject matter expert: yourself. Video is the driving factor between most Internet search traffic. So draw on your expertise and make informative videos. Embed them on your practice website, and share them on social media, too.

ProspectaMarketing is an Internet marketing firm specializing in helping dental practices reach their audience. By using the tools of Internet search marketing we help you reach key prospects who are looking for what your practice has to offer. Our unique and thorough approach provides visibility, financial accountability, and ongoing refinement and improvement. You can find out more by contacting Lane Anderson toll-free at 1-877-322-4440 Ext 101, by email using the form on our Contact Us page, or online at ProspectaMarketing.com.

Video Content and Your Website

There is no denying the importance of video content on your website to raise its profile, and awareness of your dental practice among potential patients. A picture, after all, is worth a thousand words.

youtube_05_phoneThe simple fact is that most website visitors prefer video content over reading. It’s easier to consume, so it keeps people in their comfort zone. But it also builds trust, and resonates with them in ways that text cannot, evoking a greater emotional response by presenting human attributes like facial expressions and tone of voice.

Videos on digital platforms are expected to harness eighty percent of online traffic over the next year. YouTube is the second most popular social network after Facebook, and statistics that emerged about it in 2018 are remarkable. Consider:

  • Every month, six million hours of YouTube videos are watched
  • YouTube receives one billion unique visits monthly
  • Nearly one hundred hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute

There is no escaping the fact that video content is emerging as a dominant factor in digital marketing, for everything from dental practices to donut shops.watching_01a

The tools for creating unique video content are probably within your reach at this very moment: that smartphone in your pocket. You can use it to create simple but informative videos to draw in new patients.

You don’t have a background in video production? Not to worry. Your site’s visitors are not as demanding as you might think, when it comes to the quality of your video. Sure, most like decent production values – but research shows they care more about the content of a website’s videos.

How much do they care about video content? Three of every four users who watched a website video explaining a product or service went on to try it. Explainer videos on your website’s landing page can significantly boost your conversion rates by helping visitors make informed decisions. That alone should be enough to convince anyone that video belongs in their marketing plan.

Integrating video content into your website may seem like a daunting challenge, but expert help is available. ProspectaMarketing is an Internet marketing firm specializing in helping dental practices reach their audience. We use the tools of Internet search marketing to reach key prospects looking for what your practice has to offer. Our unique and thorough approach provides visibility, financial accountability, and ongoing refinement and improvement. You can find out more by contacting Lane Anderson toll-free at 1-877-322-4440 Ext 101, by email using the form on our Contact Us page, or online at ProspectaMarketing.com.