Dental Marketing Without Amazing Patient Experience? You’re Wasting Your Money.

In the fiercely competitive dental industry, splurging on online marketing while neglecting patient experience is as misguided as trying to win a race with flat tires. Unfortunately, some practice owners and administrators overlook this mission-critical component, focusing instead on flashy marketing strategies. Let’s face it: without a foundation of exceptional patient experiences, your dental marketing efforts are not just ineffective; they’re essentially money tossed into the void.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the relationship between dental marketing and patient experience, and provide actionable, easy-to-implement strategies for ensuring that the two work together seamlessly to cultivate a more profitable practice.

Patient Experience: The Heartbeat of Your Dental Practice

Patient experience is the heart of your practice. A visit to the dentist can stir up anxiety for many, making the need for a positive experience not just a nice-to-have but an absolute must — at least, if you’re going to keep patients coming back. The nuances of patient experience, from the first phone call to the warmth of the farewell, can set your practice apart faster than you can say “open wide.”

Neglecting patient experience can have dire consequences:

  • Patient Retention Drops: Patients are not loyal to practices that treat them as just another appointment slot. They seek value, care, and recognition.
  • Referrals Plummet: Happy patients are your best marketers. If their experience is subpar, why would they recommend you?
  • Reputation Suffers: In the age of online reviews, a few negative experiences shared publicly can severely tarnish your practice’s reputation.

As DentalScapes’ Dan Brian pointed out in a recent webinar with the good folks over at DifferentKind:

“Google reviews might get a patient in the door, but only the experience can bring them back.”

Dental Marketing: More Than Just a Megaphone

Effective dental marketing does more than just shout your name from the rooftops; it articulates the unique value and experience your practice offers. However, if that value is undermined by poor patient experiences, then your marketing is not just ineffective — it’s counterproductive. Your marketing efforts should be the megaphone for the positive experiences patients have, amplifying the real, tangible benefits they gain from choosing your practice over others.

Remember, the most effective marketing isn’t about your practice — it’s about the patient.

Your marketing should:

  • Reflect Authentic Experiences: Use real stories and testimonials that reflect the exceptional care you provide.
  • Be Relatable: Showcase how your services solve real problems for real people.
  • Drive Engagement: Encourage satisfied patients to share their experiences online, increasing your practice’s visibility and credibility.

Merging Patient Experience with Marketing: The Ultimate Strategy

If you want to build a more profitable practice, the convergence of patient experience and marketing is where the magic happens. It’s not about choosing one over the other but understanding that they are two sides of the same coin. This integration transforms satisfied patients into powerful brand ambassadors whose recommendations are more persuasive than any ad campaign could ever be on its own.

Here are practical steps to ensure this integration is seamless and effective:

  1. Collect and Showcase Positive Feedback: Use patient testimonials and success stories in your marketing materials. Real-life examples resonate more deeply with potential patients.
  2. Highlight Improvements: If you’ve made changes based on patient feedback, let the world know. It demonstrates your commitment to patient satisfaction.
  3. Embrace Technology: Online booking, virtual consultations, and a user-friendly website improve patient experience and serve as marketing tools by showcasing your practice’s modern, patient-centric approach.

When it comes to effective marketing, the dentist shouldn’t be the hero — the patient should be.

The Bottom Line: It’s All or Nothing

Here’s the deal: focusing solely on dental marketing without investing in patient experience is, frankly, a fool’s errand. It’s pouring resources into a leaky bucket, hoping it will somehow become watertight. The only way to ensure that every dollar you spend on marketing yields returns is to make sure those marketing efforts are built on the solid foundation of stellar patient experiences.

Creating an environment where patients feel valued, cared for, and satisfied with the services they receive is non-negotiable. When patient experience and marketing efforts align, they create a synergistic effect that can elevate your practice from average to exceptional. It’s a strategy that not only maximizes your marketing investment but also turns your patients into your most vocal advocates.


Before you invest another penny in marketing, take a hard look at the experiences you’re providing. Are they worth marketing? If the answer is anything but a resounding yes, it’s time to pivot. Focus on crafting patient experiences that are so positive, so beyond expectations, that patients can’t help but share them. Remember, in the dental industry, a delighted patient is the most powerful marketing tool you have. Make sure your practice is in a position to leverage this to its fullest potential.

Ready to Integrate Patient Experience Into Your Practice’s Online Marketing

If you’re struggling to communicate exceptional patient experience through online marketing, DentalScapes is ready to help. With integrated online marketing for dentists, we tell the story through web design, social media, pay-per-click advertising, reputation management, and more. Book a free strategy call today and let’s talk!