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At the virtual-reality site hosted by NDC, I, Dick Chwalek, will provide at various times, blogs that are somewhat more impulsive, ironic and idiosyncratic.
WARNING : Below you will find one of those blog entries, the type noted above (i, i and i). Please get parental approvable before excusing yourself from reading this blog in its entirety.
The BRB (BLOG RATINGS BUREAU) demands your attention to this item. As a pre-cautionary tale, precognitive suggestion and incoherent reminder: Looking away, avoiding this responsibility or using your freewill has many figurative, unintelligible and illusory consequences.
Dentists: Do Direct-Mail Postcards Work Today?With online advertising, such as Facebook, Twitter, dental blogs, Google Plus and many others, many, even most dentists might think direct mail, or specifically dental postcards have lost their value. Maybe those dentists figure mailings will drop lower each day as more and more types of Internet-based marketing are added to the communication quiver.
Yes, this assumption by online marketers of print marketing supplantation and gone bye-bye postal annihilation is correct. You got me. I give up. What was I thinking, merely promoting a product I make a profit from?
What I actually mean, is NOT!
Well, first: Accusing me, the gentle soul of marketing, of a conflict of interest is very interesting at least, and usually something I take personally, and as a threat to my ethics. But today I will let it slide. Just stand aside, and no one will be alarmed by my not so thick skin.
Moving beyond my damaged image and hurt feelings, I object to your/online marketer incorrect assertions that suggest some kind of mailer/printer marketing apocalypse has occurred. Online marketers, while not totally swallowed up by their own swirling swimming pool of conflicting interests, do have some mottled enamel in the game.
Pi = 3.14+ (3 ‘Main’ Connective Communication© Elements)
Yet, as a dentistry communication specialist, I harrumph at the insolence of these dental marketers! (I am also a dental marketing consultant for online and off, but only when it suits my needs. Or in this case, when it separates me from the chaff, I want to be separated from to look better than others but not make me look purposely pompous.
So what's this online versus off line (mailing/print type) marketing harrumph all about? Do I have a case against its accusation that postcards are not working for dentist offices impudence? I do! I do have a case!
In short, here is my recalcitrant rebuttal:
Dental postcards work! Just because! That's that!
~~ Sadly that doesn't even work with my two teenagers, but if you're a parent, it's worth a try after a long day at work.
Therefore, I will run through my list of why dental postcards work, which is the more professional way to run a marketing firm. As every other marketing firm will explain it online, here are the TOP FIVE REASONS yada. yada... Isn't that the way we do it?
Well, sorry to disappoint you. I only have time for the TOP THREE REASONS:
Why Dental Postcards will help dentists attract more patients, and 'reactivate' the current patients.
- #1 Postcards work!
- #2 Because they do!
- #3 Because I said so!
While this type of blogging is mostly a frustrating experience for the reader (even for me most days), it shows the persistence I have for demonstrating to dentists that just because someone said so, does not mean it's so. So when you dentists hear some online marketer –– yada, yada, yada –– don't open wide and swallow.
NOTE: Effective communication is not about cornering the market in one type of 'technology' or keeping up with the latest cool thing, it's about what actually works.
Connective Communication© - something I developed* - there was no such thing as Communication before I came along, I threw in Connective 'just because' it creates an alliteration. Yet, this original Communication idea I think I developed first, provides all the elements of what works.
- Improving: making everything better (as dentists are able, which includes case acceptance, dental websites, branding/logos)
- Gathering: new patients (includes online) these are the consumers already looking
- Creating: Making Value Important, Activating consumers, reactivating current patients
For example in the world of dentistry, fluoride is an amazing 'technology' that is available in two basic forms. Fluoride is found naturally in wells and underground aquifers or through public water systems, drinking fountains and such.
However, as much great work as it does, too much of it will cause teeth to turn brown or what those experts call fluorosis**. So don't let online cool-ade-high-tech drunkenness turn your marketing all yucky.
Feed the need of all 'elements' of communication to get what fills your coffers but is also quite shy of greed.
For More Information, here is my Connective Communication© Case Study, it has videos, client examples, testimonials, and more.
Call Oli Gonsalves of The Other Office/Express Dental Marketing
To develop your postcard campaign or to set up 15 to 30 minute complimentary consult with me (Dick Chwalek).
Blog Written, Posted by
~ Dentistry Communication Specialist
~ Dental Marketing Consultant
Dick is also a co-founder and
member of the Northern Dental Alliance.
Where first was published:
Direct Mail Postcards Dental Marketing blog.
*Truth be told, I was not the person who came up with the concept/word Communication. It was my great great great...
**(Please, no fluoridation-is-dangerous comments. I work with big pharma, and am guided by blue helmeted govt types, so I am not interested in and weary of fluoride conspiracy leeries or queries.
Also published on NicheDental.com