I am a huge fan of working smarter not harder, but sometimes “intelligent” solutions leave me cold. I’d like to talk about two places where automation is taking a strong hold in dental practices. Having spent some time at the Autumn trade shows I got to interview a number of these service providers both old and new, and came away with a few thoughts and recommendations.
This is one of the places where automation first took hold in our industry and it’s here to stay. A number of studies have even suggested that patients prefer to get reminders via text or email rather than with a phone call – regardless of age. We also know this frees up a huge amount of time spent by your admin team making those calls.
The good news is that most of these services are “plug and play” and the better ones fully integrate with your practice management software. Were it my practice, I would definitely utilize one of these, with a few requirements:
- The ability to customize my messages rather than some of the stock texts that are out there.
- Anytime access to my schedule in case a patient contacts me
- Excellent customer care and training for my team.
WorkingCat is happy to connect you with some of our preferred providers who have passed our tests and take care of our clients
Here is where artificial gets in the way of intelligence. Let’s first remember why we started social media feeds for our practice in the first place – to engage with patients. If a company is posting generic content to your feeds, who are you engaging? While automated social posting can be a big help if you and your team are just too harried/bored/uninterested, it can’t be your only source of content. If you are going to use one of these services, you MUST participate in your social presence.
- Make sure that you can steer the topics to match your messaging
- Ask them to post YOUR pictures/events – or post those yourself
- Remember to respond to patient comments in our feeds
- Be sure that all password/logins/admin rights are YOURS – you don’t want to have to rebuild if you discontinue their service
As we head into the brave new world of 2019, let’s stay connected, stay engaged, and make smart choices in how we communicate our brand promise.
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