6 Questions Every Dentist Should Ask Their Digital Agency, According to a Skeptical Doctor at the SSC Symposium
I attended the 2022 Seattle Study Club Symposium last week, where one of the organization’s esteemed dental practitioners addressed the crowd and called me out as a jerk.
Ok, he did not literally call me a jerk, but sitting in the back of the room as he presented last week, I felt the glare of others who I know were thinking it. Dr. Brian Baliwas, DDS, did not pull any punches about some digital agencies’ shenanigans, which range from overcharging to being worthless to their clients.
As the leader of a digital agency that specializes in targeted marketing for the dental industry, I’m acutely aware that some agencies, especially ones that focus on google search rankings, have earned a reputation for being scoundrels. This has bred skepticism within the industry. Dr. Baliwas addressed this head on, suggesting that dentists ask their agencies, or potential agencies, six key questions:
- How many other practices in my area use the same service?
- How much am I paying for my website?
- How often is it being updated?
- Is it being seen, and which pages are being seen?
- Am I paying for SEO, and if so, what results am I getting?
- Who owns the website and the content within it?
How many other practices in my area use the same service?
How much am I paying for my website?
How often is it being updated?
Is it being seen, and which pages are being seen?
Am I paying for SEO, and if so, what results am I getting?
Who owns the website and the content within it?
- Your site is designed in a common content management system (CMS), like WordPress—not an agency’s homegrown system or corner-of-the-internet CMS.
- You own the address/URL, (for example, cotefamilydentistry.com).
- There is written agreement stating that the site is yours, even when your relationship with the agency ends.
Bonus question: What measurement tool do you use for your reports?
Finally, Dr. Baliwas did not include this question, but I will. Make sure the reports generated by your agency are not custom built. A custom report can be misleading; it might accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. Get your reports directly from Google Analytics. It’s free and the best tool out there.
When you ask the right questions, and you know how to weigh the answers, you empower your dental practice and help us build a culture of transparency within our industry. Turn your skepticism into a tool that works for you. Let’s change reputations, one relationship at a time.
Ernie Cote, Bullseye Media CEO
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