The Rules of (Increasing) Engagement

Are you struggling to increase engagement rates on your social media pages? Do you feel like your website just isn't performing like it should? Here's a secret: Increasing social engagement and website performance go hand in hand. So many people try to tackle these issues separately without realizing that to truly increase engagement in a meaningfu...
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Chapter 5: Ways We Create Confusion

​ When it comes to advanced or elective services for both dental and medical practices, we can all agree the market needs educating. Therefore, you approach marketing to educate the customer on the value of your services and procedures. You and your services have a highly desirable and worthwhile value, right? Well, when your message agrees with th...
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Chapter 4: Ways We Don’t Listen

Most business owners, including dentists and doctors, are familiar with the vital importance of listening to prospective customers. In the case of a medical or dental practice, these customers are both patients and prospective patients. In 7 Habits of Highly Effective People , Stephen Covey said it best: "Seek first to understand, then be understoo...
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The Makings of a Successful Modern Website

The digital landscape is changing and evolving at an increasingly rapid pace, and it can be close to impossible for business owners to keep up. If your website was created five, 10 or even two years ago, it's probably outdated. A modern-day website needs to be flexible and responsive to all modes of access, including desktop, tablet and especially ...
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Chapter 3: Why Design Matters

When I speak at dental or medical meetings, I pose the following query to the doctors: "If everything is equal, would a new patient choose you over a competitor based on your education and experience?" It's a trick question. All thing are NOT equal. You can be the very best, but if your media is not communicating, then too much noise will block you...
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Zuckerberg’s Testimony Could Mean This for the Future of Facebook

​After two five-hour sessions spent answering questions from lawmakers in Washington about the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the internet in general, we have a few takeaways from the ordeal that could give us insight into what Mark Zuckerberg envisioned for Facebook from the start and how he is trying to keep that vision relevant in light of all ...
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Chapter 2: Using Metrics as a Basis for Decision-Making

There are plenty of starting points when addressing the issue of noise in your marketing efforts. I like to start with a concept that makes the most impact on all aspects of your marketing: Metrics. Using metrics for decision-making may seem like an obvious practice, but in most cases, this one idea challenges business owners on several core habits...
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Content Marketing Is About Building Relationships and Trust

  Although content marketing is one of the most affordable and valuable forms of digital marketing, it's still one that business owners have a hard time understanding. We totally get why. As a form of marketing that doesn't have an immediate return on your investment, it can be difficult to understand how it benefits your business without seei...
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3 Essentials to a High-Functioning Website

It's 2018, and if you're still approaching your website the same way you were five years or even one year ago, you are falling behind. This isn't your typical list of do's and don'ts that most blogs on this topic point out. Today's modern website is about more than the pages and elements on each page. It's about understanding how users are interact...
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More Changes from Facebook Leave Business Owners Nervous

Facebook has been busier than ever over the last few months testing new experiences and rolling out some big changes. One of the latest has business owners, especially those who don’t "pay to play," nervous.

Facebook’s official statement described upcoming changes to the newsfeed that will put a focus on friends and family instead of pages. There are still no concrete answers on what exactly this change will mean for businesses both large and small, but everyone seems to agree that organic engagement will go down.

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Increasing Word-of-Mouth Referrals

Any doctor or dentist will agree that word of mouth and direct referrals result in the best patients. They come in with the best attitudes, already somewhat assured of the value the practice offers in both treatment and experience. And why not? Someone from their community of influencers told them so.

This is exactly why social media and content marketing is the top way to build an audience to bring in new patients. All of the above it true. You believe it and so do I. So, what is different these days? The community of influencers has changed to include online social interactions, not just friends, family and neighbors. As the community of influencers has changed, it has opened up new opportunities to create a new word of mouth.

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Why Google’s Latest Change Matters

Although it’s been almost a month since the new update began trickling out, many people are just now discovering Google’s big SERP, or search engine results page, change. Around November 22, Google started increasing the length of search result snippets. Have you noticed?

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Trust Is Critical When Working With Marketing Team

One of the most frustrating parts of a client-agency relationship is trust. And that goes for both parties. A study done by USA Today and independent ad agency RPA discovered that 98 percent of advertising and marketing executives believe that their best work occurs when the client trusts the agency. But, entrusting your brand’s image to someone else can be daunting. Here are five things worth considering when you start to doubt your agency:

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How to Spot an Outdated SEO Strategy

Just because something works great for a while doesn’t mean it always will. This is especially true when it comes to technology. Search engine algorithms are constantly changing, and with each new update comes new do’s and don’ts if you want to be successful. If you are still using these outdated practices, you may not realize just how outdated your SEO strategy is:

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Why Every Business Needs a Blog

 As a business owner, your days are consumed with the day-to-day tasks of managing a business. Although you try to take the time you need to stay up to date with changes and advances in technology, especially when it comes to the digital world, you may always feel a step behind. When having a website was no longer just a leg up but a necessity for businesses that wanted to be successful, you jumped right in. Now, you keep seeing all this stuff about a business blog. You may be asking yourself, Why in the world would my practice need a blog? Let’s look at a few big reasons why a business blog is a no-brainer.

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Facebook Change Could Hurt Small Businesses

If you spend any time on social media, you’ve likely heard the buzz about Facebook’s new Explore feed. It has many businesses worried, especially those without a marketing team that consists of experts in social media strategy like Dog Star Media.

The newsfeed change has now been rolled out on mobile and desktop devices and shows posts from brands, companies and practices you don’t follow on a completely different feed, called Explore, in a way that makes them invisible to the average user. The Explore feed is buried under the Explore tool bar full of options such as "On This Day", "Saved" and the newest, "Order Food."

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How to Jump The Productivity Gap

As we head into 2018, a productivity gap is forming between practices that embrace the power of content marketing and those practicing old keyword and search strategies. In the coming year, you can expect that productivity gap to grow even more, specifically for small, niche businesses like fee-for-service or advanced medical and dental practices. In other words, you either know the most productive way to market on the Internet or you don’t.

Content marketing and its related tools are designed to leverage the Internet’s communication possibilities according to how people use the Internet now. As communication evolves on the Internet, the way we use the web changes, the tools we use change, the sites and portals we use change ... It all changes. 

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Video Marketing Is Vital for Small Businesses

If you aren’t utilizing video in your content marketing strategy, you’re missing out in big ways.  

Facebook’s algorithm is heavily pushing video content. This means not only is it being viewed by the consumers you’re trying to reach, but it’s also being measured and recorded so you can see exactly how it’s performing.

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Why a #1 Ranking is Not Always the Best SEO Strategy

Most business owners don’t know much about SEO, but they do know that it has something to do with being the top result when someone searches online for something related to your industry. For years business owners have been told that the only way to be successful is attaining that top ranking, and yet it’s always felt so out of reach.

The bottom line is that it’s felt out of reach because, in most situations, it is. For many small to medium-sized businesses, the budget necessary to compete with the big players in their industry means they aren’t going to be able to attain that ranking in a way that provides value.

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How to Maximize the Use of Social Media as a Marketing Strategy

 Do you find yourself wondering if the time you’re spending on your practice’s social media presence is actually growing your business or translating to profits?

Many small business owners find navigating the waters of social media marketing to be confusing and figuring out if it all pays off can be a mystery for some. At Dog Star Media, we believe that if you’re only using social media to converse and not to convert, you’re wasting your time.

So, what’s the difference? To start with, let’s look at the conversion cycle and watch how conversation and conversion are used together to drive business and create meaningful connections.

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