Are you choosing the right website provider? (Part 2 of 2)

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Heather Frechette-Crowley, Director of Product Marketing at ProSites.

Hiring a new website provider is a big decision; and one that can cost a lot of time and money. Make the right choice and ask the questions below to help suss out a legitimate dental website provider:

  1. What services do you offer?

    a. Today, simply having a website is not enough. In addition to having a website, your practice will likely need a search engine optimization (SEO) strategy and/or PPC and social media services. Depending on your needs, ask them what other services they provide so you can cut-down on third party companies.

  2. Can you provide examples and testimonials of your clients?

    a. Whether you’re getting a template website design or fully custom design, you’ll want to see examples of the company’s work. Testimonials and case studies are also helpful, as they allow you to see how their services have impacted other practices.

  3. Can I make updates to the website on my own?

    a. The ability to make minor edits and updates to your site is helpful, as it allows you to make changes on your own timeframe. Closed for an upcoming holiday? If you have access to an easy-to-use content management system, you can update your website in a few minutes. Otherwise, you may find yourself in a queue of other client requests. The importance of this feature really depends on your technological aptitude and how much control you want. Ask a potential provider to see their CMS (Content Management System) and ensure it is easy-to-use.

  4. Is there a contract?

    a. Be wary of providers that require a lengthy website contract. Technology and online trends change at the speed of light, and if your provider can’t keep up, you don’t want to find yourself stuck in a contract.

  5. How can you ensure that I will stay up-to-date? Will I need to pay more for updates?

    a. Your website reflects your practice and ensuring it stays current comes down to more than convenience. A website that’s outdated in terms of appearance and/or functionality sends a message to visitors that your practice could be too.
    b. It’s also a good idea to discuss what keeping your website updated could potentially cost. Will future features be included or are they generally available for an additional fee?
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  6. Will my website be mobile-friendly?

    a. Having a website that provides the same level of functionality across devices is essential because most patients will visit your site from their mobile phones. In the United States, over 70% of time spent online is done so from a mobile device [1].  If you’re website isn’t mobile-friendly, it’s likely that your turning prospective patients away every day.

  7. What is included with my monthly hosting/software and support fees?

    a. Knowing what is and is not included in your monthly fees is important. Does it include access to tech support? If so, are you limited to the number of times you can reach out each month? How about domain management (i.e. ensuring your domain registration doesn’t lapse)? Digging into the details upfront will help avoid being caught off guard later.
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  8. What design options are available?

    a. The right website provider should be able to fit your needs, whether through a customizable template or a completely custom website. Steer clear of any provider that approaches web design with a one size fits all attitude.

  9. Is there a way I can track results from my website?

    a. There are many ways to measure your website ROI. From visits to time-on-page, to call tracking and conversion rates, make sure you understand the tools available to ultimately track your website’s success.

Selecting a website provider is an important decision that shouldn’t be rushed. It’s important to be confident in a provider’s abilities and to be comfortable working with them.

Remember, you’re not just looking for a vendor – you’re searching for a partner that can bring your dental practice to the next level.

Questions? Reach out to a ProSites Internet Marketing Advisor at (888) 932-3644 to discuss the right website and online marketing options to help you meet your practice goals.

About the blogger

Heather Frechette-Crowley is Director of Product Marketing at ProSites. ProSites offers leading dental website design and online marketing solutions including search engine optimization (SEO), social media, and pay-per-click advertising. For more information, or to start a free trial, call (888) 932-3644 or visit http://www.ProSites.com.

 

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