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Angle Orthod. 2015 Nov;85(6):1035-41. doi: 10.2319/110714-797.1. Epub 2015 Mar 4.

Orthodontic marketing through social media networks: the patient and practitioner's perspective.

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a   Private Practice, Ashburn, Va.
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b   Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Orthodontics, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.
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c   Professor, Department of Research Administration, School of Dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.
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d   Professor and Chair, Department of Orthodontics, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To (1) assess orthodontic patient and practitioner use of and preferences for social media and (2) investigate the potential benefit of social media in marketing and communication strategies in orthodontic practices.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A survey was developed and randomly distributed to orthodontists via the American Association of Orthodontists and to patients/parents via private practices throughout the United States. Participants were asked to answer questions related to their use of social media and their perceptions of the use of social media in the orthodontic practice.

RESULTS:

Of the participants, 76% of orthodontists and 89% of patients/parents use social media. Furthermore, Facebook was the social media platform that was most preferred. Social media use was more common in female and younger adult participants. Orthodontists posted information more often in the morning (40%) and afternoon (56%), and patients/parents used social media mainly in the evening (76%). The most commonly used marketing strategies in the orthodontic practices were social media (76%) and a practice website (59%). Social media and practice websites were positively related with new patient starts (P  =  .0376, P  =  .0035, respectively).

CONCLUSIONS:

Most orthodontists and patients/parents used social media. Social media may be an effective marketing and communication tool in an orthodontic practice.

KEYWORDS:

Marketing; Orthodontics; Social media

PMID:
25738740
DOI:
10.2319/110714-797.1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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