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Data Bite: Only 29% of dentists are extremely familiar with their marketing strategies

April 10, 2018
Apathy in regards to marketing can cause practice goals to go untracked and unmet, says Dr. Roger Levin. Here's how dentists can keep sharp. 
Roger P. Levin, DDS, CEO and Founder, Levin Group

Only 29% of dentists are extremely familiar with their marketing strategies and their performance (figure 1). Furthermore, 17% are only slightly familiar and 9% have no engagement with their practice marketing at all. This is very alarming considering how closely tied effective marketing is to practice success.


Figure 1: How familiar are you with your practice's marketing strategies?

Source: Levin Group Data Center analysis of 2017 DE – Levin Group Practice Survey


Gone are the days when dentists could rely on good clinical skills and an ad in the Yellow Pages for practice growth. Today, dentists must fully embrace robust marketing plans that use a wide variety of patient referral, print, online, and social marketing vehicles to promote their brand and bring people to their office door.

Even if you’ve employed the help of capable experts or a good marketing coordinator, your apathy in regards to marketing can cause practice goals and targets to go untracked and unmet. Every dentist needs to be extremely familiar with their practice’s marketing strategies. They must make sure that their strategies aren’t wasting hard-earned money and eating away profits.

A good way for dentists to become fully engaged with their marketing plan is for them to participate in a dental business education study club. Becoming an active participant in monthly discussions with colleagues facing the same business challenges will encourage you to run every area of your practice like a CEO. From then on, you’ll no longer be satisfied to leave your marketing efforts completely in the hands of others.

Roger P. Levin, DDS, is the founder and CEO of Levin Group, a leading dental consulting firm. A nationally recognized speaker, Dr. Levin presents practice management seminars throughout the country.


Data Bites is a monthly column by Dr. Levin in the Apex360 newsletter.

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About the Author

Roger P. Levin, DDS | CEO and Founder, Levin Group

Roger P. Levin, DDS, is the CEO of Levin Group, a leading dental management consulting firm. Founded in 1985, Levin Group has worked with over 30,000 dental practices. Dr. Levin is a sought-after speakers in dentistry and is a leading authority on dental practice success and sustainable growth. Through extensive research and cutting-edge innovation, Dr. Levin is a recognized expert on propelling practices into the top 10%. He has authored 65 books and over 4,000 articles on dental practice management and marketing.

Dr. Levin sits on the editorial board of five dental publications and has been named as one of the Leaders in Dentistry by Dentistry Today magazine for the last 15 years. He was recently named one of the 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry by Incisal Edge magazine and voted Best Dental Consultant by the readers of He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Time magazine, and is the creator of the Levin Group Tip of the Day,which has over 30,000 subscribers.

To contact Dr. Levin, visit or email [email protected].

Updated March 7, 2019