Should veterinary practices pay to play on the Internet?
Q: A big online directory of veterinarians is asking us to pay to show up. Is it worth it? Shouldn't I be driving traffic to my own website?
Many directories, such as Angie's List and Google, offer free listings, but for others it'll cost you—especially those that showcase paid listings.
Data-backed Facebook Ads, Google AdWords and Twitter for Business all have the potential to reach precise markets and serve as powerful platforms on which to connect with new clients. You may also find more success advertising with social media, especially since up-and-coming adults aren't using the phone book.
Dickinson adds, "Any practice with a great website should absolutely drive traffic there. But if a site looks out-of-date, it may actually deter customers. Build a great website first—then drive traffic to it. It should be the cornerstone of a well-rounded approach to online marketing."