That's why we conducted extensive research, analyzing over 300,000 data points, to provide you with a blueprint for success. In this blog post, we will explore how your practice can leverage the Digital Dental Marketing Index (DDMI) to assess its performance and aim for greatness. Additionally, we will shed light on the significant impact of top-performing practices on marketing metrics and why the 75th percentile rule is your pathway to success.


Our research revealed some fascinating insights that showcase the power of data in dental marketing. One striking finding was that over 60% of all marketing metrics were observed in the top 10% cohort of dental practices. This demonstrates that a small group of practices consistently outperforms their competitors across various key metrics. Furthermore, we discovered that a staggering 90% of all marketing metrics were observed in the top 25% cohort. This highlights the importance of aiming high to maximize your practice's potential.


One crucial implication that emerged from our research is the misleading nature of average metrics. While average metrics may appear satisfactory, they fail to account for the significant skew towards a few top-performing practices which are gobbling up the market. The dental marketing landscape is not evenly distributed, and settling for average performance means missing out on the tremendous growth opportunities that lie within reach. By aiming for the 75th percentile, your practice can break free from the limitations of average and unlock its true potential.


To ensure your practice remains competitive in your local market, we propose the 75th percentile rule. Achieving metrics that place your practice in the 75th percentile within the next 12 months is a vital milestone. Why the 75th percentile? The answer lies in the data. We observed that most marketing metrics, more than 90%, were present in the top 25% cohort of dental practices. By aiming for the 75th percentile, you’re not being overly optimistic while also positioning your practice to be among high-performing leaders in your market, maximizing your chances of success.

Average of all marketing metrics observed in the DDMI by practice percentile rank


Now that you understand the significance of the 75th percentile rule, it's time to implement data-driven strategies to elevate your practice's marketing efforts. Begin by analyzing your current marketing metrics (we have a series of blogs on self assessment to help you with this) and identifying areas that need improvement. Utilize the DDMI as a benchmarking tool to gain insights into where your practice stands compared to the top-performing practices. Focus your marketing efforts on those key metrics that drive patient engagement, such as online visibility, website conversions, and patient reviews.

Remember that building a successful marketing strategy takes time. The 12-month timeframe allows you to make substantial progress without losing sight of your goals. Embrace a growth mindset and continuously evaluate and optimize your strategies based on data-driven insights.


In the realm of dental marketing, greatness is not a distant dream but an achievable goal. By harnessing the power of data and setting your sights on the 75th percentile, your practice can transcend the limitations of average performance. Embrace the insights provided by the DDMI and let them guide your strategic decisions. Elevate your marketing efforts, stand out in your local market, and witness the transformative impact on your practice's success. It's time to seize the opportunity and pave the way for greatness in dental marketing.