A doge is an elected chief of state lordship, the ruler of the Republic in many of the Italian city states during the medieval and renaissance periods, in the Italian "crowned republics".
The word is from a Venetian word that descends from the Latin dux (as do the English duke and the standard Italian duce and duca), meaning "leader", especially in a military context. The wife of a doge is styled a dogaressa. 
Last minute appointment cancellations and reschedules can and do happen. Even if it’s rare, and even if you charge your clients when this happens (on occasion), you can still maximize profits for you and your staff if you utilize social media marketing to fill those last minute empty chairs.
It’s also a great way to boost your Facebook and Twitter following, even if you never have an empty appointment slot to fill.
Grow your fans and followers on social media by announcing this new program to your existing patients. Tell them during their appointments that if they like you on Facebook or follow you on Twitter, they have an opportunity to get in for last minute cancelled appointments at a discount rate. You should also let patients who call in to book an appointment that they may be able to get in earlier if they opt-in to receiving these notifications (opting in requires a Twitter follow or a Facebook like), especially if they seem disappointed that they couldn’t get in for an appointment sooner.
As stated above, the incentive is to let them know that if they fill this last minute appointment slot, they get something out of it. It can be a discount, a free product, or a gift card. It could also just be that they are satisfied at being able to come in earlier. It’s your call.
Make the announcement through all of your social platforms. Be brief, and offer a clear and easy-to-follow call-to-action. This last part is most important. Announcing the last minute deal or opening does you no good if your patients have to scramble to respond to the offering. Make it easy for them to call and book that appointment.
This is a great way to get any patients into your social media spaces who have maybe been resistant to engaging with you online, which helps grow your reach to their personal networks too. It also keeps you on their radar, so they are coming in more often for more services, spending more money with YOU! There’s also the obvious benefit of filling appointment slots, which increases profits and makes better use of your staff’s time.
Contact our interactive marketing team to find out how you can best implement this system into your practice and other ways you can fill empty appointment slots using different marketing channels.
Great news, Total Social Solutions is now offering a mobile app that you can use to drive more appointments!
The TSS mobile app (currently for iPhone only) offers these features:
…and much more.
Why is this exciting? You’re going to be able to capture even more value from your clients because you’re going to be able to engage with them where they like it most – on their mobile devices.
Every app is completely customizable per your needs.
This is an exciting addition to our marketing solutions, and we’re eager to capture more feedback. Would you like to use an app? If so, contact our sales team and we’ll be happy to talk to you about how we can build an app for you.