In your practice location
Location Strategy™ Products and Services for dentists and their industry partners in the USA.
Fueled by Census Block Group Technology.
Competition Ratio Analysis for all practice types
Current and forecasted demographics
Interactive consulting with a specialist
Your location strategy doesn't have to be overwhelming.
Most people drive around town choosing a random busy location hoping it will make them millions. Or, they use outdated technology like Zip Codes or Consensus Circles to find their practice location.
Don’t be like other people.
Don’t leave your success up to chance or old technology.
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The Five-Step Location Search Process
Evaluate the fit of the top Pockets for your practice, family, and lifestyle (in person, when possible).
Take your Location Strategy results to your Commercial Broker and advisors to find the perfect location to buy, lease or build.
Fueled by Census Block Group Technology
Don't pay for old search methods like Zip Codes or Concentric Circles. Base your location search on Census Block Group Technology for the highest precision and market relevance in your results.
- A Census Block Group (CBG) is the smallest geographical unit for which demographic data is published. Get the most relevant market data.
- CBGs provide 10x searchable boundaries within a defined area compared to Zip Codes. Avoid skewed search results that will affect the success of your practice.
- Know your search parameters actually reflect patient behavior.
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before you buy
Connect with a specialist before you buy. They will provide personalized direction and search parameters based on your unique situation. This is optional but highly recommended.
We will never, ever send you your results then leave you hanging. Use your Free Next Steps Call to review and interpret your reports then determine your immediate action plan.
Location Strategy Products and Services
The most relevant market information so you can establish your practice... and your legacy.
Features include, but aren't limited to:
Competition Ratio Analysis for All Practice Types
Current and Five-Year Forecasted Demographic Data
Results Tailored to Your Business Goals
Industry-leading Map Integration
Custom Drawn Search Areas
Exclude Non-Licensed and Non-Compete Areas
Real-Time Practitioner Management
Fast Delivery Times
Results based on Census Block Group Technology
getting started is easy
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Get the best report and search parameter recommendations for your situation. Connect via phone or email. (Optional but highly recommended.)
Buy your reports and services based on the Five-Step Search Process and recommended search parameters. Kick back while we do the hard work.
Receive your results via email. Schedule your Free Next Steps Call with your Specialist to review and deploy.
Be confident in your practice location.
“Using Realscore was incredibly helpful and vital to deciding where to start our business. The small investment to make the right decisions is imperative.”
– Dr. Brandon E. Cooley, DDS Cooley Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
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Step 1 in the Location Search Process. A high-level search in the Realscore app with your specialist. Recommended if you do not have a specific region or area in mind.
Step 2 in the Location Search Process. Find the top potential location regions, or Pockets, with the best competition ratios and desired patient household income.
Step 4 in the Location Search Process. Determine Competition Ratios for all practice types, as well as Current and Five-Year Forecasted Demographics for your specified market.
“Realscore was very helpful at providing a detailed look at the area where I was interested in practicing. The data was very comprehensive and the free Next Steps Call answered all of my questions.”
– Dr. Matthew Hillis, DDS
Are you an industry advisor or supplier?
Many companies are essential to the success of the dentist. And as the dentist succeeds, the industry succeeds. Learn how Location Strategy and a partnership with Realscore benefits you and your clients.
frequently asked questions
What are Census Block Groups?
A Census Block Group (CBG) is a geographical unit used by the United States Census Bureau. It is the smallest geographical unit for which demographic data is published. Typically, Block Groups are very small and include a population of 600 to 3,000 people. There are 217,740 CBGs in the USA.
Why Census Block Groups versus Zip Codes?
A Census Block Group (CBG) is the smallest geographical unit for which demographic data is published, allowing for the most precision and relevance in the market. Typically, Block Groups are very small and include a population of 600 to 3,000 people. There are 217,740 searchable CBGs in the USA vs 27,797 general Zip Codes. For every report, Realscore sums the number of practitioners and all demographic data for all of the CBG's (including partial CBG’s) in the radius, drive time, and/or user-drawn search area.
What if a Search Area includes partial Census Block Groups?
A partial Census Block Group is included in the results if the geographical center of the CBG is within 600 feet of the edge of the Search Area. Only the percentage of overlap is included and added to the sum of the practitioners and all demographic data in the search area. The inclusion of partial CBGs is exclusive to Realscore.
What's included in Location Strategy?
Location Strategy is the #1 factor that determines the success of a practice. It affects important aspects of a Practice’s Strategic and Operational Plan, and drives all investment, marketing, and personnel decisions. There are many factors that Realscore considers within Location Strategy, including competition ratios and market saturation, demographics, future growth potential, building and office strategy, and much more. Check out our featured Dentaltown article on Location Strategy for more information.
What is a “Pocket?”
A “Pocket” is an area derived in a Market Opportunity Search that indicates a potential market for a practice. It is normally made up of a small number of full or partial Census Block Groups. The goal is to find pockets where the competition ratios are high and include Average Household Income greater than a threshold derived from your ideal target patient.
What are "Strategic Moves?"
Strategic Moves is a general term used to describe various business situations and actions an existing practice can consider or implement to evaluate. They include the following:
- Evaluate or justify a potential location
- Purchase a practice with the highest growth potential
- Consider relocating
- Consider adding an office
- Consider buying a specific building
- Consider leasing a specific building
- Consider renewing your lease or relocating
- Consider expanding your current location
- Purchase a practice at a fair price based on market
- Consider hiring an Associate and expanding
- Consider selling a practice
- Join a Practice as a Partner, Employee or Associate
- Speed up the location decision process
What is the realscore app?
Realscore offers access to top Location Strategy tools that were previously only available to large corporations. Realscore’s App Engine is a proprietary online system that includes the following:
- Demographic & Business Data – Current and Five Year Forecast
- National Practitioner Database
- Census Block Group Technology
- Mapping and Drive Time Integration
- Competition Ratios analysis with REALratios
- User Drawn/Custom Search Areas Tool
- Non-Compete, Non-Licensed Data Exclusion Tool
- Practitioner/Practice/Location Management Tool
What demographics do you provide?
Current and five-year forecasted demographic data includes:
- Total Population
- Population by Age Range
- Population Change by Age Range
- Average Per Capita Income
- Average Household Income
- Households by Income Brackets
- Households Change by Income Brackets
- Average Household Size
- Total Households
- Total Families
- Average Family Size
- Housing Units Breakdown
- Total Housing Units Change
- Average Value of Owner-Occupied Units
- Population by Ethnicity
- Total Number of Businesses
- Total Number of Employees
- Total Sales
- Retail Data
What is the rationale behind the order of your location search process?
Of all of the Location Strategy factors, Competition Ratios are the most important, barely beating out Demographics.
What gives it the edge is that you can have a location with great demographics, but if the market is saturated, it will be difficult to succeed, grow and build practice value quickly without huge investments in time and working capital spent on marketing. Therefore, it doesn’t make sense for you to pay for Demographics until the Ratio is ideal and the area is a good fit for your practice and family.
Only after passing those benchmarks does it make sense to invest in the Demographics Deep Dive to find your perfect practice location.
What is a REALratio?
A REALratio is a proprietary ratio of population to practitioners used to evaluate competition ratios to indicate when a market generally is considered to be saturated. For example, the REALratio for a General Dentist is 2,000. A ratio higher than 2,000 would indicate the market has potential for an additional practitioner(s). A number below 2,000 indicates the area is already oversaturated and should be evaluated carefully. Each practice specialty has its own REALratio value.
What is the turnaround time?
All reports are PDFs that are emailed to you. Delivery time varies per product based on the complexity of the order, the density of the report location, the inclusion of premium services, and many other factors. We strive to deliver reports before the following approximate turnaround times:
L-Series: 2-3 Business Days
M-Series: 7-10 Business Days
C-Series: Teams/Zoom consulting sessions usually occur within 3-5 business days but varies based on the availability of participants.
Expedited delivery is available. Please consult with your Specialist to make arrangements.
What is the return policy?
All reports are a snapshot in time. Therefore, due to the digital nature of the reports and that the data changes frequently, returns and refunds are unavailable. However, our policy is to provide unmatched customer satisfaction. If something isn’t right, please contact us right away. Unfortunately, we have no control over the data results, so dissatisfaction with the results is out of our control.
Do you have free sample reports?
Will you keep our discussions and my reports confidential?
Yes. We understand that confidentiality is of the utmost importance and we will never disclose any discussions, conclusions, or reports to anyone without your permission.
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