Thursday, January 28, 2016

SBD New Product Launch -

checkin4charitySolutions By Design has created another solution to enhance your social media strategy.  Are you ready to connect with thousands of potential local customers each month?  Interested in expanding your brand online while making a difference in the world? Then you need this new innovative social media tool we’ve created,

What is is a very low cost and innovative social media tool that will greatly and instantly expand your social presence on the internet, while allowing your customers to help make a difference.  By providing digital signage in your office, blasters to your customer base, and information on your website….your patients will “Check-in” at your business and reach thousands…mostly local potential customers per month.

How does it work?

We have established relationships and committed donations to 12 charities, one per month.  Your customers see the “call to action” notifying them that for every Check-in at your business, we will make a donation to the charity of the month.  The provided digital display and your website give an up to date accumulative, by charity total donations by our program.  The digital display slides month to month showing your customers how they are helping to make a difference in the world when they check in at your business. Your patients see the total accumulative donations raised by ALL participants worldwide.

For Montage Users, we will also provide a Banner Ad to build awareness and participation.

You can choose from 5 levels of participation.  Each is based upon the volume of participation by your customers.

Also, you will receive a monthly Certificate of Appreciation from showing the results of donations generated by your customers check-ins.c4cflyer

Call 1-800-888-4084 TODAY!  (Website still in development)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Exciting Changes for SEO in 2016


The SEO industry is constantly changing, and one of the challenges for us is keeping up with this ever-changing landscape and, more importantly, continually adding value to our SEO services.

As we move into a new year, we are planning on implementing some exciting changes for our many SEO clients. First and foremost will be dynamic online reporting. Utilizing our popular ANDI client portal, your SEO reports will be available online for reviewing at any time, along with historical trends and other important information.

If you haven’t used the ANDI portal yet, you will find it powerful and easy. All of our products are at your fingertips, along with the latest news and information from Solutions by Design. Adding the SEO product will make it even more valuable for our clients.

There are even more changes in the works for SEO in 2016. Our commitment is to continually provide leading-edge SEO services, and when combined with our proven social media strategies it makes sense to go with a company that stays current with the changing online marketing landscape.

Shouldn’t your New Year’s resolutions include SEO and Social Media?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

SBD Website Development - January 2016 News

All of our website clients received an e-mail discussing the addition of a SSL Certificate to your website for added security.  This is highly recommended for a variety of reasons. As discussed in the document that you received, not only is this necessary for Chrome but we fell will be a requirement by most browsers to add security to the sites visited.

If you didn’t catch the email on SSL security here is a short list of reasons why this is a critical piece to your site:

  • Information submitted on the internet often pass through more than one computer before reaching its destination – SSL certificates encrypts communication broadcasted between users and webservers in case hackers are listening or collecting data (data mining) from the webpage traffic.

  • Establishes trust with users accessing your webpage – so the public know you are who you say you are and transactions are protected.

  • Authenticates your organization identity to public users via a Padlock image on the address bar in case someone else is spoofing with your IP address (trying to communicate information on your behalf).

  • Encrypts webpage transactions so users who fill out forms or enter in their information through the website know it is encrypted. Any and all forms will now be secured.

  • SEO…(search engines optimization) is enhanced with secure sites.

New Testimonial Page:

Many of our website clients utilize blink and or Montage.  Practice Reviewer is a great tool for enhanced SEO.  We are adding a new twist to those of you that use both of these products.  The new Testimonial feature allows your patients to take a photo with the Montage Board….then post a comment along with the photo to your website!  Before the Testimonial goes live…you will review each in ANDI, controlling all content before it goes live.

ScreenPlay January 2016 News


ScreenPlay continues to gain market share as more and more users are finding and becoming comfortable with its power.  A new update is scheduled for release soon and will include a variety of new animations on appliances.

ScreenPlay Features:

Extensive Animation and Video Library
You can educate patients at the exam as they sit chair-side using our dynamic 3D animations. ScreenPlay has patient education videos ranges from 1.5 to 8 minutes in length, professionally produced and are regarded as the best in the business.

Malocclusion Specific
Features more than a thousand animations, all specific to patient age classification and malocclusion with problem and treatment options. Each step in the treatment process can be demonstrated the way you recommend treatment. An audio track describing the problem or treatment accompanies each animation.

Sending Presentations Home

At the end of your presentation, you can compile the entire presentation and burn it to a CD or Email it home to the patient. Each contains all of the information presented in the examination, including actual patient records, findings, policy and procedure forms, care and use forms, problem and treatment demonstration animations with audio tracks and patient education videos.


ScreenPlay has a multt-language interface providing voice-overs and captions for all the animations and education videos in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Protocol Management Center
With Protocols, you can create a favorite set of animations. It may be just a single animation like an RPE, or an entire string of animations and videos. This provides simple access for individual appliances or problems.

Digital Forms
ScreenPlay also includes a series of administrative as well as clinical forms for use in the consultation or throughout treatment as needed.

With this offer there are 3 maintenance packages for you to choose from.
For more information on ScreenPlay Pro and our new pricing please contact us at 1-800-888-4084

bLink January 2016 News

Ask your SBD representative how blink fits into your communications Eco-System! 

bLink 2.0 is in the works.

There is a lot of development going on here these days.  bLink 2.0 is a major undertaking that will add a significant amount of new features to its functionality.

The long awaited Newsletters and Survey feature will provide our users with the tools necessary to allow our users to send Newsletter to Existing/ Active Patients as well as all “Patients of Record”.

This month we are pushing out a new feature that will allow you to automatically send a “Request for Review” email. This specific email can be synced to any appointment “type”.  Based upon the appointment types designated in your PMS.  The same functionality applies here as it does to your Montage Board Reviewer functionality. Reviews once completed and submitted go to ANDI.  Once ion ANDI you can accept them and respond with a request to post.  From there your patients can post reviews about your practice to popular review sites such as Yelp and Google Reviews.

Create your Own Email Types:

This new feature will allow you to add and delete any of the email opportunities in bLink.  Want to add an email specific to “How are you Feeling” to be sent right after the bonding appointment? Want to add an SBD video on how to deal with any possible pain…you can set up your emails with your own message with your designated attachments.

Here is a list of the most requested features for bLink 2.0

  1. Newsletter

  2. Message Center communication linked up to Doctor/Patient emails

  3. Text Message being able to confirm

  4. Mass Email fixes, additional features, and improvements

  5. Combining/consolidating multiple appointment reminders that go out within a single day

  6. Notification settings automatically update when emails/cell numbers are change within clients Management Software

  7. bLink fixing RP and P link as long as it is correct from client Management Software

  8. Control over which reminders go out (reminders by appointment types)


Other bLink news includes:

We added the Automated Reviewer email to blink

We also enhanced the Reviewer feature in Montage so the “Review that the patient wrote goes into the email that asks them to post; it can also be ported to the website.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Montage January 2016 News

Montage 3.0 was released and looks great!  We have a variety of additional features that will be released in packets as 3.1-3.2 and 3.3.

3.0 added a lot of great features.  If you want to convert to 3.0…it is simple and it is free.  Simply log into your ANDI account and under the Settings tab select Layout.  A list of “versions” will appear. You will see a template demonstrating the look of each version.

3.1 which is in the works is truly amazing!

Here is a preview of what is in development for 3.1:

Cosmetic features:

Although 3.0 looks really cool…especially on our new iPhone looking Kiosk…we were not happy with the way that each widget enlarged…they were lacking pizazz.  We went back to the drawing board on this function and now…they have pizazz.  Instead of filling the center of the screen right to left with a blue background, each has a fun motion and retains its shape and color background.  They are smaller when enlarged and look a lot more balanced.


Each of the widgets now have motion in them while in their inactive mode.  This adds more interest and instantly alerts any patient of the fact that the display is interactive.

The Main Menu with multiple screens will allow users to select any and all widgets from the main screen.  Look at the list of widgets in development here and you will see a ton of new features.



Additional Widgets:

Utilize Sling Box technology to stream your cable TV connection onto the Montage board. This feature connection onto the Montage board. This feature expands at a touch and can be set to enlarge if the board is unattended for more than “X” minutes.


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3.2  is in the final stages of development.  Now testimonials and reviews can go to the Website, Montage Board and to Review sites automatically.

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Also new on 3.2

Introducing the new Montage Examiner, offering special features:

  • Whiteboard Feature with X-ray import and icon import

  • Brochure Feature

  • Videos feature

For more information on Montage click here or call 1-800-888-4084 TODAY! 


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A New Year, A New App


The New Year brings a new app to your smartphone that everyone is talking about. Peach is a new social networking app that offers features similar to those of Facebook & Twitter.  Users can create profiles, obtain followers, private message, and update statuses.  Status updates, however, are limited to less complex posting guidelines comparable to Twitter’s character restriction.

Created by the same creator of Vine, Dom Hofmann, many are curious if Peach will have enough features to compete with the popular social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  One notable feature of the new app is what creators are calling “magic words.”  These are words that generate functions. An example is using the word “here” to add your location to a post.  Currently, there are 20 active “magic words” supported by Peach. See them here.


At the moment, this app is not available on Android, and there is no web app or way to view posts publicly. As the app continues to grow we will keep you updated on significant changes.  Have you started using Peach? Let us know your thoughts by posting them on our Facebook wall.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The last days of Internet Explorer 8, 9, & 10

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Microsoft will end support for older versions of Internet Explorer on January 12, 2016. The versions included to end are 8, 9, and 10.  This leaves Internet Explorer 11 as the last version of the browser supported by Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. All users of the older browser versions will be notified at the time of launch to upgrade to a recent browser.

What does this mean?

This means if you don’t have the Internet Explorer 11 version, you better update it now.  Those running the older versions will no longer receive security updates or technical support from Microsoft.  According to Microsoft, “Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware, helping to keep users and their data safer.”  It’s important for Internet Explorer users to upgrade and stay current to help protect their computers.

What are the risks of running older versions of Internet Explorer after January 12, 2016?

Microsoft has alerted users of 3 risks they can be exposed to if they run older versions after the final date: security, compliance, and lack of ISV support.

Security Risks: Some security risks of running older browser versions include harmful viruses, malicious software that can take your business data, and spyware.

Compliance: Businesses with governing obligations such as HIPAA should follow up to ensure they are able to satisfy the legal requirements while using unsupported software.

Lack of ISV Support (independent software vendor): Several software vendors, such as Office365, use the latest web programs and are created to function properly and best on the latest browsers available.

If you’re still using an older version of Internet Explorer, it’s time to update it now to 11 to prevent complications in the future. If you are ready to take the steps to update now, please see the guidelines on TechNet.

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Social Media Director At SBD

We are excited to start the new year with a new SBD team member! We want to welcome Ashley Gallegos to our team!


Ashley is our new Social Media Director with expertise in social marketing to effectively enhance your online reputation and communication. She will be working hard to keep your social media strategy up to date with the latest trends for optimal results.