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While it is affectionately known as “the most wonderful time of the year,” the holiday season can actually bring on strong depression symptoms for a lot of us. Lawyers are in no way immune to the perils of depression; and in fact, many studies indicate the legal profession is especially susceptible to depression and suicide.
If your law firm wants to reach a lot of people, direct mail remains a cost-effective marketing option. Practically everyone has a mailbox, and most people check theirs daily. In fact, about 79% of consumers consider reading mail to be more convenient than going online. But going online and reading paper mail can work hand-in-hand to help boost brand awareness.
Everyone working at a law firm knows the pain that comes with employee turnover – the struggle is real. I have interviewed, hired, and fired law firm employees for over 15 years across a variety of firms and practice areas. While there are many factors that contribute to employee retention, the initial interview process can start the employer-employee relationship off on the ri ...
With hurricane season underway, at-risk small businesses need to make sure they have a response plan in place to mitigate potential damages. Unfortunately, many small companies, especially law firms, don’t come close to being hurricane-ready. And this lack of preparedness can come at a significant cost.
Social proof is the positive influence of “everybody’s doing it” – when the actions and opinions of others affect your choices and actions. If we see others engaging in certain behavior online, we are more inclined to believe those actions are worthwhile. Social proof is an important component of online reputation management for lawyers.
What Is Link Building? Link building is a component of off-site search engine optimization where your law firm website earns links on other websites. Earned natural links directly improve the reputation of a website and its search engine rankings. In link building, a natural link is a freely given editorial link and an unnatural link is a link you make yourself. Both affect rankings in Google.
In 2009, I began my Twitter odyssey scared I would not be able to figure it out and nervous I would do something wrong and look like an idiot. I persevered with the help of some online friends and began an ongoing love affair with my favorite social media channel. Over the years, as my understanding, usage, and following on Twitter all grew, most lawyers I knew remained indiffe ...
As you can imagine, we work with a lot of law firms, providing for significant practice area overlap. When we work on branding, messaging, and copywriting for firms with the same practice areas, it is important for us to distinguish them from each other and from their competitors. As a lawyer, you are a specialist providing a service focused on a specific client group's needs – ...
With millions of informational sources in the digital sphere today, the amount of available content can be overwhelming. For a law firm managing its own social media channels and blogs, sharing relevant digital content can establish the firm as an authoritative voice on specific topics – even when the firm is not creating the content itself.
When most law firms start spending money on search engine optimization (SEO), they both hope and expect to see results quickly. While implementing an SEO strategy does lead to immediate changes - like fresh content and better site structure organization - ever the over-achievers, lawyers generally want to see page one, result one organic search results on all major search engin ...
Even in an age of digital dominance, most professional service providers still commonly have in-person meetings with prospects, clients, and referral sources to discuss how we can help - and of course we want to leave a good impression. Brochures help when speaking with a potential client, reiterating the highlights of your presentation or pitch.
The first quarter is important because it sets the pace and tone for the year. This quarter is the foundation from which the rest of 2017 will be built. Do not rest on your laurels thinking you have plenty of time left to get it right this year. If you do, you will find yourself scrambling in the fall and dismayed by the end of the year.
Achieving Expert Status as an Attorney As a practicing lawyer in a very competitive location in a highly competitive practice area, it was crucial to find a way to differentiate myself from the pack. How can a younger lawyer develop a unique competitive advantage in an already saturated market? What makes one lawyer capable of charging and receiving a significantly higher hourly ...
We live in a digital world. We communicate by text, email, chat, social media, Skype, and more. In a society where we connect instantaneously with one click, why do we need business cards? Exchanging business cards face-to-face forms a much more personal connection than emailing someone. This is why business cards likely remain the most often used and effective form of direct marketing.
Content marketing has become an integral part of law firm digital success. Adding content to your law firm website lets search engines know you are keeping things fresh and draws in new readers with compelling, timely content. Before you promote your blog posts, you should make sure your posts utilize at least the basics of law firm blogging best practices.
No matter what type of practice you have or the size of your law firm, welcoming a new client in a meaningful way remains important. Kicking off someone’s first experience with your business provides an excellent opportunity to showcase your customer service and start things off on the right foot. The initial welcome can help keep client expectations reasonable and build the tr ...
In the final quarter of 2015, I polled several lawyers whose opinions I respect to find out what marketing challenges they face and what marketing questions they would like answered. I compiled this information, and I hope to address the hottest issues on a repeated basis in my writing and speaking engagements for 2016. In 2015, Jim Perdue, Jr.
Despite the proliferation of digital communication tools, in-person events remain a crucial component of law firm business development best practices. In 2015 alone, companies poured $572 billion into experiential marketing or engagement marketing initiatives – this type of marketing directly engages consumers and gets them to participate hands-on with a brand (e.g.
Thank you to DJ Seidel and the Houston Bar Association Law Practice Management Section for having me speak in Judge Smoots-Hogan's courtroom this past week. I enjoyed the setting and the company. The goal of my presentation was to address the following questions that lawyers comm ...
Local SEO is what it sounds like – optimizing a website for searches related to the geographic location in which you practice law. Almost all people searching for local services do so online these days. And, if someone is searching for a local lawyer, you don’t even have a chance to compete for their business if you do not optimize your website for local search.