Essential Guide for Expert Witness Marketing
Information and Strategies to Promote Your Expertise
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If one didn’t know better, one would think that the only way to market a law practice would be through online means. We are all bombarded with daily messages warning us that if we do not work on optimizing our site, we will fall off Google’s radar.
The most important part of your company’s website is your attorney bio. This is your opportunity to make an impression and tell your hero story – the one that will make prospects choose you over your competitors and existing clients tell their entire network how great you are. To create this awesome bio, you need a blueprint and we’ve got you covered. Here you go:
While you may think the content on your law firm’s website is not all that important because most people don’t take the time to read it, you need to realize what you write can go a long way in both attracting and turning off potential clients. If you want your site to do what it is supposed to do - reach and engage visitors - you should review your content to make sure you are not making some of the common mistakes discussed below.
There's an easy way for law firms to think about social media. Instead of a vast, overwhelming network of talking heads, social media is one thing and one thing only for businesses: Opportunity.
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If you’ve done any research, read any articles, had any conversations with your web marketing vendor, then you’ve probably heard the phrase “Content is King”. You may have asked yourself – What does that mean?
When it comes to your online presence, making sure your law firm stays proactive is crucial to keeping up with your competition and keeping your Internet Marketing goals in check.
Google has been rolling out its featured snippets function for some time now, and it has the internet marketing world buzzing.
Social media has proven itself to be quite effective in helping firms shape their brand’s reputation. That’s why today, a well-designed, SEO-considerate website should be complemented by a purposeful social media presence. It’s important to reach out to clients in ways that people do nowadays – through social media channels.
While 500+ word pages may have been your goal in the past, long form content pages (pages with 2,000 words or more) are now becoming the norm for sites looking to outrank their competition. This means that if you want to increase your SEO rankings and move to the top, you may need to rethink your content strategy.
Good content wins new clients. You need to become a thought leader in your practice niche to earn new clients online. One way that lawyers can establish themselves as an authority on the web is through a “Law Hub,” a group of web content pages that exhaustively covers a specific topic or practice area.
How Great Lawyers Can Use Videos and Social Media to Get Their Message Across In 30 Seconds Or Less: Part 1
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn and more...social media is now intertwined with people’s daily lives. In the first of this two part series, we’ll examine how lawyers can use social media to convey their message. With an in-depth explanation of how social media can be an asset to your business, you’ll see how you can use this rapidly growing platform to get the clients you need.
Whether you are starting from scratch or revamping an existing website, writing content requires hard work, dedication and excellent planning. Delays in the writing process are one of the primary reasons websites are unable to launch on time. If you want to avoid content-related delays, below are five tips to help you keep your writing process on track.
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As attorneys grapple with increasing online competition, changing consumer shopping behavior, and technical barriers related to online marketing, the need for search engine optimization education is evident.
If you are a small law firm or a solo practitioner, competition can be tough. Depending on your location and practice specialty, there may be more than a hundred law firms in the area trying to attract the same types of clients. While you probably already have a website up and running and may even be using social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to market your firm, you may be asking yourself whether anyone is really taking the time to read what you are writing.
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At Rankings.io we work with a lot of lawyers. During our onboarding process for a client, there are always questions about services, about SEO, and about the whole process. We pooled together some of the most common ones for this post.
Journalists used to say that a story had “legs” if the topic promised to be far reaching or warranted extensive ongoing coverage. Similarly, many kinds of marketing activities have legs that might allow law firms to extend the depth and breadth of their efforts -- often without incurring much, if any additional cost.
For thousands of years, humans have used the written word to tell stories, express ideas and communicate perspectives. It’s no wonder then that copy plays a substantial role from a marketing standpoint. Think of copywriting as a sales strategy, with you, the writer, as the salesperson. Your copy needs to sell, otherwise, there’s no point. Yet, many writers make mistakes that lead to lower conversion rates. Below are 5 common content marketing mistakes and how to avoid them.
When you're looking to increase conversions on your website, it's important to understand what to look for. Something as simple as a bad photo, poor headline or misplaced contact form can derail your conversions. When the PaperStreet team does a conversion review on any website we start with the following comprehensive list.
The following are common miscues when you set up your law firm PPC campaign. If you're a law firm setting up its first AdWords campaign, then you will want to avoid these steps to improve your conversions.
One of the biggest concerns expressed by managing partners is a fear that they are leaving money on the table. By this, they are usually referring to the fact that clients are associating the firm with specific areas of focus, rather than as a resource for resolving any of a number of legal matters. This is typically seen in the client who contracts with a law practice for one legal matter and then walks down the street to contract with another regarding a different legal concern.
These days, website growth is on the rise and competitive companies are constantly updating their sites. In the midst of all this, what is the one factor that can differentiate you from the competition? How are you different and what is your differentiating factor? It all boils down to your brand. But what encompasses your brand?
Our last post about MailChimp’s automated abuse prevention systems, lovingly referred to as Omnivore, might have left you saying “UH, thanks for the 411…but how exactly does this affect me?” Never fear, PaperStreet is here to let you know how Omnivore might wiggle its way into your life on the interwebs.
How to Pitch a Publication: A Guide to Getting Published for Attorneys, Part I – Researching Media Outlets
Publishing articles is an excellent way to boost your online authority, establish yourself as a thought leader in your practice area and drive traffic to your website. Publishing in today’s leading media outlets involves more than just sending your article to the outlet and hoping it will be published. Most editors require you to pitch your idea before they will assign a story. Writing the article is the easy part; landing the article assignment is harder.
While almost every law firm website includes a “practice areas” section, many law firms wonder what kind of content they should be covering on their practice area pages. Like any other portion of your website, if you want to increase traffic and convert users into potential clients, your practice area pages need to provide users with the information they are searching for. This means that you need to spend some time answering the following questions:
An SEO campaign is crucial to finding your place at the top of the search results page. By targeting specific keywords for your practice, you can establish yourself or your firm as an authority in your geographic region.
When the time comes to create a new design for your law firm there are a few crucial features that will separate you from the pack. These things may be small and seemingly unimportant, but I can assure you it’s all in the details.
Content Review Checklist Whether you are launching a new website or updating an existing one, it is important to audit your law firm website content to make sure it meets user needs and business goals. Below is a checklist of items to help you evaluate whether you should keep, revise or eliminate a web page.
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Cross-cultural competence is important for lawyers who want to market legal services to foreign-born clients. Here are the tips that will help attorneys better understand their foreign clients.
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If you have a website for your law firm but you’re not receiving the traffic you need to grow your practice, you might be wondering what is causing this lack of visitors. The most common reason for low website traffic is that your site doesn’t have enough content. But you’re the proud owner of a website chock full of helpful articles and informative media for your prospects and clients. So what gives?
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Are you looking at a refresh for you law firm’s website? If you have not had an update in the last few years, your site may need more than a refresh. In the past few years, content marketing has emerged as an incredibly successful strategy for promoting businesses on the Internet. If you have not implemented a content marketing strategy, you are giving up a competitive edge in the marketplace for your firm.
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A recent article in the New York Times underscores the demand clients are requiring of their law firms to step up their cybersecurity. Financial institutions, including some Wall Street banks, are asking their outside counselors to answer questionnaires of up to 60 pages, which probe the firm’s cyber security measures. Other types of corporations are also asking their legal firms to allow for internal and/or external Information Technology (IT) firms to do an audit.
Attorneys cannot afford to lose sight of the fundamental strategies that can often grow their practice. Even though your attorney marketing campaign may be purring like a kitten, revisiting a few suggestions of yesteryear may also prove healthy for your bottom line.
Time is of the essence. According to ABC News, Americans spend too much time burning the candle at both ends. We spend more time at the office in sharp contrast to our counterparts: the UK; France; Germany; Norway and quite surprisingly Japan. American workers top the list of least vacation days taken, longer hours, and and a rocky road to the promise land of retirement. American attorneys are not exempt.
80% of all legal Internet traffic is driven by prospective clients who are seeking answers to legal questions. Click-to-Chat software is the answer.
Seventy percent of Americans are previewing online videos daily. So, what better way to make an indelible first impression than YouTube?
You know you need to get more traffic to your law firm's web site and funds are always limited. This article explores the benefits and drawbacks of search engine optimization and pay-per-click.
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The internet provides a medium that has opened up communication channels like no other medium in recent times.
Website traffic can be as useful as Atlanta traffic. Here are 5 ways to get more visitors to contact your firm. This morning I was in the office catching up on some email. It was interesting that the majority of marketing articles in my mailbox talked about how to generate website "traffic" from one source or another. A successful business, they claimed, requires SEO, pay-per-click, Facebook ads, Tweets, and [insert social media cliché here] to drive that traffic.
Why do your clients choose your law firm over others? Is it just because you’ve got licensed professionals who come into the office every day and do their jobs? Probably not. So why do so many firms resort to these types of generic statements on their websites and in other collateral?
Did you know that you can cut out a good chunk of your advertising budget and improve marketing results by just implementing an ongoing content marketing campaign? Since it's sometimes difficult to understand why an established firm needs to keep pushing its message to prospective clients, here's a cheesy old sales analogy.
Social Media and Estate Planning–Protecting Your Digital Estate
There are a number of ways to describe our firms’ marketing efforts, but let’s keep this easy and just use two distinct terms – active and passive. Passive marketing, or waiting for the fish to swim into your net, is fine, and part of an marketing plan. But think about adding some active (or proactive) elements, chumming the water and pulling the net to the fish, to have a truly integrated approach that delivers the best long-term results. Here are some low-cost ideas.
Critical to successful marketing is not just generating laundry lists of good ideas on how to promote the practice. There are literally hundreds of good ideas and thousands of communications vehicles. Rather, the key to effective marketing is selecting which of these ideas and which of these vehicles is best suited to achieve firm objectives…. and this is the critical part….within the constraints of its time and dollar resources.
How Law Firms Can Generate Awareness, Good Will and New Clients by Affiliating with Worthwhile Endeavors
In this day and age of search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising, blogs and social media, one of the most underused and unappreciated marketing tools available to law firms is cause marketing – those efforts in which the law firm affiliates itself with a worthwhile cause, event or other type of endeavor.
Before you publish your next website page, blog post, or presentation, check it against the Content Quality Quotient to see how your audience may perceive your marketing efforts. I’ve seen a lot of online discussion recently about the quality of the content that we’re including in our websites, blogs, and other communications. Is it educational? Does it speak to the right audience? Does it speak English?
Here are a few simple sales tactics that you can employ to improve your close ratio, meaning the percentage of perspective clients who become clients. I know. You’re not technically in a sales position. You are a professional. I also bet that just doing a great job is not enough of a magnet to attract and retain every prospective client. You can always improve, and that’s why it helps to think like a sales rep sometimes.
Personal injury law attorneys often ask us how much it would cost for them to advertise on TV. They, like the rest of us, are witness to the scores of commercials that inundate the airwaves touting scores of firms’ commitment to “fight for you” at virtually no risk to the client (i.e., “We get paid only if you do.”) Many of these firms are known for doing quite well. Hence, it is only reasonable that competitors express interest in duplicating their efforts.
More than 80 business associations and companies requested U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary John Bryson, to act immediately to urge the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to postpone a new generic top-level domain (gTLD) expansion.
Acquiring new clients can cost five times more than retaining current clients, and the average company loses a staggering 10 percent of its customer base each year, according to the American Marketing Association.
Chances are that your client can easily go to a competitor who promises lower rates and/or higher service levels.
Is your Web site performing at optimum levels? It’s hard to measure Internet effectiveness levels unless you have some way to monitor your Web site traffic. Help is now available in the form of Google Analytics, a free software program that gives Web site owners easy access to in-depth data on key performance factors.
You only get once chance to make a first impression, and today many first impressions are electronic. Prospects and clients frequently meet you online long before they ever meet you personally. Does your firm’s image stand up to electronic scrutiny?
You can establish competitive pricing levels in several ways. One way is to discretely conduct some research to find out what other experts are charging. Another way is to review pertinent court records, since experts have to disclose their rates as part of their Rule 26 or equivalent reports.
As an expert, chances are that you frequently explain to attorneys why they should retain you to assist them in formulating case strategy or evaluating opposing testimony. Have you ever thought that sometimes the expert needs an expert?
Short for “Web Log,” it’s an increasingly popular way to self-publish online. You can actually syndicate your articles, making this a great way for experts to showcase their specialized knowledge.
You know it’s time for a new Web site to promote your expert witness practice if: 1) your home page features a button that says “click here to skip intro;” 2) your webmaster quit over two years ago and you have not had time to find a replacement; 3) your web site still features a visitor counter; or 4) your web site uses “frames.”
Chances are you could be missing important business opportunities if your email inbox utilizes a spam filter. Take a few minutes now to investigate your email screening procedures for messages received from unknown senders. You might even discover a new client hiding among the spam!
A picture may paint a thousand words, but in the expert witness field you still need to find the right words to describe your practice. It may sound easy, but it is not! Even a seasoned writer searches for appropriate language.
How can I get more clients? It’s a question frequently asked by experts, attorneys and business owners. The solution is literally at your fingertips. Every day, Americans rely on the Internet to find the answer to more than 200 million queries, according to The Wall Street Journal. Generating more business can be as easy as tuning up your Internet marketing so that attorneys, paralegals and prospective clients can find you online. Here are 10 tips to help you open up your pipeline to new engagements.