Goolge+ Update: What Your Law Firm Needs to Know

Google is always up to something, and this past week has been no different. Disappointing savvy lawyer-marketers across the nation, Google announced that the new Google+ is now primarily focused on collections and communities. In other words, the new Google+ is no longer focused on businesses. Do not despair however, Google+ is still as important as ever for local SEO.

So how is the new G+ different?

If you go to your law firm’s Google+ page, you will see that a few things are missing, including:

Advanced Depositions Presents: Grow Your Law Practice Using Social Media and the Web

Orange County Lawyers & Legal Professionals: Join attorney and social media marketing expert Kristen Marquis Dennis, Founder of WebPresence, Esq., for an educational, interactive, and informative presentation on how to strengthen your marketing efforts and grow your law practice.

It’s a modern reality that a majority of us, your potential clients included, spend over 1.7 hours a day on social networks. Join Kristen for a discussion on how to:

How Much Does Your Marketing Cost You Per Client?

As we have discussed in this blog ad infinitum, online marketing is a must for the modern day attorney. Whether you strategy is lead generation or thought leadership, the world wide web offers unlimited opportunities for business development for lawyers. It’s about putting together the right campaign to help you / your law firm achieve your goals.

At WebPresence, Esq., our marketing strategists are former attorneys. This gives us a leg up, as not only do we understand your law practice, we understand the legal marketplace. We will not suggest that you engage in a form of marketing that will not work for your practice or help you achieve your specific goals. We will also work with you to ensure that your marketing efforts makes financial sense.

Which brings us to two big questions:

How much does each lead costs you? And how much does it cost you to get a new client?

4 SEO Tips for Lawyers

In today’s competitive market, every attorney needs to be a rainmaker. From the solo attorney to the junior associate climbing the ladder to the managing partner who relies on his book of business, lawyers have seen that one way to secure your position within your firm / steady your stream of revenue is online marketing.

The numbers vary according to the report, but one truth remains steady: prospective clients turn to a search engine (Google most often) as their first source for finding and vetting attorneys. So how can you take advantage of the world wide web to build your practice?

First, it is important to understand the goal of your online marketing campaign. It is to drive new clients to your site? Strengthen your online presence so that referrals don’t have a choice but to call? This post will discuss the first objective (which will also benefit the second): lead generation. To learn more about the second, how to build your brand, click here.

What is SEO?

TEN Presents: Kristen Marquis Dennis on Social Media for Lawyers

For lawyers looking to take their practice to the next level, attorney and legal marketing expert Kristen Marquis Dennis has the answer. Join her on Tuesday, July 28 as she shares how to effectively and ethically utilize social media for business development with The Esquire Network.

During this educational, interactive, and informative MCLE presentation, Kristen will share tips on how to use social media and the internet to strengthen your marketing efforts and grow your practice. Join Kristen for a discussion on how to brand yourself and/or your practice; create a social media campaign (i.e. LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube) that drives leads to your website; write blog posts that establish you as a thought leader in your practice area; and more.

In our digitally based world, a strong web presence is not a luxury, it is a necessity.

Tweeting Lawyers: Follower Insights & Best Times to Tweet

Tweeting lawyers: Are you interested in the demographics of your followers and connecting with them with increased efficiency? If your answer is a resounding YES, keep reading…

Twitter recently introduced a tool to help users better understand their audience. You can now view data about your followers:

  • income
  • geographic location
  • education history (including where they went to school)
  • profession
  • phone carrier
  • interests
  • purchasing behavior
  • and more.

What does this mean for a lawyer looking to create an effective social media marketing campaign? Business development is about to get a whole lot more targeted.

Using Twitter’s audience insights (access yours here), a savvy lawyer can take this valuable information all the way to the bank.

The Thank You Plus: The Key to Maintaining Referral Relationships

Ahhhh… Referrals. It’s probably safe to say there isn’t a successful professional out there who doesn’t appreciate the value of a good referral. More powerful than a Facebook ad or Avvo rating, a referral from a trusted colleague can be the determining factor for the decision-maker in need of your professional services.

Unfortunately, the number of individuals who ask friends and trusted colleagues for attorney referrals is on the decline.

Percentage of people who ask friends and relatives for attorney referrals:

2005 – 65%

2014 – 29%

This means that the competition for referral business is tough out there! It is safe to say that other professional services providers (consulting, litigation services, mediators, business coaches, etc..) are in the same boat. So the BIG question is:

What are you doing to keep those valued referrals coming?

Facebook for Lawyers

A billion users worldwide have catapulted Facebook to its secure spot as the giant in social networking. With Americans spending an average of 40 minutes per day on Facebook, many corporations and businesses have created their own Facebook pages to connect with their targeted audience.

Facebook vs LinkedIn

When it comes to professional networking, LinkedIn has shown its effectiveness in maintaining and developing new spheres of influence.  However, using Facebook effectively can help you achieve the same results while also creating meaningful personal and business relationships and strengthening your firm’s brand.