No one can deny that COVID-19 wreaked havoc throughout the US and global economy. Many businesses, to include some law firms, simply shuttered after decades of an otherwise successful run.
While devastating and unfortunate, not everyone was on the losing side of things in 2020. Amazon, for example, posted record profits, as did many other Tech giants such as Apple, Facebook, and Alphabet (the parent company of Google).
But it wasn’t just the Tech giants who thrived during this time. Internet usage skyrocketed around the globe by more than 70% from normal usage levels. So, those with robust digital marketing strategies remained strong or, more often than not – grew.
In fact, based on Laws101.com’s site traffic and the number of client leads we’ve referred to lawyers in 2020, this year has been a banner year in demand for legal services.
While the most dramatic increases in demand for legal services have been in family law, criminal defense, bad faith insurance claims, and personal injury matters, Laws101.com saw a stark increase in client demand for lawyers across every legal practice area. So, if you’re wondering how to attract these clients to your firm, then read on.
You might think that once the worst of COVID-19 blows over, life will resume to “normal”. In some ways this may be true, but as it pertains to reaching new clients, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
In 2020, many companies adopted work-from-home policies and realized less cost without diminished productivity. Because of this, a good number of these companies have announced their plans to permanently adopt flexible work policies post-pandemic. And a giant swath of Americans have already welcomed and adopted new behaviors regarding how they expect goods and services to be available to them now and in the future.
If anything, COVID-19 only served as a catalyst for the inevitable – a global adoption to obtain goods and services in a more efficient fashion via the internet. So, when it comes to client acquisition, internet marketing will remain more important than ever and should comprise the very core of your law firm’s overall marketing strategy.
Law firm websites and Google Ad (PPC) campaigns are popular methods of online advertising within the legal industry but are often executed poorly and, in the case of PPC campaigns, can get quite expensive for minimal results.
Whether your firm is new or old, large or small, there are at least three things your digital marketing strategy should include to yield more clients for less money, in less time.
Believe it or not, there are a surprising number of lawyers who do not have a website for their law practice. If you fall into this category, fix this ASAP. No matter what other client acquisition strategies you have in place, having your own law firm website acts as the central hub for all of your marketing activities.
Additionally, your website is the only property you truly own in the digital world which allows you to tailor the entire user experience to your liking. And if you’ve ever dreamed of acquiring a steady stream of organic client traffic to your firm via SEO, you’re going to need a website to do it.
There are at least two very solid reasons that creating listings in directory sites should be part of your digital marketing strategy:
People looking for legal help seldom make a snap decision when choosing a lawyer. That means they’re shopping around and looking for reasons why you may be a better or worse choice than another lawyer out there. Think about how important online customer reviews are for any business. This gives you an idea of what social influence is all about.
Lawyers are quick to create social media profiles, but fall flat on leveraging the purpose of social tech. The point of social technology is to be interactive with your audience and incite this phenomenon of social influence.
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Social technology also allows you to engage and influence an audience in real time. There are a myriad of chat platforms that you can leverage to engage your potential clients as they shop around for a lawyer. You can integrate or embed these types of features onto your website or use platforms that already offer chat functions.
Whatever you do, just make sure to remember that a human being is on the other side of that screen…hoping that you’re also human.
When in Doubt, Pick Speed
If all of this seems overwhelming, start with what’s manageable within your time and budget. The great news is that each of the above items can be done for little to no cost. However, if executed well, these efforts can yield far greater results than much more expensive options out there while placing you in a strong position in the current and post-COVID era.
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