When was the last time you purchased something online?
From Amazon, Argos or John Lewis before the festive period perhaps?
Before you added the item to your basket, I bet that you looked at the reviews - or at the very least the number of stars the product had for its rating.
The majority of the UK’s 10,000+ law firms can be classed as small. According to the SRA’s definition,
At the moment when rapid changes to your business are required to help you succeed, it’s worth soaking up the knowledge and experience of others to see how you can apply them to your own firm.
Our Chris Davidson recently published a piece on how in-house legal marketers manage many spinning plates as part of their roles. Having been an in-house marketer in leading law firms himself (and indeed with various members of our team having formerly been in-house marketing professionals), Chris noted that he finds it “heartening that law firms are recognising the value of having in-house marketing support during these times of unprecedented change in the legal profession.”
But even with the best in-house legal marketing resource, there are many sound business reasons for outsourcing all or part of your firm’s digital marketing, whether working alongside an existing in-house digital marketer or not.
As Moore Legal Technology’s Operations Director, I’ve learnt a tremendous amount about what it takes to plan and implement a culture of operational excellence in a fast-paced work environment. Many of the insights we have gained and indeed use in practice are relevant to our law firm clients. So we thought we’d give something back by writing a series of articles on our Operational Excellence Insights, starting with Ten Top Tips for Improving Your Law Firm’s Efficiency.
This article on the best practices and strategies was originally posted on Infolaw and has been reposted here with the permission of the author.
Do you have the legal content skills to help Moore Legal Technology succeed? We are one of the UK’s leading online business generation consultancies for the legal sector.
With the connection between law and technology becoming stronger than ever, we’re now seeing the first legal ‘hackathon’ coming to Scotland. Organised by Legal Hackers Scotland and The Law Society of Scotland, and as publicised on the Law Society’s website here, the 48 hour event, running this weekend (Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June), will be a pop-up innovation lab for lawyers, designers, technologists and others to collaborate and design sustainable and scalable solutions that alleviate pressing access to justice issues.
As one of the most innovative organisations on the planet, Google improves the way it does things every day. And for our law firm clients to beat their competition online, we need to as well.
With our growing team having built up vast expertise in generating business online in the legal sector, at Moore Legal Technology we aim to give something back to our community.
Moore Legal Technology is experiencing continuous growth, so we're hiring yet again - we are looking for an enthusiastic colleague with a passion for digital design.
How many spam SEO emails does your firm get from the ‘next top SEO company from India with thousands of SEO experts around the world’? We hear from partners in law firms every week about how they’ve had an email like the one in the attached screengrab below. So it’s no surprise that SEO (and perhaps more broadly internet marketing) sometimes gets a bad name. You may get such an email and just delete it instantly, perhaps preceded with some swearing. That’s perfectly normal. That’s what I and my colleagues do too (yes, even our legal SEO experts get bombarded with similar emails each day, and yes we have a swear jar in the office).
As reported in Legal Futures recently, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has warned that barristers are at risk of being “squeezed out of the market by a declining case load, a surfeit of barristers and increasing competition from both other regulated legal professionals as well as unregulated service providers.”
We are pleased to note that the powerful, open source, scalable CMS that we use for the majority of our clients' websites (ie the core of their online business generation projects) has been voted the best free CMS of 2015 by cmscritic.com.
How is your law firm doing in search? Where do you rank? What does your meta data look like for organic results for your main legal services? What do your PPC ads look like? Don’t know? Don’t care? Over the next ten years we’ll be seeing more and more businesses, not necessarily law firms nor solicitors, advertising alongside you in organic (whether in the local block of results or otherwise) and paid Google search. And it probably won’t be the same competitors you may have expected to appear there in the past. In today’s blog, I look at the forces that are driving such unexpected competitors to appear there, how you could be missing out on significant amounts of new business and what you can do to take advantage of the opportunities the internet still presents law firms and solicitors who deserve to have an outstanding online presence.
Recently we were invited to tender for the delivery of online marketing services to a long-established law firm in England. At the meeting one of the key discussions related to whether we’d recommend focusing the online marketing efforts and investment into targeting people searching locally for their lawyer or nationally. Indeed, we get asked this a lot and taking the wrong approach on this could be costing your firm thousands of online enquiries each year. So what’s the right answer?
Both the Law Society of Scotland and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have published warnings about the rise of bogus law firms across the UK. The SRA notes that over 700 reports of such fake firms have been made in the past year, an annual increase of over 25%, and the Law Society of Scotland have noted similar patterns emerging. But what can law firms do if they’re subjected to what is effectively online identity theft?
Having been immersed in many web design projects for law firms both in the UK and internationally (having put 50+ new sites going live in the past 3 years), we have recently updated our legal website design guide page. Including a section ‘Strategic website design with great conversion rates - top 5 tips’, this explains among other things our philosophy to great law firm web design (i.e. Don’t make me think), with information on what you need from your new website to really succeed online and generate profitable business that will help your firm grow in a competitive marketplace. We hope you enjoy and hopefully you’ll pick up some useful tips when you consider redesigning your own website.