The new year is here, and if you’re like most solo or small law firm owners, you have big goals for this coming year. As the field of law becomes increasingly competitive, it becomes more and more important to have a crystal-clear digital marketing plan that helps you reach new leads, reconnect with potential clients, and solidify your brand.
1. Develop Your Content Marketing Strategy
The phrase “content is king” is often heard in marketing circles, and the legal industry is proof that this adage is still true. Regularly producing high-quality content helps your brand grow in multiple ways. First, you can target keywords that potential clients are searching for when looking for a lawyer. Second, your trustworthy content helps you strengthen your brand and your reputation. Finally, shareable content can also play a big role in your social media marketing plans. Focus on topics that are interesting to laypeople and use conversational language in lieu of legal jargon.
2. Expand Your Social Media Presence
Regardless of the age, gender, and socioeconomic status of your target market, it’s highly likely that they’re active on multiple social media platforms. Use your time wisely by researching the platforms your audience is using and focusing your efforts, rather than trying to be active on as many platforms as possible.
3. Make Sure You’re Considering Your Mobile Users
Per CNBC, nearly three-quarters of Internet users are expected to access the Internet solely via smartphone by 2025. Law firms with outdated websites that are not optimized for mobile devices are at risk of losing potential clients to firms with fast-loading, mobile-friendly websites. Your website should make it easy for clients to find the information they’re searching for, learn more about your firm, and contact you directly.
4. Bring in Gated Content
Gated content, also known as “freemium” content, is provided free to your visitors—in exchange for signing up to your e-mail list. This is an extremely effective technique for law firms in various specialties, so if you’re not using it already, make it a priority in 2020. Many law firms offer access to a free guide in exchange for a visitor’s email address. For example, a family law attorney might write a short guide on “7 Steps to Divorcing an Adversarial Spouse” or a bankruptcy lawyer might write “5 Ways to Repair Your Credit After Bankruptcy.” This ties directly into the fifth tip on this list.
5. Tap Into E-Mail Leads
An e-mail list is still one of the most valuable things you can have as a solo attorney or small law firm. It helps you stay in touch with potential clients who may not be ready to take the plunge when they first come across your website. By building a relationship with your e-mail list through regular updates and valuable information, you can be at the forefront of their thoughts when they are ready to take that leap.
Digital marketing is key to the growth of your law firm. A solid plan for 2020 can get you on the right track.