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Creating an Effective Web Strategy By: Ryan Tauer & Thomas Atkinson August 6, 2012
Agenda Build a web strategy to prosper Online reputation management for referrals Search Engine Optimization/SEO Social media Play to compete and win Evaluate your website SEO Build your web strategy to achieve more and better cases
Speakers: Thomas Atkinson, Attorney at Law Education Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota JD - May, 1993 Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - Nominated BA History - May, 1990 to super Areas of Practice lawyers list Workers Compensation Social Security -- Disability - AV Rated
Speakers: Ryan Tauer, Internet Marketing Consultant Education St John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA BA Sociology - May, 2002 5 year tenure in lawyer internet marketing, advised 100s of law firms in the US and UK. Dedicated to MN and WI law firms.
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Oh, perception is reality!Search engines - The newpublic records databaseOver a 1 billion searches perday!
Understand what’s being said!Do you look like this online?
google alerts – monitor your reputation Tom Atkinson lawyer
Create Your Own Destiny Firm’s Web Site PDF – Article in Super Lawyers Expert Web site Expert Web site FindLaw directory listing Blog HG.org firm listing Video Video Local Business Listing
Defending your online reputation (if attacked) Recourse is limited Contact site owner, request removal or post follow up comments Reputation Defender – software for Online Reputation Management Sincerity – Transparency & Consistency
Online Marketing Strategy Do you have a web strategy that mirrors your business strategy?
How Consumers research legal problemsMore people go to the Internet for solutions than any other source!Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, December 2007. Survey on how Americans address common problems that mightbe linked to the government, including becoming involved in a legal matter.
The Legal Consumer Online 95% of consumers research general information on their legal need Nearly 50% of consumers researching the Internet contacted an attorney 56% contacted only one attorney 70% of those who contacted an attorney decided to hire an attorney Others validated attorney referrals, or accessed multiple Web sites to get more information about various attorneys and law firmsSource: FindLaw, How U.S. Consumers Meet Their Legal Needs Online, August 2006.
Non-Vanity Search Phrase – Certified SpecialistHow a client will search for help with a specific legal need(they do not use the same legal terms as lawyers)
How Google Ranks – What matters the most? On-page SEO Off-page SEO
Online Legal Directories: Why They MatterOnline directories help consumers research their legal issue andsearch for lawyers in a specific area of practice and region A Starting Point for Clients: Directories are a commonly used starting point for many people researching their legal issue Powerful Search Tools: Clients use directories to search for lawyers in a specific specialty and geographic region Highly Visited and Fast Growing Portals: Directories receive millions of visitors every year, and their use continues to grow
Design: art and science Clarity, not complexity – User-friendly sites welcome visitors with a clear and intuitive layout Easy-to-follow content – Include practice areas, attorney profiles, and information about a variety of legal issues Contact information – Make it easy to contact your firm!
Content Is King Content should achieve three basic functions. • Position your firm and represent the quality of your work. • Strengthen the Web sites visibility on the Search Engines. • Position yourself as an expert at solving — and preventing — problems.
Social Media More than 700,000 local businesses have active Pages on Facebook. Purpose-built Facebook pages have created more than 5.3bn fans. It is a means to make connections with people who want to hear from you Time intensive form of marketingSource: http://econsultancy.com/blog/5324-20+-mind-blowing-social-media-statistics-revisited
Importance of Blogs Capitalize on the importance search engines place on fresh, relevant content through blogging! • 77% of Internet users read blogs • 71% of bloggers increased the visibility of their business • 58% of bloggers became better known in the industry • 56% of bloggers established their company as a thought leaderSource: Technorati Authority, 2009
BLOG TIPS YOUR Don’t just blow your horn all day Listen to what’s out there Add insight and commentary Understand who your audience is Focus on the concerns and challenges they faceSource: HubSpot
Get Started YourCreate & Publish ContentStarting an active content strategy Auto Published Create & optimize your blog Create Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn business Auto page/s Published Connect your blog/s to your social media Promote your social media Auto Published