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How Lawyers Can Use Social Media Without Giving Advice

Due to ethical concerns, attorneys know that setting limitations on social media interaction are a must.  There is a fine line about what can legally be posted and what cannot and each state has its own laws which govern this.

Giving specific online advice to an individual can create an attorney/client based relationship. You can provide a general answer, but you should not give exact advice on the details they provide. You can suggest recommending that they consult with a local attorney in their area, to avoid crossing any ethical boundaries.

 

Let’s take a look at some beneficial ways lawyers can use social media:

 

Regular (High Quality) Blog Posting

Attorneys that post regular content to their blogs, have the potential to grown their client base by leaps and bounds. Provided that optimal SEO and content are applied, viewers will be able to easily find the law firm on search engines.

A recent survey states that 8% of attorneys currently post on a blog for their law firm and 39% of lawyers have gained new clients by using a blogging platform.

Regular blog posts on interesting topics will make visitors want to return to read the latest news.

Article content can range from industry news, recent law changes, or information about the particular niche that your law firm specializes in.

 

Twitter, LinkedIn & Facebook

The blog posts mentioned above should be tweeted or posted on Facebook or LinkedIn to gain new visitors to your website. Sharing your knowledge with others will help you obtain more followers and some of those will hopefully turn into clients.

The ability to follow other experts on these two platforms will give you the opportunity to discover new content that may spark ideas for your own posts. You may also connect with others in your field with whom you can develop a referral system.

Consider Twitter and Facebook as tools that will help you grow your client base. There is unlimited ability to expand your audience. Make your tweets and posts sound interesting so more people want to click and read more of what you have to say.

 

Add A Personal Touch & Break the Internet Barrier

You don’t want to come across as just a lawyer, you need to present yourself as a “real person” as well. Doing so will make your audience feel like they know you better and will feel more confident in you as a person, as well as an attorney.

Avoid posting updates on your family details, but instead mention your favorite local businesses, restaurants, or local events that are happening in your area that you may be interested in. This not only promotes others, but they may return the favor, which will benefit you as well.

It is not recommended to combine your personal and legal accounts, but give a peek of your true self on your professional page.

 

Conclusion

By using online platforms, you can help build your credibility and become more familiar to potential clients. Integrating and cross promoting on all of your social media accounts will create a strong online presence.

Consider hiring a professional to improve your site’s SEO and maintain your blog updates and plug-ins. Concentrate on practicing law and leave the technical details to someone else.

If you don’t have the time or patience to write the content to include on your blog, there are resources online that can do that for you. At LuckyFish Media I work with a team of excellent content writers who can ghost write articles for your blog.

You can eliminate adding something to your to-do list and build your credibility at the same time by providing interesting articles and information.

Check out these articles to read more on how to use the internet to expand your law practice: How To Get Your Law Firm Optimized On Google Maps and 3 Of The Best Search Engine Optimization Tips For 2015.

3 Easy Tips For Captivating Your Website Visitors

Are You Captivating Your Audience?

Maintaining a website can be as simple or intricate as you desire, all depending on your business goals and line of products/services. Generally, the more numerous or complex of product/service, the more robust the site will be.

But the real question is, no matter how large or small, is your website captivating visitors?

THAT is the key to success. Read on to discover three easy tips to reach your online audience with a great website!

3 Easy Tips For Captivating Your Website Visitors

 

Hover Effects

Have you ever noticed that some websites just seem more cool than others? Little features often make a big impact on the overall feeling of a website, adding a certain style associated with the business brand.

Buttons and/or images on a website can quickly become more interesting with a hovering effect. In the past, this effect might have been as simple as the button changing colors on mouse over. However, there are now a wide array of options including fading in or out, 3D and shadowing, or swiping motions. Text can also be given a makeover with certain hovering features such as changes in font color, size, or animation. Navigational links may also participate in the game with underlining, italics, colors, and even icons that appear.

Hover effects are a great way to help users quickly locate the mouse on the page. More importantly, hover effects also help users feel connected to the site in an intuitive, playful, and personal manner.

Tip: Check out the Lucky Fish main blog page to see an example of a hover effect where the images “light up” and zoom in upon mouse over.

Call to Action

In my 3 Website Mistakes to Avoid blog post, I mentioned the lack of call to action buttons or text. This important website component cannot be stressed enough. A call to action is VITAL for success.

Visually or textually telling website visitors what to do next is a subtle and necessary step to retention. Having a clear call to action significantly lowers bounce rates and improves conversions. Calls to action need not be complicated. Consider each page of your site and ask, “What do I want the customer to do next?” The answer may include anything that keeps the visitor engaged and advancing in the sales funnel process.

Calls to action may appear anywhere on the page, but each page needs at least one. For blog posts, this is often at the end of the text. For example, at the end of a blog article about a great food recipe, there may be a link to another recipe to complete the meal with a tasty side dish. These easy connections promote interaction. Another example would be a simple shopping cart button that says “Add to Cart” and encourages users to understand how to purchase the item.

Schedule routine website audits where you check each page for contemporary and meaningful calls to action.

Good Design

What makes a good design? Website design is really no different than any other type of design work, whether it be industrial, graphic, architectural, or landscape. The point of design is to find the best way to display something in a pleasing and understandable manner. Check out Dieter Rams design principles for a fine explanation which can be applied to website design.

Essentially, a well designed website will engage customers, make services and products easy to understand and easy to find, and promote an enjoyable experience on the site.

Is your site functioning on the principles of good design? Regular analytics review, customer or visitor surveys, and an experienced design team will all help to reveal the answer. Another option is to do an A/B split testing of certain design features to determine which website version is best.

Check out my eBook on digital marketing for a deeper understanding of how using a variety of internet marketing methods can help you captivate your audience.

3 Website Mistakes to Avoid

We’ve all come across ancient websites and nearly laughed aloud at the old style of graphics, simplicity of design, and often boring content. With ever-changing expectations for website design, how do you know if you site is making mistakes like these?

Take a look at these key website mistakes to avoid to be sure your website is ready for modern audiences.

1. Out-of-Date Content

Providing website visitors with out-of-date content is one of the worst pitfalls for marketing your company image and value.

For example, if a user clicks your “News” tab and finds that the latest piece of news is from 2013, he or she is going to believe your entire website may not have been updated for years. This calls into question everything about your business  — standards, product usefulness, dedication to the industry, and plain and simple professionalism.

Many websites avoid dating content at all. Others regularly date items such as blog posts, news releases, and more. The important key is to regularly review and edit your site. If you choose to share news articles featuring your company or product, do so regularly. If you don’t have anything fresh to share, maybe it’s best to remove that portion of the site.

2. Lacking Calls to Action

Do you know what feature distinguished Facebook from other social media sites in the early race to domination? It was the “Like” button. Before Facebook introduced the “Like” button in 2009, users had to textually comment to show interaction with a post. The “Like” button is a simple call to action, but gets highly responsive results. One study of the “Like” button suggests that the history of “Liking” goes much deeper than the history of Facebook. This goes to show that a well researched call to action is worth investigating.

Informing website visitors what to do next or providing an interactive way to communicate preferences greatly lowers bounce rates and improves conversions. These next-step suggestions are called “Calls to Action”. Calls to action may be an anchored text link, an image button link with text, or a sentence including a quick link. Examples of each style:

Take a look at each page of your website, are you lacking calls to action? If so, this is one crucial component of your website you’ve got to improve immediately!

Which call to action style should you choose? Actually, the best way to answer this question is through testing. Set-up an A/B split test to present two different calls to actions to your site visitors in equal shares. Monitor which call to action style gets retains more visitors and/or leads to conversions. This will provide the best insight to which strategy, wording, colors, etc. are best for your particular business needs.

3. Inappropriate Font Size and Type

Font size and type play an important role in the emotions a website evokes on its readers. And now is the time to consider making font changes since recent browser support changes have made more font options a reality.

In a study about fonts by Microsoft and MIT researchers, many important findings about font size and type were discovered. More aesthetically pleasing fonts result in a happier mood and greater reading engagement. Secondarily, the happier mood encourages better cognitive abilities post-reading. Essentially, what this means is that it’s important to consider the font on your website if you want to influence your visitors in a particular way.

Different fonts may also evoke certain cultural emotions. For example, Helvetica font is what is used by the US government on tax forms. This association may produce unwanted side effects in mood. On the other hand, scripted fonts produce more romantic feelings, but are not easy to read for large bodies of text. In general, San-serif fonts like Arial and Calibri appear more informal than Serif fonts such as Times New Roman. A knowledgeable website designer should be able to help you consider which font is best for your purposes and audience.

Font size is just as vital as the type. Too small a font may be difficult for many readers and come across as intentionally misleading (as in the case of the “fine print” on giveaways.) For years it has been noted that font size 12pt and above is ideal, however many contemporary websites are moving towards fonts 20pt and larger. One recent study on font size suggests that these large fonts produce positive emotional responses. Again, these positive emotional responses are crucial to the actions of your website visitors.

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How To Write Content For Your Website Redesign

Content is difficult to write for a new website. Here are some tips. 

A good website redesign will be complete with fresh copy. Writing content for your newly redesigned website can be easier than you might imagine. Here are a few quick tips to get you started.

Condense, Condense, Condense

Take a look at the content that already exists on your site. Most likely you’ve added to it over the years, trying to express the exact nature of your service or product. Go in to the writings on your site and try to condense as much as possible. If you can say the same thing in three words than 20, it’s better.

List of Titles

If you’re aiming to start a professional blog, begin first with a list of titles. Think up some interesting topics related to your business, then come up with specific writing ideas within those topics. For example, your topic might be wooden sculpture and the exact titled might be “The Top 5 Most Expensive Wooden Sculptures Today.” For each topic try to come up with several titles. Use starters such as “How to…”, “Top List of…”, “Why It’s Important To…”, etc. to help you generate ideas.

Browse Competitor Sites

It’s always worth a look at competitor sites to see what ideas you might be missing. Of course, you may have better ideas, but often browsing another site helps us brainstorm. Plus, your competitors may have a bigger budget to hire professional writers. If so, then you’re likely to find some well-thought marketing and content.

Just Start Writing

Stepehen King, in his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, said “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” Often we’re too afraid to try writing for ourselves. However, the more your write, the better of a writer you’ll become. Just sit down and give it a try.

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