Frequently Asked Questions About the Best Website Design and Marketing for Attorneys, Doctors, and Other Professionals
Below are some questions many clients have when they first contact Foster Web Marketing about the online marketing world.
The questions below may address many initial concerns you may have. If you don't find your answers here, you should contact us for answers to any questions specific to your firm.
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What’s the best way to come up with new ideas for my attorney website content?
If you’re running out of ideas for great attorney website content, then it’s time to get creative. Here are a few simple things you can do to help you brainstorm new content ideas:
- Ask your friends, colleagues, and family. It’s easy to get stuck in a stale marketing hole, but simply talking with the people around you and asking for topics is sometimes all it takes to find a great, new idea or creative angle.
- Think about where you want to go next. Do you plan to focus on a new practice area or city? Do you offer a new service or have an old service that isn’t getting much interest? Think about the direction you want to take with your law firm, and use your content to create excitement.
- Read relevant books and publications. Taking a peek at what others are talking about and what you have to say about it can be a valuable source of new content ideas. Creating content based on popular trends can help direct traffic to your site and get conversations started on your social media pages or attorney blog.
- Find new ways to present popular content. If you have an older article that gets a lot of attention, consider expanding on that topic and related issues. It’s always easiest to simply give your online visitors what they’re really looking for.
- Ask your audience what they want. And, speaking of giving your website visitors what they’re looking for, consider just asking! Create a poll on your social media pages, have clients fill out a feedback form, and solicit input on your blog. Most of the time, you’ll find that your readers are more than happy to make constructive suggestions.
If you need help brainstorming new content ideas, or if you’re ready for our team of writers to handle your attorney website content for you, our friendly online content writing team is here to help. Reach out to us today at 1-888-886-0939.
Is it okay to include images in my book?
It's more than okay; it's encouraged!
Images are a powerful tool. We often talk about the power of images on your website and the types of images you should be posting on social networks. However, images are also an integral part of the free book or guide you offer on your law firm’s website. In your book, images are an excellent way to make a point or highlight important information. Examples of images to use in your free offer include:
- "Clip art"
Choose Images Carefully
The right image at the right time can make your book more effective. However, the wrong image can distract the reader and make your book or offer appear cheap and cheesy. Too many images are worse than too few, as they can be confusing and can clutter a page.
Therefore, you have to choose carefully when selecting images for your book. A good idea is to write the text first, and then decide where you want images to appear. If, while writing, you think an image would drive home an important point, note it and look back on these notes when you are finished.
If it still feels right to place a graph or image near the text, go for it! As with any writing project, be sure that someone—preferably a person experienced in editing—looks over your book. They can help ensure that the images you choose fit just right and help clarify the thrust of your message.
For help with book writing for attorneys, call 888.886.0939. We can help edit your final draft and choose the best images for your book, or we can start from scratch and ghostwrite a book for you; the choice is yours.
Should my book offer or legal guide include a call to action?
Your book can and should contain a call to action—but just one, near the end. Even this should be a soft call to action. As in, "If you would like to learn more about how to protect yourself from foreclosure, call 1.888.888.8888 and speak with one of our experienced attorneys."
This way, the reader has your phone number and knows that you are ready to help. It extends the thrust of the book and reinforces that this law firm knows what they are talking about and can help me with my legal troubles.
Nobody Likes a Hard Sale
A book can make a sale without the used car salesman push. You don't want your book to sound like a sales pitch. You want to offer up useful information, give your phone number, and allow potential clients to make their own decision.
If each chapter or each page includes a hard sale, readers will toss it to the side. After all, they requested the book to learn more about their specific legal needs—not to get a lecture about why your law firm is so awesome.
Awesome attorneys don't have to say that they are awesome. Their knowledge speaks for itself. This is why a book is an excellent marketing tool for lawyers. It shows that the attorney is a true expert in his or her field and that he or she is willing to share knowledge—even give it away for free—just to ensure that the rights of the people are protected.
If you need help during any part of the legal marketing book writing process, call 888.886.0939 to speak with a member of our team. We can help you achieve your dream of a successful law firm.
How can I maintain my attorney website’s SEO success?
If your attorney website is already performing well in the search engine rankings and drawing in contacts and clients for your law firm, then it’s a good time to sit down and think about how you can maintain that SEO success. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is to start slacking on their SEO as soon as they start to reap the benefits of the groundwork they’ve put in. Effective search engine optimization is an evolving beast, and great search engine rankings aren’t a one-time achievement—your SEO campaign needs sustained attention if you want it to keep working for you.
Here are a few things you can do to keep your online attorney marketing campaign going strong:
- Create additional content related to popular topics. If you’ve had a lot of success with certain keywords and types of content, continue to build on your success by expanding on what has been popular in the past.
- Engage with your potential clients through social media. There’s no doubt that the Web is social, and engaging with your audience through Facebook or Twitter can be a great way to continue driving traffic to your site. If you’re not already involved in social media for your business, it’s definitely time to get started.
- Post relevant content regularly. If you aren’t posting new content regularly, you’re probably missing out on some visibility. Google rewards frequent posters, so it’s worth taking the time to create and schedule content each month.
- Keep current with current “white hat” SEO trends. Old or manipulative SEO tactics can harm your site’s ranking in the blink of an eye. Make sure you understand the most current SEO guidelines and adhere to them.
If you need help building a successful online attorney marketing campaign, or if you are looking for help managing your SEO needs, our friendly attorney SEO team can help. Give us a call today at 1-888-886-0939 with any further questions or concerns.
What is my unique selling proposition, and how does it apply to attorney search engine marketing?
Although it seems like you should be aiming for a broad audience with your attorney search engine marketing, the most effective online marketing efforts focus on a narrow audience with unique concerns. When you first get started with online marketing, you should be thinking about your “unique selling proposition,” which is really just a fancy way of describing what makes your law firm special and what you have to offer to your clients.
So why does it matter? Here are just a few reasons why your unique selling proposition is so important to online marketing:
- It should be at the core of your overall online marketing strategy. It can be a challenge to stand out from the crowd of online competitors. Getting a clear idea of what makes your services unique helps you build up a strong attorney marketing strategy that really showcases what you have to offer.
- It’s easier to target the clients who need your services. Effective attorney search engine marketing focuses on attracting your ideal clients—and your ideal client is largely attracted by the things that make you special. Figuring out what sets you apart from your competitors helps you focus your marketing attention on your unique areas of interest and expertise, which brings in more relevant contacts.
- It helps you establish an online “personality.” What is the personality of your law firm? How do you work with the clients who visit your office? A big part of what makes your law firm special is what you bring to the table in experience and personality. Letting your personality show online helps potential clients get to know you and makes you stand out from the cold, dry content on other legal sites.
Have more questions related to attorney search engine marketing? Call the team at Foster Web Marketing today at 1-888-886-0939 for help!
The keywords I want to use in my Google AdWords campaign are so expensive. What's a lawyer to do?
A drawback for attorneys wanting to use Google AdWords is that keywords commonly associated with law firms are among the most expensive. Because of this, it's important that you think hard about the keywords you have tied into your Google AdWords campaign. Are they wasting your money? Are they perhaps being seen by too large an audience? If so, it's time to make some changes.
For Big Results, Think Small
In this instance, thinking small means narrowing down your Google AdWords keywords to better target a small, focused group. Just like the content of your website, geo-location-specific keywords should be used in your law firm’s Google AdWords campaign.
Using a highly targeted keyword—“car accident in Dallas need legal help” instead of “Dallas accident lawyer”—will not only save you money, it will help you zero in on your target audience and your ideal client. So, while this narrow focus might not get you a ton of impressions or ad views, it will be seen by those looking for an attorney like you.
Do it right, and your ad campaign will not just be successful, it will save you money. By avoiding the big, expensive Google AdWords keywords, your ads will only be viewed and clicked on by those who entered a keyword phrase close to your highly targeted keyword.
If you want help getting Google AdWords right, call 888.886.0939 to speak with a member of our attorney marketing team. We can help you launch and maintain a highly successful PPC advertising campaign.
What is brand hijacking? As an attorney, should I be concerned?
Brand hijacking is the practice of using a competitor’s name as a keyword in a Google AdWords PPC campaign. For you, this means that, if your competitor wishes, he or she can put your firm’s name as one of their keywords. If they do so, and someone types in your firm’s name, the ad for your competitor will appear.
This can confuse prospective clients and, in the worst-case scenario, have them calling and hiring your competitor. Not cool.
Yes. You Should Be Concerned.
This is a pretty big deal. In some cases, it's taking away from the contacts an attorney gets and has a serious effect on business. In fact, hijacked law firms sometimes find their competitor’s location coming up on Google Maps! Clearly, this is a “black hat” practice. It's unfair—plain and simple.
But is it illegal? Not yet. In fact, a recent court case in Wisconsin found that freedom of speech allows businesses to use the names of their competitors in Google AdWords. The court recognized that individuals do have the right to preserve the integrity of their name, but that freedom of speech trumped this right.
So, for now, there is no legal precedent for cases of brand hijacking. Google still has the right to sell your name and the name of your law firm to the highest bidder.
If you are concerned that your brand has been hijacked, call our attorney Google AdWords experts at 888.886.0939. We can help you determine the next best step for your law firm.
Is it possible to have too many online videos on my attorney website?
Is it really possible to have too many videos on your attorney website? Maybe. But a more honest answer is that it’s not really about the number of videos you create or feature on your website—it’s about how you choose to handle those videos and present them to your audience.
If you love making videos and love the positive impact they have on your attorney website traffic, then making a ton of videos isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There is really no hard limit to how many videos you can feature on your site. However, if you have more than a few, you’ll need to put in a little extra work to make sure that potential clients are watching your videos and that your video marketing investment is paying off.
Here are a few tips for handling the presentation of numerous lawyer videos:
- Relevant, unique content. Make sure you’re not making the same video over and over—potential clients won’t watch your videos if you don’t have anything new to say.
- Presentation really matters. Don’t overwhelm visitors with a bunch of embedded videos. Take the time to create, organize, and professionally present your videos. Add relevant videos to your written content, and consider creating a YouTube channel.
- Letting people know about your video library. Although some people may find your video library by searching, many people prefer to watch videos that are recommended through social media sites. Let potential clients know about your video by getting involved with YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
If you’re ready to start creating and promoting relevant lawyer videos that attract potential clients, the lawyer video marketing team at Foster Web Marketing is ready to help. Get started today by giving us a call at 1-888-886-0939 or filling out the convenient online contact form on this page to learn more!
Why should I post my attorney marketing video to YouTube and other video sites?
You might be surprised at how many people are turning to video as a main source of news and information online. While some people may be directed to your website in search of videos about their legal issues, it’s more likely that a typical internet user will first turn to dedicated video search sites like YouTube. That’s why it’s so important not to limit your attorney video marketing to just your website!
Posting your video to YouTube as well as your own attorney website provides many important SEO benefits, including:
- Posting your video to dedicated video sites offers more ways for potential clients to find your video.
- It’s easy for viewers to comment on your video, post it to social media sites, and share with friends and family.
- Your overall search engine rankings could increase if you upload your video to YouTube.
- Video sites provide a built-in audience and can drive new traffic to your main attorney website or other videos and content.
Interested in getting started with attorney video marketing? The video SEO team with Foster Web Marketing can help! Give us a call today at 1-888-886-0939, or get started by filling out the online contact form on this page. To learn more about the wild world of online video marketing, please also request our helpful, FREE guide, The Small Business Guide to YouTube: How to Get Found by the World’s Most Aggressive Internet Users …And Never Miss Another Lead.
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