You’ve Got Questions About Website Design; We’ve Got Answers!

A good website design comes off as uncomplicated and simple to use. But creating a design as beautiful as it is useful isn’t as easy as it looks! Here we answer the most common website design questions we field.

We hope that you are able to answer your questions here. If not, pick up the phone and call 888-886-0939. Our team would love to help you better understand how we design killer, conversion-rich websites.


 

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  • What should I look for in a live chat provider?

    Picking the Best Live Chat ProviderWhen looking for a live chat provider, it's wise to use caution. Live chat has quickly risen in popularity, and too many providers are trying to get in on the game—even if they have no idea what they're doing.

    How We Picked Our Recommended Live Chat Provider

    At Foster Web Marketing, we recommend the live chat company Ngage. To find the best live chat option for our clients, we vetted many possible companies, and we would like to share the top three deciding factors we used to choose a live chat provider:

    1. The company must test constantly. A chat provider should spend much of their time testing the effectiveness of their product. They should be on the lookout for issues with their product and alert you when they believe that changes should be made. Example: Ngage was running tests on the optimal pop-up times for the chat window. They found that decreasing the pop-up time led to a 10 percent increase in chats. This led to changes in pop-up times for all of their clients, and we reaped the benefits. 
    2. They must listen to their clients. Your live chat provider may be the best in the business, but if they don't listen to their clients, they aren't doing their job. The company you choose to run the live chat for your website should be receptive to your opinions and willing to work you with on a solution. Example: When we expressed concern over the size of the live chat pop-up on our mobile site, Ngage worked with us to make it smaller. This met our needs and tested well—problem solved.
    3. They should provide you with chat transcripts in a timely manner. It's important that you know what's going on when people use the chat feature on your website. Top-notch live chat providers should make every single chat transcript available to you. This allows you to see exactly what questions site visitors are asking and ensures that the live chat operators are answering them to your satisfaction. Example: In DSS, we have a built-in feature that allows you to view all live-chat transcripts. For those who don't use DSS, the company emails transcripts to their clients.  

    We hope that our experience in choosing the best live chat provider for our company will help you find the best provider for yours. If you're interested in adding live chat, please call 888-886-0939. We would love to speak with you about the power of live chat and its importance in improving your website’s conversion rates.

  • I heard that mobile search is on the rise. How do I make the most of mobile search for my law firm?

    First of all, it's important that you understand the difference between mobile and desktop search:

    • Mobile search. When people search using their phones, tablets, or other mobile devices, it's considered a mobile search, even if they are using their phones to search from home.
    • Desktop search. When people search using their laptops or desktops, it's considered a desktop search, even if they are using a laptop in a coffee shop.

    For a few years now, mobile search has been growing in popularity. More people own mobile devices and understand the convenience of searching from their phones. What's more, those searching from their smartphones are much more likely to act on the search than those searching from their computers. This means that people who search for an attorney from their phones are highly motivated and ready to take action to call the attorney they deem worthy.

    Pleasing Motivated Mobile Users

    In order to make the most of these motivated mobile searchers, you'll need to have your local and mobile games on point. We suggest using a two-pronged approach that will get your law firm found and meet the expectations of mobile searchers.

    Understanding Mobile Search for Lawyers

    1. Make the most of local. In order to be found during a local search, you need to ensure that you are listed on the most important local sites. Start with the big guys—Google Local, Bing, and Yahoo. You'll need to make sure that your law firm is not only listed, but listed correctly on all of these sites. If your name, address, or phone number is different on any listing—even just by one number or letter—your SEO power will take a hit. Tip: A service such as Yext can be used to ensure uniformity of listing information. Yext checks over 50 sites, apps, and maps for your listings and lets you know how you are listed on each site.
    2. Get a mobile site. If you don't have a mobile site, now is the time. If a potential client arrives at your site from a smartphone and gets a traditional site, he or she will click back and try another attorney who has embraced mobile. After all, if you can't offer a modern, mobile site, who's to say you offer modern, competent legal care? Tip: When designing your mobile site, be sure that the main page contains both call and direction buttons. You want to make getting to your office or calling you as easy as possible.

    Taking it to the Next Level

    If you've ensured that people can find you from their mobiles and that you are meeting their high expectations by delivering a clean, easy-to-navigate mobile site, it's time to crank it up a notch. To do so, our attorney local SEO team suggests that you:

    • Create and implement a review strategy.
    • Write interesting content that appeals to your ideal client in your ideal city or county. Use keywords that reflect this.
    • Use your local phone number in all listings, not your 1-888 or 1-800 number.
    • Make your profile picture a professional photograph of you or you and your staff.
    • Make sure the description in your listing is interesting and perfectly written.

    If you'd like our team to help you take advantage of mobile and local search, request a free site analysis or call 888.886.0939. We will comb over your site, giving you a full report on how your site is performing and what you can do to improve your local SEO efforts. 

    Are You Wondering If Your Law Firm Or Medical Practice Website Is Standing Up To The Competition? It's Likely Time For A Website Redesign.

    If you're convinced your website is outdated, chances are it is. Help is available, however. Please contact us online or call our office directly at 866.497.6199 to schedule your free website redesign consultation with our experienced marketing team. We have been helping clients throughout the United States and internationally since 1998 and are confident we can help you not only reach, but exceed your goals.

  • Will my version of DSS work with my redesign?

    Everyone who uses DSS is using the same version. However, what makes DSS unique and different is what happens behind the scenes. DSS is designed to have different functionality for different users, allowing each user to maximize their online marketing efforts.

    When a website is redesigned, the functionality of DSS does not change. The redesign is just the skin over your website’s content. Foster Web Marketing changes this appearance to keep up to date with the current online trends.

    As an example, Foster Web Marketing has redesigned its website five times. With DSS, this can be done without changing the backend coding, but only the appearance of the website.

    When going from a version 1 site to a version 2 site, the backend of your website stays the same. This effectively keeps all of your marketing work in place and only changes the appearance of your website. As new features are rolled out, you can take full advantage of them.

    Contact online attorney marketing firm Foster Web Marketing to learn more about our industry leading DSS platform and how it can be incorporated into your company’s website by calling 888.886.0939.  

  • I have a little bit of experience with html and personal websites. Is there any real benefit to working with an attorney website design team if I can do it myself?

    It depends. Building a website for your business is a lot different than building a personal website, and there are many considerations you need to keep in mind for your attorney website design. Here are just a few of the major considerations that make a business website different than a personal website:

     

    • Search engine optimization. If you want your law firm website to be worth your time and money, then it needs to be findable. Using appropriate SEO tactics and staying up-to-date on Google’s changes can mean the difference between bringing in more cases and getting lost in the crowd.

     

    • A professional feel that makes you look like an expert. With a business website, your potential clients will expect a more professional look and feel than you may be used to with your personal website. Any broken code, low-quality images, grammatical errors, etc. will only serve to make you look less professional and send your web visitors running.

     

    • Directing clients to appropriate information. Although your visitors may be willing to dig through confusing menus to find what they need on your personal website, your potential clients won’t take the time to go digging on your business website. If they can’t find what they need within a click or two, then they’re likely to go look elsewhere.

     

    Need help building an effective Web presence for your law firm? Speak with our attorney website design experts today at 1-888-886-0939, or fill our easy online contact form for more information!

  • How does redesigning a law firm website improve conversions?

    Although content is important, even the best content will get lost in a bad design. An up-to-date site that puts an emphasis on providing a great user experience will always outshine a lackluster site that doesn’t have its users’ needs in mind.

    User Experience is Critical to Any Conversion-Focused Website

    In a nutshell, Google wants to connect its users with sites that provide a good user experience, and your users are more likely to reach out and contact you if you provide the information they need online. If your site doesn’t answer your potential clients’ questions, or if your design makes those answers hard to find and leaves your users frustrated, then it is pretty likely your page rankings will suffer.

    Here are some tips for redesigning your lawyer website to create a better user experience:

    • Make your site easy to navigate. Your content doesn’t matter if no one can get to it. Organize your menus and navigation so that your users can easily find what they need.
    • Create links that make sense. Pay attention to the way you link your own lawyer website together. The more sense your internal links make and the longer users are on your page soaking up relevant information, the better it is for your page rankings.
    • Use content to answer questions and build trust. Your content should focus more on solving your potential clients’ problems and answering questions, which makes you look like the expert to turn to when it’s time to take legal action.
    • Make sure it’s easy on the eyes. Web users aren’t going to stick around on an ugly website. Choose colors and design elements carefully, take advantage of “white space,” and try to create a sharp-looking site for your users.

    Need help getting more out of your lawyer website design? Speak with our law firm web design experts today at 1-888-886-0939, or fill out our easy online contact form for more information!

  • If already offer a mobile app for my potential clients, do I still need a mobile attorney website?

    Although a mobile app is a great place to start and is a creative way to reach out to your clients, mobile apps just can’t take the place of properly optimized mobile websites for lawyers. Consider the following:

    • A mobile attorney website works on any platform, unlike apps.
    • Apps have to be installed, but your lawyer website can be viewed instantly.
    • Mobile websites are more likely to show up in Google results from mobile searches.
    • An easy-to-navigate mobile website connects clients with information faster—and it makes it easier to find and install your app!
    The mobile web is all about convenience. The long and short of it is that mobile apps help, but you can’t ignore your mobile website. Think of your mobile lawyer apps as an addition to—not a substitution for—a properly optimized mobile website.

    If you would like more information about mobile websites for attorneys or creating mobile apps to offer to your potential clients, give us a call today at 888-886-0939 or use the contact form on this page. We would be happy to help you build a strong mobile presence, bring in more contacts, and use your online attorney marketing to show your firm in its best light.
     
    We’d also like to offer you a completely FREE copy of our must-read book, 7 Biggest Mistakes Lawyers Make With Their Web Marketing That Cost Them Millions in Cases, Clients, and Profits, which explains more about how to take advantage of the power of the Web and start converting your web visitors into contacts and clients.

  • Can I monitor the traffic to my mobile site?

    You can monitor traffic to your mobile website for your law firm using the free service Google Analytics (GA).  If you're familiar with GA, you already know that it's a great tool for tracking traffic and can help you tweak your legal web marketing campaign.

    With so many smartphones in use today, many sites are offering a mobile version of their website.  Using Google Analytics, you're able to see how many people have visited the mobile version of your site.  It also gives you data on the type of smartphone the visitor used, including details on the operating system, such as Android or iOS.

    This information isn't difficult to access, especially if you've been using GA.  Once you're logged in, just click on “view reports.” It’ll display the report right away or, if you have more than one account, you can select the one you want. From here, click the “visitors” tab on the left part of the screen, then “mobile,” and finally “devices” – this should display the traffic for your mobile site.

    You can take a look at a variety of data, which GA has gathered on your behalf, such as which smartphones were used and the number of mobile visitors.  In addition to the basic data, you can also view more specific information regarding your visitors.  If you browse around the page, you will see that there are various arrows and drop boxes available for you to click on. This shows you in-depth information about how visitors got there, where they are from, and what they looked at.

    If you'd like to get more information on how to generate traffic to your website, give us a call for a consultation at 888-886-0939. Also be sure to download a copy of our report 7 Biggest Mistakes Lawyers Make With Their Web Marketing That Cost Them Millions in Cases, Clients, and Profits.

  • Why should I get a web site with Foster Web Marketing?

    We will provide a customized design for you that is properly coded for the search engines. There are many amazing designers out there that can really make beautiful web pages. But most sacrifice the mission for the art. The mission for an attorney web design is to promote a contact from a visitor. That is the only thing that matters! It doesn't matter how pretty your web design is if it doesnt get you any business from it.