Gone are the days when an attorney's sole source of business relied upon word-of-mouth referrals from friends and family. More and more consumers of all kinds rely on opinions and experiences of people whom they've never met to provide trusted insights. Couple that with heightened competition from other firms and do-it-yourself legal options, and the challenges to stay relevant mount.
The process of hiring an attorney can be a daunting one. No built-in referral network, little idea of what things should cost and perhaps uncertainty as to whether you even have a case. And what happens when emotions and catastrophic injuries enter into the equation?
How do potential clients see your firm? There's a predisposition amongst legal consumers that attorneys sit in their ivory tower, lording from on high. So while many lawyers are easily accessible, sometimes prospects don't view it that way. It's difficult to hurdle this barrier many consumers have, but doing so will help your firm seem trustworthy and compassionate.
Consider for a moment that your primary doctor refers you to a chiropractor in your area. When you visit the website the URL shows www.hopkinschiropratic.com. Upon poking around a bit you learn the business is actually named Hopkins & Sims Chiropractic. Next you visit their Facebook page, where instead of talking about chiropractic services the majority of the content is centered on acupuncture. In addition, you notice the phone number on their website doesn't match the Google business listing. Would this turn you off to the business as a whole and would you continue looking for another chiropractor?
For the past year both Super Lawyers and FindLaw have been advocating about the value of being proactive when it comes to managing your reputation online. Now there's more proof to that claim.
As a Super Lawyers or Rising Stars list selectee, you are among a unique group of attorneys who withstood the rigor of our patented selection process to earn a prestigious honor. That doesn't mean your reputation is perpetually perfect, especially in the world of online reviews.
So you've been selected to a Super Lawyers or Rising Stars list. Congratulations, that's no small feat. Remember, only 5 percent of attorneys are selected to the Super Lawyers list with another 2.5 percent selected to the Rising Stars list in each state. Maybe you found out about this exclusive honor recently but the list for your market doesn't publish for three months. Looking for the best way to maximize your visibility around this unique achievement in the meantime?
At Super Lawyers we've been busy looking for ways to maintain our competitive advantage and provide a better user experience for our visitors. Roughly a year ago we made enhancements to the SuperLawyers.com attorney directory result pages to provide a more relevant search for consumers and referring attorneys using our online directory.
For some lawyers, the industry is more exciting and dynamic than ever, with technology bringing about rapid change and new opportunities in the practice of law. Whether its billing software like Time59, or research tools like Fastcase, there are plenty of handy technologies right at your fingertips. In addition to technology, law firms are embracing social media like never before. In fact, 41% of firms now have social media sites with another one-third of small firms researching legal products and solutions on social media before purchasing.*
Leveraging past success for future growth Debra Schoenberg, founder of Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., located in San Francisco, California was in search of unique ways to attract an affluent client base. As a six-time Super Lawyers selectee, Debra has valued leveraging the Super Lawyers distinction that only five percent of attorneys in Northern California receive, using it as a catalyst for the firm's development.