Ask the Expert - Legal Marketing Matters from a Family Law Attorney

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Article courtesy of interview with Divorce & Family Law Attorney, David Ward

How has legal marketing changed in the last 10 years?

The biggest changes have been the shift to content and information based marketing, and the need to use a multi-media approach. Ten years ago, if you had a small static website that focused on who you were, it was usually going to produce good results, provided it was in a couple directories. Today, if you are not constantly putting out useful content and taking advantage of video, email, and direct mail to do it, you are at a severe disadvantage to your competitors. Social proof in the form of reviews (online and offline) has also become essential to effective marketing.

Where is legal marketing headed?

As the market place has and continues to become more and more crowded, the need to distinguish yourself from other lawyers in your practice area will be an indispensable part of effective marketing. In other words, we have to give people a reason to choose us over our competitors. In addition, relationships are really going to be driving a lot of business in years to come. People do business with people they know, like, and trust. Working to cultivate relationships early on and continuing to develop those relationships through constant contact is where smart marketers are spending more of their time.

How can law firms build brand awareness?

For most firms, brand awareness is a byproduct of developing and maintaining relationships with clients and referral sources. However, the most effective way for most firms to build brand awareness is by becoming an Authority, Celebrity, and Expert (ACE) in their particular niches. Writing and publishing books, and appearing on radio and television shows build your status as an ACE. Also, having an active blog and a well-developed YouTube channel with substantial content will go a long way in establishing your ACE status. Brand awareness necessarily follows from your status as an ACE.

About David Ward:

Small business owners looking for a divorce attorney who knows the importance of business valuation, assessment of company assets and structure, and protection of private practices have a strong ally in the Ward Law Firm, P.A.. If you’re not a small business owner, David Ward is a family man himself and he understands the importance of securing your future and that of your family. Download his free report Top Ten Mistakes People Make When Getting Divorced In Georgia And How to Avoid Them So Your Divorce Doesn’t Become a Permanent Financial and Emotional Drag on Your Life.

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