Blog posts

Understanding SERPs and How they Affect your Firm

Submitted by Deanna on Tue, 05/10/2016 - 13:24

If your firm has a website, you probably already know that depending on how high your website shows up on search engine result pages (SERPs), more or less visitors will make their way to your site. But how important are SERPs to law firms? Understanding how search engines work can immensely improve your ability to sign new clients from your firm’s online traffic .

How do SERPs work?

Social Security Disability Law Profitability Revisited

Submitted by cgi on Fri, 05/06/2016 - 20:00

In late 2014, we published a blog analyzing the profitability of Social Security disability attorneys and advocates at the hearing level. Now, we've set out to revisit the topic and outline what has changed in the past 18 months.

To recap: Back in late 2014, many Social Security disability attorneys saw a decrease in hearing level profitability due to a 3.57% decrease in the hearing approval rate.

Budgeting for Social Security Law Firms

Submitted by ram on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 11:16

Given the current nature of the Social Security disability industry, some Social Security disability firms that do not have a solid budgeting plan in place are running into cash flow issues. This is due to the fact that average wait times for hearings are on the rise. According to a report released by the Office of the Inspector general, the average time to have a hearing scheduled was 490 days as of April, 2016 vs. 353 days in 2012.

Are the Stock Images on your Website Stopping You from Converting Leads into Clients?

Submitted by blm on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 14:39

According to a survey conducted by FindLaw, nearly 40% of people looking for an attorney conducted their search online in 2014. Internet searches are now hands-down the most commonly used way claimants selected attorneys to hire.

If potential clients find their way to your firm’s website, they might learn how your firm can help them win their claims, but the wrong images on your site could put them off working with you.

Here’s the million-dollar question: How do you pick the right images for your website?

Can Social Security Disability Claimants Navigate your Website?

Submitted by Deanna on Tue, 04/12/2016 - 10:04

Legal marketing can become one of the most profitable ways for Social Security disability advocates and attorneys to sign new clients. From pay-per-click advertising to search engine optimization, there are countless ways to get new visitors to your website. But what happens when a potential Social Security disability lead actually finds your firm’s website? If your website isn’t ready for Social Security claimants, you may be missing out on hundreds of potential clients.

Evaluating your landing pages: Bounce rate

Is Now a Good Time to Talk?

Submitted by ntd on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 16:58

These days, most initial introductions to a law firm are handled over the phone. Phone interviews or consultations help save you and your potential client time, but can also present a number of obstacles that you will have to overcome when you want to put your “best foot forward” for your law firm.

Flawless phone conversations lead to enthusiastic clients, higher profit margins, and a steady stream of clients and client referrals.

Tips For Your Firm’s Call-To-Action

Submitted by gwm on Tue, 03/22/2016 - 15:53

Marketing your law firm is more important than ever, as more attorneys and advocates begin practicing every year. While you can spend a fortune on a glitzy website or go for broke with paid ads at the top of search engine results, your campaigns rely on an effective “Call to Action” – that is, the driving force motivating your customer to take immediate action on your site and contact your firm. Here are a few key tips that can help your firm’s marketing inspire immediate response.

Why All Attorneys Need a Mobile-Optimized Website

Submitted by Deanna on Thu, 03/17/2016 - 16:43

The way consumers access the internet is changing. In 2014, mobile surpassed desktop as the most commonly used way to browse the web. This trend is continuing, so it is vitally important for law firms to have a mobile-friendly website. Any law firm has numerous reasons to provide potential clients with a fast, easy-to-use mobile website.

Reason #1: You’ll keep potential clients on your website

2016 Social Security Changes That You Should Know About

Submitted by dfm on Wed, 03/09/2016 - 17:26

The start of each year introduces the possibility of the SSA implementing drastic changes that citizens and pundits alike fear will one day be inevitable. Fortunately, based on the annual Fact Sheet released by the SSA, 2016 will not be one of those years. Nevertheless, Social Security attorneys and advocates should be aware of important changes that can affect both your clients and your bottom line in 2016.