Blog Tag: Social Media

Legal Connect with Google Workshop – Two October Events

Victoria Fabiano, Google Strategic Partner Manager

We’re happy to announce not one, but two Legal Connect with Google events for October. This is a free, day-long, hands-on Workshop specifically designed to assist lawyers in evaluating their online marketing effectiveness.  Classes are focused on local, natural and paid search and are taught by Google employees and Mockingbird founder, Conrad Saam. So if you wanted to attend the pilot event this week at Google HQ in Mountainview, but were unable to, there’s now a second and third chance. Dates and Venues October 7 and 8 in New Orleans.   Details and Sign Up October 17th in Google’s New York… Keep Reading

#Hashtag Idiocy: #JustBecauseYouDon’tUnderstandItDoesn’tMeanYouShouldDoIt


Most of the time, when people drop hashtags all over their posts and tweets, like rabbits pooping in a garden, they are really saying: “I don’t really know how social media works, but it seems to be a big deal, so I’m going to drop a “#” in front of random words.  #IGetSocialMedia #Really #Hashtag” Sometimes it means, “I really don’t get this so I decided to hire someone to do it for me (its, just that they don’t understand it either, but I don’t know that.” The proliferation of hashtags in legal marketing, without a clear understanding of how they… Keep Reading

How to Sound Like an SEO Expert (without really knowing anything)

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So, this post comes courtesy of a phone call I had yesterday with a prospective client.  It started out like many: I’m not sure what I actually get for my monthly SEO retainer. A little investigation and I found a huge mess….. which in turn led to a Facebook missive: That awkward moment when you have to tell a law firm that their previous agency’s $5,000/month SEO budget didn’t pay for H1s or Title Tags. Perhaps H1s come with the $6K package. Now – you don’t have to know what H1s or Title Tags are…. you should be doing lawyerly things;… Keep Reading

Moz’s Local Ranking Factors Report

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Every year, I get an email from Moz asking for input into their Local Ranking Factors survey.  The survey is conducted amongst a small group of SEO nerds. Due to the competitiveness of legal marketing, be glad to know our niche is especially well represented- I’m joined by legal marketing geeks, Mike Ramsey, Gyi Tsakalakis and Casey Meraz.  This year, the study came out shortly after Google launched the snack pack (catch up here), so the results are particularly interesting. If you want to geek out, you can read the full Moz study here. Overall Ranking Factors Ranking Factors continue to… Keep Reading

8 Questions to Determine if your SEO Expert is… an SEO Expert

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What follows is an admittedly arrogant post.  And I’m transgressing on a principle I teach my kids – you can’t build yourself up by knocking others down.  BUT… I keep talking to law firms, flummoxed by the lack of results from their SEO experts, only to find some really rudimentary mistakes.  What follows are a few questions to suss out just how expert your SEO talent really is. 1.  My site was hit by a Penguin Penalty – how do I get my traffic back? Platitudes around the disavow process are often the answer to this question – and while disavow… Keep Reading

7 Traits of Our Most Successful Clients in 2014


Now is the time of year for legal marketing experts to cement their expert reputation by offering prognostications on the whims of Google in 2015. I thought I’d offer a different take on 2015 by highlighting the traits of 2014, common to our most successful clients. Last year, we worked with 69 companies – from multi-national firms to part time solos. Some of them were very successful. Some of them (really) struggled. What follows are lessons gleaned from the top 15 of those firms who really nailed it last year. They Focus on Conversion More than Marketing (Or more accurately… Keep Reading

Shaming State Farm: A Social Media Experiment

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Two weeks ago, my wife and I woke up at 2:30 in the morning to a loud crash.  Tow trucks and police cars followed and in the morning, we found this in the backyard (minus the 2013 Lexus the formerly filled said hole.): Unfortunately, the following day no one knocked on the door to offer either apologies or insurance information, a few days of my sleuthing through police reports finally brought me to . . . State Farm.  Now as far as I am concerned, the insurance as a whole lives at the very bottom of the ethical business barrel – and while… Keep Reading

Every Social Media Consultant is Lying to You

Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

Lawyers – I’ll let you in on a secret . . . . Social Media Marketing Doesn’t Work for You There, I said it. We’ve done it to you again – the self proclaimed mavens, experts, gurus and (self) published authors who peddle social media marketing to you guys have been lying. Or we just don’t understand how marketing works in legal.  But probably we’re lying – because we’d really like to cash your retainer to help you republish your blog posts on your Facebook page, even though there are plenty of tools that will automate that process for free.  Just… Keep Reading