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Assessing and Changing Underperforming Content

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Although SEO strategy is multi-faceted, content optimization is a big-hitter when it comes to successful marketing. Like other methods that bring traffic to a website, ups and downs are common in content marketing. Unfortunately, many companies using best practices still find that their content underperforms or that it is not reaching as many people as they would like.

If you find this happening with your content, don’t simply chalk it up to a natural waning in your marketing. Content that isn’t performing or working to increase the success of your business demands your attention. It’s a wake-up call that something needs to change. You should start by reevaluating your content to detect what contributed to its poor performance.

Who Is Your Target Audience?

No matter the business, it makes sense that you want content that will reel in the most user traffic. However, having your content geared towards an audience that matches your company’s brand is imperative. Carefully select content topics, ensuring that they will reach and interest the audience you need to attract. Your content should establish your knowledge and expertise within your field. Furthermore, headlines are a significant piece of garnering traffic—they should grab the readers’ attention and draw them in.

Additionally, you should consider the type of promotion and your desired audience when determining the length of your content. For example, individuals who dive deep into scientific journals will be more than willing to read longer content than someone who browses blogs. Using email newsletters or websites as a platform for content advertising won’t reach as many people as social media platforms. While newsletters and websites may give you more digital real estate to publish content than social media platforms, the priority should be quality over quantity.

Deciding on a Topic and Avoiding Duplications

If you have a built-out SEO strategy, you may have already published numerous blogs and other pieces of content. Although this is usually a good thing, it can create duplicate and overlapping topics within the content. It’s critical that you are mindful of your previous publications so that you can avoid repeating topics and significant overlap.

Suppose you already have a well-performing page or blog with the same predominant topic. It could be receiving more of an audience than a newly published one. In that case, reconsider your current content, reframe it, or focus just on the original piece itself.

Overdone topics also lead to underperforming content. It’s crucial to recognize that readers can locate hundreds of versions of one single topic. It can all blend together and, honestly, might bore your readership. Content marketers should pivot from these old habits and instead utilize a unique and fresh perspective when approaching their content marketing strategies.

For example, search for holes in competitor content. Use those weak spots to target where there will be little, if any, competition. Another strategy would be to integrate attention-catching components into your blogs—such as:

  • Altering the headline
  • Adding certain keywords like “free” or “instantly”
  • Using visuals and an easy-to-read format

Changing underperforming content to successful content is often a challenging task. However, organizations can attain substantial improvements in their reach and conversion rates by:

  • Reevaluating their marketing strategies
  • Working towards more effective SEO practices

If you aren’t quite sure what your next steps should be when it comes to SEO and content marketing or if you are simply ready to let someone else take the reins, our attorney-led team of legal writers is here to help. Join the many law firms and digital marketing agencies with legal clients that rely on us to create highly effective and visible content marketing campaigns. We promptly provide ethics-compliant content that establishes your authority in your niche. Our team will focus on your content while you focus on serving the needs of your clients. Call our office today at 877-488-8123 or contact us online to discuss your content needs with one of our marketing experts.

Your 2021 Legal Content Marketing Toolkit

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If you’re a law firm and you’re unsure about this content marketing you hear so much about, there’s no reason to panic. Content marketing consists of publishing content on various platforms. The content you publish can be blogs, social media, podcasts, videos, or anything else that allows you to connect with your potential clients. When it comes to legal content marketing, the most important point to keep in mind is that it matters. In fact, according to the Content Marketing Institute, content marketing for your firm can garner about three times the number of leads you’re likely to bring in with paid searches. 

Potential Clients Appreciate a Genuine Approach

The web is full of flashy ads that very few of us actually rely upon. In fact, the average online consumer is bombarded with thousands of ads a day, and the sheer volume alone has a way of dimming their shine. It’s difficult to break through that wall of advertising noise with an ad of your own, no matter how well-produced it is. Your potential clients are looking for professional legal guidance, which means they are looking for authenticity, authority, and accessibility. While online ads certainly have their place, they can’t help you connect with potential clients in the same way that well-written, targeted, and informative content can, and this is especially true for law firms. 

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SEO Predictions for 2021

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2020 is finally behind us, and the best and the brightest in the SEO and content marketing space are weighing in on what just happened. They’re also dusting off their crystal balls and making a few predictions about what we should be on the lookout for in 2021. While the early focus for 2020 was spam reduction, the whole global pandemic tipped that on its head, and things went in a different direction. Google was busy putting out other fires, and spam stayed put.

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How Important Are My Competitors’ Keywords?

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When you’re strategizing for SEO, it’s only natural to consider your competitors and their keywords, but knowing where to begin can be a problem. There are some keyword zingers out there that seem to be surefire bets, but you’re looking for a good fit and a good value. Fortunately, there are some basic guidelines that can help you make the most of your keyword journey.

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Search Local in 2020

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Now that we’ve rocketed into the new decade, it’s clear that local results are becoming more and more important to Google, which is, of course, good for businesses like small to mid-size law firms. As with all things Google, it’s important to learn the ropes and to anticipate how best to participate. Looking into our crystal ball, we’ve curated some of the most interesting and relevant expert predictions for local search trends in 2020, and we’re happy to share.

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5 Legal Content Marketing Trends to Look for in 2019

A person using a pen to point at a pie chart displayed on a tablet.2019 is the year to get serious about your legal content marketing. Content is the foundation of your online presence, and in our hyper-connected world, content that connects you with your potential clients can increase awareness and generate new business.

Here are five key legal content marketing trends that you can’t afford to ignore in 2019.

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Avoiding Burnout: One of the Benefits of Outsourcing Your Legal Blog Content

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One of the hardest things about content marketing is consistently creating fresh, compelling content on a regular basis. If you want to be competitive, you’ve got to come up with ideas day after day, month after month, and year after year. In addition, if you’re using your law firm’s blog content to target a specific type of user – say, car accident victims – it may feel like you’ve completely run out of things to write about. After all, how many ways can you tell your readers that they need to call an attorney after they’ve been in an accident? Read More

Legal Content Marketing Ideas: 4th of July Celebrations

Legal Content Marketing Ideas: 4th of July Celebrations

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Legal Content Marketing Ideas: 4th of July Celebrations

Finding fresh, relevant topics is one of the hardest things about regularly creating content for a legal blog. Fortunately, the holidays and other seasonal events like the start of the school year or ski season provide law firms in certain practice areas with ample opportunities to create fresh content that speaks to clients that have timely problems that they can help solve. Typically, these issues tend arise in the areas of personal and criminal defense. Here are some of the ways that the 4th of July can provide marketing material for law firms.

4th of July Celebrations often Result in Serious Injuries

Thousands of people are injured during 4th of July celebrations each year – and many will be looking for a lawyer soon after they are hurt. Here are some of the kinds of personal injury cases that often spike around the holiday:

  • Accidents Caused by Drunk Drivers – It’s no secret that people often drink at 4th of July celebrations, and despite increased enforcement efforts, there are typically more drunk drivers on than there are normally. This can often result in more drunk driving accidents – and victims seeking legal representation.
  • Premises Liability Cases – Many 4th of July injuries occur as a result of hazardous conditions on the property where a celebration occurred. Content about slip and fall accidents, pool injuries, or elevator or escalator accidents may help you connect with potential clients.
  • Product Liability Cases – People can be injured by defective grills, propane tanks, fireworks, recreational vehicles, and other consumer products commonly associated with Independence Day celebrations.

Criminal Defense

Parties, alcohol, and certain types of criminal behavior unfortunately often go together. For example, drunk people sometimes drive when they shouldn’t, and there is a clear link between drug or alcohol intoxication and violent crime. In addition, heightened enforcement efforts invariably ensure people who are truly innocent of the offense of which they are accused and who need legal representation to establish that fact.

As arrests spike the 4th of July, so will the number of people who are seeking a criminal defense attorney on the internet. This provides lawyers with an opportunity to connect with these potential clients by creating content that speaks directly to the situation in which they find themselves. For this reason, it is advisable to create 4th of July themed content around the following practice areas in criminal defense:

  • DUI
  • Drug possession
  • Firearms offenses
  • Assault

Let Our Legal Content Writers Start on Your Project Today

Timely legal blog content can help law firms reach clients that are injured in accidents that around holidays or certain times of year. Creating, posting, and syndicating high-quality and relevant content takes a significant investment of time, however, most practicing lawyers simply can’t do it consistently. Fortunately, we’re here to help. Call us today at 877-486-8123 to learn more about our legal content writing services.

How Quality Content Can Help You Grow Your Law Practice

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Content marketing is a marketing technique that involves the creation and distribution of content designed to stimulate interest in a product or service. When employed by law firms, content marketing can establish the firm as a thought leader in its practice area and connect with clients searching for an attorney who practices in a specific area of law. Consider being at the top of the results when someone in your area searches for “car accident attorney” in Google. Not only would it establish your firm as trustworthy leader in personal injury, it would also result in a significant amount of business.

According to Adweek, more than 80 percent of consumers conduct online research before making a purchasing decision, making it essential for law firms that want to stay competitive to ensure that their brand is well-represented online – and nice-looking website is just the first step. It is critical for the content that consumers are reading to be well-organized, relevant, and address your potential clients’ pain points.

Answer The Questions Your Clients Are Asking

One of the main benefits of content marketing over many other marketing techniques is that it allows law firms to target individuals with specific legal needs. In order to do this, firms should come up with a list of questions that people in a particular situation may have and creating content that answers those questions. Some questions that would make for good opportunities to create some informative content include the following:

  • How Much is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?
  • Do I need a Lawyer for a 1st DUI?
  • What Type of Bankruptcy is Right for Me?
  • How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim?

It is important to remember to writer for laypeople, not other attorneys – which is often difficult for lawyers who have been practicing for years and are used to writing for other lawyers, judges, and legal professionals.  In addition, while you should invite the reader to contact the firm, remember that content marketing is not the same as advertising. Rather than pitching your services broadly, your content should deliver information that is valuable to your target clients and will help them make a decision about who to hire. By establishing a connection through content, you can make it much more likely that an internet searcher will call your firm rather than one of your competitors.

Call Lexicon Legal Content Today to Connect with Professional Legal Content Writers

Quality content can help lawyers and law firms connect with potential clients in their area. Unfortunately, creating high-quality legal content on a regular basis is too time-consuming for practicing attorneys, but we can help. At Lexicon Legal Content, our team of JDs and attorney-writers specialize in generating compelling, accurate, and keyword-rich blogs and content pages for lawyers in a variety of practice areas, including personal injury, criminal defense, family law, bankruptcy, estate planning and litigation, and eminent domain. Call us today at 877-486-8123 or contact us online.

How Politics Can Drive Legal Content Marketing: The Trump Effect

A picture of the Capitol building at duskRegardless of your political leanings, one thing is certain: the Trump administration has shaken up the political landscape and created substantial uncertainty in many different areas of law.

And we’re not talking about esoteric constitutional issues such as the limits of executive power or the emoluments clause.The current administration is making moves that are affecting real people on a day-to-day basis, often resulting in significant uncertainty about legal issues that can have a direct impact on the most important aspects of their lives.

How does this affect legal content marketing? For one thing, it is providing lawyers and law firms (and their marketing teams) ample opportunity to create new, fresh content that is relevant and of interest to their target audience.

The First Travel Ban: A Case Study

To understand how this works, it is illustrative to look at a concrete example. On January 27th, the President issued an executive order banning travel to the United States for people from certain countries, and it was not immediately clear whether legal permanent residents (green card holders) from the affected countries would be allowed to reenter the country if they were overseas when the order was issued, which proved to be a source of significant controversy.

Here is a chart showing the number of searches for “Green Card Entry” over the past 90 days:


(Numbers represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart for the given region and time. A value of 100 is the peak popularity for the term. A value of 50 means that the term is half as popular. Likewise a score of 0 means the term was less than 1% as popular as the peak.)

As these data make clear, the number of people searching for “green card entry” spiked soon after the executive order was issued. Granted, some of these searches were people simply seeking information for information’s sake, but is also safe to assume that some of them were concerned that the order would apply to them or their family members – people who, for some attorneys, are potential clients.

Importantly, other words that are semantically related to the issue show similar spikes in traffic, and identifying these words and phrases is the foundation of creating a timely content marketing campaign.

By identifying the legal questions that people are asking and creating content that answers those questions, lawyers in any area of law can connect with individuals who are actively seeking their services. Here are some of the areas of law that recent actions taken by the Trump administration have affected as well as specific issues on which relevant, timely, and informative content could be created.

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Immigration law has perhaps been the most volatile area of law since Trump took office and the uncertainty has certainly captured the media’s attention.

The executive order banning travel from certain countries referenced above is just one area where there is significant uncertainty. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program instituted under President Obama directed federal authorities to use prosecutorial discretion regarding the removal of certain undocumented individuals who arrived in the United States as children. The program provides those eligible with a renewable 2-year work authorization as well as deferred action regarding their undocumented status. In other words, they may live and work in the United States without immediate fear of removal. The new administration has taken a tough stance on immigration and has yet to indicate what it plans to do with DACA – a program that Trump could decide to end at any moment.

Issues regarding the enforcement of immigration laws has also generated significant interest, as the administration recently expanded the list of individuals who were removal priorities significantly.

Criminal Law

In late summer of 2013, the Obama administration issued a memo to U.S. Attorneys in all 50 states indicating that “in jurisdictions that have enacted laws legalizing marijuana in some form… conduct in compliance with those laws and regulations is less likely to threaten the federal priorities..” and that “state and local law enforcement and regulatory bodies should remain the primary means of addressing marijuana-related activity.”

In practice, this directive has meant there is a lack of federal enforcement against marijuana operations and users who are in compliance with state law. Importantly, however, this could change with the stroke of a pen under the new administration. Aggressive enforcement could create chaos in states that have robust and established marijuana economies and could result in significant criminal penalties for individuals who have been operating under the belief that they are not an enforcement priority for the feds.

Personal Injury

While personal injury matters are generally matters of state law, there are certain cases in which federal regulations may have an impact on the outcome of litigation. For example, in some jurisdictions, noncompliance with FMCSR regulations could be used as prima facie evidence of negligence in truck accident litigation. In light of the president’s directive to repeal two regulations for every new one implemented, the regulatory landscape is on shaky ground, including for the trucking industry. Some regulations that were poised to take effect (i.e. speed limiters on newly manufactured heavy trucks) may never be implemented, and others may be repealed.

Title IX

Last May, the Obama administration issued guidance that directed all educational institutions to allow students to use facilities that are consistent with their gender identity. On February 22nd, the Trump administration withdrew the previous guidance, calling into question whether federal officials will enforce Title IX against schools that discriminate against transgender students in this manner. The issue is now headed to the U.S. Supreme Court in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, where the court is expected to decide whether Title IX requires schools to treat students consistent with their gender identity.

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Of course, when creating SEO-friendly content, one of the main concerns is incorporating keywords that will signal that the content is relevant to particular topic. Long-tail keyword phrases that exactly match what a potential client is looking for will ensure that you are attracting the right kinds of visitors to your site. Some examples of long-tail keyword phrases that may be relevant to the practice areas listed above include:

  • Will the speed limiter rule be enacted
  • What are defenses to deportation?
  • Enforcement of federal marijuana laws
  • Will DACA be Repealed?

Of course, these are just a few basic examples of phrases that legal consumers may search in response to political developments, and using tools like Google Trends’ Related Queries feature can help you come up with long-tail keywords to target.

As Questions Arise, so do Opportunities to Connect with Clients

These are just a few of the areas of law in which questions raised by the actions of the new administration are creating opportunities for lawyers and their marketing teams to create compelling and informative content of interest to their potential clients. If the trend established in the past six weeks is any indication, the questions will continue to arise.

To discuss your legal content strategy, call Lexicon Legal Content today at 877-486-8123 or send us an email at info@lexionlegalcontent.com.

 

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