Ways to Revitalize Your Firm's Website Without Hitting the Reset Button.
Building a brand new website can be an intimidating project to start. Oftentimes, however, a less-intensive refresh can effectively extend the life of an existing site by focusing on design, UX and technology updates that can be implemented within the foundation and frameworks that are already in place. Here are a few suggestions.
How Professional Services Firms Are Embracing Values Based Branding
In industries where service offerings often fail to serve as an effective differentiator between competitors, one approach to separate your firm more effectively from the competition is to spotlight your firm’s values, ethics, vision and culture as primary selling points of working with or working for your firm. Consumers want to do business with brands that align with their value sets, and while this trend has been present in other consumer industries for several years, it has significantly expanded into the professional services arena in recent years.
Earlier this year, Google announced that it will stop tracking data from its widely-used Universal Analytics (UA) platform on July 1, 2023 and data from Analytics 360 on October 1, 2023. This comes with the recent release of Google Analytics 4 (GA4), which the company describes as, “a new property for the future of measurement.” Not only that, but the new GA4 platform lacks ability to directly transfer over previous data from UA, which means businesses will have to start with a clean slate – a daunting proposition for many that have collected years worth of visitor data through UA and previous iterations. UA may still be with us for another nine months, but it’s critical that businesses dive into GA4 as soon as possible, to start building up data and learning the new features of the platform.
Thinking about making your website ADA compliant? Here are 5 tips to help navigate tricky waters.
Website accessibility is quickly becoming a “must have” component of successful law firm website development. More and more firms that are redesigning their websites are now factoring it into their requirements, while firms that recently launched a website without it are considering a retrofit to meet compliance standards. If your firm is thinking about updating its existing website to be more accessible, or if you’re thinking about redesigning your firm’s website in the near future, consider these five tips to help ensure a smooth transition and a thorough implementation of WCAG recommendations.
CASE STUDY: Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Website Redesign
In today’s rapidly evolving world of intellectual property, projecting sophistication and energy is imperative to attract cutting-edge companies and entrepreneurs. Not only does a law firm need to ensure it is prepared with talent and skill to address the latest developments, but its image must match its high-tech capacity.
CASE STUDY: Kane Russell Coleman Logan Branding/Website Redesign
On the eve of their 30th anniversary, the leadership of Kane Russell Coleman Logan (KRCL), a mid-sized Texas-based law firm, recognized their website did not effectively capture the firm’s brand. They felt the site lacked sophistication, energy, and messaging that conveyed who they were and what differentiated them from their competitors.
Hooray, life is getting back to normal! People are venturing back to their offices, seeing clients and colleagues, and getting on with business as usual. Uh oh, the marketing team just informed you of a company re-brand – complete with new bio photos. Gasp! When you want to look your best on your website bio, it’s important to keep these tips in mind.
Case Study: Creating a contemporary brand for Post & Schell's new website and logo.
When it was time to freshen up its brand with a new website and updated logo, Post & Schell turned to Herrmann. By applying the latest design and technology trends, conveying more content graphically and taking new attorney photos, the Herrmann team created a site for this Mid-Atlantic legal powerhouse that is visually pleasing, easy to navigate and full of the backend features that make managing content a breeze. Here’s the backstory behind Post & Schell’s new site and brand look.
CASE STUDY: Stroock Website Redesign/Brand Refresh
Stroock has been a fixture in the New York legal scene for more than a century. But today it is much more than simply a “Wall Street firm.” It now has offices across the country, a wide breath of practices and an influx of talented lawyers handling high-profile matters. See how Herrmann helped position Stroock’s brand to match its energetic momentum.
How firms are proactively addressing client concerns
As countries, states and cities around the globe transition to a “new normal” and cautiously face a world where COVID-19 is a daily concern, law firms – large and small – have been extremely proactive. Since the beginning of the year, lawyers have seen an uptick in client concerns – from both businesses and individuals – that defy traditional practice silos and demand unprecedented collaboration to deliver holistic solutions.
Delivering fresh, relevant content to your clients and prospects cannot be considered a “nice to have” in today’s competitive market, but rather a “must have” tactic that dovetails with your strategic plan and growth initiatives. In the legal industry, firms of all sizes – from solo practitioners to the largest in the world – have been embracing content creation for many years, and in turn, reaping the associated rewards. Ensure your brand is out front as websites and online platforms move to the forefront – especially now that in-person presentations and meetings are sidelined.
In Part 1 of this five-part series, we explored how firms could use message-driven visuals and a renewed focus on brand positioning to create a more effective and impactful website. Part 2 focused on how firms can utilize videos and micro-animations to stand out in a crowded market. Part 3 was a discussion around content personalization and how artificial intelligence has worked its way into the law firm website sphere. In Part 4, we talked about the importance and value of the technology behind your website’s internal site search tool. And now in the final part of our series, we’ll discuss the value in values-driven branding for law firms.
In Part 1 of this five-part series, we explored how firms could use message-driven visuals and a renewed focus on brand positioning to create a more effective and impactful website. Part 2 focused on how firms can utilize videos and micro-animations to stand out in a crowded market. Part 3 was a discussion around content personalization and how artificial intelligence has worked its way into the law firm website sphere. In Part 4, we talk about the importance and value of the technology behind your website’s internal site search tool, and how that search tool can be a driving factor in a visitor’s positive or negative experience with your website.
In Part 1 of this five-part series, we explored how firms could use message-driven visuals and a renewed focus on brand positioning to create a more effective and impactful website. Part 2 focused on how firms can utilize videos and micro-animations to stand out in a crowded market. Now in Part 3, we’ll shift tracks from visual tactics to a couple technology focused ones, beginning with a discussion around content personalization and how artificial intelligence has worked its way into the law firm website sphere.
In Part 1 of this five-part series, we explored how firms could use message-driven visuals and a renewed focus on brand positioning to create a more effective and impactful website. In Part 2, we’ll take a look at how firms can utilize videos and micro-animations to stand out in a crowded market.
Around five years ago, professional services firms started implementing a lot of new design styles and user experience (UX) trends that were, at the time, a big departure from what everyone else was doing. Eventually though, everybody else latched on to these styles until the once-innovative trends became the industry standards. What had been considered a unique approach became a predictable experience. How can you make your website stand out in an industry of imitators?
Heralded as the most important change in data privacy regulation to hit the European Union in decades, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to take effect in the EU on May 25th. Meaning any organization that collects or processes personal data on citizens anywhere in the European Union will be required to meet new compliance regulations designed to protect consumer rights.
Twitter currently has 310 million monthly active users. There’s a whole world of people to reach! If you’re seeking more engagement with your tweets, things like formatting and timing are key. Once you establish your marketing objective and know your goals, use these tips to help get noticed and increase traffic.
At Herrmann, we believe that a critical goal for any website is to connect emotionally with its audiences. On a law firm website, there is arguably no greater way to spark that connection than through the attorney biographies. And yet, so many law firm websites treat their bio pages as an obligatory effort. Awkward yearbook style headshot? Check. Contact information? Check. Professional history and educational pedigree? Check and check. It's not necessarily that this structure is bad, but there is a glaring opportunity missed when clinging tightly to this format.
We are thrilled to announce the latest release of our industry-leading content management system, HerrmannEasyEdit 4.0. Completely rebuilt from the ground up, version 4.0 features an entirely new system architecture, a fully responsive interface, a more intuitive user experience and countless other updates and enhancements.
How is your firm standing out in a sea of blue and navy?
The graphic, fashion, and interior design worlds rethink color several times every year. While that level of diligence may be excessive for law firms, we sometimes ignore this freedom. The apprehension to considering change often comes at a cost. In a society that is in a constant state of reinvention, it is advantageous for law firms to question long-held beliefs about color and reconsider how it is used in their brand identities.
If you’ve been dreaming of a sleek, stylish website for your law firm that delivers the head-turning quotient of a Ferrari, but think it can’t be done on a Ford budget, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Investing in a responsive site now pays off in the long run
In 2014, Internet usage on mobile devices exceeded PC usage for the first time in history, symbolizing the inevitable change in landscape of how businesses are reaching their target audiences and vice versa.