Yelp Is a Powerful Tool When It Comes to Lawyer Marketing

Yelp is a web site that allows consumers to rate businesses, and its influence is undeniable when it comes to marketing your law practice. When a potential client is choosing an attorney, there’s a pretty good chance he or she will check their reviews on Yelp before deciding. In fact, according to the Managing Editor of Software Advice, Yelp is the site that the majority of those surveyed turned to first when looking for attorney reviews. That means that you want to leverage the site as a means for getting new business in the door.

Lawyer marketing has always relied on word-of-mouth and referrals. A great thing about Yelp is that it provides both in one place. Not only that, but the consumer only has to leave a review once, and it remains there to influence decisions for anyone who is looking for a lawyer. Rather than asking friends for referrals and hoping for the best, consumers are now much more likely to hop online and see what perfect strangers have to say. The kicker, though, is that research shows that 79% of consumers trust these online reviews just as much as they do personal recommendations!

There are dedicated lawyer review sites out there, and while it’s certainly not a bad idea to have reviews posted on them, they should probably be a lower priority in your lawyer marketing plan than Yelp. That’s because many, many more people will turn to Yelp when searching for a lawyer to represent them. The site has a lot of name recognition and is highly trusted by those who use it.

It’s possible that your clients are already reviewing you on Yelp, so you will likely want to take a look to see what’s being said. This can be hard, as bad reviews can hurt the ego, but it’s still necessary to know if they are out there. If nothing else, it will give you an idea of what improvements you may need to make. You may also be able to respond to negative reviews in positive ways to take some of the sting out of them. (A word of warning: Do NOT become defensive or combative on these sites. It never works out to the business owner’s advantage!)

The best way to get good reviews is to ask for them. This should become a basic part of your legal marketing plan. When finishing up with a client, let them know how much you would appreciate a positive review on Yelp. Even if there are some negative ones on there, a large number of positive reviews will raise your average rating and will make it clear that complaints are the exception, not the rule.

It’s easy to think of “social media” as being all about Facebook, but the truth is that there are so many other platforms for individuals to share their thoughts, ideas, knowledge, and recommendations. Yelp is a pretty powerful tool for doing just that.


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