Articles Tagged with apps

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If it appears this month’s Web Marketing Today article on law firm apps is courtesy of the Department of Redundancy Department, I apologize. In the time I was writing it, I was also interviewed on the subject by two law publication journalists reacting to what must have seemed like an onslaught on law firm press releases touting the latest & greatest app. But I certainly saved some of my tips and examples for the loyal WMT audience.

In Corporate Secretary magazine, Abigail Caplovitz Field writes on “Law firms offer mobile apps to attract new clients.” Her article revolves around two US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) apps developed by Latham & Watkins and O’Melveny & Myers. In developing apps, the type of law firm and the related content runs the gamut from global mega firms to mom & pop shops.

Almost every attorney involved in the development of an app at a law firm will (accurately) tell you that the expectation is not that it will generate new clients, but more likely offer a branding or awareness tool that (hopefully) will be seen as an added-value item by clients, colleagues and the media.

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apps_image.jpgIn the July 23rd issue of The Legal Intelligencer, an American Lawyer Media publication, reporter Gina Passarella writes on the topic of “Deciding whether law firms should have an app for that.” Ms. Passarella quotes me extensively on the use and development of apps in the law firm marketplace.

The article discusses a recent app launched by Fox Rothschild family law attorneys Eric Solotoff and Eliana Baer, where they compare the launch of the iPhone-enabled app versus blogging and social media–as marketing tools. Another app example highlighted is that of West Virginia-based Spilman Thomas & Battle for labor & employment, and Cleveland-based Benesch Friedlander‘s recruiting app.

Some of the “original” law firm-launched apps include those from Delaware’s Potter Anderson and multiple apps from Morrison & Foerster. I will discuss the use and development of law firm apps in my August 2013 Web Marketing Today column. Every firm wants one now…it is a matter of whether it makes sense. But most importantly, do you have an app concept that truly benefits your target audience? Most think it is just cool. And it is. But it needs to make sense for the firm and the practice. Otherwise, use the money for a fancy lunch–and get something in return for the expenditure.