Tuesday, May 18, 2010

BP Selects Kirkland & Ellis for Oil Spill Litigation

Today's Chicago Tribune reports today that Kirkland & Ellis is taking the lead on the BP defense team.

Talk about the importance of personal relationships ... ties between BP and Kirkland date back to 1938 price fixing and antitrust litigation.

BP litigation is expected to be expensive, extensive, and long-lasting. The article reports:

"At least 70 suits were filed in the two weeks following the April 20 explosion, including 59 that want to proceed as a class action, according to court documents. Plaintiffs assert similar claims: that negligence resulted in personal injuries, damage to their businesses or property damage. They seek compensation, including punitive damages."

"A judicial panel that oversees multidistrict litigation is expected to hold a venue hearing in July. BP declined further comment on the pending litigation."

7 Ways Lawyers can Save Money on Google AdWords

Is the cost of your Google AdWords campaign moving skyward? Here are seven tips that will help you make every dollar count.

Refine your Keywords

Filter out searchers who are looking for services you do not offer with “negative” terms. For example, if you are a personal injury attorney but do not represent motorcycle accident victims, set “motorcycle” as a negative term. Also test the use of exact terms, broad match and exact phrase options. The same keywords formatted differently will yield varying click-through rates.

Scrutinize your Ad Triggers

On the keywords tab within a campaign, click on the menu button that reads “see search terms.” You will be able to view the search terms that triggered an ad display. Please note that this feature applies only to keywords that generated a click. You may be surprised to see irrelevant searches that you can filter out of your campaigns.

Test Ad Placements

Your ads can run on sports sites, events calendars, or other consumer oriented sites that incorporate Google AdWords. Payment options include pay-per-click or cost-per-thousand impressions.

Update Landing Pages for Better Conversion

Attracting a visitor to your site can be quite an investment. A targeted “landing page” tied closely to a keyword helps to increase qualified lead flow. Add an inquiry form on each landing page if possible.

Test Ad Display Times

Exercise your ability to set the times when your ads will display. While 24/7 is ideal, it may be more than your budget can bear. Specify the hours of the day and/or days of the week when you want your ads to appear. You can also adjust bids for your ads during certain time periods, or test a series of night-time ads versus day-time ads.

Limit Your Geography

When budgets get tight, pull back your ads to your immediate hometown vicinity. Specify your markets by city, county, or region under “Locations and Languages” on the campaign settings page.

Streamline your Ad Network

On the campaign settings page, under “Networks and Devices,” select only “Google search” under networks. This will filter out less productive searches through Google partners or general news sites. You should start to see higher click-through rates on fewer, better targeted impressions.

These are just a few of many ways you can maximize your AdWords campaign. The author invites your questions and comments.

About the Author: Margaret Grisdela is the author of Courting Your Clients and president of Legal Expert Connections, a national legal marketing agency. Reach her at 561-266-1030 or mg@legalexpertconnections.com

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Internet Marketing Keywords Trounce Editorial Rules

Article titles, once carefully crafted by editors, are now the domain of search engine optimizers.

A story today at The New York Times titled "Taylor Momsen Did Not Write This Headline," reads:

"Headlines in newspapers and magazines were once written with readers in mind, to be clever or catchy or evocative. Now headlines are just there to get the search engines to notice. In that context, “Jon Stewart Slams Glenn Beck” is the beau ideal of great headline writing. And both Twitter and Facebook have become republishers, with readers on the hunt for links with nice, tidy headlines crammed full of hot names to share with their respective audiences."

Law firm marketers, take note!