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  • Writer's pictureCooper Shattuck

From Clicks to Clients: Setting Up Google Ads Campaigns for Law Firms

Google Ads offers a powerful avenue for law firms looking to enhance their market presence and attract new clients. With strategic implementation, it can provide a significant return on investment. Whether you decide to manage your campaigns in-house or hire a marketing consultant, understanding the fundamentals of Google Ads is essential for any modern legal practice.

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Let's take a look at the key components.


Keyword Research

Identifying the right keywords is critical to the success of Google Ads campaigns for law firms. Use tools like Google Keyword Planner to find keywords that potential clients might use to find legal services. Aim for a mix of broad and specific keywords to balance reach and relevance. Again, the more popular or in-demand the words, the higher the cost.


Ad Copywriting

Writing effective ad copy is imperative. The text must not only be compelling but also adhere to strict ethical standards. Some people would think that we have none, but we do. Most important and enforceable is the first sentence of Rule 7.1: 

"A lawyer shall not make or cause to be made a false or misleading communication about the lawyer or the lawyer's services.” 

You may want to highlight your law firm’s unique value proposition, such as specialized knowledge or a record of successful cases, within the ad copy, but you must be careful. A safer bet is to point out what makes you unique – why they should choose you.


Landing Pages

Your ad should lead to a landing page that encourages potential clients to contact your firm. This page should provide essential information about your services, testimonials, and an easy way to get in touch, such as a contact form or a click-to-call button. An interactive chat box is also helpful.


Budgeting and Bidding

Setting a Budget

Decide on a daily or monthly budget based on your financial capabilities and marketing goals. It's crucial to start small and scale up as you become more comfortable and better understand what works. Remember, you aren’t going to see results immediately. It takes time to build your campaign’s effectiveness. You must take that into account when establishing a budget. In other words, you are wasting resources if your attitude and budget is to try something for 30 or 60 days and see how it goes. You should plan for at least 90 days and more like 120-180 for your campaign to hit its stride.


Bidding Strategies

Google Ads offers several bidding strategies that can help you meet your advertising goals. Whether you choose manual bidding to control maximum bids or automated strategies like CPA (cost-per-acquisition), each has its merits and can be adjusted based on the campaign's performance.


Compliance and Ethics

Legal Advertising Rules

It’s imperative to understand and comply with the advertising rules and ethics prescribed by our Rules of Professional Conduct. This includes making sure all claims are substantiated, transparent, and not misleading. Rule 7.1. But you must also consider the requirements of Rule 7.2, including filing your advertisement with the General Counsel’s office, including disclaimers, and the anti-solicitation rule, 7.3.


Privacy Considerations

Maintaining client confidentiality and adhering to privacy laws is crucial when handling client information collected through online forms and interactions. You also must remember client confidentiality and confidentiality agreements when it comes to including information about prior settlements.


Analyzing and Optimizing Your Ads

Analytics Tools

Use Google Analytics and the built-in reporting features of Google Ads to track how well your ads are performing. Monitor metrics like click-through rates, conversion rates, and cost per conversion.


Optimization Tips

Regularly review your ad performance and experiment with different elements like ad copy, keywords, and bid strategies. Utilize A/B testing to compare different versions of your ads to determine which performs best.


We know. This is a lot. Which is why we are here to help. If you're ready to take your law firm's marketing to the next level, contact us today for a personalized consultation tailored to the unique needs of your law firm.


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