Legal marketing on the Internet reaches 57% of people searching for an attorney

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Legal marketing on the Internet reaches 57% of people looking for an attorney, according to a study released by Lexis-Nexis

After 12 years of experience using online attorney marketing, I’ve told many people privately what I wrote a few months ago on this site about attorney marketing online: “If your mass tort cases come from TV ads and referring lawyers, there is an entire group of people who aren’t even hearing your message.

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LexisNexis releases survey on how clients find lawyers Sept. 18, 2012. Click on the LexixNexis logo above to see the full survey.

I knew this was true because of my experience signing up thousands of mass tort clients nationwide using online attorney marketing. Many of those clients were people who were accustomed to using the Internet to research important issues. Some of them would never consider hiring an attorney to handle an important case based merely on a 30-second TV ad.

Now there is a new study confirming the importance of  online legal marketing for all lawyers, not just mass tort attorneys. The empirical evidence is found in a LexisNexis attorney marketing study released September 18, 2012. The LexixNexis study says:

The “Attorney Selection Research Study,” conducted by The Research Intelligence Group (TRiG), focused on consumers who sought an attorney in the past year. Results show that more than two thirds (76 percent) of adult Internet users in the United States seeking an attorney turned to online resources at some point in the process. While referrals from friends and family remain a key method for finding an attorney, the study finds consumers are now just as likely to conduct an Internet search as they are to turn to people they know during the information gathering phase of the attorney search process. [Read more…]