This is a really exciting time in technology. All the major tech players, including Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft, are amassing armies of engineers to develop their Virtual Reality platforms. A number of smaller companies, notably Magic Leap, are working around the clock to create VR hardware and content. Magic Leap specializes in mixed-reality technology— where fantasy is overlaid upon the real world, resulting in an experience that tricks your body and brain into thinking that you are having a real experience. VR easily calls to mind gaming and entertainment, but what is the application for law firms?
Facebook Live is a relatively new feature that offers live-streaming video capabilities to its users. It first came out in August of 2015 for verified public figures, then shortly after, became available to a select group of users (like a beta test), before becoming available to everyone.
The media has expertly exploited what Facebook live has to offer. Meteorologists have live-streamed severe weather events, reaching far more viewers than they would typically reach online. But it isn’t just for the media—the potential for law firms to tap into Facebook’s audience of nearly 2 billion people seems promising.
We all know what chatbots are, they are everywhere—whether we like it or not. When we make a customer service call, we interact with voice recognition software that has artificial intelligence. When we engage in “online chat sessions” with companies, often we are interacting with a bot—often via Facebook messenger. And law firms frequently use bots to field potential clients. The technology has been advancing at a breakneck speed, and some firms are even using bots to take payments and (gasp!) give legal advice. As technology continues to improve, many are wondering, will chatbots render call centers (and their high carrying costs) obsolete?
If you have ever put something in an online shopping cart, but didn’t buy it, only to have it haunt you by popping up on every webpage you visit for the next 30 days—you have been retargeted. Retargeting is a marketing approach that aims to “retarget” consumers who browse a site, but fail to convert the purchase. When you consider that only 2 percent of web traffic converts on the first visit, it is clear why this is such an effective strategy.
Regardless of your political views, it is hard to deny that newly elected President Donald Trump is a master marketer, if nothing else. During his campaign, he zeroed in on his target audience, reached them, and ultimately converted the opportunity into a successful presidential bid. And it doesn’t stop there—many media outlets have pointed out that he intends to use his public position to market the family brand. Perhaps some may find this inspiring–good marketing can lead to a limitless stream of possibilities. Others may be feeling concerned by the current climate of political instability, and wondering how a Trump presidency will affect the rules of SEO and legal marketing. After all, it seems to be affecting just about everything else in our lives.