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As 2021 draws near, law firm administrators and managing partners are faced with an annual task that many dread, but all generally agree must be done. Or, do they?  The 2019 American Bar Association Tech Report provides useful insights into how firms approach budgeting in the technology area.  The report is especially useful for […] The post The 2021 budget season is here – what are smaller firms doing? appeared first on Smokeball.…
Aesop put it this way 2,600 years ago, “A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.” It’s no modern myth, COVID-19-related stress is real and is having significant health effects on whole new groups of people across North America. From public health officials resigning due to tremendous stress, to […] The post Reduce the stress of working from home appeared first on Smokeball.…
This month, we’re offering a series of blog posts and a free webcast all focusing on simple, actionable strategies firms can put in place to kick start their digital marketing plan. Be sure to check out our previous posts on creating a law firm website, gaining exposure on search engines, engaging in thought leadership on social media, and download our […] The post Best lawyers in my area: Utilizing online referral sites for your law firm appeared first on Smokeball
The Smokeball app for iOS and Android brings Smokeball from your desktop to your pocket, helping you manage your practice whether on the go or in the courtroom. And with our most recent version release, the lawyer app is faster, easier to navigate, and has a sleek new user interface. Practice management software in the […] The post Manage your practice on the go with Smokeball’s new and improved lawyer app for Android and iOS
Law firm managing partners and firm administrators are well aware of the cost of employee turnover. Turnover in the attorney ranks costs between 1.5 and 2 times the annual compensation, while staff turnover costs approximately .75 of one years’ salary. Multiply these very real costs by turnover rates of between 10% (the largest firms) and […] The post Why Do Lawyers Leave Their Firms? Tips To Reduce Employee Turnover appeared first on Smokeball.…
This month, we’re offering a series of blog posts and a free webcast all focusing on simple, actionable strategies firms can put in place to kick start their digital marketing plan. Be sure to check out our previous posts on creating a law firm website and gaining exposure on search engines, and download our webcast, “Attract and Keep Clients: Everything You Need […] The post Unlock the power of social media marketing with attorney thought leadership appeared first on Smokeball.…
Legal analytics is a science founded on the collection, organization, analysis, and reporting of virtually every aspect and input that goes into the practice of law. Beginning with simple time-tracking software in the 1980’s, legal analytics has dramatically expanded. Legal analytics now ranges from sophisticated profitability analyses to applying artificial intelligence, language analytics and cognitive […] The post Legal analytics: to know them is to love them appeared first on Smokeball.…
Law firms are businesses and partners are the owners upon whom the management responsibility falls. As a firm grows, the owners find themselves faced with a myriad of responsibilities in addition to their chosen field of representing clients in legal matters. Lawyers find themselves managing all aspects of a business, oftentimes reluctantly and not very […] The post Administration vs. management – don’t become the office manager appeared first on Smokeball.…
This month, we’re offering a series of blog posts and a free webcast all focusing on simple, actionable strategies firms can put in place to kick start their digital marketing plan. Be sure to check out our previous posts on creating a law firm website and gaining exposure on search engines, and download our webcast, “Attract […] The post Where do clients “come from?” Tips for client acquisition appeared first on Smokeball.…