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"...The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."

- George Bernard Shaw

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It’s Time to Move On From Internet Explorer


The internet wasn’t always around, and neither was Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. But now that we’re all online so much, it’s hard to imagine a world without either. For a long time, Internet Explorer was the tool of choice for those browsing the web on a PC. Recently, Microsoft retired its … read more

Umbrella Legal Marketing

June 29th, 2022

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Law Society of Ontario Votes to Discontinue Certified Specialist Program


The Law Society of Ontario recently announced that the Board of Directors approved a new Competency Framework to enhance the career-long competence of lawyers and paralegals. In June 2021, the Law Society’s Competence Task Force issued a consultation report titled “Renewing the Law Society’s Continuing Competence Framework” and invited lawyers, … read more

Umbrella Legal Marketing

June 16th, 2022

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The New Gutenberg Editor in WordPress: Will it Affect Your Site?


Big changes were recently rolled out by WordPress, the open source content management system that powers approximately one-third of all websites on the internet. Given WordPress’ popularity, it’s no surprise that there was some apprehension when major changes to the user interface were implemented, specifically the new editor, Gutenberg. Gutenberg, … read more

Umbrella Legal Marketing

May 31st, 2019

Digital Advertising: A Primer To Get You Started


Digital advertising can be a great way to find new leads for your law firm. Whether you are advertising on search engines such as Google Adwords or through social media channels like Instagram, there are potential clients waiting to hear about you. One of the great aspects of digital advertising … read more

Umbrella Legal Marketing

April 15th, 2019

Instagram For Law Firms: A Primer


Instagram is a wildly popular social media application that allows users to share photos or videos of themselves with their followers. While it was mainly used by individuals during its early years, its acquisition by Facebook and the promotion tools that came along with it have made it a powerful … read more

Umbrella Legal Marketing

February 21st, 2019

Making The Most Of Your Website


Websites; they’re obvious, right? One of the first steps a lawyer should make when implementing a marketing strategy is the creation of a website. Slap up your biography, a few notes about the areas of law you practice, a “contact us” page, and you’re done, right? If you’re reading this, … read more

Umbrella Legal Marketing

February 1st, 2019

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Google+ Is Shutting Down: What Does This Mean and Why Should You Care?


We’ve previously blogged about the importance of having a Google+ account for your law firm, despite the fact that the platform never gained the traction of other popular online offerings such as Facebook or Twitter. The biggest benefit to having an active Google+ account were the SEO benefits and the … read more

Umbrella Legal Marketing

December 27th, 2018

Tapping Into Your Community To Discover Opportunity


Understanding Your Community As a lawyer, it’s likely that you serve members of the community in which you work. Your community is your customer base, and like any business, it’s essential for you to understand your customer base in regards to its needs and demographics. There are a number of … read more

Umbrella Legal Marketing

December 21st, 2018

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White Hat SEO v. Black Hat SEO


In the digital marketing world, there are different strategies that can be used for search engine optimization (SEO): black hat SEO and white hat SEO. Understanding the difference between them can help you better plan for your long-term SEO goals. Black Hat SEO Black hat SEO essentially involves “tricking” Google … read more

Umbrella Legal Marketing

December 11th, 2018

Google’s Algorithm Updates

A Handy Guide to Google’s Algorithm Updates (2011-2018)


As we’ve blogged about before, Google regularly and consistently makes changes to its ranking algorithm (and yes, uses a lot of animal names in doing so).   Since 2011, when the first such change was introduced, there has been at least nine major updates, affecting how websites are ranked, and … read more

Umbrella Legal Marketing

October 23rd, 2018