Why You Need a Mobile Friendly Website for your Law Firm

How many people do you know who have a cellphone? Twenty years ago, that would have been a valid question. Nowadays, the question that should be asked is, “How many people do you know who do not own a cellphone.” Let’s take a bit farther. How many people do you know who do not own a smartphone?

smartphoneThere are still some people out there who have “dumb phones,” but the majority of people who own a cellphone (and let’s face it, my six-year-old nephew even has an iPhone) do indeed have smartphones. What do people use their smartphones for?

  • Playing mobile games
  • Posting to social media
  • Managing to-do lists
  • Looking up friends
  • Looking up DUI lawyers

Most importantly for you however, people use their smartphones to look up local businesses… especially in emergency situations like when they need a lawyer. Let me give you an example:

One of my coworkers has a brother who recently got arrested for a DUI in Rockville, MD. He was awoken by this brother in the middle of the night so that he could bail him out of jail. My coworker got in the car as quickly as he could and his loving girlfriend went along with him. On the way there, what do you think his girlfriend was doing? She was looking up Rockville DUI lawyers on her cellphone in order to find the best one who could help her soon to be brother in law get off with nothing more than a warning or a fine.

Another time that a cellphone is useful to find a service provider is when you find yourself on the side of a road in need of a tow truck. You clearly do not have Wi-Fi to hook up a computer that you may or may not have with you, but you probably do have your cellphone.

So What?

The reason all of this information is important is because the common use of a cellphone to look up DUI lawyers has made it necessary to have a mobile friendly website. Most lawyers assume that if their website is up, it is automatically mobile friendly because it seems as if every website is. Unfortunately, that is not true, and if you somehow manage to rank your website on a mobile device, but it is not mobile friendly, then the person who goes to your website will most likely leave due to the unprofessional look of your law firm’s site.

Making your legal website mobile friendly does not have to take a lot of time or money. I would suggest hiring a high quality website design or SEO company to do the task for you. It will take them a lot less time and energy to make your website ready for mobile browsing, and it is likely that your time is even worth more than the money you will end up paying.

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