As texting has become a dominant form of communication today, business texting services are being widely adopted among businesses, including the legal world. With text not just limited to personal communications any longer, businesses have embraced the change and recognized the opportunities and benefits that have come along as a result. Specifically as it relates to law firms, using a business texting service has many distinct advantages in managing cases and the nuances that come along with them. Attorneys specifically have found that by using a text messaging service, they have more time to spend preparing for court, engaging in meaningful dialogue with their clients and strategizing on their cases by simply using a form of communication that their clients prefer. Here’s how:
As part of the client management process, it’s critical to keep moving cases forward. Using a business texting service to schedule and confirm appointments is an easy and effective way to help keep the process fluid. Using text for appointment reminders helps law firms increase client appointment attendance and effectiveness, making the most of the attorneys and clients time.
Lawyers as well as their clients are busy, and neither wants to waste their time at a meeting without the proper documents. Improve efficiency and potentially avoid an unproductive meeting by using a business texting service to contact clients with specific reminders prior to appointments of what they need to bring. By sending timely reminders that clients will actually read assures you’ll get the documents needed to meet deadlines and close cases quicker.
Improved Customer Service
Leveraging a business texting service in your law firm will help build more meaningful and solid relationships by improving customer service. As a result of this, client retention and the referrals your clients give is also improved. By adding text messaging in the mix of your communications, a better customer experience is being created. Clients become frustrated when they are placed on hold by the front office as they check to see the availability of the attorney. Playing phone tag is equally as frustrating. From the client’s perspective, the ability to send a quick text asking a simple question, for time to discuss an issue or just checking in plays a vital role in the trust and confidence of the attorney-client relationship.
Most law firms offer a free consultation with prospective clients. Include a number to text as part of the process to provide another option for prospects to engage with your firm. Use text as a tool to help prescreen potential clients. Do they live outside of your service area? Are they in need of a different area of expertise than your firm offers? Using a text messaging service will help gather pertinent information for a more meaningful discussion when you meet.
There are many uses for a business texting service in your law firm. At a glance, here are several of those ways:
- A convenient way to get questions answered quickly
- Schedule, confirm and send reminders for appointments
- Eliminates delays that phone tag or email may otherwise cause
- Ability to communicate with multiple clients at one time
- Communicate from anywhere without distractions
- Court date reminders
- Status updates
- Retention of all communications, including attachments
- Payment notices and reminders
- Documentation reminders
- Automated messages such as office hours or address
How does it work?
For law firms to efficiently and effectively manage text communication with clients, a business grade text messaging service is needed. With our text services for businesses, law firms, attorneys and other employees can get their existing landline telephone number text enabled. We simply text enable your business phone number(s) and pair the phone number with your email address. Your email is just the tool that lets you send and receive text messages. Texting from your business number is as simple as sending an email and the receiver of your message, will get a text message, that is from your business phone number. When you receive a text message from a client, it will show up in your email, giving you a quick way to respond to the sender. Conversation threading is contained in each email. Best yet, all text conversations are searchable and archivable in your email which is easy to save to your case management system.
The bottom line is attorneys have a lot to do and never enough time to get it done. By utilizing technology like a business texting service, it can help mitigate some of the challenges that may cause delays in case movement as well as strengthen client relationships.
TextBetter™ is a business texting service that makes it easy to send or receive texts from your landline number. Our cloud-based service effortlessly integrates into your existing business model, without having to install new software or change how you do business. Through our three separate product offerings, we proudly cater to organizations of all sizes: TextBetter Basic, TextBetter Business, TextBetter Enterprise.