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Bar News - March 19, 2010


Inquiring Minds Want to Know…

Recently, we asked members to complete a brief online survey on the communications devices and media that they use.

Survey respondents reflect Bar’s membership. 164 Bar members responded, and the male-female breakdown 60/40 percent male/female is close to the overall Bar membership. Types of practices, age, geographic location, also were similar to membership as a whole.

Somebody won something!
As an incentive to respond, we offered a $50 gift card to Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord. The randomly drawn winner: Nicole Csiszer of Walker & Varney in Wolfeboro.
 
AT THE OFFICE
  • Microsoft, mostly. At the office, most respondents use PCs with Microsoft operating systems. A small minority are Mac or Linux users.
  • Users of Outlook for e-mail – 73 percent.
  • Gmail or Hotmail – 17 percent.
  • Scanners – 86 percent of respondents use scanners in their offices. Only 3 percent say their office is "paperless."
  • The (slowly) fading fax. 94 percent of respondents use fax machines. 35 percent say they fax "much less" than last year.

MOBILE COMPUTING
  • 42 percent of respondents own "smart phones." 61 percent use Blackberries; 27 percent use iPhones, and 12 percent use Palm devices.
  • Most smart phone users use their device as a cell phone, an e-mail device, as a calendar/organizer, and to browse the Internet.

STUFF YOU DON’T DO
  • Digg, Delicious, Reddit. 94 percent said the equivalent of "What?"
  • Less than 30 percent of you use video conferencing tools.
  • 65 percent of respondents say they do not use news aggregators like GoogleNews.
  • 73 percent of respondents have no interest in Twitter.

INTERNET & SOCIAL MEDIA
  • Are you invisible? 22 percent of respondents do not have a website for their law offices. (It could be that they don’t have a law practice.)
  • News from Internet. 77 percent said the Internet is their main source of news and information. NOBODY (at least of those responding to an online survey) said they never use the Internet.
  • Facebook anyone? 39 percent of respondents use Facebook for personal use only, while 40 percent have no interest in Facebooking at all.
  • Connect to LinkedIn? 26 percent of respondents use LinkedIn for professional use only, while 40 percent are not interested in using it at all. Of those using LinkedIn, 60 percent say they use it to market their practice.
  • Tweets – mostly personal. 67 percent of Twitter users use it for personal use only.
  • Social media for legal news? Nope. No respondent said they used social network sites to stay current on legal news. Only 9 percent said that they social media for news at all.

NHBAR.ORG
  • 23 percent visit the www.nhbar.org DAILY.
  • 40 percent visit www.nhbar.org WEEKLY.
  • 36 percent visit www.nhbar.org OCCASIONALLY.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Members’ participation in the survey will help guide us in planning content for Bar News and in deciding where to focus our communications efforts. Thanks to all who participated.

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