It is safe to say that we are firmly into 2018 now, and the first month of this year has been filled with brand new technology that is set to change the way we live our day to day lives. Not only has it changed the way that we live our lives but it has changed many different sectors of business.
As technology progresses at this pace, we should probably look at what this means for the legal sector. Firms all over the world are adopting and investing in new technology to effectively compete with the other competition out there. Not only do they need to use this technology to compete with other firms, but clients are wanting more and more engagement with technology in all of the sectors of business. In this respect, the legal sector is quite far behind but they are catching up rapidly.
According to SEO experts, voice searches are expected to take over. With Siri and Alexa already setting the bar very high, and voice searching are expected to account for 50% of online searches by the year 2020. You may be wondering how this can affect the legal sector. Because a quarter of all voice searches are for local information, it is likely that people will be searching for information on local lawyers. This means that law firms will have to make sure that their websites and online presence are adapted to be found in this way. Law firms will already be used to optimizing their page for traditional searches, SEO for voice will be slightly different. It is worth finding out what the difference is and how you can get prepared.
Before modern technology, the music industry consisted of live shows and word of mouth. As technology progressed, the music industry has gained new opportunities for exposure. A few decades ago, it had to go to great lengths to get their product to the masses. Now, we can have music at our fingertips anytime we choose. It gets ever more creative in its advances to meet the needs of their fans.
Phonographs were possibly the earliest form of media the music industry had available to market to society. Invented in 1877, phonographs played record, which were large, and hard to store. For their time, phonographs were revolutionary. They allowed people to play music anytime they wanted in the comfort of their own home. In 1897 the first radio station was invented. Radios didn’t become widespread until much later, so it wasn’t much changed at that time. Live performances were still the main form of delivery for the music industry. Big bands were often found performing at music clubs, drawing large crowds. With the invention of talking motion pictures, much of the popularity of live music shows died out. It rebounded, putting all their energy into record sales and syndicated radio shows. In the mid 1950s, transistor radios allowed music lovers to carry their music with them, furthering the music industries’ ability to reach their fans.
It wasn’t until 1964 that the industry saw a leap in music media technology. Until then, record sales had been popular, but society was demanding a more portable form of recorded music. 1964 brought the 8 track tape into the music industry. 8 tracks were a big boost for the music industry because they were more durable and easier to carry than a record. 8 track tapes could be played at home or in the car. In the early 1970s, the cassette tape began to replace 8 tracks as the primary media for the music industry. Cassette tapes were smaller, more durable, and better quality than 8 tracks. For the next 20 years, cassette tapes allowed it to mass produce more music than ever before. Fans had musical freedom to carry their choice of music nearly everywhere with them after the invention of the Sony Walkman in the late 1970s. Both radio and cassettes could be played directly into headphones with the Walkman, revolutionizing the way people listened to music. In the early 1980s, compact discs once again changed the way we listened to music. Compact discs had a clearer sound quality than cassette disks, and they were much smaller to store. Compact discs are still popular, but the most recent advance in technology to benefit this industry is the internet. Downloading music is now one of the most common ways for people to support the music industry. Music can be downloaded to cell phones, mp3 players, and I Pods.