Making it Rain: Marketing and Social Media MCLE Seminar for Lawyers

Join attorney and social media expert Kristen Marquis Dennis on May 19 at the Beverly Hills Bar Association for an informative, interactive presentation on marketing, social media, and business development for lawyers. This seminar qualifies for 1 hour of Ethics MCLE.

It’s a modern reality that a majority of us (your potential clients included) spend over 1.7 hours a day on social networks. This seminar will discuss how to use effectively and ethically utilize social media (i.e. LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube) to promote your law practice and drive leads to your website, highlight the importance of online review sites and how to monitor them; the necessity of blogging; and more.

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How Can Lawyers Maximize LinkedIn?

LinkedIn, the go-to social media network for professionals, has quickly become a great resource for referrals and prospects for lawyers. According to a recent Mediapost survey, 9 out of 10 executives use LinkedIn and many in-house lawyers searched for outside counsel on LinkedIn.  Just as with in-person marketing, online marketing requslide1ires the thoughtful and strategic implementation of a few specific tools.

Read on for a few tips to maximize your LinkedIn presence and get the ROI that every biz dev savvy lawyer is looking for…

1. Complete your profile and optimize it for online searches.

Spend time sprucing up your LinkedIn profile. Include relevant information a potential client or connection might use to find you. Upload a professional head shot. Profiles with a professional picture increases views more than those with a logo or a company name.

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The Growing Power of Online Reviews

When researching services or products online, it is common practice in our online world to perform a quick Google search for company or business reviews, including attorneys and law firms. Which leads us to ask: What does your online presence say about your practice?

A recent survey reported that 58% of the participants viewed Yelp, a popular social media tool that combines local reviews and networking functionality, as the number one and most trusted website for seeking for legal advice or representation.  Surprisingly, this tops other sites such as Avvo, Martindale-Hubbell and SuperLaywers as the go-to reference for lawyer reviews.

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What kind of information are your potential clients looking for on these review sites? Keep reading…

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Measuring Marketing Success with Social Media

You have selected the best social platforms for your brand (yes, your law firm is a brand), developed a plan and devoted time for client development, sharing your legal knowledge and building loyalty.  How do you determine if your social media marketing plan is successfully working for your law firm?

In the early stages of establishing your brand online, the goal is to build connections and relationships.  Of course, the leading social platforms (such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, or Google+) all have their analytical tools to show that you are progressing on your social marketing plans.  However, there are other benchmarks that indicate you are bearing the fruits of your online marketing efforts.

Aside from metrics, number of likes, followers and people in your circles, here’s some ways you can tell that your law firm’s social media marketing is on its way to success:

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10 Tips for Increasing Twitter Followers

You’ve probably heard by now that Social Media is an marketing avenue that lawyers can no longer avoid. From Facebook to LinkedIn, Google+ to Twitter, using social networks to enhance your reputation, build your practice, and strengthen existing professional relationships is a fact of biz dev life for the rainmaking lawyer.

But, like many attorneys, you may not have the time nor the understanding of social media to actually use it to your advantage. One option is to outsource your social media marketing to savvy legal marketers (talk to us about how that might look for your law firm). Another option is to spend the time each day to do it yourself. Continue reading for 15 tips on how to come up with interesting content for your law firm’s Twitter feed.

#1: Ask Questions

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Is Hiring Someone to Write Your Legal Blog Really Unethical?

Lately, there’s been a bunch of noise about dangers of “ghostwritten” legal blogs. Apparently, no one is safe and practicing attorneys are supposed to stop focusing on their practice to take time out to write informational, educational blog posts, engage on social media, and otherwise not bill out for their time. After weeks of reading about this, particularly rants by an individual who profits from having attorneys ‘write’ their own blogs, I decided to share my own thoughts on this matter, as both an attorney and the founder of a company who writes legal content on behalf of lawyers.

Argument #1 – Bad Content

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5 Common SEO Mistakes to Avoid

You’ve spent thousands of dollars creating a new website and it’s not bringing you any new business. You’re probably frustrated and ready to give up on the whole “building your online presence” thing. But before you do, call us for a free website consultation or review these tips for SEO mistakes to avoid (or do both!). These days, a practicing attorney just can’t get away without having a strong online presence.

 

Here are 5 common SEO mistakes to avoid.

1. Duplicate Content

Duplicate content in the context of search engine optimization (SEO) means the same content on more than one webpage (URL) within same or different domain (web site). Search engines can’t decide which content to index, eventually not showing either page in search results. Where do many attorneys get in trouble with this issue? Practice Areas. This can be avoided with properly-drafted content written by attorneys.

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