Why your lawyer’s not a social media ninja

Let me start with a confession. It took me a while to "get" Twitter . The first time I tried it (which I think was 2008), I just used it to consume information. It wasn't great for a number of reasons - firstly, I didn't put a lot of time in to work out who to follow (and in particular...

How you can monitor social media buzz about you

Rob Kahn, Director of Business Development at Fenwick & West LLP , and Elizabeth Lampert, owner of Elizabeth Lampert PR , just wrote an article for the National Law Journal about social media. The publication date was July 4, 2011. After reading it, I searched for "social media" on...

Only 5 months left to meet your 2011 marketing goals

I received an email this morning from the CMO Council on its "Marketing Outlook for 2011." While the research study made more sense to report in Q1, it's worthwhile to use as a check-up as we edge into August 2011. The Study reports that marketing budgets are on the rise, with...

Martindale's Counsel to Counsel Forum - Managing Investigations, Compliance and Audits in Today's Tough Markets

I have facilitated Martindale Counsel to Counsel forums all over the world since 2000. These discussions are "best practice" exchanges by corporate counsel and law firm lawyers about a particular topic. Consistently, they are the best received CLE programs by buyers of legal services and...

The Social Media conversation we should be having - Part 1.

There is still a lot of hand-wringing about social media by law firm partners. A surprising number of firms still don't have approved policies - they are in permanent "draft" mode, perhaps because they don't really want to commit to anything they don't fully understand. I...

Have you heard about "Twitterology?" It's the latest hot new science.

Ben Zimmer is a self-described all-around word nut. He is the former On Language columnist for The New York Times Magazine, the executive producer of VisualThesaurus.com (an entirely useful tool when you're looking to add color to your prose) and vocabulary.com . In a recent New York Times...