The Semantic Web: Fantastic and a bit scary

The Semantic Web (call it Web 3.0 if you will) is both fantastic and, like most new technology, a bit scary: Do I really like the idea of every little move I make becoming data to be tagged and processed electronically? What if it ends up in the wrong hands? And what to think of the "Big Brother"...

Twitter Post Exposes Paris

According to the gossip site, radar.com : A photograph posted by Paris Hilton more than a month prior to her drug arrest in Las Vegas could blow up her claim that the purse she was carrying - which contained cocaine - did not belong to her. In mid-July, Paris Tweeted a photograph of a purse and wrote...

Does your law firm need a “social agency?”

As social media channels grow and the "what should we be doing" buzz slowly moves across the legal marketing industry, more legal marketing professionals and law firm leaders are asking, do we need to hire an agency? If you're big enough or serious enough, you probably do. And according...

The Social Network | The Movie

The Social Network, the movie loosely documenting the development and meteoric rise of the popular social networking site Facebook, was a fine Hollywood movie; I was easily pulled into the characters and the story. While I wasn't expecting anything deep or revelatory, there was one strong take away...

Do your law firm employees have a right to free speech on Facebook? Legal Case Filed by NLRB

Last week the National Labor Relations Board launched a legal case asserting that employees have a right to free speech on Facebook. It announced that it had filed a complaint against an ambulance service that fired an emergency medical technician, accusing her, among other things, of violating a policy...

Law Firm Twitter Accounts

There's a lot more interest in Twitter from law firms these days. We know that individual lawyers are having success using the micro-blogging service for gaining exposure and access to extremely broad networks of interested parties, including prospects, clients, and the media. But, what about law...

Managing Social Media in Your Law Firm | The Next Big Thing

We've come a long way, baby! Three years ago, when I founded my company Law Gravity , I talked to a lot of law firms about their "plans" for using social media. Their response: "What plans?" There were firms that had a blog or two, but few looked beyond into opportunities presented...

Navigating The Social Web | A Very Large Marketplace

Conversations in the Marketplace In the purest sense the social Web is a very large marketplace populated by people who come and go for the purpose of engaging in conversations about things they do, make, think about, and care about, and of course to buy or sell things. The majority of your conversations...

Content and Community | What I’m doing with social media in 2011

Looking back - Looking forward. Social media and social networking platforms open up doors to new relationships and often work well as tools for marketing - broad distribution, top of mind impact, and exposure for expertise. However, looking back on my social media involvement during 2010, these...

Facebook | Does the goldrush mentality on Wall Street have implications for law firm marketing?

I found this news alert from the Wall Street Journal fascinating on a couple of accounts: "Interest in shares of Facebook is so strong that Goldman Sachs plans to stop soliciting interest from potential investors on Thursday, after the securities firm received orders worth several billion dollars...

The Heart and Soul of Your Law Firm | What Vendor Relationships Reveal

Today a package of materials from a new client of mine arrived overnight, first AM delivery. The delivery surprised me and exceeded my expectation as our scheduled meeting is weeks away. There was nothing urgent about me receiving the materials, but it sure was nice to have them in hand so far in advance...

Sixteen Sweet Facebook Tips

(This post is dedicated to the wonderful people at American Airlines who make me turn off my Kindle during take off and landing, forcing me to pick up random magazines at airport kiosks so I can distract myself the old fashioned way; reading paper magazines.) I love my 11″ MacBook Air. It travels...

Law Firm Management Ideas | The Benevolent Dictator

Listening to a law firm administrator explain how he handles internally sensitive issues at his law firm over a business dinner one evening, I remarked, "You're a benevolent dictator! Sounds like it's working for you! Management by consensus may be an easier path, but it is a sure path...

Always Connected | A day in the digital life

WHAT'S IN YOUR DIGITAL LIFE? Me. Well, I recently moved and do not have an extra outlet at my bedside so I've been recharging my iPhone at night beside my desk-in another room. The difference is noticeable. Before I used to wake up in the middle of the night and look at the email. Then...

Should Your Law Firm Have a Formal Training Process for Social Media Engagement?

In a nonscientific reader poll conducted for SmartBrief on Social Media , leading marketers (of all types) were asked: Does your company have a formal training process for employees before they're allowed to blog, tweet or post other social media content on behalf of the company? The responses...

How To Promote Your Law Blog (or any blog)

Now that your blog is "LIVE," you need to do some basic things to help others find you. Or give your established blog a little shove and see if traffic doesn't improve. Submit to Giant Search Engines Even though you've optimized the general metadata on your blog, as well as...

Online Tools for Law Blogs and Other Website Owners | Alexa

Last week on VirtualMarketingOfficer.com I wrote about How To Promote Your Law Blog and it turned out to be a pretty popular post, so I figured there are enough readers who are looking for ideas in this regard-thanks to all who re-tweeted the post; Twitter was driving a lot of the traffic according...

info@yourlawfirm.com | Is it working?

How can we help you? How can we help you? That was the message preceding a "request for information" form in the Contact Us section of a noteworthy B2B company website I recently visited. Ten days ago I filled out that form and requested specific information or a return phone call regarding...

Inspiration for the New Year | Bringing great projects to life

There are two fatal errors that keep great projects from coming to life: Not finishing Not starting -Buddha A DEEP BREATH OF LIFE Early last year I took a yoga class at Florida Keys Community College. While I was far from a good student, having missed more than half the classes,...

Facebook IPO | A Take-away Idea for Law Firm Strategy

Potential buyers got their first look at Facebook financials yesterday, which showed the company produced a $1 billion profit last year from $3.71 billion in revenues. The company derives 85% of those revenues from advertising, with the rest from social gaming and other fees. The initial public offering...

Facebook IPO | A Take-away Idea for Law Firm Strategy

Potential buyers got their first look at Facebook financials yesterday, which showed the company produced a $1 billion profit last year from $3.71 billion in revenues. The company derives 85% of those revenues from advertising, with the rest from social gaming and other fees. The initial public offering...