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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...

Are You [A] Lawyer Online?

David Fraser (@privacylawyer) is not just a lawyer online; he's a Canadian privacy lawyer-online. Participating on a panel with David last Friday, it was immediately obvious that he "gets social media" when he flat out told a Canadian Bar Association group of Intellectual Property...

Are You Pressed To Find Time for Marketing?

A client mentioned to me this week that things are a little slow, so he has more time to think about marketing. Too bad! He should have been thinking about his next clients when he was busy. Yeah, I know, easier said than done. However, when you are pressed for time to complete a client's matter...

Facebook for Lawyers: Don’t overlook the efficiency and power of a network on Facebook

The other day, I added a "new" Friend to my Facebook network, someone I see maybe once a year at a professional gathering. I thought: This is great. Can it get any easier to stay in touch and up to speed on what's going on in her life so that the next time we meet we can immediately...

Commentary on Law360 Post, "How to Make it Rain by Marketing Individual Lawyers"

A legal marketing friend, John Eix, head of Regional Business Development - Texas for Hunton & Williams , sent me a June 24, 2011 Law360 article that I finally had a moment to read. It covers the age-old question of, "Do clients hire law firms or lawyers?" I have always insisted that...

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...

Clients Still Hire Lawyers Not Law Firms, So Get Off Your Duff!

Over the years I have met many a lawyer who wasn't into marketing or sales. The reason: the firm will do it. Well, the firm can't do it. Individual lawyers must, because clients continue to hire lawyers, not law firms. In a recent article entitled "How to Make It Rain By Marketing...

Social media for introverts - Guest post by Paul S. Grabowski

I have worked with Paul Grabowski, Esq. at two well known Texas law firms, Andrews Kurth and Porter Hedges , where he led the marketing departments. He just wrote this post for Thom Singer's blog (Thom Singer is also an Andrews Kurth marketing team alum), which should resonate with many of the...

Social Media and Legal Ethics | No New Restrictions, Just Clarification

The jury is (almost) in. We do not, thankfully, anticipate a Casey-Anthony-super-sized-post-verdict outrage when the American Bar Association codifies its Commission on Ethics 20/20 proposed amendments to the Model Rules in 2012. According to the Commission's recent proposal and report , lawyers...

Can a Law Firm Become a Social Business?

How are you preparing to take your law firm into the "Social Business" era? Perhaps this is the first time you've heard the term used? Here's a definition: Social Businesses combine fully integrated sets of tools, channels, and processes with people that embrace and cultivate...

Networking Requires Getting Off Your Duff!

Social media is obviously one way to network these days, and it can work. But, it is not as effective as face-to-face events with clients, referral sources and prospects. So, it's time to get up from your desk, and get out and about. That is the theme of an article on Attorney at Work by Theda...