When fishing for clients, there are those who frantically cast about in the hope of catching whoever is biting. On the other end of the pier are those who approach their task with clear intention, equip themselves with the right tools for the job, and dial in on a strategy that’s guided by experience. They’re not interested in quantity or variety. Rather, they’re looking for something very particular that will feed them and others in their firms.
Creating consistent, high-quality content is essential to the success of your law firm’s marketing efforts. The best way to get your ideas and insights in front of your audience is through law firm content marketing. By sharing and promoting your best ideas, your law firm will gain trust and build influence with prospects. Over time, by staying top of mind, members of your target audience will come to see your firm and its lawyers as experts capable of solving difficult problems. When a client need arises, your firm will be well-positioned for the opportunity because it put the work in to position itself as a thought leader.
Most law firms invest significant resources into associate training. But is it working? If your law firm conducts training for associates, do you have mechanisms in place to measure success? Those are questions that only a law firm, its associate trainees, and, I suppose, clients who ultimately use the associates can answer, but in my experiences working as an attorney—and now a trainer and coach—many training programs lack the strategic planning and rigor necessary to achieve high-impact growth and sustainability.
Marketing legal services means waging a war for attention. Even if you have something important and interesting to share, the odds are that very few people will read, see, or hear it. Every day, more than 100 billion emails are sent, 3 million blog posts are published, and 500 million Tweets are posted. With all this noise, how can you possibly break through? The answer, put simply, is Visual Storytelling. Creating visual content that tells a story and focuses on what matters to clients is the key to standing out.
We are happy to announce the launch of the 2019 Law Firm Content Marketing Survey. If you are a lawyer or law firm marketer we’d really appreciate you spending just a few minutes answering (anonymously) the 14-question survey below. Your responses will help us to compile a report, to be released in March, that will establish statistics, benchmarks, and trends in law firm content marketing.
If you don’t have the time or resources to invest in transforming your own website or blog into a high traffic, authoritative platform, then use someone else’s to share your ideas and insights with a wider audience. Creating and publishing content on sites that your target audience (and Google) already knows, likes and trusts is one of the best ways to attract attention, build your reputation as a thought leader, drive high quality traffic back to your own platform, and increase the domain authority of your website.
With coffee and a fresh to-do list in hand, most days for most lawyers begin optimistically enough. Because of the adversarial nature of the law, however, a lawyer’s day is uniquely capable of turning into a train wreck. As Mike Tyson said to a reporter in the run-up to his fight against Evander Holyfield, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
To do law firm content marketing well, a comprehensive strategy, which incorporates written content, guest-posting, visual storytelling, PR, distribution, and in-depth analytics is required. To stand out, your law firm must produce and market content that is high quality, strategic, and valuable to a defined audience.
Almost every lawyer I’ve worked with has struggled with time management. The solution to this problem does not lie in trying to find more hours in the day. The key to real, meaningful productivity is identifying the most important, essential tasks that drive success, and working to de-prioritize or eliminate the rest.
Here are 10 things lawyers should stop doing in 2019.
Lawyers work hard. It’s what they do.
The good news is that hard work can be deeply satisfying. It feels good to do a job well done. Accomplishment gives us meaning. Hopefully this resonates with you because it’s a feeling you’ve experienced before, at least in athletics or academics, if not yet in your professional career as an associate. But it’s not just me making this assertion about the connection between hard work and happiness—academic research backs it up.