How can lawyers and law firms maximize their social media marketing?

Lawyers are often far behind other professions when it comes to using marketing to grow their business. Fortunately, this is changing, and I was honored recently to be among the panelists addressing Social Media’s Heavy LIFT (LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) for Lawyers and Law Firms. Organized by the Social Media Association, our discussion centered on how attorneys and firms could benefit from social media and specific tactics to improve their results. (more…)

10 ways to get more value out of joining a professional association

The New York Law Journal (NYLJ) has been publishing a series looking at the declining membership of bar associations. Older members are retiring while too few millennials are joining. This isn’t only a problem with bar associations. Many other professional associations are having the same problem, hence all the NextGen/Young Professionals committees. (more…)

9 simple LinkedIn tips to help increase your revenue

Most professionals have a profile on LinkedIn, but few are taking full advantage of all that LinkedIn has to offer. This is a wasted opportunity because LinkedIn is an effective tool to help you get noticed, stay top of mind and build deeper relationships with your contacts. For those willing to spend at least 15 minutes a day on LinkedIn, there are great rewards. Remember that as you take these steps: (more…)

Marketing musts for the summer

While summer can offer a slower pace for many firms, most of us can’t afford to forget about marketing for a few months. Summer can be a good time to take on marketing-related tasks that often get neglected but can pave the way for better results for the remainder of the year and beyond. (more…)

Do’s and don’ts for successful networking

Are you networking effectively? I’m no expert, but I have been inspired by some pros who are much better at it than me. The number one rule is that if you view networking as a way to sell your services or get people to help you, then you probably aren’t being successful. Networking should focus on building long-term relationships. To that end, there are some definite do’s and don’ts that can help improve your results. (more…)

How to get employees to help market your firm

In many professional service firms, only a small percentage of people are actively engaged in marketing. The remaining employees don’t participate. The reason for this is usually some combination of them being uncomfortable with marketing and/or not being asked or required to do it. However, it is a huge missed opportunity not to get them involved in at least small ways. (more…)

Help people first; get business second

There’s the old adage that it’s better to give than to receive. Many people believe that in their personal life, but few seem to carry that idea into their business life. Helping people in a business setting is just as important and can reap substantial rewards personally and financially. It enables you to build stronger relationships with others which can make your work and personal life more fulfilling as well as eventually lead to business. The next time you are wondering why no one is sending you clients, consider some of these ways you can help them first: (more…)

Top tips on building a strong personal brand

Like it or not, you have a personal brand. Your brand is about your reputationwhat you are known for and what people expect from you personally and professionally. The problem is that your brand may not be helping you because it isn’t distinctive, or you aren’t promoting it effectively. Below are a few tips I shared with the Nassau County Bar Association last month. (more…)

Can you explain why someone should hire you?

Let’s face it. It’s hard to stand out anymore. Your prospects can easily search online to find all your competitors and superficially compare you to them. It’s just as difficult to differentiate yourself with referral sources. We all know lots of people and can forget what someone does, or we know several individuals who do the same thing. Why should someone pick you to call or refer? (more…)