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Financial advisors realize business development gains through social media

financial-advisor-social-mediaLawyers aren’t the only professionals using social media for business development. Hearsay Social’s Meghan Herfkens Hency (@mherf) reports that 75% of financial advisors are using social media for client development. This per Putnam Investments 2014 Social Advisor Study released this week. It’s working too. 66% of financial advisors have gained new clients through social media, … Continue Reading

Your blog’s design is affecting its performance

law blog designYour blog’s design is affecting its performance — on at least a couple fronts. One is speed. The longer it takes your blog to load, the more likely users will leave. Two is ease of use for readers. Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt), co-founder of WordPress, shared word today of a post from web designer, Brad Frost … Continue Reading

Law blog comments and online discussion could be much more

law blog commentsExcellent piece today in a London School of Economics blog on the importance of science blogs and their resulting Web 2.0 discussion by Jonathan Mendel, a Lecturer in Human Geography at Dundee University, and Hauke Riesch, a Lecturer in Sociology and Communications at Brunel University. Science blogging has become a prominent tool for researchers to communicate with … Continue Reading

As ABA Blawg 100 shows, biglaw is finding the handle on quality blogging

9084897695_2837129497_bThere’s blogging, and then there’s blogging well. And really, an argument can be made that anything but the latter really isn’t blogging at all. After all, what is blogging—is it simply the act of producing content to an online publication that displays it all on one page in reverse-chronological order? Or, is there something more … Continue Reading

Will lawyers exercise the power of the blog on Ferguson?

ferguson-mo-welcome-signWill lawyers across the country openly speak up regarding the Ferguson Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown? Do they agree with the prosecutor’s decision to seek a grand jury indictment? Disagree? Agree or disagree with the grand jury decision? Would the result have been different … Continue Reading

Nuts and bolts of social networking and social media for Utah Bar Association

6607825369_3a8771309a_bDownload a copy of Nuts and Bolts of social networking and social media by Kevin OKeefe here (pdf).  Professional and business development in the law is all about relationships and word of mouth. Never before have lawyers been presented the opportunity to build relationships and word of mouth the way the Internet allows lawyers to … Continue Reading

Is your law blog a Mashable or a New York Times?

social reporting law blog ala mashableDo you approach blogging as covering all relevant news in your niche or covering your niche socially? There’s a big difference and you may be surprised as to which works better. In a talk before the Canadian Journalism Foundation, Mashable editor-in-chief, Jim Roberts (@nycjim), explained that Mashable approaches the news as a social activity. GigaOm’s … Continue Reading

11 surprising WordPress statistics for law firms

WordPress security risks law firmsLittle question that WordPress has become the content management system of choice for innovative law firms — worldwide, large, medium or small. German entrepreneur and blogger, Nick Schäferhoff shared thirteen surprising WordPress statistics, many of which he picked up from WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg’s recent “State of the Word” 2014. Here’s eleven of the statistics … Continue Reading

Blogging still rules!

law blogsFrom author and technologist, David Weinberger (@dweinberger): Back in the early 2000s, we were reading one another’s blogs, responding to them, and linking to them. Blogging was a conversational form made solid by links. Rather than short form posts on social media networks that lead to social relationships, blogs are different per Weinberger. They are … Continue Reading

Defining your law blog niche in five steps

law blog nicheHaving a broadly focused law blog makes networking online a tough chore. It’s a bit like pushing a rock up a hill. On the other a hand, a niche focused law blog can lead to business development success, or even rockstar status, in a couple years — assuming you’re a good lawyer to begin with. … Continue Reading

Do legal blogs generate citations of legal journals and publications?

blogs citations legal publicationsLegal scholars and legal publishers often look at legal blogs as off on the side and not relevant to their more “learned” work. More demeaning yet, law blogs are often looked at as merely advertising or marketing. The fact is that legal blogs likely generate citation of their legal publications (journals, reviews, periodicals, treatises) and … Continue Reading

Law firms need to identify their online rainmakers

rainmaker lawyer social mediaThe majority of law firms treat all lawyers as equals when it comes to their ability to develop business through online networking. Networking online through blogging and the use of other social media, including LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, is all about building relationships and word of mouth. The same as business development offline. Ideally, they’re … Continue Reading

Flipboard update integrates Zite’s technology

FlipboardGreat news for lawyers. As reported by VentureBeat’s Tom Cheredar (@TChed), Flipboard’s latest update integrates Zite’s suggested content feature. At the heart of “Flipboard 3.0″ is deep integration of technology from Zite, the mobile news recommendation service Flipboard acquired from CNN back in March. Zite is known for being able to recommend a large selection … Continue Reading