Many law firm marketing tactics exist, but what usually happens is that everyone does the same things as every other law firm. Given the work that goes into marketing efforts, it’s worth making sure yours separates you from the crowd.
Similarly, it’s impossible to execute every marketing idea. Use a marketing plan to decide the resources, tools, and people you’ll need. Clear marketing goals are essential for promoting your legal practice to the right client base.
Instead of randomly picking something and throwing money and time at it, be intentional. Get inspired with plenty of creative ideas for marketing your law firm with examples from different practice areas.
Create Short-Form Videos
Many legal issues are complex and cannot be easily chunked down into a one-minute video. But resist the urge to record long and detailed videos. Your audience doesn’t have the time. Instead, keep narrowing down your options for what to talk about until you have a question or topic that can be covered well in 1-2 minutes.
Your video doesn’t need to have all the answers. For example, a short-form video about filing a personal injury suit in a timely manner might include only the basics such as:
- The statute of limitations for general cases
- The statute of limitations for cases against government agencies
- Whether that statute of limitations can ever be tolled or extended for special circumstances
- Why a client should reach out to a law firm in advance of the statute of limitations deadline to have their case evaluated
In just two minutes, a viewer will get the gist of whether or not they can even file a lawsuit based on when their issue happened and will be encouraged to reach out if they still have questions about their specific situations.
Short-form videos perform well on Facebook but work well on TikTok and Youtube.
Get to the point quickly in these short videos. Most videos lose viewership over time, even when the videos are short. Put your best content upfront and title the videos accurately so the person knows exactly what they’ll learn in the video.
Stuck for material? Start with the most common legal questions your lawyers are asked in intakes by potential clients.
Get Involved in Community Campaigns
Sometimes there’s nothing better than getting involved directly in your legal community.
Because you’re not “just a law firm” when you’ve actively committed to important local causes. By adding this humanity behind the law firm, you’re giving back and making a good name for yourself in the process.
A personal injury lawyer could partner with a local high school driver’s ed course to support a day of signing anti-texting and driving privileges or the chance to check out a drunk driving simulator. These educational campaigns might not generate clients right away, but they do a lot of good and keep your name top of mind for a segment of the population very likely to get in car accidents.
Here are some other great ways to use community campaigns to make a difference and build your brand at the same time:
Scholarships. A personal injury attorney could offer a $1,000 scholarship for students with perfect driving records, or an estate lawyer could start a “What’s your legacy” essay contest.
Get involved with local charities as a sponsor. You might pick up extra press from radio or TV stations covering the event. Ask your team members for events and causes important to them to get everyone involved.
Create your own charity event and publicize it widely.
Don’t feel boxed in when stepping up with community campaigns. Decide on something that speaks to you and your team.
For some inspiration on how to set up a scholarship, check out some law firm examples:
Leverage Your Website
Here’s the problem with websites: everyone has one, and most law firm websites look identical. There’s no specific reason a client would choose your law firm over another without any other differentiating factor. To that end, get creative with your website.
Once you’ve got eyes on your website, how do you stand out from the thousands of other law firm sites? There are a few different ways to keep attention on your site and your firm:
- Settlement calculators
- Interactive content, such as a map of what happens to a body in a car accident or showing how skid marks tell the story of the accident after the fact
- Animated videos, such as one explaining the process and timeline for filing a workers’ comp claim
- A quiz asking yes/no questions to help potential clients better understand if they have a claim or not
- Live chat offering quick help for someone to schedule a call if they think they have a case
- Video testimonials from satisfied clients on your homepage
- Scroll client reviews on your homepage and results page because social proof is far more powerful than what you say about yourself
However you decide to capitalize on your website, track the results. If you create tools for people, like a settlement calculator, make it simple and designed for a good user experience.
Host Live Events
Now that the world has been cooped up indoors and on screens for years, many people are excited to (safely) enjoy in-person events again. The truth is it’s a hard sell to run a webinar, even if your content is great. People are burned out.
Lean hard into engagement with an in-person workshop. Here are some tips for getting some real interest and the right clients in the seats:
Title the workshop with exactly what an attendee will get out of it. “Workers Comp 101” is not an engaging title, but “How to Organize Your Workers’ Comp Application for Submission” has a clear outcome.
Use bullet points to market your workshop that can pre-qualify your audience. An estate lawyer, for example, might target parents of kids going off to college with a financial strategy for success workshop in which new adult powers of attorney are discussed and offered.
Be prepared to follow up. While it’s possible some people who attend a law firm workshop will be ready to set up a meeting with you that day, others will require more hand-holding. Provide homework assignments or follow-up materials related to the core content so the relationship doesn’t end when the workshop is over. The next step of offering legal services is more natural when this audience has already had a good experience with the firm.
Be careful with live events by setting a budget and goals in advance. Start small and refine your process rather than renting out a room and ordering catering for 100 people for your test run. Once you know how well you convert prospective clients with live events, you can decide on how many of these to fit in per year.
Everyone says “use social media,” but what does that actually mean? Get started by looking at the social channels where you have the best engagement/following or the potential to grow in either one of those.
Skip channels where people are unlikely to search for an injury lawyer (Twitter is a great example.) Instead, focus on a platform where you can be most consistent and where your audience spends time.
Here are some examples:
- An IP lawyer helping handmade/craft business owners can create short reels and image-based content for that audience on Instagram
- A business attorney helping with formations, partner disputes, or tax issues can leverage LinkedIn more effectively than other platforms
- An immigration lawyer might use TikTok to create short videos answering the most common questions in Spanish
- A personal injury lawyer can use Facebook to share images and video content around common mistakes made after car or workers’ comp accidents
Tailor the content on your chosen channel. Batching the content is one tip that can make this much easier for you. If you create four YouTube videos per month, for example, choose all the titles and scripts one day and record all four the next day. Those materials can be edited and published over time.
If you find social media overwhelming or just aren’t that interested in handling every aspect of content creation and publication, hire an expert marketer or social media manager to make it easy for you.
Use Gated Content
Gated content is a simple concept: offer someone a download of high-value materials in exchange for their email address. When done well, you get permission to remarket to this audience with follow-up emails. But before committing to gated content, understand that it doesn’t work well for every lawyer.
Most people just want an answer to their question right now, and plenty of them don’t want to be on a lawyer’s email list. There are exceptions, however.
Lead magnets like “5 Steps to Applying for Medicaid and Getting Approved Right Away” shared via a PDF for an estate planning lawyer might perform well as gated content.
Likewise, a video series on “3 Business Succession Planning Myths” delivered over a few days has the potential to serve a business attorney well.
If you’re an attorney for issues that people like to research before committing to hiring an attorney, gated content might be an option to pursue. If your audience prefers to get immediate answers to their questions (for example, criminal law or personal injury law issues), you might be better off with an organic search content marketing plan. This approach with blog posts answers the reader’s questions immediately.
Run PR Campaigns When the Firm or its Lawyers Win Awards
Don’t just add that badge to your website and call it a day when a firm attorney wins a local, state, or national award. A mini PR campaign gets the word out there to a broader audience and potentially earns your website backlinks.
Here are some examples to consider putting the firm or attorneys up for:
- Local business leader awards (Example: Outstanding Women in Business Award)
- Local awards for inclusiveness, community engagement, or charitable contributions
- Regional and national lawyer awards (Examples: SuperLawyers, Best Law Firms in America)
- Certifications (Examples: women-owned business, veteran-owned business)
- Law school/undergraduate Alumni Achievement awards
When an award is received, market that achievement by:
- Updating website and LinkedIn bios to include it
- Downloading any badges to share on your social media pages
- Writing a blog about the award on your website or in your email newsletter
- Drafting a press release for major awards
- Pitch an article to a local magazine or newspaper (For example, if the firm wins an award for its inclusiveness policies and hiring practices, offer a local article about the best ways to support a diverse workforce in a local publication.)
- Update your Google My Business profile with an image of the lawyer who won and the name and year of the award
If you’re going to put in the work to submit for awards, follow through on sharing the good news about winning when it happens.
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