So you've mastered the art of writing snazzy emails, your legal blogs are more popular than the latest TikTok dance, and now you're ready to conquer social media. Slow down, hotshot! Social media is a different beast, and one misplaced tweet can make your reputation go poof. Let's dig into the do's and don'ts for lawyers looking to make their social media presence felt—without the cringe.
Let's define terms: Social media refers to websites and applications designed for social networking and user content sharing. Platforms like:
and many others offer various ways for users to interact through sharing:
Social media posts are used for many purposes, from staying in touch with friends and family to networking for businesses and even mobilizing social movements. It's a virtual space where daily dialogue, engagement, and much scrolling happen.
Ready to jump into the social media fray without tanking your legal cred? Let's dive into the do's and don'ts that'll keep your practice trending—for all the right reasons!
Yes, authenticity is the name of the game. But that doesn't mean sharing every detail of your weekend BBQ mishap. A good rule of thumb is: If you wouldn’t say it in the courtroom or to a client’s face, don’t post it. But do let your personality shine through—a dash of wit or some subtle humor can go a long way in humanizing your brand.
Okay, we get it, you're awesome. But if all you do is blow your own trumpet, you'll soon find yourself playing a solo gig. Mix in some industry news, share valuable advice, and retweet or share relevant content. It's not all about you, darling.
Social media is, well, social. Don't just drop a post into the void and disappear. When people comment or ask questions, respond in a timely manner. Even a simple like or emoji can show that you're not some robot programmed to spout legalese.
Sure, using your established personal account to promote your practice is tempting. But trust us, potential clients don't care about your vacation photos. Keep separate accounts for your personal life and your professional brand.
You've got a brand, so stick with it. Consistency in tone, content, and posting frequency helps to build trust. If you’re the “always serious” type, don’t suddenly start posting jokes that would make a comedian cringe. And if you post daily, don’t vanish for a month without notice.
This should be a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised. Whether it’s discussing a case you’re working on or sharing inside scoops on a legal issue, remember that confidentiality is key in your industry. Once it’s out there, there's no taking it back.
We know, you’re writing a tweet (or whatever they call it now), not a legal brief. But this isn’t a free pass to throw grammar to the wind. You’re a professional, so sound like one—even in 280 characters or less.
Good visuals can elevate your post from "meh" to "must-read." A relevant image or even a short video can break up the monotony of endless text.
Ah, you're ready to plunge into the social media pool but don't want to dive headfirst into the wrong end, huh? Smart move. Not all platforms are created equal, especially when you're a lawyer looking to make an impact. Here are some social media platforms where you can don your virtual suit and tie:
Oh, come on, you knew this would be on top. It's the networking soiree of the internet. With a professional atmosphere, LinkedIn is perfect for sharing your latest articles, industry news, and, of course, boasting about your achievements in a humblebrag kinda way.
The place for real-time updates. Share quick legal insights, engage with current affairs, or tweet live from industry events (you know, when they’re a thing again). Just beware of the character limit, and whatever you do, don't start Twitter feuds.
Good ol' Facebook. It's where everyone and their grandma hang out. Use it for more general updates, and definitely make use of the "Business Page" feature. Plus, its ad platform is highly targeted if you're into that sort of thing.
Think Instagram is only for influencers and foodies? Think again. A well-curated Instagram page can showcase your firm’s culture, behind-the-scenes peeks, and even some short but sweet legal tips.
YouTube could be your new best friend if you've got the gift of gab and a penchant for the camera. Create how-to videos, legal explainers, or commentary on hot legal topics. Video content can be incredibly engaging and helps to demystify the law.
Technically more of a legal directory, but its Q&A forum allows you to showcase your expertise. Answer legal questions and build your credibility. It's like Yelp for lawyers, but without the scathing reviews about your waiting room's magazine selection.
This one's a bit off the beaten path for lawyers, but subreddits like r/legaladvice can be an unexpected goldmine. Showcase your knowledge (while being careful not to give explicit legal advice), and you could attract clients who appreciate your candor and expertise.
You've nailed your briefs, you've conquered the blogs, and now you're eyeing social media posts. But hey, no need to go it alone. Let Best Law Marketing take your social media game from blah to brilliant by contacting us today. Your future clients are scrolling; let's make sure they stop on you!
You've just absorbed a lot—like, "reading the fine print of a contract" level of a lot. But let's tackle some questions you might still have. Because no one likes to dive into the social media game with doubts, am I right?
A: While it might be tempting, mixing business with pleasure is generally a no-go. Keep 'em separated to maintain a professional image. Plus, you don't want your cousin's bachelorette party pics mingling with your insightful legal commentary, do you?
A: Consistency is key, but there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Start with once or twice a week and adjust based on engagement and your schedule. Just don’t go dark for months; social media is a long game.
A: In a word, no. Confidentiality is a cornerstone of legal practice. Even seemingly innocuous comments can lead to trouble. When in doubt, keep mum about anything directly related to your casework.
A: Don't panic or engage in a keyboard duel. Respond professionally and offer to take the discussion offline. Remember, your response is not just for the critic but for all future clients who’ll read it.
A: Absolutely, if you find it's taking too much of your time or you're just not "feeling it," there are professionals out there who specialize in legal social media management. Cue the shameless plug: Best Law Marketing can help!
A: Hashtags are like the seasoning of social media—useful but easy to overdo. Stick to a few relevant ones to make your posts easier to find but avoid creating a #HashtagSoup.
A: If you have the budget for it, paid ads can greatly increase your reach. Platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn offer super-targeted options. Just make sure you're following all the ethical rules related to advertising for your jurisdiction.
Yes, you can become a social media maven without sacrificing billable hours. Contact Best Law Marketing and we will handle the heavy lifting. Your clients are scrolling; let’s make sure they pause and click on you.