Pep talk: throwing and catching in the major leagues…

It is not a coincidence that the best ball players are the ones with the best throwing and catching skills. Good defense revolves around a team’s ability to throw accurately and catch the baseball. Watch any high school level team or below warm up in the outfield and you’ll see players using poor throwing mechanics […]

Intimidating criminals, rallying citizens, and managing trial publicity in social media forums…yes, indeed!

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Ethics, News, Opinion, Social Media | No Comments

Last May (2012), I blogged about the spectacular trial publicity move made by Mark O’Mara, newly retained defense counsel for George Zimmerman who is charged with 2nd degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin (State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman). O’Mara rocked the “legal” world by launching (I believe the first) social media campaign, […]

Prime addresse$, billable hour$ and cross-$elling are DEAD

Prime addresse$, billable hour$ and cross-$elling are DEAD

The Adam Smith, Esq. blog, published by Bruce MacEwen, covers the topic of law firm economics really well. His latest series on Growth is Dead lays out some pretty heavy schooling for law firms; stressing the need for experimentation, acceptance of failure, and the virtues of resilience, among other things that are not typically in […]

You survived the recession, but your [law] blog is in foreclosure.

You survived the recession, but your [law] blog is in foreclosure.

There’s one thing I’ve learned about being a blogger—the cost of entry may be cheap but it’s expensive to sustain. And that’s why, more than we would like to admit, [law firm/lawyer/anybody] blogs are increasingly neglected or abandoned. Blogs are not necessarily expensive in dollars and cents, but are necessarily expensive in time—and as they […]

10 For The Next Gen | An interview with Patrick Lamb of Valorem Law Group

10 For The Next Gen | An interview with Patrick Lamb of Valorem Law Group

Thanks to social media—a next gen gathering place—I met Pat Lamb, one of the four founding members of Valorem Law Group, a five year old, next generation law firm based in Chicago. After reaching out to Pat with a connection request on LinkedIn, we continued to advance our business relationship with occasional communications on Twitter. […]

Are We Bragging too much? | More Social Networking Tips for Building a Better Business Persona

Are We Bragging too much? | More Social Networking Tips for Building a Better Business Persona

Last week I asked: Is it okay for lawyers and other business professionals to flaunt their political passions on Facebook and other social networks? This week I want to know: Are we bragging too much? And if so, to what affect? If everyone is doing it, why not? In real life, most people have little […]

Building a LAW PRACTICE-SPECIFIC social media strategy | Examining User Behavior

Building a LAW PRACTICE-SPECIFIC social media strategy | Examining User Behavior

If you have an estate planning practice, your target audience for new business is probably middle-aged adults aged 35-44. Online social media user behavior in that age group tends toward the classification known as “Critics;” those who more often like to react to content published by others. So, give them something to react to: review, […]

Why law firms fail to hit the proverbial Social Media Ball out of the park.

Why law firms fail to hit the proverbial Social Media Ball out of the park.

A blog without comments is like a newsletter printed in digital ink—delete. A Facebook Page without conversation is like a malfunctioning cellular tower—”can you hear me now?” and a Twitter stream occupied by self-congratulatory announcements is like fishing in a bathtub—you’re not going to catch a thing! A fundamental aspect of social media is missing […]

Risky Business? | Is a social media policy enough? Do law firms need social-media-insurance?

Most social media sites are FREE to partakers, right? WELL, “free” may be cutting too fine an edge, because social media is not exactly free. Company losses from social media missteps and data security breaches can be translated to monetary costs 84% of the time, according to a 2011 survey from Symantec. The top costs […]

Attorney Mark O’Mara “Defends” George Zimmerman Using Social Media | Hmmm…

If you haven’t already seen it, seeing-is-believing. Check this out. Mark O’Mara, defense attorney to George Zimmerman—stand your ground case in Florida—has created a Facebook Page. Further, he has taken over the reins of all official social media interaction for his client, shutting down Zimmerman’s personal accounts and ratting out imposters. Does this raise your […]

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