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Play the Social Media Game and Know the Details

1: Get the basics right

Like every channel, you need to start by nailing the basics of social media marketing. This includes:

  • Choosing the right social media platform to invest in. You might want to start out slow by focusing on a couple of platforms that your audience uses the most.
  • Setting realistic and measurable goals. What do you plan to get out of your social media marketing efforts? Do you want to increase brand visibility? Maybe you want to attract new clients or you just want to engage your target audience. Either way, have a clear idea of what you wish to achieve through social media marketing.
  • Developing a content strategy and calendar. What kind of content will you create? How often will you post?

If you’re completely new to establishing yourself on social, use our checklist of social media basics to make sure you get this step right. Or skip the difficult part of starting your effective social media campaign and hand it off to the experts at Simply Social Media. We already know what to do. Call us at 248-773-7110.

2: Share original graphics with useful facts and stats

Visuals play a critical role in social media marketing as they are more likely to stand out over text content. So, your social content strategy should focus on creating visuals that will immediately attract and engage your prospects.

You can share inspirational quotes, useful legal tips, basic legal information and industry updates through original graphics that stand out. This is especially important if you’re going to use image-heavy platforms like Instagram. Make the most of free design platforms like Canva and Snappa for this.

Take for example how Allen & Overy creates original graphics to share useful quotes from their associates. Each graphic includes the respective associate’s photo, which puts a human face to their firm.

3: Monitor conversations around your firm

One of the main uses of social media for lawyers is in brand listening. You can conduct branded keyword searches on social media to look for content and conversations around your firm. This is a great way to understand what people are saying about you and how they might be feeling about you.

You can even identify conversations where you can weigh in and demonstrate expertise, such as finding news and discussion about topics that are most relevant to your firm’s specializations.  If there are controversies going on in the legal space, being aware of social conversations can also help you avoid being caught off-guard or getting negative PR.

Make the most of social listening tools for more effective brand listening. You’ll be able to monitor conversations around your firm in real time and identify trending topics in your industry. This can help you gain valuable audience insights and take necessary action at the right moment.

4: Create informative YouTube videos

Informative YouTube videos are also a vital element in social media marketing for lawyers. Videos not only make your information much easier to understand but also allow you to inject your personality into the content. This makes them a lot more engaging than other content formats.

Plus, you’ll be appealing to the huge portion of the audience that prefers to consume video content over text content. So make sure you regularly create YouTube videos to explain relevant topics, tell interesting stories and discuss trending topics. You could even conduct interviews with industry thought leaders and use their clout to attract new viewers.

Clifford Chance does a great job of creating informative YouTube videos. They regularly create videos on trending topics and interesting discussions.

5: Share valuable blog posts and news updates

The best way to use social media for law firms is to create content that informs, rather than solely promotional content. The more you provide credible and valuable information, the better you’ll be able to showcase your expertise.

In the legal industry, your potential customers won’t make a decision about where to take their business just based on promotion. They would consider your knowledge and credibility as well as your experience before they decide to hire you.

This makes it crucial to constantly share informative blog posts and latest industry news with your social media followers. And don’t just limit yourself to content from your own blog. Make a habit of curating content from other relevant sources and reputable industry blogs.

6: Respond to comments and queries

Social media provides you with a platform to build connections and engage with your audience. In fact, consumers are highly dependent on social media as a brand-consumer communication channel.

The Sprout Social Index 2019 found that 47% of consumers reach out to brands on social because they have a product or service question. 40% do so because they have a bad experience, while 31% do so to share their ideas or suggestions.

So, make the most of social media to engage with your prospective clients. Respond to comments on your posts and answer questions that people may have about your service. Show the audience that you’re listening and that you’re there to help.

Take for example how Allen Law Firm takes the time to thank one of their clients for a positive comment.

For larger firms with a bigger audience, this process can be extremely taxing and time-consuming. This is where you can utilize Sprout’s engagement tools to save time and streamline your social media management.

You’ll be able to quickly identify priority messages and comments across all social media platforms using a unified inbox. Use the customizable filtering options to categorize your incoming messages based on specific keywords, networks, profiles and more.

7: Tell your brand story

Law firms can also use social media to tell their brand story. This can be highly effective for humanizing your brand and forming an emotional connection with the audience. So, you’ll have a much easier time winning their trust and loyalty.

You can share stories about your firm’s achievements, its history and more. You can also use social media to put your employees in the spotlight and put a human face to your brand.

White & Case does an excellent job of this on Facebook. They regularly share interviews with partners, stories of their associates and news about charitable events they organized.

If you feel you might need help with your social media campaign, Call Simply Social Media at 248-773-7110.

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