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Social media marketing for law firms | Complying with attorney ethics rules

Social media marketing for attorneys is written about more often than it’s actually done.  If done well, it can be extremely effective. But many attorneys don’t use social media for law firm marketing due to the concern that social networking can’t be done without violating attorney ethics rules. Social networking image

The notion that an attorney can’t ethically use social media marketing was thoroughly debunked yesterday by Robert Ambrogi, who is both a lawyer and media professional. Writing for Law.com’s Law Technology News, Ambrogi offers 10 Tips to Keep Social Networking in Line With ABA Ethics.

Ambrogi admits that there are ethical pitfalls, but says “staying out of trouble when using social media is not difficult, provided you are aware of the dangers, and use some common sense.” He goes on to provide his 10 tips for using social media in compliance with ethical rules.

I’m not going to cut-and-paste or summarize Ambrogi’s tips here. Any lawyer or legal marketer who is new to social media needs to go read the entire article.

Social Media for Mass Tort Marketing

Having used social media marketing for mass torts since the occurrence of the BP oil spill, I agree that social media can be used within the bounds of the Rules of Professional Conduct. But, as Ambrogi says, there are potential pitfalls. One of the biggest potential problems is that of solicitation. Simply talking with non-clients on social networking sites is not solicitation, unless an attorney actually solicits employment by the client, and a motive for doing that is the attorney’s personal financial gain. [Read more…]

Social Media For Law Firms Engaged in Mass Tort Legal Marketing

Social Media for Law Firms

Social media has become “the next big thing” for those of us involved in Internet legal marketing. Because most attorneys are late adapters, there aren’t a lot of law firms getting clients from social media. When law firms do use social networks, it’s deemed worthy of a Wall Street Journal article. But I believe I can show you how social media for law firms can be used in a mass tort marketing campaign.

I’ve used the Internet for legal marketing in mass tort cases for over 10 years, and I’ve used online video as part of my legal marketing for 2 years. But I didn’t add Twitter and Facebook to my toolbox until the last year. It’s one thing to read books about social media marketing; it’s another to actually do it. Most of the really valuable experience I’ve gotten with social media has come in the last 7 weeks as I’ve blogged, Tweeted and used Facebook to interact with people about the Gulf oil spill.

To read this entire article, go to our Social Media Marketing for Mass Tort Attorneys page.

Using Social Media to Engage in the BP Oil Spill Discussion

Social media and the gulf oil spill

I’m writing this for people who may be interested in the use of social media to “cover” a disaster such as the Gulf oil spill. For those of you who tend to “bounce” from one website to another, here are links to the BP Oil News blog, BP Oil News Twitter feed, BP Oil News Facebook fan page, and BP Oil News Group discussed in this article.  Also, a warning: the next paragraph of this post contains a little personal history which some may find boring. For pure social media talk, skip to the third paragraph. [Read more…]

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