There is a lot of uncertainty right now. We must be flexible. Broad goals are important, but very specific projects take precedence. Look closely at the marketing initiatives that will position your firm for growth as we come out of the havoc of this global pandemic.
After you have spent the time creating your blog posts, videos, or longer form content, and you’ve established yourself as a subject matter expert, now it is time to consider how you will share that content. This is where the rubber meets the road in digital marketing.
Building Your Digital Marketing Plan in the Time of Social Distancing Part 2: Establish Yourself as a Subject Matter Expert
You have experience. You are up-to-date on what is going on in your area of practice. You have created content. Now is a good time to pull all of that together to build your personal brand and establish yourself as a subject matter expert.
Because of social distancing, many of the marketing and business development activities we routinely participate in are now fundamentally changed. Conferences: postponed. Networking events: cancelled. Pitch meetings: moved online. How do we pursue new business opportunities when we cannot meet face-to-face? Digital marketing.
Every year I write a set of goals down in my bullet journal. (Yes, I’m a tech junkie with a flair for the analog.) It started a few years ago when I saw a friend post her “16 in ‘16” list on Facebook and I decided to join in. My goals are a mix of personal and professional, and I have yet to have a year when I achieve all of them. That’s ok – they’re goals. Not assignments. But goal setting is important to keep me motivated and working to better myself.
Goal setting is important when it comes to your digital marketing efforts too. Goals keep your campaigns and marketing activities aligned toward achieving a common objective. They also help you determine what is and isn’t attainable based on the resources available. Plus, complacency stifles growth, and goals help keep your marketing from being complacent and growing stale and out of touch.
Your website is one of, if not the first, ways prospective clients will interact with your firm. What does your online presence say about your firm’s mission, philosophy, and capabilities? It’s about more than just the words on the screen. Your decision to redesign a website isn’t one your firm will take lightly, and in order to get your project off the ground you must convince your executives and leadership team the time to act is now.
Budget season is in full swing or possibly even winding down if your firm is ahead of the game. You are likely budgeting for a number of important marketing and business development-focused projects for next year. Is one of those projects a new website? If you answered yes, you’re in good company. Generally speaking, companies update their websites every three years. In legal services, the timeline can be similar, but often other firm-wide initiatives and priorities can force your website project to the back burner. One way to help keep your project top of mind with executives and key stakeholders is to set a realistic expectation of how much it will cost, and how the process will work. This article will focus on the cost component, and how to set a realistic budget, considering all contingencies, that will help drive your website redesign conversation.
Data protection is a hot topic thanks to Facebook data breaches and heightened consumer security on e-commerce sites and even big banks. GDPR is a privacy law designed to give individuals control of their personal data and could potentially affect how the entire internet deals with data. We at LISI want to make sure you know the facts, understand what may be required of your website, and offer our assistance to help make your website compliant.
Like the dust on my sills and the flannel linens that are swapped for Martha Stewart’s crisp cotton ones, your law firm’s website should have a spring cleaning as well. You could work on these tasks any time of year, and spring is the perfect time because the winter holidays are behind you and you have some can-do momentum still pulsing before the summer hits. If you need buy-in or approvals from partners, they are not yet out on vacations or at the beach. My advice is to simply begin. This 15-step list will help you get started.