What Are the Best Ways to Distribute Legal Videos on the Internet?

When it comes to marketing your practice with video, there’s a mountain of information to consider. Which marketing technique is the most effective? Where will I find the time to devote to marketing? Should I outsource these tasks or delegate them to someone in-house?

For attorneys specifically interested in video marketing, there are even more concerns. We make videos for law firms, and we know that distribution is just as big of a challenge as making the video in the first place.

And it makes sense — there are so many different platforms these days for sharing video, each with their own unique quirks, benefits and drawbacks. Which platform is the best for attorneys? How do I reach my target audience? Where should I prioritize my efforts?

Combine these nagging questions with an attorney’s limited time, and many professionals are apt to throw up their hands and give up on video marketing altogether.

Video is Worth it For Lawyers

Don’t give up. While it can be overwhelming at first, video is an excellent way for attorneys to build trust with their networks, spark interest in their practice, and generate referrals. Video technology (and subsequently distribution) is only expected to grow in the coming years. Tech giant Cisco estimates that by 2022 video will account for 82 percent of internet traffic.

Keep reading to learn a little about the things attorneys must consider when it comes to distributing video through the different available platforms. To be clear, we’re not writing an article about producing the stereotypical sales commercials so popular with attorneys of the past (I’ll fight for, no surprise bills, better call Saul!). What we’re talking about are videos that help you build trust with potential clients by bringing something of value to their lives. In the process you’ll hopefully raise your virtual profile so that you can generate more leads.

If you have questions about leasing our pre-made videos, or creating custom videos for your firm, contact our office to discuss your options.

There are a Ton of Ways to Distribute Attorney Videos

When it comes to distributing your videos online, the choices are many: YouTube, Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, even Twitter supports video. These are just a few of the available options.

One way to approach to the question of which is best, is to first consider your audience.

Keep in mind, many firms have a ready audience thanks to their contact list. Newsletters can target this audience. And newsletters can make great video distribution systems.


If you haven’t yet read our blog on the benefits of newsletter marketing for attorneys yet, be sure to check it out now.

While newsletters are generally thought of as text focused, it’s relatively easy to include a short video to further entice your contacts to check out what you have to say. The beauty of newsletter marketing is that the content you distribute once or twice each month is targeted directly to your audience: colleagues, former clients, prospects, friends and family.

While other platforms are capable of reaching a larger audience, the newsletter offers a more tailored approach. And at the end of the day, the clients in your contact list are the ones you most likely want to work with.

Additionally, you have slightly more control over who sees the video — your newsletter isn’t subject to the algorithms found on YouTube and other sites. While you can’t control whether or not a person will open your newsletter, there is evidence that suggests people are more likely to open a newsletter that includes a short video.

There are a number of different methods for including video in a newsletter. For instance, your newsletter could contain a compelling static image with a play button that links to the site where your video content is hosted.

If you’re comfortable with HTML, you can actually embed the video in the newsletter itself. However, the challenge with this method is that not all email subscribers can support video in their inbox. So we recommend just including a link.

You can see how we use videos in newsletters for our lawyer clients if you take a look at our sample newsletters.

Your Law Firm’s Website

Videos distributed on your website come with a number of benefits. In addition to putting a face to your practice and personalizing your firm, video has the added benefit of raising your site’s searchability on Google and other search engines. In fact, Google is increasingly giving priority to websites containing video. Adding strategic key words in video titles will also give your site’s searchability an added boost.

Remember, search engines like Google rank websites based on their clickability. If you’re creating good content that gets people to visit your page (and stay on your page), Google will rank your site higher and your site will appear toward the top of search results pages.

Pro tip: If you’re creating multiple videos, it makes sense to dedicate individual pages to each one. According to Web Designer Depot, the reason for this is that Google gives ranking preference to the first video it finds on a web page, ignoring further video content on the same page.


This is probably the first resource most people think of when considering video marketing. And what’s not to consider? YouTube has 1.3 billion users, and each day users watch 5 billion videos. YouTube is also the second largest search engine after Google.

Videos uploaded to YouTube can be shared to other platforms where they can target your social network.

Like Google, YouTube uses keywords that make your content searchable both through Google and YouTube. Ideally, thumb nails of your uploaded content will appear next to the content of other attorneys as suggested video enabling you to reach a larger audience.

A common question folks have when it comes to video marketing on YouTube is how frequently content should be uploaded. Some marketing experts will say as often as possible, which means multiple times a day. For most attorneys, this isn’t realistic (and probably not helpful).

YouTube, like other search engines and networks, uses an algorithm which ranks videos based on the amount of times people click on certain content.

If you’re creating content that doesn’t get people interested, everything you post is likely to get demoted in terms of ranking, which means it’s less likely to be seen. Therefore, feverishly uploading videos when your content isn’t stellar is not recommended.

But attorneys don’t typically need to be uploading video content daily. A good video explaining an update in the law, or the awards a client might be eligible for in an employment case can help raise a firm’s profile if uploaded once or twice a week and shared on other platforms.

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Facebook is known both for its news feed and stories feature.

Facebook stories are 20-second long videos viewed by people in your social network. They remain viewable by folks in your network for 24 hours, after which, they disappear.

Stories appear at the top of the Facebook page, which is good for engagement since it’s the first thing people see when landing on the app. These short, informal spots give the attorney an opportunity to craft a message in a conversational manner.

There is also the potential to post longer, better-produced videos in Facebook’s news feed. Many folks prefer to publish video in the news feed since video is more eye catching than the text that clogs the news feed.

A common question folks have in regard to distributing video on Facebook is whether they should share videos published previously on YouTube via link, or publish directly to Facebook.

It’s generally believed that Facebook doesn’t favor YouTube content, and that the chances of YouTube content being viewed are less than if you post a native Facebook video.

Some have suggested that it makes sense to both post video directly to Facebook as well as a link to your YouTube content.

Instagram Stories

Like Facebook, Instagram allows users to share with their followers photos as well as brief video clips known as stories. These stories can be stitched into longer stories made up of 15-second bursts. Like the Facebook stories feature (Facebook owns Instagram), Instagram stories also disappear after 24 hours. Additionally, the platform recently introduced a live feature, which allows users to broadcast video directly to their followers. Live video also remains in your feed for 24 hours.

Like Facebook and YouTube, Instagram also has an algorithm that favors hot content. A watched video will rise in the rankings and is more likely to be seen by others in the social network.

Since it’s primarily used to share short videos and photos, Instagram might not be the first choice for attorneys looking to jump into the video realm. When it comes to consuming news and more complicated content, people are more likely to visit Facebook. Instagram, meanwhile is focused on shorter visual images that allow people to share their best life moments.


This platform is famous (or notorious depending on your perspective) for allowing users to blast 140-character messages at a time. But many are unaware that this micro blogging platform also provides opportunities for video distribution. This is a social network that’s particularly geared toward mobile users, with 93 percent of Twitter views occurring on mobile devices. Videos on this platform can be as long 140 seconds. There’s also a live feature.

Twitter video can be used to drive traffic to your other sites, give updates on court cases, or engage in question and answer sessions with followers. Content shared on Twitter is by nature short, and quickly buried under the never-ending onslaught of daily tweets.

In terms of getting your content seen by the most people on Twitter, it’s important to consider the time when traffic to the site is high. Noon to 1p.m. in each time zone is a popular time to post, and 11 am to 1pm. is also a good time to reach viewers.

Is Twitter the ideal platform for attorneys to share video? Probably not. That’s not to say that an enterprising lawyer can’t carve out a niche on Twitter by providing compelling content. However, for most attorneys, it’s going to make more sense to focus on other channels.

Have Questions, Give BAR Digital Media a Call

As you can see, promoting your practice through video distribution requires time and research to thoroughly explore the many available options. With so many different platforms, each with their own quirks, it’s easy to see how people can become overwhelmed and frustrated.

At BAR Digital Media, we specialize in video packages geared toward employment, personal injury and family law. Our videos can be personally tailored to your firm’s website, and will proudly feature your firm logo and contact information. We also specialize in custom packages. We can do much of the heavy lifting when it comes to video production for your site, so that you can focus on the practice of law.

If you have questions about utilizing video in your marketing practice or our video packages, give us a call for more information.

What’s Behind the Rising Popularity of Legal Newsletters?

Newsletters have once again become a popular method for lawyers to reach their referral audience.  This isn’t just idle marketing talk. Statistics back it up.

Recently, publishing platform Medium posted an article entitled “How on Earth Did Email Newsletters Become Popular Again?” The piece looked at some of the attitudes held about newsletters—a plague to inboxes everywhere in the internet’s early days. The article also took a look at the ways in which email marketing is evolving. It noted that:

“today’s best newsletters have rabid followings and actually deliver useful information that people look forward to….”

This article is for attorneys interested in getting more referrals. Keep reading to find out why newsletters have found their way back into favor with legal marketers, and why you might want to add a newsletter to your own marketing tool kit.

The Rising Popularity of Legal Newsletters | BAR Digital Media

Our Increasingly Mobile World

Not surprisingly, it appears that advances in smart phones are driving the resurgence in newsletter marketing.

Medium sited Quart’z Global Executive Survey, which found 94 percent of top executives get their news from newsletters. Consumers are increasingly checking their email on the go. Seventy-five percent of those surveyed said they use their smartphones to check the news.

Newsletter design has changed as screens have gotten smaller. This means newsletters have become more “sleek and focused.” Furthermore, because smart phones come with a wealth of distractions, a newsletter has to be damn good to grab (and keep) someone’s attention. In other words, cell phones are forcing marketers to do better work.

Medium also noted that as the newsletter format has changed, so has its mission.

“A decade ago, newsletters were thought of more as marketing tools meant to bait people back to websites. Nowadays, the best ones are thought of more as tools to provide short and digestible information that is useful for readers to consume.”

Good Lawyer Newsletters Remind Colleagues, Former Clients, and Friends to Refer Work

A resurgence in newsletter popularity represents a great opportunity for attorneys to include this tool as part of their marketing strategy. Attorneys have unique potential to offer valuable bits of information to their contacts, and newsletters are the perfect tool with which to share this information.

A successful monthly newsletter might include a punchy 250-word write up about a change in family or bankruptcy law. This might include a link to a piece of content highlighting the change in a way that’s easy for readers to understand. Those who practice criminal, personal injury or worker’s comp have even more opportunities to offer something attention grabbing with each monthly newsletter.

By staying on the top of the contacts’ minds, the attorney is more likely to generate referrals and repeat business. This is relationship marketing 101.

Newsletters Get Higher Conversion Rates Over Other Methods

If newsletters didn’t offer a return on investment, they would have fizzled out years ago with the dial up modem. But according to a report by marketing firm Montetate, newsletters drive more conversions than any other marketing channel (i.e. social media, advertising, etc.).

According to 2018 statistics maintained by online advertiser WordStream, 80 percent of retail professionals indicated that email marketing is their greatest driver of customer retention. 77 percent of consumers prefer to get permission-based promotions by email as opposed to phone or social media.

With the number of email users in the US projected to grow to 254 million by 2020, there’s plenty of reason for businesses to invest in email marketing for the near future.

Newsletters Work – So, Why Aren’t You Doing One?

Maybe it’s a matter of not having enough time. Maybe it’s the fear of staring at a blank screen. Not convinced that newsletters can bring enough value? Whatever the reason, it’s important to consider the money you’re leaving on the table by omitting a monthly newsletter out of your marketing strategy.  You have little to lose by giving it a shot.

That said, you need to make sure your newsletter is done right if you want it to be effective. Here are BAR Digital Media, we know what works and what doesn’t. Generally, our newsletters are short, punchy, and entertaining. They stand far above the legal dribble written by most attorneys.

Our newsletters are engineered to offer value to your network which will keep your name on the top of your contacts’ minds. After all, your greatest source of clients is your referral network. If you’re not continuously reaching out to them, no wonder you’re not getting more cases….

Have Questions About Doing a Newsletter? Give Us a Call

If you’ve decided to start a newsletter for your legal practice, but don’t know where to begin, that’s ok. Don’t be afraid to start the process by doing some research. Our blog posts and videos will get you started.

Often, an attorney will delegate the task of drafting a monthly newsletter out to a junior associate or paralegal. This is fine too, but not ideal. It becomes expensive and frustrating trying to manage the process. The better option is to outsource it to a company like us.

So… yes, we’re biased – but we know what we’re talking about. A practicing lawyer created and runs BAR Digital Media. We’re not a bunch of marketing blow-hards. We are passionate about our work. Just give us a call and find out. If you have questions about using our service to produce your monthly newsletter, give us a call.

Why More Lawyers Should Be Doing Newsletters

If you research marketing techniques, you’re bound to find recommendations on writing a digital newsletter. And if you’re an attorney, chances are good you’ve resisted the idea of implementing a newsletter into your marketing strategy.

Well, it’s time to stop resisting.

Newsletters are good for any business, and they’re particularly good for those who work in the legal profession. Lawyers have a unique skill set that pairs well with newsletter campaigns. Most lawyers also rely heavily on referrals in order to make money, and newsletters are perfect for developing referral networks.

This article was written to briefly discuss some of the reasons why attorneys should be thinking about adding a newsletter to their marketing repertoire. Keep reading to learn more. Call to find out how we can help you get started.

Why More Lawyers Should be Doing Newsletters | BAR Digital Media

The Backbone of Most Law Firms are Referrals 

If you’ve spent any amount of time searching through our blog here at Bar Digital Media, you know that we spend a lot of time hammering away at the importance of an attorney’s referral network. We’re talking about those colleagues, family members, friends and former clients whose contact information you’ve stored over the years. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: your referral network is the goose that lays golden eggs.

Strong data shows that referrals are a vital component in the practice of law. Both the American Bar Association and Clio’s Legal Trend Report have conducted surveys on the issue and found that most attorneys grab the largest chunk of their business from referrals.

The beauty of newsletters is that they are designed to target your referral network. A short, well-written monthly newsletter reminds your contacts of the work you do and the value that you bring to your clients’ lives. This allows you to remain at the top of your contacts minds so that when the day comes they need an attorney, you’re the first person they think of.

Legal Newsletters are an Easier Way to Network at Scale

Referred clients are the best kind of clients because they are pre-screened. Compare this with the people who sometimes call your office out of the blue, convinced they have a Supreme Court case. You’ve got to feel for folks answering the phones at those firms that advertise on billboards and bus benches.

There are a number of ways to get referrals: you can call your colleagues on the phone and negotiate agreements, you can go to networking events, you can sit on the board of a local bar association and make friends with strangers.  These methods are great. Some people really enjoy networking and making small talk with strangers. A lot of us don’t.

For those who don’t have time to continue intense person-to-person networking, the newsletter is a great way to repeatedly reach out to contacts and remind them that you exist. For those that do enjoy person to person, the newsletter is just one more tool you can use.  The beautiful thing, is that, if done properly, it helps you reach more people for much less effort. After all, scale is important in marketing.

You Have Something of Value to Share with Your Contacts

There are a lot of different businesses out there that make use of newsletters. But few of these businesses have the same potential as attorneys to offer their contacts something of value with each newsletter.

Attorneys are founts of complex legal knowledge. Ask yourself how many times you’ve been to a cocktail party or family dinner and someone starts asking you for legal advice. Maybe you offer what information you can, the person thanks you, and that’s the last you hear of the matter. You’ve done your good deed for the day.

With a newsletter, you have the opportunity to turn those little nuggets of legal information into monthly reminders that you are open for business. And you do this each month with a contact list that ranges from hundreds to thousands of people.

There will come a time when these contacts, or their friends, or relatives need a lawyer. When this time comes, you want them to remember who you are, and what you do.

Newsletter Marketing is Time Effective

Attorneys have lots of options when it comes to marketing their business: networking, website building, blogging, maintaining a multi-platform social media presence, etc.

Each of these things takes time.

It will be hard to find a more efficient marketing technique than a newsletter. Be sure to read our article comparing newsletters to blogging.

Effective newsletters are be drafted in as few as 250 words. While you should hire someone to do this, you can do it if you have time.

While drafting 250 words still takes time, it doesn’t compare to the work a 2,000-word blog post requires. It certainly doesn’t come close to the daily updates required by various social media platforms.

Add a Newsletter to Your Marketing Strategy

It just makes sense. If you’re a frustrated by a lack of growth, a newsletter could be the strategy you’ve been looking for. Without a good newsletter in your marketing kit, you could be missing out.

As with anything else in life, success starts with a decision. And once you decide a newsletter is for you, you’ll want to do your research. While there are many ways to execute a digital newsletter campaign, BAR Digital media offers a service that does most of the heavy lifting for you. We offer our service at a reasonable cost.  Associates can even afford it (they can probably expensed it to your employer).

You also have the option of either doing the newsletter yourself, or delegating to a junior associate or staffer. Just be sure you research best practices and put together the best newsletter possible.

If you have questions about how to begin call our office and find out how we can help.

Why Newsletters Are a More Effective Marketing Strategy Than Blogging for Lawyers

It’s no surprise that many attorneys react to the thought of doing a newsletter with the enthusiasm of a sloth. Legal marketing requires the attorney to step away from practicing law to work on something that often seems to result in disappointment. On top of this, “newsletters” seem old fashioned. They seem very 2005. Blogging, social media, and SEO sound much sexier.

But when done properly, newsletters are highly effective at generating clients, much better than blogging (especially when considering your time investment). But the difference lies also in the kinds of leads you’ll get. There is a significant difference between referral from friends and cold leads from the internet (hint – newsletters = warm referrals).

Keep reading to learn how newsletters outshine blogging in almost every respect of attorney marketing. We’ll also explain how you can outsource your newsletters to make it your time investment extraordinarily minimal.

And yes (before you start speculating), BAR Digital Media offers a newsletter service for lawyers. So, yes, I’m biased and I have a financial motive for this post. But also know this… I was a full time litigator for five years, I started my own firm, and I’ve generated a lot of clients using both methods. My success in getting clients is why I decided to start BAR Digital Media, Inc. So, I know what I’m talking about and I’ll stake my reputation on it.

Blogging Was Great for Lawyers, but Not So Much in 2019

Before going any further, let it be said that we’re well aware of the irony of us criticizing blogging by way of a blog. But here is the honest truth…. blogging is overrated. Why? Because relationships rule the legal profession. And blogs do not account for the rules of relationships.

There was a time when the blog was considered the future of attorney marketing. The allure is that you take the time to post a blog article once, and then it would forever entice potential clients to contact you. It’s nice when it works, but it rarely works like that. There are so many factors like domain authority, inbound links, the quality of those links, title tags, meta tags, time on page, etc. Most lawyers don’t have time to master these things.

That’s not to say blogging can’t work well. It does for me and lots of lawyers. But increasing competition makes it harder each year. More importantly, producing good content consistently is a commitment that most lawyers fail to keep. Finally, most lawyers don’t have the patience, temperament, or infrastructure in place to slog through lots of potential cold leads each day.

Moreover, blogging is a passive approach to marketing, which affords the attorney less control. You are at the mercy of the algorithm, competition, SEO best practices, technical hurdles, and more.

Why a Newsletter is More Effective Marketing Strategy Than Blogging for Lawyers

Newsletters Are Better than Blogging Because of How Relationships Work

When done properly, newsletters, on the other hand, are all about maintaining and strengthening relationships. Since referrals are based on relationships, your newsletter is an effort to get more referrals from your friends, colleagues, and extended referral network. Relationships are how lawyers get the majority of their cases.

Moreover, newsletters are a way of proactively attacking your marketing, not waiting around for Google’s mystical algorithm to work for you. You have control over who sees the content and when.

Think about it.  A blog more or less sits on a website. Ideally, every step has been taken to ensure that the blog finds itself in front of the right set of eyes. But there are no guarantees your content will end up in front of a potential client on any given day. It’s a bit like casting a line in a vast ocean and hoping the right fish—the fish that wants to hire you for your legal expertise — will bite.

Digital Newsletters Target the Clients You Want to Attract

If you’ve been practicing law for any amount of time, you’ve probably developed a decent contact list. This list is filled with former clients, potential clients, family, friends and colleagues. These are the people who know your work, who trust you, and who are likely to refer business your way. Additionally, these are people you want to work with.

These folks will refer good business your way as long as you manage to stay at the top of their minds. And a quality newsletter is a great way to do that at scale.

Unlike the write, watch, and wait approach of a blog, a good newsletter actively informs the people on your contact list of the type of cases and matters you handle. And it just so seems to happen, when you’re connecting with people who are in a position to refer work to you, it seems to happen naturally.

Blogging Takes a Ton of Time, Newsletters Take Much Less

There are topics, particularly in the legal profession, that are impossible to explain in a few sentences. This is another key reason why blogging can be an important tool in the legal marketing tool kit.

But good luck if you’re a family attorney trying to keep the word count on a blog post about Gavron warnings under a thousand.  And good luck trying to keep your readers’ attention all the way to the end of a post like that. It’s just a fact of life, legal blogging takes a lot of time and it’s very difficult to delegate it down to a paralegal or law clerk. On top of that, you have to blog consistently and regularly to have a maximum impact.

Meanwhile, a good newsletter can be drafted with as few as 200 words. And they’re typically sent out to hundreds of contacts using an automated system once or twice a month. By targeting your list of contacts with a well-written newsletter that’s short and features some nugget of wisdom or bit of humor, you’re more likely to stay at the top of your contacts’ minds.

Newsletters Can Help Attorney’s Grow Their Contact List

No one’s suggesting you have to choose between blogging or monthly newsletters. In fact, newsletters are a source of inspiration for blog posts. They can be reconstituted into new blogs after being disseminated to your referral network.

Newsletters can also contain links to existing blog posts and drive traffic to your website.

Herein lies yet another advantage of the newsletter. Ideally, if you’re sharing newsletter content on social media platforms such as Facebook, you have an opportunity to sign followers up for your newsletter subscription, thereby increasing your network.

This is something not as easily done through a blog. Remember, a blog basically sits on your website. People might find content there, however, if you blog infrequently, it’s probable no one will see a prompt to join your newsletter buried in the content there.

Should You Do a Newsletter In-House or Outsource it?

Even if you’re an attorney who maintains a blog and posts regularly, you should definitely considering doing an e-newsletter to stay on top of your contacts’ minds. You’re losing out on a large chunk of referral business if you don’t.

The obvious question you’ll want to ask yourself before setting out on this venture is whether or not you’ll handle the newsletter yourself, delegate it to an employee, or outsource it to a newsletter service.

First, it’s difficult to delegate it to an employee. Why? Because it requires the following:

  • The person must learn how to use an email service provider,
  • It requires that the employee take time away from your legal services and dedicate it to marketing,
  • You must pay for all that employee time,
  • It requires you to create a system for inviting contacts to subscribe to your newsletter,
  • You must pay a web designer to create and place an opt-in form somewhere online for people to affirmatively opt-in,
  • You must follow all of the laws surrounding sending email newsletters,
  • And much more….

As you can see, doing a newsletter on your own will take substantial time away from practicing law. Even if you decide to delegate it down, it’s a lot of attorney and oversight time. However, outsourcing this job to a company like BAR Digital Media represents a cost and time-effective way to produce a stellar newsletter. Most of the heavy lifting is done by someone who’s sole focus is on writing newsletters. I’m a lawyer. Your newsletter is written or reviewed by yours truly.

If you’re interested in learning about our newsletter services, click here.

How Attorneys Get Referrals with Newsletters | Legal Email Newsletters

If you’re an attorney, you’re busy. Whether you’re a partner at a large firm, or slogging it out in the trenches as an associate, marketing is the last thing lawyers have time to think about. But I’m here to tell you that email newsletters are worth a few minutes of your time. I should know – I’m a lawyer. I have my own firm and I send a monthly newsletter.

When it comes to legal marketing, email newsletters are as unsexy as it gets. These seemingly old-fashioned marketing tools take time and dedication to draft and disseminate. I resisted doing one for a long time.

But I was pleasantly surprised when my email newsletter started bringing in cases. Just today, I had a consultation with a potential client who was referred to me from a lawyer-friend who is subscribed to my newsletter. We get lots of referrals because of our newsletter.

When done right, newsletters help you maintain relationships with your referral sources. And, unlike playing golf or taking people out to lunch, newsletters do this at scale. I don’t know of a more effective tool for doing this (including social media).

Keep reading to find out how newsletters can increase your firm’s business. Before continuing, just know, we do offer a newsletter service for lawyers. So, if you’re the type of person to think that we’ve got a financial incentive to write this article…. well you’re right. I guess you got us….

Keep reading if you want to know why we think newsletters are awesome.

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Newsletters Are All About Referrals

Referrals are the backbone of the practice of law. They are the goose that lays golden eggs. Most attorneys get the majority of their clients from referrals.

Clio’s 2017 Legal Trends report found that consumers looking for legal services typically found their attorney through friends or family (62 percent), and other lawyers (31 percent). An American Bar Association survey found that 80 percent of an attorney’s business comes from referrals.

Whichever number you want to put on it, referrals are huge. At the end of the day, every attorney needs a solid referral network.

The Referral Process

How do referrals work? Well, it’s pretty simple.

You intentionally meet people who are in a position to refer work to you. Then, you earn their trust and become friends by meeting and connecting with them. Some people play golf while others go to the bar. Some people take prospects to baseball games while others prefer taking people out to lunch.

Whatever way you do it, referrals are a relationship game.

The problem with referrals is that you can’t do this indefinitely. At some point, you become so busy with cases it becomes difficult to schmooze people frequently. When you look at referrals from a business perspective, they are very difficult to scale.

But if you want to grow your relationship with your referral sources you need to make a consistent effort to connect with them. Consistency is key to staying top-of-mind.

That is why newsletters are so powerful. Keep reading.

Newsletters Equal Referrals

When it comes to reminding friends and family about the work you do, few techniques are as cost effective and time efficient as a monthly newsletter. A good newsletter can be drafted with as few as 200 words, and can automatically be sent out to hundreds or even thousands of contacts.

The key to making an effective newsletter lies in sharing something of value with your contacts. You have years of legal experience. By sharing easily relatable snippets of this knowledge with your contact list, you increase your chances of staying at the top of their minds.

For an example, consider a criminal defense lawyer.

Such an attorney might send a newsletter containing a link to a funny YouTube video showing a drunk driver pulled over by the police. Maybe the video shows the driver agreeing to a field sobriety test while loudly slurring that he’s only had a couple beers.  In addition to sharing this video, the attorney includes a paragraph or two discussing what not to do when pulled over by police.

This will make a lasting impression in the minds of the newsletter’s readers.

When the day comes that one of those contacts need an attorney, they’re more likely to remember the lawyer who sends the interesting newsletters than the attorney they see on a billboard.

Social Media Stinks in Comparison | Email Marketing Has a Much Higher Return on Investment

While the idea of an e-newsletter might seem very 2005, particularly in an era dominated by popular social media platforms, the simple fact remains that old fashioned email usage continues to grow.

According to Statisia, in 2017, email users numbered 3.7 billion. This number is expected to grow to 4.3 billion users by 2022 (half the world’s population). With such widespread dependence on email, this tried and true method continues to be a key driver of customer retention. This is particularly true for small and medium size business.

And let’s be real, every single person who is in your referral network is in and out of their email all day long. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linked-In all have an algorithm that only shows your content to a small fraction of your connections.

There are no algorithmic limitations to email marketing.

What About Time and Cost?

As mentioned before, attorneys are busy. E-newsletters, though shorter and simpler than blogs and other forms of marketing, take time. The last thing a lawyer wants to think about when in the middle of a trial, or preparing for a deposition, is whether the flow of the monthly newsletter is hitting the right notes.

In some cases, an attorney will delegate the monthly newsletter down to an associate, paralegal or front office staffer. This can be very expensive considering that the cost of staffing a legal office is high. Associates and other staffers’ time is better spent on other projects.

So, what’s an attorney to do given the cost and time required for producing a quality newsletter? If you feel you will be consistent in drafting the newsletter, and your staff is capable of figuring out all the technology that is required, send it yourself. However, most lawyers find that their time and staff are too valuable to do undertake this kind of task.

Outsourcing Their Newsletter is the Best Option for Most Lawyers

One of the beautiful aspects of e-newsletters is that they can be outsourced to marketing firms at a relatively low cost. When you add up your time, the hard costs of doing a newsletter, and your staff’s time to send the newsletter, it doesn’t make any financial sense to draft and send your own newsletter. Obviously, we’re biased because we offer a newsletter service. But if you do the math you’ll see that we’re right.

There are services available, including ours, in which e-newsletters are drafted by competent writers on a wide range of legal issues. Many of these services will custom tailor each newsletter to your firm and your particular style.

For the Practicing Attorney, Newsletters Are a No Brainer

If you’re a practicing attorney, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be using email marketing as part of your overall referral strategy. In addition to requiring little time to review prepared newsletters, newsletter services like ours are extremely affordable. While a marketing firm will save you time, there are also a number of Email Service Providers for you to get your newsletter up and running yourself. These include: Mail Chimp, Drip, ConvertKit, and others.

With a high potential for return on investment, and low investment, there’s no good reason not to do a newsletter. If you’ve been resisting this step, it’s time to stop making excuses.  Take the plunge. You’ll be happy you did.

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