Why Social Media Matters to Lawyers – Reason #4: Content Leverage
Note: This post is the fourth blog entry based on a Nov. 17th presentation I made at the 2012 Lex Mundi Latin America/Caribbean Regional Conference in Santiago, Chile.
Previously, I outlined three benefits to attorneys of social media engagement, namely personal-effort efficiency, out-of-pocket spending efficiency and relevance. Today, I’ll share my fourth and final reason why social media matters to lawyers—content leverage.
Most lawyers, whether in-house or in private practice, create or have easy access to a great deal of content. In the past, this content found the light of day in only one, or at most a few traditional channels. The advent of social media means that lawyers can create their own distribution channels and put their content into play in a variety of formats and via a large number of channels unavailable in the past.
Hopefully, readers will find the lawyers’ content to be of interest. But even if readers don’t open a posting and read it, there is benefit to putting the content out there: the distribution of content tickles the interest of search engine spiders, improving the chances that a lawyer can be found for reasons that he or she wants to be found!
I actually know a lot more reasons that lawyers should care about social media. In my brief presentation I had time to cover only four. If you have other ideas, send them along!