For the past year both Super Lawyers and FindLaw have been advocating about the value of being proactive when it comes to managing your reputation online. Now there's more proof to that claim.
There's a preconceived notion out there that attorneys fashion a high opinion of themselves. Whether it's the law school they attended or their win/loss record in cases, the stigma exists. Interestingly enough, in a recent Thomson Reuters study, attorneys in small law firms ranked being "the best of the best" third out of 14 priorities when it came to goals that were most important to them.
As a Super Lawyers or Rising Stars list selectee, you are among a unique group of attorneys who withstood the rigor of our patented selection process to earn a prestigious honor. That doesn't mean your reputation is perpetually perfect, especially in the world of online reviews.
It seems that everywhere you turn unofficial holidays that highlight certain groups of people like authors, vegans or even Star Wars fans are fast becoming commonplace. Now lawyers have a holiday of their own: "Love Your Lawyer Day".
You used to build trust with potential clients the old fashioned way-you looked them in the eye, shook their hand and reassured them that you were the lawyer they could rely on. But trust doesn't start in your office anymore. Today consumers are researching attorneys online so your first point of contact is digital where it is much harder to assure them of your credibility.
With the end of 2016 in sight you might be mulling over where to allocate remaining marketing dollars. Maybe your thoughts have turned to improving your reputation in the community. Or perhaps you're busy pondering ways to provide better client service in 2017.
Being named to a Super Lawyers or Rising Stars list is no small feat. Those selected need to take every opportunity to maximize the attention that comes with this honor. Awards and recognitions are what the marketing world calls third-party validations, and they can be extremely valuable marketing tools for attorneys. Third-party validations help you stand out in an increasingly competitive legal market.
Super Lawyers recently had the pleasure of sitting down with family law attorney and five-time selectee Jennifer Shaw from The Shaw Law Group. After spending four years working at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, she entered private practice. In 2003, she opened her own firm in Edwardsville, Illinois. Jennifer is focused on all areas of domestic relations litigation with special emphasis on unmarried couples, particularly members of the LGBT community.
So you've been selected to a Super Lawyers or Rising Stars list. Congratulations, that's no small feat. Remember, only 5 percent of attorneys are selected to the Super Lawyers list with another 2.5 percent selected to the Rising Stars list in each state. Maybe you found out about this exclusive honor recently but the list for your market doesn't publish for three months. Looking for the best way to maximize your visibility around this unique achievement in the meantime?
Last week, Super Lawyers brought you the webcast 6 Ways to Put Your Legal Accolades to Work. This session addressed how you can use legal accolades to support your broader marketing strategy. We received a ton of great questions but couldn't get to them all and wanted to highlight a few below.