X for Attorneys
X (Formerly Twitter) Marketing for Law Firms
Leading the Conversation and Establishing Expertise through X
X (formerly Twitter) “posts” (formerly “tweets”) can be used to convey expertise, connect with potential clients, and help an attorney be seen as a leader in their practice areas. Form our Because posts/tweets are limited to 140 characters, they can be created quickly. You can post simple messages, links to other sites (using shortened URLs), post about important “trending” topics by putting the # symbol in front of the subject, or even carry on conversations with other X/Twitter users by putting the @ symbol in front of their name.
What Should I Post/Tweet About?
Law firm posts can be about a wide variety of subjects. A few examples might include:
- In the news: Can you recover for pain and suffering in a workers’ compensation lawsuit?
- Discussing our thoughts on #Prop9 at today’s luncheon.
- Let’s give a warm welcome to Katherine Smith, bankruptcy paralegal with 20 years experience, who joins our team this week!
- Join Smith, Wilson, & Price LLC on Saturday the 7th as we help build a new Habitat for Humanity home!
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X for Lawyers: Best Practices for Law Firms
- Define your goals and keep your target audience in mind.
- Create a complete and keyword-rich law firm X profile.
- Tweet regularly with interesting and relevant content.
- Use relevant keywords in your tweets.
- Utilize hashtags strategically (but avoid overusing them).
- Engage with other users and build a relevant following.
- Be prepared to handle customer support inquiries on Twitter.
- Have a plan for crisis management and communicate transparently.
- Leverage rich media such as images, videos, and live video.
- Use Twitter Analytics to track performance and adjust your strategy.
- Monitor your competition and learn from their X activity.
- Use popular hashtags to increase visibility and engagement.
- Respond promptly and professionally to mentions and messages.
- Use third-party tools like Hootsuite or Sendible for scheduling and analysis.
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Twitter for Law Firms FAQs
X for attorneys serves as a platform for sharing industry updates, networking with peers, connecting with potential clients, and positioning themselves as thought leaders in their respective fields.
Absolutely, X marketing for law firms is a potent tool. It allows firms to enhance their visibility and share updates on cases, law changes, and firm news, while also engaging with the public and potential clients.
Hashtags are words or phrases preceded by a hash sign (#), used on social media platforms such as X to identify messages on a specific topic. They are a way of categorizing content, making it discoverable, and allowing you to connect with and engage other users based on common themes or interests.
Yes. For attorney X marketing, the strategic use of hashtags can significantly improve your X profile’s visibility and effectiveness in several ways:
- Expand Reach: By including relevant hashtags in attorney tweets, you’re making your content discoverable to people looking for or following those hashtags, extending your reach beyond just your followers.
- Engagement: Posts with hashtags get twice as much engagement as posts without. They encourage users to interact with your content, increasing likes, re-posts, and replies.
- Brand Awareness: Creating a unique hashtag for your law firm can help increase brand awareness. When users start using your hashtag, it amplifies your law firm’s presence on X.
- Event Promotion: If your law firm is hosting or participating in an event, a specific event hashtag can help generate buzz and increase attendance or participation.
- Trending Topics: Participating in trending legal discussions by using popular hashtags can boost your visibility and position your firm as being on top of the latest issues and news in your industry.
- Client Acquisition: Potential clients searching for legal help in specific areas (like #PersonalInjuryLaw or #EstatePlanning) can find your services through your use of targeted hashtags.
The key to using hashtags effectively is relevance. Use hashtags that are pertinent to your post and are likely to be searched for or followed by your target audience. Also, avoid overusing hashtags in a single post, which can make your tweet look cluttered and less professional.
The character limit for a single tweet on X is currently 280 characters. This includes spaces and punctuation. URLs, regardless of their actual length, are generally counted as 23 characters. This allows for concise communication, which is one of Twitter’s defining characteristics. If a law firm needs to convey a longer message, they can do so by creating a thread of multiple posts.
Yes, X continues to be relevant for attorneys in 2024.
X provides a platform for attorneys to establish their professional presence and engage with their target audience. It allows lawyers to share insights, legal updates, and thought leadership articles, positioning themselves as knowledgeable and reputable professionals in their respective fields. By actively participating in legal discussions on Twitter, attorneys can build their online reputation and expand their network by connecting with other professionals, potential clients, and influencers in the legal industry.
X also offers a platform for attorneys to stay updated on the latest legal news, developments, and trends. The platform allows users to follow legal publications, organizations, and influencers who regularly share valuable insights and analysis. By following relevant accounts, attorneys can access real-time information, legal updates, and court decisions that may impact their practice areas. This helps them stay informed and provide up-to-date advice to their clients.
Furthermore, X enables attorneys to engage with the public and address legal concerns or questions. By actively responding to inquiries or sharing general legal information, attorneys can showcase their expertise and establish trust with potential clients. It also provides an opportunity for attorneys to educate the public about legal rights, important legal issues, and promote access to justice.
X Premium is a paid subscription offering exclusive features and enhancements for an enhanced X experience. There are 23 tiers available, Basic and Premium+. X Premium offers users users have early access to features, blue checkmarks, the ability to edit posts, see fewer ads, prioritize rankings in conversations and search, longer posts, text formatting, bookmark folders, custom app icons and navigation, access to the Spaces Tab, Top Articles recommendations, a Reader mode, undoing tweets, longer video uploads, themed app themes, NFT profile pictures, and SMS two-factor authentication. Pricing for X Premium starts at $8/month or $32/year for Web in available countries.
Maybe. While X’s blue checkmark verification was once free, it has now become a paid feature and a revenue stream for the platform. Recent data from Reuters shows that out of the 17 top law firms that previously had free blue checkmarks, only three have chosen to pay for verification: Hogan Lovells, Holland & Knight, and Vinson & Elkins.
The cost for a blue checkmark subscription starts at $8 per month or $32 per year, while verified organizations can obtain a gold checkmark for $1,000 per month. Some lawyers with significant X followings have opted to pay for the checkmark, including figures like Preet Bharara, Neal Katyal, John Quinn, Kannon Shanmugam, and Ted Frank.
However, not all law firms and legal organizations are willing to pay for verification. SCOTUSblog, a prominent source covering the U.S. Supreme Court, recently announced its departure from X due to the new subscription model. Ultimately, the choice to pay for verification depends heavily on your current firm trajectory. For example, if you are currently marketing heavily on X, it may be worthwhile to explore verification; however, if your primary means of advertising is on LinkedIn, your marketing dollars may be better spent elsewhere.