By Gina F. Rubel
Special to the Legal
According to Law Technology News, “A new report from ALM Legal Intelligence finds that after years of showing only tepid interest in social media, the legal industry is beginning to recognize the significant-and multipronged-value that blogs and social networking sites can offer.” With each new social media site comes questions about strategic usage, ROI, ethics, copyright laws and so much more. After my last post, "Pinterest for Lawyers: Legal Marketing or Waste of Time?", I shared a link with my networks on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. There was a lot of conversation and commentary – especially with the Legal Marketing | Grow Your Practice LinkedIn Group as it relates to marketing strategy and copyright issues. In fact, an article came out on March 9, 2012, from Ragan’s PR Daily titled "Pinterest and legal issues: Read this before you pin anything". I suggest you read it.
As it relates to law firm marketing, Mark Zamora, an attorney in Georgia said, “I'm a strong lean to Pinterest being a waste of time for lawyers. At some point, you have diminishing returns, a limit to your day, and work to do.” He concluded by saying that adding Pinterest and Google+ would cause him to “wave the white flag of surrender.”
LeAnna Easterday of a Web marketing firm in Kentucky agreed with Zamora about the overwhelming laundry list of "must-dos," but added that “if you're hoping to rank well in the Google search engine, you may want to push Google+.” She said, “Google is emphasizing even low quality G+ content over other non-G+ content in search results.” She’s absolutely right.
Neither marketers Rebecca Palumbo (Chicago) or Tim Piazza (Indiana) would recommend Pinterest as a marketing tool for law firms. Piazza doesn’t believe Pinterest is effective for lawyers. However, he does share some thoughts about how Pinterest engagement could be successful for those who choose to jump on the bandwagon. He advises users to “create new content that has a higher potential for being shared by the mostly female audience on Pinterest.” Palumbo generally advises that lawyers should focus on blogging and “other social media opportunities that will give them a much stronger return on investment.”
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According to Business Insider, users must have explicit permission from the owner to post everything. There are many blogs and other articles weighing in on how to manage copyright issues on Pinterest. PC World has an excellent article outlining the copyright issues but, as of yet, I don’t see a clear solution.
Gina F. Rubel is the owner of Furia Rubel Communications Inc., a strategic marketing and public relations agency with a niche in legal marketing. A former trial attorney, she is the author of Everyday Public Relations for Lawyers. Gina and her agency have won many awards for legal communications, PR, media relations, website and graphic design, strategic planning, corporate philanthropy and leadership. She maintains a blog, is a contributor to National Law Review, The Legal Intelligencer Blog, AVVO Lawyernomics and The Huffington Post. You can find her on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter.