About LinkedIn endorsements

Originally posted in The National Law Journal on October 15, 2012 

You may have noticed that LinkedIn has created a new feature called “Endorsements.” Much as Netflix prompts you to rate movies and Amazon books, LinkedIn is prompting you to endorse your peers. Because a lot of people have been asking me, “What the heck are endorsements?” I thought I would take a moment to explain what they are, how they work and why you might want to pay attention.

Let me start with some background. A few months ago, LinkedIn rolled out a new feature, called “Skill and Expertise,” that allowed users to tag their profile with a list of skills. This section remains active — just go to http://linkedin.com/skills to search for specializations like intellectual property litigation, Read more

Religion, politics and social media

religon politics and social mediaWhen social media are done right, they allow people to connect on a human level. Talking about your vacations, your sports teams, the victories and triumphs of your children is fair game. Some Facebook and Twitter users like to keep it more professional, only sharing business-related stories and non-contentious discussions about the law.

But what about politics and religion? Are these topics that lawyers should openly discuss over social media? Jayne Navarre, a legal marketing consultant and author of Social Lawyers, posed this question to her Facebook followers and received some interesting responses.

“I was raised in an era when you didn’t discuss politics or religion without taking a major chance on the potential repercussions,” Jay Jaffe, one of the fathers of legal marketing, shared. “And, that was way before the Internet. In this day of instant global communications, I think that the same rules apply, only to the tenth power.”  Read more

Time to update your e-mail signature line

Originally published in The National Law Journal on January 2, 2012

In early 2009, Melanie Green, marketing director of Baker & Daniels (which combined with Faegre & Benson on Jan. 1 to form Faegre Baker Daniels) announced via Twitter that her firm had added social media icons to its website that would allow visitors to share information from their site with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

“Shortly after beginning communicating our information through these tools, it naturally made sense to use our website as a way to tell our visitors how to find us,” Green said. “We added call-out buttons on our news pages, telling visitors to follow us on Twitter, and then added links to professionals’ bios who were becoming active in the space. All of these steps were part of an integrated plan to utilize and leverage social media tools and have continued to develop over the past several years.”
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