Social Media in the Legal Industry

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Social Media in the Legal Industry

  1. 1. Social Networking 101 Prepared for the Division of Media Relations and Communication Services Presented by Tamiko M. Lee
  2. 2. What are social networks? • Online communities of people who share the same interests, activities or otherwise. • Social networks a form of social media, defines the coming together of social networks, wikis and other collaborative or participatory media
  3. 3. Exercise
  4. 4. Differences Between Social Media and Traditional Media • Reach • 147,000 YLD members • 43,000 LSD members • 18,000 LPM members • Accessibility • Permanence • Usability • Recency
  5. 5. Social Media and MRCS • Enhance lines of communication • Reporters –Serve as resource –Position ABA as “go to” for legal experts • Members and non-member lawyers –Provide information on ABA events –Listen • General public –Position ABA as the authority on the legal profession –Champion for access to justice
  6. 6. Reporters and Social Media • 70% of reporters used social media sites for research in 2009, compared to 41% in 2008 • 69% refer to company Web sites • 51% use Wikipedia • 48% use You Tube • 47% use Twitter or similar sites According to Cision, they use it for finding experts, research, new story ideas and more.
  7. 7. Lawyers and Social Media • More than 70% belong to a social networking site • Majority of lawyers who participate in social media do so more than once a week • Only 6% microblog (Twitter, etc) • 70% of those who do, participate at least once a week Lawyers use social media to research their cases, to exchange ideas/virtually network, referrals, and more.
  8. 8. General Public and Social Media • 46% of online adults use a social networking site such as Facebook or LinkedIn, up from 8% in 2005 • 79% of American adults used the Internet in 2009 • 45% of social network users have a college or advanced degree • 75% of Internet users view online video Overall, 72% say new media raises their awareness to non profit causes and nearly 8 in 10 Americans think non profits should use social media to raise money and awareness for causes.
  9. 9. Social Media Channels - Facebook • More than 350 million active users • More than 700,000 active businesses • Fastest growing social network
  10. 10. Social Media Channels – Facebook • Uses o Facebook non-profit fan page or group Examples: American Medical Association American Society for Clinical Pathology American Student Dental Association • Additional form of communication News releases • Pitch stories • Position as a resource • Link to ABA Now content • Information on CLE programs, awards and more
  11. 11. Social Media Channels – YouTube • 300 million users per month • 3.5 million daily visitors • Top site for videos on the Web • Fourth most visited site on the Web
  12. 12. Social Media Channels – YouTube • Uses • Organization “channel” • Examples • American Medical Association • American Association of Endodontists • American Society for Clinical Pathologists • Association Forum of Chicagoland • Additional form of communication – Program footage
  13. 13. Social Media Channels – Twitter • 18 million registered users in 2009, up from 6 million in 2008; 26 million projected for 2010 • 4.43 million monthly visitors • More than one billion “tweets” since site’s launch • 40% of its users are between ages 35 – 44
  14. 14. Social Media Channels – Twitter •Uses – Tweet news releases, story links, CLE program information and more • Examples –American Medical Association –Chicago Dental Society –North Mason Chamber of Commerce –American Academy of Physician Assistants
  15. 15. Why is a Social Media Policy Necessary? • Develop consistent message(s) to be delivered across various social media platforms • Identify how social media supports the ABA’s overall communication efforts • Outline expectations • Establish guidelines for MRCS social media communication
  16. 16. Next Steps
  17. 17. Questions?

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