How Your Firm Can Use Content to Create Expertise

It’s no secret that content marketing can be an effective tool to generate new business for your law firm. Through client research, keyword research and brand personas, your firm will gain insights into who your target audience is and how you can reach them. However, the benefits don’t stop with lead generation. Content marketing is also a valuable means to elevate thought leadership. The go-to members of your firm, those with ideas, opinions and insight, can establish and promote themselves as thought leaders in their industry through the use of consistent and relevant content.

What is Thought Leadership?

A thought leader isn’t just someone who brings new practices and pursuits to their industry. They also have that title reinforced by their peers and competitors within that field. Think of it like Michael Jordan. He’s not considered the greatest basketball player of all time because he gave himself that rank. He earned that recognition by competing for championships against the likes of Magic Johnson, Karl Malone and Charles Barkley in the NBA Finals, proving his status as an all-time great player with six championships and a slew of individual accolades.

Just as Jordan had to devote hours in the gym honing his craft to cement his place in basketball history, those who seek to become a thought leader must be ready to produce content early and often. It doesn’t happen overnight. Thought leadership, much like the practice of content marketing, is a long game that may require months or even years of hard work to achieve. The trick is not everyone can be a thought leader, nor can they pretend to be.

What Makes Someone a Thought Leader?

Having a wealth of industry insights and experiences is an essential first step in the process of becoming a thought leader. That’s not to say that only the CEO or partners at your firm can become thought leaders. Whether it’s the longest tenured attorney on your team or the newest associate lawyer, anyone with an advanced knowledge of their field can be a thought leader if they are able to tell stories authentically and effectively teach and help others learn.

Keep in mind that this strategy is less about selling your firm and more about proving your individual status within your industry. Think of yourself as a teacher for this practice. Your job isn’t to ensure that your students think your school is the greatest; it’s to educate them. Your research into your target audience revealed the questions that others are asking. This is your opportunity to answer those questions through your content, earning the trust and respect of those in and around your field.

How to Create Thought Leadership Content

In a world flooded with content, effective thought leadership requires creativity. Those in your firm’s target audience are being bombarded with information any time they surf the web, and your goal is to stand out from the crowd by educating them without requesting anything in return. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to deliver valuable information and establish a positive reputation.

  • The firm’s or personal blog – Thought leadership goes hand in hand with a well-published blog. Written content is an easy way to educate your audience, but don’t forget to include some personality to create a deeper connection. You’re offering yourself as much as your knowledge.
  • Newspapers and magazines – Whether it’s a guest column or op-ed written by you or a feature article penned about your achievements, being published in a newspaper or magazine will instantly create credibility in the eyes of your audience.
  • Speaking engagements – Any opportunity to speak at a seminar or conference should be welcomed. There’s no better way to guarantee an attentive audience filled with those in your field.
  • Facebook Live – Live video is a valuable part of any thought leadership strategy. You’re able to connect with your audience in a way that may resonate with some members more than a blog post would, while continuing to inject your own personality with tone of voice, facial expressions and humor.
  • Facebook Stories – Photos, graphics and other images allow you to share information with others in a quick and easy format. It’s a nice change of pace from long-form content that promotes your creativity as well as your expertise.

Whether it’s produced directly by you or with a team of writers, editors, producers and videographers, thought leadership content should be done in house when possible. After all, these are your thoughts that are going to be shared with your target audience. If you lack the capacity to do it yourself, just remember that you can outsource the work but not the ideas.

Turn Prospects to Clients

People want information from industry leaders because they know it is authentic, relevant and valuable. Ghidotti has experience developing content strategies to move the needle in your legal content marketing that turns prospects to clients.

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Are You the Next Rock Star on the Ghidotti Team?

The Ghidotti Team is overflowing with full-fledged rock stars. Sure – we’re looking for the best, brightest, most creative, most organized. You get the picture. But what we REALLY want is someone who we can laugh with, depend on, learn from and do great work together. Learn more about who we’re looking for and what you can expect.

Ghidotti is currently hiring a Media Relations Specialist and Fall PR Intern! 

Media Relations Specialist

The media relations specialist should possess superb project management and organizational skills, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.

To ensure success, media relations specialists should demonstrate fantastic time management, great creativity with a keen interest in creating and implementing cost-efficient and effective media campaigns, as well as effectively analyze the impact of campaigns on the company’s bottom line.

By assisting the team in the execution of client activities and learning the basics of services offered across all areas of the agency, the media relations specialist will play a crucial role in supporting client service teams. 

Main Responsibilities

  • Write client and internal correspondence effectively and with limited supervision.
  • Develop content for broadcast, print and online distribution channels to include press releases, media advisories, blogs, e-newsletters and website content with limited supervision.
  • Negotiate with media channels to close competitive deals.
  • Serve as the agency’s media liaison and formal spokesperson, and effectively place client messages and spokespeople in target media outlets.
  • Scan the media marketplace to keep up-to-date on the latest media trends.
  • Successfully plan and execute client activities such as media tours, digital and social campaigns, business missions and/or other special events. 
  • Proactively identify story ideas and work with the supervisor to develop.
  • Successfully manage independently the execution of all client content calendars, which can include media relations pitch calendars, blogs, social content and paid media campaigns.
  • Exhibit competency and efficiency in drafting copy for client marketing materials and/or campaigns, such as website content, e-newsletters, collateral materials, paid media campaigns, etc. 
  • As it relates to social/digital media, regularly suggest ideas, manage the planning, and comfortably execute campaigns on behalf of clients. 
  • Assist in the management of interns, when applicable. 
  • Monitor all campaigns, and report on results.
  • Build long-term relationships with media houses.
  • Easily navigate agency platforms such as Cision, TVEyes, Sprout Social, Sprinklr.

 

Fall PR Intern

We’re looking for a resourceful go-getter who enjoys fast-paced work in an agency environment and is eager to learn the ins and outs of public relations, media relations, social media management and content marketing.Our team members are expected to complete high-quality work, juggle multiple tasks, keep projects on track, and be accountable for results. The right candidate will be a motivated problem-solver who will thrive in a deadline-driven environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Writing for social media
  • Posting to social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter)
  • Creating Canva graphics
  • Brainstorming/Researching Ideas
  • Logging media clips
  • Assisting with video production and Facebook lives for clients
  • Building media contact lists
  • Uploading content to content management sites for clients
  • Assist with client events
  • Media Relations outreach
  • Attend internal meetings and potentially take notes for client meetings
  • Assist with office errands and organization
  • Assist with general project management and scheduling

What We Want:

  • Experience with writing/posting to social media sites and using Canva is preferred.
  • Experience with photography and/or video creation or production is a plus.
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Organized and able to prioritize work under pressure
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • You are resourceful.
  • You are humble.
  • You know what needs to be done because it just comes naturally.
  • You are accurate with an attention to detail.
  • You follow instructions.
  • You have a life outside of work that you love and nurture.
  • You love learning new things.
  • You ask questions when appropriate and know how to Google the simple things like your life depends on it!
  • You treat our clients and your team members with respect.
  • You are funny.
  • You are caring.
  • You are a good friend and co-worker.
  • You are creative and think of brilliant ideas in your sleep.
  • You are resourceful. It’s so important that we’re mentioning it again!

Rock Star Environment

We strive to create a fun, engaging atmosphere where high fives, chicken minis, and celebrations are commonplace. We lift one another up, honor achievements and reward hard work.

  1. Professional Enrichment

    Whether instructor-led, web-based or sharing during Fireside Friday, we are always learning more!

  2. Community Engagement

    We love the state of Arkansas. Our team enjoys outings to locally-owned businesses and pride ourselves on community involvement. In addition, employees are often offered free tickets to community events to get out and enjoy life with friends and family.

  3. Team Building

    Quarterly adventures for the team!

  4. Winter Recess

    We shut this place down at the holidays so we can all rest, relax and reinvigorate for the new year.

  5. Summer Fridays

    We get an early jump on the weekend every Friday during the summer.

  6. Volunteer Time Off (VTO)

    Along with your PTO, you also get VTO to use to support your favorite charity or organization.

Does this describe you?

To apply, please submit the following via email to careers@ghidotti.com

  1. Cover letter and PDF of your resume 
  2. References: 2-3 minimum
  3. Tell us how you heard about this position