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 for three positions listed below – Account Executive, Account Supervisor and Media Relations Manager.

Account Executive Job Description: 

In the Account Executive position, emphasis is placed on growing independent work within the areas of project management, client relations, media relations, digital/marketing, and/or lead generation among other skills. You are the face to our clients and will play an integral role in daily communication and should be able to demonstrate tactical excellence. 

  • Write client and internal correspondence effectively and with limited supervision.
  • Successfully plan and execute client activities such as media tours, digital and social campaigns, business missions and/or other special events. 
  • Proactively identify blog content story ideas and work with the supervisor to develop. 
  • Develop relevant blogs, e-newsletters and website content effectively and with limited supervision. 
  • 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. Efficiency with Canva, a plus!
  • Assist in the management of interns, when applicable. 
  • Be proficient in WordPress.
  • Easily navigate agency platforms such as Cision, TVEyes, Sprout Social, Sprinklr.
  • Depending on the needs of the service area, responsibilities may extend beyond the items above as skill sets, client contracts and other extenuating circumstances dictate.

Apply for this open position by emailing Bethany Siems at bethany@ghidotti.com.

 

Account Supervisor Job Description: 
In the Account Supervisor position, a staff member will be responsible for assisting and managing the public relations, content marketing, digital media, account services and/or creative/strategy for clients. This position requires fully developed specialty skills, a strong understanding of the industry landscape and an understanding of client priorities and objectives.
  • Serve as the account strategist/lead and oversee/play a clear leadership role on at least three clients.
  • Manage the implementation of work plans and ensure client deliverables are successfully met on deadline.
  • Play a leadership role in the sales process by identifying additional services to sell to existing clients and assisting with RFP responses, new business proposals, presentations, etc. with senior leadership or independently.
  • Display a strong understanding of and effectively communicate Ghidotti’s service offerings to existing clients.
  • Successfully supervise at least one junior staff member, including providing guidance on their professional growth.
  • Begin to play a role in the agency’s marketing efforts, guiding aspects of certain campaigns and/or helping to execute in their areas of expertise.

Account Services: 

  • Play a clear leadership role in the planning and execution of integrated marketing campaigns for clients.
  • Develop and write comprehensive strategic marketing plans for clients.
  • Handle vendor contracts and ensure proper billing.
  • Demonstrate a clear track record of successfully meeting deadlines and timelines.
  • Handle day-of logistics on behalf of clients, responding quickly and effectively.
  • Assist in providing leadership and professional development on client relations, helping team members improve their skills in managing conflict, presentations, sales, etc.

Client Strategy: 

  • Develop or oversee the visual content creation for client materials, including e-newsletters, website content, digital campaigns, marketing collateral, etc.
  • Oversee the development of marketing materials and branding campaigns.
  • Manage creative marketing campaigns on behalf of clients.
  • Demonstrate a clear track record of leading brainstorms, and providing and implementing creative ideas for proposals, presentations, etc.
  • Continually provide new and ‘fresh’ ideas for proposals, new business proposals and current clients’ marketing campaigns.

Apply for this open position by emailing Bethany Siems at bethany@ghidotti.com.

 

Media Relations Manager Job Description: 

In the Media Relations Manager position, a staff member will be responsible for assisting and managing the public relations, content marketing, digital media, account services and/or strategy for clients. This position requires fully developed specialty skills, a strong understanding of the public relations industry landscape and an understanding of client priorities and objectives. 

Main Responsibilities – General: 

  • Serve as the account strategist/lead and oversee/play a clear leadership role on media relations client accounts.
  • Display a strong understanding of and effectively communicate Ghidotti’s service offerings to existing clients. 
  • Successfully supervise at least one junior staff member, including providing guidance on their professional growth.

Main Responsibilities – Media Relations: 

  • Develop strategic media relations plans, direct management and outreach for client accounts with the supervision of Senior Leadership.
  • Perform with Senior Leadership to prepare a plan for strategic crisis communications.
  • Manage and facilitate the execution of media relations outreach for special events, programs and major initiatives.
  • Perform as spokesperson and coordinates official responses to media inquiries.
  • Conduct media training with clients in preparation for external media interviews. 
  • Support framing and development of main message points for better positioning prior to media interviews.
  • Prepare speeches, talking points and varied communications materials assisting client spokespersons.
  • Write pitches, backgrounders, press releases, key messages and blog posts.
  • Manage and monitor reporter hotline, client media relations calendar, metrics, media relations processes and press release approvals.
  • Propose ideas proactively for media pitches to stimulate media coverage.
  • Consistently pitch stories and secure strategic media placements assisting client reputation and business goals.
  • Manage and supervise media events along with initiatives defining company stories.
  • Identify proactive stories for trade, business as well as consumer media across multiple client industries.
  • Develop and maintain close media relations to improve press efforts.
  • Identify brands promoting opportunities and improve awareness of services and products.

Main Responsibilities – Client Strategy: 

  • Develop or oversee the visual content creation for client materials, including e-newsletters, website content, digital campaigns (webinar/live stream events), etc.
  • Demonstrate a clear track record of leading brainstorms and providing and implementing creative ideas for proposals, presentations, etc.
  • Continually provide new and ‘fresh’ ideas for new business proposals and current clients’ PR campaigns.

Apply for this open position by emailing Bethany Siems at bethany@ghidotti.com.

 

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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?

Apply for one of our open positions or just send us an email letting us know why you should be part of this Rock Star team. Email bethany@ghidotti.com.