how to keep nude photos off the InternetIt’s not even surprising anymore. Another batch of nude celebrity shots have hit the Internet according to the Business Insider. The actresses include Cara Delevingne (have no idea who that is!), Anna Kendrick and, of course, Jennifer Lawrence.

The pictures appeared on Reddit and 4chan. Reddit is a social networking site where members can submit content (text, links, pictures, etc.). Continue Reading…

social network for rich peopleAre you tired of non-rich people clogging up your newsfeed? Today is your lucky day!

I recently wrote an article asking if you would pay to use social media. I received a variety of answers and there definitely wasn’t a consensus.

Today, I read an article in Entrepreneur, Move Over, Facebook. Here Comes a Social Network for Rich People.” It’s called Netropolitan and it costs $9,000 and $3,000 to renew your annual membership.  Continue Reading…

would you pay to use facebookWould you pay to use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and/or LinkedIn? How about Pinterest or Instagram? Continue Reading…

law firm social media speakerSamantha Collier is one of the most sought-after speakers on the topics of social media for law firms for business development.

Interested in having Samantha speak at your law firm retreat, lunch and learn or conference? Email her by clicking here.

Why should you hire Samantha to speak at your event?

  1. Samantha’s presentations inspire lawyers and legal professionals to take action. She explains the background of social media but illustrates the how-to as well. She provides attendees with a detailed action plan. Your lawyers will have the tools and training they need to get started with social media. Continue Reading…

social media tipsSocial media has been, and will continue to be, my passion. It combines three of my passions: communication, people and marketing. Kevin O’Keefe and Adrian Dayton inspired me, MBM provided me with the tools to grow, and the social community welcomed me with open arms.

I jumped on the social media for law firms train early on. Lucky for me, It was a niche area of online marketing and the need for my services grew. I was able to quit my job, run my own business, travel the world and make some incredible friends (some I’ve never actually met in person aka Justin Brackett). Fast forward to today, I went back to work (R.JOHNSON Legal Recruitment where I still train lawyers how to use social media) as I have three children, four frogs and a fiance that keep me busy at home. Working at home isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

That being said, I have also experienced the dark side of social media. The good definitely outweighs the bad, but I’d like to pass on my two cents:

1. When possible and appropriate, take the online conversation offline. Meet for coffee, go to a tweet-up, attend a conference, etc. People develop online personas that don’t always match their in-person values, morals and attitude. You’re not going to visit everyone you meet online, it’s not always necessary. But, if you end up spending a lot of your time talking to someone, meet with them in person instead – Skype is a good choice as well. Obviously, be safe aka don’t meet on a deserted street at 2:00 am.  Continue Reading…

social media mistakes

Social media is slowly, but surely, starting to pick up amongst lawyers and legal professionals. It’s now a known fact that social media done right will boost your online reputation, increase your “thought-leader-status” and even gain you clients. The problem with social media is that it’s easy to make mistakes. Here are some tips on how to do social media right (I made many of these mistakes myself when I was first starting out).

1. Leave enough room in your tweet so that it can be retweeted easily. Keep your posts to 120 characters or less so that your lovely Twitter followers don’t have to edit your tweet for length.

2. Use a URL shortener when sharing URLs on Twitter. Check out bitly or owly. These tools also allow you to track the number of clicks you’re getting on the links you’re sharing. I use a program called Sprout Social (PAID) and it has an easy to use Google Chrome extension that shortens the link for you and allows you to share content via social media without leaving the page you’re sharing from. There are other free programs that do this as well.

3. Keep your Twitter handle as short as possible. If possible, use your first and last name. This leaves more room for your tweet and makes you look more professional. We all want to look more professional right? Continue Reading…

Facebook messenger privacy issuesFirst of all, I’m not a big proponent of complaining when Facebook changes a security setting or deletes a useful feature. We don’t pay a fee to use Facebook so they pretty much have free game to do what they want. It’s our responsibility to not post content (pictures, posts, videos, etc.) that we wouldn’t mind the whole world seeing.

Facebook is migrating its chat feature to a brand new app called Facebook Messenger. The Facebook Messenger app was launched in 2011 and already has 200 million users. Soon, you won’t be able to chat in the stand-alone Facebook app. I’m sure this is a feature many of you use often. And I’m sure many of you will download the new Messenger app without a second thought; however, here are seven things you should know before doing so:

1. Facebook can alter your connection to the Internet or mobile service service. This means that Facebook can turn on features of your smartphone for their own personal evil reasons (I added the evil part here – I’m sure they aren’t evil).  Continue Reading…

social media privacy tips for lawyersIt’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s time to review social media privacy tips for lawyers and law firms. I know most of you are social-media-savvy but it never hurts to have a little refresher:

1. Change your passwords every 90 days and never use the same password for all your accounts. I know it’s hard to resist the urge but don’t do it. I use 1password. It’s pricey but well worth it. If you have multiple accounts and use credit cards online, it’s an excellent choice. Additionally, make sure you remember a long password is a good password. 1password generates long passwords as well. Yes, I’m in love with them.

2. Don’t give your email address to anyone at checkout. All of those emails get put into a database that show where you live. Even from this little bit of information, thieves can find out your salary, credit history and birthday.  Continue Reading…

lawyer online authorityYou know the feeling when you read something that really makes you stop and think? That just happened to me. Mitch Joel is someone I have always looked up to in the online realm. I’ve been following him for years and you should too. He recently wrote an article appropriately titled, “How To Be A Recognized Authority“.

Many lawyers shy away from blogging and using social media because there are already “so many lawyers out there” doing their online thing. I mean really, how can you spin Family Law, Personal Injury Law, IP Law, etc. differently than everyone else? The task can seem daunting, especially when starting a blog or opening your first social media profile.  Continue Reading…

legal blogging In-house legal marketing professionals know that legal blogging is important, and they are frustrated. Why you ask? There’s no easy way to get lawyers to blog. Yes, marketers can provide content ideas, ghostwrite and create editorial calendars. Yes, they can provide articles that prove that legal blogging works, but almost every lawyer will choose billable work over legal blogging – and why wouldn’t they? With billable targets and demanding clients, legal blogging is the furthest thing from their minds.  Continue Reading…