When I speak at conferences or conduct client trainings, I usually end my presentations with “homework” for attendees. While not actually required, I always suggest that attendees take the time to do these to-do items, because I always want to leave attendees with actionable takeaways they can implement right away to enhance their business and brand.

I know so many of you feel out of sorts right now (that includes me). Our daily routines have been thrown a huge curveball and staying home is our job right now to keep ourselves and others safe against the spread of the coronavirus.

That being said, this is not the time to stop marketing yourself or your firm. In fact, you want to be top of mind, and you can easily do that through the many online channels available to us – with LinkedIn being the most powerful social platform to build professional relationships. The key is to be helpful, non-boastful and to provide value-added content and information.

I am seeing the lines between our personal and professional lives become blurrier by the day as many of us want to be more connected to people in general. This may result in you receiving friend requests on Facebook and follow requests on Instagram from colleagues and clients – it’s up to you how you want to handle these but please always exercise caution with what you post on any social media platform, and stay away from discussing politics and religion.

In case you are looking for some “homework” in the marketing and business development area, here are a few ideas to keep you busy. Reach out to me with any questions.
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Hashtags are great tools to help your content become discovered on LinkedIn, but only if you know how to correctly use hashtags and you use the most effective ones.

If you’re writing about the coronavirus on LinkedIn, you should be using hashtags so your content can be amplified and have a stronger impact. The content you post should have your target audience in mind and be designed to help them navigate this unprecedented time.

But first off – what is a hashtag? Just like on Twitter or Instagram, a LinkedIn hashtag is any combination of letters, number or emoji that follow the # symbol such as #coronavirus. Any spaces or symbols used within the tag will break the link, so that means you can’t include apostrophes, commas, exclamation points or hyphens in your hashtag.

Hashtags help users find content on a specific topic. If you add hashtags to your posts, they’ll help you get discovered by other users, including those not connected to you (2nd and 3rd degree connections). This is because individuals now search for content under hashtags and click on the hashtags in posts. In addition, you can follow hashtags on LinkedIn, meaning that posts containing the ones you have selected will appear in your news feed.

How to add hashtags to your LinkedIn posts:
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Here’s a coronavirus content tip:

Make sure the reporters with whom your lawyers have close connections are added to your client alert lists, especially as you are producing so much timely content right now related to COVID-19.

Several of my clients have gotten media opportunities directly from the alerts they sent to specific reporters, resulting

When it comes to content, being sensitive to current market conditions and disseminating content and programs that are designed to inform your clients and help them navigate this unprecedented time should be your only guiding principle. Here are a few things not to do right now during the coronavirus outbreak when it comes to content

Stay tuned for an upcoming article on this topic but here are a few quick tips on how to market your firm during a global crisis without seeming tone-deaf or insensitive from my webinar with Jay Harrington.

The worst thing you can do right now is nothing when it comes to client care and

I met Renee Branson through friends in the legal marketing industry, and I was drawn to her warmth and positivity.  Since then, she’s been nothing but kind and supportive of me. We share each other’s posts on social media and promote each other, and I really appreciate that she is so giving to others in

Join me for the virtual Social Media Master Class!

While we may not be able to gather in person and in groups, online networking and content marketing is still very much available to you to market your firm and yourself. In a time of crisis, the advantage belongs to the nimble, quick and emotionally

This is a great example of a lawyer writing a non-traditional client-focused piece of content in these challenging times. 

Thank you to Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP for standing out in a sea of sameness and “me me me” lately.

Remember – always show versus tell – and everything you publish right now

Content marketing and sharing content via email and social media has never been a more important way to communicate with clients and prospects, and to build your brand and business.

You should of course be sensitive to current market conditions, and make your content relevant to what’s happening in the world right now (such as

Join me and Rob Kates starting today (not tomorrow) on Facebook Live at 2pm ET for Legal Marketing Coffee Talk, a video series we will be bringing to you in the afternoons during the coronavirus crisis.

The purpose of the video series is to maintain close contact with colleagues during social distancing while bringing