It’s a bright sunny morning here in south Jersey, and I’m bringing you another excellent rainmaking recommendation today from Jaimie Field! I was waylaid by a migraine yesterday, but I’ll be back tomorrow with some additional thoughts about the Greentarget survey! 

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The other night I was watching the Morgan Spurlock show “Inside Man”. This episode discussed “Big Data” and how everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) is collected whenever you log onto the internet. Typically, it is sold for marketing purposes, but Mr. Spurlock does talk about the dark side of all of this data collection as well.

As the episode continues, Mr. Spurlock tries to determine everything that is on the internet about his life. Without getting into a debate about on-line privacy, I ask this question: Do you know what is being said about you on the internet?

Maybe it’s time to do a “vanity search.”

A vanity search, also known as “ego surfing”, is when you search your name and any variations, nicknames, etc.

Unfortunately, you may find things online with which you will not be happy. There are people in this world that will get a thrill out of saying negative things about you or your practice – you may have heard the term “Troll”. Additionally, because in the legal field there is always a “winner or loser” in a case, the person on the losing end may not be happy and may take to the internet to say something negative about you, your practice or your firm.

When you read something that is negative, determine whether there is any truth about this information and whether you can do anything to rectify the review. (In a future blog we will discuss reputation management.) Regardless, there are many ways to counteract any negative reviews or comments – for example, asking your happy clients for reviews (be wary of ethical considerations of getting reviews in your state), or adding more and more content which causes any negative reviews to move further down in a search.

Read all of the information on the internet to make sure that what is being said about you is consistent with the brand you want to create. Remember, as was said in Rainmaking Recommendation #96, YOU are a brand in your own right and you need to be cognizant about what is being said about you, both good and bad.

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Lindsay Griffiths is the International Lawyers Network’s Executive Director. She is a dynamic, influential international executive and marketing thought leader with a passion for relationship development and authoring impactful content. Griffiths is a driven, strategic leader who implements creative initiatives to achieve the…

Lindsay Griffiths is the International Lawyers Network’s Executive Director. She is a dynamic, influential international executive and marketing thought leader with a passion for relationship development and authoring impactful content. Griffiths is a driven, strategic leader who implements creative initiatives to achieve the goals of a global professional services network. She manages all major aspects of the Network, including recruitment, member retention, and providing exceptional client service to an international membership base.

In her role as Executive Director, Griffiths manages a mix of international programs, engages a diverse global community, and develops an international membership base. She leads the development and successful implementation of major organizational initiatives, manages interpersonal relationships, and possesses executive presence with audiences of internal and external stakeholders. Griffiths excels at project management, organization, and planning, writes and speaks with influence and authority, and works independently while demonstrating flexibility in thinking, especially in challenging situations. She also adapts to diverse and dynamic environments with constant assessment and recalibration.

JD Supra Readers Choice Top Author 2019

In 2021, the ILN was honored as Global Law Firm Network of the Year by The Lawyer European Awards, and in 2016 and 2017, they were shortlisted as Global Law Firm Network of the Year. Since 2011, the Network has been listed as a Chambers & Partners Leading Law Firm Network, recently increasing this ranking to be included in the top two percent of law firm networks globally, as well as adding two regional rankings. She was awarded “Thought Leader of the Year” by the Legal Marketing Association’s New York chapter in 2014 for her substantive contributions to the industry and was included in Clio’s list of “34 People in Legal You Should Follow on Twitter.” She was also chosen for the American Bar Association Journal’s inaugural Web 100‘s Best Law Blogs, where judge Ivy Grey said “This blog is outstanding, thoughtful, and useful.” Ms. Griffiths was recently chosen as a Top Author by JD Supra in their 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, for the level of engagement and visibility she attained with readers on the topic of marketing & business development. She has been the author of Zen & the Art of Legal Networking since February of 2009.