photo-1459184070881-58235578f004These days, everyone is talking about video – whether you’re livestreaming or pre-recording, it’s something the legal industry can no longer ignore. And those law firms doing it well are ahead of the curve, and getting attention! So I didn’t want to miss the LMA’s session on “Video Isn’t Just for Hollywood,” with Lane Powell’s Jennifer Castleberry, ReelLawyers’ Bill White, and Sutherland’s Stephen DiGennaro.

The session description said:

Video isn’t just for Hollywood anymore. Let’s take a look at innovative and successful ways to incorporate video into law firm websites. Serving up what your user wants — and not what you want — is critical. Our panelists will talk strategy including what has worked and what hasn’t. You will walk away wanting to incorporate video into your website or wanting to change how you’re approaching this content medium which will become main stream for law firms in the next three years.”

For this content-loving legal marketer, that description focuses on the same theme that we’re always talking about here at Zen: the audience. So whether your content is the written word or the spoken one, you’ve still got to know who your audience is, and what they want. 
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iStock_000015783236XSmallIt’s tempting to think that content is all about blogging. You hear “content marketing,” and think “we need a blog!”

But content is actually anything that communicates your message to an audience. That can be anything from a Facebook post to an article to an email to a blog post. And yes, it includes video.

Video is an amazing tool, and it’s one that people are paying attention to. Here are some compelling reasons you should be including video in your content marketing mix if you’re not already:

  • By 2017, video will account for 69% of all consumer internet traffic, according to Cisco. (The Guardian)
  • YouTube receives more than one billion unique visitors every month – that’s more than any other channel, apart from Facebook. (The Guardian)
  • If a picture paints 1,000 words then one minute of video is worth 1.8 million, so say Forrester’s researchers. (The Guardian)
  • 75% of executives told Forbes that they watch work-related videos on business websites at least once a week. 50% watch business-related videos on YouTube. 65% visit the marketer’s website after viewing a video. (Video Brewery)
  • 59% of senior executives would rather watch a video than read text according to Forbes Insight. (Video Brewery)


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In what proved to be our most popular webinar yet, the Legal Marketing Association’s Social Media Special Interest Group held a session yesterday on using video to market legal services. We were fortunate to have three stellar presenters – Adam Stock of Allen Matkins, Adam Severson of Baker Donelson, and Mark Beese of Leadership for Lawyers

Their presentation was very interactive, and answered the questions I think we’ve all had on our minds about video, starting with the most important…


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