July law firm rankings, lists, awards and PR opportunities

July 10, 2024

So, this is your inbox? I love it. It’s giving bustling Post Office and whimsical library vibes. But what’s that smell coming from the spam corner?

Anyway. You might recall that I recently accepted the legal PR opportunities emailing baton from my wonderful colleague, Shelby Gambrell. Don’t worry — Shelby still exists and is quite frankly irreplaceable. But as a former managing editor and legal awards judge at ALM with experience leading communications strategies for law firms across the U.S., I’m hoping I can keep you all updated and provide a few useful insights along the way. 

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How to best utilize the Chambers and Partners USA portal for your firm

July 10, 2024

The Chambers and Partners USA Guide is considered one of the most prestigious legal rankings in the country, with a hotly anticipated release every year. You probably are very familiar with going through the complex submissions process — and the joy of seeing that hard work pay off in a top ranking. But did you know there’s a hidden aspect of Chambers you may have ignored that can be your ace in the hole? We’re talking about the Chambers portal. 

Legal marketers and attorneys might have used the Chambers portal in the past as a place to pull badges and view rankings, but there are yet more treasures just waiting for you to check out and leverage in your Chambers process. These include a referee management platform, an analytics section and even a social media image generator. Below are four features you might not know about:

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June law firm rankings, lists, awards and PR opportunities

June 13, 2024

We have been connecting each month over legal PR opportunities for four years now!

I know. In that time, “House of the Dragon” debuted and then was gone for so long that we forgot about it. I made a human who is now a toddler capable of shouting “I do it!” when putting her footie pajamas on upside down and backwards. And the Rep Ink team has grown.

We’ve welcomed new clients and new team members and new agency dogs. 

Among them is Raychel Lean, who joined the agency this year. Raychel is new(ish) to Rep Ink, but not to the world of legal PR. She served for five years as managing editor for American Lawyer Media’s South Florida publication, the Daily Business Review, where she and her team covered law, real estate and business for an audience of legal professionals. More recently, she led communications programs for clients in South Florida’s legal, financial and insurance sectors. She was also the lead editor for a national team of content marketers focused on law firms. All this to say: We’re elated to have Raychel (and her dog Venus) as part of Reputation Ink.

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Interacting with reporters at conferences: a guide for legal and AEC professionals

June 5, 2024

With your program in hand and trusty lanyard around your neck, you’ve exchanged business cards and enthusiastically nodded along to the keynote speaker’s most compelling points. You’ve nibbled the finger sandwiches, raided the coffee carafes and spent an obscene amount of time looking for “Ballroom 3F.” Hopefully, you’ve also remembered to bring a good jacket for those frigid caverns they call meeting rooms. 

But there’s one other thing you might have overlooked.

You know those writer types who report on the issues and trends affecting your industry? Maybe they’ve even covered your firm before. Well, conferences are a fantastic place to spot them out in the wild. 

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May law firm rankings, lists, awards and PR opportunities

May 14, 2024

It’s hard to believe Q2 is halfway over.

Well, kinda hard to believe. If your firm is anything like our clients, this year has been remarkably busy.

And even though legal marketers recognize the importance of legal rankings and awards in generating new business and strengthening relationships, time can sprint past us (right alongside our good intentions).

Below is our curated list of our favorite recognitions. If you only have time to submit for a few this season, we recommend:

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Social media video matters: why and how to do it at your law firm (with examples)

April 30, 2024

For better or worse, today’s marketers need to keep the beast we call “Social Media” well-fed. The problem is that the beast’s palette keeps changing.

What’s the optimal post time on each platform? How many posts should I make per week? How is my audience responding? Why are impressions down? Oh wait, they’re up again. Feed? Threads? Stories? Reels? Shorts? Hashtags? What do you mean Congress wants to ban TikTok?!

If you want to keep the social media algorithm happy — and more importantly, your audience engaged — you should consider working video into your strategy.

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April law firm rankings, lists, awards and PR opportunities

April 15, 2024

Happy Earth Month!

One of the best ways to recycle your firm’s greatest hits into various forms of content is to submit for legal awards. These submissions provide a great opportunity to mindfully curate all the reasons why your firm is the best.

While we keep an eye on legal awards all year long, below are a few of our favorites for this month:

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How to build your speaking strategy before this year’s conference season

March 26, 2024

Legalweek. ILTACON. American Bar Association (ABA) section seminars. Sector-specific conferences. 

These eclectic events share two things in common: potential clients in attendance and invaluable speaking opportunities to reach them.

Leaders and professionals should consider joining the legal speaking circuit to amp up their profile and build their clientele. After all, speaking engagements are more than just additional CV bullets; they demonstrate authority and expertise to prospects.

However, lawyers and business leaders cannot expect panel invites based on reputation alone (unless they are U.S. Supreme Court justices or Fortune 500 CEOs). The average professional plebian can avoid the submission slush pile by approaching conference season like litigators: building a robust case with strong evidence of prior engagements and accomplishments.

Fortunately, a competitive submission does not need to feature a laundry list of prior speaking engagements — or any at all! What matters more is whether a speaker candidate made an effort to establish their expertise. Establishing third-party credibility through article writing, podcast appearances, smaller speaking engagements and more can give organizers the confidence and social proof they need to gamble on accomplished professionals with valuable insights.

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March law firm rankings, lists, awards and PR opportunities

March 13, 2024

Mid-March can be a time when luck is top of mind. 

And while we love a found penny and the random four-leaf clover, we see time and again how law firms never luck into coverage. Instead, they proactively seek out opportunities, and we have the best ones for you this month:

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Keeping your emails out of the spam folder

February 27, 2024
Keeping your emails out of the spam folder

Congratulations! You’ve successfully implemented an email marketing strategy to connect with your clients and prospects. Email marketing is a potent tool for getting a high return on your marketing investment. 

But, wait! 

Just a day after hitting ‘send,’ you receive that dreaded message: “So-and-so didn’t receive the email; it went to spam.” Even worse? Your supervisor got the email in their spam folder, causing some pointed questions about just why you’ve been spending time on this.

Don’t panic just yet. 

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