Daily Dispatch


Notes from the ABA TECHSHOW 2018 Startup Alley

Year after year, I refer to ABA TECHSHOW as the “relationship” conference. It’s where you spend time with old friends, make new ones, provide and receive mentorship, and come away energized with lots of new ideas to try out with a community of support behind you.

In the past couple of years, this community has included members of the Startup Alley. This year, 15 innovative legal startups were showcased in the Expo hall after winning a Start-Up Pitch Competition put on by a joint effort between ABA TECHSHOW, Above the Law, Evolve Law and Bob Ambrogi’s LawSites blog.Read The Rest


ABA TECHSHOW 2018: From First to Last Ripple


The opening ripple of ABA TECHSHOW 2018 last week was the conference’s second annual Startup Pitch Competition, where 14 legal technology startups competed. Voluble, a social media data analyst provider, won. Here’s more on the pitch contestants, new product launches, notes from the expo hall and other TECHSHOW tidbits.Read The Rest

Getting Referrals

Networking with Successful Lawyers: A Counterintuitive Tip

Networking with Successful Lawyers

Ryan Nevin’s article “Ways to Get Clients After Hanging Out Your Shingle” has some great tips. He’s right that you should network with attorneys who don’t do what you do to get referrals. But that’s only part of the answer. You should also make a point of building relationships with the most successful lawyers who do what you do. The reason?Read The Rest


Three Updates for Your Digital Marketing List

digital marketing

Your big-picture digital marketing goal is likely straightforward and logical: Convert the prospects who find you online into clients. Achieving this goal requires time, attention and money. You just need to make intelligent investments that lead to a good return on those investments. Here are three smart updates that should top your marketing to-do list so you can achieve your big-picture goal.Read The Rest

The Biggest Distractions

Don’t Compete for Attention

It’s highly unlikely that your law practice is anywhere near as noisy and chaotic as Times Square. Quite the contrary: When you go to meetings, or present to groups of lawyers or potential clients, the space is relatively calm and quiet. Most significantly, your audience arrives with at least some intention of hearing what you have to say.

You don’t have to compete for attention like a billboard in Times Square. That doesn’t mean you should take audience interest for granted.Read The Rest


Engage! A Lawyer’s Guide to Social Media Marketing

Engage Social Media Marketing

Today, the question is not whether you should be on social media — it’s how long will it take you to get up to speed. For “Engage! A Lawyer’s Guide to Social Media Marketing” we asked top law firm marketers for advice on where lawyers should focus their efforts — and for their best tips on how to up your game.Read The Rest

Microsoft Word Quick Tips

Video: Using AutoCorrect as a Text Expander

If you’ve got a certain word or phrase, formatted or not, that you type over and over, and it’s driving you crazy, here’s a Microsoft Word AutoCorrect hack you’re going to love. Creating legal documents often involves some really fiddly typing. Long party names, repetitive phrases, all that Latin … it can all get a little frustrating. But a lot of Word users don’t know they can hack the same dictionary Word uses to automatically correct typos and use it as an automated text expander.Read The Rest