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A storyteller at heart, Julie Holton spent more than ten years working in TV news as a writer, producer, and Executive Producer, before diving into the world of legal marketing. She is the Marketing Director at Fraser Trebilcock, one of Michigan’s longest established full-service law firms, where she leads the strategic business development, marketing, and communication directives for the firm's more than 40 attorneys at their offices in Lansing, Detroit, and Grand Rapids. She also serves on the Detroit Steering Committee of the Legal Marketing Association. Julie also has a passion for her community, working closely with several non-profits. Most notably, she sits on the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, and serves as Chair of MIRivALZ and co-Chair of the Young Professional Alzheimer’s Advocates of Lansing.

We’ve been having this debate for years: Does video have a place in law firm marketing? Whether you take the route of providing Q&As, video blogs, or testimonials, my answer to this question is a resounding yes.

There is no shortage of content in our lives. From piles of paperwork on our desks, to notes and newsletters from our children’s schools, to emails and digital data bombarding us online, the text can be overwhelming. It’s in this world of information overload that we find a breath of fresh air in video.

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I’m willing to bet that for many businesses, the word happiness isn’t scrawled in ink at the top of the priority list.

“We’re here to work not play,” some might say. “Just get the job done and keep our clients satisfied.” I’ve even heard others told, “I’m not here to make friends. Your happiness is not my priority”.

So here’s perhaps an odd question… Why not?

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Storytelling is a powerful tool. It gives us the ability to reach out and connect through words, creating content that connects to clients. But you don’t have to be a writer – or even love writing – to become a good storyteller.

Why should lawyers use stories and storytelling techniques in their content marketing? It turns out, researchers have found that most decision-making, including in business, is driven by our emotions. We like to believe we are logical, but in reality, we use data and facts to post-rationalize the decisions our emotions have already driven us to make.

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As Business Development and Marketing professionals, we hype the value of tracking Big Data and the importance of monitoring ROI. Our attorneys track their own efficiency through their time entries for billable work, with an emphasis on only using the time necessary to accomplish a task. So, in an age of investing more in fewer activities to maximize results, it only makes sense that we would ultimately combine the concepts, and begin streamlining the processes taking place within our legal marketing departments. By defining our marketing operations, we ultimately optimize our workflow and productivity – even if we are serving on a marketing team of one.

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Where do most adults get their news?

They’re not turning on the TV, opening the newspaper, or tuning in to NPR. Not a chance. At least, not as their main source for information. A new survey by Pew Research Center finds that the majority of adults in the U.S. (62%) get their news on social media.

We can debate whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, whether it is driven by Millennials and Generation Z, and even whether it’s a waste of time for consumers who can’t seem to put down their mobile devices, but we will still come back to the same conclusion: if 6 in 10 people get news from social media, then content providers need to have a strong presence on the top social platforms.

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