Is Your Law Firm’s Advertising Reinforcing Old Stereotypes? It May Be Time for a Change

You’ve probably heard a ton of jokes that involve a lawyer as the punchline. This is one of the main reasons legal advertising is so difficult: after years and years of ad campaigns that beg for the consumer’s attention, the public has begun to see attorneys as uncaring and unethical.

Don’t believe it? Next time you’re at a party, introduce yourself to someone as a “personal injury attorney.” Watch their expression carefully. Pay attention to how quickly they disengage from the conversation.

It’s not your fault, but it may not be theirs, either. Years of terrible ads and portrayals of shady lawyers in the movies and TV have given attorneys a terrible reputation. Think of the last movie you saw where the attorney wasn’t—at best—boring; at worst, greedy and heartless. It’s probably pretty difficult.

But that’s not the worst news. The terrible thing is that you’re probably reinforcing a lot of these negative impressions with your current ad campaign. Bland messages with little more than the word “injury” and an 800 number are impersonal and cold, and only convince your readers and listeners that they don’t mean much to you.

However, you can change your readers’ minds by focusing and honing your law firm’s message:

Not only are these marketing efforts more effective, but they're also usually less expensive and require less of your time. The best law firm marketing tactics are always ones that do most of the work for you, running independently so that you can focus on helping clients efficiently.

Ben Glass
Ben is a nationally recognized expert in attorney marketing and the owner of Great Legal Marketing.