In previous articles we’ve focused on marketing your immigration law firm using digital marketing and social media, partly because these tools allow you to reach a much wider audience than, for example, your community or nearby geographic area, and partly because during COVID, that was the only way to reach prospective clients at all. Now that in-person events are coming back, however, it’s time to talk about how in-person events can be yet another tool in your marketing toolbox and how you can leverage them to expand your network and connect with new clients.
Event marketing has long been a key way for businesses in general to put themselves out into the world, build connections with their target audience and community in real life, and otherwise grow their brand. Indeed, in the immigration law context, the goal of event marketing would be to provide information about your legal services, perhaps answer specific questions, try to schedule consultations to further discuss cases with potential clients in more detail, better understand a potential customer’s Customer Lifetime Value (CLV), and ultimately to close new business.
So, this blog will dive into some background information about event marketing, share some event ideas a family-based immigration law firm can organize, and similarly share ideas for business immigration law firms as well. Let’s dive in.
Hosting an event to market your law firm doesn’t have to be an open-ended event for anyone who walks through your door. The goal behind event marketing is to create an event specifically for your target audience and make sure that event enables that target audience to connect and engage with you, learn about you and your work, and network with one another.
Indeed, in-person events can help you create lasting connections with your target clients or, if you organize an event with another immigration law firm, you can build a stronger relationship with that firm as well. You may not gain a new paying client at every event and with every interaction, but you might get some email addresses to add to your law firm newsletter, some additional social media followers or simply contact information for you to follow up with in the future.
And don’t worry, promoting more than one law firm or otherwise partnering with another business doesn't have to dilute your brand. For example, if you practice family-based immigration and focus on Green Cards and citizenship, you can partner with someone who focuses on asylum to have broader expertise in the room. Alternatively, if you practice employment-based immigration, you can team up with a real estate agent to promote - you can show that ideal clients how you can help them navigate their employment-based immigration law case and your partner organizer can explain how their services help relocating families finding an ideal place to live.
Let’s go through some examples of in-person events you can organize or be part of to help market your immigration law firm and build both potential professional connections and client connections as well. We’ll split our recommendations based on whether you practice family-based or employment-based immigration law.
Let’s start with family-based immigration: in this field, your events should have more of a “community feel.” What might that look like? Here are some ideas:
Ultimately, if you’re able to set up a space where things like cost, language, etc., are removed as barriers, that can help build trust within your community and increase awareness of both your services and the value you bring to the community as an immigration lawyer. As mentioned above, you can host small events at your office, local library or religious community center, or if you have a bigger budget, you can rent out a hall, auditorium or arena. Ultimately, the goal is to get a certain group of people in one place and deliver value. The rest of the pieces will fall into place.
The focus and the ambience of your events is going to change depending on your area of practice. If you’re using events to market your business immigration services, here are some ideas.
Oh, and for more ideas on how to actually get to speak at these conferences, check out our three favorite ways to secure speaking engagements as an immigration lawyer on our blog.
Whether your marketing happens online or in person, effective marketing leads to growth. And to manage your growth in a way that makes sense to you and helps you save time and stay organized, it’s important to use a case management system that allows you to scale.
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