The Digital Counterparts of Traditional Marketing

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The American Marketing Association defines marketing as the activity of creating, communicating and delivering an offer of value to customers, clients, partners and community. Typically, the term ‘traditional marketing’ refers to any marketing activities prior to the introduction of the internet.


For law firms and attorneys, traditional marketing could include:

  • Handing out business cards
  • Advertising on billboards or in magazines
  • Broadcasting TV or radio ads
  • Printing pamphlets, flyers and brochures
  • Attending networking events
  • Joining professional organizations


Digital marketing, on the other hand, is the use of traditional marketing strategies applied to technology-driven tactics. The same proven principles to create and communicate your value to the right customers at the right time hold true in the digital market.


Though a learning curve exists, mastering digital marketing channels like social media and search engine marketing provide attorneys ample benefits including reduced marketing costs and more measurable results. Here we outline a few old-school, traditional marketing tactics and compare them with their digital marketing counterparts:


Targeting Markets

Traditionally, attorneys have had to research their market and find new clients by hitting the pavement, working the phones and shaking hands. These days, the web has made identifying and finding potential clients as easy as a Google search. Yet targeting the right clients is still determined by the value of your research. Some law firms and attorneys are harnessing the power of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to better target qualified clients.



The traditional way to communicate the value of your practice was previously restricted to TV, print, radio or direct mailings. Digital advertising presents attorneys with a series of new avenues for reaching new clients including pay per click advertising, social media advertising, programatic buying and retargeting.


Public Relations

In the good ‘ole days of marketing, public relations was based on relationships with newspapers. These days, good PR means having a good social media presence. All news breaks on the web and smart attorneys are managing the public’s perception of their practices by sharing information on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


Marketing Collateral

Traditional marketing collateral tools that have a long shelf life such as brochures, pamphlets and flyers are still as useful as ever. Digital marketing, however, just removes paper from the equation by putting the hard copies online on your website, blog or social media profile. This way, your law firm’s information can be easily shared, saved and even updated.


Remember, digital marketing is not an all-or-nothing strategy. But neither is traditional marketing. Marketing firms will tell you that there is no magic bullet or “one-size-fits-all” approach. What makes a marketing strategy successful is an integrated approach that finds a balanced mix of digital and traditional tactics.


To learn more about how you or your practice can benefit from an integrated marketing strategy, contact a legal digital marketing agency professional at Chatter Buzz Media to schedule your consultation.

Michael Freeman

Michael is the Content Writer and Editor at Chatter Buzz. A native of Massachusetts, he has more than 20 years of experience as a print and online journalist & has as a marketing writer for more than 50+ private firms in various industries. He loves red wine and spending time with his cats.

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