January 11, 2009

A Lesson from Personal Injury Lawyers - Understand the WHEN of Communications

Let me first start out by stating that I don't condone many of the tactics of ambulance chasing personal injury lawyers... However, I do believe there is a lesson to be learned from them - getting your message in front of the right people at the right time is imperative...

I really hadn't thought much about this before my wife was recently in her second car accident within a month. She was recently rear-ended in her car, the police were called, and a report was made. (Don't worry, she's fine.)

What happened next was interesting... About three days later, she received two packages in the mail from personal injury lawyers saying essentially "we noticed that you were recently in a car accident in which you may or may not have been injured... Now is the time if you have been injured to get a personal injury lawyer."

I think the lesson here is that while chasing ambulances is not the way I would want to make my living, the fact is that had my wife been injured, having that message there at the time that it arrived would have been beneficial. They know their audience (injured people), know the right way to reach out to them (in the mail), and know the timing when it would be beneficial for their audience to have received the message (immediately after the accident.)

Our organizations should have similar planning and understanding of the "when" our messages are most relevant to our audiences. We do it with membership reminders, but do we do it well enough with our other communication pieces?

Take a lesson from the ambulance chasers out there - getting your message in front of the right audience at the right time is important. Who knows what might happen - you get a new member, a new volunteer or a new advocate because you were on the ball.


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Stephen said...

I completely agree that timing can be everything. Here in Oakland, accident lawyers reach out to you at the perfect time and they give you the legal advice you need. I can attest to that because my sister got involved in an accident recently, and she was approached by Oakland personal injury attorneys, not the other way around. It was so convenient for her, and she didn't have a problem claiming her compensation. Like you said, she was the right person, and they came at the right time. She's recovering beautifully now.

Alecia Longsworth said...

An accident lawyer is, indeed, a need during those times. Having legal assistance by your side in a time of trouble can be a relief. And that allows you to settle things in a legal manner too. It's all about timing. :)

Tracy Pierre said...

Not only does this show great timing, but it separates proactive companies from those that aren't. This is what makes firms more successful - they have to reach out to their clients rather than wait for them to come.

Mike Clark said...

I agree with what Tracy said. Lawyers should reach out rather than wait for people to come. It shows initiative, that the lawyers are up to the challenge and confident that they can handle solving legal matters. It is also a gesture expressing their willingness to lay their reputation on the line, so you know they’re going to go all out to help you win your case.