How to Build a Foundation for Referrals

If you’re a lawyer or finance pro, a robust referral network is your best friend. Instead of spending a lot of time and money on generating new leads, clients are coming to YOU instead.

It’s an absolute dream of an arrangement, but it doesn’t happen without laying the right groundwork. While participating in local networking events and keeping your information current in industry journals are all good starting points, we live in a digital world which means you need to think about your online efforts. In this article, we show you how to build your referral network in ways that pay off.

Ask Clients for Reviews

In today’s digital age, online reviews have become an important part of the decision-making process for consumers, including those seeking legal services. Reviews can provide valuable social proof to potential clients, giving them confidence that they are making the right choice when selecting you.

Reviews can also help you with your search engine optimization (SEO) efforts without paying hundreds or thousands of dollars in dedicated SEO work. Positive reviews can improve your online visibility, making it more likely that you will appear when potential clients search for legal services in their area.

Be Active on Social Media

Social media isn’t meant to be a passive endeavor. If you use LinkedIn (and you definitely should), Facebook, or any other platform, do what it was designed for: interact with others.

Use social media to showcase your expertise, personality, and values to a wider audience. By sharing insights, opinions, and updates on industry issues, you can establish yourself as a thought leader in your field and differentiate yourself from competitors. This may inspire other business owners in your area to refer work to you.

Social media also allows you to connect with potential clients and build relationships with them in a more casual and approachable manner. By engaging with followers, responding to comments and questions, and sharing valuable content, you can create a sense of trust and familiarity that translates into new opportunities.

Keep Your Website Current

First impressions matter. Your firm’s website is often the first point of contact a potential client has with you. Therefore, it’s essential that the site is professional, easy to navigate, and up-to-date. 

Over time, your services and offerings may change. It’s important that the website reflects these changes accurately. An outdated website that does not accurately reflect what you do can lead to confusion and missed opportunities.

Consistently Put Out Content

Consistently publishing content can establish you as an expert in your field. When you share your knowledge and insights on the issues that your audience is concerned about, you can build a reputation as a thought leader and go-to resource for your area of practice. Not only does this help build credibility and trust with potential clients, but it can also lead to networking opportunities and collaborations with other business owners who may refer work to you. 


When you want to build and grow your practice, referral networks are essential. Whether through personal connections, networking events, or online platforms, you should prioritize building and maintaining referral networks as a key aspect of your business strategy. By doing so, you can continue to thrive in an increasingly competitive industry.

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Spotlight Branding is a content marketing and branding firm for lawyers and other professionals. Our goal is to help you create an online presence that positions you as a credible expert in your field, keeps you connected with your network in order to stay top of mind and increase referrals, and to become more visible online so prospects can find you!