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New Lawyers and Marketing

Posted in Marketing Tips

Now that all the recent grads and other bar exam takers are about to get their results, particularly those lawyers that will be in small firms or even solo, it is time to give thought to developing business. (Those going to BigLaw, don’t read any further, since those firms don’t want you to learn about… Continue Reading

How To Get New Business NOW!

Posted in Marketing Plans, Marketing Tips

I was intrigued by post I ran across on Attorney at Work in which several marketing consultants offered their views on what was advertised as the “the best way to get paying client work right NOW.” Although there were many good business development tips provided, I was disappointed somewhat because only one consultant, Gerry Riskin,… Continue Reading

Forget About Marketing Plans

Posted in Marketing Plans, Marketing Tips

It may not seem fair that lawyers must be both salespeople and producers of the legal product, but that is the nature of professional services.  More lawyers today buy into the need to contribute to their own survival.  Of course, they are the ones motivated to develop business.  Those who aren’t need only to have… Continue Reading

10 Ways to Get Your Business Development Efforts Working

Posted in Marketing Plans, Marketing Team, Marketing Tips, Prospecting for Clients

Read a post on the Cordell Parvin Blog about the reasons your client development efforts may not be working. I’ve heard lawyers complain over the years how they are doing “stuff,”, but nothing seems to happen. I’ll put a different twist on Parvin’s post by suggesting ten tips (using his thoughts) you can use to… Continue Reading

Do Your Clients “Love” You?

Posted in Client Communications, Marketing Tips

If I had a penny for every time lawyers have said “my clients love me,” I’d be….well you know. The problem is that often lawyers do not understand. They assume, based on their continuing to receive work and not having heard about serious concerns, that everything is hunky-dory. Richard Levick at Levick communications in a post on… Continue Reading

Who Gives a Darn If Clients Are Satisfied?

Posted in Client Communications, Marketing Tips

Apparently not too many firms according to an online “Leadership Matters” survey (a collaboration of TheRemsenGroup and Sterling Strategies) reported on the Managing Partner Forum this week. The survey sought data on individual lawyer contributions to their firms in the areas of financials, client satisfaction, people development, and firm processes/procedures. What particularly caught my attention… Continue Reading

Legal Directories: A Waste of Money? Apparently Not

Posted in Marketing Tips, Prospecting for Clients

There is an interesting discussion going on over on LinkedIn’s CMO Forum initiated by Heather Suttie about investing in yourself instead of legal directories.  One paragraph that caught my eye: “Last October—repeating themselves for the sixth year in a row—a panel of General Counsel at a Toronto Legal Marketing Association event said directories are not… Continue Reading

Lawyer-to-Lawyer Marketing

Posted in Marketing Tips, Prospecting for Clients

If you get work from other lawyers, you need to market L2L just like you would B2B or in any other manner.  I work with lawyers whose source of business – whether litigation, appellate practice, PI, or other niche practices –depends in part on referrals from other lawyers.  It is often their life blood for… Continue Reading

Return Phone Calls, NOW!

Posted in Client Communications, Marketing Tips, Prospecting for Clients

Okay, maybe now is not possible or realistic.  But, ASAP should be your mantra. Especially for clients, but really everyone.  Yes, that means even those you do not want to speak with. Monday’s meditation from 365 Marketing Meditations: Daily Lessons For Marketing & Communications Professionals, by Larry Smith and Richard Levick of Levick Strategic Communications, has a simple mandate:… Continue Reading

Litigators: Prepare for Fixed Fees

Posted in Marketing Tips, Prospecting for Clients

When flat or fixed fees started to be bantered about in the last few years, partners in several of my firms said: “Won’t work for litigation, since it is too unpredictable.”  Well, welcome to the new world. A recent article by Catherine Ho that appeared on The Washington Post’s “Capital Business” raised the question about… Continue Reading

Hey, Do You Want To Be A Great Lawyer?

Posted in Marketing Tips

In today’s competitive legal world, it is more important than ever to be a GREAT lawyer. That has less to do with your law school credentials than you may think.  Of course clients want great results when it comes to their legal matter. Yes, your capabilities matter in that regard. And in the good old… Continue Reading

Publicity vs. Advertising

Posted in Marketing Tips

It is not a bad idea to remind ourselves once and awhile about the differences between advertising and publicity. I’ve written on the topic several times and reference a couple of them with links below.  It’s important to keep in mind that (good) publicity is more effective than advertising, because someone else is quoting you… Continue Reading