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Tag Archives: business development

What the Heck Does “Adding Value“ by Lawyers Really Mean?

Posted in Client Communications, Marketing Tips

There’s a lot of talk these days about lawyers adding more value to their client representation. Particularly because of competition, client demands, and the state of the legal industry, adding value REALLY is important. Just providing a legal product is not enough.  But it begs the question what adding value really means. Jim Calloway, director… Continue Reading

Client Letter to New Outside Counsel – Part II

Posted in Client Communications, Legal Fees, Marketing Team, Marketing Tips

Last week I wrote about the fictitious client letter sent to the recently retained outside law firm, wherein the general counsel sets forth his expectations.  As noted in that post, the “letter” was brought to us by Bob Denney in one of his Legal Communiqués. ’s Legal Communique, wherein the law firm is admonished/warned about… Continue Reading

Visit Clients, Period!

Posted in Client Communications, Marketing Tips

Whenever I get writers block, I like to look at my old standby source of inspiration, 365 Marketing Meditations: Daily Lessons For Marketing & Communications Professionals authored by my friend Larry Smith and Richard Levick at Levick Strategic Communications. As I have preached, preached, and yes preached some more over the past 10 years, the… Continue Reading

Marketing and Social Media Survey Results

Posted in Marketing Tips

Since we are in the personal services business, I remain skeptical of social media as an effective tool of legal marketing. Clients hire lawyers they know, like or trust (or are referred by someone they do). I think that social media is too impersonal, remote and time-consuming as a business development tool to cross that… Continue Reading

How To Prove Your Firm Is Different

Posted in Marketing Tips, Prospecting for Clients

It amazes me that so many law firm websites say the same thing. Like we “are client focused”, “care about our clients”, “efficient”, “responsive”, “client’s interest comes first”, etc., etc.  Your firm may actually do and emphasize all these attributes. Problem is, how will prospects know that before hiring you. One way is to truly… Continue Reading

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

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

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