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What You Do After Making A Referral Is As Important As The Referral Itself

Apr 19th, 2016 | Company News, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing in Brief, Uncategorized

What occurs after you refer a matter to another lawyer or professional is as important as making the referral.  The reason: you want to make sure the person you referred was well taken care of.  If they weren’t, this reflects poorly on you. Our recommendations to maximize the value of a referral made include: Contact […]

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The Single Most Difficult, Yet Valuable, Marketing Tactic

Mar 14th, 2016 | Company News, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing in Brief

We are often asked what is the single most difficult marketing problem facing local and regional law firms. Our answer: database development and management. What we mean by this is simple – most law firms do not have a reliable and updated system of managing client and other contact information. Software companies call it “client […]

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The Road Ahead:  Report on personnel, marketing, fee structures, growth trends

Dec 15th, 2015 | Company News, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing in Brief

Every year Altman Weil issues a detailed report about law firm marketing trends, staffing, practice efficiency, fee structures, personnel — a snapshot of the business.  I finally got through it this week. Here are some highlights I think you might find of interest, as well as a link to the complete report below. 1.Smaller firms […]

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Holiday Marketing Tip #3: Getting the most out of your upcoming holiday party conversations

Dec 2nd, 2015 | Company News, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing in Brief

Lawyers often tell us they are frustrated after conversations at events where they have spent considerable time with existing and potential referral sources. The frustration expressed is even greater when the lawyers meet a prospective client. During the holiday social season, when most lawyers attend more functions than usual, these frustrations are magnified. The reason for […]

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Holiday Marketing Tip #2:   Research shows holiday gifts and signed cards show how much you value your client relationship

Nov 24th, 2015 | Company News, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing in Brief

If you haven’t started thinking about sending holiday cards and gifts to your key clients and referral sources, you are already falling behind in your holiday season marketing. “Bah, humbug!” you say? Well, consider some research I found about cards, about signing them and about gift-giving.  If you agree with it, and I think you will, my […]

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DATA: Corporate counsel hire lawyers, not firms

Apr 14th, 2015 | Company News, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing in Brief

Over the past year, data has emerged confirming our long-held belief that corporate counsel are “hiring lawyers and not law firms.”  We’ve always said private practice is a relationship business and that most institutional branding was not worth the cost absent solid personal selling and community/trade positioning by lawyers. This also point out why your […]

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E-Cards are easy, but might not convey what’s necessary

Dec 16th, 2014 | Company News, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing in Brief

Not enthusiastic about signing a stack of printed holiday cards and thinking that an electronic one will suffice this year? You might want to consider the following: If your only relationship with someone is a digital one, an e-mail card is fine, according to what little research there is on this topic. If the recipient […]

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Marketing spending rebounds post-recession and online promotion now creates a flow of lucrative new matters for business firms

Dec 9th, 2014 | Company News, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing in Brief

Legal marketing spending has rebounded to pre-recession levels according to our new national survey of local and regional business law firms. Another key finding in the survey in which we sought to determine what marketing tactics work best and which are in decline in addition to spending patterns: law practices must effectively embrace digital promotion […]

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Poll reveals why firms should invest the time and money required to create alerts, seminars, attend trade shows and visit clients

Dec 3rd, 2014 | Company News, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing in Brief

Why should firms spends tens of thousands of dollars and hundreds of attorney hours year-after-year writing alerts, developing trainings and client seminars?  Why discuss their client’s business strategy, visit client offices and tour client facilities?  Add in the expense of attending the key meetings and trade shows their clients attend so they are fluent in […]

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Do Clients and Referral Sources Really Care About Ethics? Study Shows No Matter What They Say About Ethical Behavior, Other Factors are Most Important

Oct 21st, 2014 | Company News, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing in Brief

We have always found it curious that while our lawyers list ethics, pro bono, community projects and in recent years green initiatives as important aspects of their marketing message the law firm clients we survey never mention them as substantively affecting referrals and retention. A new study shows why this may be the case. We […]

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