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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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Should you join a leads group, one run by your local chamber of commerce or by a national organization such as BNI or Le Tip?

Sep 22nd, 2014 | Company News, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing in Brief

It depends. Lawyers can build solid portions of their practices from such groups, but as often as not quit them in frustration. The evaluation starting point is the group needs to be cohesive and that’s attained by member being similar in age, educational background, income, occupational prestige, marital status— the research-proven criteria for creating trust […]

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Big firm lawyers are not twice as good, but charge twice as much as small firms

Jul 24th, 2014 | Company News, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing in Brief

Our clients, the local and regional full-service law firms of 50 or so lawyers, regularly talk about the value their reduced billing rates present but struggle to actually quantify and properly package the advantages when talking to key prospects with a regular flow of files. New survey data reveals just how compelling that rate difference […]

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Differentiating characteristics you might use to create a brand

Jun 25th, 2014 | Company News, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing in Brief

We hear a great deal of empty talk about “branding” law firms.  Many seem to think it’s all about a catchy tagline or snazzy signature image. Hundreds of firms spend tens of thousands of dollars in search of one or the either every year. At the heart of branding any professionals service (or product) are […]

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Why your firm should send a client survey

Jun 11th, 2014 | Company News, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing in Brief

Many law firms are uncomfortable doing client satisfaction surveys, a key step in writing a marketing plan.  It often takes time to convince recalcitrant law firm partners that only good comes from asking clients how you can improve your firm and service.  I mean “good” as in seeing increased referrals from clients that we can […]

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Should your firm buy advertising in a local magazine?

May 22nd, 2014 | Company News, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing in Brief

Absent having a robust social media program, solid presence in national bar and influential local trade groups, membership in a vibrant law firm network, holding the key peer-review ratings, a law firm will find itself with little choice but to consider comparably cost-inefficient marketing tactics, particularly directory and specialty magazine advertising. We were reminded of […]

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Rainmaking: Another Study Reveals How Much Time You Should Spend

May 4th, 2014 | Company News, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing in Brief

The landmark 2003 study of women rainmakers— the first definitive report tabulating how much time lawyers spent to create a solid book of business— was updated a few years back and reconfirmed the finding of the original report. As well, in February 2014 yet another study was released confirming the time investment required to become […]

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What’s in a plan?

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

When we write a law firm marketing plan for a corporate, transactional or defense firm, we always survey clients to determine why, among other things, they retained the firm originally, why they keep doing business with the firm, what they expect of the firm’s lawyers and what the firm might improve upon. The results drive […]

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