6 big marketing mistakes you don’t want to make

Finding the best way to market your business involves hard work and trial and error. While there is no easy path to effective marketing, avoiding some common mistakes can put you on the right track to marketing success. (more…)

What does Google say about you? 6 tips to help beef up your online presence

When was the last time you googled your name? If you haven’t in a while, do it now and regularly hereafter. Studies show that over 70% of people research someone online before hiring or doing business with them. They may google you before or after contacting you to verify your credentials, learn more about you, and/or compare you to competitors. That’s why it’s essential to pay attention to what shows up in your Google results and think about how you can beef up your online presence. (more…)

How to grow your firm: Lessons from the Legal Trends Report

The latest Legal Trends Report 2019 surveyed more than 2500 lawyers and 2000 consumers to help identify why some firms succeed in increasing revenue and others don’t. While the focus was on mostly smaller law firms, the results could apply to any professional service firm. Notably, the report found several key areas that firms are neglecting that could make a substantial impact on their practice. In this post, I want to address a few points that relate to marketing and business development. (more…)

How to get more clients like your “best” clients

All clients are not created equally. While we know that, many of us actively pursue any client rather than focusing on a specific “ideal or best client.” The fear is that if we limit ourselves to only seeking one client type, we may not be able to make enough money. Even if that could be true for your business (but probably isn’t), it is beneficial to identify what kind of clients you really want and how you can get more like them. Here are 4 steps to get you started: (more…)

Marketing musts for the summer

While summer can offer a slower pace for many firms, most of us can’t afford to forget about marketing for a few months. Summer can be a good time to take on marketing-related tasks that often get neglected but can pave the way for better results for the remainder of the year and beyond. (more…)

How to get employees to help market your firm

In many professional service firms, only a small percentage of people are actively engaged in marketing. The remaining employees don’t participate. The reason for this is usually some combination of them being uncomfortable with marketing and/or not being asked or required to do it. However, it is a huge missed opportunity not to get them involved in at least small ways. (more…)

How can you maximize the ROI on your marketing? Think long-term.

If you are a business owner, where do you see your business in 3 years or 5 years? It’s easy to just focus on planning for the current or upcoming year. But if you only look at your revenue and expenses year by year, you are unlikely to make investments in your business that take longer to achieve results. Short-term thinking means losing out on long-term opportunities. (more…)

7 things to do this summer to improve your marketing

It’s summer, and for many, work-related activities slow down. For others, summer may offer access to additional help because of interns or the opportunity to hire part-time students. In any event, your marketing efforts should not be put on hold. This can be a good time to do things that often get put off. (more…)

Yes, you can find time to market. Here’s how.

One of the most common reasons I hear for why professionals don’t market their business is they don’t have time. Time is certainly a big factor. It’s very hard to run a business, handle clients and have a personal life. However, I think there is also another factor at play. A lot of professionals don’t like to market. If you dread marketing, then consciously or not, you won’t make time for it. How to get past that feeling is harder. Here are a few tips to help you find and want to find time for marketing: (more…)