Recent Blog Posts
What to Pay a New Associate?
I recently spoke with a partner at a small, but very successful law firm about his decision to hire a new associate. The partner had identified a young lawyer he really liked, but that person was asking for more than the partner felt he was worth. The question of lawyer pay is a tough… Read More »
Maximizing Your Law Firm’s Investment in Video
Video can deliver a powerful message to prospective and existing clients, opposing counsel, and any number of other persons or organizations that may be evaluating or researching your law firm. Yet, in many cases a lack of planning and clear direction causes law firms to miss the mark on their video production and utilization. … Read More »
Best Ways to Measure Law Firm SEO Success: And Why SEO Companies Don’t Provide It
The best ways to measure the success of a law firm SEO program are below, in order from least effective to most effective: • Content Pages Added to Website • Keyword Rankings • Website Visitors (aka Traffic) • Leads • Qualified Leads • Signed Cases • Revenue In other words, the number of signed… Read More »
Law Firm Marketing Investment Decision Process
While some law firms over-analyze marketing investment decisions (paralysis by analysis) and never spend enough money, the great majority fail to spend sufficient time answering critical questions that ensure a balanced and effective mix of business development products and services. Below is a brief outline of the decision-making process I recommend firms use for… Read More »
What to Know About Law Firm PPC Marketing
I recently started a new Google paid ad campaign for a client and sent her the below email, which is something I’ve been doing to address issues that commonly arise with new programs. I hope it’s helpful to anyone starting a search engine marketing program for their law firm. The Google ad program is… Read More »
Should Lawyers Discount Fees During Coronavirus 2020?
The following article focuses on the reasoning for and against discounting fees to existing clients. I will publish a post about the wisdom of offering lower fees to new clients in a couple days. A partner at a long-time law firm client of my consulting business called me this week and asked if she… Read More »
11 Things Small Law Firms Can Do to Survive Coronavirus 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 will have significant impacts on thousands of law firms across the world. How positive or negative those impacts end up being for your law firm will depend largely on what you do now. Below are 11 recommendations for surviving today’s challenging environment and achieving success in the future. Don’t… Read More »
Is a Better Business Bureau (BBB) Membership Worth It for Law Firms?
A 4-attorney law firm client of mine recently asked me if a Better Business Bureau (BBB) membership is something he should continue paying for. His cost is $600 per year. Below is my answer, which I thought may be helpful to others. I view the BBB as mostly window dressing and a conversion tool… Read More »
Handling Coronavirus Issues at Your Law Firm
The below is an email I sent to my law firm clients about initial steps to take as a result of the Coronavirus. I will be adding more information to this blog as time goes on. Dear Client, I wanted to touch base with you about how Coronavirus may impact your firm and also… Read More »
How Inexperienced Lawyers Can Beat the Competition
I was recently talking with a prospective client who had only been out of law school a short time. He was frustrated and felt that clients would want someone more experienced to handle their most important legal matters. In some ways, he was right. All things being equal, most smart clients will hire a… Read More »