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Dinosaur No More: Lawyers in NY and FL Told to Up Their Tech Game

Posted in Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
Earlier this month, the New York State Bar Association released its updated Social Media Ethics Guidelines, based on its belief that, “As use of social media by lawyers and clients continues to grow and as social media networks proliferate and become more sophisticated, so too do the ethical issues facing lawyers.” My friend Kevin O’Keefe… Continue Reading

7 Effective Ways to Respond to a Negative Online Review

Posted in Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
People are not looking for perfection from you; what matters is how you address problems by being transparent, genuinely concerned and responding positively. Here are seven effective ways to address a negative online review: 1.  Contact the review site. If the review is flagrantly false, defamatory or you can prove a disgruntled former employee or… Continue Reading

New FREE Report: 10 Steps to Jumpstart Your LinkedIn Presence & Get More Referrals Fast

Posted in Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing for Solos, Legal Marketing Strategies, Strategic Referrals
LinkedIn may be the most powerful social media tool for lawyers and litigators! In my new FREE report — 10 Steps to Jumpstart Your LinkedIn Presence & Get More Referrals Fast — I’m going to show you how you can leverage LinkedIn to generate more and better referrals while connecting with clients in 10 simple steps.… Continue Reading

Don’t Miss What I’m Sharing Right Now at The State Bar of California Solo & Small Firm Summit

Posted in Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing for Solos, Legal Marketing Strategies
Over the next two days, I’m making four presentations to more than 300 attorneys attending The State Bar of California Solo & Small Firm Summit in Newport Beach. Here’s what I’m talking about: What Do You Want? Moving from a Job to a Law Practice and from a Law Practice to a Business Many attorneys… Continue Reading

4 Critical Differences Between Marketing a Small Law Firm vs. a Large Law Firm

Posted in Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
Over 95% of our clients practice in a law firm with fewer than 20 attorneys in it. Here are four critical areas where the size of the firm seems to matter the most when it comes to marketing: Attorneys in small firms and solo practitioners are extremely pressed for time. From business development, to building relationships with potential… Continue Reading

FREE Avvo Webinar March 19: 7 Deadly Sins That Can Destroy Your Intake & Kill Your Conversion Rate

Posted in Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
Join me tomorrow — Thursday, March 19 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT — for a free Avvo webinar on the 7 Deadly Sins That Can Destroy Your Intake & Kill Your Conversion Rate. Lawyers spent a lot of money generating leads, but we have found through secret-shopping more than 1,000 law firms that many… Continue Reading

Cash Flow is King of your law firm and legal marketing plan

Posted in Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
Any law firm that is planning to be successful must have a positive cash flow.  Your goal is to make your law firm profitable and then invest a percentage of that profit into additional marketing and resources to improve your client experience.   Your law firm marketing plan should be designed to generate positive cash flow in… Continue Reading

Stephen Fairley’s Law Firm Marketing Presentation on the Front Page of the State Bar of California’s Website

Posted in Internet Marketing for Lawyers, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
  Okay, so this is a little self-promotional (even for me)… But I just can’t contain my excitement! I’m very excited to announce I will be giving a keynote presentation at the upcoming 82nd Annual Conference of the State Bar of California and they are promoting my presentation on their event’s homepage! Here’s the link… Continue Reading

Legal Marketing Strategies: 13 Ideas to Jump-start Your Formal Networking

Posted in Internet Marketing for Lawyers, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
Identify 2-3 specific networking groups to attend. Indentify at least 1 “elite” group and attend 1-2 times per quarter. Refine your “audio logo.” (For a definition of audio logo and an example of one, see Wednesday’s post.) Develop 3-5 open-ended questions you can ask at a networking event. Join your local bar association. Join your… Continue Reading

Law Firm Marketing: 7 Tips on Finding Clients Through Formal Networking

Posted in Internet Marketing for Lawyers, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
One law firm marketing tactic that consistently helps most law firms get new clients is through referrals. Now there are several different ways to get those referrals: initiating a strategic referral partner mail & meet campaign; informal networking and formal networking. “Formal networking” involves attending an organized group event such as industry trade shows, bar meetings,… Continue Reading

Legal Marketing Strategies: Tips for Conducting a Client Satisfaction Survey

Posted in Internet Marketing for Lawyers, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
Client satisfaction surveys are information gold mines. Through these surveys, you understand what your client thinks: about how you delivered your service; what you could have improved upon; what they actually gained from your service and what they really need from you. Although this insight is vital, the benefits to client satisfaction surveys don’t stop… Continue Reading

Legal Marketing Strategies: 10 Different Ways to Create a Unique Competitive Advantage (UCA)

Posted in Internet Marketing for Lawyers, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
A Unique Competitive Advantage (UCA) answers the questions: Why should we hire you versus your competition? What’s unique about your firm and your services? Here are 10 ways you can begin answering those questions: Benefits. What are the benefits of working with your firm as compared to working with others? What do you do that other… Continue Reading

Law Firm Marketing: Is Your Marketing “on Target?”

Posted in Internet Marketing for Lawyers, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
One of the biggest mistakes I see most attorneys make in the legal marketing is defining their target market way too broadly. For example, a PI attorney might say: “My target market are those people who have been injured in Texas.” Although this statement is certainly true, that’s a lot of people and it certainly… Continue Reading

State Bar of California Rainmaker Retreat Legal Marketing Boot camp: Round Up and Recap!

Posted in Internet Marketing for Lawyers, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
I just flew back from San Francisco. This last Friday & Saturday we had a fantastic group of attorneys for the first ever Rainmaker Retreat sponsored by the State Bar of California. The staff at the Bar was fantastic. I was very impressed with their level of attentiveness and kindness. We look forward to working… Continue Reading

Legal Marketing Strategies: The Legal Specialization Model

Posted in Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
When it comes to legal marketing strategies, there are five main components emanating from an “action” core that I discuss in my Rainmaker Retreats, like you see below. In today’s post, I will discuss these five and their core in a bit more detail. Expert Positioning: Media and Market Specialization. To differentiate yourself from your competitors, you… Continue Reading

Legal Marketing: The Big 3 Reasons Why Attorneys Fail to Grow Their Practices

Posted in Internet Marketing for Lawyers, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
Law firm marketing is a complex and competitive business. And there are many reasons why certain law firms fail to grow or even fail to survive. However, in my working with more than 6,000 attorneys over the years, I’ve come to find out that there are essentially 3 main reasons why attorneys fail to grow… Continue Reading

Legal Marketing Strategies: 3 Strategies to Staying Positive in a Negative Climate

Posted in Internet Marketing for Lawyers, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
Fear and negativity are pervasive and everywhere you look these days. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting really tired of it. I’m on a personal crusade to promote a positive culture based on positive relationships and positive solutions. No, I’m not sticking my head in the sand, but I do believe that if… Continue Reading

Law Firm Marketing: A Step-by-Step Referral System that Gets Results

Posted in Internet Marketing for Lawyers, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
In this blog post, I’m letting you peek behind the curtain. I will give you the steps involved in this law firm marketing system that has helped many a client increase business. Identify several professions or industries that already have trusted relationships with your target market. Build or buy a database of potential referral sources… Continue Reading

Law Firm Marketing: Where’s Your Focus?

Posted in Internet Marketing for Lawyers, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
I’ve been talking to quite a few attorneys over the past several months who are increasingly concerned about how the tough economy is affecting their practice and their ability to focus on marketing their law firm. Let’s have a little perspective on this. As a business owner, you can either focus on the fear and… Continue Reading

Legal Marketing Strategies: What Business Are You Really In?

Posted in Internet Marketing for Lawyers, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing Strategies
When someone asks you, “What business are you in?” What do you answer? I suspect, if you’re like most attorneys, you’d answer: law, real estate law, probate law, family law . . . or anything related to the word “law.” Logical, right? It may be logical but it’s wrong. You may have a legal practice, but… Continue Reading