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Squire Patton Boggs – where’s the website?

Squire Patton Boggs – where’s the website? There’s been some discussion lately regarding the impressive mega-merger between Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs, and the delay in getting a new combined website online. (See e.g. John Byrne’s post in “The Byrne Blog.”)  Fishman Marketing develops regularly websites for law firms and we know that they can be quite Read more >>

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The Absolute Best “Super Lawyer” Ad Design

The Absolute Best “Super Lawyer” Ad Design A few years ago, Balch & Bingham had many of its attorneys selected for a particular “Best Lawyers”-type local publication, and the firm had bought an ad to support them.  But the firm’s terrific Marketing Director Nora Chandler didn’t want to do the typical self-congratulatory type of ad that all the other Read more >>

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“Lawyers are Poor [and] unable to make… a bare living.”

“Lawyers are Poor [and] Unable to make… a bare living.” In 1911, NY Lawyers Didn’t Have Enough Business. “Hard times have beset many lawyers in Manhattan and the Bronx.” Subtitled “Too Many in New York for the Amount of Business,” an article from a 1911 newspaper, discussed that in New York there wasn’t enough business Read more >>

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Should we offer our lawyers marketing training? YES!

Should we offer our lawyers marketing training? Yes. Marketing education is critical in today’s economy. Most marketers and marketing committee members routinely attend high-quality marketing programs. It’s so much a part of the job description that it can be hard to remember that most lawyers rarely get any sort of marketing education.  In today’s challenging economy, it’s Read more >>

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I’ve never seen business cards distributed like THIS before.

I’ve never seen business cards distributed like THIS before. I was walking through a large public parking lot recently when I passed by this car with a magnetic sign on the door selling Pre-Paid Legal Services. Mildly interesting from a marketing perspective, it was a nice little movable billboard, and possibly a way to get a nice Read more >>

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The MOST-Important Question to Ask Before Updating Your Website is…

The MOST-Important Question to Ask Before Updating Your Website is… I read a lengthy online discussion detailing dozens of interview questions to ask a potential website developer.  As expected, the questions focused on Design issues like font and layout, or Technical issues like platform and hosting, or current topics like social media or responsive design. Read more >>

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Abe Lincoln’s 25-cent marketing speech

Abe Lincoln’s 25-cent marketing speech We’ve all seen the 1858-59 print advertisement where Abe Lincoln announced the formation of his new law firm, Lincoln & Herndon in Springfield, Illinois.   But did you know that Abe Lincoln also gave marketing and client-development speeches?  Here’s a newspaper announcement for his Springfield Library Association And he charged Read more >>

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Why do accounting firms use initials instead of names? – Part 2

Why do accounting firms use initials instead of names? – Part 2 We know that for many professional-services firms (e.g. law, accounting, consulting, etc.), using initials is simply a necessary compromise — a less-controversial way to abbreviate the firm’s name.  You get to shorten a cumbersome name without seeming to favor the first one or two people Read more >>

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Marketing and Biz Dev Training for Litigators

Marketing and Biz Dev Training for Litigators A marketer asked whether litigators require unique marketing and client-development training. She’d been hearing from the litigators that they felt the nature of a litigation practice is somehow different, that it requires special techniques and training. They had a firm retreat approaching and wondered how to help them. I was a litigator Read more >>

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“It’s just a logo. How hard can it be?”

“C’mon, it’s just a logo. How hard can it be?” We haven’t heard it phrased exactly like that, but that’s the implication: “We designed our last logo all by ourselves in Word, and it looks just fine. Why should we pay to have you design it?” Why? Because an amateurish logo is your entire firm Read more >>