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“City Slickers” and Law Firm Differentiation.

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“City Slickers” and Law Firm Differentiation. In the 1991 comedy City Slickers (“Yesterday They Were Businessmen. Today They’re Cowboys. Tomorrow They’ll Be Walking Funny.”), Curly, played by Jack Palance, a wise and wizened cowboy, offers some old-time western wisdom to Mitch Robbins (Billy Crystal), during his cattle-driving vacation: Jack Palance: “Do you know what the Read more >>

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The Single MOST-Important Business Card Tip.

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Here’s how to easily fix one of the worst networking mistakes.  Take 200 business cards out of your desk drawer, bring them home, and scatter them around your life. Distribute them everywhere you may later find you need them.  More detail on this is below. But first some background: I speak at 25+ legal or marketing Read more >>

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Smiling Lawyers on Your Home Page

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The “Smiling Lawyers” Website Home Page Trap Smiling lawyers – the latest boring website cliché. For 25 years, I’ve been railing against the obvious, literal visual “Law” clichés — the gavels, globes, columns, skylines, buildings, handshakes, blurry lawyers running, silhouettes by windows, and many others (watch the painful video here). The most prevalent home page Read more >>

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How to Decline ‘Who’s Who’ and Vanity Directories

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How to Decline “Who’s Who” and Other Vanity Directories [At the bottom is a template memo you may circulate within your firm to explain to your lawyers why you will not be buying an ad in a vanity directory.]  Introduction I’ve written extensively about “Vanity Directories” like Who’s Who and other debatable, spurious, or pay-to-play “honors” that resemble Read more >>

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Branding FIVE Litigation Firms: 5 Law Firm Case Studies

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We recently launched five Litigation websites. On the surface, the five law firms seemed relatively similar — dynamic boutiques led by tough, trial-oriented killers who routinely give opposing counsel the fight of their lives.  But they were each much more than that.  Each firm’s brand needed to showcase its unique style, approach, personality, and differentiation. More than just Read more >>

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THIS is What a Real Commitment to Diversity Looks Like.

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A Law Firm Committed to Diversity. Most lawyers recognize the importance of Diversity. Strict homogeneity can lead to an equally homogenous approach or outlook.  When applied to client representations, creativity can be stifled. Innovative solutions can be overlooked. But we also know that in real life, Diversity can be hard. Firms know it’s important, but often struggle to Read more >>

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Two Similar Ads: Law Firm vs. Coffee Maker.

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Is imitation “the sincerest form of flattery?” “There are no new ideas.…” I get that. But I did a double-take after seeing this ad in Wired magazine’s November 2015 issue. We developed this same idea a couple years ago for the largest Idaho-based law firm, Boise’s Hawley Troxell. Our “Large, but agile.” message was that Hawley Read more >>

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A VERY unique holiday card: ‘Are You My Lawyer?’

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Holiday Card: “Are You My Lawyer?” We all remember the childhood classic “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman (1960). Well I received an interesting parody of it, “Are You My Lawyer?” by “E.B. Funny.”  It was created as a holiday card by Phoenix’s 11-lawyer Engelman Berger,  They’re a pretty creative bunch and have done some memorable marketing over the Read more >>

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“The Cubs Win the World Series!” An old law firm ad.

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Life isn’t easy when you grow up as a Cubs fan. I had my little 9-year-old heart broken in 1969, and things haven’t improved much in the 45 years since then. Anyway, back in 2007, Fishman Marketing represented a terrific St Louis law firm that offered its clients a remarkable Client Service Guarantee.  We created a new Read more >>

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Client – ‘I don’t believe in hammers.’

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“I don’t believe in hammers.” Client – “I don’t read marketing.”   Uh, yeah, you do. And I’ll prove it.  Let’s start here. What is this bottle? Do you know what product it’s marketing? Perhaps the name of the company? Of course you do, it’s Absolut vodka. How about this shape?  There’s no label on Read more >>

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