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Free Sample of our NEW ‘Associate Marketing Checklist by Year of Practice’

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Major Update to our Most-Popular Marketing Checklist We’re putting the final touches on a dramatically expanded version of our popular “Associate Marketing Checklist by Year of Practice.”  It includes narrative explanations, links to instructional videos, and new material covering social media activities like LinkedIn, Twitter, and other tools.  It will launch as a 50-page ebook. Testimonials Wanted: 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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Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (“Little Red Riding Hood”)

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Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (“Little Red Riding Hood”) “Lorem ipsum dolor” is so mundane. Marketers know that when showing clients a new advertisement, website, brochure, newsletter, or other layout, you “greek” in some gibberish that looks like words, but it really isn’t.  It helps keep clients from getting bogged down in the details of the content (“Hey, you missed a comma!”), so 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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A quick email fix for nicknames. Bob or Robert? Dick or Richard?

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A quick email fix for people with nicknames.  Are you a Bob or a Robert? A Dick or Richard? Beth. Bill. Bob. Dick. Drew. Gene. Jerry. Lainie. Liz. Ted. Tori. Marketing is about clear communication.  Good marketing makes it easy for your clients and prospects to find and reach you.  And sometimes email can interfere, particularly Read more >>

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In Marketing, when you have the facts, USE them.

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In Marketing, when you have the facts, USE them. [A brand and website overhaul for a 300-win trial law firm.] The Howard Law Group is a national business and civil litigation firm, handling some of the nation’s biggest, ugliest, and most-complicated bet-the-company lawsuits. They’re a dynamic, effective trial law firm.  Founder Bill Howard’s astonishing trial record is 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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What the Hell is This Ad Selling?

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What the Hell is This Ad Selling? Today’s winner of the latest “What the Hell are They Selling???” award is THIS ad I found for “The Moses, Bertha & Albert H. Wolf Fund” First, let’s discuss some things that make an advertisement effective: An effective ad presumes that readers do not know the company or what it does (unless 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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