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It’s the budgeting and planning time of year. And, if the legal industry literature is anything to go by, strategies are in for law firms. A well-defined and well-communicated strategy provides a tangible way for law firms to identify their strengths and differentiators. Once firms have determined their identity and how they want to communicate that to the market, practice and industry groups create business development plans around executing that strategy. This usually includes reviewing client targets (existing and potential), evaluating events and sponsorships to determine which ones gain most exposure, and looking for new opportunities to showcase firm expertise. Marketers are well aware of this fact and have been working with practice and industry groups toward this end-goal for a long time. The emergence of competitive intelligence (CI) functions in law firms provides marketers and business development professionals with another arsenal in their toolkit.
By Richard Bracken
With every request for external exposure, there is also an assumption that one effort of marketing will result in millions in new revenue. Yet, we all know that the responsibility to implement all marketing initiatives is on the lawyers.
By Deborah Dobson
Technology is playing an ever-increasing role in our lives, personally and professionally. One of the emerging technologies that has caught my eye is blockchain.
By Patricia Ellard
We hear that clients hate to be cross-sold. However, this does not mean that clients are not interested to be introduced to new colleagues who can provide insight. Rather, cross selling must be thoughtful and tailored to clients’ needs
By Linda A. Hazelton
While ranking directories are rarely the only tools used to find a firm or lawyer, in-house counsel and CEOs often turn to them as informative research sources. For these reasons alone, preparing materials and references for submission, even though time-consuming, may make sense under the right circumstances.