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This article defines the specific and best actions lawyers and law firms can take to expand client relationships. This first part includes specific actions individual lawyers can take to expand client relationships.
It is well-established that it takes much more time, money and effort to get a brand-new client in the door than it does to get more work from an existing client, where a relationship of trust is already established. See, “Don’t Spend 5 Times More Attracting New Customers, Nurture the Existing Ones,” Forbes.com. Yet, for a variety of reasons, many law firms and lawyers struggle to effectively cross-sell or cross-service (defined as expanding the type or amount of work done for any individual client). See, ““Cross-Selling Sucks.” Here Are 18 Reasons Why. (Part 2),” Fishman Marketing. In fact, Michael Rynowecer says “BTI research reveals the typical law firm has only 23% of a client’s work available to them” and “clients often wonder why law firms and lawyers don’t spend more time and effort trying to get more of their business.”
By John J. Buchanan
While it’s great to create a ton of content, without any kind of plan or guide, your content (and messaging) is all over the map. In order for your content to have real impact and to effectively support your firm’s business development goals and objectives, you need to have a “content strategy.”
By Mike Mellor
Nine ways you may be hindering your efforts to win new legal business, and a few ideas on how subtle improvements can maximize both success and overall win rates for firms and attorneys.
By Jennifer Bettencourt
Building rapport with prospective or existing clients and referral sources requires intentional ongoing communication and patience. When relationships fail to progress, it is most often due to a lack of follow-up.
By Michelle Calcote King
Instead of the “Did X for X” format, law firms must embrace a more strategic — and effective — approach by writing case studies in a “mini story” format that focuses on typical client pain points and illustrates the firm’s unique value propositions.