Say Hello To The Law Firm CEO

Fresh content on Legal Marketing Reader by John O. Cunningham takes a look at the emergence of a new breed of law firm leader — the law firm CEO. These leaders realize that to run a business they must put aside their practice of law in order to be full time in charge and at the helm. Pointing toward examples of some successful law leaders, Cunningham paints a picture of the future as it takes shape, where the focus is on managing people, administration, business development, long-term planning and running a business.

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Law Firm Leadership in the 21st Century: Say Hello to the Law Firm Leader
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Legal Marketing Books: Our Readers’ Choice Awards

Want to know what your fellow legal marketers know? Want to know which books they are reading? Did you know that every time you buy a book through an amazon.com link on Legal Marketing Reader, you help support our website? The books below represent the tried and true titles that are most frequently bought through Legal Marketing Reader. There are LOTS of great books available for lawyers and marketers on how to grow more and better business, but these are the ones that stand out for showing up again and again. Have you read them all?

Legal Business Development: A Step by Step Guide
By James Hassett, Ph.D.
This book will help lawyers at large and mid-sized firms to get immediate and practical results from their limited marketing time, by building stronger relationships with current clients and with new ones. It includes step by step instructions to help you decide how much time to devote to business development, to identify the most productive activities that can be accomplished within that time, and to assure follow-up. The book is built around exercises and quick references that will guide you to take immediate and practical steps that fit your practice, your personality, and your schedule.

Managing The Professional Service Firm
By David H. Maister
Professional firms differ from other business enterprises in two distinct ways: first, they provide highly customized services and thus cannot apply many of the management principles developed for product-based industries. Second, professional services are highly personalized, involving the skills of individuals. Such firms must therefore compete not only for clients but also for talented professionals.

Rainmaking Made Simple: What Every Professional Must Know
By Mark M. Maraia
Rainmaking Made Simple: What Every Professional Must Know is the definitive how-to guide for professionals on growing their business. It demystifies the process of building client relationships, making it simple to grasp, retain, and put into practice. Mark Maraia is a lawyer turned relationship development coach who has worked one-on-one with thousands of professionals at some of the world’s largest professional service firms.

The Law Firm Associate’s Guide to Personal Marketing and Selling Skills
By Catherine Alman MacDonagh, Beth Marie Cuzzone
This practical book focuses on personal marketing and sales skills, and covers these topics: building a practice; how to create a personal marketing plan; how to find people within a target market; how to prepare for a prospective client meeting; strategies when meeting with clients; how to ask for business; how to use the end of a matter as a marketing opportunity; how to retain clients; and how to effectively network inside and outside the firm.

The Rainmaking Machine: Marketing Planning, Strategies, and Management for Law Firms
By Phyllis Weiss Haserot
This comprehensive book provides advice on gaining new clients, improving services, and expanding existing business. It is a step-by-step guide for planning, executing, and managing a marketing process that is designed to help you build your client base. Topics include focusing your marketing efforts; motivating yourself and your partners; how clients choose a firm; creating new services; hiring and maximizing the efforts of marketing professionals; improving your firm s image through public relations; forming personal selling networks, business ventures, and professional connections; securing and retaining lucrative and satisfying clients; and current and emerging trends.

The Trusted Advisor
By David H. Maister, Charles H. Green, Robert M. Galford
David Maister, Charles Green, and Robert Galford–consultants on professional-service management and customer-relation issues–believe nobody can become successful as a business guru until they first gain the confidence of their clients. In The Trusted Advisor, the authors effectively build their case through anecdote and illustration, then relay a solid series of relevant suggestions applicable to both would-be consultants and those already active in the field. Among their most potent suggestions is a practical, five-step development process that encourages outsiders to engage clients by focusing attention on the issues and individuals at hand; listening both to what they say and what they leave unsaid; framing the immediate problem from their perspective; envisioning with them how a solution might appear; and committing jointly to the actions and resources that will bring it about.

Business Development for Lawyers: Strategies for Getting and Keeping Clients
By Sally J. Schmidt
Whether you’re launching a practice or trying to expand your book of business, this new guide gives you the help you seek. From developing a reputation to developing relationships, from retaining existing clients to generating new business, Business Development for Lawyers: Strategies for Getting and Keeping Clients examines all the available techniques, providing you with the expert insights and practical tips you need to make them work for you. You’ll learn how to write for publications, make effective presentations, network, handle the media, get results from participating in conferences and social events, follow up with contacts, build relationships with referral sources, close the deal with prospective clients, and more. This new book from a leading law firm marketer and consultant is an excellent starting point for anyone developing a personal marketing plan or for the lawyer who wants to improve personal marketing and business development skills.

Do you have a book you think is especially useful for law firm marketers? If so, we’d love to hear about it. Please add your comments!

Most Popular Articles – Our Top 5

Legal Marketing Reader’s feature articles draw lots of readers to our site. We thought you’d like to know which articles are the “most read” on our site. Even though some of these were written a few years back, they continue to address relevant questions and concerns attorneys and law firm promoters continue to wrestle with. Here they are:

1. Ten Habits of Highly Successful Law Firms - By John O. Cunningham

2. Small Law Firm Marketing: Do-It-Yourself Marketing Tips – By John O. Cunningham

3. How To Create Attorney Sales and Marketing Plans – By Beth Marie Cuzzone and Catherine Alman MacDonagh

4. Six Facts About New Business — What Every Lawyer Needs to Know – By Jim Hassett, Ph.D.

5. Linkedin for Lawyers: Top Ten Tips – By Amy Campbell

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Great Resource: SEO in 30 Days

We’ve just added an article to our Legal Marketing 101 section, which essentially points to some of the best articles around the web on topics for law firm marketers. SEO in 30 Days is really more like 30 articles — a full course on search engine optimization for law firms. Check it out.

Also, if you know of an especially useful and instructive article for law firm marketers, please let us know. Leave a comment here for any article you’d like us to consider adding to the list. Thanks!

Good Article on Social Media Policies for Law Firms

Should you, or should you not, have a social media policy for your law firm? Some of the social media experts say, no. That social media is just an extension of the professional and it is professional conduct that should govern use of social media. But then again, law firms are employers, and they need to make the same consideration regarding how social media impacts folks inside workplace in addition to the public perception of a firm. Social-Media Policies for Law Firms By Molly DiBianca in the ABA’s Law Practice Today takes a serious look at the question — that’s why we’ve added it to Legal Marketing Reader’s Legal Marketing 101 articles from around the web.

Writes DiBianca:

“If your law firm does not yet have a social-media policy, shame on your law firm. Law firms, like any other business, are accountable for the conduct of their employees. And employees are using social media. Ignoring this reality will not reduce your firm’s exposure to risk. The only way to manage exposure is to tackle it head on. And the best way to tackle social media is to educate employees about the firm’s expectations with a well-drafted policy.”

Check it out here: Social-Media Policies for Law Firms.

Budget Essentials for Law Firm Business Development

Please excuse the summer hiatus, but new content can now be found on Legal Marketing Reader! Thank you to author Deborah Scaringi who writes on the “must have” budget items for your law firm’s business development budget. Deb polled some industry leaders to determine what tops their lists of indispensable budget line items.

Click here to read the full article: Budget Essentials for Law Firm Business Development.


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