My Steinbrenner Rule: A good pitching arm alone is not why you invest $28 million

My Steinbrenner Rule: A good pitching arm alone is not why you invest $28 million

If you’re like me, you’ve pushed at least one costly project through your law firm that didn’t turn out as you had expected. But you learned something in the process—failure can be a good teacher. It happens to everyone. It happened to me. What I once learned is what I now call my Steinbrenner rule: […]

Tips for Hiring a Law Firm Marketing Consultant: Part II – The Endgame

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Budget, How-To, Law Firm CMO, Strategy | One Comment
Tips for Hiring a Law Firm Marketing Consultant: Part II – The Endgame

My law firm administrator once said to me, in exasperation, “Consultants tell you what to do, not how to do it.” And he’s right. A consultant (from Latin: consultare “to discuss”) is a professional who provides professional or expert advice in a particular area or specialized field. – Wikipedia A consultant brings wide knowledge of […]

Tips for Hiring a Law Firm Marketing Consultant: Part I – Specialization

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Budget, How-To, Ideas, Law Firm CMO, Strategy | No Comments
Tips for Hiring a Law Firm Marketing Consultant: Part I – Specialization

October is “just around the corner,” which signals that wonderful month of the year when you are asked to prepare next year’s marketing budget. No such luck as a blank check. The temptation to procrastinate will be strong. Seriously, speaking from experience, get the gears turning as there is not enough holiday candy in the […]

The Disconnect Between Approved Budgets and Spent Dollars

Posted by on Mar 11, 2009 in Budget, Career, Law Firm CMO, Strategy | No Comments

Why do law firms complicate this process? For example, the plan, the budget number, and tactical resources required for realizing plan objectives are approved at the beginning of the fiscal year. Outlined in budget are, among other items, 20 client interviews, key partner sales training, search engine optimization, and a nationally recognized speaker for a partner retreat. Then when these items are initiated and the management committee is presented with the program for the interviews or the speaker for the retreat, they immediately ask for “further information.” Translate -how much are we paying – we want to approve this expenditure…. I just don’t get it.

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