Now that we’re well and truly in the holiday season – the one that exhausts and delights in equal measure – it’s a good time to take a deep dive into one of my favorite timesavers: marketing multitasking.
If you’re at a law firm with a marketing department, congratulations! You have the support and resources that most solos and small firm lawyers can only dream of.
But, unless your name is on the door or you’re already a major rainmaker, it’s a safe bet that the firm’s marketing team isn’t spending much time helping you achieve your personal marketing goals. More than likely, that responsibility falls on you.
Many lawyers I meet seem to be intimidated by the prospect of marketing themselves. There is a never-ending list of things they think they should be doing to develop business, and they’re so overwhelmed that what they often end up doing is nothing.
To those lawyers I say: Have a plan, and start small.
Many law firms and solo practitioners market their practices by relying heavily on websites, press releases, print and electronic advertising, sponsorships, etc. While those tools certainly can help bring clients to your door if managed effectively, many attorneys continue to miss out on one of the most effective means of attracting new business: personal networking.