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How to make a strong impactful online presence – without spending your whole life online

When people ask me what are the most important chapters in the Go-To Expert, I point them to chapter 3, 4 and 5. I.e. the part of the book where I talk about packaging your brand to make you irresistible to potential clients. Sadly, this part of business development is often missed out by accountants, …

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Business Development Clinic: How to deal with negative comments online.

Jon Baker helps professional service firms grow from 5-50 employees. In this business development clinic, Jon explains how to deal with negative comments online. Many firms and professionals are wary of social media, because they are worried about what may get written – and what will come back to bite them at a later date. …

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Business Development Clinic: How can I save time with social media?

I am often asked about how to effectively use social media, without it taking up too much time. After all, most lawyers, accountants and consultants have chargeable time targets to hit. These targets don’t reduce just because you decide to use social media within your business development mix. In this blog post, I will give …

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Business Development Clinic: How do I help my partners embrace different ways of marketing?

In this week’s business development clinic, Heather Townsend answers a knotty problem. How to change the way your practice markets itself? i.e. how to make your partners sit up and take notice of some of the newer and more effective marketing practices now available? This is not an unusual problem – and I see it …

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5 ways to always have something meaningful to say on social media

In yesterday’s post we looked at a daily routine for you to use on LinkedIn. In this post we are still continuing our theme of how to save time with business development, and we are still looking at ways of doing this with social media. One of the biggest barriers I hear lawyers, accountants and …

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How to make it easy for people to talk to you on Twitter

Many of you will know that I am a massive fan of Twitter, and probably am seen as a bit of a veteran of the medium. I’ve clocked up a few tweets in the last 3+ years and seen one or two things… However, it was brought home to me recently, the importance of engaging …

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27 new (and not so new) ways to keep in touch with your network

Most of us are not fortunate enough to always meet prospects who are ready to buy or refer us to other potential buyers of our services. However at some point they will be ready to buy – and you want to be the professional they think of talking to first at this point. So, how …

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13 signs that you are overdoing the self promotion on social media

Building a credible reputation online is now vital to grow the profile you need to attract new clients to you, and also become known as a rainmaker for your firm. Whilst I spend most of my time encouraging people to take the brave step and use social media to grow their profile, it is possible …

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How do I follow up without p*ssing my potential client off?

No word of a lie, word-for-word, this was what greeted me in a recent e-mail from my client. It’s a question I pondered for literally years until I spent some time working with Jon, my business partner, and former sales trainer for BP. Typically most potential clients are not yet ready to buy on their …

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How to choose your Twitter name

I was reading an excellent article by Mark Lee on how accountants should choose their Twitter name.  It also made me think a little further, and I would like to add some more thoughts to the article. Check your firm’s guidelines Before you merrily start chopping and changing your Twitter name, do check your firm’s guidelines …

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