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The “two bucket rule” of marketing ROI for accountants
The “two bucket rule” of marketing ROI for accountants

You can no longer evaluate marketing ROI based on individual efforts. It’s so tempting for accountants to still do this. “I tried Twitter for two weeks and it didn’t work – I didn’t get any new leads.” “We ran an event and didn’t get any new business.” “Networking doesn’t work for us.” You look at […]

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Strategic partnerships: the holy grail of marketing
Strategic partnerships: the holy grail of marketing

You’ve often heard me say that there is no magic wand in marketing. That there are principles to follow and areas to focus on, but in the main you simply have to work hard and keep going and it will come round in the end. There is, however, one area which if you get it […]

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How to get clients to spread your word (in the right way)
How to get clients to spread your word (in the right way)

We know that it hurts to spend resources on marketing while staying profitable, especially when the return on investment is not always visible. But being visible to potential new clients is more important than the pain. Your clients will one day talk about you and this can go one of two ways. You have to […]

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How to lose clients and influence nobody
How to lose clients and influence nobody

This week’s tip, I am sad to say, is a real-world scenario that happened to me, and is acted out thousands of times a day all over the country. (Perhaps even the world.) I had a very real, and very disappointing client experience with a local solicitor’s firm, and it reminded me that sadly there […]

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An honest approach to marketing – time to ditch your old-school advertising
An honest approach to marketing – time to ditch your old-school advertising

What is advertising? Is it the Mad Men-style brashness and slick straplines of the 50s and 60s? Is it the no-expense-spared photo shoots on pristine desert islands excesses of the 70s and 80s? Or is it the lad and ladette-focused soundbites of the 90s? In 2015, advertising and marketing are probably none of those things. […]

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The reason the ‘slow burn’ marketing works… in the long run
The reason the ‘slow burn’ marketing works… in the long run

The reason the ‘slow burn’ in marketing works is that people need to be ready to start doing business with you the moment they are ready. As we talked about in a previous marketing tip, accountants get the best results by building themselves as a ‘visible expert’: showing your target market and your prospects that […]

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7 reasons you need to be seen as a visible expert in your accountancy firm
7 reasons you need to be seen as a visible expert in your accountancy firm

As promised in last week’s tip, I’d like to share some thoughts from the Hinge Research  “Visible Expert Research Study – Accounting Edition” study. Hint – if you make being a visible expert your primary goal, you will get more and better clients, and attract higher fees. Read on! 1. If your top two issues are attracting […]

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You need to be a visible expert.
You need to be a visible expert.

One of my favourite research organisations is the Hinge Research Institute. I particularly like the studies they do that are exclusive to the accounting and finance industries – it means that when I share new and exciting online marketing research, it’s not generic, it’s relevant to you as an accountant or an accountancy firm. Their […]

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Make your primary call to action something besides a phone call
Make your primary call to action something besides a phone call

Is the primary call to action on your website ‘Call us’? (or some variation) If so, you may want to reconsider. This week, I was reminded by a few experiences of my own that picking up the phone is not the first instinct for many people – particularly the kind of prospects you say you […]

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Showcase The Exciting (Your Clients)
Showcase The Exciting (Your Clients)

Following a previous tip in which I encouraged accountants to embrace the boring, today’s tip encourages you that even if the accounts and tax work you do seems boring, the results are far from boring for your clients. When your tax planning work results in a small business owner saving several thousand pounds, that’s not […]

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