Law Firm Marketing – Top things to consider when hiring a Consultant
There are several things that you need to take in mind when hiring a law firm consultant. As a lawyer, you well know that there are rules that you must follow in your efforts to market and advertise. The rules that you need to follow do not apply to other service professionals. A law firm marketing consultant that is not aware of these things can put you at a danger of losing lots of money and time as well as grave consequences that include the loss of your bar license.
Here are some guidelines on how to go about hiring a law firm marketing consultant.
Consider if the Consultant is a Lawyer as well
If you hire a consultant who is a lawyer, then you are sure that they know exactly where you are coming from. They have the first-hand experience of all your stresses, issues, concerns and the daily tasks at the firm. Working with such a legal consultant also ensures that you have the peace of mind knowing that they are familiar with the advertising restrictions of your State Bar and they will abide by them. You must know that law firm marketing is completely different from other general business marketing. You will not only have to abide by the state rules on advertising but also work with the public perception that already exists on lawyers and legal services which are different to other service professionals.
The Flexibility of Their Payment Structures
Most legal marketing consultants charge their service fees on an hourly basis, but there are those that will charge based on a flat rate. A flat fee charge helps you in making a budget of your firm and gives you the peace of mind knowing the amount you have to pay for the service at the end of the agreed time. As an alternative to the per project billing or per hour billing, some will charge a monthly retainer fee.
Does He/She Consider your Personality or Personal Preferences?
There several marketing techniques. You can use such techniques like direct marketing, blogging, public speaking, a podcast series and other such activities to win clients. Your comfort zones and personality must be considered to ensure that your marketing strategies are effective and profitable. If your legal marketing consultant creates a marketing plan that is against your preferences, chances are that you will execute about half the plan and neglect the rest. It is important that you get extremely comfortable with your marketing activities, and feel that they resonate with your values, and of course meet the State Bar rules. If you do this, you will be following through the marketing efforts from a place of integrity.
You can use several ways to have people know you, trust you and like you, but only through ways that resonate with your personality, business goals, and preferred mode of communication.