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Sharing an Entrée with a Side of Videos

Posted by Alan Vitberg

Aug 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

KPMG’s Lessons on Video Done Right for Professional Service Marketing

The other day, I was on a news site.

The more I read, the more serious thought I gave to going offline, finding a mountain peak, and meditating 24 hours a day. But just as I was about to carve a sturdy hiking stick, an ad appeared that caught my attention.

It was from KPMG, a worldwide accounting and business advisory firm that does a shade over $25 billion a year in sales ($9 billion in the US), with a staff of only 189,000.

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Topics: video, professional services marketing

How Professional Service Firm Managing Partners Can Make Marketing a Revenue Center

Posted by Alan Vitberg

Jul 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Across all different kinds of businesses, momentum has been building for turning marketing departments and functions into revenue centers instead of merely being a cost center.  

CEOs are moving away from employing Chief Marketing Officers and instead, are hiring Chief Growth Officers, they’re demanding accountability, they want documented results showing ROI, they’re capitalizing on the availability of easily collected and accessible data, they’re looking to decompartmentalize marketing and sales functions... and whole lot more.

Is your accounting, law, consulting, or staffing firm making this transition, or is it business as usual?

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Topics: CPA Firm Marketing, Consulting Firm Marketing, professional services marketing

A Coke and a Pink Slip for Professional Service Marketers

Posted by Alan Vitberg

Jun 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

There’s a cautionary tale in the winds for marketers at professional services firms.

Coca Cola recently fired its Chief Marketing Officer.

Whoa. You may very well be asking, “what does selling soda pop have to do with me?” After all, brown, sugary, carbonated water is not quite like tax planning, a recruiting assignment, a compliance plan, litigation services, or even an architectural design, right?

But Mondelēz, Tyson Foods, Kellogg, PayPal, Best Buy and others have shown their CMO the door, too.

Here’s why: CEOs are demanding that marketers move beyond being a cost center and transform into revenue centers. CMOs and the CMO position may be headed toward extinction because they’re not geared to delivering measurable results and they’re not able to tie marketing activities into revenue recognition.

If your firm’s Executive Committee or partners question the value, costs, or the ROI you're returning to the firm, it’s probably a good time to be proactive and steer the ship in a new direction.

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Topics: inbound marketing, professional services marketing

85 Best Email Marketing Practices from the Top 10 Rated Email Marketing Services

Posted by Alan Vitberg

May 24, 2017 12:10:26 PM

Get More Opens, Clicks and Results from Your Company’s Email with These Tips

Way back in 1971, a computer engineer named Raymond Tomlinson sent the first email. What was once considered innovative and a blessing (of sorts) for B2B companies is now a burden to recipients, and a never ending set of schemes from marketers trying to avoid spam filters.

Time suck. Overload. Telemarketing wanna-be’s. The new junk mail. Irrelevant. Drowning.

Those are the phrases your prospects might be using when it comes to describing their attitude toward email marketing.

It’s no wonder.

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Topics: email, inbound marketing, professional services marketing

Should Your Marketing Department Be More Focused on Sales Than Branding?

Posted by Alan Vitberg

Apr 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

It’s time for a serious talk about investing in sales enablement.

Oops. I heard it again.

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Topics: CPA Firm Marketing, professional services marketing

Marketing Infrastructure Checklist: 18 Fundamentals to Get the Needle Moving

Posted by Alan Vitberg

Mar 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Building a Bridge Between Your Company and Its Clients and Prospects

The other day I was reading a story about the construction of the soon-to-be-completed Tappan Zee bridge.

For those of you who don’t live in New York State or in in the greater New York City metro area, this is a $4 billion (that’s right … with a “B”) construction project scheduled to be completed in 2018 to replace an existing bridge over the Hudson River connecting Rockland and Westchester Counties, and serving as a main artery bringing traffic into New York City.

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Topics: inbound marketing, professional services marketing

What Marketers Need from Partners and Biz Developers to Get Record Top Line Growth

Posted by Alan Vitberg

Feb 15, 2017 9:01:00 AM

12 Simple Actions that Will Make Any Professional Service Firm a Competitive Dynamo

I had a very interesting talk with a Chief Marketing Officer at a medium sized CPA firm last week when the topic of the responsibilities and accountability partners and business developers have to the marketing department came up.

“It seems,” he said, “That we’re always being used reactively, rather than proactively. That makes us order takers and button pushers rather than having a seat at the Executive Committee level to discuss goals and strategy”

“Between the two of us, I’m not even sure the partners know how much more we can contribute than writing proposals or updating bios or creating sales sheets.”

Hmmm… seems like I’ve heard this 2 or 3 (hundred) times before.

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Topics: lead generation, inbound marketing, professional services marketing

Content that Helps Professional Service Firm Partners Close Sales

Posted by Alan Vitberg

Feb 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

 

Is your marketing department helping you close sales by giving you “bottom of the funnel” content?

There’s a lot of new thinking about the relationship between marketing and sales functions. Quite a few marketing gurus suggest that there needs to be a negotiated agreement about goals, objectives, strategies, tactics and each department’s respective roles in moving a prospect through the sales funnel.

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Topics: content marketing, professional services marketing

33 Ways to Get Your Blog Beloved, Starting with Your Very Next Post

Posted by Alan Vitberg

Jan 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Topics: inbound marketing, blogging, professional services marketing

How to Help Partners and Business Developers Close More Sales, Faster

Posted by Alan Vitberg

Dec 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Tactics and Tools for Getting New Engagements

I’m not going to write about CPA firm marketing or, for that matter, any professional services marketing issue today.

Instead, I want to discuss good ol’ fashioned sales and what it takes to get from an inquiry or referral to a signed contact. This post isn’t about the hottest marketing trends or statistics from the most recent survey of marketing practices … it’s about what partners need to have in their toolkits to close more sales at a faster pace.

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Topics: Sales, professional services marketing


LeadG2’s Professional Services Team specializes in online marketing for CPA, consulting, recruiting, staffing, and other professional services firms. Contact us here or call Dean Moothart at (407) 913-7091 to talk about how you can get more visibility, leads, and new business for your firm or niche practice.

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