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Extremely Opinionated Blog

After more than 25 years in the professional services marketing business, a person forms an opinion or two. This is extremely true for us at EM Consulting. In our Extremely Opinionated blog, our goal is to share ideas and opinions with you that might stimulate your thinking about marketing and business development.


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Give Thanks to Clients While Creating Your Unique Distinction

What can you do to thank clients this holiday season in a value added and meaningful way which will also enhance your firm’s brand?

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Is Lawyer’s Trusted Advisor Status in Jeopardy?

The Problem

According to James Bliwas, Senior Marketing and Communications Strategist, “This news ought to be deeply disturbing to managing partners and lawyers regardless of the size of their firm: Attorneys are losing their once-reverent position as businesses most-trusted advisor.” (more…)

Five Tried-and-True Tips to Make Your Twitter Profile More Engaging

These well thought out and simple tips for incorporating Twitter into your social media and content marketing are worth reading about. It’s not as hard as you think. These tips are focused on the Real Estate Industry but easily apply to any profession.

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The CLOC of Real Change Keeps Ticking

It’s too late for your law firm to be an “early adopter” of legal operations…but your firm doesn’t have to be a “late adopter” or a “laggard” either.

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Microsoft Adapting Legal Operations

Microsoft’s new Strategic Partner Program gives legal operations another slant, “…retainer payments, diversity, and developing relationships with outside counsel that go beyond the billable hour.”

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10 Reasons to Share Articles to LinkedIn

Staying top of mind with in-house counsel, clients, prospective clients and referral sources is a major reason to post content on LinkedIn. Posting gives you the opportunity to show you have the latest information in your area of expertise, whether it is original content or posting someone else’s great article, such as this one, demonstrates your depth of knowledge. Be a thought leader and post away.

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LinkedIn: Do I have to? Some Resistance Continues

         Published in JD Supra Perspectives 2017

According to the 2016 American Bar Association Technology Report, “Taking control of your online presence is a necessity, and there are few better ways to do so than social media. Used carefully, social media can give your firm a voice, amplify your professional reputation, and help drive new business.”

Yet many attorneys and other professional service providers continue to avoid this reality. Social media and content marketing are this new reality but excuses and resistance to change still abound. With so many different social media platforms let’s narrow the focus of this conversation to the #1 platform for business – LinkedIn.

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Resistance Continues but the Business of Law is Transforming

                Published in JD Supra Perspectives 2017

“Before you know it, what once seemed like crazy ideas will become the new normal.” ~Mary O’Carroll, head of legal operations, Google.

The Resistance Movement

It has been said that change is the only constant in the world. Nagging realities in the legal marketplace continue to place pressure on law firms, of all sizes, to confront the demand for inevitable changes.

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Are Legal Operations Transitioning the Business of Law?

Stephen Balcomb, Senior Director of Legal Operations at Qualcomm and CLOC member, will be the lead panelist at the July 20th Breakfast Roundtable about Legal Operations. Please join us at 7:30 am at the law firm of Knobbe Martens in Irvine, CA, to explore the inevitable impact of change in the practice of law. Altman Weil’s 2016 Law Firms in Transition reports, “Despite pockets of true innovation, most firms are choosing to proceed with lawyerly caution in the midst of a market that is being reinvented around them.”

 

Additional panelists, roundtable details and registration can be found here.

Corporate Legal Departments Feel Success after Conducting Client Feedback Program

The legal department of a Fortune 500 company was reviewing their legal operations practices and interactions with their internal clients. Under the leadership of  their Senior Vice President and General Counsel, the legal department of 25 attorneys decided to ask their internal clients at the company how their services were being viewed and what could be done to improve upon them.

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