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Law Practice Management Tip

Marketing against ROI

ROI is "Return on Investment". It is a measure of how successful your investment is in any given venture. In the context of attorney marketing, you want to be able to measure how well a particular investment (marketing strategy) is. Is that yellow page ad generating business? Is that new Web site bringing new clients? That's easy to measure by simply asking your clients where they first found your information.

Every summer, my firm invests in marketing through participation in area elder fairs and also cultural fairs. I routinely go out to engage the public, to meet with them at these events and speak with passersby and answer their legal questions, for free. I have not yet gotten a single client that has told me they've hired me from seeing me at those events. But yet I keep doing it year after year. Am I a fool? Perhaps. Am I wasting my money? No.

Malcolm Gladwell has a classic discussion of why Coca Cola dominates market shares over Pepsi. It is not because Coca Cola tastes better because when given the "Pepsi Challenge," most people actually prefer the taste of Pepsi over Coca Cola. The reason why Coke dominates is because of its brand. Its brand is so pervasive that you would be hard pressed to find anyone on earth that won't recognize the name.

All things being equal, when a new client sees your ad and they see your competitor's ad, you want them to pick you. People choose products that they know, whether it's a conscious or subconscious choice. The more they've seen something, the more likely they'll pick it. So, why do I continue to do those fairs during the summer? Because though they don't know it, people recognize me and when they see an ad of mine down the road, they pick me not because my ad is so much better or because I am more qualified, but because they recognize me as a brand.

Go out and engage your client base. Make your name and your presence pervasive.

This tip is courtesy of Gabriel Cheong, attorney at law, owner of Infinity Law Group.

Published December 17, 2009

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