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Promote your firm with social media

Utilising social media within your firm can be a great way to put you in closer contact with your clients and enable you to reach new prospects. With so many social media channels currently available, it can be difficult to decide which will work best for your firm, and how...

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Marketing is an investment in firm’s future

Marketing is like any well managed investment, as it can increase a firm’s revenue. However, because most firms’ accounting systems treat marketing costs as expenses, it is often difficult to make the shift to thinking of marketing as an investment rather than an expense. As a general rule, firm marketing...

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Developing your firm’s identity

As firms continue to develop their marketing abilities, the need for a unique identity becomes more crucial. Unfortunately, too many firms ignore this fact and fall into the trap of thinking that giving the best possible service will naturally grow the firm’s client base. Firms need to focus time and...

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The assertive accountant

There are accountants driven to secure good business and careful to keep it from slipping out the back door. There are accountants who are good technical people but who are tentative in marketing situations. And there are accountants who pay lip service to marketing, but who lack the time or...

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Turning client complaints into compliments

Employees frequently concentrate on the positive side of their conversations with clients, and often fear management disapproval if a complaint comes to light. This can often hinder what otherwise might have been healthy and useful criticism. Complaints can show a firm what needs to be changed, so accountants should work...

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Client satisfaction surveys

Very few firms have ever formally survey their clients, and even fewer have a plan to solicit feedback on an independent firm-wide basis. Some of the reasons given by accounting firms include: “The feedback won’t tell us anything we don’t already know.” “Now isn’t the right time.” “We’re too busy...

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Preparing for client interviews

Before embarking on an interview program, here are some preparation tips that help ensure success: Select the clients that warrant a personal interview. Ideally, these should be your largest clients or the ones that have the highest future growth potential. Develop a profile for each client you plan to interview...

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When does a client consider changing firms?

The period of time during which a client is open to the idea of changing accountants is a window of opportunity for your firm. Generally, this window has two stages: The passive window of opportunity, when a client is not actively seeking a new accounting firm, but is open to...

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Successful proposals

Proposals that are well written, focus on the prospect’s real needs and are professionally presented are most likely to be short-listed for further consideration. But while your proposal must be good enough to move your firm to the next stage of the selection process, it is rarely the sole determining...

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Marketing in a down economy

When the economy sours, a firm needs to modify its marketing and client development activities to deal with the new realities. When business slows down, accountants may tend to hide in their offices, ignore the outside world, and hope that business will improve. However, consider this an opportune time to...