The CPA’s Castle Is Crumbling

Is change coming too fast for firms to handle?

by Bruce W. Marcus
Professional Services Marketing 3.0

I’m puzzled by the accounting firm that continues to function today as it did many decades ago – in so many areas, as if the world continues to be as it was decades ago.

At the same time, in the midst of all that’s changing in the professional world, I’m surprised that change in the marketing process for professional services is evolving so slowly. There are indeed exceptions, in which a handful of firms have extensive programs that are innovative, and very large staffs to execute them. These few firms have specialists in such activities as business development, media relations, and so forth. But considering the vast number of accounting firms, their number is a small percentage of the professions.

Bruce W. Marcus

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There are many reasons for this, not the least of which is the amorphous nature of professional services management and marketing education. The quality of academic and firm marketing education in this field is dismal and retrogressive. The relationship between the marketers and the accountants is too often built on mutual misunderstanding. And perhaps it’s because accounting firm marketing is so subsumed by a firm’s professionals with too little understanding of the process, that too many marketers are either unwilling to risk innovation or else are incapable of it.