by Bruce W. Marcus
Professional Services Marketing 3.0
While some firms have explored the idea of client service groups, and leading thinkers like Patrick McKenna have been training firms in the concept for several years, few firms have developed the art and science of the team as successfully as the Washington-based law firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld.
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This report includes:
- The lessons from an interview with creator and manager of the program.
- Three necessary elements for success.
- Ten accountable responsibilities for a client service team.
- Seven actions common to successful teams.
- Five questions every team should ask clients.
- Effect on fees.
- Departure from traditional practice.
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Bruce W. Marcus
About the Author
Bruce W. Marcus remains a pioneer in the modern practices of professional services marketing even after his death in 2014 at age 89. He is the author of the seminal work, Professional Services Marketing 3.0, published by CPA Trendlines. he Association for Accounting Marketing named a lifetime achievement award in his honor.
In 1951 (with a degree in Economics and Philosophy), he joined the then-Big Eight accounting firm, Peat Marwick Mitchell to establish the firm’s library, where he developed an article writing and seminar program that successfully promoted the firm’s reputation.
He has served as a public relations and marketing executive or consultant to most of the international accounting firms, and many large and small law firms.
His book, Competing For Clients (1986) was one of the first to delineate the new practices of professional services marketing, followed by more than a dozen books on professional services marketing, real estate marketing, investor relations, and international accounting standards.
His first newsletter, The Marcus Report (1986), was followed by the award-winning www.marcusletter.com in 1995 — one of the longest running letters on marketing for lawyers and accountants.
He served on the editorial boards of several leading professional services publications, a contributor to many publications, and has been a keynote speaker at major conferences.
He taught one of the first courses in professional services marketing at the Fordham University Graduate School of Business, and lectures frequently at the Fordham University Law School.Click here for more by Bruce W. Marcus