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Law Firm Marketing Strategies to Use after Securing the Client

Aug 2, 2008
You've finally landed that highly sought after yet elusive client. Now you must give everything you have to keep them. It seems as though you've put forth all of the blood, sweat and tears you could muster just to get this opportunity. Now that you have secured this client, what law firm marketing strategies are you employing to keep them?

Other successful firms have found ways to keep their premium clients. What are you doing to keep yours? Once again, you may feel like banging your head against your desk; frustrated and fed up because it's just one thing after another. You don't catch a break just because you've landed the client. Now you must figure out how to keep them.

Prepare to bleed more effort into serving your new conquest. The process to make the client happy has only begun. You know the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. Following are some law firm marketing strategies that insure your clients remain in your focus and you must work hard to employ them.

Begin work on the case immediately. As soon as the client signs on, spend some time that day or the next working on the case. This is necessary to protect your client's best legal interests. It also shows their immediate need for legal help and that you genuinely care about them.

Send them some form of written communication within 48 hours of taking the case. It isn't enough to start working immediately on their case. You must also show that you are actively working on their case by mailing them a copy of everything you do. Consider time stamping everything so they will see you started on their case almost as soon as you landed it.

Send out a brief client survey within one week of landing the new client. This can be a great way to collect data on vital questions such as:

* Why did they select your firm?
* Who else were they interviewing?
* What do they like best or least about working with you?
* How can you improve?
* How fast was your response time to their initial request?
* How did they find you?
* Do they know of anyone else who could use your services?
* Important dates (birthdays, anniversaries, etc)
* Additional contact information

It's also a good idea to send out an additional client satisfaction survey when the case is completed. This allows you to gauge their overall satisfaction from start to finish once you have worked on the case.

Project the efforts you have put forth in order to satisfy the client. Give them regular updates on their case, even if it drags out over months or years. Keep the client in your mind at all times and let them know you are always working in their best interests. This shows you care and gives them a reason to appreciate your consistent efforts. Even when nothing is happening with their case, maintain regular contact with your client.

A very important attorney marketing plan is to ensure the client not only sees results, but knows how hard you have worked to obtain those results. Show your client all of the hard work you have put into their case. Even the smallest details or easiest motions you have put forth demonstrate that you care about your client. Show them that you have worked for them to the best of your abilities and did everything you could to serve them well.

If you want to keep your clients happy, begin using these simple law firm marketing strategies now. There are law firm marketing services available to assist you in putting these strategies to use in the most productive ways possible. Contact them and get it right. Don't bleed that last vein dry without a winning plan to make it worth your efforts.
About the Author
Stephen Fairley is CEO of The Rainmaker Institute is the nation's largest law firm marketing company that specializes in helping small law firms generate more and better referrals and create a 7 figure law practice. Over 6,000 attorneys have benefited from our proven Rainmaker Marketing System. Attorneys: claim your FREE legal marketing CD '7 Keys to a 7 Figure Law Practice' at www.toplawfirmmarketingtips.com
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