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    Welcome to our blog where we provide marketing tips to help your law firm grow

    Talking tech and the law: How to get your firm noticed by the trade press

    While legal technology developments would once have been dismissed as ‘boring’ by the legal press, it is now starting to gain traction as firms start embracing new technologies. For legal PRs this is a challenging situation: a story that might have been rejected because there wasn’t enough interest is now rejected because there is too much such news!

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    Topics: Technology, Lawyers, Public Relations, LegalTech

    Dealing with the legal press…tips for law firm PRs

    Dealing with the legal press needn’t be difficult: just have something interesting to say

    It is no exaggeration to say that in my time on The Lawyer news desk I dealt with hundreds of PRs and many thousands of press releases. Filtering the good, the bad and the ugly was a daily chore.  Only the chosen few would succeed in grabbing my attention and, just perhaps, end up being published as a story on TheLawyer.com

    Over the years I developed strong relations with PRs and the firms they represented. Yet there were times that dealing with a press team could be frustrating. 
    Answering 15 calls on the same irrelevant subject in the space of two hours was tedious, my ears would become deaf to it. 

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    Topics: Professional firms, Lawyers, Legal Marketing, Solicitors, Public Relations

    New seminars & webinars for law firms

    PR advisors Kelso Consulting are hosting a series of seminars and webinars for law firms on a range of business development, public relations, social media and thought leadership issues in the first half of 2018. 

    We'd like to invite you do join us at them!

    Particular aimed at law firm owner-CEOs, together with sales and marketing directors, we will be hosting our seminars in London and, for Thames Valley businesses, in Newbury. For those that can't make them, we will also be doing them as webinars.

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    Topics: LinkedIn, Marketing, PR, Public Relations, Sales, Thames Valley, Upcoming Webinars, Lawyers

    Getting ready for your law firm's first encounter with the media?

    Here is what you really need to know (but most PR guides don't cover)!

    You've heard about the power of media, maybe your competitors are getting great coverage or perhaps you have a partner with a big ego who wants lots of press coverage. Either way, you have been tasked with getting lots for your practice, but neither you nor the partners have done it before.

    That's not a problem as everyone has to start somewhere. But many law firm partners and their marketing managers approach media relations

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    Topics: Legal Marketing, Public Relations, PR, Guide, Professional firms

    Five ways to get more from your PR agency

    Many law firms have great relationships with their PR agencies and have advisors who they stick with, not just for years but for decades.

    We know from our discussions with numerous law firms that this sadly isn't always the case.  Sometimes there's faults on both sides, sometimes there's faults on one side and sometimes its nobody's fault - one party simply no longer matches the other.

    In the later case, the best thing to do is to have an open discussion and move on. However, in the other circumstances, there's lots that can be done to nip such problems in the bud. 

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    Topics: Legal Marketing, Public Relations, Lawyers

    PR for law firms: How to get the best from your Public Relations agency

    Getting the most out of your law firm's Public Relations agency

    I recently had an interesting and wide ranging discussion with Peter Scott (www.peterscottconsult.co.uk) who advises numerous law firms on strategy and management issues. Having previously run Eversheds for eight years as managing partner, he's certainly got great insights to share.

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    Topics: Growth, Public Relations, Legal Marketing, Solicitors

    How to work with a Public Relation agency: Retainer vs Project

    One of the questions I frequently get asked is "which is best, retainer or project when working with a PR agency?"

    Both and neither! It all depends what you want the agency to do.

    So, as Harry Hill used to say on his TV Burp! there's only one way to sort it out... fight!

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    Topics: Legal Marketing, Public Relations, PR, Solicitors, Lawyers

    Lawyers' threatening letters can be published... so deft phrasing needed

    This "must read" legal exchange on the Taylor Swift alt-right ding-dong is most illuminating

    It is very rare that letters from lawyers enter the "must read" category, so it is not lightly that I recommend the retort to Taylor Swift's expensive law firm Venable LLP from the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union).

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    Topics: Lawyers, Crisis, Taylor Swift, Public Relations

    Should my law firm be doing PR to increase sales?

    Do you read the regular advice comments from John Timpson, the chairman of high street cobbler and key cutter Timpsons?

    They appear in the Telegraph and elsewhere, and I am a big fan of his sensible advice for growing and managing a business... and given how ubiqtuous his firm is on Britain's high street, he has a track record of success to back up his advice.

    Recently, in his column he dealt with a question about whether a firm should start doing press and PR activity to generate customers.

    It is a question many law firms' partners have asked.  At big firms it is a resounding "yes",

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    Topics: Sales, Public Relations

    Lessons for every leader from Thomas Cook's PR disaster

    A while ago I penned a white paper entitled "Why some companies turn a crisis into a PR disaster .... and how not to be one of them" based on then recent cases such as Toyota.

    The main point was that such disasters typically don't come out of the blue and the effective PR tactics for handling them are well known.

    Yet experienced and competent CEOs and their management teams had been able to create a PR disaster of far greater magnitude through inept handling of the communications issues.

    I revisited the paper in the light of the recent sad case involving Thomas Cook and its handling of the publicity around the recent inquest into the deaths of two children while holidaying in Corfu a few years ago. I won't be changing the white paper as Thomas Cook also exhibited all the wrong-headed management thinking it warns against.

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    Topics: Public Relations, Solicitors, Crisis, PR Disaster

    Are you caught in the PR 'death spiral"

    Are you locked in a death spiral with your PR agency?
     
    We often come across professional firms who have previously been sucked into the "PR death spiral" with their agency (and in-house too).  Here's how to recognise it:

    By contrast to the disastrous end, it all began so positively.

    A new PR team had arrived, and make lots of sensible-sounding requests for articles, materials and other content from the partners to pump prime the campaign.  It is quickly supplied by partners keen for coverage and wanting to play their part in a successful campaign.  It is a great start and hopes are high.

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    Topics: Public Relations

    Kelso PR appointed by Legalex organiser Prysm

    Leading exhibition organiser Prysm appoints PR agency Kelso Consulting

    Prysm, the leading organiser of business exhibitions, has appointed Kelso Consulting  to handle the media relations and promotion for  Accountex  and  Legalex  – major exhibitions at Excel themed arou nd providing solutions to the business challenges faced by Britain’s thousands of accountancy and legal firms.
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    Topics: Accountants, Public Relations, Legal Marketing, Solicitors

    Leading professional negligence solicitors appoint Kelso Consulting

    PR campaign to create national press coverage for professional negligence law specialists

    Solicitors NeglectAssist, one of the UK’s leading specialists in negligence law, has appointed Kelso Consulting to help it secure prominent coverage in the national media – particularly their personal finance sections.

    NeglectAssist, a trading name of Wixted & Co, one of the pioneers of “no win, now fee” arrangements in the professional negligence area, acts for people who have lost large sums of money through having been mis-sold investments– often costing them much or all of their life’s savings

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    Topics: Thought Leadership, Case Studies, Public Relations, Legal Marketing, Solicitors

    Marketing & PR for smaller law firms

    Marketing and PR tips for smaller law firms

    Kelso Consulting's Tim Prizeman is presenting on PR & marketing for law firms at the Sole Practitioners - Practice & Profitability Conference, in December 2014 Full details about the event by clicking here

    We're going to be adding the tips from his presentation into this blog over the next few days (so please subscribe by clicking here, and we'll email you when they are ready).

     

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    Topics: Sales, Marketing, Public Relations
     

     

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