Debunked: Building brand awareness for your accountancy practice

By |2018-10-11T09:49:19+00:00October 9th, 2018|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Linkedin, Marketing and promotion, sole practitioners, STANDING OUT, twitter|

Think about ten top accountancy brands. Or at least the ones you can remember. How many of those do you think your typical client would be able to name - or would even recognise? Once you move outside of the accountancy and finance professions, brand awareness drops off very fast. Even the

What are you really ‘selling’ as an Accountant?

By |2018-09-16T16:44:37+00:00September 18th, 2018|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Experience and expertise, Marketing and promotion, Networking, sole practitioners, STANDING OUT, Starting out|

What are you selling as an accountant? This is a simple enough question, and knowing the right answer could make a profound difference to the success of your practice. Let’s start with what you’re NOT selling. As I explained in a recent blog post, You’re not selling your time. And you’re not

What’s the best way for an accountant to win new clients?

By |2018-09-27T10:29:33+00:00September 11th, 2018|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Experience and expertise, Marketing and promotion, Social Media, sole practitioners, STANDING OUT, Strategy|

Many of the accountants I speak with ask me the same question. How can they best attract new clients? I will rarely offer advice however until I have found out enough about the accountant, their firm, their services, their likes and dislikes and what they have tried previously. The simple reason is

Are you a specialist or a generalist accountant?

By |2018-07-23T15:56:13+00:00July 24th, 2018|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Career development, Marketing and promotion, sole practitioners|

Most general practitioner accountants I talk with (and I talk with a lot of them) are, obviously, generalists rather than specialists. They started out as general practitioners and stay that way as their client base has always been quite disparate. Many of those who specialise do so only because they originally trained

If you cannot ‘close the sale’ you’ll struggle to win new clients

By |2018-07-12T07:59:06+00:00June 12th, 2018|Accountants, Following up, Key Business skills, Marketing and promotion, Networking, Starting out|

In an ideal world, you would simply tell people that you are an accountant and your ideal prospects would then find you and ask to become your clients. Life isn’t like that. Even when these people do find out about your practice you need to have a process which brings them onboard

The 3 reasons you cannot rely on referrals if you want to grow your practice

By |2018-05-22T23:06:08+00:00March 27th, 2018|Accountants, Marketing and promotion, Reputation, STANDING OUT|

Most established Accountants running their own firms claim to get most of their better new clients via referrals.  is this true or relevant to less established practices? Experienced accountants claim that no other activities and no marketing investment ever seems worth the effort. The following sentiment is typical of what I hear: "I get all

Accountants CAN overcome a lack of inner confidence…..

By |2018-05-22T23:06:42+00:00February 20th, 2018|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Conversational impact, Experience and expertise, Marketing and promotion, Networking, sole practitioners|

All too often I encounter another accountant who is lacking in confidence. And this invariably holds them back from achieving the success they seek. Just last week an accountant emailed me back after receiving a message I'd sent out on a totally different topic. Included in her reply was the following: I know I lack

Lessons for accountants from….. a childrens’ party entertainer

By |2018-07-23T16:42:08+00:00January 16th, 2018|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Dependability and trust, Experience and expertise, Marketing and promotion, Pricing|

As a teenager, before I started studying to become an accountant, I was a children's party entertainer - and I continued doing this for about 25 years. When I look back I realise that I quickly learned 2 lessons that now, many years later, inform my thinking and advice to accountants. Specialisation I was

Debunked: The one thing you must do….

By |2017-12-12T10:31:22+00:00December 12th, 2017|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Marketing and promotion, sole practitioners|

A popular approach to getting your attention (and often your money) is to instruct you that there is 'one thing' you must do. What do they say? Many journalists, consultants and sales people assert that there is just 'one thing' you must do to remain in practice, to generate new clients, to increase your fees or

Has your practice plateaued?

By |2017-11-28T08:45:55+00:00November 28th, 2017|Accountants, Future, Marketing and promotion, sole practitioners|

My conversations with sole practitioner accountants over the years suggest that many are happy enough once their business has plateaued. 'Happy enough' is hardly an enthusiastic summation of how things are going. It suggests a degree of reluctant acceptance. The underlying message perhaps is that things could be better but the accountant is used to

Do people see you as successful or struggling?

By |2017-11-14T09:29:10+00:00November 14th, 2017|Accountants, Appearance, Conversational impact, Marketing and promotion, Reputation|

Some accountants I know are proud of how efficiently they look after their own business affairs. Others though are embarrassed at their inefficiencies. And there are some who do not appear to give any thought as to how they are perceived. We all know the old adage that you never get a second chance to

A quick five point plan to secure more referrals for your accountancy practice

By |2017-10-17T09:25:45+00:00October 17th, 2017|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Marketing and promotion, Networking|

So many accountants tell me that most of their new clients come from word of mouth and client referrals. In most cases however this seems to be a function of luck rather than planned in any way. Have you ever thought about how you could make it easier for your contacts to know who would

Don’t invest more time on social media until you have read this

By |2017-10-03T09:30:56+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Accountants, facebook, Linkedin, Marketing and promotion, Social Media, twitter|

Regular readers will know that I am both very active on social media and highly ranked for my online influence.* Equally you will also know that I do not routinely encourage accountants to use social media for promotional and marketing purposes. And I challenge the evidence and arguments of those who do advocate this -

Where do you want your promotional messages to be seen?

By |2017-09-26T09:30:16+00:00September 26th, 2017|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, facebook, Linkedin, Marketing and promotion, Social Media, twitter|

I have referenced what I call the 3Ms of marketing an accountancy practice before. This blog post is related to the third M. That is, which Media should you use to get your chosen Messages to your chosen Market? The answer to the question depends on where you will find your chosen Market and target

When you CAN use social media effectively for promotional purposes

By |2017-09-19T11:25:19+00:00September 19th, 2017|Accountants, facebook, Linkedin, Marketing and promotion, Social Media, twitter|

The longer you spend on social media the more you realise that overt sales and marketing messages do not typically have much positive impact. Posting adverts on social media is a different topic and not the subject of this blog post. Before I explain how you CAN use social media effectively for promotional purposes, I should

What if you don’t want to go for a niche?

By |2018-06-09T18:07:32+00:00November 25th, 2014|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Experience and expertise, Marketing and promotion, STANDING OUT|

There is no doubt in my mind. The more focused you can be as regards your ideal clients the more chance there is that other people will recognise when they can recommend and refer you to people who need your services. But it's not the only route to success. You are not alone if you

Five ways general practice accountants can choose a niche

By |2018-06-09T18:02:56+00:00September 14th, 2012|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Conversational impact, Experience and expertise, Marketing and promotion, Networking, Starting out|

It is generally accepted these days that you will benefit more from advertising, marketing, networking and referrals if you focus on a recognisable niche.  Let everyone else continue trying to be all things to all people. But, if you are like most accountants in practice you don't think you have a specialist focus. You

Are we undermining the meaning of the word ‘specialise’?

By |2018-07-24T19:21:55+00:00June 7th, 2012|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Marketing and promotion|

I saw an advert recently for the Daily Telegraph's jobs board. It claims them to be "Specialists in your Industry". Er, no they aren't. They can't be. They may 'cover' every industry. They may have vacancies or jobs for people in "every" (or, more likely, simply 'most') industries. But, by definition, they cannot be

4 accountants respond to a prospect’s initial enquiry

By |2018-07-08T15:05:21+00:00December 8th, 2010|Accountants, Marketing and promotion, Reputation, Starting out|

On one of the business networks I follow a member recently asked for a recommendation to a down-to-earth, friendly, non-judgemental, accountant.  He explained his requirements in a little more detail - but not much, although he did state: "To be ABSOLUTELY clear, I am NOT looking for someone who has intentions of turning me

You have to use different bait to attract bigger fish

By |2018-07-09T08:45:03+00:00July 26th, 2010|Accountants, Conversational impact, Experience and expertise, Marketing and promotion, Networking, Social Media|

A sole practitioner accountant recently asked me how could he attract the 'bigger fish'? In effect he wanted to know how he could start to attract and win clients who would be prepared to pay bigger fees. He said he wants to more than double his average fee - moving from around £600 upto