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

The 7 ways you can Keep In Touch with clients and contacts

By |2018-11-01T16:53:43+00:00July 30th, 2013|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Following up, Marketing and promotion, Social Media|

Accountants who want to stand out as caring and being interested in their clients know that they should Keep In Touch ('KIT').  You also need a KIT routine if you want to be able to rely on business contacts and influencers to introduce new clients to you. If we don’t keep in touch we

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