Focus Engineering & Surveying’s company culture embraces and encourages continuing education. Owner Ron Paul selected Extreme Ownership based on its principles and concepts, and the entire company is now reading it together.
“The research that this book is based on is so applicable to both marketing and technical staff for professional services firms,” explains Keri Hammond, FSMPS, CPSM, “It is specifically written for individuals at professional service firms that want to become a rainmaker.”
At MARKETLINK, we practice the macro to micro approach to business development: Go from high-level to detailed when identifying and implementing business development strategies. And don’t just guess at where you are going, use research to make sure your strategies are on point.
It’s almost the new year. Many new resolutions will be made. Many firms will be renewing or starting strategic planning for the upcoming year. Did you know that many firms miss the mark on their targets because they continue with their current target markets and clients, simply because it’s what they have done it in the past? Don’t be that firm. Take the time to conduct market research and get headed in the right direction. Before you start down the wrong path, conduct market research that can help you determine whether your target markets will provide an equitable return.
Time management is critical for the success in any organization. Unfortunately, we humans are not always great about managing time (ahem). For a successful project, managers need to juggle people, deadlines, tasks and requests – all while putting out multitudes of fires along the way. Timeneye is a powerful, user-friendly tool that helps with all the juggling.
“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie
Principal Keri Hammond, FSMPS, CPSM, applies this quote to the fear professionals have about the most crucial industry task, market research.
Your Marketing Plan: If you have one, chances are your firm has invested hundreds of hours into what will be your roadmap for the upcoming year or two. But did you structure your plan with the end in mind? Did you create a strategy that can be monitored and measured? If not, a few modifications will ensure your firm’s success.
Every year, I call a variety of my clients’ clients to get their input on what impresses them in project interviews and what doesn't. While the Facilities Director of a Community College District in California declined to be interviewed, he did make me an offer I couldn't refuse. Rather than taking his word for it, he invited me to attend their next interview to experience the process myself. What I learned provided great insight into what works (and what doesn't), when your firm decides to participate in a formal interview process for a potential client job.
When I first started in this industry I worked for a large, very well-established civil engineering firm in the Intermountain Region. I was the first marketing person they had ever hired so I was fortunate to be able to set up the department and get their marketing programs put into place. One day I approached my boss, the president of the company, about establishing a Client Relations program to monitor client satisfaction.
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