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Being a great attorney doesn't mean you'll retain quality clients or build a successful, respected law practice. In fact, if you don't have a significant online presence, positive reviews, and a powerful website, you're going to lose out to young, aggressive, web-savvy attorneys with a third of your experience. Richard Jacobs of Speakeasy Marketing offers the unvarnished truth about how to market your solo or small law firm to become the pre-eminent firm in your metro and practice areas. Subcribe for frequent updates of secrets of attorney marketing.

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Being a great attorney doesn't mean you'll retain quality clients or build a successful, respected law practice. In fact, if you don't have a significant online presence, positive reviews, and a powerful website, you're going to lose out to young, aggressive, web-savvy attorneys with a third of your experience. Richard Jacobs of Speakeasy Marketing offers the unvarnished truth about how to market your solo or small law firm to become the pre-eminent firm in your metro and practice areas. Subcribe for frequent updates of secrets of attorney marketing.

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Last week I was searching for podcasts for lawyers and was pleasantly surprised. Now I’m going thru the backlog. Perfect for the morning and afternoon commute.

Thx so much for the great podcast!

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Thx so much for the great podcast! Not a specific episode … almost all of them! Every episode is a must listen. Rich is awesome … the more the better. Thx for the effort you put into it … much appreciated.

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Last week I was searching for podcasts for lawyers and was pleasantly surprised. Now I’m going thru the backlog. Perfect for the morning and afternoon commute.

Thx so much for the great podcast!

By Kelly_Waggoner - Jul 12 2016
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Thx so much for the great podcast! Not a specific episode … almost all of them! Every episode is a must listen. Rich is awesome … the more the better. Thx for the effort you put into it … much appreciated.
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Rank #1: Episode 217 – What It Takes To Be A Successful Female Attorney In Today’s World

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Becoming a successful female lawyer is not always easy and for many it may even prove to be too much. Leading Texas attorney, Aubrey Connatser, shares her journey of what it took and what pitfalls she avoided to becoming the founder of a thriving Texas family law firm. Listen to her fascinating story below and make sure to subscribe, share and review the podcast.

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Jan 13 2017

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Rank #2: Episode 225 – Growing Your Law Practice By Looking Forward Vs. Looking Back

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A lot of attorneys look back and cry over failed marketing plan or failed PPC campaign etc. But they fail to understand that it's too late, everything has happened, time has passed and they have zero control over the past.

What you can do instead is to look forward, learn from the mistakes, try and improve the marketing plan or PPC campaign or whatever you're going to do next. It's a simple concept yet so many attorneys just focus on the past and miss out on the opportunities to grow their practice.

I've talked about what yous should do when looking forward, how should you plan out things, how you should develop a review system of your efforts and more. Listen to it below and make sure to subscribe, share and review the podcast.

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Mar 01 2017

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Rank #3: Episode 208 – Machine Learning Contract Analysis For Attorneys

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We may not yet be at the point where robots are taking all of our jobs … But why not pass off some of the workload at least to machine learning artificial intelligence software that sets the stage for users to employ its contract analysis and helps attorneys in their due diligence. The Director of Marketing of Kira Systems explains how it works and who it works for. Listen to the podcast below or download it for later. Make sure to subscribe, share and review the podcast.

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Tracy: This is Tracy Merda and today I have a special guest Robin McNamara, Product Coordinator at Kira Systems, a leader in helping enterprises uncover relevant information from unstructured context and related documents. Hello Robin. Thank you so much for joining me.

Robin McNamara: Hi Tracy, Thanks. Thanks very much for having me.

Tracy: As someone who spends a lot of time myself looking over paperwork and contracts and things like that. This topic that came up today with Kira Systems is absolutely fascinating. I’ll be honest with you. It sounds too good to be true, to be quite frank. So tell me what is Kira Systems and how does it work?

Robin McNamara: We are a software company that assists law firms with identifying and analyzing important clauses in contracts as well as other important documentation that they might have. In particular we assist or the genesis for our company was assisting law firms with the due diligence process associated with Legal work which is a process in which usually large corporate firms use huge volumes of contracts in order to identify risks or other information that might be relevant to a transaction thereby affecting the purchase price or how the transaction is structured or whether the transaction can really go ahead and happen at all. So this was a process that our founding team, our CEO Noah Waisberg and CTO Alex Hudek identified as an area of legal work that could be sort of improved in the way that it was conducted in the past. They saw an opportunity there and we built a software team to assist with that.

Tracy: So how long have you guys been around?

Robin McNamara: Noah and Alex founded Kira Systems in 2011. Noah’s background is as a corporate lawyer at the firm called Weil, Gotshal & Manges in their New York office where he did a lot of this legal work called due diligence which basically involves reviewing usually large numbers of contracts as I said before, in order to identify the risks and also test opportunities and so he did a lot of this work and I think the characteristics of that sort of work really lent itself well to the type of technology that we use which is where Alex comes into this. He has a PhD in Computer Science but specifically has a specialization in machine learning from a school called Waterloo which is sort of Canada’s MIT. So the two of them got together and were able to come up with a machine learning based solution to this very common legal problem associated with due diligence. Due diligence being a task that is pretty difficult to do well. So really smart and talented people working at prestigious law firms often struggle to do it well because the information you are trying to find is potentially hidden or nuanced in such a way that it is difficult to recognize. But it’s also fairly a repetitive process so oftentimes you are looking for the same sort of things again and again. So in their combined expertise they were able to come up with a software solution that delivers both time saving as well as accuracy benefits and for that reason, our company has been able to attract some very high profile clients including some of the largest and most traditional law firms in the world like DLA Piper, Clifford Chance and Freshfield as well as some of the other large professional service organizations like De Voight. That is a brief history of our company which came to be in the last 5 years or so.

Tracy: You guys came at it with both the technology side of it as well as having someone with firsthand experience and probably a lot of appreciation for anything that can ease the process of going through contract after contract, I imagine.

Robin McNamara: Yes. Exactly. It’s our dual expertise that is really important. We seek to provide a good solution in this area. We have a number of computer science PhDs in our staff at the moment as well as a number of really talented developers and designers. We also have quite deep legal expertise particularly in our primary target market. So we have a number of people on our staff who have a lot of experience doing MNA work in a number of different contexts and we think that it really gives us both a solid understanding of what our customer’s needs are as well as the cutting edge technical expertise needed to do really exciting and interesting things in this space.

Tracy: Let’s talk a little bit more about the technology behind Kira systems. Tell me a little bit about how it works? Obviously I am by no means an expert in this field so if you could dumb it down for me in layman’s terms. What is it looking for when it’s going through documents and things like that?

Robin McNamara: There are a few different ways that you could approach a problem like this. A problem like this being where you have a lot of unstructured information and you want to find certain phrases or words that are suggestive of broader concepts than you are looking for. Systems in the past used oftentimes rule based approaches to solving these problems. You might come up with a recipe that looks for certain keywords, maybe in a certain order or something like that that you can sort of as a human who is very well experienced in a given area might be able to construct a recipe to find a lot of examples of a certain type of contractual provision. An example of that would be something like an assignment provision usually uses the word assignment and maybe a handful of other words and therefore if you search for those words in close proximity to one another, then maybe you are going to be able to capture a majority of the instances of an assignment provision. The significant difference here between that sort of approach which had been tried a bunch of times in the past and it was moderately successful as a solution to this sort of a problem but had some really significant drawbacks. The difference between that and what Kira Systems does is that we use technology that really determines that recipe for you. So we have technology that will basically break down natural language into it’s component parts which we call features and then on it’s own will come up with an appropriate recipe to weigh the different features to find the information that you are interested in finding. So for example, an assignment provision, although you as an expert in the field might know that it usually contains the word assignment. There are all sorts of other features that might be relevant to making that determination that you wouldn’t be able to maybe pick up on or articulate well. So maybe the assignment provision occurs generally in a certain position within the contract or within only certain types of contracts. Potentially the sequence of words used in assignment provision is atypical. So there are all sorts of things that it would be very difficult for a human to both pick up on and articulate well and oftentimes unpredictable things and for that reason, if you can have a system make those pro se determinations in a mathematical way where you end up having happened is that the system is more accurate and importantly a lot more robust to unforeseen types of phrasing. So if someone uses synonyms or uses a new sort of phrasing, our machine learning system is able to accommodate that and maybe identify that it is an assignment provision even if it is not phrased in exactly the same way as the system has seen before. Does that depiction make sense?

Tracy: Absolutely. This seems like a no-brainer to me. Are a lot of law firms using these systems? What else is out there that they are using instead of this system? It seems crazy to me if someone doesn’t jump onboard with this today.

Robin McNamara: As I mentioned, we have a number of very significant law firms and corporations and other professional services firms using our software but this base in general, is fairly new. There aren’t too many companies that are approaching contract review using machine learning. There are others but we are all fairly recently established companies. If you look at the way this space is changing there is fairly rapid adoption of Kira Systems technology in law firms as well as corporations and other professional service firms. I think the main reason for that is these organizations are coming to the conclusion which you just mentioned, which is that if you can do this more accurately and in less time then it’s a no-brainer that they should use this to enhance the way that you are doing this work.

Tracy: So you mentioned that it’s in it’s infancy slightly in terms of the companies being around and things like that but you obviously, I’m sure are moving at a fast pace. Where do you expect to see Kira Systems in the next few years as to maybe 10 or 20 years down the line?

Robin McNamara: It’s not to say that we’ve definitely grown quite quickly. We are about 40 employees now which is a good number for a fairly recently established company. We are at the moment drawing a lot of attention for the core use case or the reason for our company being established around due diligence and improving the way that it is done at the moment. I think that there are a number of exciting things that we see on the horizon and there is still around this high level goal of improving the way that contract review is done. But there are a number of different ways that we can assist with that process. An example is that we are excited to assist with more is the sort of knowledge management around best practices for drafting contracts in different sorts of ways. At the moment we focus on primarily with assisting the contract review but we could and have more recently been doing some quite sophisticated studies around deal points and what the trends are in industries with given types of contractual provisions. These are the studies that happened down in the past highly manually but the difference with using technology like Kira for a task like that is that you can do it much more quickly and therefore you can do a much larger volume. In early 2017, for example, we would be able to give legal professionals a fairly comprehensive understanding of the way that certain types of contracts have been drafted in a given industry in 2016 whereas in the past, getting that sort of information would take a long time and be very expensive to have lawyers come in and construct those reports manually. So we see a lot of opportunity to augment the industry knowledge around best practices for contract drafting as well but there are a number of other ways that contract review or creation or a bunch of things around contracts could be improved and our system works either with it to work with. In fact a number of companies that you’ve also had on this podcast in interesting and exciting ways. So also short of ensuring that our software plays well with the sort of adjacent products in this space is another thing that we are excited about.

Tracy: I love this and I’m so looking forward to seeing what you people do with this especially for a lot of the attorneys that we work with; I already have 5 in my head that I know this would help with. So if someone would like to contact you Robin for more information and see if maybe your services are a fit for their firm, what is the best way to reach out?

Robin McNamara: We have a website as most companies do which is kirasystems.com. There you can read about our company and our product as well as a bunch of literature that we’ve produced about this sort of industry and our ideas on how and why machine learning is a good way to approach these sorts of problems and you will also find our contact information there. So get in touch with us and schedule a demonstration if you are interested in learning more.

Tracy: Alright. Well, I just want to give a special thanks to Robin McNamara, Product Coordinator at Kira Systems. Robin Thank you so much for this great information and for your time today. I know you will have a lot of interested listeners out there

Robin McNamara: Yes. Thanks very much for your time as well Tracy.

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Jan 02 2017

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Rank #4: Episode 228 – The Young Attorney – Doogie Howser, In Law School

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Completing law school at any age is an impressive feat. For Attorney Philip E. Meyer, that time came and went a little earlier than for most. Listen as Meyer tells us about his experiences (both the pros and cons) of attending and graduating law school by the age of 22! He lets us in on the secrets of how he harnessed his youth and what he learned from other attorneys and used this as an effective strategy to market himself.

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Attorney Philip Meyer joined Scribner Fowlke – Attorneys at Law in 2015. Before that he was a solo practitioner. As well as being a licensed attorney, he also has his real estate license. Before he began his law practice he managed property. He has several years of experience working with tenants. In addition to property management, he is very proficient at negotiating for collections and getting judgments against debtors. Within his real estate practice he has experience negotiating real estate contracts, cleaning up title to property, boundary disputes, and evictions.

Meyer graduated from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2013. During law school, he was a law clerk for the Utah Attorney General’s Office. Following law school, he chose to start his own practice but after being mentored by Thomas Scribner for a year, he decided to join the firm. When not working, he enjoys working on his small ranch. He has ten horses including a stallion and several colts that he enjoys training. If not in the office, he is usually in Utah’s beautiful mountains.

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Mar 17 2017

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Rank #5: Episode 256 - Dan Jansen- Nextlaw Ventures- Reinventing the Practice of Law through Artificial Intelligence

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Just a few years ago, a large law firm by the name of Dentons realized the coming changes that an overlap between technology and lawmight create, and wanted to get ahead of the game. As a result, Dentons created Nextlaw Labs with the vision of reinventing thepractice of law using technology. As a subsidiary of Nextlaw Labs, Nextlaw Ventures emerged, which is an early-stage, legal-focused venture fund that invests in a variety of legal tech companies.

As the CEO and Managing Director of Nextlaw Ventures, Dan Jansen discusses just a few of the 10 legal tech companies currently in their fund, including ROSS Intelligence, which is an expert legal, research-driven tool that leverages AI to answer legal questions and create legal memos. Jansen believes that this technology will have a democratizing effect on the practice of law by allowing small firms to find the answers to complex questions that, otherwise, only larger firms might have the ability to answer. 

Tune in to hear the full discussion, and visit nextlawventures.com to read about all 10 companies in Nextlaw Venture’s portfolio.

Jun 25 2018

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Rank #6: Episode 247 – Disruptive Advertising – Helping Your Law Firm Achieve Profitability With Online Advertising

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CEO of Disruptive Advertising, Jacob Baadsgaard, joins us for an in depth discussion on how his company is helping law firms advertise and market themselves profitably and efficiently on Google and Facebook by leveraging their software and team of marketers.

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Jacob’s background as a senior consultant at Omniture/Adobe is where he learned the power of data in marketing. After breaking off as an independent, he helped his first client grow from 25 to over 350 employees by helping them leverage their data to know exactly how to invest their marketing dollars on Google and Facebook.

Seeing a huge gap in the market, as very few businesses had the bandwidth or expertise to leverage data in their marketing strategy, Jacob used the capital from his first business in software sales to start Disruptive Advertising in 2013.

Jacob has grown the business from just himself to over 60 employees and 9 million dollars in annual revenue in only 3.5 years with ZERO debt or outside funding. They have worked with over 1,000 businesses to date and have found that on average an astounding 76% of AdWords and Facebook Ad budgets are wasted.

Jacob is a regular contributor on sites like Forbes, Entrepreneur, SearchEngineLand, MarketingLand, SearchEngineJournal, Unbounce and KissMetrics.

For more information you can visit their website HERE.

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Aug 31 2017

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Rank #7: Episode 246 – Getting Reviews Made Easy For Your Law Firm

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No one can deny the importance of reviews and they have become super important for law firms especially. A lot of the people choose an attorney solely based on the positive reviews. In this podcast below I have shared the number one technique that we're using to get reviews for our attorney clients on places like Google+, Yelp, Avvo and on website. Listen to it or download it for later.

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Aug 31 2017

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Rank #8: Episode 241 – CEO of GoBeyond SEO Shares Marketing Tips For Your Law Firm

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Recently I spoke with SEO guru Brian Saeman, of GoBeyond SEO, on how he is helping his clients go beyond their marketing limits. Brian shares effective techniques on how solo attorneys and large law firms can grow their practice and profitability by using trending and old-school online strategies. Listen in and pick up a few tips to help your firm along the way.

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Brian Saemann is CEO of the digital marketing agency, GoBeyond SEO and the Co-Creator of the Legal Marketing Blueprint. Brian, and his agency team, help attorneys and law firms grow their practice and profitability by using magnetic online lead generating funnels.

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Jun 22 2017

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Rank #9: Episode 260 Video Victories Michael Mogill, Author,President and CEO of Crisp Video—Unlocking the Incredible Power of Video, Connecting With Your Audience, and Increasing Profits

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Michael Mogill, author, president, and CEO of Crisp Video delivers an interesting overview of the many ways that video can connect with clients by telling a unique story that people can get excited about. 

Mogill has always been passionate about pushing creative ideas and leading businesses to success. A true entrepreneur, Mogill was accepted into medical school but he yearned to create something uniquely his own, a business that could really impact other entrepreneurs reaching for the next level. Mogill founded a video marketing company by the name of Crisp Video Group, and video work is the heart of their business. Video can create change, deliver incredible value and drive growth. The Crisp Video team is comprised of talented videographers, editors, writers, and marketers who work together to craft precise content that will resonate with an audience and get results.

Mogill talks about his background, and what got him motivated to open his company. Mogill states, the video is engaging, and that is undeniable, but not everyone uses video to their greatest advantage. After a push to launch his company began to garner results, a fortunate, but accidental, situation opened the door for Mogill to begin servicing attorney clients, and the business really took off from there. By producing a truly unique, almost movie-trailer worthy, video for a legal client struggling to find her client base, Mogill helped her find her audience, and in turn, he found his in the legal field. As true storytellers, Crisp Video takes on each of their new attorney clients with excitement; it’s a chance to tell the client’s story in a unique way that will propel their firm to new heights and reach a broader base of clients.

Mogill discusses the importance of telling a good story, and of communicating trust and value. He details how smaller firms can find their audience by being more strategic, as they will not be able to outspend the big firms. By creating videos for their clients that are truly inspirational and interesting, Crisp Videos’ videos often get shared, and shared, and shared, which pushes a client to a wider audience. Mogill outlines some of the elements of a top video, and he states that authenticity is the key. People will resonate with authenticity in a video, a message that connects in a real way and helps the firm to stand out from the competition. Mogill explains how many clients come to them and they really do not know what they should present in a video. Mogill and his team help their clients to pinpoint the most important issues, to assist them with figuring out exactly what makes their firm great in a way that will truly connect with potential clients. 

Mogill discusses his book and the many tips that people can glean from it. The book, The Game Changing Attorney: How to Land the Best Cases, Stand Out from Your Competition, and Become the Obvious Choice in Your Market, gives attorneys a clear understanding of how to market successfully. And Mogill is happy to help his clients help their clients, so everyone thrives.

Jan 15 2019

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Rank #10: Episode 213 – How To Grow Your Law Practice By Asking The Right Questions

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Planning is one of the most important factor in growing a law practice. Even if you really want to focus on being a lawyer and not a marketer, still you need to prepare a sequence of action steps that you'd take to grow your practice and it doesn't have to be a 5 year plan or even a 1 year plan.

The easiest way to do this is to look at the next 30 days and start asking the right kind of questions, like how many cases do you want in next 30 days, what kind of cases you want and how you're going to get them? Then lay down the sequence of action steps to follow to meet your targets. Its easier than you think!

Listen to this podcast, its short, sweet and to the point. And if you still think planning is difficult and you don't have a lot of time, let us know, we can help you! Listen, subscribe and review the podcast.

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Jan 04 2017

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Rank #11: Episode 219 – The Benefits Of Taking Great Care Of Your Clients

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Providing excellent service to your clients can help you get more business and also more genuine, positive reviews and testimonials. The benefits of taking great care of your clients are countless but the most important one is that you'll be able to get testimonials from your clients and the best part is that the case results won't even matter. I have talked about this in detail in the podcast below, listen to it or download it for later. Make sure to subscribe, review and share the podcast.

https://media.blubrry.com/speakeasymarketinginc/p/content.blubrry.com/speakeasymarketinginc/Episode_219-The_Benefits_Of_Taking_Great_Care_Of_Your_Clients.mp3

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Jan 18 2017

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Rank #12: Day 4: 12 Days of Attorney Marketing Christmas—Systemization Success—Secrets of Attorney Marketing with Richard Jacobs

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Free time is important. It’s important for our health and happiness and should be enjoyed by everyone—especially those who’ve worked hard to get where they are. But for some, free time seems simply unattainable in light of all of the things on their list. 

On this episode of the 12 Days of Attorney Marketing Christmas series, Richard Jacobs doesn’t discuss how to check off the boxes faster, but simply how to have FEWER boxes to check off, without sacrificing business. Imagine working 20 hours a week instead of 60, and imagine that doing so would be the best business move you’ve yet to make. 

Tune in to learn how and why the key lies within the systems and procedures you establish.

Nov 14 2019

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Rank #13: Episode 234 – Become An Authority Attorney – Exclusive Interview With Bert Martinez

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In this latest podcast I interview a respected marketing consultant named Bert Martinez. He specializes in helping attorneys (and other respected professionals, like physicians, dentists, etc.) elevate their perceived status. And one of his most popular services is landing his clients on Wikipedia. Listen to this fascinating and informational interview below and make sure to share, subscribe and review the podcast.

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Apr 06 2017

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Rank #14: Episode 266-Secrets of Attorney Marketing–Richard Jacobs of Speakeasy Marketing, Inc. – Customer Segmentation (Intake Calls, Scripts, and Drilling for the Important Information That Will Bring in Quality Clients)

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In this marketing tips podcast, Richard Jacobs, the founder, and president of Speakeasy Marketing, Inc., continues his detailed discussion regarding customer segmentation.

Richard Jacobs has over ten years of rigorous, specific experience in attorney marketing strategies that get results, and his company, Speakeasy Marketing, Inc., has assisted hundreds of attorney firms to implement creative marketing strategies that consistently bring in new, and better, clients.

Jacobs provides a quick overview of his previous customer segmentation discussions, such as segmentation by age and circumstance (considering the age and income level of potential clients), and segmentation by ethnicity and type of community (opening up your marketing to segments of the community that are not being serviced by other firms). Jacobs states that now that your firm is making the smartest choices of clients (considering age and circumstances and which clients are willing to pay more for quality legal representation) and you’re marketing to underserved communities (perhaps the Asian and Latino communities, as well as the LGBTQ community), it’s time to consider your first contact with clients.

The first contact with a potential client often comes via the initial phone call. If you’re a two or more attorney firm with an admin person and a call comes in, this is a perfect opportunity to have your admin person gather some basic information to get things moving in the right direction. Jacobs underscores the importance of having your admin people trained in dealing with incoming calls and utilizing prepared scripts with questions that home in on the specifics. He cites examples from a script for a potential DUI client, asking them questions about their situation and charges (BAC level, was a field sobriety test done, do you have a commercial license, are you in the military, etc.) and then informing them about the attorneys that would be ideal to work with them on their case. By offering information on the attorneys who are available (discussing experience in years and in the courts, etc.), the client now can segment on their own, meaning they will now be armed with the information to self-select and make their choice of attorney based on the information that has been provided to them. 

As the admin has laid out valuable information about the attorneys in the firm, relating to the new client the ways in which the attorneys are different (such as very experienced attorney/higher rates) and (younger attorney with less experience/lower rates), and their expertise in general, the senior attorney can now charge more—easily. This is because the information has all been laid out up front and the new client is self-selecting. It’s a great way to introduce the attorneys, discuss fees and areas of expertise/track record, and keep rates at a level that can really boost your profits. 

This very brief preliminary intake interview allows your firm to filter clients, and it gives you command of the information so when you get on the phone with them you will already know who you are dealing with as they are already segmented. You will not be wasting your time with tire kickers, you’ll be able to focus and get into the meat of the case right away, because your time is valuable and you need to be billing for it, not wasting time selling yourself. 

If you’re a solo attorney, you can still emulate this process. You can ask the basic questions up front yourself and drill down to the important information that will help you discern who is a good client, and help you to easily convert a call into a client. Jacobs provides multiple examples of the kinds of information you can ask to receive as well as the kinds of information you can deliver, and thereby make your calls productive. 

Jul 05 2019

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Rank #15: Episode 221 – ‘Ransomware’ Attack On Mr. X’s Law Firm. How Safe Are You?

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Recently one of my clients, let's call him Mr. X, had a ransomware attack and he had to pay 6 Bitcoins (around $4000 at the time) to get his data files un-encrypted and returned to him by the hacker who extorted him.

Ransomware spread mainly through spam e-mail and immediately infected one of Attorney X's computers and encrypted the files stored there.

Mr. X couldn't access the data. He had to eventually pay the attacker to get his data files back. Its a terrible story but in the interest of my attorney clients and attorneys on my list and the public at large, I've interviewed Mr. X so people can learn how to protect themselves from ransomware.

Listen to it below and make sure to share it.

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Jan 30 2017

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Rank #16: Episode 18 [Google Proof] How to Implement Sound Legal Marketing Strategies for Your Law Firm’s Website

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This is the final episode of the five-part series on how to Google proof your website. In the previous four lessons about how to Google-proof your legal website; I talked about what to do in order to save your website from being dumped in the Google’s next big update. This audio tells you how we do it at SpeakEasy Marketing; how we implement these legal marketing principles.

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Jun 11 2014

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Rank #17: Day 1: 12 Days of Attorney Marketing Christmas—The Value in Niching Down Your Target Market—Secrets of Attorney Marketing with Richard Jacobs

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Over the course of 10 years, Richard Jacobs has worked with thousands of attorneys in 17 different practice areas, learning invaluable lessons, accruing an impressive amount of knowledge, and collecting hard-earned tips for attorney marketing. In the 12 Days of Attorney Marketing Christmas series, Richard Jacobs shares a new tip each day—all of which may hold the potential to completely transform your practice and spur professional success.

In the first episode, Jacobs discusses how to niche down your target market in the smartest way possible in order to spread your dollar further. No one can afford to advertise to everyone in the world, and most people can’t even afford to advertise to everyone in their city. But as an attorney, spending your money wisely on ads that will reach the right people and therefore give you a return on investment is crucial to growing your practice, fueling more referrals in the future, and simply making more money.

Nov 11 2019

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Rank #18: Episode 231 – PPC – Know What Works and What Doesn’t

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Have you tried PPC? Have you found it ineffective and expensive? Then you must be doing it the wrong way! I talked to Luda Drummond of Click Whipt, ClickWhipt specializes in running successful PPC campaigns for Law Firms, and asked her the secrets of running a successful PPC campaign. She was kind enough to share the secrets in this latest podcast. Listen to it below or download it for later. Make sure to subscribe, share and review the podcast.

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Apr 04 2017

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Rank #19: Day 6: 12 Days of Attorney Marketing Christmas—Follow-Up Faux Pas—Secrets of Attorney Marketing with Richard Jacobs

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Distractions are absolutely everywhere in the modern world, including the palms of our hands—we’re constantly receiving notifications from email accounts, text, social media websites and more. This is something you need to take into consideration when thinking about your clients, either past, present, or potential. In addition to being distracted, your clients are likely going through a difficult time in life, whether because of a divorce, DUI, death in the family, auto accident…you name it. 

To top it off, in the eyes of potential clients in this whirlwind of distraction and stress, you’re just another attorney like all the rest—that is, unless you understand the importance of following up rather than giving up.

On today’s podcast, you’ll learn:


  • How much follow up is too much or not enough
  • What to do if you can’t find the time to follow up as much as you should
  • When to follow up, and what to remember when you do


Tune in for all the details. 

Nov 18 2019

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Rank #20: Episode 259-Legal Loyalty – Paul A. Samakow, P.C., Noted Lecturer, Legal Expert – Personal Injury Law—Earning the Trust of a Community and Taking Pride in Helping Others

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Paul A. Samakow, P.C. (samakowlaw.com), discusses his long, successful career as an attorney, and the rewarding work of assisting people with their personal injury cases.

Paul Samakow is an attorney with a long track record of success, solving problems, and helping each client reach their goal, whatever their issue or case may be. Samakow and his team at The Law Offices of Paul A. Samakow, P.C., pride themselves on going the extra mile for every client. Their office takes on standard cases, of course, but they extend themselves further helping clients resolve associated issues with their cases that other attorney firms often do not. As an example, regarding an auto collision case, most firms will not assist their clients with associated matters such as car rental or car repair—Samakow and his team do and are happy to help. When they take on a new client, their philosophy is to help that client in every way they possibly can.

Samakow talks about his early years, cutting his teeth in the courts working on all kinds of cases. He discusses the cost-prohibitive marketing that he saw most attorneys putting out, and figured there was a better way to make his mark in the industry. Armed with a basic knowledge of Spanish, Samakow offered his services to the Hispanic community and earned a reputation quickly that started his phone ringing nonstop, and the rest, as they say, is history. From small newspaper advertising to radio, and eventually TV, Samakow broadened his marketing efforts and the Hispanic community took to him enthusiastically. 

Samakow details how the Hispanic community truly appreciates his work, and the sense of pride he gets when he earns trust and becomes a confidant for life. Samakow began his practice in 1980 and immediately went to work as a solo attorney assisting clients with criminal cases, family law, bankruptcy, small business representation, real estate settlements, and others. Over the years, Samakow has intensified his focus in the area of personal injury law almost exclusively as he saw the devastation that injuries brought to individuals and families in regard to their physical and emotional well being, and with respect to their financial matters as well. Samakow decided this was an area in which he could offer significant help to those who were suffering in personal injury cases.

Samakow talks about marketing seminars and his goals when attending, as he focuses on learning. And he discusses how he enjoys sharing all that he learns with others in his own presentations and seminars. Specifically, he outlines the many marketing and advertising tips and tricks that he has learned over nearly 40 years of active practice. Samakow has a wealth of knowledge to share, and he covers many topics, from in-office administration documents and forms; to advertising dos and don’ts; to flighting, which is an advertising scheduling strategy that alternates between a normal schedule of advertising and a complete cessation of all runs after several weeks; and more. Ultimately, Samakow states that the goal is to go into a community that you intend to serve and be real, not plastic, to show the community that you are there for them. This type of honest integrity will work with communities regardless of location, anywhere in the country. 

The legal expert talks about different cultures and he underscores that the methods to succeed in gaining a community’s trust in one community may not necessarily work in another. He talks about the many ethnic festivals that offer opportunities to those looking to make an entry into a particular community, to earn their trust, and work with the people of the community. Samakow talks about working with languages, and hiring those who speak specific languages to help gain entry into a community. Finally, Samakow details some of the specifics regarding his upcoming seminars and events, and how to reach out to him to register. 

Paul Samakow is a proud member of multiple plaintiff organizations that focus on educating and helping victims. And he is a frequent lecturer to the community, school, civic, and professional groups. 

Jan 08 2019

42mins

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