When CPA Barry MacQuarrie started the "Social Media Survey" in 2010, he said social networking was still relatively new to the accounting profession. He was curious about how accounting professionals were using such sites as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
E-mail is one of the most widely used marketing tools. But with so many marketing e-mails out there, it takes skill and practice to cut through the clutter. Here are a dozen tips that will help you do just that.
We've all heard the expression "content is king." Well, when it comes to marketing, that's becoming all the more true, according to a presentation about inbound marketing at the 2013 Association for Accounting Marketing Summit.
Your firm's brand is the image that is continuously presented to the outside world, customers, prospects, and the greater community your small business serves. The process of branding your firm is about leveraging who and what your business is known for - your brand is your business identity.
The Association for Accounting Marketing (AAM) distributed thirty-three Marketing Achievement Awards (MAAs) to twenty-three firms in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the areas of accounting marketing and communications.
A logo is probably the most visible – and versatile – branding tool there is. And when you consider the most famous logos, like the Nike swoosh or McDonald's arches, it's easy to see how valuable they can be.
Are you memorable or boring? What personal qualities do you have that make clients like you? Do the people you meet, whether at networking events or elsewhere, remember you and feel comfortable referring their clients and contacts to you?
If you're an accountant who has been experimenting with social media, this article is for you. It will be of particular interest if you've been disappointed by your social media experiences. And you're not alone if you started out with unrealistic expectations or misunderstood how social media works.
What identity do you want your firm to have? What do you want people to think of when they hear the name of your firm? Once you've identified your firm's desired positioning, the next step is to plan the branding strategy that will make it a reality.
Imagine that your firm comes up in a conversation between two business people. One says, "Smith and Jones, CPAs, sure, I've heard of them. They're the [blank] firm." Now, what do you want the [blank] to be? That's brand positioning.
At some point in your career, it's likely that you've been involved in a project that seemed to meander endlessly without any real direction. It could be a marketing project or just about anything else. In marketing, there's a name for a project like this: the platypus.