We're on Chapter 3 celebrating the audio release of our best-selling book, Double Your Accounting Firm. This week we're looking at driving growth in your accounting firm. To refresh, here are the first two chapters: Chapter 1: Increasing Workflow Efficiency and Staff CapacityChapter 2: Solving the Pricing Problems in Your Firm This specific chapter today is a bit more 'sexy' for most. It deals with finding new clients and where they are waiting for you. Sales drives a business to grow, not compliance or the actual work. You must find the clients who need you. That's what we will discuss today. In this audiobook chapter, you will discover:
- How to find your ideal client
- Actual strategies to bring in better, high-paying clients
- The power of unlocking Linkedin to pinpoint what companies need your firm
- Using social media and other strategies to grow (interview)
- How to massively profit on your expertise (interview)
- The new rules of marketing for CPA firms
"I'm an Accountant, I can't Sell..."Ever hear this? Or worse, tell yourself this? It's normal. It's because we've grown up with the idea that 'sales is sleazy.' Well, that's not true. Sales is helping someone find what they need and you have it. In the past, to get clients, you'd have to attend networking events, then pray for referrals from friends and family. However, with the dawn of the internet, it's easier than ever to find your ideal client. Partners should be spending more than 50% of their time landing new clients, and you're about to find out how. Relying on referrals is not driving growth in your firm. It's a prayer you survive for the next few years and don't lose any clients. That's a recipe for disaster. To start landing clients, let's take a step back from strategies.
How to Find YOUR Ideal Client:First, think about: Who is my market? You can't say everyone... We recommend here at Jetpack to specialize. That means becoming an expert in an industry. When you do that, you're able to:
- Craft specific services to that niche
- Craft specific messages to that niche that help you stand out from other firms
- Know where your ideal client hangs out and spend your marketing dollars wisely
- Which of my clients is most happy to pay for my services?
- Who do I enjoy the most working with?
- Who am I in a position to serve the best?
- Which client or niche is under or poorly served today?
Actual Strategies to Bring in New Clients:Marketing has two sides to it. Inbound marketing is meant to 'pull' clients in. Outbound marketing is more of an aggressive 'push' on clients. Outbound can produce faster results but is grueling at times. Let's look at inbound strategies first. Your niche will determine what kind of inbound strategies to use. Looking at the construction industry again, based on research they might be interested in:
- A weekly 15-minute podcast for construction workers
- A blog that targets financial regulations for construction firm owners
- Content on top construction sites
- An e-book targeting top issues construction companies face
- Include compelling stories that evoke emotion and make the client say 'that's me'
- Avoid business jargon. It doesn't make you look smarter but more boring
- Use an editor to make sure you're putting out good content and to get a fresh set of eyes on it
Use Linkedin to Target the Right People for Driving Growth:Let's start talking about outbound because this is where most accountants need help. No, you don't have to start cold-calling per se. We will use a special Linkedin strategy we've used effectively for years. Does it still work? Like magic. First, set up your profile. The most important pieces are your headline, summary and current position. Everything after that gets buried anyway.
- Include your position at the top
- Make sure your firm's name is correct and link to the Company's Linkedin page.
- In your headline have: We help [Niche], do [core benefit for niche] so that they can get [ideal result].
- Check your summary include notable clients and results you've got
- In your position and summary have 5-10 sentences that talk directly to your clients.
- Revisit your market and message. Is it concrete and easy for clients and prospects to understand?
- Determine the medium that is best for your ideal client. Have you created content for them?
- Have a dedicated staff member to build your inbound strategies and create content.
- Check your Linkedin profile and have all your staff and team dedicate 30 minutes per day to connect with ideal clients.
- Stop going to networking events that are sucking up time and not helping with driving growth