— DIGITAL MARKETING FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Here’s your digital marketing playbook for the professional service industry in 2021

Modern-day Main Street looks quite different from the storefronts and sidewalk sales of old. Phone and business directories no longer lay on your doorsteps. Current trends show that most clients do their buying research on the internet. In lieu of print ads and bold street signs, professional services firms and consultants are flocking to the digital realm to perfect their online presence and find new customers.

Professional services companies face a unique challenge in the new digital world. Because the marketing efforts of attorneys, accountants, architects, and similar professions have relied so long on personal connections, they must find a way to translate that trust through digital messaging and that’s why we’ve built a digital marketing strategy playbook for professional services firms to give you the tools and techniques to grow your brand.

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— DIGITAL MARKETING PLAYBOOK FOR THE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INDUSTRY 

The Playbook

So, you’re ready to step up your professional services firm marketing in 2021. But before you do, it’s important to ensure you have the right mix of components baked into your 2021 plan. Below, you’ll find our playbook which includes links to definitions, popular tools and detailed examples.

Once you’ve browsed through the playbook, please take our full digital marketing assessment to calculate your score, and measure how well you’re positioned for success, or where you may need to make some improvements. In exchange for taking the assessment, we’ll email you a PDF copy of the playbook for you and your team to use. 
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Brand Identity + Creative

Memorable, captivating and cohesive branding in the professional services industry is necessary when trying to build a loyal base of patrons that will think of you when they need help, inquire online after doing their research and refer their friends and colleagues . To do this effectively, your digital footprint must emulate the quality of service you provide and the results you’re confident your firm can provide. But today, it starts online and continues through every point of engagement.
Here are the 4 things you must consider when it comes to branding and customer experience.
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Brand Design

Full Identity Development

Brand Naming

Brand Strategy

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Web Design + Development

Professional services industry web design not only has to be engaging, but it also needs to be functional and effective. Many factors play into the design of a website including how easily you can communicate your services and solutions to potential pain points your customers are experiencing, how easy it is to get in touch with your firm (via a form or even better, Live Chat) and most importantly, how clearly you can communicate value to potential customers. Color, easy to read content, and the ability to capture leads and new customers with your website are just a few crucial items that cannot be overlooked when focusing on web design.
11 important considerations for your consulting website design + development
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Website Development

Online Bookings

Lead Generation/Lead Capture

ADA Accessibility Compliance

Virtual Tour/Experiences

CRM Integration

Martech Integration

Schema Markup Development

301 Redirect Mapping

Technical SEO

Performance Optimization

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Digital Marketing 

Whether you’re a lawyer, an accountant, or a IT outsourcing firm, digital marketing is absolutely essential to your growth, staying power and success. Reaching customers and leads via email, maxing out your visibility in search engines, and connecting with potential new customers ( as well as existing ones) on various social channels are just a small sampling of tactics professional services firms should be considering, to continuously develop and expand on their revenue and operations.
For service firms here are 12 crucial compoents of a successful digital marketing operations. 
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Organic SEO

Social Media Management

Content Marketing

Email Marketing

Paid Social

Blog Development

Lead Generation

PPC / Display Ads

Integrated Marketing Stacks

Retargeting

Lookalike Audience Development

Channel Development

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Strategy + Analytics

The ability to process every data point related to your marketing efforts is and will continue to be the driving factor of success. Are you able to track customers and leads from the second they’ve clicked on your google my business page, all the way to the moment they submit an inquiry  online, through to when they’ve paid for service and referred a colleague? POS integration, CRM integration and tracking + analytics platforms may all feel like overkill, but they paint an important view of how you’re being found, how customers are interacting with your business, and how successful your marketing efforts really are.
Layout a strategy and tracking operation in your marketing, designed to ensure you succeed. 
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Strategy Development

Analytics + Tracking

Customer Profiling

Competitive Research

Capabilities Assessment

ROI Tracking + Reporting

Webmaster Tools

Data Studios + Dashboards

— SO HOW’S IT GOING?

Check your digital marketing health for 2021

Based on the above playbook we invite you to check your health and see how well you’re positioned to succeed. In just a few clicks you’ll know just how well your company’s marketing is setup for the year ahead.

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  • Brand Identity + Creative

    Memorable, captivating and cohesive branding in the professional services industry is necessary when trying to build a loyal base of patrons that will think of you when they need help, inquire online after doing their research and refer their friends and colleagues . To do this effectively, your digital footprint must emulate the quality of service you provide and the results you’re confident your firm can provide. But today, it starts online and continues through every point of engagement.
  • How well are you doing with each of the items listed below? The more honest you are, the better you'll be positioned to identify gaps in your marketing efforts.
  • Brand Design
  • Full Identity Development
  • Brand Naming
  • Brand Strategy
  • Web Design + Development

    Professional services industry web design not only has to be engaging, but it also needs to be functional and effective. Many factors play into the design of a website including how easily you can communicate your services and solutions to potential pain points your customers are experiencing, how easy it is to get in touch with your firm (via a form or even better, Live Chat) and most importantly, how clearly you can communicate value to potential customers. Color, easy to read content, and the ability to capture leads and new customers with your website are just a few crucial items that cannot be overlooked when focusing on web design.
  • How well are you doing with each of the items listed below? The more honest you are, the better you'll be positioned to identify gaps in your marketing efforts.
  • Website Development
  • Online Bookings
  • Lead Generation / Lead Capture
  • ADA Accessiblity Compliance
  • Virtual Tour / Experiences
  • CRM Integration
  • Martech Integration
  • Schema Markup Development
  • 301 Redirect Mapping
  • Technical SEO
  • Performance Optimization
  • Digital Marketing + Advertising

    Whether you’re a lawyer, an accountant, or a IT outsourcing firm, digital marketing is absolutely essential to your growth, staying power and success. Reaching customers and leads via email, maxing out your visibility in search engines, and connecting with potential new customers ( as well as existing ones) on various social channels are just a small sampling of tactics professional services firms should be considering, to continuously develop and expand on their revenue and operations.
  • How well are you doing with each of the items listed below? The more honest you are, the better you'll be positioned to identify gaps in your marketing efforts.
  • Organic SEO
  • Social Media Management
  • Content Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • Paid Social
  • Blog Development
  • Lead Generation
  • PPC / Display Ads
  • Integrated Marketing Stacks
  • Retargeting
  • Lookalike Audience Development
  • Channel Development
  • Strategy + Analytics

    The ability to process every data point related to your marketing efforts is and will continue to be the driving factor of success. Are you able to track customers and leads from the second they’ve clicked on your google my business page, all the way to the moment they submit an inquiry online, through to when they’ve paid for service and referred a colleague? POS integration, CRM integration and tracking + analytics platforms may all feel like overkill, but they paint an important view of how you’re being found, how customers are interacting with your business, and how successful your marketing efforts really are.
  • How well are you doing with each of the items listed below? The more honest you are, the better you'll be positioned to identify gaps in your marketing efforts.
  • Strategy Development
  • Analytics + Tracking
  • Customer Profiling
  • Competitive Research
  • Competitive Research
  • ROI Tracking + Reporting
  • Webmaster Tools
  • Data Studios + Dashboards
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