By Lilla Smee

Why you need a good LinkedIn profile, and where to start

October 19, 2016 | Posted in: Business Development Skills

Have you ever used Google to find out more about someone you met at a networking event or conference? Chances are that their LinkedIn profile showed up somewhere near the top of search results, and probably higher than their firm website bio. If someone Googled you, what would they find? LinkedIn is the most popular […]

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Digital marketing: are you still stuck in a material world?

March 11, 2015 | Posted in: Business Development Strategy

In 1984, Madonna sang about living in a material world, but some thirty years later we’re well and truly living in a digital world. When it comes to marketing, you may still be clinging to that material world. If your firm has neglected or underinvested in digital marketing, 2015 is the year to get real. […]

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FaceTime, or the power of real life meetings in a digital world

November 5, 2014 | Posted in: Business Development Skills

In a way, we’re all more visible than ever, emailing, linking-in, twittering and googling away the day. It’s tempting to get busy with that and think we’re “doing” relationship building. As a fellow consultant recently told us of senior decision makers: “Face time. They all want face time.” And she wasn’t talking about Apple’s FaceTime […]

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Same-same, but different  –  Best practice for recycling boilerplate tender, bid & proposal content

Same-same, but different – Best practice for recycling boilerplate tender, bid & proposal content

I once had a client say he wanted to do ‘fresh writing’ for the entirety of content in every single tender, bid and proposal response. That’s right…every time…every bid…100% written from scratch. Unsurprisingly the ‘fresh writing’ diktat put considerable extra pressure on his already frazzled team and didn’t help his firm’s win rate. When it […]