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The First Time She Is Celebrated...

As I mentioned in the title, my daughter, Lily, turns 8 today. We adopted her this summer from Uganda, and she was found at a very young age at a refugee camp on the border of Sudan. Until this summer, she had spent her entire life in a large orphanage in a small town in

Sometimes You Gotta Cut The Fat

I was out in LA last week, meeting with a business mentor, and he reminded me of something that I've lost sight of, at times -- and it occured to me that the timing for YOU, couldn't be better for a similar reminder as we gear up for tax season. You see, the Pareto principle

Six Marketing Musts For Tax Season

I have a short admonition for you today. Prepare your marketing for tax season now. It's very tempting to take this time between the just-completed extension season and the beginning of January to rest and let what comes of tax season be of the harvest which you may have reaped from last year, and over the

How You Answer This Question Determines Your Overall Marketing Strategy

I hope that you're thinking hard this month about your marketing strategy for tax season. That you're taking my advice from last week to heart, and mining for gold within your existing client list. But what about new clients? Let me begin by asking you this question... What is getting a new client worth to

What To Do Right Now Before Tax Season

My wife and I piled the kids into the Suburban and made the cross-country trek back to Charlottesville, Virginia (where we lived for 10+ years) for a wedding. We've already had a fantastic trip (yes, four kids in the car did GREAT), but it's true: you can never really "go back". The kid at the

Tending Your Herd

November is right around the corner ... and how are your relationships with clients just about now? Do they eagerly anticipate hearing from you -- on MORE than their particular tax or books questions? Now is the time to do something about building momentum within your list before tax season, because if you wait until

On Building A Real Herd

It's one thing to have a client list. It's a whole 'nother thing to have a responsive and loyal list. That's what we call around here a "herd". So, how do you build that kind of loyalty? A bunch of ideas for you today... 1. Personality One of the first things you need to understand

A Quick Note

Many of our clients and contacts (and, probably you) are knee-deep in extension work today, so I'm keeping this short and pertinent for what you and your staff should focus on NEXT week... 1) Be sure to reach out to extension clients with a sincere "thank you". It's easy to let this step slide during


So, we received this note from a client last Friday, and we asked for permission to re-print it in full. It speaks to a couple things I want to emphasize to you today...[emphasis added] I do not remember if I conveyed this to you or not. When I sent out my tax organizers, on the

Email Is Still King

A few quick words for your Friday: You gotta check out this graphic (via my good friend, top Adwords expert, Perry Marshall): Emails outnumber Facebook posts, tweets, Google searches and Internet page views by a factor of FOUR. Even *after* you exclude spam. As Perry explains, Email is the absolute center of the Internet universe.