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Price is positively correlated with the value perceived by clients

July 28th, 2014 |


Beaton's research amongst 10,000s of clients of professional services firms over the last 10 years shows that perceived price is positively correlated with the value perceived by clients. Yes, that's positively correlated. In other words, the higher the price, the higher the value perceived by current buyers users of the service.

In these days of enormous price-down pressure on every firm in every profession, this finding – that perceived price is positively correlated with perceived value – warrants repeating. And explaining. And testing. And learning to use in practice. That's because it's seems at odds with everyday experience of firms.  (more…)

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Cool CRM insights

June 2nd, 2014 |


Our friend, the irrepressible Joel Barolsky, shared some cool CRM insights about professional services firms in his recent post 'Your loyalty levers: head, heart and ego'. Here' s our riposte. (more…)

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Cost consciousness is a missing link for professional services firms

February 11th, 2014 |


Very few practitioners have discovered cost consciousness. Yet, of all the client service attributes measured in Beaton’s research studies over the last decade amongst thousands of clients of professional services firms of all types, cost consciousness stands out head and shoulders in its importance – and neglect by practitioners.

Cost consciousness is a ‘missing link’. (more…)

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Three characteristics of professional services firms that win

September 1st, 2013 |


A winning professional services firm may be defined as one that consistently out-performs its closest competitors over an extended period of time. Winning firms have three characteristics:

1. intense client focus

2. a high performance culture; and

3. consistency in how they behave.

(more…)

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Why fear and fire don’t help in the PSF pricing war

March 5th, 2013 |


This post is a really helpful insight into why law firms and their corporate clients often appear to be chasms apart on fees. And it's not just law firms that are under fire. To varying degrees accountancy, consulting engineering, management consultants, patent attorneys and all other business-related professions seem under attack. What's changed? And what's to be done about it? (more…)

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Engineers did you know … engineering firms trail in client service?

September 6th, 2012 |


At the risk of repeating an earlier blog post, our ad in BRW magazine today emphasises the trailing performance of the engineering profession. On client service, the best-performing consulting engineering firm in Australia ranked only 50th out of the top 100 professional service firms in Beaton’s annual benchmarks study. (more…)

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Why lawyers outperform consulting engineers

November 3rd, 2011 |


Since 2003 when we starting benchmarking client-rated performance, the consulting engineering firms have always lagged the law and accounting firms pretty much across the board. And it's been this way for the 9 years of data we have. What is it about the engineering profession that leads to this lower performance? And what is it that the other professions - particularly lawyers - do so well? There are the obvious things:

  • Engineers think "projects" not "clients". Professional kudos comes from being involved in big projects.
  • Power in law and accounting firms comes from your client relationships and their willingness to follow you if you leave the firm. Not so in engineering.
  • Personality-wise, engineers are more introverted and conflict-avoiding than accountants and lawyers.
  • Engineers have been giving away margin for years – and understanding your clients' needs, and delivering on them, takes an investment of time.

However, a recent conversation with a client got me thinking about another possible cause, particularly in large, generalist firms. (more…)

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