If you spend any time reading law firm websites, you soon come to one conclusion: all of them were written by the same person. We know this because all law firms say the same things–best schools, best lawyers, client-focused, great client serviced, alternative fees, focused, collaborative, efficient, blah, blah, blah. Some websites use more words to say the same thing, some use less. But all use lots of adjectives to modify conclusory statements. This isn’t marketing. It is the manifestation of fear–fear that if you say anything real, it will turn someone off. So, to offend no one, firms create websites that appeal to no one.
We live a world where noise drowns out signal, something I’ve written about previously. (Here, here and here.) If you don’t stand out, consider yourself one of the crowd watching the championship game–no one watching on TV will ever see you. If you want to stand out, you need to differentiate yourself.
In his post on Gorilla Marketing, Seth Godin describes it this way:
Today, because noise is everywhere, we’re all surrounded by a screaming horde, an open-outcry marketplace of ideas where the race to be heard appears to be the only race that matters. And so subtlety flies out the window, along with a desire to engage for the long haul. Just a troop of gorillas, all arguing over the last remaining banana.
Differntiation is an easy concept to understand, but it is very hard to actually do. Perhaps instead of adjectives and conclusory statement, a better approach might be to explain what you really stand for, and then to offer enough examples to prove it.
If you stand for everything, you stand for nothing. If you stand for something, believe in it enough to say so.