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When – and how – To Discount Your Fees
by Tony Vidler        As a general rule I don’t recommend that a professional discount their fees, as it tends to undermine their entire value proposition.   Discounting fees usually moves a professional from being an expert with highly specialised and valuable knowledge to someone simply selling hours of billable time in a consumers mind. […]
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How Much You Know Is Not That Important
by Tony Vidler        Today’s professional knows way too much to be used in any given client meeting or engagement.  One of the great skills of the super successful professionals in fact is figuring out what stuff they know which is not useful to any particular client, and then not using it.   That shouldn’t […]
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Great Returns Come From Investing Time In Your People
by Tony Vidler        Professional advisers have never been under more time pressure than they are today, and of all the things they could be investing time in the one which is easiest to defer is investing that time in their people.   Everything is else is more pressing and demanding than a practice leaders […]
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Client Contact Frequency: does it really matter?
by Tony Vidler        The question of whether client contact frequency makes a discernible difference to the strength of the adviser-client relationship, or enhances the perceived value of the adviser to the client, is one which still perplexes the industry.   Professional opinions from marketers and consultants, and amongst advisers themselves, vary enormously on the […]
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Get More Business By Unbundling Planning
by Tony Vidler        Planning is often HUGE to a client, and that is itself a barrier to engagement. Unbundling the planning process can create higher numbers of prospects and clients engaging with you, and lead to higher plan fees.  That’s a surefire recipe for greater revenue levels for a practice.   When we try […]
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Scope Creep: The Number 1 Problem In Fixed Fee Advice
by Tony Vidler        “Scope Creep” is the killer for the Holy Grail of professional services business models.  That ideal model which so many aspire to is having clients who agree to ongoing fixed fees, and the practice income rolls in month after month.   Fixed fee advice being delivered on an ongoing basis is a […]
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Getting Prospects To Buy Your Advice
by Tony Vidler        To get prospects to buy you and your advice you have to “sell emotion” and support it with logic, right?   Not quite….there is a piece missing in this formula which is is largely accepted as the methodology for selling intangibles. The missing ingredient is “beliefs”, and it is understanding the […]
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Re-think what you THINK you know about your customers
by Tony Vidler        I think that it is time to re-think what advisers think they know about their customers.   Insurance is sold, it isn’t bought, right?   People don’t value advice, right?   Really?   If you haven’t had a look at the excellent “World Insurance Report 2016” by Capgemini then you should, […]
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Creating a Value-Based Pricing Engagement
by Tony Vidler        For all the emphasis upon removing conflicts in client fees there is little being said about value-based pricing in professional services, and yet it is a concept which is most likely to match the clients perception of value with the professional’s desire to avoid conflicted models or time-based billing.   Perhaps […]
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Make your professional designation mean something to clients
by Tony Vidler        In a time where so many professionals struggle to identify and articulate their value to consumers I have to wonder why aren’t more professional financial advisers using their designations and qualifications better?   Does it mean anything to potential clients?   Often it doesn’t.  And the reason it doesn’t is because […]
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