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Creating Equitable COI Referral Alliances
by Tony Vidler If one forms a business alliance and one party gets more out of it than the other, is that alliance likely to last long term? Of course not. It is not equitable. One party at some point is going to feel that the relationship is rather one-sided and and […]
by Tony Vidler Every professional needs to use negotiating skills every week…if not every day. We are constantly negotiating with clients, or on behalf of clients, for a host of things, and it often becomes a source of stress and angst for all parties, with latent dissatisfaction underlying. The reason why that is […]
Get enthusiastic if you want clients to engage you
by Tony Vidler Which one of these 3 is most likely to get the job? Which one are you when meeting a prospective client for the first time, or at the start of an actual client engagement? Professional advisers have become dreadfully serious people in recent years with the shift to a […]
by Tony Vidler We learn as we go in professional services, and that is especially true when it comes to analysing why a marketing campaign was a “fail”. To be fair, few of us are trained in marketing at all so we do have to figure it out as we go along, and […]
Why you should think of Prospects as “an Audience”
by Tony Vidler With the shift to content marketing fuelled by consumer’s online searching, it is essential tor understand who your audience is. More importantly though, it is important to continually think of your future clientele as an audience until such time as they choose to do business with you. “Audience” might seem […]
by Tony Vidler Your marketing objective is simple: Help ideal clients choose you. The most important word in that sentence was “help“, and that is very different to “convince“, which is the typical marketing approach. A great marketing process helps prospects move along the buying (decision-making) path by pre-empting their concerns and need […]
by Tony Vidler I have been asked quite a bit recently about where one draws the line when using Facebook for business purposes, and I think there is a pretty simple formula really: Show yourself, but don’t show off. The thing to remember about using Facebook for business purposes is the desire […]
by Tony Vidler The first place for any professional to market their firm and their own expertise is inside their own practice. Begin Within. It is where you will have the most receptive environment for refining your value proposition, and where you can “field tests” campaign and promotional ideas, and most importantly, it […]
by Tony Vidler Lead Generation is the goal of content (or engagement) marketing. The effort and time invested in producing, sourcing and delivering content to an audience of potential future clients has a single purpose, and that is to move them closer to wanting to do business with you. The question which […]
by Tony Vidler While I am a fan of “measuring to manage well”, some things just can’t be measured accurately. That’s why I believe we should forget what the ROI of social media is, in the conventional sense. Here’s the metric that matters most when it comes to using social media for marketing: […]