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WHERE do you add value?
by Tony Vidler In the continual search for differentiation strategies and creating a strong sense of “value received” by clients one of the ways to think about how to stand out is to consider where you choose to try and add value in the prospects buying path. There are a number of fairly […]
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 […]
Getting Strategic Clarity For Your Practice Is Just Like Giving Advice
by Tony Vidler The most important business-building step is having a well-defined strategy, yet strategy is one of the most misunderstood concepts in professional services. It is an area that many advisory firms struggle with, and frequently find themselves without any clearly defined strategy for how they will achieve their business objectives. That is […]
Advisory Firm’s That Are “Going Out Of Business” Without Even Realising It
by Tony Vidler I have a strong sense that a lot of advisory firms are “going out of business” at the moment and don’t even realise it. Markets are going well, and commission and fee rates are still at the high end of the scale, and there are still plenty of consumers using […]
Here is how to work out WHERE to compete in the market
by Tony Vidler A problem for many of todays professionals is figuring where to compete in the market…or rather, which area of expertise or service offering to lead with in their marketing efforts. Once the target market clients have been worked out (so we know who we want to appeal to) we have […]
by Tony Vidler Becoming cyborgs is the way to go for financial advisers…blending robotics and humans into one organism. You see, I am convinced that robo-advice models will succeed and prosper. I am also convinced that human advisers will succeed and prosper. I am further convinced that some of each will fail […]
by Tony Vidler Paralysis from analysis is an achilles heel of professional services it seems, and there is a general need for leaders to be more decisive if they want big wins in business. Indecision is prevalent at the moment, with uncertain political and macroeconomic factors, the opaque nature of ongoing regulatory reform […]
by Tony Vidler Talking recently with some institutional people the topic of differentiating, or competing successfully, in financial services was raised and I suggested that there were just 5 key areas that one must consider competing in. To truly excel and outperform the competition I believe that you need to aim to be […]
by Tony Vidler Focus. It is one of the noticeable differences between those who are successful, and those who are frustrated. The ability to focus on the things that matter that is often what separates them. It is hardly surprising either given that it is definitely harder to be a successful financial adviser […]
by Tony Vidler The million-dollar-question (literally!) is: “How do I go about leveraging a good professional practice into a great commercial enterprise?” Answer: Uber-ise it. The inherent assumption in this question is that one already has a good professional practice, so let’s take that as a given for this discussion. (If […]