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The 4 Parts To Getting The COI Gatekeeper Onboard
by Tony Vidler        The potential Centre-Of-Influence that you want to network with is the gatekeeper to the clients you want to work with, and there are generally 4 things that stand in the way of them agreeing to let you in.   It makes sense to address those 4 things right at the outset and […]
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Niche or Nest: Which is Best?
by Tony Vidler        The concept of niche marketing causes a lot of confusion, so I thought I’d add to the confusion by adding in “nest marketing” at the same time as challenging the view that professionals should find “A” niche.   The easiest way for me to explain the difference between niche marketing and […]
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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 […]
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Begin Within: The FIRST Place To Market Your Firm
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 […]
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Appealing to an Influencers Self Interest (but for good!)
by Tony Vidler        An effective method of generating interest with influencers in referring some of their clients to you is appealing to their self interest.   It sounds terribly crass when it is said out aloud like that of course, but let’s cut to the chase. Every professional out there makes a living from […]
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How to work with multiple COI’s in the same sector
by Tony Vidler        Is it possible to work successfully with multiple COI’s (centre’s of influence) from the same sector?  Many professionals would say “no”…or they do to me anyway.  The feeling is that if the COI’s are competitors then one has to choose just one to work with.   That is partially true – […]
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Are You PLANNING To Build Influencers?
by Tony Vidler        For an industry focused on planning, advisers have a tendency to forget planning how they will build their influencers.   I know that sounds like a heck of a generalisation, however it is one founded upon my own experience with advisers. Developing a centre-of-influence is often approached enthusiastically and with all […]
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Socialise With Key Clients To Get More Clients
by Tony Vidler        We know intuitively that when we socialise with key clients it builds trust and ultimately leads to more business. More conversations create more opportunities, right?   What we don’t know though is how much more business it leads to…so we often wonder how much more we should socialise with key clients, […]
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Thoughtful Thank You’s Generate More Referrals
by Tony Vidler          Getting more referrals from existing clients and relationships is often a challenge, but one which can be overcome with a little more thought.   Being thoughtful about expressing gratitude extends beyond “what is an appropriate gift”.  Being thoughtful about how you deliver a gift and how you express the thanks […]
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The Kardashian’s Can Teach Us Reputation Marketing
by Tony Vidler        For many successful advisers their reputation is the critical marketing success factor in their careers.  And who does “famous for simply being famous” better than the Kardashians?   Reputation in professional services often drives more recommendations or referrals that lead to new business than practitioners generate from individual client referrals.  Entire […]
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