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strategic-thinking
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 […]
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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 […]
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robo-advice
Cyborgs are the future for Advisers
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 […]
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Big Wins Come From Being Decisive
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 […]
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5 Points Of Competitive Difference
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 […]
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adviser-planning
How will next year be better?
by Tony Vidler        Just one question should be dominating practitioners minds at this stage of the year:   How will next year be better? HOW is the critical word here. Professionals are great at setting goals and targets.  They are great at analysing and doing the numbers that tell them what activity at the […]
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personal-service
How “personal” should your personal service be?
by Tony Vidler        It is our livelihood in many respects, yet one of the vaguest phrases we use is “personal service”.  What is a personal service is not necessarily the same as a personalised service, and what is personal to one client may not be deemed as a personal service to another.   So […]
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How often is too often to send emails?
by Tony Vidler        “How often should I send emails?” is the perpetual question asked by professionals who are beginning to build an engagement marketing system or lifting their client communications and services standards.   The objective is to find that balance between being continually present, but without being a nuisance.   The bad news is […]
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An advisers engagement process might look something like this…
by Tony Vidler        It is a rarity for a new customer to walk in off the street and just decide to buy some insurance or an investment product or a bit of planning from you, right?   That probably hasn’t happened for 10 years (if ever!).   So how do they decide to buy […]
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Marketing NEVER Stops For Today’s Adviser
by Tony Vidler        Last week I was asked “when should I slow down or stop the marketing?” Answer: “Your marketing never stops.  Never.”   The rationale behind the question was the adviser has a good and large business – there are enough clients right now.  So it wasn’t a stupid question by any stretch. […]
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