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Your FREE service is a barrier to getting the right business
by Tony Vidler        Most professionals at some point offer complimentary initial meetings or consultations with clients as a “free service”. It simply isn’t true, and that in itself prevents the right sort of clients coming your way. The fundamental reason why this just doesn’t cut it with consumers is because they don’t believe it.  […]
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1 Thing Connects With Consumers Better Than Everything Else
by Tony Vidler        If you really want to reach out and connect with consumers then it makes sense to look at using the communications method the overwhelming majority prefer: text messaging.   SMS. Text. Texting.  Call it what you will…study after study shows the effectiveness both in terms of the proportion of consumers who […]
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Are You “Marketing” The Right Message?
by Tony Vidler        Do you know what business you are in?   Are you marketing that?   Are you marketing what it is you actually DO, rather than what you know or who you are…or worse: you are marketing some other businesses products and brand?   Many professionals focus their marketing message on the […]
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Getting New Clients: It all begins with one thing….
by Tony Vidler        In 3 separate conversations this week with advisers we talked about different approaches to getting new clients onboard, and each had lost sight of what the single most important element in getting new clients onboard was. Each thought that the objective of their marketing was to get a new client onboard.   […]
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Personalise or Perish
by Tony Vidler        Everyone wants “it” to be about them.   Therein is the answer to “how to make marketing more effective today“…it has to be about them, and more importantly, it has to be personalised TO them.  “Them” of course is whoever it is we are trying to appeal to and get to do […]
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Describe Your Services In Practical Terms To Get More Buy-In
by Tony Vidler        Advice should, almost by definition, be “practical”.  It should be a clear course of action that a client can use to achieve a specific outcome.  Why don’t we describe our advice services that way then?   Consumers often struggle to understand what we can achieve for them (or help them achieve), […]
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You Deliver Value, So Why Not Promise It?
by Tony Vidler        Nearly every professional gives an initial “no obligation meeting” to prospective clients, and nearly everyone delivers value to those prospects during that initial meeting.  But hardly anyone seems to market that value being delivered, instead opting to focus upon one of the other 2 immediate benefits to the prospect.   When we […]
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How to use the business you DON’T want to do to get the business you DO want
by Tony Vidler        We all want to get more business, but we want to get the right sort of business for ourselves or our firm naturally.   Once you have figured out what sort of business it is you do want to get you have (by default) figured out the areas of advice that […]
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Taking Charge Of Our Digital Moments Of Truth
by Tony Vidler        Sooooo much is done via digital engagement today by our clients and prospects that there literally hundreds of “moments of truth” for our practice on a daily basis.  A “moment of truth” is that instant during interaction with our firm when a customers expectations are tested.  The rise of digital interaction means […]
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The 1 Big Mistake Professionals Make When Trying To Position As An Expert
by Tony Vidler        One of the greatest ways to attract the type of business you prefer is “Expert Positioning”, and most professionals could do it if they really wanted to.  The reality is that most professionals are experts, and their knowledge should be highly valued…   But very few actually work to position themselves […]
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