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Effective or Efficient? Which do Advisers need to be?
by Tony Vidler        Which is more important when running an advice business: being effective or efficient? You chose Effective? Wrong. You chose Efficient?  Wrong. The correct answer is that you have to balance both. In days gone by plenty of people in financial services could build a business just be being effective, regardless of how […]
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5 Things You Need To Do Before Buying A Practice
by Tony Vidler        For many advisers buying another practice or book of clients will be a serious growth strategy to be considered.  It is a primary strategy for attaining scale and a viable (and relatively predictable) revenue stream quickly.  However buying another advisers practice is usually a much more complex matter today than it was […]
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Are you sure your clients know what else you COULD do for them?
by Tony Vidler        All too often advisers are disappointed to find that a client has done business elsewhere…that their “main” adviser could have done for them! The reason is usually a very simple one: the clients do not know everything we could do for them.  Or perhaps they did know, but forgot.  Or worse, […]
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Sales Activity Can Be Gamified
by Tony Vidler        Some things are timeless simply because they have stood the test of time, and focusing upon sales activity is one of them.  “Sales activity” as a concept is probably abhorrent to many professionals today, but it is simply about managing the inputs which provide the outputs that your business wants. It […]
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How To Balance Satisfied Clients With Profitability
by Tony Vidler        What impact on practice profitability does this have: “Despite ongoing efforts to improve service, positive customer experience levels decreased significantly across the world” This was from a report released a little while ago on the performance of the insurance sector globally, and it highlights a real dilemma for practitioners. Can we […]
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The 9 Business Building Blocks Which Will Stand the Test Of Time
by Tony Vidler        To create a firm which will last you need the right business building blocks, or the foundations if you like. When it comes to building something to last the ancient civilisations can teach us a thing or two about the building blocks of a business.  Anybody who has had the privilege […]
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R.I.P. To Some Accepted Wisdom For Growing A Practice
by Tony Vidler        In good times growing a practice is difficult enough and one of the methods has become conventional wisdom – but that doesn’t mean it is right in these days of fundamental and structural change for the industry. The concept of a professional firm requiring 3 distinctly different roles of a Finder, […]
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The “services” bit in your service business just might be the best ROI
by Tony Vidler        The standout burning issue for most professional services firms remains attracting and developing new business, and advisers have a lot of distractions.  The thing that is often compromised is existing client service as advisers deal with all the change and try to remain commercially viable. Yet, the most valuable investment for […]
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Try giving clients the Red Carpet treatment
by Tony Vidler        What is more effective: running a client seminar with 100 guests, or running 5 “red carpet” client events of only a dozen or so at a time? Research suggests that the best financial advisers tend to run smaller and more intimate client appreciation events, and do them regularly. The best advisers […]
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The 6 Necessities of Modern Marketing for Financial Advisers
by Tony Vidler        I have no doubt that many financial advisers are struggling to understand what happened to their previously successful marketing methods.  Marketing for financial advisers was for years –  decades perhaps –  a simple matter of making a lot of calls and keeping a constant source of prospective future clients coming through […]
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