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The powerful marketing tool that you use every day, but hardly use for actual marketing
by Tony Vidler        The most powerful marketing tool most professionals have is the one they use scores of times daily, but which they usually do not do any actual marketing with.   email.   Love it or loathe it, we all use it.  It is not going away anytime soon, and it is not about […]
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Replacing Insurance: Right? or Always Wrong?
by Tony Vidler         Replacing insurance – or “Churning” as it is often called –  is a topic guaranteed to generated heated debate within the industry.  At one extreme there are advisers whose entire business seems to exist by churning anything and everything that they can get their hands on…regardless of consequences to the consumer.  At […]
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Beware of…well…just beware when giving advice!
by Tony Vidler        Times have never been more dangerous for giving advice..and it is a time for financial advisers themselves to beware of consumers.  Well, perhaps not consumers per se, but certainly all the interested parties who say they represent consumers interests.  It is not just the increasing oversight from regulators and professional scrutiny from […]
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The Myth Of Independent Advice
by Tony Vidler        The search for “independent” advice is rather like the Quest for the Holy Grail.  It doesn’t exist.  The search is fruitless and doomed because there is no Holy Grail. Independent advice simply does not exist.   The argument for those wanting to say they are independent (or being allowed to by regulators) […]
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Are you making the most of your email marketing opportunities?
by Tony Vidler        Possibly THE most important marketing tool any adviser has is email.  It is the critical link between marketing and sales….the thing that connects the leads, or opportunities created by your marketing efforts, into engaged prospects and ultimately clients as it is the primary means of moving to personalised advice or engagement.   […]
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The Annual Review Meeting: You CAN Be Compliant Without Being Dull
by Tony Vidler        The Annual Review process for financial advice clients is often seen as a rather hum-drum thing by the clients (if not advisers themselves), and getting clients to engage in it can be a real challenge.   It doesn’t have to be that way of course. With a little imagination it can […]
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What to consider when selecting a CRM system
by Tony Vidler  One of the thorny issues for financial advisers is finding the right CRM system.   What makes it difficult is the struggle to define what is “right”.  As with most things in business, one should begin the decision making journey with a clear view of what you are trying to achieve.  Begin […]
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The Financial Advice Profession: Are we there yet?
by Tony Vidler        The incessant debate about whether financial advice can be called a profession or whether it is an “industry” keeps rolling along and mostly the debate is within the industry. Those who are not financial advisers don’t debate it because the answer is fairly clear to them I am guessing….after all; if it […]
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5 Simple Steps To Audit Yourself
by Tony Vidler        How can an adviser be confident their advice is good before trouble starts?  In other words, how do you audit yourself?   There are 5 key things that the adviser must do – and be able to evidence afterwards – to show that they have worked for the benefit of the client, […]
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Who Does That Adviser Work For?
by Tony Vidler        Which financial adviser is going to be right: the one who charges a fee; the one who is “free”; or; the one charging a commission?  Or is it the one who does all of these?     Well I suggest that it depends on what you are hoping for and what you […]
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