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Why settle for average?
by Tony Vidler        Advisers frequently settle for being average, and it is definitely not because they want to be average, but because they don’t really know what it takes to elevate their performance exponentially.   They often ask how one professional can be so much more successful than they are and assume that there […]
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Let Your Prospects Try-Before-They-Buy
by Tony Vidler        “try before you buy” is a great way of removing risk for a consumer from a big purchasing decision, isn’t it?   We can learn from the retail sector here because they figured this out years ago.  One of the toughest challenges is getting customers to switch brands or products.   […]
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keep it simple
Great Advisers Stay Simple
by Tony Vidler        One of my favourite quotes of all time is by Einstein: “If you cannot explain it simply then you do not understand it well enough” and nowhere is this more true than in providing advice in complex areas. Great advisers stay simple when handling complex matters.   It is not easy […]
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whats in it for me
Client Engagement: The WIIFM Question Is Really 3 Questions
by Tony Vidler        WIIFM. What’s In It For Me?   No sale is ever made, no client ever signs on, until you’ve clearly addressed this question as it is the dominant question running through every prospects mind.   Most of us know this….and despite knowing it, most people in professional services struggle to address […]
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digital marketing for financial advisors
5 basic tips for helping your next customers find you
by Tony Vidler        In a perfect world customers would find you, rather than you having to find them.  The world is never entirely perfect of course, but certainly we can often do better in having customers find us.   We need to begin by understanding how they find anyone, then we can tap into […]
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sales skills for financial advice
The missing ingredient in professional development: SKILLS
by Tony Vidler        We are awash with recommendations on how to “improve the advice business”.  Regulators, politicians, consumer groups, product manufacturers…competing business models that look to bypass advice entirely….all of them are making a lot of noise about how advice delivery can be improved.   Much of what they say has merit of course, […]
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How To Crack The Content Creation Conundrum
by Tony Vidler        Content Creation appears to be the Number 1 barrier for professionals wanting to use digital marketing tactics.  Inevitably I seem to hear   “……Yeah, I think social media would be useful….but I have nothing to write about and nothing to say….”   Creating content is an issue.  Just as big an […]
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3 Must Haves For Effective Marketing Collateral
by Tony Vidler        For marketing collateral to be truly effective it must have  “readability”.   If something is easy to read and comprehend quickly then it will be effective – assuming the actual message wasn’t rubbish to begin with.   If you have a good offer, or story, or service and can word that […]
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What financial advisers do
Why Prospects See Advisers The Way They Do
by Tony Vidler        I once listened to a good friend, who is also a client and a good centre of influence and an advocate, explain what I do to someone else.  It provided a shining example of why some prospects see us the way they do.   When my client & friend tried to […]
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The times are a changin’…Business as usual is a dead end!
by Tony Vidler        The difference between any two professional practices filled with well qualified and well meaning people is usually that a different culture exists in each.     All businesses develop a “way we do things here” over time…whether they meant to or not.  A culture evolves within the business…whether you wanted it […]
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