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Are you a GOOD Adviser?
by Tony Vidler Another week and another bad adviser horror story in the local press…yet, another week and thousands more consumers work with their good adviser privately and attract no headlines. They just make progress quietly towards their savings or investment goals, or protecting their families, or building financial safety nets, and so it goes […]
by Tony Vidler A big phrase of recent times for anyone in professional services is “Thought Leadership”. Everywhere you turn someone is writing or saying “be a thought leader”…and nearly every audience asks “what is a Thought Leader, and how do you get there?” To put it in its most simple terms, it […]
How to get better positioning with LinkedIn Endorsements
by Tony Vidler A feature of LinkedIn which is particularly helpful to a professionals’ positioning is the “Skills & Endorsements” section of your individual profile. This section is only helpful though if it fairly reflects you expertise and there is a reasonable volume of support attesting that you do have that expertise. Unfortunately this is […]
by Tony Vidler Putting a value upon financial advice is a tough issue for advisers and consumers alike. There is a pretty basic concept as far as “Value” goes for any consumer purchase though which is not a bad starting point, and it can be put into a formula: “Value = Benefits – Cost“ It […]
The New Paradigm of Professional Services Marketing
by Tony Vidler There has been a significant paradigm shift in how professional services marketing and sales functions interact. A fundamental change to how we understand and use the knoweldge of the consumers emotional buying cycle has already happened. The traditional view of “marketing generating leads” and then “sales converting leads into customers” […]
What IS good content for sharing and engaging prospects?
by Tony Vidler When it comes to creating GOOD content that is engaging prospects and your target audience there are a few things to get right, but most of the things you need to get right are not really about what you write or produce. So what makes really good content is not […]
by Tony Vidler Getting referral business is hard…but oddly enough it is also easy. Lots of advisers say they get all their new business from referral, but when you dig into things it seems that actually they don’t get a lot of referrals. The ones they get are great, but they don’t get loads […]
Using LinkedIn To Get Business: When Is It Time To Go To The Premium Version?
by Tony Vidler LinkedIn is basically a business-to-business networking tool, but the challenge is knowing when you should be using Linkedin to get business. The free version is fine for establishing a profile, but the question then becomes “How do you know when it is time – or worth your while – to upgrade from […]
Keep It Simple: Give Prospects What They Want When They Google An Adviser
by Tony Vidler An adviser client asked me recently what to put on his website as he was re-designing it and he had lots of great ideas of course, but I started my answer with “how are they going to find the site?” Google. That was the answer…Google because basically everyone uses […]
by Tony Vidler Yeah, yeah, yeah….Client testimonials are good. We should all collect them. We should all display them on our website and stuff…. …but then line after line of typed text just looks the same as everyone else’s, and they lose impact don’t they? Especially when potential clients know that we aren’t […]