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Getting the right style and structure for an effective telephone track
by Tony Vidler        Being able to build an effective telephone track is a core skill for any adviser, and yet, so few seem to understand how to build one.  It is perhaps one of those “lost sales skills” from the last decade or so, where new entrants into the advice industry have veered away […]
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Little Giveaways Can Generate Recomendations
by Tony Vidler        If you want to generate recommendations from clients and prospects it pays to understand how it is a different process from getting referrals, and if referrals are “the gold medal” then recommendations are the “silver”.  Not the ultimate perhaps, but well worth having, and arguable a little easier to get.   […]
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Answer the only question that matters and prospects will give you what you want
by Tony Vidler        The only question that matters to prospects is “W.I.I.F.M?”  The big “what’s in it for me?” question is the only question that matters when we are dealing with a prospective customer…someone who WE want to talk more to, but who doesn’t yet want to talk to us.   So what is […]
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Is Advertising For Lead Generation Dead?
by Tony Vidler        I’ve been running a terribly unscientific survey to find out if advertising for lead generation is dead for todays financial advisers.  Basically the deeply analytical process has consisted of me asking advisers continually for the last couple of years whether they are doing any advertising, and what results in the way […]
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Making Social Media ACTUALLY work for your Advisory Firm
by Tony Vidler        Once you’ve bought into its potential the small matter of making social media work and produce results for your advisory firm becomes the burning question.   Accepting its potential for marketing your business is one thing, but deciding HOW you are going to do so is quite another.  But even before […]
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What I’ve learned while using social media for business
by Tony Vidler        I’ve been using social media for business to market myself and my services for quite a while now, and it has totally helped. No doubt about it. Social media has been good for marketing my business and building a profile way beyond what I anticipated.  The thing that many professionals simply […]
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telephone track closing
How to close out the phone call to get your desired action
by Tony Vidler        Bringing the phone call to a close successfully, and achieving your initial objective, is the ultimate point of a structured telephone track.   It is the end goal.   There is just a little bit of thought and structure to it – but not too much – and it is probably […]
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7 EASY Ways To Use Social Media For Prospecting
by Tony Vidler        I remain amazed that there are still financial advisers who say they do not see the point of social media when it comes to their business. Most of those advisers also keep saying that they could do with more prospects and customers.  Is there any chance that these two concepts might […]
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How to get the listener’s interest on the phone
by Tony Vidler        Generating the listener’s interest in your message is the single most critical element in an effective telephone track, and like each part of a well organised track there structure and technique in how to achieve it.   As I have stressed throughout this mini-series, there is structure and methodology in building […]
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If you’re converting only 1 in 10 prospects you have a problem
by Tony Vidler        There was a time when converting 10% of your prospects was the path to career success as a financial adviser.  Hard to believe perhaps, but true.  Everyone starting in a sales role was told to just “see the people, see the people, see the people!”? The expectation was that our fame and fortune […]
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