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Getting attention & positive engagement on the phone
by Tony Vidler        There is some methodology to getting a listeners attention and positive engagement on the telephone…it isn’t just good luck!   Of course, there is structure and methodology in building effective and entire telephone track.  It should be a core skill for any adviser, and yet, so few seem to understand how […]
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What IS value to your prospect?
by Tony Vidler        It may seem an obvious question; but do you know what “value” IS to your prospective clients?   Value can be determined by any individual in any number of ways of course, and what is valuable to one person is not necessarily so to another. Or what is valuable at one […]
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What is NOT a Value Proposition…and what is.
by Tony Vidler        Value Proposition. It is the value that you propose to deliver to a potential customer.   What it is not is anything other than the value you propose to deliver to them.   Seems simple enough, doesn’t it?   Apparently it isn’t though.   Pretty much every professional you talk to […]
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An easy way to work out how to express your advice value
by Tony Vidler        If you are struggling to express the value of your advice for your target market there is a way to figure it out that doesn’t require you agonising over how to come up with a clever marketing message. “Your value” could be expressed as what benefits you can deliver for them. […]
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How to get customers enthused when our products are boring
by Tony Vidler        How can we create or transfer enthusiasm to a customer when: Our products are as boring as the boring-est thing ever. The Value that customers receive from financial services products could be years and years and years away….if “physical value” actually ever turns up at all Our products are as boring as the […]
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Which prospecting method delivers the best results?
by Tony Vidler        The prospecting method that keeps on delivering the most opportunities is Referrals.   A distant second in the source of new clients for advice firms is Centre of Influence referrals.   Research by the Financial Planning Association showed that on average in the previous year some 34% of new clients came from […]
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How to tap into the Principle Of Scarcity – and create some urgency for clients
by Tony Vidler        The Principle Of Scarcity One of the more powerful principles of influence is the Principle Of Scarcity: people tend to want what they perceive as being limited, or difficult to get.   That is a difficult principle for professionals to tap into most of the time as the products and services […]
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Thinking Differently To Connect With Prospects
by Tony Vidler        Thinking differently would seem to be an obvious thing to do if one wanted to be different. If you wanted your advisory firm to stand out from competitors it would make sense to DO something different too.  So thinking differently and then being different seems to be a pretty straightforward way […]
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How can we get the Value Of Advice message out more effectively?
by Tony Vidler         We need to get the “Value Of Advice” message out more effectively as it just doesn’t appear to be resonating with enough of the consumers, particularly in challenging times.    There has been an increasing emphasis upon understanding the value of advice in the last decade and most research concludes that advice […]
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Show Prospects Your Advice Planning Process To Get CLIENTS
by Tony Vidler        The Challenge: Getting prospects to buy into your financial advice planning process.   The Solution: Show them HOW the process works before asking them to commit.   The keywords there are “show” and “how“….and it is because so many advisers do not focus on these 2 words in the earliest stages […]
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