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Are sales letters useful?
by Tony Vidler        A traditional marketing practice for financial advisers has been sending “pre-approach” sales letters to prospective clients.  It seems that very few still do it, and yet I wonder if they are worthwhile in todays world?  There is no doubt that most prospective customers are not exactly waiting around hoping a piece […]
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You know it is time to review the marketing plan when…
by Tony Vidler        Any time of the year is the “right” time to review your marketing plan, but there are definitely times – or signs – that it should be done even if you weren’t really planning to review it this particular time.   The “right time” to review your marketing plan is when […]
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For Converting Prospects Patience Pays Off!
by Tony Vidler        Converting prospects is no longer about sales technique, it is about patiently engaging and educating and matching their timeframe.   But being a lot more patient than ever before pays off with higher value clients who stay longer.  But how patient do you have to be?   Research consistently shows that […]
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Be an Authority to get the spotlight
by Tony Vidler        Many professionals believe that the peak of their career, and business prospects, are achieved when they attain “expert” status.  Actually, your objective should “be An Authority” – or better yet; “Be The Authority”.   In financial services expertise is often defined as having attained one of the rigorous formal and technical […]
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Professional Positioning Powers Elite Performance
by Tony Vidler        The elite performance achieved by some financial advisers seems to come down to them being better at positioning themselves professionally than average advisers are.   That positioning really pays off too: various surveys suggest that they get up to 2.5 X MORE business from new clients than average advisers.  And to […]
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You can help your clients say YES more often
by Tony Vidler        All advisers want clients to say “yes” more often…in particular “yes” to everything that the Adviser could be doing for them instead of just getting a “yes” to one service.  To achieve that an Adviser needs to continually raise clients awareness of everything that you can do to help them – […]
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Creating advocates
The 5 big C’s that will create advocates for you
by Tony Vidler        If you want to move clients up the loyalty ladder and create advocates for your business there are 5 critical areas that you have to demonstrate, and the clients have to believe, before the business relationship will bloom to full advocacy.   In this quick tips video we discuss these 5 […]
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Why your FREE service is a barrier to getting the right business
by Tony Vidler        Most professionals at some point offer complimentary initial meetings or consultations with clients as a “free service”.   It simply isn’t true, and that in itself prevents the right sort of clients coming your way. The fundamental reason why this just doesn’t cut it with consumers is because they don’t believe […]
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To Improve Lead Conversion You Need 2 Speeds
by Tony Vidler          Every lead is gold, and ideally every lead would result in conversion to a client.  The conversion rate really is often the difference between getting a good return on your prospecting and marketing efforts, or perhaps getting no return at all.   The short cut to better conversion is often […]
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Easy business in the low-hanging fruit
by Tony Vidler        Everyone wants easy business yet we so often make it harder than it has to be.  Get the low-hanging fruit first. Twice as easy to get, and just as sweet. Nothing is wrong with it – and it’s smart business.     It’s not always simple to recognise where the easy business […]
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