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Make your professional designation mean something to clients
by Tony Vidler        In a time where so many professionals struggle to identify and articulate their value to consumers I have to wonder why aren’t more professional financial advisers using their designations and qualifications better?   Does it mean anything to potential clients?   Often it doesn’t.  And the reason it doesn’t is because […]
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An advisers engagement process might look something like this…
by Tony Vidler        It is a rarity for a new customer to walk in off the street and just decide to buy some insurance or an investment product or a bit of planning from you, right?   That probably hasn’t happened for 10 years (if ever!).   So how do they decide to buy […]
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“My Phone is My Life” – Smartphones mean smarter marketing is needed
by Tony Vidler        Today’s professionals know it because we are them: Our smartphone is our life.   Is our marketing smart enough in the smartphone world though?   In little old New Zealand alone there are now more phones than humans, and 70% of the humans are using smartphones.  In fact they are using […]
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Prospecting Today: It is a process, not a thing
by Tony Vidler        Prospecting today is a continual process, not a series of one off actions as it once was.     Eons ago when financial advisory work was essentially just a continual series of product sales the prospecting required to be successful was repetitive and continual, but each prospecting call was a one-time […]
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How to begin creating a Value Proposition
by Tony Vidler        Creating a value proposition that truly differentiates a professional and resonates with the target market audience is one of the hardest things to create, and one of the most important.   It is THE thing which sits at the centre of all your marketing if you get it right.  It becomes […]
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Here’s how to move into "Stealth Mode" when doing your prospecting research on LinkedIN.
by Tony Vidler        It seems that while a lot of professionals now have a presence on LinkedIn they are often not actually using it to prospect for potential new clients.  That seems odd to me given that Linkedin is a Business-2-Business networking platform: it exists to assist people in business network with other people […]
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No Excuses: you need to be using video with email
by Tony Vidler        If you aren’t emailing video’s to clients and prospects yet, why aren’t you?   It seems an odd thing with everyone having smart phones that can take high quality video’s on the spot, and with everyone also drafting and sending perhaps a 100 emails a day, but it is still relatively […]
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The Professional Services Firm Model Of The Future Is Possibly A "Fast Food Alley"
by Tony Vidler        Ever noticed how the fast food stores tend to cluster together as some sort of “fast food alley”?   Have you ever wondered why?   There is a “convenience” element for the typical customer of course, however there is a more important reason – which might just be a useful lesson […]
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Learning to work LinkedIN
20 Lessons in the evolution of a LinkedIn user
by Tony Vidler Back in the beginning of my personal social media evolution, about 3 years ago, a friend sent me a LinkedIn connection request…and I had no idea what LinkedIn was, or why I should bother using it. So being a brilliant technology user, I rang him to find out why he had sent […]
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