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How do you create an “Act Now” mindset with clients?
by Tony Vidler        One of the ongoing challenge in marketing professional services is simply getting people to “act now”.  We have to overcome their lack of urgency.   Our service will still be there tomorrow, right?  And usually the need to be addressed is a future need, and maybe well into the future….so there is […]
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Lost Sales Skills: How to “get down to business” without drama
by Tony Vidler        The advice industry has lost a lot of sales skills, and it needs them. If we are to help consumers make better decisions and change behaviour then we have to be able to help convince them to change.   The first tension point for today’s professionals is how to transition from the […]
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Is this why prospects ignore your networking effort?
by Tony Vidler        Networking often seems to be harder than it should.  It is amazing how many people forget, or ignore, basic social skills and common courtesies when trying to network – especially in online networking platforms such as LinkedIn.   Speaking personally, I ignore people trying to network with me on a daily […]
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Question: What’s the worst that could happen if you asked this?
by Tony Vidler        Great questions are integral to client engagement, but what is a really GREAT question?   One of the keys to success for any professional is having strong sales skills, or to put it another way, the ability to influence clients to shift their thinking.  Is that “selling” though, or is that just […]
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Want Prospects To Open Up? Take a tip from the professional interviewers
by Tony Vidler        Once upon a time everyone was taught the difference between open and closed questions as the key to engaging prospects…and it worked for a fair while. In today’s world with it’s much greater emphasis upon individual opinion and with our professional focus having shifted entirely onto what the client cares about rather […]
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Using Gamification To Engage With Prospects
by Tony Vidler        Behavioural finance meets gaming meets technology and that means “marketing opportunity”. One of the newer marketing concepts arising from these trends converging is “gamification”, and while it is being used in all sorts of industries to engage consumers with new products and services it doesn’t appear to have really attained great traction […]
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Ask the expert? Be The Expert That Gets Asked!
by Tony Vidler        It is so easy today to get yourself “in print” and be positioned as the expert that target market customers ask for advice. and being the expert that gets asked leads to those customers doing business with you.   Setting up chat forums, blogs, ezines and so on are all relatively easy […]
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How to work with multiple COI’s from the same sector
by Tony Vidler        You have a couple of professionals from different firms in the same sector who you want to have as Centre’s-Of-Influence (COI’s), and most advisers think that is an impossibility.  It is absolutely possible though…and I’d go so far as to suggest that it is probably a very good thing and everyone will […]
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Choose your words carefully…they can change the choices that prospects make!
by Tony Vidler        There are decades of good quality research now which help us understand how people are influenced, and what words or language are most likely to influence them.  The words that financial advisers choose to use matter more than ever before if we want people to follow our advice given that professional advice […]
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How to give COI’s a taste of what you can do
by Tony Vidler        One of the most effective things you can do to create confidence and support from prospective Centre’s Of Influence is take them through your client experience. Actually do the job that you do, for the COI. It is incredibly powerful and effective, and the chances are good that you will pick them […]
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