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Prospecting Tip: Don’t go fishing in the forest
by Tony Vidler        If you are looking for a prospecting tip think about this: 1. Relatively few financial advisers are really pro-active marketers, let alone masters of it. 2. The majority of affluent investors hang around with other affluent folk. 3. The Holy Grail for many financial advice professionals is to attract affluent clients and […]
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5 Lessons From The Post Mortem of a Marketing Campaign Disaster.
by Tony Vidler        You should always do a post mortem on marketing campaigns. There are always lessons to learn and apply to improve future marketing campaigns.  Sometimes the ones with the greatest lessons are the ones that were a complete flop. This the post mortem from one I observed – and did NOT approve of […]
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Marketing places where Advisers just HAVE to be
by Tony Vidler        Even if Financial Advisers don’t feel the need to do marketing I would suggest that there are still some marketing places to be for advisers who feel they have enough clients.   Even when prospecting for new clients is not a particular issue, professional credibility is.  Suppliers, potential referrers, Centres Of Influence…they […]
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Have Financial Advisers Missed Out On The Social Media Opportunity?
by Tony Vidler        After a decade of NOT adopting what is clearly the biggest evolution in consumer communication methods in half a century (at least!), there is a mood amongst many financial advisers that they have “missed the wave” on the social media marketing opportunities.   One might as well say you’ve “missed the wave” […]
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Actually Using The Pareto Principle To Improve Service And Profit
by Tony Vidler        Everyone has heard of Pareto’s Principle by now, but are you actually using it to improve  profit…or improve service….or is it actually “improve service to improve profit using Pareto”?   It is the latter. Undoubtedly.   Improving service leads to greater retention, or longer duration of client engagement & revenue.  Improving […]
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How to get down to business, nice and easy….
by Tony Vidler        It has never been more important to invest time at the beginning of a potential client engagement in establishing some rapport, and creating a genuine level of “like & trust”.  That is the foundation upon which the entire potential business relationship is built.   However, many struggle with knowing how to […]
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Do you REALLY want to be a Great Adviser?
by Tony Vidler         An adviser told me that they wanted to be “great”…a GREAT adviser.  My immediate thought was would you prefer being considered “great” to having a great business, because you might be able to have both, but then, you might not either.  Then I thought “isn’t it healthier and far more enjoyable to […]
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The simple prospecting system from the worlds greatest ever salesman
by Tony Vidler        According to the Guiness Book Of World Records the greatest salesman in the world was Joe Girard.   Joe sold cars…an incredible 13,001 cars sold in his career.  One at a time…working “retail” with high priced items.  And selling the same things, at the same price, as a heck of a […]
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For Client Presentations Going Low-Tech Works
by Tony Vidler        As client presentations become more compliance-focused, lengthy, and technical in nature there is an corresponding increase in client dissatisfaction with financial advice.  Coincidence?  I think not. There has been a trend for years for financial advice, particularly comprehensive financial plans, when presented to clients to be “too clever” with clients not necessarily understanding […]
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How much client contact is too much contact?
by Tony Vidler        Getting the frequency of newsletters or regular client communications right is a real challenge.  How much is too much, and runs the risk of you being a nuisance?  How much is too little, and runs the risk of you being forgotten?     The right answer is “it depends”.     It […]
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