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The Right Way To Present An Advice Recommendation
by Tony Vidler        When you are presenting quotes or recommending product solutions, are you still giving the prospect a few choices, like 3 perhaps? Don’t do it.   Consumers are onto it, so as a “sales technique” it loses impact…and it was never fabulous technique to begin with.  More importantly, it undermines your professional […]
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How to Position For The Right Referrals
by Tony Vidler        Getting referrals is difficult enough for many, but getting the right referrals is even tougher. It’s always nice to get a referral of course, but it doesn’t help if we do get a referral and it is someone that we just can’t deliver great value to.   So we do want to […]
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Client Functions: An Ideal Way To Engage Prospects AND Also Make Top Clients Happy
by Tony Vidler        An incredibly effective method of marketing for professionals is running client events, however the challenge is getting a decent return on the investment of time  and money.   Big events where dozens of clients can be entertained have their merits (especially when it comes to educating or transferring knowledge) but rarely do […]
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Advisers need to get selling
by Tony Vidler   Advisers: Good advice process is not enough. Being technically competent is not enough. You have to get selling. I know that “Sell” is seen as a bit of a diry word these days, but we cannot back away from it. You have to sell if you are going to be effective at […]
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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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