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What is “Good Content” For Advisers To Use?
by Tony Vidler Nearly every advisory firm says “we need more prospects“. sure, more prospects helps build a business but what builds a business faster is good prospects who are a right fit, and who don’t really consider going anywhere else when the time is right for them to use an adviser. And frankly […]
R.I.P. To Some Accepted Wisdom For Growing A Practice
by Tony Vidler In good times growing a practice is difficult enough and one of the methods has become conventional wisdom – but that doesn’t mean it is right in these days of fundamental and structural change for the industry. The concept of a professional firm requiring 3 distinctly different roles of a Finder, […]
The “services” bit in your service business just might be the best ROI
by Tony Vidler The standout burning issue for most professional services firms remains attracting and developing new business, and advisers have a lot of distractions. The thing that is often compromised is existing client service as advisers deal with all the change and try to remain commercially viable. Yet, the most valuable investment for […]
by Tony Vidler “All customers are good advice clients”…or are they? Robo-advisers, direct marketing, 24/7 online transaction facilities, product kiosks and over the counter solutions to shoppers at supermarkets…these are all “financial advice” choices for consumers today. (for “Financial Advice” read “anything associated with a financial services product or service which may or may […]
Being clear about what matters most actually matters most
by Tony Vidler Sometimes contracts just don’t provide clarity for the people who work for you. And being clear about what matters for them matters more than just about anything else when it comes to getting the best from your people. When you are running a professional services business there is one thing you […]
The 6 Necessities of Modern Marketing for Financial Advisers
by Tony Vidler I have no doubt that many financial advisers are struggling to understand what happened to their previously successful marketing methods. Marketing for financial advisers was for years – decades perhaps – a simple matter of making a lot of calls and keeping a constant source of prospective future clients coming through […]
Presenting Professional Collaboration to Clients Simply
by Tony Vidler Consumers increasingly need solutions which require professional collaboration between different experts, and while plenty of suggestions can be found about how to collaborate with others from other professions, there is not quite so much suggestion about how to collaborate successfully with professionals from within the same sector. Consumers usually want fairly […]
How To Generate Introductions Whenever You Want Them, To Whoever You Want
by Tony Vidler Referral business is pure gold…it is the Holy Grail for advisers to be running a business where they are only working with referrals. Introductions are even better. Most advisers sit back and wait for clients or centre’s of influence to refer, but you can generate the referrals – or introductions -you […]
by Tony Vidler We tend to get the right behaviour when we see it and reward it repeatedly. Kindergarten teachers know it, so why don’t the leaders of professional services firms know it and use it? Here are a couple of real examples of how this plays out: In one instance it was watching […]
6 Things Banks Taught Us About Building A Super Profitable Business
by Tony Vidler The most profitable business to have in financial services is a bank. They know how to make money. They understand that the more you know about your customers the more business you can do with them. Not “will do with them”….but “can”. And that makes a lot of money for them. […]