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High Net Worth Clients: The 3 Strategic Issues You HAVE To Get To Grips With
by Tony Vidler        The nirvana for most professionals is to work only with high net worth clients.  The challenge in doing so is that the affluent are inevitably becoming more difficult to get in front of personally.   As with the famous line from Jurassic Park – “life will find a way” – so […]
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The 1 Thing You Need To Actually Make Your Strategy Work For You
by Tony Vidler        For most professional services firms today the strategic challenge of the moment is determining what the right strategy is that will work for the firm rather than making it work. But when you do settle on your strategy you then have to make it work – and that is a separate challenge. […]
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Building A Business: Lessons from Championship Teams
by Tony Vidler        Building a great advice business means building systems and capacity and people which leave as little as possible to chance. It is about building a dependable service and advice delivery system that continually generates sufficient revenue and happy customers, right?  Consistent results from consistent performance equals a great advice business.   […]
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professional development for financial advisors
The problem with Professional Development programs
by Tony Vidler Most training programmes for financial advisers end up being vaguely disappointing for the participants. Often the feeling is that the training is a bit too academic or theoretical and hard to implement in one’s practice…but the real reason why training fails is because it doesn’t address all the necessary components.  In order […]
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Automating social media for financial advisors
Does Automation Make You Robotic?
by Tony Vidler        Automation of repetitive tasks and functions makes perfectly good business sense, and we generally accept that it is a wise move in financial services to automate as much as possible when it comes to “processes”.   The arguments for doing so largely revolve around efficiency, reliability, and risk management.  That is, […]
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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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Generalist V Specialist: Is it harder to be a sprinter or a decathlete?
by Tony Vidler        Generalist or specialist?  This is an ongoing dilemma for many financial advisers and there is a widely held belief that becoming the specialist is harder to do.   But is it really?   Let’s look outside the world of professional services and into the highly competitive, no-room-for-mistakes, world of the Olympic athlete […]
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The challenge of the DIY consumers for Financial Advisers
by Tony Vidler        Some telling research was done by Dr Claire Matthews of Massey University that highlighted the DIY (Do It Yourself) consumers mindset, and the challenges which that poses for financial advisers. The research was specifically on “KiwiSaver and Retirement Savings”, and explored some of the issues and attitudes of Kiwi’s. While the research […]
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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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Financial Adviser Titles: What’s in a name?
by Tony Vidler        Do financial adviser titles matter?  A good question given the number of advisers who seem to try and elevate their professional positioning by referring to themselves as something other than “a financial adviser”.  You know what I mean….financial advisers who have titles like “Risk Mitigation Specialist” or “Personal Financial Manager”….     Something […]
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