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Are You AND Your People Clear About What YOU Want?
by Tony Vidler        Pretty much everyone running a business hates having to come up with job descriptions for their staff. A statement which may have been correct at a moment in time to describe a role, and the role is subject to constant change…they are pretty much a waste of time as means of […]
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Business planning a struggle? Perhaps you should plan “life” instead…
by Tony Vidler        Why did you go into business?   You could have had an easy job somewhere, and just made a living….but you would have gone into business for yourself because you saw it as your best chance of building the life you want.   This a particularly pertinent issue as many financial […]
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5 ways to make smarter use of your CRM system
by Tony Vidler        In days gone by Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems were used as little more than simple marketing machines. They contained enough information to know who your clients were and how to contact them, and perhaps even had some prospects in there, and be able to produce a mail merge to run […]
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Strategic vision for financial advisor
Are you just swimming in circles, or do you have a strategy?
by Tony Vidler        Where do you begin with designing a business strategy?   It isn’t quite as hard as you may think….   First, you need to decide what you want to be known for, which then makes it relatively easy to work out  where you need to compete in the market place.   In […]
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Being valued as a financial advisor
Become more valuable to clients by making it easier
by Tony Vidler        One of the key concepts that advisers must grasp is the need to be valued for the advice and coaching they provide, rather than their value being linked to a product solution.   A massive opportunity exists for advisers to remove complexity from their clients lives, and in turn, be valued […]
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What you need to know if you’re going to buy to grow
by Tony Vidler        As many advice businesses reach maturity it is common to consider whether they should “buy to grow”.  Should they buy another practice, or more commonly, should just buy a book of business from another practice.     The typical reasons suggested for wanting to grow through acquisition are: 1.  Get new […]
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Some customers you probably don’t want
by Tony Vidler        Fact: some customers you just don’t want.  Most of us would agree that we should contribute to the greater good of society, and engage in pro bono work to help some of those who can’t afford us, but we are are running commercial enterprises.   Not all customers are good customers […]
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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.  For years –  decades perhaps –  they have been able to keep a constant source of prospective future clients coming through the front doors, yet for most this is now a […]
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Client Twisting? Here’s why they say goodbye
by Tony Vidler        Clients leave us, and most times we blame someone else…we call it “twisting” or “churning”. The immediate inference is the client only left because somebody else – who is less ethical – took perfectly good business and moved it for no reason other than their own gain.  Twisting becomes the acceptable […]
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The uncertain road ahead for an advice business
by Tony Vidler        A constant question for  many advisers, particularly when they’ve been sitting about over a break quietly contemplating the road ahead, is what do they have to do to prepare, or adapt?   Obviously there is enormous uncertainty about what lies ahead for advice businesses; some of it predictable and some of […]
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