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adviser-planning
How will next year be better?
by Tony Vidler        Just one question should be dominating practitioners minds at this stage of the year:   How will next year be better? HOW is the critical word here. Professionals are great at setting goals and targets.  They are great at analysing and doing the numbers that tell them what activity at the […]
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The 4 Key Levers That Create Great Capital Value For A Firm
by Tony Vidler        Creating great capital value for a professional services firm is usually one of the owners primary objectives as they more often than not see their business value as a critical part of their own financial independence.   Building a profitable business is obviously essential, and it is a more valuable profitable […]
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personal-service
How “personal” should your personal service be?
by Tony Vidler        It is our livelihood in many respects, yet one of the vaguest phrases we use is “personal service”.  What is a personal service is not necessarily the same as a personalised service, and what is personal to one client may not be deemed as a personal service to another.   So […]
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An advisers engagement process might look something like this…
by Tony Vidler        It is a rarity for a new customer to walk in off the street and just decide to buy some insurance or an investment product or a bit of planning from you, right?   That probably hasn’t happened for 10 years (if ever!).   So how do they decide to buy […]
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To Friend or Not-Friend With Clients on Social Media? Well, are you a Burkini or a Naturist?
by Tony Vidler        Connecting with clients on social media can lead to genuine friendships and closer relationships, which equals greater lifetime value of the client, right?  But then….it can kill professional client relationships too.   So what is the right thing to do when it comes to befriending clients on social channels?  Friend, or […]
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Strategic Alliance’s are Smart Marketing
by Tony Vidler        It is hard work perhaps but creating a strategic alliance is one of the smartest business building moves a practice can make.  Perhaps it is because it is not an easy or quick thing to do that so many professional services businesses never do it, but those that do reap the […]
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make room for robo advice
Make room for the Robo’s
by Tony Vidler        Robo’s are a threat to advice businesses in much the same way that a chilly bin is a threat to the sale of refrigerators.   Many advice businesses, and quite a few institutions it seems, appear to believe that automation is the devil that will kill financial advice, and it should […]
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soft dollars adviser incentives
Soft Dollars are terminally ill….thankfully
By Tony Vidler, CFP CLU ChFC I’m calling it: Soft dollars for financial advisers as we know them today is officially “terminally ill”.  Their death is not quite guaranteed, but the odds are very high that they shall die soon’ish…  But I personally think they will die far faster than most expect.  And thank God […]
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definition of vision
Vision: Because your future has to start somewhere.
By Tony Vidler, CFP CLU ChFC Vision is the thing that initially drives all progress.  Somebody’s view of how something can be…will be….is the catalyst for achievement of great change.   Who will ever forget  the power of one mans vision: “I have a dream….”?   His vision of how the world could be.   […]
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Robo-Advice is real, and it is here, but there is hope for Advisers!
by Tony Vidler Apparently a high proportion of financial advisers still haven’t heard of “robo-advice”, which is pretty amazing.  Of those who have heard of it a fair proportion do not believe that it will have a serious impact upon their business.  That is even more amazing to me, although I can see why so […]
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