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WHERE do you add value?
by Tony Vidler        In the continual search for differentiation strategies and creating a strong sense of “value received” by clients one of the ways to think about how to stand out is to consider where you choose to try and add value in the prospects buying path.   There are a number of fairly […]
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Unbundling Planning To Get More Client Engagement
by Tony Vidler        Unbundling planning creates higher numbers of prospects and clients engaging in full financial planning, and can lead to higher revenue per client as well.  More clients engaging in more comprehensive advice and creating higher lifetime value per client.  That has to be worth thinking about doesn’t it?   When we try […]
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Getting Strategic Clarity Follows The Same Process As Giving Advice
by Tony Vidler        The most important business-building step is having a well-defined strategy, yet strategy is one of the most misunderstood concepts in professional services.  It is an area that many advisory firms struggle with, and frequently find themselves without any clearly defined strategy for how they will achieve their business objectives.  That is […]
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Here is how to work out WHERE to compete
by Tony Vidler        A cornerstone of great strategy is understanding where to compete in the market…or rather, which area of expertise or service offering to lead with in the marketing efforts.   Once the target market clients have been worked out (so we know who we want to appeal to) we have to decide […]
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Big Wins Come From Being Decisive
by Tony Vidler        Paralysis from analysis is generally an achilles heel of professional services it seems, and amidst all the change and carnage of financial advice simply being decisive can be a winning difference for practice owners.   Indecision is prevalent at the moment, with the opaque nature of ongoing regulatory reform in many […]
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How to work with multiple COI’s in the same sector
by Tony Vidler        Is it possible to work successfully with multiple COI’s (centre’s of influence) from the same sector?  Many professionals would say “no”…or they do to me anyway.  The feeling is that if the COI’s are competitors then one has to choose just one to work with.   That is partially true – […]
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Get better marketing results by using what’s in your hand
by Tony Vidler        Every adviser wants better marketing results – no matter how good the existing results are. We want more, because in more or better marketing results lies the ability to leverage our businesses.  Yet in the constant search for more or better many advisers are overlooking the thing in their hands: their […]
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“Uber”-ise to transform a good practice into a GREAT business
by Tony Vidler        The million-dollar-question for financial advisers (literally!) is:   “How do I go about leveraging a good professional practice into a great business that is worth heaps?”   Answer: Uber-ise it.   The inherent assumption in this question is that one already has a good professional practice, so let’s take that as […]
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Looking beyond the obvious for strategic alliance partners
by Tony Vidler        Great alliances with other businesses will enhance your brand and put you in front of  more ideal prospects that you don’t have to find yourself.  That is really the key benefit of having strategic alliance partners.   There is a tendency however for most advisers to go after the same sort […]
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Building A Profitable AND Valuable Practice
by Tony Vidler        Building a profitable practice is is the first objective for practitioners, but building a sustainable profitable and valuable practice is even better isn’t it?   Many good practitioners achieve the objective of building a profitable practice easily enough. After all, that is little more than keeping the sales and revenue pumping […]
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