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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. […]
by Tony Vidler There are notable differences between high growth professional firms and others when it comes to differentiating themselves. How they choose to express their value and stand out is quite different to the mainstream. Undoubtedly the average or low growth firms inability to express what their difference is in relation to […]
Are you just swimming in circles, or do you have a strategy?
by Tony Vidler To ensure business success you must have a strategy. But 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 […]
by Tony Vidler Challenging times test whether we are truly delivering value, and whether we have a good value creation model for the advisory firm. Is the practice focussed upon the areas where it can improve in its value delivery to clients…does it even know which areas they are? Where do we need to […]
Some Advisory Firm’s Are “Going Out Of Business” Without Even Realising It
by Tony Vidler I have a strong sense that a lot of advisory firms are “going out of business” at the moment and don’t even realise it. For a very long time markets were going well, and commission and fee rates were at the high end of the scale, and there were plenty […]
Focus On 3 Things To Make Next Year The Best Production Year Ever
by Tony Vidler There are so many things you COULD plan to work on to improve next year, but what REALLY matters? Maybe having the best production year ever…that would be helpful. It is easy to get caught up in making lots and lots of plans and goals and arranging to be incredibly […]
Regulatory Reform: The Danger Of Knee-Jerk Reactions
by Tony Vidler Regulatory reform is everywhere (in the west at least) in financial services and the biggest distraction for advisers is what they need to do to adjust for it…again…and the focus is almost always entirely upon the short term. Knee-jerk reactions become the norm as advisers grapple with the burning questions, such as: […]
5 Points Of Competitive Difference In Choosing Product Suppliers
by Tony Vidler Often it seems there is little difference between product suppliers in financial services, with one fund manager looking similar to other fund managers, and one life insurer offering essentially the same products as other life insurers…how do you decide which product supplier is right to work more closely with? When it […]
by Tony Vidler Focus. It is one of the most noticeable differences between those who are successful, and those who are frustrated. The ability to focus on what matters most is often what separates the two. It is hardly surprising either given that it is definitely harder to be a successful financial adviser […]
by Tony Vidler How much do you really think a good client is really worth to you? Most financial advisers will easily work through the basic formula of the average fee/sale per client multiplied by the number of transactions they have with you each year, and then multiplied by the number of years you […]