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How often is too often to send emails?
by Tony Vidler “How often should I send emails?” is the perpetual question asked by professionals who are beginning to build an engagement marketing system or lifting their client communications and services standards. The objective is to find that balance between being continually present, but without being a nuisance. The bad news is […]
Lost Sales Skills: How to “get down to business” without drama
by Tony Vidler The advice industry has lost a lot of sales skills, and it needs them. If we are to help consumers make better decisions and change behaviour then we have to be able to help convince them to change. The first tension point for today’s professionals is how to transition from the […]
This Is The Sensible First Step In Taking Charge Of Your Time
by Tony Vidler Without doubt the most precious resource we have in professional services is our time. For many practitioners it is all they have to sell, and derive income from. It follows that when it comes to trying to determine how to improve business efficiency or profitability, or personal earnings, that the allocation […]
by Tony Vidler There are two types of advisers at this time of year: 1. those who begin finding it tough to close out the game 2. those who are already started on a new game. Typically in December & January most clients are trying to close out their own business games….get THEIR jobs […]
by Tony Vidler Looking ahead at the changes you can…no… the changes you WILL make in the next year you have probably begun to zero in on the Key Performance Indicators – the KPI’s. These are the measures that matter. They are the ratio’s or milestones that indicate your plan is progressing, and that […]
Time Management Problem? Try Planning Your "Perfect Week" To Begin With…
by Tony Vidler Why is time management such an issue for professionals when they are good at planning? We can take it as a given that financial advisers and financial planners are good at planning generally. And they are very good at operational planning, which is that stuff that often gets referred to as […]
Is this why prospects ignore your networking effort?
by Tony Vidler Networking often seems to be harder than it should. It is amazing how many people forget, or ignore, basic social skills and common courtesies when trying to network – especially in online networking platforms such as LinkedIn. Speaking personally, I ignore people trying to network with me on a daily […]
Question: What’s the worst that could happen if you asked this?
by Tony Vidler Great questions are integral to client engagement, but what is a really GREAT question? One of the keys to success for any professional is having strong sales skills, or to put it another way, the ability to influence clients to shift their thinking. Is that “selling” though, or is that just […]
Want Prospects To Open Up? Take a tip from the professional interviewers
by Tony Vidler Once upon a time everyone was taught the difference between open and closed questions as the key to engaging prospects…and it worked for a fair while. In today’s world with it’s much greater emphasis upon individual opinion and with our professional focus having shifted entirely onto what the client cares about rather […]
by Tony Vidler Behavioural finance meets gaming meets technology and that means “marketing opportunity”. One of the newer marketing concepts arising from these trends converging is “gamification”, and while it is being used in all sorts of industries to engage consumers with new products and services it doesn’t appear to have really attained great traction […]