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The Words We Choose To Use Have Power
by Tony Vidler        If we want to give ourselves the best chance possible of influencing clients and prospects to change course, which is what professional advice is all about really, then there is no doubt that the words we choose to use can make an enormous difference.   Enough experts have done enough research over […]
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The Right Way To Present An Advice Recommendation
by Tony Vidler        When you are presenting quotes or recommending product solutions, are you still giving the prospect a few choices, like 3 perhaps? Don’t do it.   Consumers are onto it, so as a “sales technique” it loses impact…and it was never fabulous technique to begin with.  More importantly, it undermines your professional […]
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Do you want to be seen as independent? Then don’t make this BIG mistake…
by Tony Vidler        There is one really big mistake that many advisers who wish to be seen as fully independent make repeatedly.  By “independent”, I am not referring to a regulators interpretation of the word, but being an independent business which is not overtly aligned to one or product manufacturers.   Running an independent business, […]
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Should you give a sly kickback to referrers?
by Tony Vidler        One of the ethical challenges for professionals is how to appropriately recognise the value of a great referrer or Centre-Of-Influence. A little kickback on the sly? Hardly professional. Don’t talk about it and pretend there is no commercial significance? Not great for maintaining trust long term.   It doesn’t have to become […]
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How to Position For The Right Referrals
by Tony Vidler        Getting referrals is difficult enough for many, but getting the right referrals is even tougher. It’s always nice to get a referral of course, but it doesn’t help if we do get a referral and it is someone that we just can’t deliver great value to.   So we do want to […]
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Want to Cross-Sell? Then put a bit of planning into it…
by Tony Vidler        We all know that cross-selling services and products to clients is critical to maximising the value of the client relationship as well as ensuring you are delivering full value to your clients.   So why is it so often neglected?   In part cross-selling is skipped because so many professional advisers […]
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The Continuous Cycle That Is Social Media Marketing
by Tony Vidler         Marketing via social media is a bit like riding a bike: you have to keep pedalling that cycle or the lack of momentum will make it fall over. Many professionals beginning with social media as part of their marketing mix fail to recognise that continual movement is a critical part of making […]
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Client Functions: An Ideal Way To Engage Prospects AND Also Make Top Clients Happy
by Tony Vidler        An incredibly effective method of marketing for professionals is running client events, however the challenge is getting a decent return on the investment of time  and money.   Big events where dozens of clients can be entertained have their merits (especially when it comes to educating or transferring knowledge) but rarely do […]
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Give Publicity To Get Some Good Publicity
by Tony Vidler        An excellent way to get some positive publicity and generate more “word of mouth” advertising for your business is to give some good publicity to other businesses.   That may sound a little strange…counter-intuitive even…but the priniciple of reciprocity is a powerful thing.   Pretty much everyone in professional services has clients […]
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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 […]
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