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How much Know-How should you give away for free?
by Tony Vidler It is difficult to work out how much of your expertise or know-how you should give away for free isn’t it? Most professionals give away free hours as part of their marketing to try and engage new clients, and in some professions even give away entire services which have become commoditized, […]
by Tony Vidler Twitter is crowded and noisy and it can be difficult to get found by your prospects…but there ARE a few things you can do that will help them find you. There are prospects for you on Twitter… Because Twitter is full of prospects who are engaged. That is one of […]
by Tony Vidler The biggest social media platform on the planet – everyone is there. So how best to engage with all these potential Facebook company page fans who just might one day become clients, or at the very least become advocates? Professional services firms seem to struggle more than most other businesses […]
Use Visual Aids To Create Better Advice Engagement
by Tony Vidler Advisers try to create simplicity from complexity, and the most effective way of doing that is to use visual aids. They create quicker understanding and better engagement simply because most people find it easier to comprehend new or difficult information when it is presented visually. We all know from personal […]
What The Kardashian’s Can Teach Us About Reputation Marketing
by Tony Vidler For many successful advisers their reputation is the critical marketing success factor in their careers. And who has done reputation marketing – or “famous just for being famous” – better than the Kardashians? Reputation in professional services often drives more recommendations or referrals that lead to new business than practitioners […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler Creating engaging conversations with people you don’t know well, or who feel they don’t know you well enough, is difficult. It can be even more difficult when they are guarded…thinking maybe that you are just there to sell them something. You can engage even the most guarded and difficult prospects […]
by Tony Vidler For an industry focused on planning, advisers have a tendency to forget planning how they will build their influencers. I know that sounds like a heck of a generalisation, however it is one founded upon my own experience with advisers. Developing a centre-of-influence is often approached enthusiastically and with all […]
by Tony Vidler Coming up with a winning headline or subject line is the first objective when writing for clients or prospects. Anything else we have to say in the body of the message just doesn’t really matter if we can’t get their attention and engagement first. Whether we are writing for a […]
by Tony Vidler Getting more referrals from existing clients and relationships is often a challenge, but you can generate more referrals from past referrers with a little more thought. Being thoughtful about expressing gratitude extends beyond “what is an appropriate gift”. Being thoughtful about how you deliver a gift and how you […]
The wealthy may avoid $163 billion in taxes every year. Here’s how they do it
The wealthiest Americans may be avoiding $163 billion in income taxes every year, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Here’s how