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Innovation in delivering Financial Advice: Does it have to be this way?
by Tony Vidler “Innovation” and “delivering financial advice” do not usually go together for the majority in the industry. The way advice is delivered by tens of thousands of professionals tends to gravitate to the same methodology. There is safety hiding in the herd, right? Then the type of advice delivered by tens […]
by Tony Vidler The perennial challenge in selling advice is positioning it as valuable, and we should think about it and describe it the right way: great advice is about coaching. It IS coaching. Giving advice is all about analysing the desired outcomes for clients, weighing up the possibilities, deciding on the optimal […]
by Tony Vidler Smart advisers today make sure they are demonstrating their value to prospects. Having a prospect who is interested enough to hear what you have to offer has always been a necessary step on the path to getting a client, and it obviously remains so today. However, who the prospect decides […]
If you want people to buy your advice, then dumb it down!
by Tony Vidler When it comes to getting someone to buy your advice one of the best tips I can give is “dumb it down- but don’t treat them like dummies“. There is a big difference between “dumbing it down” and treating people like dummies. The first is about simplifying the message in order […]
You are a professional? That doesn’t mean I trust you.
by Tony Vidler You’re a professional. Should I trust you? Nope. As a consumer, a user of professional services myself, I’m tired of hearing from professionals that they should be trusted just because they are labelled professionals. Let’s face it; many carry the label “professional” only by association anyway. The industry they are in […]
Pitching Your Marketing To The Target Client’s Buying Journey
by Tony Vidler Every practice needs to be pitching their marketing efforts at the ideal point in the target market’s buying process, because no practice has enough money and time to cover every possibility. Today’s consumers go through a process of engaging with professionals which is a little different to the consumers of 20 years […]
by Tony Vidler Whether we like it or not there is nearly always price resistance in delivering financial advice, and how we present our service is a large part of that problem. It doesn’t have to be…we just need to think through the differences between “what we say” and “what they hear”. I often […]
Are you offering Advice clients Fast Food or Fine Dining?
by Tony Vidler Many advisers are unsure about what they offer advice clients – cheap and cheerful advice on the fly, or a superb planning experience. Both do the job, albeit in different ways. But offering fast food at silver service prices is a business model that will struggle…and that’s what happens when there […]
Helping Consumers Compare Solutions Will Lead Them To You
by Tony Vidler Todays consumers will compare before deciding who to use, so help them do it. If you help consumers compare solutions well, it will lead them to choose you. And it can streamline your advice when you do get chosen. Use the generic product or strategy information from your financial plans or statements […]
Financial Advisers Problem? Offering To Do Too Much
by Tony Vidler Advisers have a few problems these days. The biggest financial adviser problem though is getting prospects to engage with us to begin with. Despite a couple of decades of positioning, developing and improving technical knowledge and qualifications, many financial professionals are struggling to get enough clients to engage in holistic planning. […]