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How to begin creating a Value Proposition
by Tony Vidler Creating a value proposition that truly differentiates a professional and resonates with the target market audience is one of the hardest things to create, and one of the most important. It is THE thing which sits at the centre of all your marketing if you get it right. It becomes […]
How to use your most valuable online real estate well!
By Tony Vidler CFP CLU ChFC The most valuable piece of online “real estate” any professional has today is their LinkedIn Summary section. It is searchable content, and there is LOADS of room to tell your story or compelling points of difference, or highlight your expertise….yet so many professionals barely use 50% of the space […]
by Tony Vidler Thinking differently would seem to be an obvious thing to do if one wanted to be different. If you wanted your advisory firm to stand out from competitors it would make sense to do something different too. So thinking differently and then be different seems to be a pretty straightforward way […]
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 […]
By Tony Vidler, CFP CLU ChFC Forming and then delivering an opinion is what professional advisers do for a living. With every client and every engagement opinions are created and expressed. Virtually every incoming phone call and email that arrives from clients demands another opinion. We aren’t short of having opinions are we? […]
by Tony Vidler The perennial challenge in selling advice is positioning it as valuable, and we should think and talk of it as it really is: coaching. Giving advice is all about analysing the desired outcomes for clients, weighing up the possibilities, deciding on the optimal way forward and then managing the behavioural […]
by Tony Vidler Do you really know what your clients want? A classic mistake that professionals tend to repeat is assuming that their clients all want the same thing, which coincidentally is the very thing that the professional specialises in. There are usually 2 things wrong with this assumption: clients are not all […]
by Tony Vidler “Only 2% of consumers would go to a financial planner to take out life or other personal insurance” “Only 9% of consumers would go to a financial planner for retirement planning” “12% of consumers would seek investment advice from a financial planner” Wow. What on earth do consumers think financial planners […]
You are a professional? So what? That doesn’t mean I trust you.
by Tony Vidler 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. Recently, and for only about the zillionth time, I asked “the question” that I always ask professionals, and got “the answer” that I pretty much […]
Demonstrate Your Value And Prospects Will Choose You
by Tony Vidler Smart professional service firms 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 […]