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How to do client video testimonials the right way!
by Tony Vidler        Testimonials are good for business – but we all know that.   Video testimonials are even better for business – and not everyone has got THAT yet.   Being able to see the body language, and hear the inflections in a clients voice as they talk about their positive experience, are […]
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Making the move into charging fees for advice
by Tony Vidler        The easiest way for advisers who are worried about trying to charge fees for their expertise or time is to sell a service which is not product related at all.  This seems daunting to the many financial advisers who have “grown up” in an environment where they were paid by commissions […]
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The most preferred, and most effective, client communication tool?
by Tony Vidler        Engaging with clients and prospects is critical to getting the right business from the right people, and there is a surefire client communication winner (still): The humble electronic newsletter.   Let’s begin by thinking about what you are trying to achieve with any client engagement method and you will probably come […]
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choosing you is a no brainer
These 4 things make it easy for prospects to say YES
by Tony Vidler        We all want all of our prospects to say YES, but getting them to do so isn’t necessarily about having a clever line that they can’t say “no” to.   Which do you think is more effective with todays educated and sophisticated consumer? 1. The clever sales technique that has you […]
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Sell holes, not drills, to get more customers
by Tony Vidler         When people go to the hardware store and buy a fantastic electric drill they are not usually terribly interested in the drill itself.   They want a hole.   This is an elementary truth about consumers buying behaviour  They buy products for what the products can do for them, not because […]
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Imagine if we were REALLY 100% honest with clients
by Tony Vidler        Total honesty with clients is a wonderful idea….but 100% honesty in all things with clients would kill us commercially.  And frankly the consumers, regulators and politicians wouldn’t like it much….despite how much they ask for 100% honesty in all things.   Don’t get me wrong: I believe in full transparency and […]
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If it’s too expensive then there is a value gap
by Tony Vidler        If there is one objection which continually gets professionals in a tangle it is the client who says “it’s too expensive”.  When a client says “too expensive” YOU you haven’t done your job…there is a gap between the value being delivered and value being perceived by the client.  A value gap […]
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New Ways To Lift The Game With Customers
by Tony Vidler        Have you thought about rolling the dice and asking your customers what they would like you to provide?   In professional services we are often reasonable at surveying our customers for satisfaction and service levels, and asking generic questions about how we can improve in those areas.  More often than not […]
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When To Take Online Engagement Offline
by Tony Vidler        A frequently asked question by professionals using digital marketing is “how, and when, do I take the online engagement offline into the real world?”   Let’s assume for the exercise that you have made a new connection on Linked for example.  Often professionals will make new connections and then wonder what […]
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The best way to manage emotional clients
by Tony Vidler        There comes a time for all of us when we find ourselves dealing with a client who is not acting rationally, or logically, and is driven by their emotions. It’s tough to handle isn’t it?   There is every risk that whatever you do will be seen as confrontational, or dismissive […]
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