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Be Valuable By Simply Making Clients Lives Easier
by Tony Vidler There are many ways to be valuable to clients, and a frequently overlooked aspect of value is simply maing clients lives easier for them. A massive opportunity exists for advisers to remove complexity from their clients lives, and in turn, be valued for the advice and convenience they deliver to […]
5 Points Of Competitive Difference In Choosing Product Suppliers
by Tony Vidler Often it seems there is little difference between product suppliers in financial services, with one fund manager looking similar to other fund managers, and one life insurer offering essentially the same products as other life insurers…how do you decide which product supplier is right to work more closely with? When it […]
by Tony Vidler The evolution of advice firms into different service and revenue models is happening already of course, but the majority of financial advisory firms appear to still be trying to figure out what the next evolutionary step might be. There’s a classic cartoon that shows the way forward for those advice firms when […]
Be like the Private Banker in order to become invaluable
by Tony Vidler To become invaluable, emulate “the Private Bankers” when it comes to combatting the multiple pressure points of rising consumer expectations, technology-driven and cost-focussed solutions, and the trend for “self management” in all things by clients. I had the pleasure of spending a little time with Dr Phillip M. Randall a […]
by Tony Vidler Future advice practices will be cyborgs; blending robos with advice. Robotic product and solution delivery together with humans managing relationships and working on strategy will be the single commercial “organism”. You see, I am convinced that robo-advice models will succeed and prosper. I am also convinced that human advisers will […]
Why Advisers Need To Invest In Their Businesses. Now.
by Tony Vidler Financial advisers really need to invest more into their practices. Now. More money, more thinking, more strategy….more leverage. Even those who have been investing probably need to invest more. For decades financial advisers have been able to to operate “lifestyle” businesses. It has enabled them to largely choose when they will […]
by Tony Vidler Do you remember when petrol stations competed on client service? Fundamentally they were all selling the same basic commodity, at about the same price, to anyone who drove up. That included the regulars who lived in the area and who had high lifetime value and the out-of-towners cruising through who just needed […]
by Tony Vidler It seems to me that it is worth advisers asking themselves what their risk tolerance is as business owners given all the market and regulatory changes that have occurred in a reasonably short period of time. When contemplating what changes should be made in response to more regulatory reform or fundamental industry […]
by Tony Vidler I support a compliance focus 100% ….but I support a client focus 100% too. All too often it is impossible to achieve 100% for both simultaneously though. Where does a professional compromise? Or does one not compromise? I think this picture captures the challenge of delivering compliant “best […]
Using Practice Technology As A Competitive Advantage
by Tony Vidler Everyone is looking for a competitive advantage, an edge over the firms offering similar services. Often those competitors are offering essentially the same services, with the same processes, and the same infrastructure…but…how one implements and uses practice technology is an area that often has untapped potential to provide business advantages. […]