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Incentives For Clients: What is appropriate?
by Tony Vidler        What incentives are appropriate for encouraging clients to refer other clients?  Are incentives appropriate at all?   Some would even ask “Why provide incentives at all?  Surely if the product or the advice is good value in itself then no further incentive is needed?”   These questions around incentives for promotions […]
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Share your opinion
Share Your Opinions If You Want To Get Noticed
by Tony Vidler        A core objective of great marketing is to get noticed, and what generates more notice than strong, well articulated and thoughtful opinions on topical issues?   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 […]
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referreals not converting
Referrals Not Converting? This may be why…
by Tony Vidler        Too many referrals today are not converting into clients for too many professionals – and all too often the professionals are puzzled about why that is.   Typically it comes down to us not looking good enough on line.  Todays referrals usually do a quick search before deciding whether to meet […]
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The Secret To Creating Effective Marketing Messages
by Tony Vidler        For any marketing message to be effective there are a number of things that one has to get right – but there is a bit of a formula!   The first “secret” in effective marketing messages is that they are written for an individual reader.  We are trying to create the sense of […]
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Why advertising doesn’t work sometimes
by Tony Vidler        At some point most professionals consider using advertising as a means of lead generation, and usually it doesn’t work quite as well as they hoped. There are a few things to get right when it comes to creating advertising which generates the results you hoped for but the most obvious reason […]
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If you need more clients then you probably need different skills
by Tony Vidler        Financial advisers who need more clients need to be better marketers than salespeople in todays environment.  For most that means they probably need new, or more, skills.  Not more technical skills; more commercial skills.   While financial advisers have been figuring out how to get ever-more-compliant and deliver yet-more-paper over the […]
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pitching the message
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 […]
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The Madness of Creating Videos Without a Master Plan
by Tony Vidler        A little while ago I participated in a survey on marketing by financial advisers internationally.  The results were intriguing in that clearly there is widespread recognition by advisers of the importance and effectiveness of creating videos as a communication and marketing medium, however there is a disconnect too as the majority […]
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When you cannot think of a better way to market yourself, try this…
by Tony Vidler        When all else fails and you are at a loss to market your particular value as an adviser, the safest marketing path is to sell “convenience”.   We all know, because we all do it, it is simply more convenient to go to the supermarket than an array of specialty shops.  […]
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First, Become Famous In Your Neighbourhood
by Tony Vidler        Where are your advertising dollars, and efforts, going to get the best return?   It seems that the majority of small businesses get the majority of their new clients from their local area, which is not terribly surprising given that most professional service businesses largely compete on “convenience”.   Without a […]
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