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Compliance: Here are the only 3 things that matter
by Tony Vidler         Whenever the topic of the “advice process”, or compliance, comes up most advisers imagine themselves as the plane in this picture: Compiance is largely considered a burden – albeit a necessary one.  As is usually the way of these things a substantial body of documentation has blossomed over the years which […]
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Why Good Content Matters (and what it looks like)
by Tony Vidler        Pretty much every time I get into a discussion with professionals about building up their business they begin by thinking that the answer is “get more prospects“.  There is no doubt that getting more prospective customers helps build a business of course, but what builds a business faster and less stressfully […]
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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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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 far more […]
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R.I.P. To Some Accepted Wisdom For Growing A Practice
by Tony Vidler        In challenging times growing an advisory practice is incredibly difficult, and one of the methods has become conventional wisdom – but that doesn’t mean it is right in these days of fundamental and structural change.   The concept of a professional firm requiring 3 distinctly different roles of a Finder, Minder […]
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The Value of GETTING Good Advice
by Tony Vidler        If you believe in the value of advice, then it makes sense to believe in the value of getting advice for yourself – or rather, for your business. Nearly every small business can benefit from having a robust governance structure providing strategic input (and insight), additional skills, accountability and excellent risk […]
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They won’t use us until they know what we do…
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 […]
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Targeting The Affluent: 3 Strategic Issues You HAVE To Get To Grips With
by Tony Vidler The nirvana for most professionals is to work only with affluent, and acquiescent, clients.  The challenge in doing so is that the affluent will inevitably become more difficult to get in front of personally. They will become less acquiescent.   As with the famous line from Jurassic Park – “life will find […]
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principle of scarcity
How to tap into the Principle Of Scarcity – and create some urgency for clients
By Tony Vidler The Principle Of Scarcity One of the more powerful principles of influence is the Principle Of Scarcity: people tend to want what they perceive as being limited, or difficult to get.   That is a difficult principle for professionals to tap into most of the time as the products and services that […]
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This is the secret to getting customers enthused when our products are boring
by Tony Vidler        How can we create or transfer enthusiasm to a customer when: Our products are as boring as the boring-est thing ever. The Value that customers receive from financial services products could be years and years and years away….if “physical value” actually ever turns up at all.    That sort of makes good […]
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