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buying a financial planning business
What you need to know if you’re going to buy to grow
by Tony Vidler        As many advice businesses reach maturity it is common to consider whether they should “buy to grow”.  Should they buy another practice, or more commonly, should just buy a book of business from another practice.     The typical reasons suggested for wanting to grow through acquisition are: 1.  Get new […]
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Some customers you probably don’t want
by Tony Vidler        Fact: some customers you just don’t want.  Most of us would agree that we should contribute to the greater good of society, and engage in pro bono work to help some of those who can’t afford us, but we are are running commercial enterprises.   Not all customers are good customers […]
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The 6 Necessities of Modern Marketing for Financial Advisers
by Tony Vidler        I have no doubt that many financial advisers are struggling to understand what happened to their previously successful marketing methods.  For years –  decades perhaps –  they have been able to keep a constant source of prospective future clients coming through the front doors, yet for most this is now a […]
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What is the point of an expensive CRM system?
by Tony Vidler        An adviser who plans on being in the business for another couple of decades asked what the point is in paying for an expensive and fancy CRM system. Honest.  He did ask that. He has a list of clients in Outlook and has the clients home addresses, phone numbers, and sometimes […]
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How To Coach Your People To Greater Success
by Tony Vidler        One of the best ways to improve results for your firm is to coach your people to greater levels of professional and personal success, rather than merely “managing” them.   There is a huge difference between coaching and managing…and while managing has its place, it is actually only one aspect of […]
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Is Acquisition – or Merger – Worth It?
by Tony Vidler         Many firms facing increased overheads and infrastructure costs in the next few years are considering acquisition or merger strategies as a survival or growth strategy.   Generally there appears to be  5 main reasons that advisers suggest as their reasons for acquisition of another business.  They are:    1.  Get new […]
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It’s not about you…it’s about the value for THEM
by Tony Vidler        Financial advisers genrally struggle to create a value proposition that accurately expresses how they work differently, or what makes them special compared to others.   It isn’t that they don’t have points of difference, or that they struggle to put ideas into words…generally they are very good at both. Each adviser has […]
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What your clients are REALLY worth to you
by Tony Vidler        How much do you really think a good client is worth to you?   Most financial advisers will easily work through the basic formula of the average fee/sale per client multiplied by the number of transactions they have with you each year, and then multiplied by the number of years you expect […]
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3D Marketing: There IS more than one dimension
by Tony Vidler         There is a tendency for those in professional services to see marketing in a single dimension whereas it really is multi-dimensional. Typically marketing is seen as being one of two quite different things – and neither are entirely right in themselves. It is either something “strategic” and broad and slightly fuzzy, […]
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Anchors away! How to work out which clients to drop
by Tony Vidler         More clients is good, right? How many are enough for a typical adviser though? 1,000? 2,000? 200? And then the plan is “drop some clients, and build it back to up whatever the ideal number is/was with better clients.” Let’s begin by challenging a big myth pervading many practices, being that […]
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