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What Price Is My Practice?
by Tony Vidler Given some of the trends beginning to take shape in financial services there must be serious questions about how to accurately value an advisory firm. The short answer to what is an accurate value will of course always be “whatever a buyer is willing to pay, and which you are willing […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Big Ticks: Best Stories For Professional Advisers This Week
By Tony Vidler CFP CLU ChFC Information, ideas, tips…the articles for professional advisers which I spotted this week that generate fresh thinking or a deeper understanding of issues are provided here as a quick readers digest for professionals who are looking ahead. These are the highlights from the week that you should stop and read, […]
In Process there is Profit! (But you DO have to herd some cats to get there)
by Tony Vidler The great news for anybody actually reading this post is that the headline already turned a bunch of your competitors off. That word “process” is just deadly for so many advisers today that too many won’t have bothered reading beyond the word. It has become associated simply with compliance, […]
By Tony Vidler Go the extra mile? Maybe not. While I would be the first to say that an area of opportunity for professional services firms to excel in comparison to their competitors is oddly enough in…uuhhhm… “providing service”…the answer to getting to more clients on the “satisfied” side of the line is […]
By Tony Vidler This is one of my favourite business quotes. My reason for pointing this out is because people keep forgetting it. If we turned temporarily from business to the world of sport – where success is often measured primarily by win/loss ratio’s -then I’d say that this is a favourite: My point in […]
Demonstrate Your Value And Prospects Will Choose You
by Tony Vidler Smart professional service firms today make sure they are demonstrating their value to prospects. Having a prospect who is interested enough to hear what you have to offer has always been a necessary step on the path to getting a client, and it obviously remains so today. However, who the prospect […]
If you want prospects to "buy you", then dumb it down!
by Tony Vidler One of the best tips I can give anyone in professional services is “dumb it down- but don’t treat people like dummies“. There is a big difference between “dumbing it down” and treating people like dummies too. The first is about simplifying the message in order to be effective, whereas the second […]