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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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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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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, […]
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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, […]
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Wait! Don’t go The Extra Mile just yet…
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 […]
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Do You Practice Enough To Be A Champion Adviser?
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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Being There. Maybe that is what Advisers are not doing well.
by Tony Vidler I’ve just been reading through a very interesting piece of research that came out of the last census here in NZ, compiled by Statistics NZ, and it immediately highlighted some problems in our process as advisers that suggest we may be missing the mark with many consumers.   The key statistic that […]
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You are probably closer to being “An Authority” than you realise.
by Tony Vidler        IF you have bought into the key concept of providing good quality content, or information, to prospects in order to engage them until they are ready to use your services, the inevitable question becomes: “what do I provide in the way of content?”   It seems a fair question too. Very […]
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