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Advisers Could Get Better Returns On Their Investment
by Tony Vidler It is a little ironic that many professionals in the business of advising people how to get better returns do not do what they should to get a better return on one of their own biggest investments – their business. Many advisers think a successful personal retirement is simply a matter […]
Why Your Advisory Practice Needs 2 Marketing Strategies
by Tony Vidler When considering advisory practice marketing the primary focus from most advisers is “How much should I spend to get a new client onboard?” While the answer will vary for everyone of course, the typical answer I hear is “maybe a couple of hundred dollars“. It follows that if you want another couple […]
Innovation in delivering Financial Advice: Does it have to be this way?
by Tony Vidler “Innovation” and “delivering financial advice” do not usually go together for the majority in the industry. The way advice is delivered by tens of thousands of professionals tends to gravitate to the same methodology. There is safety hiding in the herd, right? Then the type of advice delivered by tens […]
Don’t rush to go “The Extra Mile” in client service just yet…
by Tony Vidler Go the extra mile and clients will love you, right? 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 in “providing service”…the answer to getting to more clients on the “satisfied” […]
by Tony Vidler When it comes to building an audience of influencers, advocates, raving fans and interested spectators, it all begins with having your own Tight 5. If you follow rugby you probably got it straight away, but if you don’t follow rugby then this analogy will seem wierd, so humour me for a moment […]
Commission-Based Life & Health Advisers Need To Get Moving
by Tony Vidler There is clearly a mood afoot for various industry stakeholders to see up-front commissions reduce in size in a number of financial products, particularly in life and health insurance products. It will become a self-fulfilling prophecy of course, as the more it gets debated the greater the acceptance of the inevitability. […]
The 3 Keys To Attracting Your Successors – and keeping the talent
by Tony Vidler It is one thing to atract talent to your firm, it is quite another to attract successors with the right talent though. Many financial advisory firms see the need to create leverage and handle their own succession issues through recruiting new advisory talent but struggle to do it successfully. The main […]
How to balance client time with practice development
by Tony Vidler A genuine challenge for advice firms right now is balancing client time as well as do all the work necessary to lift standards and improve business systems. There are after all only so many hours in a day, but then there are deadlines for when new standards and rules have to be […]
Professional Practice Evolution: What Separates Modern Professionals From The Past?
by Tony Vidler There are lessons to be learned from the evolution of the modern professional practice for those who are not there yet. There is also no doubt that a number of financial advisers and practices are still evolving, or yet to begin the journey if they are to avoid being rendered redundant. When […]
Practice Growth Requires Leadership More Than Management
by Tony Vidler The most frequent thing I see that prevents great practice growth and holds advisers back from developing their dream business is a lack of vision. I don’t mean “vision” in the namby-pamby buzz-word sense of having a beautiful set of words on a plaque on a wall that nobody really cares […]