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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Dumb business is converting only 1 in 10 prospects…
by Tony Vidler Remember when everyone starting in a sales role was told to just “see the people, see the people, see the people!”? Remember when the expectation was that our fame and fortune would be assured if we worked the 10-3-1 formula? Call 10 people, and get appointments with 3 of them on average, […]