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The powerful marketing tool that you use every day, but hardly use for actual marketing
by Tony Vidler The most powerful marketing tool most professionals have is the one they use scores of times daily, but which they usually do not do any actual marketing with. email. Love it or loathe it, we all use it. It is not going away anytime soon, and it is not about […]
by Tony Vidler Advisers underestimate the importance of frequent client contact and “Frequent contact” is in itself a phrase that is interpreted differently amongst advisers. So how often is “frequent”? How often is often enough? For a long while the mantra was “be in touch every 90 days”, but that was in a […]
Crisis Communications: Sending Virtual Hugs Is Not Silly
by Tony Vidler ok…maybe it isn’t appropriate for professionals to actually send virtual hug memes. But then, maybe it is. It all depends on the relationship you have with the client doesn’t it? For some it might indeed be right….but that isn’t really the point of this article. It is the concept of “sending […]
The most preferred, and most effective, client communication tool?
by Tony Vidler Engaging with clients and prospects is critical to getting the right business from the right people, and there is a surefire client communication winner (still): The humble electronic newsletter. Let’s begin by thinking about what you are trying to achieve with any client engagement method and you will probably come […]
Different communications are methods needed for different clients
by Tony Vidler Different people learn and comprehend in different ways, and different sorts of clients need different sorts of communications methods and styles if messaging is to be truly effective. One size really does not fit all. A Little while ago LIMRA did some research on preferred methods of communications by […]
by Tony Vidler There comes a time for all of us when we find ourselves dealing with a client who is not acting rationally, or logically, and is driven by their emotions. It’s tough to handle isn’t it? There is every risk that whatever you do will be seen as confrontational, or dismissive […]
Become more valuable to clients by making it easier
by Tony Vidler One of the key concepts that advisers must grasp is the need to be valued for the advice and coaching they provide, rather than their value being linked to a product solution. A massive opportunity exists for advisers to remove complexity from their clients lives, and in turn, be valued […]
by Tony Vidler An incredibly powerful tool for finding and then converting ideal prospects remains the humble newsletter. You can build, and maintain, top of mind brand awareness with it. You can establish or reinforce expert positioning with it. Your reach can be extraordinary – particularly so with an e-zine or email-based newsletter. […]
Where will the greatest disruption to your practice come from?
by Tony Vidler Disruption has long been a feature of financial services distribution. Generally disruption occurs with new market entrants, product innovation, shifting strategic focus on the part of suppliers in relation to control or autonomy of distributors….but disruption has typically come from within the industry itself. Many years ago I read a piece of […]
by Tony Vidler Word-of-mouth remains the best marketing professionals can use, or get. The next best is “talk”. Talk to clients and prospects directly. One-to-one…actually spending time communicating directly with each other…voice to voice…human to human. While I love using digital and leveraging it to communicate to as many people as possible, and it […]