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The best way to manage emotional clients
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 and […]
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 up […]
by Tony Vidler There are many ways to be valuable to clients, and a frequently overlooked aspect of value is simply maing clients lives easier for them. A massive opportunity exists for advisers to remove complexity from their clients lives, and in turn, be valued for the advice and convenience they deliver to […]
Keep ideal prospects until they’re ready for just $2.50 per year…
by Tony Vidler Good prospects take time to convert to clients, so one of the tricks of great businesses is to keep ideal prospects engaged until they are ready to become clients of their own accord. An incredibly powerful tool for finding and then converting ideal prospects still remains the humble newsletter. You […]
Where will the greatest disruption to your practice come from?
by Tony Vidler Disruption has long been a feature of financial services distribution. Disruption constantly 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. Some years ago I read a piece […]
by Tony Vidler It is logical to do a bit of client segmentation so that you can figure out what levels of service can be offered to which clients profitably. The funny thing is that most of the time it is the “profitably” part that gets lost in the client categorisation process…. While […]
by Tony Vidler The question of whether client contact frequency makes a discernible difference to the strength of the adviser-client relationship, or enhances the perceived value of the adviser to the client, is one which is still debated continuously. How often is often enough is the burning question. Some research done on […]
by Tony Vidler Simply creating trust with a prospective client is the initial hurdle to having them engage in the advice process. To be fair the required level of trust initially is relatively low – can they trust you not to waste their time…can they trust that you really know what you are doing….can […]
by Tony Vidler The first priority for any adviser in tougher times is to keep clients that you currently have, right? Then you can afford to worry about getting new ones. Changes to financial services are coming thick and fast, and advisers know that clients are rapidly changing in their expectations of service, solutions and […]
by Tony Vidler Becoming an advice client is not quick and easy for consumers really…every decision, every solution, every recommendation seems to be a major journey for them. We know it is true, and we know that the process of onboarding a new client takes longer than ever and more barriers to engagement […]