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How To Get Paid For Each Piece Of Advice You Give
by Tony Vidler        Here’s a simple strategy for getting paid fairly for the advice you give….and I mean getting paid for ALL the advice you give…every step of the way.   There are broadly three possible parts to any client work: 1.  Planning 2.  Implementing, or “putting in place” any planning recommendations 3.  Ongoing […]
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Which Clients To Keep; Which Ones To Fire
by Tony Vidler         More clients is good, right? But when you have plenty of clients on the books the question becomes which clients to keep. Or which ones to get rid of.  Actually, advisers should be constantly asking these questions regardless of how big their book of clients actually is.  They are not questions […]
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We should be using more video with email
by Tony Vidler        If you aren’t using video with email to educate and engage clients and prospects yet, why not?   It seems an odd thing with everyone having smart phones that can take high quality video’s on the spot, and with everyone also drafting and sending perhaps a 100 emails a day, but […]
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You Deliver Value, So Why Not Promise Value Up-Front?
by Tony Vidler        Why not promise value up-front if you know you can deliver that? It sems an obvious question to ask, yet I find myself continually asking it of financial advisers. Nearly every professional gives an initial “no obligation meeting” to prospective clients, and nearly everyone delivers value to those prospects during that initial […]
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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 […]
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How Much You Know Is Not That Important
by Tony Vidler        Professional financial advisers know way too much to be used in any given client meeting or engagement.  Yet too many think that how much you know is what matters.  One of the great skills of the super successful professionals in fact is figuring out what stuff they know which is not […]
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Maybe Financial Advisers Could Be Selling Coffee?
by Tony Vidler        Do you remember when petrol stations competed on client service? Fundamentally they were all selling the same basic commodity, at about the same price, to anyone who drove up.  That included the regulars who lived in the area and who had high lifetime value and the out-of-towners cruising through who just needed […]
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Client Segmentation Needs To Be Done Commercially
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 […]
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Client Contact Frequency: How much is enough?
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 […]
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12 Prospect Barriers WE Must Address
by Tony Vidler        There are many barriers which can prevent a prospect from engaging in the professional financial advice process, and those prospect barriers are our problem to address.  WE have to try and eliminate or negate all of them.     The first step in understanding how to negate them is of course […]
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