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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 […]
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 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 […]
The Customer Is NOT King; The Customer Is Not Always Right
by Tony Vidler The mantra of “customer is king” is rubbish. The customer is not always right, and the customer is definitely not the stakeholder who provides permission to practice. Yet we keep hearing that the customer is king from marketers and interest groups as if it were a commandment. A King or […]
by Tony Vidler Reaching todays common client is not easy for professionals. They are easy to find for sure, but reaching them and getting their attention is something else again. When you consider how a buying process happens today it becomes a lot easier to understand why it is so hard – and what […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler One of the thorny issues for financial advisers is finding the right CRM system. What makes it difficult is the struggle to define what is “right”. As with most things in business, one should begin the decision making journey with a clear view of what you are trying to achieve. Begin […]
by Tony Vidler What you think is the problem is not always actually the problem. Sometimes the person is the problem. Sometimes, maybe, the client is the problem rather than you. Before talking about clients though allow me to use a non-client example. Picture the scene: a partner in a practice is telling me […]