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How to balance client time with practice development
by Tony Vidler        A genuine challenge for advice firms right now is balancing client time as well as do all the work necessary to lift standards and improve business systems.  There are after all only so many hours in a day, but then there are deadlines for when new standards and rules have to be […]
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The "service" bit in your service business just might be the best ROI
by Tony Vidler        The standout burning issue for most professional services firms remains attracting and developing new business, and advisers have a lot of distractions.  The thing that is often compromised is existing client service as advisers deal with all the change and try to remain commercially viable.   Yet, the most valuable investment […]
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2 things to look for when hiring a Virtual Assistant
by Tony Vidler        As cost pressures mount and margins decrease for many professional service firms they are increasingly looking to hire “virtual” staff.  That is, staff who are not necessarily permanently on the payroll, and definitely not permanently on the premises needing “housing”.   India and the Philippines are probably leading the charge in […]
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Showing gratitude: Do your clients know that you value them?
by Tony Vidler        Silent gratitude achieves nothing.   Yet, gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions because it highlights to others that you value them, or what they have done.   But gratitude is worthless if you never express it.   It also happens to be one of the most simple ways of […]
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Should you be marketing to your existing clients?
by Tony Vidler        What do you want most from your marketing: 1.  More customers, or, 2.  More revenue?   Most marketing efforts are aimed at trying to convince strangers to bring their business to you.  New clients are good of course, and are in fact vital for the long term success of a business.   […]
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Being valued as a financial advisor
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 […]
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Taking Charge Of Our Digital Moments Of Truth
by Tony Vidler        Sooooo much is done via digital engagement today by our clients and prospects that there literally hundreds of “moments of truth” for our practice on a daily basis.  A “moment of truth” is that instant during interaction with our firm when a customers expectations are tested.  The rise of digital interaction means […]
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Be like the Private Banker in order to become invaluable
by Tony Vidler        Emulate “the Private Bankers” is the sage advice of Dr Phillip M. Randall for advisers when it comes to combatting the multiple pressure points of rising consumer expectations, technology-driven and cost-focussed solutions, and the trend for “self management” in all things by clients.   I had the pleasure of spending a little […]
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Should Advisers Be Selling Coffee Instead Of Client Service?
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 […]
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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.  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 […]
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