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The 4 Actions Needed To Create A Personal Service System That Pays Off
by Tony Vidler        An ongoing challenge for any service business is to create “Mass Personalisation”, or something akin to a factory production line that delivers constant quality efficiently, but which still feels personal to the end user.   In professional services it is creating and efficient and affordable business system that allow mass actions […]
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Actually Using The Pareto Principle To Improve Service And Profit
by Tony Vidler        Everyone has heard of Pareto’s Principle by now, but are you actually using it to improve  profit…or improve service….or is it actually “improve service to improve profit using Pareto”?   It is the latter. Undoubtedly.   Improving service leads to greater retention, or longer duration of client engagement & revenue.  Improving […]
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If Your Advisory Practice Survives, Heed This Lesson
by Tony Vidler        One lesson each financial advisory practice should take from 2020 already is this: YOUR cashflow and emergency reserves are your lifeblood.  That’s the same advice you give clients huh? For advice firms though, reliance upon short term new sales results or new client acquisition is deadly….irregular cashflow is the business equivalent […]
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Professional Service: There’s extra money going the extra mile
by Tony Vidler         Often professionals forget how valuable the service bit is in a “professional service” business. Everyone has heard some story about how a business did well from going the extra mile for a customer…but rarely do you hear about a professional services business that has a standing process for going the extra […]
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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 […]
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How often is too often to send emails?
by Tony Vidler        “How often should I send emails?” is the perpetual question asked by professionals who are beginning to build an engagement marketing system or lifting their client communications and services standards.   The objective is to find that balance between being continually present, but without being a nuisance.   The bad news is […]
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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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