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The “services” 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 for […]
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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 building client and […]
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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 providing […]
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Be Valuable By Simply Making Clients Lives Easier
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 […]
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Be like the Private Banker in order to become invaluable
by Tony Vidler          To become invaluable, emulate “the Private Bankers” 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 time with Dr Phillip M. Randall a […]
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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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Taking Charge Of Our Digital Moments Of Truth
by Tony Vidler        So much is done via digital engagement today by our clients and prospects that there literally hundreds of “digital 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 […]
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This 1 Thing Could Lose You More Than 50% Of Your Clients
by Tony Vidler        For just about any practitioner to lose clients is bad, but losing 50% or more of their clients in a year would be a disaster.  It is enough to jeopardise a practice entirely of course, but even in a best case scenario it will hurt horribly, and for quite a long […]
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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 Focus or Compliance Focus?
by Tony Vidler        I support a compliance focus 100% ….but I support a client focus 100% too.   All too often it is impossible to achieve 100% for both simultaneously though.   Where does a professional compromise? Or does one not compromise?   I think this picture captures the challenge of delivering compliant “best […]
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