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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]