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Work out where the real money is in your book of business
by Tony Vidler        Let’s talk about one of those elephant in the room things: not all clients are equal for a professional service firm. As human beings they might all be equal, but as clients they are not.   Each client relationship has a commercial value….and a commercial cost.  Each therefore has varying profitability, […]
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Who are your most valuable clients?
by Tony Vidler        It may seem an obvious question to many however understanding who the most valuable clients are to a firm is not actually universally known it seems.  There is often an innate understanding of who they are however it is often not underpinned by any analysis.   Even when there is, and […]
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What is the point of an expensive CRM system?
by Tony Vidler        An adviser who plans on being in the business for another couple of decades asked what the point is in paying for an expensive and fancy CRM system. Honest.  He did ask that. He has a list of clients in Outlook and has the clients home addresses, phone numbers, and sometimes […]
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3 questions you must answer to define your Uniqueness
by Tony Vidler        The difference between a good (but not spectacular) professional and a truly magnificent performer is the ability to succinctly articulate what makes them special.  This is often referred to as having a “Unique Selling Proposition”, or USP.  While the concept has its detractors there is no doubt in my mind that in […]
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What your clients are REALLY worth to you
by Tony Vidler        How much do you really think a good client is worth to you?   Most financial advisers will easily work through the basic formula of the average fee/sale per client multiplied by the number of transactions they have with you each year, and then multiplied by the number of years you expect […]
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Describe Your Services In Practical Terms To Get More Buy-In
by Tony Vidler        Advice should, almost by definition, be “practical”.  It should be a clear course of action that a client can use to achieve a specific outcome.  Why don’t we describe our advice services that way then?   Consumers often struggle to understand what we can achieve for them (or help them achieve), […]
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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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How To “Up-Sell” Your Professional Services
by Tony Vidler        There are many services which most professionals can provide to clients, and a distinct area of opportunity is to look at combining those services where it makes sense to do so, and up-sell a higher value package of service to clients.   Up-selling is not the same as cross-selling however, and […]
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