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What The Kardashian’s Can Teach Us About Reputation Marketing
by Tony Vidler For many successful advisers their reputation is the critical marketing success factor in their careers. And who has done reputation marketing – or “famous just for being famous” – better than the Kardashians? Reputation in professional services often drives more recommendations or referrals that lead to new business than practitioners […]
by Tony Vidler For an industry focused on planning, advisers have a tendency to forget planning how they will build their influencers. I know that sounds like a heck of a generalisation, however it is one founded upon my own experience with advisers. Developing a centre-of-influence is often approached enthusiastically and with all […]
by Tony Vidler Getting more referrals from existing clients and relationships is often a challenge, but you can generate more referrals from past referrers with a little more thought. Being thoughtful about expressing gratitude extends beyond “what is an appropriate gift”. Being thoughtful about how you deliver a gift and how you […]
Peer-To-Peer Marketing: it’s just one Business Owner to another
by Tony Vidler Research keeps telling us that peer-to-peer marketing, or old fashioned word-of-mouth advertising and recommendations, is still the most effective form of marketing there is. Virtually no discriminating consumer today trusts advertising – and virtually all consumers who are prospective professional services clients are discriminating in that they are increasingly selective, wary […]
Which prospecting method delivers the best results?
by Tony Vidler The prospecting method that keeps on delivering the most opportunities is Referrals. A distant second in the source of new clients for advice firms is Centre of Influence referrals. Research by the Financial Planning Association showed that on average in the previous year some 34% of new clients came from […]
The 10 Things To Get Right For COI’s To Start (and Keep) Referring
by Tony Vidler A great Centre-of-Influence keeps referring…they are not really a COI unless they keep referring. That relatively reliable constant stream of introduction to target market prospects can build an advisory business better than any other form of marketing – especially if you have a few of them. So identifying a potentially great […]
by Tony Vidler Too many referrals today are not converting into clients for too many professionals – and all too often the professionals are puzzled about why that is. Typically it comes down to us not looking good enough on line. Todays referrals usually do a quick search before deciding whether to meet […]
This Is Why Most Centre-Of-Influence Referral Marketing Efforts Fail
by Tony Vidler When it comes to referral marketing efforts there are basically two types of consistent ongoing referrers you can cultivate: 1. happy & satisfied clients 2. centres-of-influence The second category is the one that many advisers struggle with particularly, and the reason they struggle is because they try to develope the […]
How to work with multiple COI’s from the same sector
by Tony Vidler You have a couple of professionals from different firms in the same sector who you want to have as Centre’s-Of-Influence (COI’s), and most advisers think that is an impossibility. It is absolutely possible though…and I’d go so far as to suggest that it is probably a very good thing and everyone will […]
by Tony Vidler One of the most effective things you can do to create confidence and support from prospective Centre’s Of Influence is take them through your client experience. Actually do the job that you do, for the COI. It is incredibly powerful and effective, and the chances are good that you will pick them […]