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Priorities: Which urgent AND important person comes first?
by Tony Vidler        The classic urgent AND important dilemma: your best client is on the phone talking to you.  An incoming call from your top Centre-of-Influence comes in while talking to your best client.   Do you “end and accept” – hanging up on your best client?  Do you ignore your COI? Are you […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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The key to successfully networking with Accountants
by Tony Vidler The key to successful professional networking is as simple as creating a win-win…everyone knows that. Networking with accountants will be successful if you know what the “win” looks like for them.   Advisers historically – for all their networking and personal sales and relationship management skills – have not been terribly successful […]
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Referrals Not Converting? This may be why…
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 […]
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Prospecting Tip: Don’t go fishing in the forest
by Tony Vidler        If you are looking for a prospecting tip think about this: 1. Relatively few financial advisers are really pro-active marketers, let alone masters of it. 2. The majority of affluent investors hang around with other affluent folk. 3. The Holy Grail for many financial advice professionals is to attract affluent clients and […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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How to give COI’s a taste of what you can do
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 […]
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Paying COI’s: Perhaps prepare for the harvest before you prepare for the feast
by Tony Vidler        Is it appropriate to be paying COI’s a share of your success from their influences?   Or, to put it bluntly, nother way, should you share remuneration or the spoils of the sale with referrers?   Personally, I think not.  However, it is actually just a little more complicated than that […]
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