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How does culture create lasting success?
by Tony Vidler If you doubt that culture can create lasting success, then consider this: Imagine a sports team (or club if you prefer) that competed continuously for well over 100 years and during that time had a winning record against all comers of over 83%? The best that every nation on earth can […]
The powerful marketing tool that you use every day, but hardly use for actual marketing
by Tony Vidler The most powerful marketing tool most professionals have is the one they use scores of times daily, but which they usually do not do any actual marketing with. email. Love it or loathe it, we all use it. It is not going away anytime soon, and it is not about […]
by Tony Vidler Replacing insurance – or “Churning” as it is often called – is a topic guaranteed to generated heated debate within the industry. At one extreme there are advisers whose entire business seems to exist by churning anything and everything that they can get their hands on…regardless of consequences to the consumer. At […]
If you’re converting only 1 in 10 prospects you have a problem
by Tony Vidler There was a time when converting 10% of your prospects was the path to career success as a financial adviser. Hard to believe perhaps, but true. Everyone starting in a sales role was told to just “see the people, see the people, see the people!”? The expectation was that our fame and fortune […]
by Tony Vidler How can you tell if you are just having a bad day on the job, or whether it is time to move on from the job completely? There’s no escaping the fact that even in great jobs that we love, there are days where things just don’t go the way […]
by Tony Vidler Times have never been more dangerous for giving advice..and it is a time for financial advisers themselves to beware of consumers. Well, perhaps not consumers per se, but certainly all the interested parties who say they represent consumers interests. It is not just the increasing oversight from regulators and professional scrutiny from […]
by Tony Vidler The search for “independent” advice is rather like the Quest for the Holy Grail. It doesn’t exist. The search is fruitless and doomed because there is no Holy Grail. Independent advice simply does not exist. The argument for those wanting to say they are independent (or being allowed to by regulators) […]
Are you making the most of your email marketing opportunities?
by Tony Vidler Possibly THE most important marketing tool any adviser has is email. It is the critical link between marketing and sales….the thing that connects the leads, or opportunities created by your marketing efforts, into engaged prospects and ultimately clients as it is the primary means of moving to personalised advice or engagement. […]
The Annual Review Meeting: You CAN Be Compliant Without Being Dull
by Tony Vidler The Annual Review process for financial advice clients is often seen as a rather hum-drum thing by the clients (if not advisers themselves), and getting clients to engage in it can be a real challenge. It doesn’t have to be that way of course. With a little imagination it can […]
Fees For Advice: How to get paid every step of the way
by Tony Vidler If advice is valuable then it should be paid for. Getting paid fees for advice alone seems to be an issue as Financial Advisers often do not get paid what they should for the difference their advice makes…and more often than not it is the advisers’ fault. I have been […]