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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 […]
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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 […]
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Are Advisers Overlooking The Obvious?
by Tony Vidler        Advisers are racing to use new technologies and modify engagement & busines processes, and that is totally understandable.  But there is a real risk of losing sight of the essentials and overlooking some basics.   Like, answering a customer enquiry.  Or helping your community in the way you can help best – […]
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How often is too often to send emails?
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 […]
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Client Complaints: Fight it, or just Fix It?
by Tony Vidler        Client complaints are a fact of life.  It is virtually impossible to run a service business where everyone is happy 100% of the time, as human beings are involved and they are unpredictable creatures with ever-shifting expectations.  The art of good client complaint handling is knowing when to fight and when to […]
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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 […]
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Be Prepared To Get The 80% Of Practice Revenue That Is Just Waiting For You
by Tony Vidler         You know that there is a good chance that something like 80% of your practice revenue will come from about 20% of your clients…but do you leave that to chance?   We are talking about your best clients of course being that 20% who produce the lion’s share of the income, […]
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Being valued as a financial advisor
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 […]
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Some customers you probably don’t want
by Tony Vidler        Fact: some customers you just don’t want.  Most of us would agree that we should contribute to the greater good of society, and engage in pro bono work to help some of those who can’t afford us, but we are are running commercial enterprises.   Not all customers are good customers […]
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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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