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Details Matter: They Can Double The Return On Your Marketing
by Tony Vidler Details matter. That attitude was a significant contributor to Apple’s success. It was the centrepiece of Steve Jobs approach to design. It made him (and Apple) swags of money. While beautiful design is not really the forte of professional services firms, we do share something in common with Apple back when […]
The Madness of Creating Videos Without a Master Plan
by Tony Vidler A little while ago I participated in a survey on marketing by financial advisers internationally. The results were intriguing in that clearly there is widespread recognition by advisers of the importance and effectiveness of creating videos as a communication and marketing medium, however there is a disconnect too as the majority […]
4 Ways to make your emails effective marketing tools!
by Tony Vidler There is no doubt that the most frequently used method of business communication today is still email. One could go so far as to say it is still the dominant digital marketing medium. It begs the question “why don’t more professionals put more effort into making it a central part of […]
You know it is time to review the marketing plan when…
by Tony Vidler It seems advisers think this is the time of the year to review their marketing plan…but perhaps any time of the year is the “right” time to review it? The “right time” to review your marketing plan is when it isn’t providing the results you wanted, or needed in your […]
When you cannot think of a better way to market yourself, try this…
by Tony Vidler When all else fails and you are at a loss to market your particular value as an adviser, the safest marketing path is to sell “convenience”. We all know, because we all do it, it is simply more convenient to go to the supermarket than an array of specialty shops. […]
by Tony Vidler Where are your advertising dollars, and efforts, going to get the best return? It seems that the majority of small businesses get the majority of their new clients from their local area, which is not terribly surprising given that most professional service businesses largely compete on “convenience”. Without a […]
by Tony Vidler What financial advisers do is valuable, but it is often not compelling. Retirement is so far away…there’s plenty of time to do stuff, right? Insurance is important, but I’m probably not going to actually need it for a few years yet, right? And on it goes…we battle a lack of urgency […]
An easy way to get noticed in a busy world by Prospects
by Tony Vidler You often have to do something different to cut through the market noise and get noticed. In the digital age it can be remarkably effective to go low-tech, and re-visit some of the old ways. There is little doubt that very few people invest the time in creating and delivering […]
5 basic tips for helping your next customers find you
by Tony Vidler In a perfect world customers would find you, rather than you having to find them. The world is never entirely perfect of course, but certainly we can often do better in having customers find us. We need to begin by understanding how they find anyone, then we can tap into […]
by Tony Vidler For marketing collateral to be truly effective it must have “readability”. If something is easy to read and comprehend quickly then it will be effective – assuming the actual message wasn’t rubbish to begin with. If you have a good offer, or story, or service and can word that […]