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Incentives For Clients: What is appropriate?
by Tony Vidler        What incentives are appropriate for encouraging clients to refer other clients?  Are incentives appropriate at all?   Some would even ask “Why provide incentives at all?  Surely if the product or the advice is good value in itself then no further incentive is needed?”   These questions around incentives for promotions […]
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22 Words and Phrases That Sell
by Tony Vidler        Knowing the secret to the words that sell a reader on engaging with your material is one of the most useful and powerful things you can discover.   Research together with countless advertisements and marketing campaigns over decades have provided those of us doing business today with an abundance of  knowledge – […]
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The Secret To Creating Effective Marketing Messages
by Tony Vidler        For any marketing message to be effective there are a number of things that one has to get right – but there is a bit of a formula!   The first “secret” in effective marketing messages is that they are written for an individual reader.  We are trying to create the sense of […]
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Marketing places where Advisers just HAVE to be
by Tony Vidler        Even if Financial Advisers don’t feel the need to do marketing I would suggest that there are still some marketing places to be for advisers who feel they have enough clients.   Even when prospecting for new clients is not a particular issue, professional credibility is.  Suppliers, potential referrers, Centres Of Influence…they […]
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Why advertising doesn’t work sometimes
by Tony Vidler        At some point most professionals consider using advertising as a means of lead generation, and usually it doesn’t work quite as well as they hoped. There are a few things to get right when it comes to creating advertising which generates the results you hoped for but the most obvious reason […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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.  […]
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