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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 There is something that financial advisers are proving to be not good at doing: That is “Being There”. In this country Statistics NZ compile data from the census every few years and there is a standout statistic that should have financial advisers getting much busier: 7 out of 10 adult consumers […]
Engagement Marketing is not asking “Will you marry me?”
by Tony Vidler Many financial advisers have not yet grasped the fundamental of engagement marketing, and that is don’t race to ask someone if they want to buy something. Seems a simple enough concept doesn’t it? It is akin to asking a brand new dating partner “will you marry me?” when they haven’t yet decided […]
What IS good content for sharing and engaging prospects?
by Tony Vidler When it comes to creating GOOD content that is engaging prospects and your target audience there are a few things to get right, but most of the things you need to get right are not really about what you write or produce. So what makes really good content is not […]
The Continuous Cycle That Is Social Media Marketing
by Tony Vidler Marketing via social media is a bit like riding a bike: you have to keep pedalling that cycle or the lack of momentum will make it fall over. Many professionals beginning with social media as part of their marketing mix fail to recognise that continual movement is a critical part of making […]
Want Prospects To Open Up? Take a tip from the professional interviewers
by Tony Vidler Once upon a time everyone was taught the difference between open and closed questions as the key to engaging prospects…and it worked for a fair while. In today’s world with it’s much greater emphasis upon individual opinion and with our professional focus having shifted entirely onto what the client cares about rather […]
Give yourself a better chance of having prospects engage you
by Tony Vidler There is one simple thing that advisers should do to improve the probability that prospects will engage: Talk about the outcomes you create for clients rather than talking jargon. In engagement letters and scope of service documents, as well as in advertising brochures or online, too many advisers list their expertise […]
by Tony Vidler Content marketing is finally starting to gain traction with financial advisers but many struggle with working out what content to share, and most still think they have to create it all themselves. There is significant merit in curating content – sharing other folks great contributions with your audience…you DON’T have to […]
by Tony Vidler “How much is too much contact?” “How often is too often?” Having bought into the need to engage with prospects and clients until they are ready to move ahead the next burning question from advisers centres upon what level of contact with customers is the “right amount”. Much of […]
by Tony Vidler If real estate is driven by location, location, location, then surely the advice business is driven by engage, engage, engage. I’ve previously posted about the problem with generating referrals consistently largely coming down to the lack of engagement with, and by, clients. A process of engagement is also often the […]
Some Social Security stats:
4/10 elderly Americans would have income below the poverty line w/o SS
Half of senior citizens get at least 50% of their retirement income from SS
1 in 4 seniors receives 90% of their retirement income from SS