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Eliminate tyre kickers, and value your expertise
by Tony Vidler        Being properly valued for your expertise and eliminating the time-wasting tyre-kickers is an ongoing problem for most financial advisers.  That is even more true for those making the transition from purely commission-based remuneration to generating fee-paying work where they are charging for that time or expertise. Managing the remuneration transition whilst also […]
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Ask the expert? Be The Expert That Gets Asked!
by Tony Vidler        It is so easy today to get yourself “in print” and be positioned as the expert that target market customers ask for advice. and being the expert that gets asked leads to those customers doing business with you.   Setting up chat forums, blogs, ezines and so on are all relatively easy […]
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One Fast-Track Method To Establishing A Reputation As An Expert
by Tony Vidler        Personal reputation is more important than ever before, and not just because more people are googling you before deciding to meet with you.   One of the other main reasons your professional reputation matters so much is because it is increasingly a driver of professional referrals.   Professional referrals are those where […]
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"Be Someone" if you want to stand out and succeed.
by Tony Vidler        A professional service business built around a product is not a good service business.   A professional service business should be built around either the “service” part, or the “professional” part.  Or perhaps both.   Many of todays professionals seem to still not get it though, and think marketing is about […]
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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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First, Become Famous In Your Neighbourhood
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 […]
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6 Steps to becoming the “Go To” Adviser
by Tony Vidler        “The modern sales professional doubles as an information concierge – providing the right information to the right person at the right time in the right channel.  Socially surround your buyers and their “sphere of influence”…”   Jill Rowley; Oracle.   The phrase “information concierge” captures the essential strategy for professional positioning […]
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Are you sure your clients know what else you COULD do for them?
by Tony Vidler        All too often advisers are disappointed to find that a client has done business elsewhere…that their “main” adviser could have done for them!   The reason is usually a very simple one: the clients do not know everything we could do for them.  Or perhaps they did know, but forgot.  Or […]
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Being A Thought Leader Does Not Mean “Being First”
by Tony Vidler        Creating a position as a thought leader is superb marketing for professionals, and all too often they confuse “being a thought leader” with simply “being there”.   The rush to be “first” to express an opinion or provide insight often produces disappointing results for the audience and the would-be-thought-leader.  The urgency […]
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The Marketing Tactics You Should Consider Using
by Tony Vidler        Which marketing tactics are worth considering for your professional promotion largely comes down at the start to being clear about whether you are wanting to be sen as a “General Practitioner” or whether you are trying to establish a position as a “specialist”.   The tactics that will tend to work […]
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