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Here is how to work out WHERE to compete
by Tony Vidler        A cornerstone of great strategy is understanding where to compete in the market…or rather, which area of expertise or service offering to lead with in the marketing efforts.   Once the target market clients have been worked out (so we know who we want to appeal to) we have to decide […]
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Answer The 3 Questions That Help Them Choose You
by Tony Vidler        Your marketing objective is simple: Help ideal clients choose you.   The most important word in that sentence was “help“, and that is very different to “convince“, which is the typical marketing approach.  A great marketing process helps prospects move along the buying (decision-making) path by pre-empting their concerns and need […]
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Dependability: Is it a differentiator?
by Tony Vidler        While talking to a very experienced and successful adviser I asked him what he put his phenomenal success down to.   He said: “I am dependable”. As simple as that…a 40 year record of happy clients and success in financial services is summed up.   He doesn’t claim to be the […]
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Re-think what you THINK you know about clients
by Tony Vidler        Is it time for financial advisers to re-think what they think they know about clients?   Insurance is sold, it isn’t bought, right?   People don’t value advice, right?   Really?   I know from personal experience – both as an adviser and a coach working with advisers – that clients […]
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Robo-Advice is here, and it is helping Advisers be better at giving advice!
by Tony Vidler         Apparently a fair proportion of advisers still do not believe that robo-advice will have a serious impact upon their business.  It will of course, and in many respects it is helping advisers to be better at what they do…giving advice.   The term “robo-advice” creates an image immediately of a machine replacing […]
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Properly Valuing Financial Advice
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to valuing your advice to clients what is a “fair” rate or price?  $100 per hour seems pretty cheap for any professional – plumbers cost more than that, right? But what about $1,000 per hour? That’s not actually a bad rate if someone can create $5,000 of value […]
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What IS value to your prospect?
by Tony Vidler        It may seem an obvious question; but do you know what “value” IS to your prospective clients?   Value can be determined by any individual in any number of ways of course, and what is valuable to one person is not necessarily so to another. Or what is valuable at one […]
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What is NOT a Value Proposition…and what is.
by Tony Vidler        Value Proposition. It is the value that you propose to deliver to a potential customer.   What it is not is anything other than the value you propose to deliver to them.   Seems simple enough, doesn’t it?   Apparently it isn’t though.   Pretty much every professional you talk to […]
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How can we get the Value Of Advice message out more effectively?
by Tony Vidler         We need to get the “Value Of Advice” message out more effectively as it just doesn’t appear to be resonating with enough of the consumers, particularly in challenging times.    There has been an increasing emphasis upon understanding the value of advice in the last decade and most research concludes that advice […]
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Where to begin with creating a Value Proposition?
by Tony Vidler        Creating a compelling Value Proposition is difficult, but if it is achieved it becomes central to a professional’s marketing.   The Value Proposition is in effect your promise to your target market: “This is what I will do for you” is what it says in simple terms.   The problem that […]
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