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How to take the “R” out of FREE Advice
by Tony Vidler Traditionally the financial services sector has been almost entirely remunerated via commission, and many advisers are now grappling with the basic question of “how” to make the transition – even if only in their minds – from working solely on commissions to charging clients directly for advice and/or service. Consumers perceived […]
by Tony Vidler The easiest way for advisers who are worried about trying to charge fees for their expertise or time is to sell a service which is not product related at all. This seems daunting to the many financial advisers who have “grown up” in an environment where they were paid by commissions […]
The Coach Gets The High Fees, Not The Adviser, So Be A Coach
by Tony Vidler As more financial advisers move into fee-based work the great dilemma is working out what fee level is right for them and their clients. There are a number of easy ways of working out what fee level is profitable, and it is usually easy enough to work out what fee […]
by Tony Vidler Many advisers have difficulty explaining their fee basis, and the client advice process, in a clear and logical way. It becomes a barrier to engaging clients, and undermines our professional image, when we fumble and stumble on a fairly straightforward part of being in business. As with most things […]
How Big Is The Goldmine WITHIN An Advisers’ Practice?
by Tony Vidler Just how much opportunity is sitting inside the typical adviser practice? How much new business is waiting inside that existing database? It Is Usually A Goldmine. A report from a couple of years ago highlights the point: A lot of clients do not give advisers all their investable funds. […]
by Tony Vidler There’s a classic cartoon that shows the way forward for advice firms when it comes to how they must evolve. It is called “The evolution of an entrepreneur” and even though it is aimed at those starting out, it captures where the advice industry has come from and where it currently sits […]
Most Advisers Are Frogs Being Boiled Alive When It Comes To Fees
by Tony Vidler Most financial advisers acknowledge that things are likely to change when it comes to fees, initial commissions, renewals or AUM fees and so forth in coming years. Yet they behave like the frog being boiled. The boiling frog story is a common metaphor used to describe the inability or unwillingness of […]
by Tony Vidler As a general rule I don’t recommend that a professional discount their fees, as it tends to undermine their entire value proposition. Discounting fees usually moves a professional from being an expert with highly specialised and valuable knowledge to someone simply selling hours of billable time in a consumers mind. […]
by Tony Vidler Planning is often HUGE to a client, and that is itself a barrier to engagement. Unbundling the planning process can create higher numbers of prospects and clients engaging with you, and lead to higher plan fees. That’s a surefire recipe for greater revenue levels for a practice. When we try […]
Scope Creep: The Number 1 Problem In Fixed Fee Advice
by Tony Vidler “Scope Creep” is the killer for the Holy Grail of professional services business models. That ideal model which so many aspire to is having clients who agree to ongoing fixed fees, and the practice income rolls in month after month. Fixed fee advice being delivered on an ongoing basis is a […]