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Unbundling Planning To Get More Client Engagement
by Tony Vidler        Unbundling planning creates higher numbers of prospects and clients engaging in full financial planning, and can lead to higher revenue per client as well.  More clients engaging in more comprehensive advice and creating higher lifetime value per client.  That has to be worth thinking about doesn’t it?   When we try […]
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When – and how – To Discount Your Fees
by Tony Vidler        As a general rule I don’t recommend that a professional discount fees as it tends to undermine their entire value proposition whilst also creating a mindset for the client that the adviser is a price-taker rather than the price-setter.   Discounting fees usually moves a professional from being an expert with […]
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Fighting Off The “Free” Advice Competitor
by Tony Vidler        “Free” advice is never actually “free”, is it?   None of us are silly – including the people we are talking to as prospective clients.  Everyone knows advice isn’t free…it is at someone’s expense, and someone is hoping to get a payday from delivering the “free stuff” at some point. Someone […]
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Creating a Value-Based Pricing Engagement
by Tony Vidler        Amongst all the debate about adviser remuneration there is little being said about value-based pricing and yet it is a concept which is most likely to match the clients perception of value with the professional’s desire to avoid conflicted models or time-based billing. It is simply setting a price based upon […]
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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: fixed fee advice.  That ideal model which so many aspire to is having clients who agree to ongoing fixed fees, and the practice income just rolls in month after month.   Fixed fee advice being delivered on […]
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How to introduce a “Guarantee” into your fees
by Tony Vidler        It has been proven repeatedly that providing a guarantee in your fees for prospective clients certainly helps them decide to engage – and it is not a difficult thing to do, even though “guarantee” is a dangerous word for financial advisers.   Financial advice fees can seem to be enormously expensive […]
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Who is paying who for financial advice?
by Tony Vidler        Who is paying who for financial advice will become the biggest question in consumers minds as the industry stakeholders continually and very publicly debate fees, commissions  and conflicts of interest in financial services.   For many advisers yet to experience it, full transparency on costs and fees is good for business. […]
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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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Cost is not just Price: Put Adviser fees into perspective
by Tony Vidler        Adviser fees are a cost for sure, and often a stumbling block for many professionals with their clients is this “cost discussion”.  It is a stumbling block because more often than not the entire conversation revolves around just one of the cost components rather than the actual fee rate and the value […]
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Fees For Advice: How to get paid every step of the way
by Tony Vidler        If advice is valuable then it should be paid for.  Getting paid fees for advice alone seems to be an issue as Financial Advisers often do not get paid what they should for the difference their advice makes…and more often than not it is the advisers’ fault.   I have been […]
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