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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Advisory Practice Of The Future: Advisers Should Include Robo’s
by Tony Vidler Robo’s are a threat to advice businesses in much the same way that a chilly bin is a threat to the sale of refrigerators. Most of us own both and use both, right? The advisory practice of the future will also be embracing multiple ways of delivering what consumers want…sometimes a […]
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 […]
What I’ve learned while using social media for business
by Tony Vidler I’ve been using social media for business to market myself and my services for quite a while now, and it has totally helped. No doubt about it. Social media has been good for marketing my business and building a profile way beyond what I anticipated. The thing that many professionals simply […]
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 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 […]
The wealthy may avoid $163 billion in taxes every year. Here’s how they do it
The wealthiest Americans may be avoiding $163 billion in income taxes every year, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Here’s how