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Top Of Mind Awareness: Being Present Without Being A Nuisance
by Tony Vidler Promoting our personal professional brand is essentially all about creating top-of-mind-awareness. Being the person that our target market thinks of, and then calls, when they recognise a need or desire is our goal. We want to be “top of mind”. To achieve that we must master the art of being present, but […]
by Tony Vidler Whether we like it or not there is nearly always price resistance in delivering financial advice, and how we present our service is a large part of that problem. It doesn’t have to be…we just need to think through the differences between “what we say” and “what they hear”. I often […]
Are you offering Advice clients Fast Food or Fine Dining?
by Tony Vidler Many advisers are unsure about what they offer advice clients – cheap and cheerful advice on the fly, or a superb planning experience. Both do the job, albeit in different ways. But offering fast food at silver service prices is a business model that will struggle…and that’s what happens when there […]
by Tony Vidler Financial Advice is not going through some changes; constant change is the new normal. Whatever regulatory stuff you are going through now in your particular jurisdiction will not be an end to it. It will be ongoing. More importantly though, regulatory change is not the BIG change which will become the constant […]
Commission-Based Life & Health Advisers Need To Get Moving
by Tony Vidler There is clearly a mood afoot for various industry stakeholders to see up-front commissions reduce in size in a number of financial products, particularly in life and health insurance products. It will become a self-fulfilling prophecy of course, as the more it gets debated the greater the acceptance of the inevitability. […]
Target Marketing: The Smart Play For Marketing Your Advice Business
by Tony Vidler Target marketing is usually the difference between those firms who get the right sort of clients, and those who just get customers. Clients follow advice, because they value it. Customers engage in transactions. They buy products. They take a bit of advice here and there…as it suits them. Trying to get more […]
by Tony Vidler Like it or not, we have to accept that the “Robo’s” do some things better than human advisers do…especially when it comes to removing barriers for consumers to engage. If we look at any of the good online retailers or service providers – whether it is in financial services or selling […]
by Tony Vidler Is there a cunning plan for your practice to thrive amidst the changes coming at the financial advice sector from all directions? What is the plan then? What is the strategy? Those 2 questions might look like the same question, but they are not quite. The cunning idea, or the strategy, is […]
Choose your words carefully…they can change the choices that prospects make!
by Tony Vidler There are decades of good quality research now which help us understand how people are influenced, and what words or language are most likely to influence them. The words that financial advisers choose to use matter more than ever before if we want people to follow our advice given that professional advice […]
Give yourself a better chance of having prospects engage you
by Tony Vidler There is one simple thing that advisers should do to improve the probability that prospects will engage: Talk about the outcomes you create for clients rather than talking jargon. In engagement letters and scope of service documents, as well as in advertising brochures or online, too many advisers list their expertise […]