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Generalist V Specialist: Is it harder to be a sprinter or a decathlete?
by Tony Vidler        Generalist or specialist?  This is an ongoing dilemma for many financial advisers and there is a widely held belief that becoming the specialist is harder to do.   But is it really?   Let’s look outside the world of professional services and into the highly competitive, no-room-for-mistakes, world of the Olympic athlete […]
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3 simple steps to automate your Linkedin Thank You message
by Tony Vidler        Getting engagement with new connections on LinkedIn is as simple as sending a thank you message…and even smarter: automate as much of it as you can.   Whenever you have a recurring problem you need a process… Processes, systems, automation…these are the solutions to minimising waste, and recurring issues requiring manual workarounds. […]
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Which CRM is right for you?
by Tony Vidler        I am losing track of how often I get asked “which CRM do you recommend?”  It is a huge decision for a professional service business, and an area where every solution offered seems to fall a little short in one aspect or another.   The problem is that for a financial […]
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Consumers WANT to talk to you!
by Tony Vidler        The opportunity to grow your professional services firm by gaining new clients has probably never been better because consumers want to talk to you.   On the back of the sudden realisation in 2020 that markets do not go up forever, and cash reserves really do help, and it is worthwhile transferring […]
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The 4 Actions Needed To Create A Personal Service System That Pays Off
by Tony Vidler        An ongoing challenge for any service business is to create “Mass Personalisation”, or something akin to a factory production line that delivers constant quality efficiently, but which still feels personal to the end user.   In professional services it is creating and efficient and affordable business system that allow mass actions […]
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Actually Using The Pareto Principle To Improve Service And Profit
by Tony Vidler        Everyone has heard of Pareto’s Principle by now, but are you actually using it to improve  profit…or improve service….or is it actually “improve service to improve profit using Pareto”?   It is the latter. Undoubtedly.   Improving service leads to greater retention, or longer duration of client engagement & revenue.  Improving […]
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What matters most on your website?
by Tony Vidler        What matters on your website the most is the stuff that we think about the least, and that is the very basic of basic stuff.  While we think about logo’s, layouts, CTA’s and how to generate enquiries we forget how consumers are using the websites, or rather, what they are using […]
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That Tech Competitor Threat Is Really An Opportunity For Some Advisers
by Tony Vidler        The robo-advice “threat” is an opportunity for entrepreneurial advisers…as is every other direct-to-consumer offering driven by fintechs. The more I think about it the more certain I am that some advisory firms will prosper from it…but I am just as sure that many will “fail” due to the competition.  By “fail” […]
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How much client contact is too much contact?
by Tony Vidler        Getting the frequency of newsletters or regular client communications right is a real challenge.  How much is too much, and runs the risk of you being a nuisance?  How much is too little, and runs the risk of you being forgotten?     The right answer is “it depends”.     It […]
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Could you be a Thought Leader Adviser?
by Tony Vidler         A big phrase of recent times for anyone in professional services is “Thought Leadership”. Everywhere you turn someone is writing or saying “be a thought leader”…and nearly every audience asks “what is a Thought Leader, and how do you get there?”   To put it in its most simple terms, it […]
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