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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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How to get better positioning with LinkedIn Endorsements
by Tony Vidler         A feature of LinkedIn which is particularly helpful to a professionals’ positioning is the “Skills & Endorsements” section of your individual profile.  This section is only helpful though if it fairly reflects you expertise and there is a reasonable volume of support attesting that you do have that expertise. Unfortunately this is […]
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Keep It Simple: Give Prospects What They Want When They Google An Adviser
by Tony Vidler        An adviser client asked me recently what to put on his website as he was re-designing it and he had lots of great ideas of course, but I started my answer with “how are they going to find the site?”   Google.   That was the answer…Google because basically everyone uses […]
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An easy way to work out how to express your value
by Tony Vidler        If you are struggling to express your value proposition for your target market there is a way to figure it out that doesn’t require you agonising over how to come up with a clever marketing message. “Your value” could be expressed as what benefits you can deliver for them.   To […]
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How to make yourself scarce…and more valuable!
by Tony Vidler        A well established economic AND behavioural principle is that people generally will have higher demand for that which is relatively scarce.  Less of something makes it more valuable, right?  It is a pretty sound principle that consumers tend to have a higher want for what is perceived to be harder to get […]
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If Your Advisory Practice Survives, Heed This Lesson
by Tony Vidler        One lesson each financial advisory practice should take from 2020 already is this: YOUR cashflow and emergency reserves are your lifeblood.  That’s the same advice you give clients huh? For advice firms though, reliance upon short term new sales results or new client acquisition is deadly….irregular cashflow is the business equivalent […]
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2 Tips for Unlocking Linkedin Business Benefits
by Tony Vidler        While loads of professionals have a linkedin account they haven’t realised the potential LinkedIn business benefits – and it is a business-to-business platform after all. I mean; that is what it exists for.  Yet while many have created a presence they still struggle to make the transition from that to creating a […]
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Innovation in delivering Financial Advice: Does it have to be this way?
by Tony Vidler        “Innovation” and “delivering financial advice” do not usually go together for the majority in the industry. The way advice is delivered by tens of thousands of professionals tends to gravitate to the same methodology.  There is safety hiding in the herd, right?     Then the  type of advice delivered by tens […]
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Position Advice Properly as Success Coaching
by Tony Vidler        The perennial challenge in selling advice is positioning it as valuable, and we should think about it and describe it the right way: great advice is about coaching. It IS coaching.   Giving advice is all about analysing the desired outcomes for clients, weighing up the possibilities, deciding on the optimal […]
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