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Fix the prospecting problem forever
by Tony Vidler The single marketing topic that advisers WANT to know how to absolutely nail it is how to get more referrals. Get this right, and prospecting problems are fixed forever. The theory really isn’t all that hard. Applying it might be, but understanding it isn’t. Pretty much everyone involved in […]
by Tony Vidler When it comes to advising clients to change course or do something new we should remember the reasons why people buy anything, including “advice”. If we want our advice to be effective (and lead the client to do something better than they are currently doing) then it is best to make […]
by Tony Vidler The best way to generate constant referrals is by having “centers of influence” delivering qualified and interested prospects to you regularly. It is a simple idea, and like so many other things which appear simple it requires thought, planning, and excellent execution to deliver the desired results. A center-of-influence […]
by Tony Vidler Just about every professional says they want to be growing their business….they want fresh ideas; the business satisfaction of solving new problems for new people; they want to do something NEW. When you ask whether they want new business or whether they want new clients, there is usually a delicate […]
by Tony Vidler Many firms facing increased overheads and infrastructure costs in the next few years are considering acquisition or merger strategies as a survival or growth strategy. Generally there appears to be 5 main reasons that advisers suggest as their reasons for acquisition of another business. They are: 1. Get new […]
by Tony Vidler Financial advisers genrally struggle to create a value proposition that accurately expresses how they work differently, or what makes them special compared to others. It isn’t that they don’t have points of difference, or that they struggle to put ideas into words…generally they are very good at both. Each adviser has […]
by Tony Vidler How much do you really think a good client is worth to you? Most financial advisers will easily work through the basic formula of the average fee/sale per client multiplied by the number of transactions they have with you each year, and then multiplied by the number of years you expect […]
by Tony Vidler There is a tendency for those in professional services to see marketing in a single dimension whereas it really is multi-dimensional. Typically marketing is seen as being one of two quite different things – and neither are entirely right in themselves. It is either something “strategic” and broad and slightly fuzzy, […]
by Tony Vidler The most challenging area of financial advice which is subject to perpetual testing is the question of “suitability”. WHY was a particular piece of advice appropriate for a particular client? What factors were considered, or even discarded, that led to a particular recommendation as being the right advice? It is an […]
Anchors away! How to work out which clients to drop
by Tony Vidler More clients is good, right? How many are enough for a typical adviser though? 1,000? 2,000? 200? And then the plan is “drop some clients, and build it back to up whatever the ideal number is/was with better clients.” Let’s begin by challenging a big myth pervading many practices, being that […]