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Do you have to be Unique to have a strong USP?
by Tony Vidler Spoiler: YOU do NOT have to be unique to have a strong differentiator. People mistakenly believe that they have to find their “uniqueness” in order to be able to articulate their value to the market. But your uniqueness doesn’t really matter in reality. You are one of 7 billion unique […]
The "service" bit in your service business just might be the best ROI
by Tony Vidler The standout burning issue for most professional services firms remains attracting and developing new business, and advisers have a lot of distractions. The thing that is often compromised is existing client service as advisers deal with all the change and try to remain commercially viable. Yet, the most valuable investment […]
Nobody Believes Your Advice Can Be Impartial AND Free
by Tony Vidler The problem with “FREE” is nobody believes that whatever you are offering is actually free. It might be free in terms of there being no invoice or obvious price tag, but that doesn’t mean it is “free” does it? Consumers today are alert, have a world of information in their pocket […]
How To Balance Satisfied Clients With Profitability
by Tony Vidler What impact on practice profitability does this have: “Despite ongoing efforts to improve service, positive customer experience levels decreased significantly across the world” This was from a report released a little while ago on the performance of the insurance sector globally, and it highlights a real dilemma for practitioners. […]
by Tony Vidler A huge mistake many advisers make is trying to deliver comprehensive advice to a client concerned only with an immediate need. We need to recognize when triage is required, as opposed to when ongoing nursing is needed. The immediate need is the more often the trigger for an advice client to […]
by Tony Vidler Clients often want advisers to deal with just one element of financial planning…their current “burning issue” that triggered the need for advice to begin with. Getting them to engage in full advice can be tough and they need to understand what you CAN do for them, and where your knowledge and skills […]
How clients choose when Advisers all seem the same
by Tony Vidler How do clients choose which adviser to use when to outsiders looking at the profession as a whole, everyone looks about the same? Sure there are individual differences in the human beings, with the full range of beautiful people, and those who are beautiful only to their mothers perhaps, and all […]
You fix financial worries…so why not tell prospects that?
by Tony Vidler “Investors spend 475 hours a year worrying about money” apparently. Well I bet the people who don’t have enough to be considered “investors” spend a heck of a lot more time than that worrying about money….but still, this is about 20 days each year spent just thinking or worrying about money […]
Compliance: Here are the only 3 things that matter
by Tony Vidler Whenever the topic of the “advice process”, or compliance, comes up most advisers imagine themselves as the plane in this picture: Compiance is largely considered a burden – albeit a necessary one. As is usually the way of these things a substantial body of documentation has blossomed over the years which […]
6 Things Banks Taught Us About Building A Super Profitable Business
by Tony Vidler It seems obvious, yet somehow it isn’t. The more you know about your customers the more business you can do with them. Can. Not “will do with them”….but “can”. Market and customer intelligence provides potential business opportunities – if you are able to act upon it. Take a tip […]