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Is Your Value Proposition Consistent With Your Strategy?
by Tony Vidler Two areas advisers wrestle with forever seem to be creating a value proposition and creating a strategy. There is a way of helping to define both in broad terms quickly, and that carries the massive advantage of ensuring that the two are aligned. Your value proposition should reinforce where you are […]
by Tony Vidler As a general rule I don’t recommend that a professional discount fees as it tends to undermine their entire value proposition whilst also creating a mindset for the client that the adviser is a price-taker rather than the price-setter. Discounting fees usually moves a professional from being an expert with […]
by Tony Vidler “Free” advice is never actually “free”, is it? None of us are silly – including the people we are talking to as prospective clients. Everyone knows advice isn’t free…it is at someone’s expense, and someone is hoping to get a payday from delivering the “free stuff” at some point. Someone […]
Make your professional designations mean something to clients
by Tony Vidler Why aren’t more financial advisers using their professional designations and qualifications better? There is no doubt that there has been an increasing proportion of advisers pursuing professional designations, and an increasing number of niche choices in doing so, and there are more advisers with more acronyms than ever before. Do […]
by Tony Vidler A cornerstone of great strategy is understanding where to compete in the market…or rather, which area of expertise or service offering to lead with in the marketing efforts. Once the target market clients have been worked out (so we know who we want to appeal to) we have to decide […]
by Tony Vidler Your marketing objective is simple: Help ideal clients choose you. The most important word in that sentence was “help“, and that is very different to “convince“, which is the typical marketing approach. A great marketing process helps prospects move along the buying (decision-making) path by pre-empting their concerns and need […]
by Tony Vidler While talking to a very experienced and successful adviser I asked him what he put his phenomenal success down to. He said: “I am dependable”. As simple as that…a 40 year record of happy clients and success in financial services is summed up. He doesn’t claim to be the […]
by Tony Vidler Is it time for financial advisers to re-think what they think they know about clients? Insurance is sold, it isn’t bought, right? People don’t value advice, right? Really? I know from personal experience – both as an adviser and a coach working with advisers – that clients […]
Robo-Advice is here, and it is helping Advisers be better at giving advice!
by Tony Vidler Apparently a fair proportion of advisers still do not believe that robo-advice will have a serious impact upon their business. It will of course, and in many respects it is helping advisers to be better at what they do…giving advice. The term “robo-advice” creates an image immediately of a machine replacing […]
by Tony Vidler When it comes to valuing your advice to clients what is a “fair” rate or price? $100 per hour seems pretty cheap for any professional – plumbers cost more than that, right? But what about $1,000 per hour? That’s not actually a bad rate if someone can create $5,000 of value […]
How can savings rates be improved in the U.S.? Take a closer look at the data and solutions we found.
How Where You Live Impacts Savings Rates
Examining regional differences and similarities in savings rates across the U.S. @MorningstarInc