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Give yourself a better chance of having prospects engage you
by Tony Vidler        There is one simple thing that advisers should do to improve the probability that prospects will engage you: Talk about the outcomes you create for clients rather than talking jargon. In engagement letters and scope of service documents, as well as in advertising brochures or online, too many advisers list their expertise […]
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Helping Consumers Compare Solutions Will Lead Them To You
by Tony Vidler        Todays consumers will compare before deciding who to use or what to buy, so help them do that.  If you help consumers compare solutions well, it will lead them to choose you as their trusted source of advice. The typical buying behaviour for discerning consumers today includes “research & learn” as they […]
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Do you have to be unique professionally to have a strong USP?
by Tony Vidler         No. YOU do NOT have to be unique professionally to have a strong USP or differentiator.  People mistakenly believe that they have to find their “uniqueness” in order to be able to articulate their value to the market with a unique selling proposition.  But your professional uniqueness doesn’t really matter in […]
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How are you planning to differentiate and stand out?
by Tony Vidler        You have to differentiate to stand out and attract business…but where do you do that. How do you do that? Well, it begins by thinking strategically about where you want to do it. I remembering reading way back in one of the academic tomes on marketing that there were 5 attributes […]
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One sure way to build an audience
by Tony Vidler        As more professionals lean more on social media  as an integral part of their marketing a common question is “how do I get more people following me?“.  How do you guild an audience in other words. There are a lot of ways to create an audience of course, but there is […]
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Nobody Believes Your Advice Is Actually Impartial AND Free
by Tony Vidler        The problem with “FREE” is nobody believes that whatever you are offering is actually free.  It might seem 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 […]
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How To Get Buy-In From Clients To Full Advice
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 […]
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New Ways To Lift The Game With Customers
by Tony Vidler        Have you thought about rolling the dice and asking your customers what they would like you to provide? In professional services we are often reasonable at surveying our customers for satisfaction and service levels, and asking generic questions about how we can improve in those areas.  More often than not though […]
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You Can Become A Trusted Brand Before Clients Even Meet You
by Tony Vidler        For any individual adviser to become “a trusted brand” in your target markets mind has to be their main marketing goal.  The importance of great engagement with prospective customers cannot be over-emphasised here…it is THE fundamental shift in effective marketing techniques over the last decade because it is the solution to the […]
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Are you sure your clients know what else you COULD do for them?
by Tony Vidler        All too often advisers are disappointed to find that a client has done business elsewhere…that their “main” adviser could have done for them! The reason is usually a very simple one: the clients do not know everything we could do for them.  Or perhaps they did know, but forgot.  Or worse, […]
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