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Effective or Efficient? Which do Advisers need to be?
by Tony Vidler Which is more important when running an advice business: being effective or efficient? You chose Effective? Wrong. You chose Efficient? Wrong. The correct answer is that you have to balance both. In days gone by plenty of people in financial services could build a business just be being effective, regardless of how […]
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 […]
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 […]
How do you know your financial advice is suitable?
by Tony Vidler Knowing that your financial advice is suitable for a client is something that every professional adviser is willing to attest to, but proving it when challenged can be incredibly dificult. Advisers are increasingly being challenged and therefore seeking assurance that their practices are robust and will withstand such scrutiny. Whether that scrutiny […]
It’s a No Brainer: You should already be using Digital Marketing
by Tony Vidler I still have conversations with advisers about whether they should be using digital marketing. Unbelievable, right? There are a lot of financial advisers still sitting on the fence when it comes to incorporating digital into the marketing mix, but it really is a no brainer. The perpetual marketing challenge is to […]
by Tony Vidler For many advisers buying another practice or book of clients will be a serious growth strategy to be considered. It is a primary strategy for attaining scale and a viable (and relatively predictable) revenue stream quickly. However buying another advisers practice is usually a much more complex matter today than it was […]
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 […]
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, […]
by Tony Vidler It seems pretty much everyone has financial worries. “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 […]
One Fast-Track Method To Establishing A Reputation As An Expert
by Tony Vidler Personal reputation is more important than ever before, and not just because more people are googling you before deciding to meet with you. One of the other main reasons your professional reputation matters so much is because it is increasingly a driver of professional referrals. rofessional referrals are those where a client […]