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Your FREE service is a barrier to getting the right business
by Tony Vidler        Most professionals at some point offer complimentary initial meetings or consultations with clients as a “free service”. It simply isn’t true, and that in itself prevents the right sort of clients coming your way. The fundamental reason why this just doesn’t cut it with consumers is because they don’t believe it.  […]
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3D Marketing: There IS more than one dimension
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, […]
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The Art Of Giving Suitable Advice
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 […]
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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 […]
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Do you actually have a Strategy?
by Tony Vidler        I get it: coming up with a competitive strategy can be hard.  But it is even harder if you don’t know what “strategy” is to begin with.  And if you don’t what strategy is and haven’t deliberately decided what yours is, then you are destined to bob along in the general stream […]
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What A Practice Needs In Order To Achieve Exceptional Growth
by Tony Vidler        Not everyone wants to have a business which achieves exceptional growth.  Some want a business which just produces a steady income, or a job, and that’s ok.  If on the other hand you aspire to have a high growth firm there are a couple of pretty important strategic decisions to nail.   […]
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Where will the greatest disruption to your practice come from?
by Tony Vidler        Disruption has long been a feature of financial services distribution.  Generally disruption occurs with new market entrants, product innovation, shifting strategic focus on the part of suppliers in relation to control or autonomy of distributors….but disruption has typically come from within the industry itself.   Many years ago I read a piece of […]
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Big Ticks: Best Stories For Professionals This Week
by Tony Vidler         Information, ideas, tips…the articles for those giving professional advice which I spotted this week that generate fresh thinking or a deeper understanding of issues are provided here as a quick readers digest for professionals who are looking ahead. These are the highlights from the week that you should stop and read, as they are […]
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Why Advisers Need To Invest In Their Businesses, Now
by Tony Vidler        For most of my advisory career there has been a very real opportunity for advisers to operate “lifestyle” businesses.  It has enabled them to largely choose when they will work; who they will work with; and how much they will earn.  It has cost little to run and required virtually no […]
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Using Practice Technology As A Competitive Advantage
by Tony Vidler        In professional services everyone is looking for a competitive edge, and how we implement and use practice technology is an area that often has untapped potential to provide us with business advantages over the competition.   When it comes to deciding HOW you wish to compete strategically there are not that […]
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