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The uncertain road ahead for advice businesses
by Tony Vidler        One certain thing for advice businesses is that there is a huge amount of uncertainty.  Practice owners have had a lot of “alone time” in the last couple of years quietly contemplating the road ahead and trying to figure out what do they have to do to prepare, or adapt.   […]
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5 Points Of Competitive Difference In Choosing Product Suppliers
by Tony Vidler        Often it seems there is little difference between product suppliers in financial services, with one fund manager looking similar to other fund managers, and one life insurer offering essentially the same products as other life insurers…how do you decide which product supplier is right to work more closely with? When it […]
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Understanding why people buy…anything.
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to advising clients to change course or do something new we should remember the reasons why people buy anything, including “advice”.  If we want our advice to be effective (and lead the client to do something better than they are currently doing) then it is best to make […]
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Why should they choose you?
by Tony Vidler          If you want ideal prospects to choose you over any number of other highly qualified professional advisers then you must have the ability to succinctly articulate what makes working with you special.  Why should they choose you?     This is often referred to as having a “Unique Selling Proposition”, or […]
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A Value Proposition is simply about the value for THEM
by Tony Vidler        Financial advisers generally struggle to create a value proposition that accurately expresses how they work differently, or what makes them special compared to others.   It isn’t that they don’t have points of difference, or that they struggle to put ideas into words…generally they are very good at both. Each adviser has […]
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The Art Of Giving Suitable Advice Which Is Defensible
by Tony Vidler         The most challenging area in forming a professional opinion is ensuring that it is “suitable advice”, as what is suitable is subjective – until the time comes somewhere in the future to see if the advice actually worked.   Despite the issue of nobody actually knowing whether advice really was suitable much […]
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Do you actually have a Strategy?
by Tony Vidler        Nearly every financial services firm says they have a strategy.  Which is remarkable really, as creating a competitive strategy is actually difficult usually. Especially if you don’t know what “strategy” is to begin with.     Many practices have a plan, and that plan is usually full of tactical decisions and thinking.  […]
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Which Clients To Keep; Which Ones To Fire
by Tony Vidler         More clients is good, right? But when you have plenty of clients on the books the question becomes which clients to keep. Or which ones to get rid of.  Actually, advisers should be constantly asking these questions regardless of how big their book of clients actually is.  They are not questions […]
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Generalist or Specialist, You Can Still Achieve Exceptional Growth
by Tony Vidler        Some advisers opt to head down either the generalist or specialist path simply becuase that is what gives them professional satisfaction – and it is not about achieving particular commercial objectives. They work the way they do because they enjoy it.  Not everyone wants to have a business which achieves exceptional growth […]
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The Cyborg Practice: Blending Robos With Advice
by Tony Vidler        Future advice practices will be cyborgs; blending robos with advice.  Robotic product and solution delivery together with humans managing relationships and working on strategy will be the single commercial “organism”.   You see, I am convinced that robo-advice models will succeed and prosper. I am also convinced that human advisers will […]
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