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Using Practice Technology As A Competitive Advantage
by Tony Vidler        Everyone is looking for a competitive advantage, an edge over the firms offering similar services.  Often those competitors are offering essentially the same services, with the same processes, and the same infrastructure…but…how one implements and uses practice technology is an area that often has untapped potential to provide business advantages.   […]
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Creating Happy Clients Is Not Enough
by Tony Vidler        Creating and keeping happy clients IS essential for the success of a professional practice.  There is no question about that.  But is it enough to help a practice grow at a greater than industry average pace?   I don’t believe so.   Being a great practitioner and running an efficient & […]
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Getting Strategic Clarity Follows The Same Process As Giving Advice
by Tony Vidler        The most important business-building step is having a well-defined strategy, yet strategy is one of the most misunderstood concepts in professional services.  It is an area that many advisory firms struggle with, and frequently find themselves without any clearly defined strategy for how they will achieve their business objectives.  That is […]
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Here is how to work out WHERE to compete
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 […]
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The Formula For Writing Winning Headlines
by Tony Vidler        Coming up with a winning headline or subject line is the first objective when writing for clients or prospects.  Anything else we have to say in the body of the message just doesn’t really matter if we can’t get their attention and engagement first.   Whether we are writing for a […]
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Engagement Marketing is not asking “Will you marry me?”
by Tony Vidler        Many financial advisers have not yet grasped the fundamental of engagement marketing, and that is don’t race to ask someone if they want to buy something.  Seems a simple enough concept doesn’t it?  It is akin to asking a brand new dating partner “will you marry me?” when they haven’t yet decided […]
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High Net Worth Clients: The 3 Strategic Issues You HAVE To Get To Grips With
by Tony Vidler        The nirvana for most professionals is to work only with high net worth clients.  The challenge in doing so is that the affluent are inevitably becoming more difficult to get in front of personally.   As with the famous line from Jurassic Park – “life will find a way” – so […]
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You are already using Digital Marketing daily, so why not use it well?
by Tony Vidler        From what I observe, around 50% of professionals today still say they do not use digital marketing – and a fair proportion of those who say they don’t also say they don’t ever intend to use it either.  However, from what I actually observe when it comes to how many professionals do […]
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Consumers won’t use Financial Planners until they know what we do…
by Tony Vidler        “Only 2% of consumers would go to a financial planner to take out life or other personal insurance” “Only 9% of consumers would go to a financial planner for retirement planning” “12% of consumers would seek investment advice from a financial planner” Wow.     What on earth do consumers think […]
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Publishing Content: it’s where authority meets effective marketing
by Tony Vidler        Every professional should aspire to being an Authority to their chosen audience in my view. The ideal is you have top-of-mind-awareness with your target market of course, but more than just being the first person they think of when a particular issue arises, you want to be positioned as their only viable […]
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