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You Need Your Own Tight 5 For Long Term Success
by Tony Vidler When it comes to building an audience of influencers, advocates, raving fans and interested spectators, it all begins with having your own Tight 5. If you follow rugby you probably got it straight away, but if you don’t follow rugby then this analogy will seem wierd, so humour me for a moment […]
Top Of Mind Awareness: Being Present Without Being A Nuisance
by Tony Vidler Promoting our personal professional brand is essentially all about creating top-of-mind-awareness. Being the person that our target market thinks of, and then calls, when they recognise a need or desire is our goal. We want to be “top of mind”. To achieve that we must master the art of being present, but […]
Is this why prospects ignore your networking effort?
by Tony Vidler Networking often seems to be harder than it should. It is amazing how many people forget, or ignore, basic social skills and common courtesies when trying to network – especially in online networking platforms such as LinkedIn. Speaking personally, I ignore people trying to network with me on a daily […]
Your Reputation IS Your Personal Brand – and it is what matters most
by Tony Vidler For most advisers the only brand that truly matters is, or should be, their personal brand. Not the corporate brand, or licensees brand, or dealer group or avourite financial insititutions…YOUR brand. And when it comes to your personal brand, reputation is everything really. A lot of professionals get their branding […]
You COULD generate more referrals than you could handle if you use digital well
by Tony Vidler Regular readers will know that I am a massive fan of using social media and other digital marketing tools and tactics, especially in professional services where we are trying to market our expertise, rather than sell a tangible product. My reasons are simple: we need to create recognition in our target markets […]
Paying COI’s: Perhaps prepare for the harvest before you prepare for the feast
by Tony Vidler Is it appropriate to be paying COI’s a share of your success from their influences? Or, to put it bluntly, nother way, should you share remuneration or the spoils of the sale with referrers? Personally, I think not. However, it is actually just a little more complicated than that […]
Compliance: Here are the only 3 things that matter
by Tony Vidler Whenever the topic of the “advice process”, or compliance, comes up most advisers imagine themselves as the plane in this picture: Compiance is largely considered a burden – albeit a necessary one. As is usually the way of these things a substantial body of documentation has blossomed over the years which […]
by Tony Vidler Pretty much every time I get into a discussion with professionals about building up their business they begin by thinking that the answer is “get more prospects“. There is no doubt that getting more prospective customers helps build a business of course, but what builds a business faster and less stressfully […]
by Tony Vidler “How much is too much contact?” “How often is too often?” Having bought into the need to engage with prospects and clients until they are ready to move ahead the next burning question from advisers centres upon what level of contact with customers is the “right amount”. Much of […]
Referrals: You are probably letting hundreds go each year
by Tony Vidler Why so many professionals struggle to get referral business consistently generally comes down to 2 things: 1. They don’t position for them 2. They aren’t prepared in advance Something like one-third to a half of the people we engage with might be prepared to provide referrals – IF we […]