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Note to self: Must take charge of my own brand
by Tony Vidler I listened to a good friend, who is also a client and a good centre of influence and an advocate, explain what I do to someone else. End result: I must take charge of my own brand, because this experience provided a shining example of why some prospects see us the […]
how to avoid being a commodity as a professional adviser and being chosen on price or convenience comes down to having a strong value proposition. Building a great brand involves more than just a value proposition, but this alone can eliminate those who choose just on price...
by Tony Vidler Every Adviser has a brand, whether they realise it or not. That brand influences prospects to engage you…or not. You may as well manage it to get more positive outcomes then, right? We recognise the power and importance of the personal branding in athletes, celebrities and politicians, and yet, all too […]
by Tony Vidler One of the best marketing ideas I have come across is the “Second Opinion” service, because it positions you as a professional, and as an “adviser” rather than a product centric financial services person. The concept is brilliantly simple, and firmly centred upon providing sound professional advice. You provide […]
The 1 Big Mistake Professionals Make When Trying To Position As An Expert
by Tony Vidler One of the greatest ways to attract the type of business you prefer is “Expert Positioning”, and most professionals could position as an expert if they really wanted to. The reality is that most professionals are experts, and their knowledge should be highly valued… But very few actually work to […]
by Tony Vidler For anyone in professional services reputation is everything today. It is a trust-creator, or a trust-killer. Basically everything you do – every engagement you work on, every social media post, everything you do at a function – adds to or detracts from your reputation. A professional’s personal reputation is […]
by Tony Vidler Many financial advisers would like to become a recognised expert in a particular area, and for many of them this is a genuine opportunity which they should pursue. The competency, depth of knowledge or mastery of subject, and professionalism are all there more often than not. They are already actually experts […]
Marketing Your Firm, and Marketing You are 2 different things
by Tony Vidler Understanding that marketing your firm and marketing you are 2 separate things is something that most professionals seem to overlook, or perhaps not understand. For most of us there are at least 2 brands at play in the market (if not more), being the corporate brand of the practice or […]
What The Kardashian’s Can Teach Us About Reputation Marketing
by Tony Vidler For many successful advisers their reputation is the critical marketing success factor in their careers. And who has done reputation marketing – or “famous just for being famous” – better than the Kardashians? Reputation in professional services often drives more recommendations or referrals that lead to new business than practitioners […]
The powerful marketing tool that you use every day, but hardly use for actual marketing
by Tony Vidler The most powerful marketing tool most professionals have is the one they use scores of times daily, but which they usually do not do any actual marketing with. email. Love it or loathe it, we all use it. It is not going away anytime soon, and it is not about […]