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How to get better positioning with LinkedIn Endorsements
by Tony Vidler         A feature of LinkedIn which is particularly helpful to a professionals’ positioning is the “Skills & Endorsements” section of your individual profile.  This section is only helpful though if it fairly reflects you expertise and there is a reasonable volume of support attesting that you do have that expertise. Unfortunately this is […]
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8 Reasons Financial Advisers Should Have A Blog
by Tony Vidler        Every financial adviser should have a blog by now…especially now when so many consumers have so many questions about money, and so much time to google them, and so many opinions to read that it is overwhelming.  Becoming a trusted voice online has probably never been easier for an adviser in […]
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The Adviser as an Influencer
by Tony Vidler        The financial adviser is supposed to be an influencer…our role is to influence others to make better decisions than they would otherwise have made.   In order to become a more effective adviser the ongoing development of the skills that are required to deliver influential advice should be deliberately developed.  But […]
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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 […]
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Why Prospects See Advisers The Way They Do
by Tony Vidler        I once 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.  It provided a shining example of why some prospects see us the way they do.   When my client & friend tried to […]
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No Value Proposition? Then how will prospects decide who to choose?
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...
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How to Build Your Brand Influence
by Tony Vidler        Every individual has a personal brand – whether they realise it or not. And that brand can have, indeed it “should have”, influence.   We recognise the power and importance of the personal branding in athletes, celebrities and politicians, and yet, all too often it is the most under-rated contributor to commercial […]
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Marketing your Professional Opinion
by Tony Vidler        One of the best marketing ideas I have come across is the “Second Opinion” service.   The concept is brilliantly simple, and firmly centred upon providing sound professional advice.   You provide a service to the colleagues of your clients which is a professional second opinion on the suitability of the […]
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The Professional’s Branding Challenge: how to look different while blending in (& why it matters)
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to creating a personal brand as a professional, the irony is we have to look different – while blending in and looking the same.   One cannot afford to look any less professional than your peers or competitors.  So to a large degree degree there is a market […]
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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 do it 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 position themselves […]
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