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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 […]
6 Things Banks Taught Us About Building A Super Profitable Business
by Tony Vidler It seems obvious, yet somehow it isn’t. The more you know about your customers the more business you can do with them. Can. Not “will do with them”….but “can”. Market and customer intelligence provides potential business opportunities – if you are able to act upon it. Take a tip […]
Building Your Reputation: Talk About The Elephants In The Room
by Tony Vidler When Accountants struggle to create a universally good reputation for their industry then we are going to have a real battle doing so. If they only get rated as “High” or “Very High” in professional ethics and honesty by half the population then what chance that an Insurance Broker will rank […]
Clients need to be reasonable and meet expectations too
by Tony Vidler It is not unreasonable to have reasonable expectations, is it? Whenever we enter into an agreement with somebody else to work together on anything it is fair to say that we both have expectations about how the arrangement is going to work. That applies whether the arrangement is moving into a […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler If real estate is driven by location, location, location, then surely the advice business is driven by engage, engage, engage. I’ve previously posted about the problem with generating referrals consistently largely coming down to the lack of engagement with, and by, clients. A process of engagement is also often the […]
You really do have to sell more to clients…REALLY.
by Tony Vidler This should be a self-evident truth that requires no explanation, but apparently it isn’t: Your clients will stay with you longer and be more valuable to you if you cross-sell multiple products and services to them. Yes, yes…I know…there is that word “sell” and it doesn’t always sit well with […]
Reward the right behaviour – or it will kill your practice
by Tony Vidler We tend to get the behaviour which we reward repeatedly. Kindergarten teachers know it, so why don’t the leaders of professional services firms know it and use it? Here are a couple of real examples of how this plays out: In one instance it was watching a previously excellent professional […]
by Tony Vidler Everyone is after the good advice clients it seems…or are they? Robo-advisers, direct marketing, 24/7 online transaction facilities, product kiosks and over the counter solutions to shoppers at supermarkets…these are all “financial advice” choices for consumers today. (for “Financial Advice” read “anything associated with a financial services product or service which […]