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Reaching todays “common client”
by Tony Vidler Reaching todays common client is not easy for professionals. They are easy to find for sure, but reaching them and getting their attention is something else again. When you consider how a buying process happens today it becomes a lot easier to understand why it is so hard – and what […]
Looking beyond the obvious for strategic alliance partners
by Tony Vidler Great alliances with other businesses will enhance your brand and put you in front of more ideal prospects that you don’t have to find yourself. That is really the key benefit of having strategic alliance partners. There is a tendency however for most advisers to go after the same sort […]
Peer-To-Peer Marketing: it’s just one Business Owner to another
by Tony Vidler Research keeps telling us that peer-to-peer marketing, or old fashioned word-of-mouth advertising and recommendations, is still the most effective form of marketing there is. Virtually no discriminating consumer today trusts advertising – and virtually all consumers who are prospective professional services clients are discriminating in that they are increasingly selective, wary […]
by Tony Vidler I’ve been running a terribly unscientific survey to find out if advertising for lead generation is dead for todays financial advisers. Basically the deeply analytical process has consisted of me asking advisers continually for the last couple of years whether they are doing any advertising, and what results in the way […]
by Tony Vidler I remain amazed that there are still financial advisers who say they do not see the point of social media when it comes to their business. Most of those advisers also keep saying that they could do with more prospects and customers. Is there any chance that these two concepts might […]
Which prospecting method delivers the best results?
by Tony Vidler The prospecting method that keeps on delivering the most opportunities is Referrals. A distant second in the source of new clients for advice firms is Centre of Influence referrals. Research by the Financial Planning Association showed that on average in the previous year some 34% of new clients came from […]
by Tony Vidler The way prospects engage with professionals has changed, and it is logical for us to change how we engage with prospects also. In the old days we qualified prospects on the basis of a clearly identifiable need, the capacity to pay, approachability, and “insurability”. This last one evolved over time […]
by Tony Vidler Too many referrals today are not converting into clients for too many professionals – and all too often the professionals are puzzled about why that is. Typically it comes down to us not looking good enough on line. Todays referrals usually do a quick search before deciding whether to meet […]
by Tony Vidler If you are looking for a prospecting tip think about this: 1. Relatively few financial advisers are really pro-active marketers, let alone masters of it. 2. The majority of affluent investors hang around with other affluent folk. 3. The Holy Grail for many financial advice professionals is to attract affluent clients and […]
by Tony Vidler Prospecting seems to remain the biggest day to day business problem for financial advisers, yet prospecting has never actually been easier. If you polled 100 advisers with this simple question I would wager that more than half would answer: “getting enough new business prospects to meet my business objectives”. Prospecting […]