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Just BECAUSE…..
by Tony Vidler        One of the most powerful words in sales and marketing is “because”….and it doesn’t get used enough. …with BECAUSE we can link ideas of logic and emotion.  The linking of logic and emotion makes ideas far more powerful and memorable because we can feel and analyse simultaneously.   More importantly though it […]
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I sell…You sell…We ALL sell. Or should do…
by Tony Vidler        I am a professional.  I am a salesman. These two things are not contradictory.  I sell stuff.  It seems like I’m selling my time these days…sometimes a product….sometimes it is just selling concepts and possibilities.   But I sell.  And I think I am a professional too.   Why do we […]
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Professional Selling: It is a real thing!
by Tony Vidler        Professional and selling are apparently 2 words which according to many just don’t go together these days…except they really do.  I’ll go further in fact and say that professionals MUST be selling, but, selling must be professional.   While there is an absolute requirement to place the clients interests above all […]
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How to challenge a clients thinking without actually getting into a challenge
by Tony Vidler        Perhaps the toughest task any adviser faces is challenging a clients’ own thinking, but without getting into a confrontation.  Most of us find ourselves occasionally dealing with a client who already thinks they know the answers – they haven’t come to us for advice, they have come to us for validation […]
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Where to begin with social media marketing?
by Tony Vidler        As professional advisers are more often than not still contemplating how to use social media as part of their overall marketing and client communication strategies 3 huge questions dominate their thinking: 1.  Which social media platform should I use? 2.  What should I post or publish? 3.  How often should I […]
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Some customers you probably don’t want
by Tony Vidler        Fact: some customers you just don’t want.  Most of us would agree that we should contribute to the greater good of society, and engage in pro bono work to help some of those who can’t afford us, but we are are running commercial enterprises.   Not all customers are good customers […]
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A financial advisers best weapon: The Meeting Agenda
by Tony Vidler        One of the most powerful weapons in an advisers armory is the Client Meeting Agenda. Yet, so few use them regularly….   The client meeting agenda sets up the entire professional relationship – not just the next hour or so that you happen to be with a client. In addition;   […]
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Slow down to get better results
by Tony Vidler        To get better results one usually has to change something, and sometimes it strangely enough better results can be achieved from doing something which seems counter-intuitive:  Slow Down.   Anyone who has played a lot of sport knows that when things get disjointed and are not quite working seamlessly, the trick is […]
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Are sales letters ancient history?
by Tony Vidler        A traditional marketing practice for financial advisers has been sending “pre-approach” sales letters to prospective clients.  It seems that very few still do it, and yet I am often asked if they are worthwhile, and if so, how does one get the best results from them?   Here’s the no frills, […]
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The BEST Prospecting Question Ever
by Tony Vidler        One of the areas which you would think would dominate our prospecting activities is one where many professionals struggle: getting friends and associates onboard as clients.   A fantastic adviser that I knew well and who is since retired working in rural town in New Zealand managed to be one of […]
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