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Beware of…well…just beware when giving advice!
by Tony Vidler Times have never been more dangerous for giving advice..and it is a time for financial advisers themselves to beware of consumers. Well, perhaps not consumers per se, but certainly all the interested parties who say they represent consumers interests. It is not just the increasing oversight from regulators and professional scrutiny from […]
The key to successfully networking with Accountants
by Tony Vidler The key to successful professional networking is as simple as creating a win-win…everyone knows that. Networking with accountants will be successful if you know what the “win” looks like for them. Advisers historically – for all their networking and personal sales and relationship management skills – have not been terribly successful […]
What is the missing ingredient in your marketing campaign?
by Tony Vidler There are some great and clever marketing campaigns put together by professional services firms and their marketing advisers, and they often get “good” results. Typically one thing stops them from getting great results: The follow through. Just like a great golf swing, what happens in the first half is only…well…”half […]
The challenge of the DIY consumers for Financial Advisers
by Tony Vidler Some telling research was done by Dr Claire Matthews of Massey University that highlighted the DIY (Do It Yourself) consumers mindset, and the challenges which that poses for financial advisers. The research was specifically on “KiwiSaver and Retirement Savings”, and explored some of the issues and attitudes of Kiwi’s. While the research […]
by Tony Vidler Even if Financial Advisers don’t feel the need to do marketing I would suggest that there are still some marketing places to be for advisers who feel they have enough clients. Even when prospecting for new clients is not a particular issue, professional credibility is. Suppliers, potential referrers, Centres Of Influence…they […]
by Tony Vidler As client presentations become more compliance-focused, lengthy, and technical in nature there is an corresponding increase in client dissatisfaction with financial advice. Coincidence? I think not. There has been a trend for years for financial advice, particularly comprehensive financial plans, when presented to clients to be “too clever” with clients not necessarily understanding […]
by Tony Vidler Putting a value upon financial advice is a tough issue for advisers and consumers alike. There is a pretty basic concept as far as “Value” goes for any consumer purchase though which is not a bad starting point, and it can be put into a formula: “Value = Benefits – Cost“ It […]
by Tony Vidler Coaching clients is a concept which is beginning to gain traction with financial advisers, and for many this is a new line of thinking. After all, they were taught that “you should always be closing”, right? No matter what else you are doing with prospective customers, and no matter what they […]
The cost of convenience in insurance: Underwrite at proposal time, or claim time?
by Tony Vidler Convenience in insurance can come at a steep cost: When does your client want to have the drama with their insurance company? At underwriting time, or at claim time? The cover is going to get underwritten at some point, it really is just a matter of when. This is a confusing facet […]
by Tony Vidler There are some great reasons to go digital in your advice process, especially if you live in a city where traffic gridlock, exorbitant parking costs and insane commercial rents drive up your overheads and kill your productivity. For many advisers now of course, there is no choice but to go digital-only. […]