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Don’t overlook your low-hanging fruit
by Tony Vidler        Have you ever thought about where the easiest wins are in getting new business? Or if you prefer; where the low-hanging fruit is?   There will be latent opportunities inside most professionals businesses, and usually those opportunities are taken on an ad hoc, or reactive, basis rather than being pre-planned.   There […]
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The simple prospecting system from the worlds greatest ever salesman
by Tony Vidler        According to the Guiness Book Of World Records the greatest salesman in the world was Joe Girard.   Joe sold cars…an incredible 13,001 cars sold in his career.  One at a time…working “retail” with high priced items.  And selling the same things, at the same price, as a heck of a […]
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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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Professional Service: There’s extra money going the extra mile
by Tony Vidler         Often professionals forget how valuable the service bit is in a “professional service” business. Everyone has heard some story about how a business did well from going the extra mile for a customer…but rarely do you hear about a professional services business that has a standing process for going the extra […]
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Are Advisers Overlooking The Obvious?
by Tony Vidler        Advisers are racing to use new technologies and modify engagement & busines processes, and that is totally understandable.  But there is a real risk of losing sight of the essentials and overlooking some basics.   Like, answering a customer enquiry.  Or helping your community in the way you can help best – […]
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Prospecting: Reconnect to Create New Opportunities
by Tony Vidler        A simple prospecting idea which usually pays off is simply re-connecting with those who you have spent time with, but did not do any business with.  I am talking about “prospects” from 6 months ago…or 12 months ago.   There are always people we are seeing who are potentially great customers, but […]
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If you need more clients then you probably need different skills
by Tony Vidler        Financial advisers who need more clients need to be better marketers than salespeople in todays environment.  For most that means they probably need new, or more, skills.  Not more technical skills; more commercial skills.   While financial advisers have been figuring out how to get ever-more-compliant and deliver yet-more-paper over the […]
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Prospecting tip: “Fish at your feet first”
by Tony Vidler A fisherman friend gave me a great prospecting reminder: fish at your feet first. His point was a simple one: why spend a lot of effort casting, and risking throwing your bait, and then having to reel in loads of line until you’ve caught the ones right next to you? Isn’t that […]
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Should you be marketing to your existing clients?
by Tony Vidler        What do you want most from your marketing: 1.  More customers, or, 2.  More revenue?   Most marketing efforts are aimed at trying to convince strangers to bring their business to you.  New clients are good of course, and are in fact vital for the long term success of a business.   […]
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Get other businesses to get you new business
by Tony Vidler        In the perpetual search for new ways to get new clients many professional service firms overlook a really obvious, and incredibly lucrative, way of getting new business.   That is getting other businesses to send their new clients to you.  Unlike Center-Of-Influence (COI) marketing where an individual directs individual potential new […]
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