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Financial Adviser Titles: What’s in a name?
by Tony Vidler Do financial adviser titles matter? A good question given the number of advisers who seem to try and elevate their professional positioning by referring to themselves as something other than “a financial adviser”. You know what I mean….financial advisers who have titles like “Risk Mitigation Specialist” or “Personal Financial Manager”…. Something […]
The New Paradigm of Professional Services Marketing
by Tony Vidler There has been a significant paradigm shift in how professional services marketing and sales functions interact. A fundamental change to how we understand and use the knoweldge of the consumers emotional buying cycle has already happened. The traditional view of “marketing generating leads” and then “sales converting leads into customers” […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler Pro bono is a novel concept for many in an evolving profession – working for free for the public good. But pro bono pays in the long run in a number of ways for a professional. It may sound counter-intuitive but giving away your knowledge, skill and time for free is a […]
by Tony Vidler Advisers: Good advice process is not enough. Being technically competent is not enough. You have to get selling. I know that “Sell” is seen as a bit of a diry word these days, but we cannot back away from it. You have to sell if you are going to be effective at […]
by Tony Vidler Disclosure is back on the regulatory agenda again, and the rules will undoubtedly be changing yet again. There is no doubt in my mind that disclosure of costs, fees and conflicts enhances trust and professional credibility. However, there is also no doubt in mind that disclosure can be taken so far that […]
What you need to know if you’re going to buy to grow
by Tony Vidler As many advice businesses reach maturity it is common to consider whether they should “buy to grow”. Should they buy another practice, or more commonly, should just buy a book of business from another practice. The typical reasons suggested for wanting to grow through acquisition are: 1. Get new […]
by Tony Vidler A constant question for many advisers, particularly when they’ve been sitting about over a break quietly contemplating the road ahead, is what do they have to do to prepare, or adapt? Obviously there is enormous uncertainty about what lies ahead for advice businesses; some of it predictable and some of […]
by Tony Vidler An adviser who plans on being in the business for another couple of decades asked what the point is in paying for an expensive and fancy CRM system. Honest. He did ask that. He has a list of clients in Outlook and has the clients home addresses, phone numbers, and sometimes […]
by Tony Vidler The elite performing financial advisers are substantially better at positioning themselves professionally than average advisers are. That positioning really pays off too: surveys suggest that they get 2.5 X MORE business from new clients than average advisers. And to really highlight the performance difference they are getting vastly higher business levels […]