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Bring Back The Long Lunch…it will be good for your business!
by Tony Vidler Tom Peters suggested many years ago that one of the most effective marketing activities a professional could engage in were weekday lunches. 250 of them in fact over the course of the year. That is perhaps a bit excessive in today’s environment (and for ageing waistlines), but the concept […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler At some point most professionals consider using advertising as a means of lead generation, and usually it doesn’t work quite as well as they hoped. There are a few things to get right when it comes to creating advertising which generates the results you hoped for but the most obvious reason […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler Oddly, many advisers do not quite get what a prospect is. They often think it is a name with a phone number. But is that enough for a prospect to really be a “prospective client”? Knowing their name and how to contact them? Somewhere on the path to professionalism some of […]
How to position yourself for referrals from clients
by Tony Vidler Getting referrals on an ongoing basis from happy clients largely comes down to positioning for them correctly. Put some thought into how you will position the expectation, and when you will do it in your client engagement, to increase your chances of success. Most importantly though, earn the right to […]