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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 […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler Getting referrals is difficult enough for many, but getting the right referrals is even tougher. It’s always nice to get a referral of course, but it doesn’t help if we do get a referral and it is someone that we just can’t deliver great value to. So we do want to […]
Help Referrers Really Understand Who You Want To Meet
by Tony Vidler One of the reasons referrers don’t give us quite the right quality referral most of the time is that we are often very poor at describing the person we work best with when we are having a referral discussion to begin with. It’s our fault; not theirs for the wrong sort […]
Uncomfortable with Referrals? No problem…there is another way…
by Tony Vidler Being a firm believer that Word-Of-Mouth marketing is THE most effective form there is, I do bang on about being referable and engaging with the target market…but… REALITY CHECK: Some people just never feel comfortable giving referrals. In fact there IS a good chance that you will jeopardise your existing […]
by Tony Vidler Virtually all professional service firms would love to work on referral business alone, but somehow struggle to even get to the point where they have regular referrals from clients that are unsolicited. They are simply not referable. The missing ingredient for many service firms is remarkable service. Customers are […]
by Tony Vidler If one forms a business alliance and one party gets more out of it than the other, is that alliance likely to last long term? Of course not. It is not equitable. One party at some point is going to feel that the relationship is rather one-sided and and […]
by Tony Vidler Quite possibly the easiest method for anyone to generate more referrals and favourable introductions is to give more referrals and introductions. This is just not done as much as it could or should by most professionals, and usually they say it is because they “didn’t think of it”. That […]
How much TIME do super-successful advisers spend marketing?
by Tony Vidler We know that time is money. We know that marketing costs money. But the most successful advisers know that effective marketing costs more time than money. One of the most successful advisers I know says that he spends his work time thus: 20% in client facing meetings 10% running his business 70% […]
by Tony Vidler For an industry focused on planning, advisers have a tendency to forget planning how they will build their influencers. I know that sounds like a heck of a generalisation, however it is one founded upon my own experience with advisers. Developing a centre-of-influence is often approached enthusiastically and with all […]