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Your Reputation IS Your Personal Brand – and it is what matters most
by Tony Vidler For most advisers the only brand that truly matters is, or should be, their personal brand. Not the corporate brand, or licensees brand, or dealer group or avourite financial insititutions…YOUR brand. And when it comes to your personal brand, reputation is everything really. A lot of professionals get their branding […]
Target Marketing: The Smart Play For Marketing Your Advice Business
by Tony Vidler Target marketing is usually the difference between those firms who get the right sort of clients, and those who just get customers. Clients follow advice, because they value it. Customers engage in transactions. They buy products. They take a bit of advice here and there…as it suits them. Trying to get more […]
You COULD generate more referrals than you could handle if you use digital well
by Tony Vidler Regular readers will know that I am a massive fan of using social media and other digital marketing tools and tactics, especially in professional services where we are trying to market our expertise, rather than sell a tangible product. My reasons are simple: we need to create recognition in our target markets […]
Nobody Believes Your Advice Can Be Impartial AND Free
by Tony Vidler The problem with “FREE” is nobody believes that whatever you are offering is actually free. It might be free in terms of there being no invoice or obvious price tag, but that doesn’t mean it is “free” does it? Consumers today are alert, have a world of information in their pocket […]
Paying COI’s: Perhaps prepare for the harvest before you prepare for the feast
by Tony Vidler Is it appropriate to be paying COI’s a share of your success from their influences? Or, to put it bluntly, nother way, should you share remuneration or the spoils of the sale with referrers? Personally, I think not. However, it is actually just a little more complicated than that […]
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 Pretty much every time I get into a discussion with professionals about building up their business they begin by thinking that the answer is “get more prospects“. There is no doubt that getting more prospective customers helps build a business of course, but what builds a business faster and less stressfully […]
by Tony Vidler “How much is too much contact?” “How often is too often?” Having bought into the need to engage with prospects and clients until they are ready to move ahead the next burning question from advisers centres upon what level of contact with customers is the “right amount”. Much of […]
Why don’t you roll the dice and ask for referrals anyway?
by Tony Vidler On some things you just have to roll the dice and take your chances in life. Asking someone for a date….getting on a plane…or asking for referrals. It doesn’t always work out of course, but as a great hockey player once said: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” […]
Referrals: You are probably letting hundreds go each year
by Tony Vidler Why so many professionals struggle to get referral business consistently generally comes down to 2 things: 1. They don’t position for them 2. They aren’t prepared in advance Something like one-third to a half of the people we engage with might be prepared to provide referrals – IF we […]