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You are a professional? That doesn’t mean I trust you.
by Tony Vidler        You’re a professional. Should I trust you? Nope. As a consumer, a user of professional services myself, I’m tired of hearing from professionals that they should be trusted just because they are labelled professionals.  Let’s face it; many carry the label “professional” only by association anyway. The industry they are in […]
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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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How do you create an “Act Now” mindset with clients?
by Tony Vidler        One of the ongoing challenge in marketing professional services is simply getting people to “act now”.  We have to overcome their lack of urgency.   Our service will still be there tomorrow, right?  And usually the need to be addressed is a future need, and maybe well into the future….so there is […]
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Don’t rush to go “The Extra Mile” in client service just yet…
by Tony Vidler        Go the extra mile and clients will love you, right?   Maybe not.   While I would be the first to say that an area of opportunity for professional services firms to excel in comparison to their competitors is in “providing service”…the answer to getting to more clients on the “satisfied” […]
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You Need Your Own Tight 5 For Long Term Success
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to building an audience of influencers, advocates, raving fans and interested spectators, it all begins with having your own Tight 5.  If you follow rugby you probably got it straight away, but if you don’t follow rugby then this analogy will seem wierd, so humour me for a moment […]
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Top Of Mind Awareness: Being Present Without Being A Nuisance
by Tony Vidler        Promoting our personal professional brand is essentially all about creating top-of-mind-awareness.  Being the person that our target market thinks of, and then calls, when they recognise a need or desire is our goal. We want to be “top of mind”.   To achieve that we must master the art of being present, but […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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