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Little Giveaways Can Generate Recomendations
by Tony Vidler If you want to generate recommendations from clients and prospects it pays to understand how it is a different process from getting referrals, and if referrals are “the gold medal” then recommendations are the “silver”. Not the ultimate perhaps, but well worth having, and arguable a little easier to get. […]
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 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 Getting referral business is hard…but oddly enough it is also easy. Lots of advisers say they get all their new business from referral, but when you dig into things it seems that actually they don’t get a lot of referrals. The ones they get are great, but they don’t get loads […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]