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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 […]
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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 […]
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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.” […]
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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 […]
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Do you know what you actually need from your marketing?
by Tony Vidler        It might seem like a dumb question: but “How many leads do you need?”   One of the most common questions I get asked is “what sort of marketing should I be doing?”…and my response is “well, how many leads do you need?”   Here’s the point: you can’t begin to […]
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Word of Mouth prospecting is still where it is at!
by Tony Vidler        Digital marketing and using social media to create an audience and engage with prospective customers is essential for professional services today…BUT…   Word-of-mouth marketing is still where it’s at in professional services.   In fact, it is more important than ever before.   The more impersonal that society becomes and the […]
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Unremarkable Means Un-Referable
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 […]
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Building a Referral Business is Systematic
by Tony Vidler        Building a successful advisory business requires building a successful referral system.   In the absence of a strong system referrals will simply be received on an ad hoc basis, drifting in whenever a particular customer is especially motivated to do so, or when an adviser remembers to try and obtain one. […]
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Creating advocates
The 5 big C’s that will create advocates for you
by Tony Vidler        If you want to move clients up the loyalty ladder and create genuine advocates for your business there are 5 critical areas that you have to demonstrate, and the clients have to believe, before the business relationship will bloom to full advocacy.   In this quick tips video we discuss these […]
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Dropping the “Who Do You Know” bomb is dumb.
by Tony Vidler        One of the time-tested techniques of sales is to obtain referrals by dropping a “who do you know” bomb on them…and it is dumb.   It has never actually worked all that well really, and it works even less well today.   Adding an extra word in there doesn’t make it […]
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