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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 […]
by Tony Vidler Referrals remain the most powerful marketing for professionals despite the plethora of advertising and marketing tactics we have available today. The “transfer of trust” which is created by positive endorsement and personalised introduction or recommendation results in he highest likelihood of a prospective client choosing to do business with you. Referrals […]
by Tony Vidler The potential Centre-Of-Influence that you want to network with is the gatekeeper to the clients you want to work with, and there are generally 4 things that stand in the way of them agreeing to let you in. It makes sense to address those 4 things right at the outset and […]
by Tony Vidler Testimonials are great marketing, but they are losing their effectiveness to some degree. All is not lost however, as one small change CAN make them resonate with your target audience a little better. Consumers are not silly and they know we are never going to be silly enough ourselves to […]
by Tony Vidler If there is one thing that can help any professional increase their referral rate it is face-to-face time with clients and influencers. Actual getting-together-with those other humans more often tends to lead to better or deeper relationships, and more opportunities to be positioned for referrals and recommendations. And more meetings […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler Getting referrals is usually a very hit & miss thing for professionals…IF they remember to put the issue on the table at all. Then there is the angst-filled question of when it is best to table the topic….early in an interview, or at the end? When someone is still a prospect, […]
Appealing to an Influencers Self Interest (but for good!)
by Tony Vidler An effective method of generating interest with influencers in referring some of their clients to you is appealing to their self interest. It sounds terribly crass when it is said out aloud like that of course, but let’s cut to the chase. Every professional out there makes a living from […]
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% […]
Create Top Of Mind Awareness With Your Own Clients
by Tony Vidler Who do most people turn to first for financial advice? Their family. Research in multiple countries and jurisdictions repeatedly shows that the number one source of advice for consumers who do not currently take financial advice from a professional is their family, closely followed by their friends. The numbers […]