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How to protect your brand and reputation on social media
by Tony Vidler        You would think professionals would take more care of their reputation. I mean it is their livelihood, right?  You’d also think that professionals using social media would set themselves some guidelines on what stuff they will and won’t allow to have atached to their reputation…but nope. Confusion about what one should […]
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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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Building Your Reputation: Talk About The Elephants In The Room
by Tony Vidler        When Accountants struggle to create a universally good reputation for their industry then we are going to have a real battle doing so.  If they only get rated as “High” or “Very High” in professional ethics and honesty by half the population then what chance that an Insurance Broker will rank […]
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First, Become Famous In Your Neighbourhood
by Tony Vidler        Where are your advertising dollars, and efforts, going to get the best return?   It seems that the majority of small businesses get the majority of their new clients from their local area, which is not terribly surprising given that most professional service businesses largely compete on “convenience”.   Without a […]
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Taking advantage of Online Reviews of YOU
by Tony Vidler        Online reviews of virtually everything – including professional advisers – are now part of the landscape.  They aren’t “coming”…they are here now and gathering momentum.   Consumers are used to leaving their opinion about their service experience on Menumania, Tripadvisor and a thousand others…and they will increasingly leave their opinions online […]
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Are You “Marketing” The Right Message?
by Tony Vidler        Do you know what business you are in?   Are you marketing that?   Are you marketing what it is you actually DO, rather than what you know or who you are…or worse: you are marketing some other businesses products and brand?   Many professionals focus their marketing message on the […]
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The 1 Big Mistake Professionals Make When Trying To Position As An Expert
by Tony Vidler        One of the greatest ways to attract the type of business you prefer is “Expert Positioning”, and most professionals could do it if they really wanted to.  The reality is that most professionals are experts, and their knowledge should be highly valued…   But very few actually work to position themselves […]
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Marketing Your Expertise Via Webinar
by Tony Vidler        Advisers attend plenty of webinars, but very few seem to use a webinar marketing program themselves for marketing to potential clients, and it is a marvellous opportunity (if done well) to really position your expertise.   Prospects generally have no issue tuning in to watch broadcasts on any number of areas of […]
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Reputation Is Everything Today, So Manage It.
by Tony Vidler        For anyone in professional services reputation is everything today.   It is a trust-creator, or a trust-killer.  Basically everything you do – every engagement  you work on, every social media post, everything you do at a function – adds to or detracts from your reputation.   A professional’s personal reputation is […]
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The Shortcut To Trust For Professionals
by Tony Vidler        Creating sufficient trust with a prospective client is the critical initial hurdle to having them engage with a professional advice process.   We need to have potential clients open up about their financial history, health and family issues, their future dreams and aspirations….all the deeply personal things that they generally don’t […]
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