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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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Change Is The New Normal For Financial Advisers
by Tony Vidler        Financial Advice is not going through some changes; constant change is the new normal.  Whatever regulatory stuff you are going through now in your particular jurisdiction will not be an end to it.  It will be ongoing.  More importantly though, regulatory change is not the BIG change which will become the constant […]
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Commission-Based Life & Health Advisers Need To Get Moving
by Tony Vidler        There is clearly a mood afoot for various industry stakeholders to see up-front commissions reduce in size in a number of financial products, particularly in life and health insurance products.   It will become a self-fulfilling prophecy of course, as the more it gets debated the greater the acceptance of the inevitability.  […]
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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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This is how Professional Services marketing has changed
by Tony Vidler        This is how much professional services marketing has changed in just the last few years…the head of a national real estate firm which settles 14,000 deals a year explained the marketing process and how they achieve their results.  Here it is: Over 95% of all new customer enquiries now begin online. 100% of […]
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Is Insurance Churn Really The Issue We Think It is?
by Tony Vidler         Any time an insurance product is replaced by an adviser with an alternative one someone begins howling about “insurance churn” or “twisting of policies” and the immediate inference is that something unethical just occurred.  Sometimes that is true of course, and there are undoubtedly bottom feeders in the industry who survive by […]
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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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How to make sure email marketing is effective
by Tony Vidler        Effective email marketing is a lot tougher now than just 2 or 3 years ago, yet it is still one of the most effective marketing methods available if we get it right.   In the old days, say 4 years ago, a good mailing list together with a branded email platform and […]
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The Ultimate Personal Brand Position: Own A Word
by Tony Vidler        The ultimate goal in building a strong personal brand is to own a word in your target markets mind.  It may be own a phrase rather than own “a word” of course, but the point is you want to be KNOWN for something.  You want to create a position where your target […]
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Making LinkedIn Matter In Your Marketing
by Tony Vidler        Most professionals have a LinkedIn profile now, but are they making LinkedIn matter when it comes to their marketing? Often they are not effectively utilising the 2 key areas that are searched by Google, being the title section and the summary.  That is incredibly valuable online real estate….provided for free…so let’s have […]
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