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Social Media: Are you hogging the conversation?
by Tony Vidler        You should post on social media once a week.   No.  You should post 6 times a day!   ummmm….how much is right?   The short answer is “it depends”.   It depends on the platform you are using, and it depends on your target audience and their appetite for content […]
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11 Questions to think about before spending a marketing dollar
by Tony Vidler        When advisers are about marketing they all too often focus on what tactics to pursue.  This approach often results in disappointment as the marketing results fall short of expectations.   The problem is the expectations were not thought about strategically, and the expectations were optimistically vague at best.  Tactics are action-oriented….they […]
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Should you be marketing to your existing clients?
by Tony Vidler        What do you want most from your marketing: 1.  More customers, or, 2.  More revenue?   Most marketing efforts are aimed at trying to convince strangers to bring their business to you.  New clients are good of course, and are in fact vital for the long term success of a business.   […]
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A Value Creation Model For Advisory Firms
by Tony Vidler        “Innovate or die” said Peter Drucker.  Innovation is of course about finding new ways to create value.   Have financial advisers been innovating in recent years?  Have they been finding new ways to create value?  If not, does it mean they are slowly slipping towards their commercial death?   Many have […]
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Being valued as a financial advisor
Become more valuable to clients by making it easier
by Tony Vidler        One of the key concepts that advisers must grasp is the need to be valued for the advice and coaching they provide, rather than their value being linked to a product solution.   A massive opportunity exists for advisers to remove complexity from their clients lives, and in turn, be valued […]
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The 6 Necessities of Modern Marketing for Financial Advisers
by Tony Vidler        I have no doubt that many financial advisers are struggling to understand what happened to their previously successful marketing methods.  For years –  decades perhaps –  they have been able to keep a constant source of prospective future clients coming through the front doors, yet for most this is now a […]
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What A Practice Needs In Order To Achieve Exceptional Growth
by Tony Vidler        Not everyone wants to have a business which achieves exceptional growth.  Some want a business which just produces a steady income, or a job, and that’s ok.  If on the other hand you aspire to have a high growth firm there are a couple of pretty important strategic decisions to nail.   […]
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What is YOUR Risk Tolerance as an Adviser?
by Tony Vidler        Asking financial advisers what THEIR risk tolerance is seems odd to many at first glance.  However, when contemplating what changes should be made in response to more regulatory reform this is the NEXT question which should be addressed after answering the “what do the new rules say I have to do?” question. […]
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Be like the Private Banker in order to become invaluable
by Tony Vidler        Emulate “the Private Bankers” is the sage advice of Dr Phillip M. Randall for advisers when it comes to combatting the multiple pressure points of rising consumer expectations, technology-driven and cost-focussed solutions, and the trend for “self management” in all things by clients.   I had the pleasure of spending a little […]
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Should Advisers Be Selling Coffee Instead Of Client Service?
by Tony Vidler        Do you remember when petrol stations competed on client service?   Fundamentally they were all selling the same basic commodity, at about the same price, to anyone who drove up.  That included the regulars who lived in the area and who had high lifetime value and the out-of-towners cruising through who just […]
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