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A Great Adviser is, or should be, a Thought Leader
by Tony Vidler         “Thought leaders are the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality, and know and show how to replicate their success.”    The second sentence in the above quote seems particularly pertinent […]
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To Be a Recognised Expert You Must Be Willing To Be A Target
by Tony Vidler        If you become a recognised expert then business will find its way to you. Prospecting per se ceases to be a problem.   Getting to be that recognised expert can be a costless and effective way of marketing yourself as industry, local or national media is constantly looking for opinion-shapers and insight.  […]
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Robo-Advice? It is GREAT For An Adviser Business…
by Tony Vidler        Robo-advice is great for all of us in the advice arena, because WE learn more about consumers appetites for advice and product and WE learn more about their behaviour.  That helps us deliver better services of higher value.  It is one of the major benefits of the intense interest and investment […]
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High Net Worth Clients: The 3 Strategic Issues You HAVE To Get To Grips With
by Tony Vidler        The nirvana for most professionals is to work only with high net worth clients.  The challenge in doing so is that the affluent are inevitably becoming more difficult to get in front of personally.   As with the famous line from Jurassic Park – “life will find a way” – so […]
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Consumers won’t use Financial Planners until they know what we do…
by Tony Vidler        “Only 2% of consumers would go to a financial planner to take out life or other personal insurance” “Only 9% of consumers would go to a financial planner for retirement planning” “12% of consumers would seek investment advice from a financial planner” Wow.     What on earth do consumers think […]
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Publishing Content: it’s where authority meets effective marketing
by Tony Vidler        Every professional should aspire to being an Authority to their chosen audience in my view. The ideal is you have top-of-mind-awareness with your target market of course, but more than just being the first person they think of when a particular issue arises, you want to be positioned as their only viable […]
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The 1 Thing You Need To Actually Make Your Strategy Work For You
by Tony Vidler        For most professional services firms today the strategic challenge of the moment is determining what the right strategy is that will work for the firm rather than making it work. But when you do settle on your strategy you then have to make it work – and that is a separate challenge. […]
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Actually Using The Pareto Principle To Improve Service And Profit
by Tony Vidler        Everyone has heard of Pareto’s Principle by now, but are you actually using it to improve  profit…or improve service….or is it actually “improve service to improve profit using Pareto”?   It is the latter. Undoubtedly.   Improving service leads to greater retention, or longer duration of client engagement & revenue.  Improving […]
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That Tech Competitor Threat Is Really An Opportunity For Some Advisers
by Tony Vidler        The robo-advice “threat” is an opportunity for entrepreneurial advisers…as is every other direct-to-consumer offering driven by fintechs. The more I think about it the more certain I am that some advisory firms will prosper from it…but I am just as sure that many will “fail” due to the competition.  By “fail” […]
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How much client contact is too much contact?
by Tony Vidler        Getting the frequency of newsletters or regular client communications right is a real challenge.  How much is too much, and runs the risk of you being a nuisance?  How much is too little, and runs the risk of you being forgotten?     The right answer is “it depends”.     It […]
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