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How to go about creating the RIGHT Strategic Alliance
by Tony Vidler        A good strategic alliance or two can be the thing that makes success for a professional services firm.  It can be a complete game changer.   In fact it is so important to get right that the key to finding and forging the right strategic alliance is thinking strategically to begin […]
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professional development for financial advisors
The problem with Professional Development programs
by Tony Vidler Most training programmes for financial advisers end up being vaguely disappointing for the participants. Often the feeling is that the training is a bit too academic or theoretical and hard to implement in one’s practice…but the real reason why training fails is because it doesn’t address all the necessary components.  In order […]
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How to convert 70% of your opportunities instead of 30%
by Tony Vidler        Imagine the difference to your business if you were able to convert twice as many opportunities.  You spend the same money and effort  but get twice as many sales as a result…it would add a bit to your bottom line wouldn’t it?   The decades old strategy of crunching through the numbers […]
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creating content your customers want
Creating content that customers want
by Tony Vidler        Creating content that customers want is not as hard as advisers think it is.  It is continually suggested by financial advisers that it is difficult to create articles and tips which their customers will enjoy and value and which support the rest of  their marketing and customer service strategies.   Financial Advisers […]
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3 simple steps to automate your Linkedin Thank You message
by Tony Vidler        Getting engagement with new connections on LinkedIn is as simple as sending a thank you message…and even smarter: automate as much of it as you can.   Whenever you have a recurring problem you need a process… Processes, systems, automation…these are the solutions to minimising waste, and recurring issues requiring manual workarounds. […]
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Which CRM is right for you?
by Tony Vidler        I am losing track of how often I get asked “which CRM do you recommend?”  It is a huge decision for a professional service business, and an area where every solution offered seems to fall a little short in one aspect or another.   The problem is that for a financial […]
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damned good advice for financial advisors
Maybe this is an opportunity: Picking a good financial adviser is harder than ever for consumers
by Tony Vidler        Choosing a good financial adviser has always been a bit of a leap of faith for consumers I guess, but picking one today is harder than ever.   With the tendency to use search to screen possible contenders, and with most contenders having to use the same acronyms and titles and so on, […]
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How to build a good Advisory Practice client service system
by Tony Vidler        Good service is good business. For financial advisers, service really IS the business, because that is how you build capital value.  Great clients who stay with the firm when ownership changes is your retirement plan isn’t it?   How do you build a good system of service though that ensures you […]
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Should you give a sly kickback to referrers?
by Tony Vidler        One of the ethical challenges for professionals is how to appropriately recognise the value of a great referrer or Centre-Of-Influence. A little kickback on the sly? Hardly professional. Don’t talk about it and pretend there is no commercial significance? Not great for maintaining trust long term.   It doesn’t have to become […]
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It’s Prime Networking Time!
by Tony Vidler        There are two types of advisers at this time of year: 1.  those who begin finding it tough to close out the game 2.  those who are already started on a new game. Typically in December & January most clients are trying to close out their own business games….get THEIR jobs […]
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