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You are a professional? That doesn’t mean I trust you.
by Tony Vidler You’re a professional. Should I trust you? Nope. As a consumer, a user of professional services myself, I’m tired of hearing from professionals that they should be trusted just because they are labelled professionals. Let’s face it; many carry the label “professional” only by association anyway. The industry they are in […]
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 […]
You Can Become A Trusted Brand Before Clients Even Meet You
by Tony Vidler For any individual adviser becoming “the trusted brand” in your target markets mind has to be the main marketing goal. The importance of great engagement with prospective customers cannot be over-emphasised here…it is THE fundamental shift in effective marketing techniques over the last decade because it is the solution to the fundamental […]
by Tony Vidler Trust is built over time. It is earned. It is not given automatically to most professionals by most prospective clients at the outset. That’s a reality. The very best we can hope for when someone doesn’t really know us yet is to be trusted enough to be given a chance to prove […]
by Tony Vidler Every individual has a personal brand – whether they realise it or not. And that brand can have, indeed it “should have”, influence. We recognise the power and importance of the personal branding in athletes, celebrities and politicians, and yet, all too often it is the most under-rated contributor to commercial […]
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 […]
The Ideal Practice: Balancing Your Needs & The Clients Wants
by Tony Vidler Heresy: The Professionals’ needs matter as much as the Clients’ wants. It shouldn’t be heresy to say this aloud of course…. But; the ideal practice is one which surely achieves this balance isn’t it? After all, practitioners are trying to earn a living and meet the wants and needs of their own […]