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Being clear about what matters most actually matters most
by Tony Vidler        Sometimes contracts just don’t provide clarity for the people who work for you. And Being clear about what matters for them, matters more than just about anything else when it comes to getting the best from your people.   When you are running a professional services business there is one thing […]
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Get The Right Advisers “On Board” For Your Business
by Tony Vidler        The step from running a small advice business providing a good lifestyle to running a practice that leverages your time and processes is bringing in outside expertise – or appointing an Advisory Board. Putting together the right Advisory Board for your business does take a little work, but is perhaps not […]
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Financial Adviser Marketing: Creating Ghost Town’s?
by Tony Vidler        I found this cartoon ages ago and I love it because it so accurately describes a huge marketing mistake that I keep seeing when it comes to financial adviser marketing:   Enormous effort and resource is put into creating wonderful websites, facebook pages and blogs…..then……nothing!   While there is an excellent […]
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25 Words and Phrases that KILL your subject line
by Tony Vidler        We all hear about nthe importance of the subject line in a message, and then spend hours carefully constructing messages and marketing campaigns and thinking that we’ve come up with a winning subject line.  Often however we make the mistake of including one of the words or phrases in the subject […]
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2 things to look for when hiring a Virtual Assistant
by Tony Vidler        As cost pressures mount and margins decrease for many professional service firms they are increasingly looking to hire “virtual” staff.  That is, staff who are not necessarily permanently on the payroll, and definitely not permanently on the premises needing “housing”.   India and the Philippines are probably leading the charge in […]
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The Madness of Creating Videos Without a Master Plan
by Tony Vidler        A little while ago I participated in a survey on marketing by financial advisers internationally.  The results were intriguing in that clearly there is widespread recognition by advisers of the importance and effectiveness of creating videos as a communication and marketing medium, however there is a disconnect too as the majority […]
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How to do client video testimonials the right way!
by Tony Vidler        Testimonials are good for business – but we all know that. Video testimonials are even better for business – and not everyone has got THAT yet. Being able to see the body language, and hear the inflections in a clients voice as they talk about their positive experience, are far more […]
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Making the move into charging fees for advice
by Tony Vidler        The easiest way for advisers who are worried about trying to charge fees for their expertise or time is to sell a service which is not product related at all.  This seems daunting to the many financial advisers who have “grown up” in an environment where they were paid by commissions […]
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R.I.P. To Some Accepted Wisdom For Growing A Practice
by Tony Vidler        In challenging times growing an advisory practice is incredibly difficult, and one of the methods has become conventional wisdom – but that doesn’t mean it is right in these days of fundamental and structural change.   The concept of a professional firm requiring 3 distinctly different roles of a Finder, Minder […]
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The Value of GETTING Good Advice
by Tony Vidler        If you believe in the value of advice, then it makes sense to believe in the value of getting advice for yourself – or rather, for your business. Nearly every small business can benefit from having a robust governance structure providing strategic input (and insight), additional skills, accountability and excellent risk […]
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