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The Right Way To Present An Advice Recommendation
by Tony Vidler        When you are presenting quotes or recommending product solutions, are you still giving the prospect a few choices, like 3 perhaps? Don’t do it.   Consumers are onto it, so as a “sales technique” it loses impact…and it was never fabulous technique to begin with.  More importantly, it undermines your professional […]
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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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Get Better Focus On YOUR Marketing Message
by Tony Vidler        Getting attention in an era of message bombardment is tough, but there are techniques that can help you get better focus on YOUR marketing message.  There is no doubt that professionals have to work that much harder to make valuable content stand out and get noticed. It is a challenge when we […]
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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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Time Management Problem? Try Planning Your "Perfect Week" To Begin With…
by Tony Vidler        Why is time management such an issue for professionals when they are good at planning? We can take it as a given that financial advisers and financial planners are good at planning generally.  And they are very good at operational planning, which is that stuff that often gets referred to as […]
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Want Prospects To Open Up? Take a tip from the professional interviewers
by Tony Vidler        Once upon a time everyone was taught the difference between open and closed questions as the key to engaging prospects…and it worked for a fair while. In today’s world with it’s much greater emphasis upon individual opinion and with our professional focus having shifted entirely onto what the client cares about rather […]
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Using Gamification To Engage With Prospects
by Tony Vidler        Behavioural finance meets gaming meets technology and that means “marketing opportunity”. One of the newer marketing concepts arising from these trends converging is “gamification”, and while it is being used in all sorts of industries to engage consumers with new products and services it doesn’t appear to have really attained great traction […]
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How to balance client time with practice development
by Tony Vidler        A genuine challenge for advice firms right now is balancing client time as well as do all the work necessary to lift standards and improve business systems.  There are after all only so many hours in a day, but then there are deadlines for when new standards and rules have to be […]
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Good Content marketing: It isn’t written the way you were taught to write…
by Tony Vidler        Advisers getting into content marketing or just trying to create an audience for their brand are often confused about how best to communicate – or develope a style which balances personality with professionalism. Inevitably they ask “what is the correct way to write?”   The grammar-nazi’s certainly have their views and […]
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How to work with multiple COI’s from the same sector
by Tony Vidler        You have a couple of professionals from different firms in the same sector who you want to have as Centre’s-Of-Influence (COI’s), and most advisers think that is an impossibility.  It is absolutely possible though…and I’d go so far as to suggest that it is probably a very good thing and everyone will […]
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