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Who Does That Adviser Work For?
by Tony Vidler        Which financial adviser is going to be right: the one who charges a fee; the one who is “free”; or; the one charging a commission?  Or is it the one who does all of these?     Well I suggest that it depends on what you are hoping for and what you […]
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Are you a GOOD Adviser?
by Tony Vidler        Another week and another bad adviser horror story in the local press…yet, another week and thousands more consumers work with their good adviser privately and attract no headlines. They just make progress quietly towards their savings or investment goals, or protecting their families, or building financial safety nets, and so it goes […]
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What IS good content for sharing and engaging prospects?
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to creating GOOD content that is engaging prospects and your target audience there are a few things to get right, but most of the things you need to get right are not really about what you write or produce.   So what makes really good content is not […]
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Using LinkedIn To Get Business: When Is It Time To Go To The Premium Version?
by Tony Vidler        LinkedIn is basically a business-to-business networking tool, but the challenge is knowing when you should be using Linkedin to get business.  The free version is fine for establishing a profile, but the question then becomes “How do you know when it is time – or worth your while – to upgrade from […]
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Make your client testimonials REALLY stand out!
by Tony Vidler        Yeah, yeah, yeah….Client testimonials are good. We should all collect them. We should all display them on our website and stuff….   …but then line after line of typed text just looks the same as everyone else’s, and they lose impact don’t they?  Especially when potential clients know that we aren’t […]
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Staying The Course: The Importance Of Purpose
by Tony Vidler        Everyone is busy being busy, but what is the point of it all? What is the purpose that drives all the business building activity? Businesses that experience superb growth typically have an owner, or owners, who have clarity of purpose and that purpose sits at the heart of everything they do. […]
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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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The Power of Visual Aids
by Tony Vidler        As advisers, we talk a lot.  And when we aren’t talking we are writing. Visual aids, or graphics, tend to get overlooked by us but there is LOADS of research which suggests we should be using loads of visual aids, and perhaps less talk and less writing.   If you doubt the […]
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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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