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Change Is The New Normal For Financial Advisers
by Tony Vidler        Financial Advice is not going through some changes; constant change is the new normal.  Whatever regulatory stuff you are going through now in your particular jurisdiction will not be an end to it.  It will be ongoing.  More importantly though, regulatory change is not the BIG change which will become the constant […]
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Give yourself a better chance of having prospects engage you
by Tony Vidler        There is one simple thing that advisers should do to improve the probability that prospects will engage: Talk about the outcomes you create for clients rather than talking jargon.   In engagement letters and scope of service documents, as well as in advertising brochures or online, too many advisers list their expertise […]
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Making LinkedIn Matter In Your Marketing
by Tony Vidler        Most professionals have a LinkedIn profile now, but are they making LinkedIn matter when it comes to their marketing? Often they are not effectively utilising the 2 key areas that are searched by Google, being the title section and the summary.  That is incredibly valuable online real estate….provided for free…so let’s have […]
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Professional Practice Evolution: What Separates Modern Professionals From The Past?
by Tony Vidler        There are lessons to be learned from the evolution of the modern professional practice for those who are not there yet.  There is also no doubt that a number of financial advisers and practices are still evolving, or yet to begin the journey if they are to avoid being rendered redundant. When […]
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Helping Consumers Compare Solutions Will Lead Them To You
by Tony Vidler        Todays consumers will compare before deciding who to use, so help them do it. If you help consumers compare solutions well, it will lead them to choose you.  And it can streamline your advice when you do get chosen. Use the generic product or strategy information from your financial plans or statements […]
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How could you make “Advice” become tangible?
by Tony Vidler        Sensory sells…having an intangible become tangible absolutely helps people buy.  And when it comes to buying “the tangible”, presentation is everything isn’t it?   The most ordinary things become something special when beautifully wrapped and presented.  The wrapping and presentation creates intrigue and interest and heightens the anticipation and pleasure….   Is […]
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Do you have to be Unique to have a strong USP?
by Tony Vidler         Spoiler: YOU do NOT have to be unique to have a strong differentiator.  People mistakenly believe that they have to find their “uniqueness” in order to be able to articulate their value to the market.  But your uniqueness doesn’t really matter in reality.   You are one of 7 billion unique […]
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Nobody Believes Your Advice Can Be Impartial AND Free
by Tony Vidler        The problem with “FREE” is nobody believes that whatever you are offering is actually free. It might be free in terms of there being no invoice or obvious price tag, but that doesn’t mean it is “free” does it? Consumers today are alert, have a world of information in their pocket […]
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How To Balance Satisfied Clients With Profitability
by Tony Vidler        What impact on practice profitability does this have: “Despite ongoing efforts to improve service, positive customer experience levels decreased significantly across the world”   This was from a report released a little while ago on the performance of the insurance sector globally, and it highlights a real dilemma for practitioners.   […]
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Professional Triage: Targeting The Immediate Need
by Tony Vidler        A huge mistake many advisers make is trying to deliver comprehensive advice to a client concerned only with an immediate need.  We need to recognize when triage is required, as opposed to when ongoing nursing is needed.   The immediate need is the more often the trigger for an advice client to […]
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