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A Great Adviser is, or should be, a Thought Leader
by Tony Vidler “Thought leaders are the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality, and know and show how to replicate their success.” The second sentence in the above quote seems particularly pertinent […]
How to use your most valuable online real estate well!
by Tony Vidler The most valuable piece of online “real estate” any professional has today is their LinkedIn Summary section. It is searchable content, and there is LOADS of room to tell your story or compelling points of difference, or highlight your expertise….yet so many professionals barely use 50% of the space allowance, and even […]
That Tech Competitor Threat Is Really An Opportunity For Some Advisers
by Tony Vidler The robo-advice “threat” is an opportunity for entrepreneurial advisers…as is every other direct-to-consumer offering driven by fintechs. The more I think about it the more certain I am that some advisory firms will prosper from it…but I am just as sure that many will “fail” due to the competition. By “fail” […]
by Tony Vidler A big phrase of recent times for anyone in professional services is “Thought Leadership”. Everywhere you turn someone is writing or saying “be a thought leader”…and nearly every audience asks “what is a Thought Leader, and how do you get there?” To put it in its most simple terms, it […]
by Tony Vidler If you are struggling to express your value proposition for your target market there is a way to figure it out that doesn’t require you agonising over how to come up with a clever marketing message. “Your value” could be expressed as what benefits you can deliver for them. To […]
by Tony Vidler A well established economic AND behavioural principle is that people generally will have higher demand for that which is relatively scarce. Less of something makes it more valuable, right? It is a pretty sound principle that consumers tend to have a higher want for what is perceived to be harder to get […]
by Tony Vidler The perennial challenge in selling advice is positioning it as valuable, and we should think about it and describe it the right way: great advice is about coaching. It IS coaching. Giving advice is all about analysing the desired outcomes for clients, weighing up the possibilities, deciding on the optimal […]
If you want people to buy your advice, then dumb it down!
by Tony Vidler When it comes to getting someone to buy your advice one of the best tips I can give is “dumb it down- but don’t treat them like dummies“. There is a big difference between “dumbing it down” and treating people like dummies. The first is about simplifying the message in order […]
How do you create an “Act Now” mindset with clients?
by Tony Vidler One of the ongoing challenge in marketing professional services is simply getting people to “act now”. We have to overcome their lack of urgency. Our service will still be there tomorrow, right? And usually the need to be addressed is a future need, and maybe well into the future….so there is […]
by Tony Vidler Whether we like it or not there is nearly always price resistance in delivering financial advice, and how we present our service is a large part of that problem. It doesn’t have to be…we just need to think through the differences between “what we say” and “what they hear”. I often […]