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The uncertain road ahead for advice businesses
by Tony Vidler        One certain thing for advice businesses is that there is a huge amount of uncertainty.  Practice owners have had a lot of “alone time” in the last couple of years quietly contemplating the road ahead and trying to figure out what do they have to do to prepare, or adapt.   […]
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5 Points Of Competitive Difference In Choosing Product Suppliers
by Tony Vidler        Often it seems there is little difference between product suppliers in financial services, with one fund manager looking similar to other fund managers, and one life insurer offering essentially the same products as other life insurers…how do you decide which product supplier is right to work more closely with? When it […]
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Why should they choose you?
by Tony Vidler          If you want ideal prospects to choose you over any number of other highly qualified professional advisers then you must have the ability to succinctly articulate what makes working with you special.  Why should they choose you?     This is often referred to as having a “Unique Selling Proposition”, or […]
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A Value Proposition is simply about the value for THEM
by Tony Vidler        Financial advisers generally struggle to create a value proposition that accurately expresses how they work differently, or what makes them special compared to others.   It isn’t that they don’t have points of difference, or that they struggle to put ideas into words…generally they are very good at both. Each adviser has […]
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Innovate to Differentiate (it CAN be done by professional services firms)
by Tony Vidler        One great way to differentiate is to innovate.  You do not HAVE to innovate to differentiate of course, but innovation definitely leads to differentiation. There is a perception that in order to innovate one must receive a flash of inspiration.  A blindingly brilliant epiphany-like moment.   Sometimes that happens.  More often […]
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Answer The 3 Questions That Help Them Choose You
by Tony Vidler        Your marketing objective is simple: Help ideal clients choose you.   The most important word in that sentence was “help“, and that is very different to “convince“, which is the typical marketing approach.  A great marketing process helps prospects move along the buying (decision-making) path by pre-empting their concerns and need […]
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Dependability: Is it a differentiator?
by Tony Vidler        While talking to a very experienced and successful adviser I asked him what he put his phenomenal success down to.   He said: “I am dependable”. As simple as that…a 40 year record of happy clients and success in financial services is summed up.   He doesn’t claim to be the […]
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Properly Valuing Financial Advice
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to valuing your advice to clients what is a “fair” rate or price?  $100 per hour seems pretty cheap for any professional – plumbers cost more than that, right? But what about $1,000 per hour? That’s not actually a bad rate if someone can create $5,000 of value […]
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What is NOT a Value Proposition…and what is.
by Tony Vidler        Value Proposition. It is the value that you propose to deliver to a potential customer.   What it is not is anything other than the value you propose to deliver to them.   Seems simple enough, doesn’t it?   Apparently it isn’t though.   Pretty much every professional you talk to […]
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How can you value financial advice?
by Tony Vidler        Putting a value upon financial advice is a tough issue for advisers and consumers alike.  There is a pretty basic concept as far as “Value” goes for any consumer purchase though which is not a bad starting point, and it can be put into a formula: “Value = Benefits – Cost“ It […]
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