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Where to begin with creating a Value Proposition?
by Tony Vidler Creating a compelling Value Proposition is difficult, but if it is achieved it becomes central to a professional’s marketing. The Value Proposition is in effect your promise to your target market: “This is what I will do for you” is what it says in simple terms. The problem that […]
by Tony Vidler There is a sale that advisers have to make, before they make a sale. The first sale that has to be made is YOU. Advisers often tell me they are struggling to get potential clients to engage. The increasing compliance and documentation of advice, and the need to establish professional credentials […]
The Value Of The Financial Planner: Fixing finances, the future, and feelings
by Tony Vidler Many question the value of the financial planner, and there has been plenty of research in recent years to attempt to quantify that value. Quantifying value of advice is a recipe for debate, as the actual difference in net worth or security which can be attributed to the work of the […]
Making the move from Product Rep to a valued Personal Financial Adviser
by Tony Vidler Being a valued financial adviser is the goal, right? Well it is difficult to considered yourself “valued” if you don’t place a value upon your own expertise or worth to the client. It is even more difficult for prospective clients to consider you valuable if you do not place value upon […]
Here is how to explain, and show, your value to a client in 10 seconds
by Tony Vidler I am a massive fan of drawing little diagrams to explain technical ideas, but they are also a fabulous way of articulating the more nebulous concepts that people struggle to grasp. One of my favourites is a very simple picture that anyone can scribble on a cocktail napkin in 10 […]
by Tony Vidler If there is one objection which continually gets professionals in a tangle it is the client who says “it’s too expensive”. When a client says “too expensive” YOU you haven’t done your job…there is a gap between the value being delivered and value being perceived by the client. A value gap […]
Value is not Black and White, it is Shades of Grey
by Tony Vidler At the most basic level “Value” can easily be defined: Value is Benefits less Costs. That simple definition doesn’t highlight the enormous range of definitions for “Benefits” though, which is why trying to understand what value is results in everyone seeing a different shade of grey. The range of […]
Your Philosophy MIGHT Be Your Real Point of Difference
by Tony Vidler Advisers often struggle to articulate their point of difference, yet they usually can easily express well thought out beliefs and philosophies about money and planning. So most advisers think carefully about such things and build up a philosophy based upon their formal learning and real world experience that shapes their advice […]
by Tony Vidler What is the most powerful word in marketing? It is “Guarantee“ How can we tap into the power of providing a guarantee in professional services, especially in these increasingly litigious and compliance-focussed times? We can use it by understanding the fears of prospective customers and then addressing them […]
by Tony Vidler One of the most valuable things that financial advisers do for clients is to save the clients own time. How powerful would it be to quantify that in dollar terms for a client? Everyone knows the maxim “time is money”. Everyone knows that all of us are perpetually trading […]