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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. […]
by Tony Vidler Valuing time is something we all do…or know we should do. And 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Describe Your Advice Services In Practical Terms To Get More Buy-In
by Tony Vidler Advice should, almost by definition, be “practical”. Your advice services should be practical in that can be applied in the real world to achieve real differences, and any advice in any of your areas of expertise should be a clear course of action that a client can use to achieve a […]
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 […]
Be like the Private Banker in order to become invaluable
by Tony Vidler To become invaluable, emulate “the Private Bankers” when it comes to combatting the multiple pressure points of rising consumer expectations, technology-driven and cost-focussed solutions, and the trend for “self management” in all things by clients. I had the pleasure of spending a little time with Dr Phillip M. Randall a […]
8 Seconds to Get – or Lose – Your Prospect. Maybe less.
by Tony Vidler You will get or lose your prospect – your potential future client – in just 8 seconds….well, actually it is a lot less than that. The clock is ticking…and a lot faster than you realise. In reality you have 3 seconds or less to get them to engage with you and […]
You Deliver Value, So Why Not Promise Value Up-Front?
by Tony Vidler Why not promise value up-front if you know you can deliver that? It sems an obvious question to ask, yet I find myself continually asking it of financial advisers. Nearly every professional gives an initial “no obligation meeting” to prospective clients, and nearly everyone delivers value to those prospects during that initial […]
by Tony Vidler In the struggle for professionals to define a value proposition asking “What problems do we solve?” is probably the best place to begin. It is a simple question for sure, but it cuts to the chase. It helps us zero in on what it is we actually achieve for clients. We can […]