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The Formula For Positioning Yourself For Ideal Clients
by Tony Vidler        “Poor positioning of yourself and what you can achieve for your ideal clients is the number 1 reason for ideal business opportunities not coming to you….”   Many professionals experience the frustration of good clients doing good business elsewhere, or ideal prospective clients not being referred and ultimately doing their business […]
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When – and how – To Discount Your Fees
by Tony Vidler        As a general rule I don’t recommend that a professional discount fees as it tends to undermine their entire value proposition whilst also creating a mindset for the client that the adviser is a price-taker rather than the price-setter.   Discounting fees usually moves a professional from being an expert with […]
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Fighting Off The “Free” Advice Competitor
by Tony Vidler        “Free” advice is never actually “free”, is it?   None of us are silly – including the people we are talking to as prospective clients.  Everyone knows advice isn’t free…it is at someone’s expense, and someone is hoping to get a payday from delivering the “free stuff” at some point. Someone […]
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Creating a Value-Based Pricing Engagement
by Tony Vidler        Amongst all the debate about adviser remuneration there is little being said about value-based pricing and yet it is a concept which is most likely to match the clients perception of value with the professional’s desire to avoid conflicted models or time-based billing. It is simply setting a price based upon […]
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Make your professional designations mean something to clients
by Tony Vidler        Why aren’t more financial advisers using their professional designations and qualifications better? There is no doubt that there has been an increasing proportion of advisers pursuing professional designations, and an increasing number of niche choices in doing so, and there are more advisers with more acronyms than ever before.   Do […]
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Even Great Advisers Can Use A Coach
by Tony Vidler        Great advisers can use a coach.  Even great advisers running great practices can use a coach.   Pretty bold assertions, right? I mean, after all, we are talking about people who are actually pretty damned good at what they do AND they are good at running the business as well.   […]
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Here is how to work out WHERE to compete
by Tony Vidler        A cornerstone of great strategy is understanding where to compete in the market…or rather, which area of expertise or service offering to lead with in the marketing efforts.   Once the target market clients have been worked out (so we know who we want to appeal to) we have to decide […]
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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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How “personal” should your personal service be?
by Tony Vidler        It is our livelihood in many respects, yet one of the vaguest phrases we use is “personal service”.  What is a personal service is not necessarily the same as a personalised service, and what is personal to one client may not be deemed a personal service to another.   So how […]
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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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