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Top Of Mind Awareness: Being Present Without Being A Nuisance
by Tony Vidler        Promoting our personal professional brand is essentially all about creating top-of-mind-awareness.  Being the person that our target market thinks of, and then calls, when they recognise a need or desire is our goal. We want to be “top of mind”. To achieve that we must master the art of being present, but without […]
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The emotions that drive client decisions
by Tony Vidler        There are three basic emotions that drive most client decisions, or actions, in financial services: 1. Fear 2. Greed 3. Love The one we often shy away from is the first one: Fear.  I am going to suggest you might want to consider “slapping” some clients with it sometimes…not literally of […]
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How to work out which digital tactics are your best chance of connecting with your target market
by Tony Vidler         Digital marketing MUST be on every advisers radar by now, but which digital tactics are best for your practice remains a burning question for many it seems. The answer to that depends on what you are trying to achieve from digital marketing of course, and as always, one should begin with the […]
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Give yourself a better chance of having prospects engage you
by Tony Vidler        There is one simple thing that advisers should do to improve the probability that prospects will engage you: Talk about the outcomes you create for clients rather than talking jargon. In engagement letters and scope of service documents, as well as in advertising brochures or online, too many advisers list their expertise […]
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The Difference That Clear Strategy Makes To A Practice
by Tony Vidler        Having a clear strategy is probably the most under-estimated element in professional services. The business often has a Vision; a clear picture of what it wants to look like, and what success means to the owners. The business often is excellent at Operational Planning. Perhaps because we are trained as planners […]
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Sales Technique Is The Key To Opening Minds
by Tony Vidler        “Sales Technique”…the very phrase sends shudders down the spines of professionals today it seems.  Despite the focus on our increased technical knowledge and the emphasis upon good process, financial advisers do actually have to “sell” – even if they don’t want to face up to that. A large problem for many newer […]
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5 Tips for selling, or buying, a practice.
by Tony Vidler        There are a number of traps that professionals consistently fall into when selling (or buying) a book of business. The mistakes are so consistent and prevalent that there is are some golden rules evolving on how to make sure any sale is successful. The Top 5 are: 1. Get professional help […]
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One tactic to make people remember your message…in just another moment…
by Tony Vidler        Ever wondered why infomercials or news broadcasts come up with lines like this: “XYZ Corporation closed its doors on customers today leaving 10,000 without the products they had paid for already…more on that shortly.” The “more on that shortly” part creates intrigue of course….but the reason why TV stations do this is […]
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Practice Growth Requires Leadership More Than Management
by Tony Vidler        The most frequent thing I see that prevents great practice growth and holds advisers back from developing their dream business is a lack of vision. I don’t mean “vision” in the namby-pamby buzz-word sense of having a beautiful set of words on a plaque on a wall that nobody really cares about. […]
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Get Writing To Leverage Your Brand
by Tony Vidler        Whether you realise it or not you have a brand, and ideally you want your brand to be attracting ideal clients. The problem with most prospecting and lead generation activities for most advisers and firms is that they aim at capturing one prospective client at a time.  There is no significant […]
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