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Building Your Reputation: Talk About The Elephants In The Room
by Tony Vidler        When Accountants struggle to create a universally good reputation for their industry then we are going to have a real battle doing so.  If they only get rated as “High” or “Very High” in professional ethics and honesty by half the population then what chance that an Insurance Broker will rank […]
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Why Good Content Matters (and what it looks like)
by Tony Vidler        Pretty much every time I get into a discussion with professionals about building up their business they begin by thinking that the answer is “get more prospects“.  There is no doubt that getting more prospective customers helps build a business of course, but what builds a business faster and less stressfully […]
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How Often Should We Try To Engage With Clients?
by Tony Vidler        “How much is too much contact?”   “How often is too often?” Having bought into the need to engage with prospects and clients until they are ready to move ahead the next burning question from advisers centres upon what level of contact with customers is the “right amount”.   Much of […]
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Why don’t you roll the dice and ask for referrals anyway?
by Tony Vidler        On some things you just have to roll the dice and take your chances in life.  Asking someone for a date….getting on a plane…or asking for referrals. It doesn’t always work out of course, but as a great hockey player once said: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” […]
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Referrals: You are probably letting hundreds go each year
by Tony Vidler        Why so many professionals struggle to get referral business consistently generally comes down to 2 things:   1.  They don’t position for them 2. They aren’t prepared in advance   Something like one-third to a half of the people we engage with might be prepared to provide referrals – IF we […]
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Your brilliance doesn’t matter as much as who you know
by Tony Vidler        There’s too much emphasis now placed upon “what you know“. I know…I know…heresy!   But here’s a radical thought: most professional advisers today actually know enough.  Sure, we always need to improve and there’s always more to learn and continuous learning is simply a part of being a professional…BUT…the balance between […]
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Why didn’t the client call ME?
by Tony Vidler        “Our clients did business elsewhere and didn’t call us to do it – Why?”   How often do we hear this from advisers?   Maybe you aren’t very good, or maybe they just don’t like you.  Maybe that is why…but then, why would they have ever done business with you in […]
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Word of Mouth prospecting is still where it is at!
by Tony Vidler        Digital marketing and using social media to create an audience and engage with prospective customers is essential for professional services today…BUT…   Word-of-mouth marketing is still where it’s at in professional services.   In fact, it is more important than ever before.   The more impersonal that society becomes and the […]
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Dropping the “Who Do You Know” bomb is dumb.
by Tony Vidler        One of the time-tested techniques of sales is to obtain referrals by dropping a “who do you know” bomb on them…and it is dumb.   It has never actually worked all that well really, and it works even less well today.   Adding an extra word in there doesn’t make it […]
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Creating Happy Clients Is Not Enough
by Tony Vidler        Creating and keeping happy clients IS essential for the success of a professional practice.  There is no question about that.  But is it enough to help a practice grow at a greater than industry average pace?   I don’t believe so.   Being a great practitioner and running an efficient & […]
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