Reputation IS a Personal Brand – and it is what matters most

by Tony Vidler I think that a lot of professionals get their branding strategy wrong, and waste their money and effort, because they underestimate the importance of managing their reputation. Branding is an area that many in professional services simply do not understand well enough, and that lack of understanding leads many to misallocate energy […]

The BIG ticks: Best articles for professionals this week

best marketing ideas for financial advisors

By Tony Vidler The articles that I spotted this week that make you think in new ways, or new directions….the “best of the best” for me….are provided here as a quick readers digest for professionals who are looking ahead. These are the highlights from the week that you should stop and read. There is so […]

An Accurate Prediction on “Changes” for Financial Advisers

By Tony Vidler I was moved to dig out my copy of “Who Moved My Cheese” this week, and a quick review of it again made me think that it is a very handy reference guide for financial advisers the world over right now. This easy little read is all about the process and the […]

A Little Kickback On The Sly For Referrers Is OK Isn’t It?

by Tony Vidler One of the ethical challenges for professionals is how to appropriately recognise the value of a great referrer or Centre-Of-Influence. A little kickback on the sly? Hardly professional. Don’t talk about it and pretend there is no commercial significance? Not great for maintaining trust long term. It doesn’t have to become a […]

What are you offering clients: Fast Food, or Fine Dining?

by Tony Vidler In the absence of a clear and compelling value proposition for a customer, planners will often struggle to obtain buy-in from prospective new clients. We name what seems to be an expensive fee, and in return we try to convince them of how magical – or predictable – our process is, and […]

The BIG ticks: Best articles for professionals this week

best marketing ideas for financial advisors

By Tony Vidler The articles that I spotted this week that make you think in new ways, or new directions….the “best of the best” for me….are provided here as a quick readers digest for professionals who are looking ahead. These are the highlights from the week that you should stop and read. There is so […]

The Problem Is What We Say Is Not What They Hear

by Tony Vidler Whether we like it or not there is always price resistance in delivering financial advice, and how we present our service is a large part of that problem.  It doesn’t have to be…we just need to think through the differences between “what we say” and “what they hear”. I often hear planners […]

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Tony Vidler

Tony Vidler

Adviser to the Advice Industry, CFP, CLU, ChFC

All business is marketing, and the top priority in marketing is getting your brand right. The key element of that is your value proposition.

You are the brand, and your value proposition is what your brand will be known for.

I help advisers create the branding and positioning they want, so they get known and get more customers. Named as one of the Top 250 Online Influencers in financial services globally, and in the 50 Most Influential people in financial services in Australasia...I know how to help people build a profile and get noticed for the right reasons.

I've been working in the NZ financial services industry in advisory and management capacities since 1990, beginning as a tied life agent. My career has involved agency management roles; starting, growing and selling a sizeable investment and insurance brokerage of my own; business development of hundreds of advisors; professional development and the evolution of regulation in the NZ industry; executive sales and marketing management; and a leading figure in the NZ financial services industry for many years. In addition to running my own coaching and consulting business, I've served as Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Financial Advisors, and was a Director of the Institute for 8 years. Leading the professional development of the industry as Chair of the Professional Development Committee, Chair of the College of Insurance Advisers and as a member of the Certification Committee at various times. A regularly sought after & entertaining speaker on sales, marketing and professional development in NZ and overseas, I am also a regular writer with a large social media following. I remain remarkably passionate about creating an advisory profession and building better businesses. I'm an innovative strategic thinker with the ability to teach people very quickly how to apply ideas in practical ways.

Fuelled by good food, great wine, laughter and the love of learning and sharing.

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