How Do You Stand Out?

July 18, 2019

Today’s businesses are all tackling the same old problem: how do we stand out in an industry that’s full of professionals? While your expertise is certainly important, it’s the holistic image of your brand that allows you to truly impact your audience, from the services you offer, to the way you treat your clients.

One of your biggest differentiators is how clients feel after working with you. Do you remember their names and make them feel welcome when they first arrive? Do you make sure their questions are answered properly and fully? Are you able to leave them with insightful thoughts they can carry forth into their daily lives? Other impacts can include:

  • Tangible items
  • Compelling stories
  • Valuable feelings

At the end of the day, it’s not always the things you give to your clients, but the feelings and value they’re instead able to experience. By remaining thoughtful about your impact on clients, you can make sure you’re truly representing your brand well. Genuine and authentic interactions will always outlast fads and stand the test of time.


Posting on Social Media – What Time is a Good Time

June 13, 2019

Let’s consider this: how many useful emails do you actually get in a day? It’d be pretty safe to assume that the number is substantially low, especially in regards to the sheer mass of marketing materials you get. With that being said, wouldn’t it be helpful to have a better understanding of when to circulate marketing content?

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Researchers at Notre Dame and Texas A&M certainly thought so. After collecting and compiling research concerning optimal times to post and circulate targeted marketing content, they were able to discover two key insights:

  • Posting on social media in the mornings can lead to larger boosts in insights and traffic. The difference is drastic – posting in the morning leads to an almost 9% increase in traffic over afternoon posts and 11% over those posted in the evenings.
  • On the flip side, targeted content advertising is much better suited for the afternoon. Using these forms of paid social media marketing can generate a 21% increase in engagement over the morning and 11% more than the evenings.

There’s a lot of clutter circulating your clients. By keeping these tips in mind when crafting your content, you’ll be able to make sure your advertising efforts stand out and connect with your consumers.


Channel Your Expectations

April 11, 2019

When it comes to dealing with customers, it is incredibly important to make sure that you understand your business model. The phrase, “understand your WHY” has been repeated so many times that now, people are obsessed with positioning their products and services to all sorts of niche markets. However, the way that your customers perceive you is just as important, if not more so, than the way you perceive yourself as a business. Here are some of our top tips for increasing your overall customer satisfaction:

  1. Pick up the phone. Take the timeout of your day to connect with your clients and work towards building a lasting connection.
  2. Gather feedback. Not sure if your strategies are working? Ask your clients. You might be surprised with how helpful their advice can be.
  3. Train your staff. As your business grows, chances are you won’t be able to balance every form of communication. By bringing on staff members who are open to understanding your brand, you can make sure every interaction is up to your standards.
  4. Anticipate their needs. As your relationship continues to grow, you’ll learn more and more about what your clients need and with time, can have an idea of what services they’ll need before they even have to ask.

By keeping your customers in mind, you’ll be able to work with them to make sure that their expectations are not only met, but exceeded.


Making Your Mark

March 28, 2019

One of the best things about living in today’s digital age is the endless amount of opportunities available for people to leave their mark on the world. However, this can lead to saturated markets and competitive industries. With everyone trying to find the latest way to differentiate themselves, how can you make sure you truly stand out against your competition?

It’s important to understand what your clients look for.  When clients are looking for different firms to align themselves with, they often have a series of criteria they look to fill. Since this relationship with involve sharing personal subjects like legal and financial advice, it’s important your prospective clients feel comfortable sharing their information with you.

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Now, we can’t speak for every potential client in out there, but the majority of people feel most comfortable when working with people they trust, and this trust is often formed out of creating real relationships. Think of some of the key things that you use to market your business: the things that sound exciting to you are going to sound just as exciting to your new clients as well.

Whatever your differentiators are, you need to understand what they are and make sure they’re present in everything that you do. Every potential client has a preconceived idea of what they’re looking for, and the reality of the situation is that your culture might not fit the wish list of every consumer. By owning your company culture and sticking to it, you’ll be sure to attract clients ready to build a lasting relationship.


Manifest Your Motivators

March 7, 2019

Simon Sinek started the revolution: how can you do anything if you don’t understand the why behind it? With an open mind and some spare time, it’s easy to think about why you do things. Why did you choose this particular career path? Why do you target the clients that you do?

While this might be obvious to you, your clients might miss your oh-so-obvious message if it’s not shared properly. When it comes to sharing your why, the cohesiveness behind your message is just as important as the message itself.

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Take some time to evaluate your branding presence. Does your LinkedIn bio explain why you love what you do? Does your website capture the energy of your office? By making sure every representative of your work is accurate, your clients are that much more likely to trust you with their most difficult needs.

You can even take this further than evaluating introspectively. Why are your clients passionate about their work? By understanding their actions, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in their brand and make an even bigger impact.

It’s a long conversation to be had in order to understand the underlying motivations behind everyday actions, but in doing so, you’ll be much better positioned to truly make a difference with your work.


Make 2019 the Year of Upgraded Marketing

January 10, 2019

In the past, the definition of marketing has been simple: find a way to get new clients to learn about your brand. But what if your marketing did more than just get the word out? What if your marketing performed in such a way that these new clients actually believed in the services you offered?

Rather than focusing on what you can do for your business using elaborate (and expensive) marketing campaigns, try ringing in the new year by using specific and strategic language that compels your audience to take action. What better way to bring in new clients than by relating to their needs and providing solutions for them?

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Using strategic communication also furthers the understanding of your brand. Do you prioritize finding solutions or do you often find your focus set on helping your clients cut unnecessary spending? Whether it’s in person or online, using consistent verbiage with your clients provides them with a better understanding of what you offer, but more importantly, why you offer it. This also provides you with countless opportunities to ensure that you brand displays its values at every opportunity.

Take the arrival of the new year as an opportunity to expand your marketing efforts to let your brand speak for itself. You’re a part of an incredibly powerful business – let your skills shine!


Tips On Acing Your Headlines and Titles

July 12, 2018

Whether you are writing your own blogs, social media posts, or are having to take over for your marketing team for a little bit, everyone gets stuck on the simple aspect of titles and headlines. It sounds like a minor detail, but, imagine this: you wrote a fantastic post that you think will benefit your clientele, prospects, and people who are generally interested in learning about finances and your services. However, the title doesn’t portray that and no one ends up opening the post. Today I’m going to focus simply on headlines and titles that’ll get those people to open your fantastic posts (and don’t limit this, it could apply to email titles, proposals, etc.) Nowadays with pretty much everything becoming digital, simple things such as this could make a big difference in differentiating yourself from the various articles out there.

TIP #1

Provide the benefit right away in your article/blog post/social media post. Let’s take the example from earlier. You wrote a post that has beneficial information to your clients/prospects while also explaining how your services can help. And let’s say that this post allows for people to successfully buy a home loan. Your title, for example, could be something like this: Eliminate stress with a “Stress Free” home loan.  

TIP #2

Keep it short. When people read the headline, they can already get a sense of what the article will be like. So taking something from “Our company focuses all of our time to save our clients money” into “Save more with *insert company name*” allows the reader to not feel overwhelmed by the title.

TIP #3

Use more verbs than adjectives. Using too many adjectives could create skepticism for your audience whereas verbs pull the audience in. Just think about it, two of our most famous headlines in history are: “Got Milk?” and “Just Do It.” 

TIP #4

Last but not least, be authentic. Be straightforward about what you wrote in your article and make sure that the benefit that you’ll provide in the headlines is located in the article/post.