February 7, 2019
Let’s take a moment to define what marketing truly is. Is it using social media and other online digital tools to share brand updates? Not exactly, though digital communication is a key aspect to successful marketing. Do you instead think of traditional marketing, like newspaper ads or television commercials? This still is important, but it still doesn’t capture the entire essence of what marketing is.
All things considered, marketing is just the fancy word used to describe the process of finding new and interested people to share your product or service with. Luckily, we’re all working in the digital age, and reaching these new people has never been easier. However, when people are interacting with an estimated 5,000 ads per day, it’s more important now than ever to make sure that your efforts aren’t going to waste.
So how do you do that? First, you have to define your target audience. While the initial thought may be to target a larger group to attract more potential clients, you may be surprise to find that niche groups have a higher success rate. Understanding exactly what attracts your audience will enable you to craft marketing strategies that will catch their attention.
Second, you have to understand your company. What makes you different from your competitors? How exactly can you make a difference in the lives of your consumers? Where do you still have room to grow? Understanding your strengths and weaknesses can take your brand to a completely new level – and can increase the confidence of your consumers as well.
Finally, you have to visualize the future. Anyone can get good results in the now, but it takes a special team to take the current output and strategize for future success. Go back to the strengths and weaknesses of your company. Think about the industry you’re specializing in – what opportunities can you capitalize on? Taking your current positioning and translating that into where you’d like to be in the future allows you to make strategic marketing decisions that puts you on the path to success.
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?
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!
September 27, 2018
Referrals, referrals, referrals. We constantly hear how important they are and how it’s one of the best ways to obtain new clients. But, how exactly do we achieve as many referrals as possible? What can we do to differentiate ourselves to ensure that we’re receiving those referrals? One thing I want to discuss is the importance of providing exceptional customer service. If you switch your focus from trying to obtain referrals from every client you see to focusing on providing the best experience possible, your referrals will come naturally. In fact, just one happy client could result in 9 referrals for your firm. Whenever a client feels that a financial advisor is making a genuine effort to understand the client and provides valuable recommendations, they’re more likely to spread the word about you. Therefore, a positive experience is a must when trying to obtain referrals. With that being said, I’d love to provide some basic tips on ways to enhance the customer experience that will result in more referrals for your firm.
Don’t forget the little things about your clients. Is today your client’s daughter’s birthday? Send a birthday card! Keeping the little things in mind will make the client feel special and cultivate a healthy, engaged relationship.
Consistency. Don’t tell the client you will follow up constantly and only do it once. If there is a mistake on your part, don’t continue making the same mistake. Consistency is key when working with clients.
Don’t be intimidated to ask. Of course, providing excellent customer service will be the first option for obtaining referrals. However, don’t ever be afraid to ask for it. If you have worked with your client for quite some time now, feel free to mention something like “If you’ve enjoyed my service and you’re happy with the outcome, don’t hesitate to tell a friend.”
At the end of the day, ensuring a positive customer experience will result in more referrals for your firm.
August 30, 2018
In today’s society, one of the best ways a company can be successful is to provide great customer service. But, is that really enough? Working in customer service goes deeper than just ensuring it is “good.” We want to make sure that we deliver a value to the customer through our services or products. Some of the best companies worldwide have developed a culture within the organization around the value they deliver to their clients; companies such as Apple, Ritz-Carlton, Disney, Amazon, and the list goes on and on. So, how should companies go about creating a culture focused on delivering value to clients?
- Customer knowledge. As you build your book of business, really get to know your customers and especially their expectations of you. A lot of the times we deliver our services but forget to check if they align with the expectations from our customers.
- Create a customer service strategy. Often different segments of an organization aren’t aware of the company’s strategy or their understanding of it doesn’t align with the company’s. Therefore, creating a customer service strategy focused on delivering value to customers and spreading it throughout the whole organization will allow for consistency.
- Listen to your employees. The employees are on the frontline of daily customer interaction. Therefore, they may have customer insights that could be valuable for your customer knowledge. It will also provide a framework of ways to develop your customer service strategy.
- Loyalty. Don’t say you’re going to contact a customer in a week and then never contact them. Follow through with your promises and check up on customers regularly. What this does is it creates loyalty which means that you have provided a level of customer service that has exceeded expectations.
Not only will these actions steps result in higher customer satisfaction, but it will also greatly differentiate your business from companies who simply “deliver” their services or products.
June 14, 2018
In the business world, it seems that it’s always a company’s goal to be better – better price, better product, better service. However, that’s not always the best way to go about your business. Whenever a customer says “why shouldn’t I just go to the financial firm across the street?” and your answer is “because we’re better,” does the customer necessarily believe that?
What truly matters and what we should all be focusing on is being different. Think about what’s unique about your company. Most of the time, customers choose your business because of you, not knowing the products you offer because they loved what’s unique about you. If you look at really successful companies, they didn’t become successful because they wrote “WE ARE BETTER THAN THE OTHER GUY” as their headline. They outlined what’s unique about them and shared it with the world. And people bought their product because of them.
So, you’re probably wondering: what’s something that could be different about your firm? The people, your leader, and staff. No other firm has the same people as yours does, and that’s one of the best ways to describe your uniqueness.
I’d like to leave this post with a few questions for you to think about:
- What’s something that you are doing that your competitors aren’t?
- What are you doing that’s exactly like your competitors that you could change?
May 24, 2018
In this blog, we talk a lot about all of the different ways you can market your business: social media, website, cold calling, referral programs, etc. However, one major marketing practice that I think is often overlooked is event marketing. What if my event goes horribly? How do I go about planning it? Am I just going to waste all my money? These are valid questions and the thought process in terms of event marketing for a lot of financial advisors. But what if the opposite happens? And you gain a good amount of new potential clients. Or if you are putting on a marketing event for current clients, this could allow for them to feel truly appreciated.
Now that you understand why I think you should definitely include event marketing in your strategy, let’s talk about how you can actually get people to attend.
Firstly, when planning your marketing event, it’s important to create an invitation that shows what’s in it for them. State the benefits they could receive right away!
Give a call to your prospects! Another way to make potential clients feel important is to actually invite them yourself. Nowadays, everything is automated. So anything personalized goes a long way.
Another thing that’s often missing nowadays is follow up. It’s important to follow up right after the event. You need to plan this in advance so that you don’t feel overwhelmed when the time comes. Some ways you can go about doing this is by sending follow up hand written notes, a professional picture of the individual from the event, or scheduling an appointment and calling.
What successful marketing events has your company hosted? Let us know in the comments below!