June 6th, 2016
No content marketing strategy is complete without a strong social media strategy. As Jay Baer says, social media is the fuel to set your content on fire. According to 2013 research from CMI and MarketingProfs, B2B marketers use an average of five social media channels to distribute content, whereas B2C marketers use four. Whether you’re just getting started with social media or looking to fine-tune your plan, this guide is for you. (more…)
May 17th, 2014
The world of financial management and services has been with us since the medieval period and beyond. But like many age-old business industries, it’s hastening to adapt technological trends like online marketing and lead generation.
Getting B2B leads from online queries is now a norm among organizations both inside and outside the financial services industry. Thought leadership and customer service are considered the new forms of marketing.
But as many prospects are finding these trends convenient, it also leads some to overestimate the value of online conversation in solving a prospect’s and setting an appointment.
October 19th, 2013
What keeps you awake at night? Is it PTSD from the crisis of ’08? A potential U.S. default next week? Clients clamoring over huge draw-downs in their portfolios? These are all terrifying outcomes that make even the most seasoned professionals cringe. But have you given some serious thought about what could happen when your marketing efforts go haywire?
Of course, systemic risks aren’t exactly things you can (and should) easily shrug off. But, let’s face it, there’s really no point in worrying too much about things that you have little to no control over. Besides, if anyone can help people navigate through uncertainties, it’s definitely you.
While the risks that come with your marketing projects aren’t as dire when compared to, say, fallout from a market collapse, the consequences of poor marketing planning and execution are all too real to be ignored. That’s why, whether you’re promoting your own professional practice or working for an institution, you have to be ‘wary of the scary’ things that could happen in financial services marketing like the following:
1. Getting left behind. You’re in an industry where Darwin’s laws are very much at play. An increasing number of your peers are dropping out as competition in the sector reaches boiling point. That’s why being left behind is an unthinkable scenario. If your marketing approach isn’t evolving, you’ll lose a lot of opportunities to the competition, and you know where that eventually leads to.
2. Mishandling objections. If you’re like many advisors, then you’re probably not a big fan of cold calling. But most people are afraid to ring up new prospects for the wrong reason — they’re scared stiff of rejection. But it’s not the objection itself that’s unpleasant; it’s the inability to deal with it that really stings. And you don’t just encounter objection in teleprospecting. It’s lurking in every marketing channel you use.
3. Missing your numbers. There’s nothing as paralyzing as the fear of missing your monthly or quarterly targets. This specter haunts both independent and institutional advisors alike, and it’s really just one symptom of a problem that can be traced back to your marketing efforts. Constantly missing your numbers will surely end in disaster.
4. Being misinterpreted. This is something that happens to people who act more like a salesman than an advisor. When your sole objective in prospecting is purely to land a new client, your marketing messages are most likely going to be geared toward selling and, as a result, tend to be ambiguous rather than clear. In such a setup, you’re prone to setting the wrong expectation for your prospects, and it’s only going to be a matter of time before you fail to meet what they had expected.
5. Negative word-of-mouth. Advisors know all too well that word-of-mouth is the most powerful marketing tool in the shed. What’s frightening, though, is that it works both ways. It only takes one dissatisfied client to start a marketing nightmare that’s going to plague you for a long time.
6. Tripping over regulations. Marketing in this industry means dealing with a complex web of regulatory minefields every step of the way. While the details for regulatory compliance is beyond the scope of this post, the consequences for noncompliance are so serious that you really have to know and live by the rules at all costs!
Being fully aware isn’t exactly the same as simply being afraid. Now that you know the frightening possibilities which are part of your job, it’s time for you to take the steps to minimize their chances of ever happening. That’s the only way you’ll sleep soundly tonight.
June 27th, 2013
Normally, you would only view your financial lead generation strategy as way to present your financial planning business as a really high value service. However, many prospects see values in other parties apart from just the people serving them. So instead, why not plan your lead generation campaign with the goal of how far their definitions of value go? One Forbes article cites Warren Buffett as proof that value could mean a lot of things in financial planning.
April 19th, 2013
If you have been running financial planning lead generation campaigns for a long time, there is tendency for your business to feel the equivalent to old bones. As you generate more and more sales leads for your financial planning firm, you realize that the gap between how you view money and how younger businesses view it is getting wider. A new lead generation approach could be required to bridge that gap.