Marketing is a key function in building any successful organization; therefore, it requires assessing and hiring the right marketing director. The challenge when investing in marketing is there is no one magic marketing strategy for success. Rather, it is the continued execution and mix of marketing strategies that will help position your firm as a competitive entity.
Gear up everyone. There is a new set of rules for approaching prospects and clients. As we look back on this past year, it is clear the pandemic has left people fatigued, stressed, and frustrated. The ongoing disruption and losses have caused people to reflect on things. Prospects and clients are asking themselves, who is truly bringing value to my life? Who is helping me feel secure amidst all this chaos? Is the money I am spending to work with a financial professional delivering the outcomes and experience I want?
One of the biggest challenges with niche marketing is getting results. There could be a variety of reasons for this, but most often it is due to approaching the market the wrong way. There are a few ingredients that need to happen to find success with niche marketing, not just in the short-term, but for a long-term sustainable approach for your business.
Let us begin this article by acknowledging we are running our business during a pandemic and it has gone on far longer than expected. Advisors and financial professionals are using every means possible to stay connected with clients and that is a good thing. The one thing we cannot forget during a pandemic; however, is we are still responsible for delivering an exceptional client experience. So how do we conduct virtual client meetings during COVID-19?
With everything going amidst market downturns and Corona, how you interact with prospective clients and position your message is key. It is tempting to leverage digital marketing platforms to reach new clients; however, your message needs to be about serving your clients’ emotional needs, not just their economic needs. This is the key to client development in a tumultuous market.
There are many effective strategies for acquiring referrals and introductions from your existing clients and relationships. This holds true even in down markets or a crisis. The key is to not come off as optimistic or tone deaf, especially when your client is expecting you to focus on their needs during a crisis. What you can do is socialize the conversation and express your willingness to help people like them during this time.
In this unprecedented climate with COVID-19 and market and economic downturns, clients are more focused than ever on their long-term security and protection. Financial advisors and wealth professionals are emphasizing risk management solutions to help complete their comprehensive planning and fiduciary role with clients. Amidst these turbulent times, BGAs and insurance professionals are busy serving clients’ needs with virtual underwriting and coverage solutions.
With everything going on right now with the market and Corona, how we interact with clients is our main competitive advantage. To be a first-class winning organization, you need to know how to serve your clients’ emotional needs, not just their economic needs. When we have an exceptional and elevated experience, it stays with us. This is the key to surpassing competitors in a tumultuous environment.
Every interaction a client has with you is part of their client experience. Not every contact is positive, and sometimes there will be a negative experience or client complaint. It is everyone’s job to be prepared and above all else, protect the client experience. An upset client is never fun, but if you avoid the conversation, deflect or shy away from the responsibility of the situation, it will only escalate. Escalated complaints can quickly lead to a public relations issue, legal or regulatory consequence.
Client etiquette is your manner of professional conduct. It exemplifies the image and expectations clients have when doing business with you. Whether you are a top executive or a new hire in the office, clients will be observing and assessing you. They are watching every and all aspect of their experience. Good or bad, they are formulating opinions and judgments about what they see. If you want to elevate your client experience, it begins with the right practices for client etiquette.