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.
Marketing tips for any budget can be successful provided you use the right strategies. Having unlimited marketing dollars does not guarantee clients will engage. Successful marketing requires you to know your ideal client and what they truly want. You need to know the problems they want to solve, how they define value and how they want to receive information. This is the key to marketing, no matter what size budget you have.
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.
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.
Communicating your value for Fee-Only advisers has become a competitive undertaking. It is complicated by fee pressures, access to affluent clients and an ever-evolving service model. Advisers try to set themselves apart from others, but in many cases, the message is missing the mark.
Imagine what your business would look like if you replicated your best clients. You push hard to accomplish goals and improve efficiency, but when you are in a service-oriented industry, such as wealth advisory or insurance, it becomes harder to maintain a high level of personal service. That in turn, makes it harder to grow your overall business.
There are new rules for approaching and insurance professionals. As we have seen for centuries, when a crisis happens, insurance is there. When markets become volatile, financial advisors often see an uptick in insurance activity. The insurance industry has always been there to keep families and businesses whole and provide supplemental income in times of need. Sometimes, however, it takes a crisis or a pandemic to create that indelible reminder in the minds of advisors and clients of the need to protect your health, economic security, and emotional security. Insurance involves much more than managing potential risk; it is a critical survival tool.