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Episode 106- A Woman’s Way with Michelle R. Donovan and Patty Kreamer



Did you know, 90% of women will be responsible for their own finances at some point in their lives? Given that women more commonly live longer than men, stats like that make sense. But did you realize that 70% of them don’t feel they have been educated well enough or communicated well enough about their finances to handled that responsibility?

Today Matt shares the mic with co-authors Michelle R. Donovan and Patty Kreamer to discuss their latest book, A Woman’s Way: Empowering Female Financial Advisors to Authentically Flourish and Lead in a Man’s World. Michelle and Patty write to this topic, speak to this topic, and coach on this topic.

Together, the three will walk through some of the strategies and tactics women can use to capitalize on their natural strengths as women and build thriving practices based on leadership, confidence, relationships, and authenticity.

Be sure to listen in today!

Links: A Woman’s Way Book | Michelle R. Donovan LinkedIn | Patty Kreamer LinkedIn


Episode 105 – Creating an Extraordinary Client Experience with Julie Littlechild



If you sent a survey out to your clients, what would they have to say about their experience with you? Would they rave about your business model, or comment on how regularly they bring you up to their family and friends? Or would they note that you’re office seemed cold, or they felt like you were working towards different goals than they were?

In the financial world, we know that referrals are your bread and butter. Which means that client experience is pivotal because the people in your office today are making sure there are people there tomorrow. Joining Matt today is Julie Littlechild, speaker, writer, and founder of Absolute Engagement.

As an expert on client experience, Julia and Matt discuss what it takes to make your client experience extrodinary. With an 11 step program, Julia has made it simple for advisors, or anyone who has a referral based business, to create happy and lasting client relationships.

LINKS: Julie Littlechild LinkedIn | Client Engagement


Episode 104 – The Power of Momentum Marketing



Is your marketing effective? Does it consistently build together to produce a stronger brand, stronger sales, stronger network or stronger client base? Do you feel your marketing processes are building something that is intriguing, consistent, and timely? If you’ve answered no to any of these questions, then today’s episode will

Matt is joined by his partner and branding expert Kirk Lowe on today’s episode to dive into momentum marketing. A term branded by Kirk, it is derived of three big questions. 1. Is your marketing constantly moving forward? 2. Does your marketing build on itself time and time again? 3. Does your marketing retain marketing value. As Kirk and Matt move through these three questions, discover valueable tactics to creating a marketing plan that builds with you, and for you.

Links: Kirk Lowe LinkedIn


Episode 103 – Going Virtual With Lisa Ferguson



Have you ever wondered how a virtual company works? Virtual companies raise a lot of questions, including do the employees know one another? How do you manage to build a team effort? How can you seperate work from home when you work at home? Does anyone get any real work done?

To answer these, and many more curiouristies of the virtual company, Matt is joined by Lisa Ferguson, Top Advisor Marketing’s Director of Operations. From the beginning, Lisa has assisted in creating the team at Top Advisor Marketing and helping to build an incredible sense of community. Lisa and Matt discuss the many benefits of a virtual team including the cost of doing business, talent pool, lifestyle, colloboration and productivity. If you’re curious about if you can make a virtual team work, or are wondering simply how we at Top Advisor Markting get things done, be sure to tune in today!

LINKS: Lisa Ferguson LinkedIn


Episode 102 – Behind the Scenes Marketing with Kaley Lewis



Do you ever wonder what it takes to create incredible marketing? As a marketing podcast, we put a lot of emphasis on providing quality information for our listeners, which also means we need to live what we preach. We’ve been taking the time recently to get underneath the hood of Top Advisor Marketing so that our listeners can see what we’re up to behind the scenes and how we produce high quality content and get it from our desks to yours. To really give perspective on how to get your message out there, Matt sits down with our Marketing Direct Kaley Lewis to discuss the many tasks and habits of effective internal marketing.

Kaley has a graduate degree in Media and Communications, and brings her love for storytelling and conversation to discuss just what fills the day of an internal marketing person. Internal marketing is more than just the odd social media post, there is an art to creating lasting social engagement, and developing quality touch points for your audience. If you’re a B2C or B2bB company looking to improve on your marketing template, be sure to listen (and maybe takes some notes!) on what you need from your internal marketing team.

LINKS: Kaley Lewis LinkedIn


Episode 101- Your Nifty Virtual Assistant with Michelle Wong



It can be difficult to find the right people to support you as an adivsor. Creating a team that understands you and balances you skillsets often feels as though you’re asking a lot, especially if you’re limiting yourself to individuals who can come to your brick and mortar. Today Matt is sitting down with female entrepreneur and FPQP Michelle Wong to discuss her latest business and your solution to finding the perfect support system for your advisory firm.

Michelle is the founder and CEO of Nifty Advisor Support which offers a comprehensive virtual assistant program specifically tailored for RIAs. Nifty can assist your business with client service and operations, marketing and communication, and paraplanning. Michelle explores her process and methodolgy to providing RIA’s with the best service possible, at a minimal cost.

If you’re curious about how to improve your business without the hassel of creating a salaried position tune in with Michelle and Matt to explore the opportunities of Nifty Advisor Support.

LINKS: Nifty Advisor Support | Michelle Wong LinkedIn


Our 100th Episode with Michael Kitces



Have you ever wanted the opportunity to pick the brain of a financial rockstar?

To celebrate our hundredth podcast, Matt was fortunate enough to sit down with the one and only Michael Kitces and do just that.

Many of you will recognize Michael’s name from his blog, Nerd’s Eye View, but he is also a partner and director at Wealth Management for Pinnacle Advisory Group and the co-founder of the XY Planning Network and New Planner Recruiting. If you haven’t found him through these avenues, you may have had the opportunity to hear Michael at one of his many speaking gigs (he rocks between 50-70 a year). With eight designations/degrees (yes, you read that correctly), Michael is one of our industry’s leading experts on everything from marketing to markets.

Michael discusses his initial foray into the blog scene, and how he’s grown in popularity and numbers through persistent writing and by creating high-quality content. Boasting over 200,000 unique viewers to his blog every month, Michael understands how to go from humble beginnings to superstardom.

Listen in today and discover what steps you can take to realizing your marketing dreams.

LINKS: Michael Kitces LinkedIn | Kitces.com


Episode 99- Holiday Touch Point Tips with Luke Acree



You may not realize this… but the holidays are right around the corner. And now for many of us are first instinct is to be overwhelmed. With the holidays come so many other important obligations. But here at Top Advisor Marketing Podcast, we’ve been thinking ahead and we want to ensure our listeners are able to enjoy the holidays. Because really, it is a time to have fun and celebrate. But it’s also an important to for creating and delivering high quality pieces of communication.

Joining us today to discuss how to make your holiday schedule a little lighter is returning guest Luke Acree, President of ReminderMedia. Luke and Matt explore options for advisors that can be used during the holidays to ensure you’re keeping up your touch count, but also providing high quality content to your audience. Taking the time to investigate your plan and strategy today will make for an easier December.

Listen in today to learn how you can stroke one item off your Holiday-to-do-list in August!

LINKS: Reminder Media Podcast | Luke Acree


Episode 98 – Pleasing the Algorithm with Jessica Jackson



This year has brought a lot of changes to our social media timelines. One of the key platforms that has experienced a dramatic shift is the tried and true Facebook. With everything that’s happened when it comes to newsfeeds and ad features, are you curious if you’re making the Facebook algorithm work for you?

Joining Matt today is one of Top Advisor’s in house Social Media Specialists and Copy Writer Jessica Jackson. Matt and Jessica dive into how you can please the algorithm by controlling the few key areas you can to ensure maximum reach. Jessica also shares some strategies to optimize your organic posts to receive maximum reach and discusses ways to engage your audience to further leverage your post.

LINKS: Jessica Jackson Linkedin


Episode 97 – Marketing Secrets with Kristen Judd



On Top Advisor Marketing Podcast we are always looking for people who are doing something from a marketing perspective that is unique and different. We aim to provide our audience with a variety of techniques and strategies that can execute in their own offices to see their marketing transform into sales. Today’s guest brings experience and her own unique twist to creating sustainable and successful marketing. Joining us is Kristen Judd of Money Secrets and Five Rings Financial.

Kristen has successfully used pretty much every medium you can to market her business. From an attractive (and useful) website, to Facebook Pages/Groups, and a consistently active LinkedIn Campaign, Kirsten utilizes many of the tools every advisor has access to with an incredible success rate. Kristen offers her own insight into her use of Videos (both live and recorded) along with one of her key event campaigns, Wine, Women, and Wealth. Kristen has taken her marketing to a place where not only has she developed a successful business, but she’s also creating spaces to help women better understand their finances and their goals.

If you want to take your marketing and client experience to the next level, be sure to tune in the Kristen and Matt today!

LINKS: KRISTEN JUDD