Category Archives: Marketing

Episode 114 – Are you brand worthy?



Your brand is the first thing a client encounters when it comes to discovering you. Whether it’s through your website, a business card from a friend, or the logo on the front door to your office. It’s the sign off on an email, it’s the greeting on the phone, you need to live breath and be your brand. So how can you tell if it’s good enough?

Our very own Branding Expert Kirk Lowe joins Matt today as they discuss if you’re brand worthy. Answering some tough questions, with even tougher answers, Matt and Kirk cover several of the areas you need to consider when deciding if you and your brand are up to snuff.

If you’re looking for more information on branding, be sure to check out our branding resources at Advisor Utoday!


Episode 111 – Reaching the Right Audience with Sara Grillo



Marketing Consultant, Blogger, Podcaster and Writer Sara Grillo joins Matt on the latest episode of Top Advisor Marketing. Together Matt and Sara discuss how to colloborate as an advisor to reach the right audience. As a top marketing consultant, Sara understands what it takes for advisors to get in front of their ideal audience.

Sara’s personal motto of “Do it creatively or don’t do it at all” is a key element of making those marketing moves to see the end results you want. With her CFA, key not speaker experience, and writing crediential, Sara is a leader her in field.

Be sure to listen in today with her and Matt and check out her podcast at Sara Grillo Podcast!

LINKS: Sara Grillo Website | Sara Grillo LinkedIn


Episode 109 – Retiring Early with Eric Gaddy



Throughout the podcast, host Matt Halloran has been forunate to sit down with a variety of authors speaking to various niches in the financial market. However, one thing everyone is discussing is the ever sought after comfortable retirement. Today’s guest, is an early retirement expert. What makes him so proflic when it comes to retiring? He’s 48, and retired.

Joining Matt today is Eric Gaddy, recent retiree, and newly published author of Retire Early -What are you waiting for? Eric spent 24 years as a financial professional before retiring last year and taking on this new adventure of being a thought leader. Matt and Eric sit down to talk shop about his upcoming book, along with his book marketing tactics (some of which will make your jaw drop).

If you’re looking to challenge the retirement norm, for yourself or your clients, be sure to listen in today and pick up a copy of Eric’s new book, now available on Amazon!

LINKS: Eric Gaddy LinkedIn | Retire Early – What are you waiting for? | Retire Early 365


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 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 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


Episode 96 – Next Level Niche with Marci Bair



If you haven’t noticed, we love to talk about your niche on Top Advisor Marketing Podcast. Having a real and focused niche enables advisors to make a larger impact in their area of interest, and grow their business exceptionally well. In today’s episode we are diving back into niche financial planning with Marci Bair, President of Bair Financial Planning, and soon to be published author of the Social Responsibility Tool Kit.

With over 25 years of experinece working with female executives, LBGTQ+ communities, and progressive businesses, Marci understands just how crucial a niche is to a sustainable and profitable business. But how can you take this one step further? Matt and Marci dive into how you can undergo assessments and certifications to provide proof that you are operating and unique and one of a kind financial planning service. With a background in sustainable and socially responsible investing, Marci offers her unique input on the various ways you can undergo ESI/SRI certifications to ensure you’re business is not just planning, but operating in a financially sustainable fasion.

If you’re interested in learning how you can take your ESI/SRI business to the next level, or just want to know more about developing a strong niche market, listen in with Marci and Matt today!

LINKS: Marci Bair | Sustainable & Socially Responsible Investing 101 | Socially Responsible Investing Brochure


Episode 95 – The Sales Side of Business with Wes Schaeffer



A major component of what we teach on Top Advisor Marketing is that marketing isn’t sales. And sales isn’t marketing. In order to best showcase this for our audience we’ve brought on an incredible new guest who’s breadth and understanding of sales is sure to leave you feeling educated and fired up about catching that next sale. Today Matt welcomes TedX speaker, author, and owner of the Sales Whisper, Wes Schaeffer.

Wes broke out on his own in the world of finance in 2009. Since then he has developed a sales teaching system that is designed to ensure advisors are able to make those big sales with integrity (and without the hard close and profanity). Wes and Matt dive into some of his sought after techniques to improve your sales strategy and system. Included in this episode is a FREE copy of Wes’ sales agenda. This product is the same one he uses every time he enters into a room with a prospect.

Never forget, the only way to grow your business is to grow your sales! Close 2018 with a strong final push and listen in with Wes today!

LINKS: The Sales Whisperer | Wes SchaefferMeet Wes |FREE Sales Agenda