Category Archives: Practice Mgmt

Ep 185 – 14 Rules of Advisor Marketing Success



In today’s conversation, hosts Kirk Lowe and Matt Halloran dive deep into what Kirk calls the 14 rules of advisor marketing success.

Kirk, having spent the last 20 years in this industry, shares what he has learned about how to successfully use marketing to improve your advisory business. Get ready to take notes and discover how to set yourself apart from other advisors, what no one has ever told you about building a niche, and why being on social media is well worth your time. 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to find what will separate you from other advisors
  • What it means to be relevant (and where a niche comes in)
  • Different ways to promote you and your business
  • The link between your values and your identity
  • Why we say, “Don’t keep your secrets secret”
  • And so much more!

Tune in now and learn the 14 Rules of advisor marketing success!

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing 

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Ep 184 – A Guide to Success and Enjoyment for Investment Advisors — With Bob DiMeo



Today, host Matt Halloran gets a behind-the-scenes look at Bob DiMeo’s boldly titled book, “50 Billion Reasons to Grow Your Practice: A Guide to Success & Enjoyment for Investment Advisors.”

In addition to penning a unique book for investment-advisors that supports their personal lives, Bob DiMeo is the managing partner at DiMeo Schneider & Associates, LLC and is featured in numerous publications. In this episode, Bob speaks candidly about his marketing failures and wins, how he built his firm, and how you can build your practice and enjoy it! 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How Bob’s mindset has allowed him to get to where he is now
  • What prompted him to write his book
  • How to be successful AND have enjoyment along the way
  • What Bob does to create work-life balance
  • How many times a good piece of content should be repurposed
  • And more!

Tune in to learn about Bob’s highly relevant book for investment advisors and to pick up marketing ideas for your practice!

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing | Bob DiMeoDiMeo Schneider & Associates, LLC

50 Billion Reasons to Grow Your Practice: A Guide to Success & Enjoyment for Investment Advisors | Year Up – Closing the Opportunity Divide

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Ep 183 — Enhancing Your Business With the Psychology Behind People — with Genevieve Thayer



To make our businesses great, we need to have not only a great team, but also strong communication within our team.

To help explore how we can better understand our team and business as a whole, Matt Halloran welcomes Genevieve Thayer, EPC and co-founder of Beacon Partners LLC, to share some of the insight she’s gained through 20 years of providing executive and leadership coaching for financial advisors and entrepreneurs

Today, she and Matt discuss how and why you can learn to make your business, and yourself, become more effective and as great as it can be.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How your business can benefit from working with Beacon Partners
  • The importance of self-assessment, especially with those at the top of a business
  • What your EQ is and why you should work to optimize it
  • The link between your values and your identity
  • The personal side of Genevieve
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn more about Genevieve, Beacon Partners, and the power of Leadership Coaching!

Resources: Top Advisor MarketingBeacon Partners

 

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Ep 182 — How to Secure Solid Introductions — Referrals Mini-Series Part 3



These days, it’s not so much referrals that we need, it’s introductions and connections. 

Today, Matt and Referral Coach International founder Bill Cates are back for the third and final part of our referrals mini-series to discuss how you can turn referrals into solid introductions.

Bill and Matt leave no stone unturned when talking about how you can do your due diligence when researching a likely prospect prior to an introduction. They discuss everything from how to ask people to be a referral to the various resources available to research a prospect, and much more.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to do ‘warm’ research for more impactful introductions
  • How to ask for what you want
  • How and what to prepare prior to an introduction
  • The critical mass of referrals
  • Whether it’s possible to be unreferrable
  • And so much more!

Referrals beget referrals. Tune in now and take notes — this mini-series may change your world!

Resources: Referral Coach | Coach Cates | Bill Cates Speaking | Resources | EGuide | Referrals Mini-Series Part 1 | Referrals Mini-Series Part 2

 

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Ep 181 — How to ask for Referrals without Begging — Referrals Mini-Series Part 2



Today, Referral Coach International founder Bill Cates is back for part two of our three-part mini-series on making your practice a referral magnet.

There are 3 types of people when it comes to getting referrals. Some will give you referrals right on the spot, some won’t do it when you ask, but will when they are ready, and some just won’t do it at all. Today, Bill and Matt discuss how to approach asking for referrals, highlighting best practices that will allow you to ask not by begging or pushing, but by being proactive instead.  

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The difference between a referral and an introduction
  • Two ways you can be proactive about getting referrals
  • The reasons why clients don’t give referrals
  • How to keep your messaging genuine to you
  • And so much more!

If you want to grow your company exponentially, listen in now and take notes as Bill takes you through the process of asking for referrals! 

Resources: Referral Coach | Coach Cates | Bill Cates Speaking | E-Guide | Referrals Mini-Series Part 1

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Ep 180 — How to get Referrals Without Asking — Referrals Mini-Series Part 1



Every advisor’s dream is to get referrals without asking. But how do you accomplish this?

According to Bill Cates, the key is to be super referrable.

Today, Matt welcomes Bill, the founder of Referral Coach International, for a 3-part mini-series on referrals to help you and your practice grow in the best way possible.

In this first part, Bill and Matt explore how you can get referrals without asking. Referencing Julie Littlechild’s research on the correlation between client satisfaction and referrals, Bill lays out several strategies to help you create engaged client relationships that will make clients want to refer you.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The three parts of the client relationship that create engaged clients
  • Why the biggest mistake is thinking getting referrals needs to take a long time
  • The importance of the value you provide and how you can start providing it quickly
  • Why it’s important to talk about expectations early on
  • The value in finding and sharing your ‘client-focused why’
  • And more!

Join Bill and Matt now to pick up some great tips and ideas to help you on your path to getting referrals without asking!

Resources: Referral Coach | Coach Cates | Bill Cates Speaking | Julie Littlechild

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Ep 179 – The Power of Podcast Marketing — with Ben Jones



Nobody knows the power of a podcast like a podcast host.

Today, Matt Halloran welcomes Ben Jones, the host of the Better Conversations. Better Outcomes podcast and the managing director and head of intermediary at BMO Global Asset Management. At BMO, Ben leads a team of sales and service professionals to deliver investment solutions to intermediaries such as RAI’s, broker-dealers, and other investment managers.  

To get the word out about the great work his team does, Ben hosts a bi-weekly podcast called Better Conversations. Better Outcomes, where he provides listeners with actionable content to help propel their practice in different areas of wealth management. Today, Ben shares more about his strategies behind his podcast, and how he makes it as valuable as possible for listeners.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • About Ben’s role at BMO
  • Why Ben believes that better conversations lead to better outcomes for advisors and their clients
  • Three areas of conversation Ben and his team aim to enhance
  • The importance of putting the content you’re marketing first
  • Why Ben believes financial services is a noble profession
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn more about Ben, BMO Global Asset Management, and the power of podcasting with great content!

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing /  BMO GAM/Better Conversations/ Tickle Monster

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Ep 178 – Show Your Clients How to RetireReady — With Ed Dressel



Today, Matt shares the mic with a guest who has a substantial amount of experience in the finance industry and ideas to help you solve problems and make your life that much better.

In this episode, Ed Dressel, president and owner of RetireReady Solutions, shares how his company helps advisors educate their clients about what retirement can and will look like. Most importantly, you will find out how Ed’s processes can be applied to your experience.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How the reports that Ed’s company provides breaks down retirement plans in a way that everyone can understand
  • What it means to take a smaller step towards retirement and other important questions to ask your financial advisor
  • What Ed likes to do for fun to blow off steam
  • Ed’s go-to piece of advice or life insight
  • And more!

Tune into this episode of the Top Advisor Marketing Podcast and learn how to help your clients RetireReady!

Resources: RetireReady Solutions

 

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Ep 177 – 7 Steps for Strategic Risk-Taking — with Craig Hersch



Today, Matt welcomes back a known thought leader Craig Hersch, estate planning attorney and founder of The Freedom Practice.

Craig is here to share how he’s grown his business to the point where he’s able to spend time focusing on his highest and best use. In this episode, Craig also uncovers seven steps for strategic risk-taking so you too can overcome your obstacles and start generating great ideas.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Craig’s seven steps for following through on your ideas
  • How your personality traits affect your ability to generate and carry out great ideas
  • The importance of looking back at how far you’ve come
  • Why you should be doubling your costs when doing a cost-benefit analysis
  • The importance of delegating tasks so you can carry out your highest and best use
  • And more!

Tune in and learn how to start putting your ideas into practice!

Resources: The Freedom Practice | The Estate Planner’s Practice Development Podcast | Kolbe Personality Test | The Blueprint Program

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Ep 176 – Uncork Your Productivity: Part 2 — With Patty Kreamer and Michelle Donovan



Many advisors tend to have difficulties in the area of referrals. How much is too much? And why isn’t your COI reciprocating with client referrals?

In part 2 of uncork your productivity, Matt discusses the ins and outs of referrals with Michelle Donovan. They go on to answer many questions around referrals that plague the minds of many financial advisors.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Where financial advisors can begin with getting referrals.
  • How the fear of sounding desperate is a self sabotaging belief.
  • Way to deal with the fear of sounding desperate when asking for referrals.
  • How to set clear expectations with your COIs and other existing clients.
  • The influence having a niche has on a financial advisor’s ability to get referrals.
  • How Michelle helps advisors find their niche.
  • What the communication training by Michelle and Patty to their clients looks like.
  • And a lot more!

Need some help with asking for or receiving referrals from your COIs? Let Michelle Donovan help you get uncorked and get results. Tune in now!

Resources: Productivity Uncorked

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