Category Archives: Return on Investment/ROI

Episode 267 – Ways To Get Women Highly Involved in Retirement Planning –– With Marcia Mantell



Women have very different retirements than men, starting with how they plan for it.

Today, Matt is joined by Marcia Mantell, the owner of Mantell Retirement Consulting, Inc., a retirement blogger, and author of “What’s the Deal with Retirement for Women?” and “What’s the Deal with Social Security for Women?”

Marcia speaks candidly about reasons to put away your bar graphs and start talking to women in a way that moves them to action. This episode is filled with tips you can use right away to help women plan for the retirement they’re hoping for. 

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • Why there are differences between how women and men plan for retirement
  • Ways to make conversations with women visual (without using boring pie charts)
  • How to bring what’s most important to women into the planning conversation
  • Reasons to add a Social Security expert to your team
  • And more!

Tune in now for proven ways to help women plan for retirement! 

Resources: 

Top Advisor Marketing | Mantell Retirement Consulting, Inc. | Boomer Retirement Briefs  | What’s the Deal with Retirement Planning for Women? by Marcia Mantell | What’s the Deal with Social Security for Women? by Marcia Mantell | Episode 264: How to Become an Author Without Writing a Single Thing

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Episode 266 – How To Help Professionally Successful Women Survive a Divorce –– With Allison Jeffereys



50% of marriages in the United States end in divorce. With COVID-19 contributing to an abnormal amount of stress in relationships, there will likely be an influx of divorces in the coming future.

In this episode, Matt is joined by Allison Jeffereys, a divorce coach to professionally successful women and the author of “A Woman’s Guide To Surviving Divorce.” 

As a coach who has helped numerous women navigate a divorce, Allison reveals how women handle divorce differently than men. She also shares why divorce is especially painful for professionally successful women and what financial advisors can do to help guide women through this major life event. 

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • Why Allison wrote her book and how it can help advisors better communicate with their female clients
  • Significant differences in how women vs. men make decisions
  • Why divorce often feels like a bigger failure to women with successful careers
  • Advice for women who are in the midst of a divorce
  • How advisors can help women feel secure as they navigate a divorce
  • Why women who are going through a divorce need a community
  • And more!

Tune in now for insight into how professionally successful women experience divorce, so you can help them navigate it with confidence. 

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing | Allison Jeffereys’ Website | A Woman’s Guide To Surviving Divorce by Allison Jeffereys | Turning Chaos Into Confidence Handout | Schedule a consultation with Allison Jeffereys

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Episode 265 – How To Stop Being Involved in Every Aspect of Your Business



As Michael E. Gerber, author of The E-Myth Revisited, famously said, “If your business depends on you, you don’t own a business — you have a job. And it’s the worst job in the world because you’re working for a lunatic!”

You’re not creating any long-term equity in your business if you need to be involved in every aspect of your business.

In this episode, Matt and Kirk help you break down opportunities to outsource and not be involved in every part of your business. They give you a new lens to look through –– one that’s worked incredibly well for them. It all starts with dividing your business’s growth into three categories: branding, marketing, and business development.

You will learn:  

  • Top reasons why advisors are resistant to taking their marketing to the next level
  • The argument for investing in marketing that isn’t measurable
  • How much of your budget should be spent on marketing
  • Why it’s becoming more common for advisors to outsource their marketing
  • Reasons to start content marketing now
  • And more!

Tune in to learn how to build a sustainable practice by being less involved! 

Resources:  Top Advisor Marketing | Episode 260: Is Your Digital Marketing Working to Convert Prospects? –– With John Lincoln | Episode 233: Beware of “10X” and “We Fill Your Pipeline” Claims | The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber

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Episode 264 – How To Become an Author Without Writing a Single Thing –– With Seth Greene



Books are the ultimate business card. But do you actually want to write a book?

In this episode, Matt is joined by Seth Greene, founder of Market Domination LLC, to explain how advisors can become an author of their own book, all while skipping the demanding and time-consuming writing process.

Seth unpacks Market Domination’s five-step COI method and how his team helps advisors write their own book that generates referrals. He also shares what marketing techniques are making advisors stand out and find prospects during COVID-19 and three marketing missteps to stop doing immediately.

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • How the upcoming U.S. election is impacting cost-per-lead ad spending on Facebook
  • Why LinkedIn campaigns are working better than ever before for Seth’s clients
  • How Seth’s COI system works and who it’s designed for
  • Stories about professionals who’ve successfully used their book to generate referrals
  • Three marketing missteps that advisors should avoid
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn about marketing in the virtual space!

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing | Market Domination LLC | Seth Greene on Linkedin

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Episode 263 – How to Help Your Client’s Adult Kids Figure Out Their Financial Future –– With Brian Ursu



Millennials and Gen Zs are often left asking themselves, “Now what?” when they’ve received their first big paycheck or a windfall of money.

In this episode, Matt speaks with Brian Ursu, president of Intentional Wealth Advisors and the author of “Now What? A Practical Guide to Figuring Out Your Financial Future.” Recognizing that many people, including those who are just starting out, were never educated in financial planning, this book bridges that gap with practical advice for readers of all ages dealing with fiscal change.

Brian talks about how he wrote the book, who it’s for, and how his clients are using this book as a lifeline for teaching adult kids about money. Brian also explains how family meetings can play a role in positioning you as a family advisor for your clients’ children. 

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • What prompted Brian to write his book 
  • How Brian uses his book in his practice
  • Why adult children are more likely to take financial advice from a book vs. their parents
  • How family advisors can impact their client’s adult children’s financial literacy
  • Ideas for how to organize family meetings
  • Brian’s advice for advisors who want to maintain multigenerational relationships with their clients and their families
  • And more!

Tune in to learn how you can equip the next generation with financial knowledge and become their family advisor. 

Resources: 

Top Advisor Marketing | “Now What? A Practical Guide to Figuring Out Your Financial Future” by Brian Ursu | Brian Ursu on LinkedIn | Intentional Wealth Advisors

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Episode 262 – How To Be a Podcast Host That People Adore: Secrets From a Professional Host –– With Aric Johnson



Are you thinking about starting your own podcast? Or, maybe you’re interested in boosting your podcast hosting skills. 

Either way, you’re in for a treat!

Today, Matt speaks with Top Advisor Marketing’s professional podcast host Aric Johnson. Aric reveals what it takes to get listeners excited about your podcast, interviewing techniques that make listeners hang on your every word, how to promote your podcast, and more! 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Questions to ask yourself before starting a podcast
  • Four exclusive tips on how to instantly become a good podcast host
  • Which interviewing techniques Aric swears by
  • The biggest mistakes that podcast hosts make
  • A new way to introduce yourself to centers of influence and prospects
  • And more!

Tune in to learn how to become a podcast host that your audience adores!

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing | Aric Johnson on LinkedIn

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Episode 261 – How to Use Original Content to Win Ideal Prospects –– With Jeremy Keil



Imagine having original content that shows your ideal prospects what you do and who you serve.

Imagine prospects calling you up, ready to work together, because you’ve proven your knowledge –– and in fact, they already like you!

Today, Matt is joined by Jeremy Keil, the owner of Keil Financial Partners and host of the Retirement Revealed With Jeremy Keil podcast.

Jeremy shares how he uses original content to introduce himself to prospects. He also dives into his marketing misses and wins, and how he caught the attention of Harley-Davidson employees at a time when they needed his help the most. 

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • The difference between branding and marketing
  • Jeremy’s secret tips for never running out of podcast topics 
  • Marketing missteps that Jeremy wants you to avoid
  • 5 ways to get your content in front of people on Google
  • How Jeremy used content to put himself in front of Harley-Davidson employees
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn easy ways to get in front of ideal prospects with your original content!

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing | Jeremy Keil on LinkedIn | Keil Financial Partners | Retirement Revealed With Jeremy Keil

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Episode 253 – 8 Ways to Gain Competitive Advantage in Your Practice



Top advisors are champions in the industry because they’ve strategically moved their companies forward by gaining a competitive advantage. 

In today’s episode, Kirk and Matt unpack eight ways to increase your competitive advantage. Kirk draws from what he learned in university combined with cutting edge trends to give you actions you can take right away to stand out from the crowd. 

You will learn:

  • Why being adaptable opens up huge opportunities for advisors
  • Ways to make your business more effective in its operations
  • Why you shouldn’t be doing everything at all times in your practice
  • How to create a community-feel that sets you apart from the competition
  • What having a powerful “why” can do for your company
  • Ways to be vocal about how you’re involved in the community
  • And more!

Tune in now and learn 8 powerful ways to separate yourself from the competition!

Resources:   Top Advisor Marketing  

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Episode 252 – How to Create a Safe and Welcoming Space for LGBTQ+ Clients –– With Michelle Waymire



The LGBTQ+ community is still heavily underserved by financial advisors. Are you aware of LGBTQ+  clients’ unique planning needs and how to create a safe environment for different identities?

Today, Matt speaks with Michelle Waymire of Young & Scrappy, a financial advisor and financial coach who serves young folx and the LGBTQ+ community. Michelle shares how advisors can respectfully ask clients how they identify, what conversations to have with LGBTQ+ clients before you start planning, and what marketing strategies she uses to attract this niche.

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • Why Michelle chose to serve young people and the LGBTQ+ community 
  • How working with the LGBTQ+ community differs from serving other niches
  • Ways to make your advisor website more inclusive
  • How Michelle stays profitable while working with young people 
  • Questions to ask LGBTQ+ clients before you start the planning work
  • Michelle’s routine for planning Instagram content that is consistent, themed, and relevant
  • The importance of understanding gender pronouns and how to ask a prospect which pronouns they use
  • And more!

Tune in now to hear Michelle’s marketing strategies for serving the LGBTQ+ community and young people! 

Resources: 

Top Advisor Marketing | Young & Scrappy | Michelle Waymire on Instagram | The Young Scrappy Money Podcast | Unsplash | Pexels | LGBTQ+ terms and definitions | A Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Youth| Inclusive Services for LGBT Older Adults: A Practical Guide to Creating Welcoming Agencies | A Guide to Gender Pronouns | Questionable Questions About Transgender Identity

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Episode 251 – 4 Ways for Advisors to Increase Prospect Quality Over Quantity



Lead generation is dying a slow, wonderful death. Large numbers of leads are no longer the ticket to marketing success for advisors. 

Today, Matt and Kirk dive into four ways to increase your quality of prospects –– and stop focusing on quantity. They highlight the power of being omnipresent with your marketing and how to attract, intrigue, engage, and influence to build quality leads. 

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • Why marketing for quality breeds focus in your business
  • Examples of how to create advocacy, which attracts business
  • Ways to get your expertise in front of new people on social media
  • How to become omnipresent online (and why it doesn’t have to be hard)
  • Why it’s important to have your own content (and not just share other people’s content)
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn four ways to increase your prospect quality!

Resources: 

Top Advisor Marketing | Episode 161: The Top 10 Arguments Against Niche Marketing – and Why They’re All Wrong! | iris.xyz | Idea Decanter

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Episode 249 – How RIAs Can Fulfill Every Compliance Requirement Without Sacrificing Time –– With Will Bressman



It’s overwhelming for advisors to make the jump to RIA and become their own governing body. But it can also feel liberating if you have tools that make it easy for you to fulfill compliance activities. 

Today, Matt talks to Will Bressman, CEO of RIA in a Box®, about the benefits of using RIA compliance software that can be customized to any RIA situation. Will walks you through the features of RIA in a Box®, including its compliance calendars that help you complete the responsibilities for ongoing compliance while saving time.

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • How RIA in a Box® makes an advisor’s life easier
  • Whether the consistent compliance pressure from wirehouses and BDs disappears once you become an RIA
  • How quickly this compliance software updates whenever regulatory bodies make changes
  • How compliance regulations differ between FINRA and the SEC
  • And more!

Tune in to learn about compliance solutions that can help any RIA feel less stressed and way more efficient. 

Resources: 

Top Advisor Marketing | Will Bressman on LinkedIn | RIA in a Box

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Episode 248 – Reasons for Advisors to Drop the Jargon and Start Using Sketches to Explain Financial Concepts –– With Carl Richards



Many advisors believe that if they aren’t using big words and acronyms with clients, then they aren’t proving their credibility. 

Today, Matt speaks with Carl Richards CFP®, Creator of the Behavior Gap and the Sketch Guy column, which has appeared weekly in The New York Times since 2010. Carl joins the show to encourage advisors to explain financial concepts to clients in the most simple way imaginable. He explains why using hand drawn sketches are an effective teaching tool that demonstrates your expertise.

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • Who in the financial industry uses Behavior Gap
  • The four most common uses of Behavior Gap for advisor marketing
  • Why sketches make financial concepts easy for people to understand
  • Why sketches actually demonstrate an advisor’s expertise
  • Reasons for advisors to stop using jargon and embrace simplicity instead
  • And more!

Tune in to learn about the power of using sketches to make complex financial concepts easy to understand.

Resources: 

Top Advisor Marketing | Behavior Gap  | Carl Richards on LinkedIn 

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Episode 247 – Reduce Time and Costs During Your Advisory Firm’s Transitions –– With Jeremi Karnell



Today, Matt talks to Jeremi Karnell, president and COO of Truelytics. Truelytics is a leading business-intelligence SaaS (software as a service) platform in the wealth management sector. 

Truelytics is the first end-to-end data-driven platform that helps wealth management enterprises recruit, grow, and retain businesses while reducing time and costs related to transitions. 

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • About Truelytics’ four models: TrueRecruit, TruePerformance, TrueContinuity, TrueMatch
  • Which transitions Truelytics is designed to help advisors navigate with less time and costs, including “the great transition”
  • Which costs Truelytics reduces during transitions
  • How this software helps advisors focus on what they should be focusing on
  • The most beneficial lessons Jeremi has learned from being a serial entrepreneur 
  • And more!

Tune in to learn how Truelytics can decrease your costs and time during your firm’s transitions. 

Resources: 

Top Advisor Marketing | Truelytics | Jeremi Karnell on LinkedIn | Jeremi@truelytics.com

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Episode 246 – How to Fill Your Webinars With Fans (Instead of Skeptics)



Do you have fans or skeptics showing up to your advisor webinars?

Fans are familiar with your work. They understand exactly how you help your niche. And they’re eager to invite their network to your webinar.

Skeptics are the complete opposite. But they’re the people who usually attend advisors’ webinars. 

Today, Matt and Kirk teach you how to turn someone into a fan before they show up at your webinar. You will also learn ways to think like a big company as you approach your marketing, which is a key to converting webinar skeptics into fans. 

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • The differences between a skeptic and a fan
  • The downfalls of focusing on short-term marketing outcomes
  • Ways to nurture your attendees before and after the webinar
  • The differences between a strategy and a plan
  • How to think like a big company, but market like a small company
  • And more!

Tune in now and learn how to fill your webinars with fans!

Resources:

Top Advisor Marketing 

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Episode 244 – How to Be an Ally in a White Male-Dominated Workplace – With Julie Kratz



What does it mean to be an ally? What are some ways that you can be more inclusive in your workplace?

Today, Matt speaks with Julie Kratz, a TEDx speaker, inclusive leadership trainer, executive coach, author, and founder of Next Pivot Point, about how to be an ally for women and underrepresented groups in a white male-dominated industry. They also discuss how to take an inventory of your privilege and how to be inclusive in client meetings.

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • How to evaluate whose voices are being heard in your organization
  • What microaggressions are and how they affect women in the workplace
  • Tangible ways to be more inclusive in your workplace
  • Ways to be an ally 
  • How to know if you tend to mansplain (and how to stop)
  • Ways to be inclusive in your client meetings
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn about diversity, inclusion, and becoming an ally in your workplace!

Resources: 

Top Advisor Marketing | Next Pivot Point  | Julie Kratz on LinkedIn  

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Mini-Series: How to Use Your Video as a Marketing Tool –– With Laura Garfield And Sharon Gottula of Idea Decanter – Part 3



Once you’ve shot your video, it’s time to get this new content in front of your audience.

In part three, Matt talks to Laura Garfield and Sharon Gottula of Idea Decanter about how to get the most marketing mileage out of your video. Laura and Sharon unpack four marketing steps and explain how to execute them in ways that are measurable for you and highly appealing and accessible to your audience. 

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • How to prevent YouTube from suggesting other people’s “up next” videos to your audience
  • How to decide where to post your videos
  • How to email your videos without sending a big file
  • Best practices for posting videos on social media
  • How to track the success of your videos
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn four proven ways to market your video!

Special offer for our listeners: Get Idea Decanter’s free guide: “Six Steps to Attract New Clients With a Video.” Email Laura Garfield with “Top Advisor Marketing” as the subject, and she will send you a copy!

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing | Idea Decanter | Laura Garfield on LinkedIn | Sharon Gottula on LinkedIn

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Mini-Series: What to Do Before You Shoot Your Video –– With Laura Garfield and Sharon Gottula of Idea Decanter – Part 2



It can feel nerve-wracking to be in front of a camera, especially if it’s your first time shooting a video.

In part two, Matt is back with Laura Garfield and Sharon Gottula of Idea Decanter to help you prepare for shooting your video. Laura and Sharon walk you through the best equipment and camera angles to use, how to prepare your message, and what it’s like to shoot video with their help. 

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • Which angles and poses to use in your videos
  • How to find your message, even if you have no idea what it is
  • The difference between talking at someone versus talking to them
  • How Laura and Sharon make it easy for compliance to review your video
  • How to gear your video to a specific audience
  • Tips for feeling comfortable and being personable in your video
  • And more!

Tune in now for tips to help you prepare for your video shoot!

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing | Idea Decanter | Laura Garfield on LinkedIn | Sharon Gottula on LinkedIn

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Mini-Series: How to Make Your Videos Way More Authentic –– With Laura Garfield And Sharon Gottula of Idea Decanter – Part 1



How can advisors become more memorable to clients in a short amount of time? 

In today’s episode of Top Advisor Marketing Podcast, Matt kicks off a three-part mini-series with Laura Garfield and Sharon Gottula of Idea Decanter. In part one, Laura and Sharon explain how to be authentic in your videos, how to keep compliance happy, and video blunders to avoid.

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • What to talk about in your videos (and what to leave out)
  • How to hook your audience in the first 10 seconds of your video
  • Why personal stories are a game-changer for your video content
  • How to make compliant-friendly videos
  • And more!

Tune in to learn from two experts in video creation for financial services!

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing | Idea Decanter | Laura Garfield on LinkedIn | Sharon Gottula on LinkedIn

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Episode 243 – How to Make Your Advisor Website Accessible –– With Natalie Hadley



Making your advisor website accessible doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. And advisors who don’t make their website accessible will miss out on a $21 billion market. 

In this episode, Matt speaks with Natalie Hadley, the vice president of Outlook Business Solutions. Natalie unpacks actions you can take to make your website accessible to people with disabilities. 

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • How to make your website compatible with adaptive technology
  • How to tell if your website is accessible 
  • What you can do to improve accessibility on your website
  • Ideas on how to adapt your services to meet different needs
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how to make your advisor website accessible.

Resources: 

Top Advisor Marketing | Natalie Hadley on LinkedIn | nhadley@outlookbiz.co | Direct Line: 531-365-5347

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