Category Archives: Sales

Episode 277– Why Top Advisors Are Rebranding Their Client Meetings –– With Duncan MacPherson

Attention advisors! It’s time to re-introduce yourself to your favorite clients so they understand and appreciate your value completely!

Today, Matt is joined by Duncan MacPherson, the CEO of Pareto Systems. Join them as they discuss several ways to rejuvenate your client relationship and reinforce your value proposition through rebranded meetings and proven marketing strategies for today’s advisors.

You will learn:

  • How to use strategic, agenda-driven meetings to elevate the client experience
  • What outcome advisors are seeing from rebranded client meetings
  • The difference between stewardship and salesmanship
  • Why elite financial professionals choose to outsource
  • 3 essential keys to making a video that clients will love and remember
  • How to develop a process-driven approach to attract more clients
  • And more!

Listen now to learn how to rebrand your meetings so you can stay top-of-mind with your ideal clients and highly referable!


Top Advisor Marketing | Matt Halloran on LinkedIn | Duncan MacPherson on LinkedIn | Pareto Systems: (866) 593-8020 | The Advisor Playbook | Video: The Review Meeting is Obsolete | Idea Decanter

Episode 276 – How to Make Extremely Accurate Documentation Ridiculously Easy –– With Maree Moscati

Imagine having your prospect and client meetings so well documented that you can pick up exactly where you left off from the previous meeting or call. That would show your prospects and clients that you’re really listening and paying attention to them.

But, too often, advisors forget to type their notes after meetings. And the details that would’ve won the prospect or elevated the client experience vanish into thin air.

Today, Matt is joined by Maree Moscati, the CEO of Copytalk, which is a premier dictation service company that uses live transcription to preserve your every word. They discuss the numerous benefits that proper documentation offers advisors –– from a client interaction perspective, task perspective, and compliance perspective!

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How documentation can help you provide more value to clients
  • How Copytalk uses a combination of human touch and world-class technology to set them apart from mainstream speech-to-text software
  • How Copytalk is engineered to meet the financial-service industry’s rigorous standards of accuracy, privacy, and efficiency
  • Maree’s advice to advisors on how to market effectively in today’s COVID-19 world
  • And more!

Tune in now to discover how a real-time transcription service like Copytalk can help you operate more effectively, save time, and wow your clients! 


Top Advisor Marketing | Matt Halloran on LinkedIn | Maree Moscati on LinkedIn | Maree Moscati on Twitter | Copytalk: (866) 267- 9825

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Episode 275 – Here’s What It’s Like To Podcast With Us! –– With Lauren Bus

Are you thinking about starting a podcast? 

Imagine only having to show up to record your podcast, because you have an outsourced marketing team that takes care of everything else, from audio editing to episode promotion! 

Today, our account manager Lauren Bus joins Matt to tell you exactly what it’s like to be our podcasting client. Lauren takes you behind the scenes to share how we help you rise above the noise, including our techniques for building up your confidence, creating click-worthy social media posts to drive listenership, and more!

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What it’s like to be part of our podcast discovery process
  • What strategies we use to capture each client’s voice when writing their social media posts
  • How to use your status as a podcaster to position yourself differently to COIs and prospects
  • What sets us apart from other companies that offer a podcasting service
  • Three qualities we look for in aspiring podcasters 
  • And more!

Tune in now to get rare insight into what it’s like to podcast with us! 


Top Advisor Marketing | Matt Halloran on LinkedIn | Kirk Lowe on LinkedIn | Lauren Bus on LinkedIn

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Episode 274 – Why Innovation Is More Essential Than Ever for Today’s Advisors –– With Bill Hortz

In order for financial advisors to accept change, they have to be aware that change is needed. 

Today, Matt and guest Bill Hortz, the founder and dean of the Institute for Innovation Development, discuss the high need for advisors to embrace innovation, considering that the financial services industry will see more change in the next three years than we’ve seen in the past 30. 

Bill dives into what changes are on the horizon in financial services, how to prioritize areas of innovation in your practice, and how successful industry leaders have implemented innovation into their businesses!

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to adapt to the modern change that’s occurring at a hyper rate
  • How the Institute for Innovation Development equips advisors for change
  • Which areas of financial services are expected to change rapidly in the next two to three years
  • The difference between innovation and technology and what it really means to be innovative
  • Ways for advisors to develop an innovative mindset
  • The four most needed areas in financial services for deploying an innovative mindset
  • And more!

Listen now to learn how to embrace and apply innovation to your financial practice!

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing  | Bill Hortz on LinkedIn | Email Bill Hortz | Institute for Innovation Development | An Innovation Call To Arms For Financial Advisors by Bill Hortz | What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith | The Innovator’s DNA by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton M. Christensen | Fix by Chris Kneeland, Ryan Gill, and Rob Howard | Little Black Stretchy Pants by Chip Wilson

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Episode 273 – How to Attract Ideal Prospects by Being Yourself –– With Matthew Jarvis

Pretending to like golf won’t get you clients.

The best way to grow your business is by being authentic and doing things you love with people who love the same things as you!

Today, Matt is joined by Matthew Jarvis, the co-founder of The Perfect RIA and president of Jarvis Financial. This episode is packed with unconventional, but proven, ways to generate referrals from COIs, find ideal prospects in places you’ve never considered, and create a business that allows you to take time off without compromising profitability.  

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How Matthew has been so successful in delivering massive value to his clients
  • Matthew’s secret method to getting referrals from COIs without actually asking for referrals
  • Matthew’s methods for getting half of his business through rock climbing, mountain biking, dirt biking, boating, and going to Vegas
  • Why Matthew is able to take six months off a year and still maintain high profitability 
  • Why finding a mentor to guide you on your journey to success is easier than you think
  • And more!

Listen now to learn how you can apply Matthew’s tips and tricks to your unique business model!

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing | Matthew Jarvis | The Perfect RIA podcast | Jarvis Financial | The “Sleep On It” Process | Behavioral Investment Counseling by Nick Murray

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Episode 272- How To Overcome 15 “Buts” That Keep Your Business From Achieving the Next Level of Success

“I would like to do this but…” 

There are many “buts” that financial advisors use as reasons to not pursue a better marketing strategy that would move their business forward.

Today, Matt and Kirk reveal the 15 “buts” that stop too many businesses from reaching their next level of success. They draw from their own experiences as entrepreneurs to help you re-think and break free from your own limitations. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why saying “no” can create a huge burden for business owners
  • How to avoid outsourcing to specialists who don’t see the bigger picture
  • Reasons to not allow time or money to hold you back from your next level of success
  • Ways to overcome the fear of failure
  • Why Kirk encourages you to fix whatever isn’t working with your marketing, even if that means starting over 
  • Why outsourcing will probably save you money, even if you’re paying a premium for a specialized service
  • And more!

Learn how to conquer the “buts” that hinder you from moving your business forward!

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing 

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Episode 270 – How To Build Influence That Gets Prospects To “Yes” Faster During a Virtual Sales Process –– With Patrick Brewer

Getting a prospect to say “yes” during a 100% virtual sales process will be expensive and take more of everyone’s time if you haven’t already built your influence and credibility online.  

Today, Matt is joined by Patrick Brewer, the founder of Model FA and a fellow podcast host, to discuss why having influence is a game-changer for sales processes that have gone completely virtual during COVID-19. Patrick also explains why the best way to build your influence is by being extremely clear about who your ideal client is. After all, the riches are in the niches!

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why getting a webinar prospect to say “yes” is expensive if you haven’t built up your online influence
  • How and why Patrick has shifted his sales process during COVID-19
  • How to use an interview-style podcast to convert clients (and not become an influencer marketer)
  • Which types of content will help you build an audience before using conversion-oriented marketing tactics
  • And more!

Tune in to hear what it takes to build enough influence to speed up your conversions! 

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing | Patrick Brewer on LinkedIn | Model FA | The Model FA podcast

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Episode 269 – 16 Social Media Etiquette Rules for Financial Advisors

There are ways to conduct yourself professionally on social media –– and there are etiquette blunders to avoid at all costs. 

Today, Kirk and Matt discuss “14 Essential Social Media Etiquette Rules for Brands” written by Todd Clarke and published by Hootsuite. They add their own spin for financial advisors and tack on two more rules –– including one you definitely won’t expect to hear in a list about etiquette –– to help you gain a strong social media audience.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Whether it’s ever acceptable for advisors to use auto-replies and bots
  • Easy ways to check the tone of your social media posts before you publish them
  • How to pick a fight on social media and example-topics for advisors
  • How to make the most of the social media algorithms to gain maximum visibility
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn the most important social media etiquette rules for advisors!

 Resources: Top Advisor Marketing |14 Essential Social Media Etiquette Rules for Brands by Todd Clarke | Webinar Replay: How to Write Social Media Posts That Get Clicks

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Episode 268 – The Most Successful 401(k) Advisors Niche Out: Here’s How! –– With Jake Rushton

Most 401(k) advisors resist the crucial first step to succeeding in their industry: choosing a niche! 

In this episode, Matt is joined by Jake Rushton, an expert in the 401(k) world and the founder of 401(k)lub. Jakes gives you step-by-step guidance on how to immerse yourself in your niche’s world so you can help them immediately, gain their trust, and build your credibility. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Examples of how to niche down in the 401(k) world
  • The most effective ways to gain more market share within the plans that you want to help
  • How referrals can play a major role in your business growth
  • Whether you should go beyond plan design to offer educational resources to your prospects
  • How to distribute your content and build a community around your plan
  • How personal branding can help you create awareness and attract more clients
  • And more!

Avoid mistakes that keep 401(k) advisors from growing and becoming known by their audience. Tune in now to get proven marketing tips for the 401(k) space!

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing | 401(k)lub | The 401JA(k)E Show | Jake Rushton on LinkedIn

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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. 


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 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 260 – Is Your Digital Marketing Working to Convert Prospects? –– With John Lincoln

Do you know how to track the different pieces of your digital marketing strategy? Do you know which marketing tactics are nurturing prospects effectively –– and which tactics could use some tweaking?

In this episode, Matt talks to John Lincoln, CEO of Ignite Visibility, about how to turn your digital marketing strategy into a lead-converting machine. John shares his secrets for converting traffic for less, increasing landing page conversion rates by up to 30%, and getting maximum visibility with a single piece of content. 

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • What two components make digital marketing cohesive and trackable 
  • Which tool will tell you how many leads your content is getting
  • Why setting up remarketing audiences is the future of the internet
  • Four things your landing page must have for you to convert better than your competition
  • How to tweak your landing page to convert traffic for less money
  • How much gross revenue entrepreneurs should spend on marketing
  • And more!

Tune in to learn how to fine-tune your digital marketing for higher conversions!


Top Advisor Marketing | John Lincoln on LinkedIn | Ignite Visibility | Ignite Visibility on YouTube  | Ignite Visibility’s landing page (John recommends this format for advisors)

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Episode 259 – What Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter Launched Once COVID-19 Hit –– With Julia Ritchie

Major social media platforms have been quick to release features that help people adapt to working from home and avoid misinformation during COVID-19. 

In addition to being helpful during a stressful time, these new features could make advisor marketing easier.

Today, Matt talks to Julia Ritchie of Top Advisor Marketing about the updates that Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter launched during the early stages of COVID-19. They walk you through each new feature and explore how advisors can use them to their marketing advantage. 

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • How Facebook is keeping users informed during COVID-19
  • About Facebook’s new virtual meeting capabilities
  • How each platform is combating the spread of misinformation 
  • What email-inspired feature LinkedIn rolled out for premium users
  • What new LinkedIn feature offers an easy alternative to webinars
  • What new Twitter feature can help advisors be more present on this platform without taking extra time
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn about new features on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter!


Top Advisor Marketing | Julia Ritchie on LinkedIn | Blog: What’s New on Social Media (Q2) | Full Report: What’s New on Social Media (Q2) 


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Episode 258 – RIAs’ Digital Marketing Home Runs During COVID-19 –– With Andrew Healy

Has the transition to relying more on technology during COVID-19 added to an already stressful situation –– or were you already using technology in your practice?

Today, Matt is joined by returning guest Andrew Healy, co-founder of Water & Wall, a marketing and communications company that works with brands across the financial spectrum. 

Andrew talks about how RIAs who had been hesitant about video conferencing were suddenly forced to dip their toes in the digital pool when COVID-19 hit the U.S. He shares what advisors have done well from a digital-marketing perspective, how they’ve redefined the client experience, and what fundamental aspects of advice-giving had a chance to shine during the early stages of the pandemic.  

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • Ways that RIAs day-to-day work has been impacted by COVID-19
  • How RIAs have adapted to using new technologies
  • What changes advisors have made to their websites during the pandemic
  • 5 questions to ask yourself when choosing what type of content to create
  • How to use your interests to differentiate yourself from other advisors
  • Why Andrew believes that RIAs have done a fantastic job with strengthening existing client relationships
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how RIAs have managed to adapt with excellence during COVID-19.


Top Advisor Marketing | Water & Wall | Andrew Healy on LinkedIn

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Episode 257 – Why It’s Time for Advisors To Replace Selling With Content Marketing

People no longer want to be sold to. That means the financial services industry must drastically change their approach to attracting new clients.

Today, Matt and Kirk talk about how to stop selling your services and start educating your ideal prospects. They explain why content marketing is essential for today’s advisors, why a LinkedIn sales pitch left Kirk shaking his head, and steps to take before you hire a branding company.

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • Why content marketing pre-qualifies prospects
  • Why having too many referrals isn’t good for your business
  • Actions to take with a cold audience before trying to convert them
  • Which marketing tasks Matt and Kirk have outsourced –– and why they’re believers in leveraging external support
  • Defining characteristics of a cult brand
  • And more!

Listen now to learn how to start marketing to your ideal prospects on their terms. 

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing | Death By Referrals | The Fix by Chris Kneeland, Ryan Gill, and Rob Howard

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Episode 256 – How To Make It Easy for Prospects To Consume Your Content –– With Malcolm Ethridge

You might have excellent content that’s dedicated to making your niche audience’s lives better. Now it’s crucial to make sure your prospects see your content and that it’s easy to consume. 

Today, Matt speaks with Malcolm Ethridge, the executive vice president at CIC Wealth Management and cohost of Manage Your Damn Money, a tv show and podcast. Malcolm shares how he uses content marketing, including podcasting, to reach his prospects with the education they’re looking for. He also points out the benefits of housing all of your content in one digital space. 

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • How content marketing is replacing selling for advisors
  • What pieces of content make up Malcolm’s marketing strategy
  • How Malcolm inspires prospects to take action after they’ve consumed his content for an extended period of time
  • Ways to make it easy for people to find and enjoy your content
  • How Malcolm works with younger generations and maintains a level of profitability 
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how you can centralize your content and make sure the right people are consuming it!


Top Advisor Marketing | Malcolm Ethridge on LinkedIn | CIC Wealth Management | Malcolm Ethridge Website | Manage Your Damn Money

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Episode 255 – How To Work With Underserved Communities and Still Attract High-Net-Worth Clients – With Adri Miller-Heckman

How can you attract more high-net-worth clients and still help groups that are typically underserved by advisors? 

Today, Matt is joined by Adri Miller-Heckman, founder of FemXadvisor. Adri shares the story of her rebrand into FemXadvisor and how she helps women advisors energize themselves by uncovering and sharing their value. Adri also dives into how advisors can work with underserved people with low assets and still make money, while continuing to attract high-net-worth clients.

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • How FemX helps women advisors uncover and articulate their value 
  • How financial services professionals can better serve women and underserved communities
  • Ways to appeal to low income-based households while still attracting ultra high-net-worth clients
  • How advisors can continue their everyday business operations while expanding their community reach and giving back 
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how advisors can help those who need it most and continue to attract high-net-worth clients!

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing | FemXadvisor | Adri Miller-Heckman on LinkedIn

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Episode 254 – How To Use Facebook Ads To Market To Your Ideal Clients –– With Kelley Doutre

If you get super specific with your Facebook Ad targeting, will enough people see your ads?

Will you be competing for visibility with Facebook Ads from large financial companies?

Today, Matt speaks with Kelley Doutre, founder of Sweet Honey Marketing, about how to get your Facebook Ads in front of the people you’d love to serve. You will also learn how often to post on Instagram and Facebook and why it’s time to stop overlooking Instagram as a marketing tool. 

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • How to build the like, know, and trust factor throughout the customer journey
  • How Facebook Ads differentiates between small advisors and big advisors
  • Why you shouldn’t worry about having to compete with large companies’ Ads
  • What will compel people to click on your Facebook Ads
  • How often financial professionals should post on Instagram and Facebook
  • Which one is the best option for building a community: Pages or Groups?
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how to use Facebook Ads to build relationships with your ideal clients. 

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing | Sweet Honey Marketing | Kelley Doutre on LinkedIn

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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! 


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!


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

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Episode 250 – Latino Communities Are Ready To Begin Talking About Their Money, But Where Should They Go? – With Jannese Torres-Rodriguez

Latino communities are underserved, and many don’t know who to speak with or where to begin talking about their money.

In this episode, Matt speaks with Jannese Torres-Rodriguez, host of the Yo Quiero Dinero podcast about her podcast aimed towards Latinas and women of color. Jannese explains how talking about your money in Latino communities is often considered taboo, and how she approaches breaking down that barrier.

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • How Jannese started having more conversations about money in Latino communities, and why she started her podcast
  • Why Jannese chooses to lead by example and be transparent when talking about money
  • Where the idea of money being ‘taboo’ in first-gen Latino families comes from
  • How you can use social media to create a strong community outside of your podcast
  • Advice for financial services professionals working with women of color
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn about how financial services professionals can better serve Latino communities!


Top Advisor Marketing | Yo Quiero Dinero Podcast |

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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. 


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.


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. 


Top Advisor Marketing | Truelytics | Jeremi Karnell on LinkedIn |

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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!


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Episode 245 – Stop Waiting to Start Your Own Financial Podcast –– With Mike Langford

Are you thinking about starting your own podcast, but you’re not convinced that you’ll have an audience? 

In this episode, Matt talks to Mike Langford, CEO of finservMarketing, about why podcasts are more popular than advisors realize, how he helps advisors find their gravity and attract clients, and what’s coming up in fintech. Mike also provides tips to help advisors who feel nervous about starting a podcast.

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • Why being seen as trustworthy isn’t enough on its own to attract clients
  • Why it’s important for advisors to speak the language of their clientele to create influence
  • Why podcasting is a worthwhile medium for financial advisors
  • Advice for advisors who are on the fence about starting their own podcast
  • The next big thing to look out for in the fintech industry
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn about the value of podcasting for advisors!


Top Advisor Marketing | finservMarketing | Mike Langford on LinkedIn

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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!


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.


Top Advisor Marketing | Natalie Hadley on LinkedIn | | Direct Line: 531-365-5347

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Episode 230 – Sales Techniques and Triggers With Jason Smith

Have you ever wondered what the best way to get referrals is? Or how to know when it’s best to move forward in a sale and close the deal? 

In this episode, Matt chats with Jason L Smith, founder of The JL Smith Group, an independent retirement planning and wealth management firm. Jason goes into detail about their process first approach and how he preps each client. He also touches on the importance of education and his book!

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • Sales techniques
  • Three ways to build trust and rapport before meeting with clients
  • The importance of educating clients
  • How to know notice triggers and move towards closing a sale
  • And more!

Tune in to learn how to reinvent your client approach!

Resources  Top Advisor Marketing | The JL Smith Group  Clarity 2 Prosperity  The Bucket Plan

Episode 222: How to Master Tough Conversations With Clients — With David Wood

Do you know how to have tough conversations with your clients? When a client cries in your office, is your automatic instinct to shut down the conversation?

In this episode, Matt speaks with David Wood, one of the world’s top life coaches, about why nine times out of 10, tough conversations are worth having. Naturally analytic, David teaches you how to switch gears to engage in tough conversations with a level of comfort and confidence that leads to deep connections.  

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to hold space for clients who are crying in your office
  • What golden question to ask any client who is expressing strong emotions
  • An exercise to do with your clients when you’re both feeling stressed during a conversation
  • Three outcomes of difficult conversations that most advisors don’t consider
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how to master tough conversations with your clients. 


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Episode 1 – Sales vs. Marketing

Many advisors were trained with the mindset of selling but is this method the best way to build relationships and get new business? In this episode, we discuss the key differences between sales and marketing, and a marketing blueprint that will help you adopt marketing as your mode of communication and business growth.