Category Archives: Special Series & Events

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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Episode 238 – 5 Reasons Your Lead Generation Isn’t Effective And How To Improve It



Are you wasting time chasing leads that end up being unqualified or clueless about your real value?

In this episode, Matt and Kirk uncover 5 reasons why advisors’ lead generation isn’t working and how to fix it. You will learn how to shift your marketing tactics to start building relationships and stop chasing short-term leads.  

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • The difference between leads and relationships
  • How to start marketing on your audience’s terms (and not your terms)
  • Tangible ways to build relationships and solve your audience’s pain points
  • Ways to give your audience multiple engagement options –- and why this is important
  • And more!

Tune in now for 5 ways to improve your lead generation!

Resources: 

Top Advisor Marketing 

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Episode 231 – Transparency Wave — With Paul Pagnato



Transparency changes everything for advisors. Being transparent means communicating all aspects of your business.

In this episode, Matt speaks with Paul Pagnato, CEO of PagnatoKarp. Paul shares the importance of being transparent in the finance industry, how trust and transparency go hand in hand, and he discusses his book, “Transparency Wave.”

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • How to use transparency to differentiate yourself in the industry
  • The six Ts of transparency
  • The importance of building trust with clients 
  • How to scale credibility
  • And more!

Tune in to learn all about transparency!

Resources  Top Advisor Marketing | PagnatoKarp | Transparency Wave   

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Special Episode: Going on The Offensive — With Coach Joe Lukacs



Being proactive and taking action, especially during difficult times, can be just what you need to help your business grow. How can you make the determination to play offence and be part of the 20 percent of people finding business development opportunities right now?

In this episode, Kirk continues his conversation with Coach Joe Lukacs. With over 26 years of experience coaching financial advisors, Coach Joe shares his knowledge on the strategies you can use to truly influence others and achieve success in your practice during trying times.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to influence your network by offering certainty 
  • Why you should focus on selling a conversation
  • How to create messages that spark more conversations on LinkedIn 
  • And more!

Tune in now and make the decision to play offense by being a leader when people need one the most!

Resources:  Top Advisor Marketing | Coach Joe LI | Magellan Mastermind & Network | Special Episode With Joe Lukacs 

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Special COVID-19 Episode: It’s Time To Step Up Your Game — With Joe Lukacs



Today’s environment of self-isolation can often leave people feeling uncertain about things. Now is the time to step up and take care of yourself, your team, and your clients! 

In this episode, Matt and Kirk speak with Coach Joe Lukacs, coach to financial advisors. Coach Joe shares the lessons learned from the market downtime of 08/09, so you can better position yourself to get through these trying yet recoverable days.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to ask questions in the proper order to get people to answer honestly
  • Why you must accept the challenge to create certainty in these uncertain times
  • Ways to not only survive but to thrive
  • And more!

Tune in now because it is time to step up your game and ‘rockstar’ your business! 

Resources:  Top Advisor Marketing | Coach Joe Lukacs LI | Magellan Mastermind & Network

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10 Mins with TAM – COVID -19 – Remote Work Options



Remote work might not be an option for every person. Is there a way to work safely at your physical office? Our COO, Lisa Ferguson, is here with solutions that your team can use right away.

Top Advisor Marketing


12 Days of Marketing – Episode 12 — The Best Tips From Our 12 Days of Marketing Series



We hope our 12 Days of Marketing series has given you the inspiration you need in order to achieve 20/20 vision and perfection in the new year. But the festivities aren’t over yet!

In the twelfth and final episode of our annual series, Matt and Kirk recap their best tips from the past 11 days. If you haven’t taken notes yet, we recommend that you write down these ideas so you can incorporate them into your 2020 plan.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to stay top-of-mind by using social media and Micro-Influence strategies
  • The benefits of outsourcing your marketing
  • Ideas for finding podcast topics that solve your audience’s biggest challenges
  • What change you can make today to improve your speaking skills
  • How to stay relevant and use organic techniques to build relationships
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn the best tips from our 12 Days of Marketing series. And thank you for joining us for this holiday tradition!

Resources:  Top Advisor Marketing | Influence is Marketing – Be Your Own Loud  | 12 Days of Marketing series

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12 Days of Marketing – Episode 11 — Best Practices for Showcasing Your Expertise on Social Media



Do you know how to use social media to showcase your expertise?

In the eleventh episode of our 12 Days of Marketing series, Matt and Kirk uncover social media best practices that you can put into action right away. You will learn which content algorithms prioritize, strategies for introducing your network to your expertise, and why LinkedIn is the ideal platform for sharing your expert content.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Examples of how to use long-form content to create consumable micro-content
  • What the purpose of expertise marketing is and how to do it
  • About current LinkedIn stats that every advisor needs to know
  • Tried-and-true ways to get engagement on your LinkedIn posts
  • And more!

Tune in now and learn how to share your expertise on social media!

Resources:  Top Advisor Marketing

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12 Days of Marketing – Episode 10 – How to Create Your Powerful Hook



Are you inspiring your prospects to take action? As you will soon find out, having a clear and succinct hook can help you to stand out and influence your target audience.

In this tenth episode of 12 Days of Marketing series, Matt and Kirk teach you how to craft your powerful hook and when to use it. Get ready to hear real examples of thought-provoking and memorable hooks!

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What is meant by a “hook”
  • How a hook differs from a value proposition
  • What the elements of a powerful hook are
  • Examples of succinct and powerful hooks 
  • And more!

Tune in and learn how to craft your hook today!

Resources:  Top Advisor Marketing 

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12 Days of Marketing – Episode 9 — 9 Ways to Become a Good Podcast Guest



If a podcaster invited you onto their show, would you know how to be a good guest?

In the ninth episode of our 12 Days of Marketing series, Matt and Kirk uncover tips for becoming the type of guest that podcast hosts and their listeners will appreciate. Jot down these pointers for your next podcast appearance or public relations opportunity!

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why being a guest is not a substitute for having your own podcast
  • How to go about researching the podcast host beforehand
  • What advisors tend to do during client meetings that they should NOT do during a podcast
  • What “matching” is and how to do it
  • Why people use filler words and how to avoid saying them 
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn nine ways to become a good podcast guest!

Resources:  Top Advisor Marketing

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12 Days of Marketing – Episode 8 — 8 Ways to Retain Your Audience



Are you creating content that looks almost identical to all the other advisor-content out there? Start creating value-packed content for a specific audience that keeps them coming back for more. 

In the eighth episode of our 12 Days of Marketing series, Matt and Kirk talk about eight ways to retain your audience. Covering a variety of content types, this conversation is filled with advice on how to stay top-of-mind and build loyalty with your audience. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Recommendations for making your content distinct and filled with value
  • How to draw information out of your podcast guests that will benefit your listeners
  • How to use giveaways to retain your audience
  • Words of advice about incorporating topics that add value to your audience’s lifestyle
  • And more!

Tune in now and learn how to keep your audience excited about your content!

Resources:  Top Advisor Marketing

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12 Days of Marketing – Episode 7 — 7 Ways of Self-Marketing for Advisors



It’s time to get out of your office, attend an event, and make some connections! As an advisor, it is important to not only market your business but to also market yourself.

In the seventh episode of our 12 Days of Marketing series, Matt and Kirk discuss how to market yourself in the expert economy that advisors are in today. This episode is filled with ways that you can put yourself out there and promote your expertise!

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The do’s and don’ts of self-marketing
  • How having passions outside of work can help attract new clients
  • Why being resourceful can help you find opportunities to have meaningful conversations
  • Unconventional ideas for re-engaging your network on LinkedIn
  • And more!

Tune in now and learn seven ways to start marketing yourself today! 

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing | Marketing Plan Tactics for Top Advisors | Anatomy of a Whitepaper 

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12 Days of Marketing – Episode 6 — Podcast Coaching Tips



Whether you host your own podcast or are considering starting one, have you considered what it takes to become listenable and likable?

In the sixth episode of our 12 Days of Marketing series, Matt and Kirk take you inside our Podcast Coaching Program to uncover how they evaluate podcasters. This fun and highly practical conversation is full of podcasting tips that you can use right away!

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why it’s necessary to go “over the top” with your emotions while podcasting
  • Which words make listeners cringe
  • Why your podcast needs a call-to-action in every episode
  • Details about our upcoming Podcast Coaching Program
  • And more!

Tune in now and get tips to boost your podcasting skills!

Resources:  Top Advisor Marketing

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12 Days of Marketing – Episode 5 — How to Think of In-Demand Podcast Topics Now



“How will I come up with podcast topics that interest my listeners?” That’s the number one question that aspiring advisor-podcasters ask us. 

In the fifth episode of our 12 Days of Marketing series, Matt and Kirk share the best ways to come up with the topics your audience cares about. Whether you’re podcasting or writing, this is the advisor’s guide to generating ideas that are compelling and compliance-friendly.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Where to draw topic ideas from 
  • How to keep the discussions in your podcast compliant
  • Do’s and don’t’s for titling your podcast episodes
  • What to consider when you’re writing podcast summaries
  • And more!

Tune in now and learn how to create engaging podcasts!

Resources:  Top Advisor Marketing | How to Plan Your Podcast Topics (And Never Run out of Ideas!) | Should Advisor-Podcasters Talk Only About Financial Topics? | How to Start Your Own Podcast | Blog Title Generator | Iris. xyz

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12 Days of Marketing – Episode 4 — 4 Benefits of Niche Marketing for Advisors



Do you want to create more value and quality for a specific audience? Do you want to attract more people? Then look no further than niche marketing, a necessary approach for today’s advisors. 

In the fourth episode of our 12 Days of Marketing series, Matt and Kirk bring you four benefits of niche marketing. This is a conversation that uncovers what your marketing strategy will look like once you’re dialed in on a specific audience and why this approach will make you happier at work.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • About the four benefits of niche marketing
  • How niche marketing allows you to boost your efficiency
  • Why a niche marketing approach helps you to attract more clients
  • Why you can offer much more value with niche marketing 
  • And more!

Tune in now and get into the spirit of niche marketing!

Resources:  Top Advisor Marketing | 3 Stages To Creating New Offerings That Your Clients Will Value | Episode 90: Striking it Niche with Stephen Wershing | Episode 96: Next Level Niche with Marci Bair | Ep 161: The Top 10 Arguments Against Niche Marketing – And Why They’re All Wrong! | The Dip by Seth Godin 

 

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12 Days of Marketing – Episode 3 — 9 Best Practices for Building Your Marketing Team



As your business grows, you will find yourself in need of a marketing team. But not just any team — one that’s ready for compliance and ready to rock the digital world.

In the third episode of our 12 Days of Marketing series, Matt and Kirk discuss nine things to consider as you build your marketing team. Take notes and learn how to find marketing talent that will go the distance for your firm. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The do’s and don’ts of building your marketing team
  • What tasks you should in-source and outsource  
  • Words of advice about hiring people with experience in your industry
  • Our philosophy on trust and outsourcing
  • Why it is important to implement the plan and adjust along the way
  • And more!

Tune in now and get ahead on your 2020 marketing planning strategy!

Resources:  Top Advisor Marketing | Outsourcing Your Social Media: How It Works | 9 Best Practices For Building Your Marketing Team | Episode 48: The New Advisor Reality – 100% Outsource Marketing

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12 Days of Marketing – Episode 2 — 2 Ways to Keep Your Prospects Engaged During the Sales Process



You know your sales process is a hit when you have the ability to keep your prospects engaged throughout the sales funnel journey until they finally say YES.

In the second episode of our 12 Days of Marketing series, Matt and Kirk discuss two ways advisors can keep prospects engaged and build relationships during the sales process. This conversation is filled with ideas on how to give your prospects value and keep the momentum going! 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to provide more value to your clients
  • How to court a prospect
  • What you should avoid doing
  • And more!

Tune in now and get ahead on your 2020 marketing planning strategy!

Resources:  Top Advisor Marketing 

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12 Days of Marketing – Episode 1 — 1 New Marketing Strategy: Micro-Influencer



Welcome to our 12 Days of Marketing series! If you’re looking for holiday magic that will prepare you to hit the ground running in 2020, pour yourself a hot chocolate and tune in!

In today’s episode, Matt and Kirk speak about how influence has become a crucial aspect of advisor marketing. But this isn’t a Tony-Robbins level of influence, it’s Micro-Influence —  a pursuit that is much more worthwhile and achievable for advisors. Get ready for a conversation that just might change your whole approach to building relationships with your ideal prospects. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What a “Micro-Influencer” is and why Matt and Kirk felt compelled to coin this term
  • Which forms of content build credibility with your prospects
  • About the overlooked benefits of podcasting or doing radio
  • Easy ways to repurpose one piece of content 
  • And more!

Tune into our first Day of Marketing to uncover a whole new way of building your influence!

Resources:  Top Advisor Marketing 


Episode 190 – The Truth about Marketing ROI



In today’s episode, Matt Halloran interviews our founder, Kirk Lowe, and they dive deep into the truth surrounding marketing ROI for advisors. 

For 20 years, Kirk has observed which marketing strategies give advisors the best outcomes. In this episode, he walks you through different mediums to explore their ROI-potential, their disadvantages, and what it takes to see worthwhile outcomes. 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Which mediums are producing the best ROI
  • What role advisors play in creating their ROI
  • What the Micro-Influencer term means
  • How you can become more compelling with your niche
  • And so much more!

 Tune in now and find out the truth about marketing ROI for advisors.  

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing 

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Ep 171 – Start Interrupting Your Patterns — With Jon Dwoskin



Matt is excited to welcome business coach and author of “The Think Big Movement,” Jon Dwoskin to the show!

Jon and Matt take a deep dive into what you can do to get out of your own way, how to reconnect to the bedrock of what makes you tick, and how identifying your personal brand can help you manage your team more effectively.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Which traits to look for in a mentor
  • Examples of what your personal brand might be and how it affects your work and client relationships
  • How your relationships can change once you identify your personal brand
  • How to take the risks needed to get out of your comfort zone
  • The benefits of interrupting your patterns (and book recommendations!)
  • And more!

If you’re curious about how you can benefit from shaking things up and interrupting your patterns, hit that “play” button!

Resources: Jon Dwoskin Experience | Seat Of The Soul by Gary Zukav | The Think Big Movement: Grow Your Business Big. Very Big! | Jon Dwoskin’s cell #: (248) 535-7796.

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MarketCounsel Summit Series: Make Your Move with Mark Albers



Are you a wirehouse advisor who’s thinking of striking out on your own? Our next guest in the MarketCounsel Summit series has plenty of experience with helping advisors make that big decision.

Meet Mark Albers, president and CEO of Kinetic Strategic Partners. In this episode, Mark explains the science and art of helping advisors figure out what to do—stay or leave the big firm. He also speaks to the rest of the transition process, uncovering overlooked growth plan issues and the importance of building your own brand recognition. Tune in now to learn more!

Resources: Kinetics Financial Advisors | MarketCounsel Summit


MaketCounsel Summit Series: Breaking Away with Todd Thomson



Like spring birds leaving the nest, many advisors will go out on their own over their professional lifetime.  And when it’s time to step away and create your own company, there can be a myriad of concerns you just hadn’t thought of before.

Joining Matt in Vegas is the chairman of Dynasty Financial Partners, Todd Thomson, to discuss the advantages of finding a wealth management and technology provider when you break away from a previous firm.

Dynasty is an integrated service provider for independent RIAs who are in need of some support to become more profitable. With several years of experience, Todd and his team understand the complexities that come with setting up your own firm, from which custodian you want to work with, to the technology you need to provide the best service.

If you’re ready to break out on your own, be sure to listen with Todd and Matt to hear about some very important decisions you’ll need to be making!

Links: Todd Thomson LinkedIn | Dynasty Financial Partners | MarketCounsel Summit

 


MaketCounsel Summit Series: The Three Things Advisors Need To Know About Litigation with Sharon Ash



Are you considering setting up a new firm? Do you understand the processes involved to insure your business is taken care of? If you’re curious about the litigation behind setting up a firm, we’ve got answers!

Joining Matt today is the Chief Litigation Counsel from Hamburger Law Firm, Sharon Ash. Together, Sharon and Matt explore three major topics of what a law firm can do for a financial service professional.

Listen in today to learn more about litigation and your financial services business.

LINKS: Sharon Ash LinkedIn | Hamburger Law Firm | MarketCounsel Summit

 


12 Days of Marketing – Morning Rituals



In our final installment of the 12 Days of Marketing Coach Joe and your host Matt Halloran are discussing the importance of the power hour – your morning magic. When it comes to working with professionals who are off track, Coach Joe’s first question is always “what is your morning ritual”. The first 60 mins of your day set the tone for the rest of your day – so are you priming yourself for success? 

Listen in and start every day the right way with Coach Joe and Matt Halloran!


MarketCounsel Summit Series: The Value of a Dedicated RIA with Robb Baldwin



When it comes to running your independent RIA, are you using all the right tools?

Joining host Matt Halloran today is Robb Baldwin, President and CEO of TradePMR, to dissect and uncover the value of having a trusted partner for innovative technology and dedicated RIA services to cultivate your independence.

Having grown up in the world of broker’s offices and reading the Wall Street Journal, Robb’s career in finance began at the age of 12. Twenty years ago he began TradePMR, which has built a reputation for high quality services and an emphasis on knowing everybody’s name.

Join Matt and Robb as they discuss the value in working with a company such as TradePMR, not just for your clients, but for your marketing potential! Be sure to listen in today!

Links: Robb Baldwin LinkedIn | TradePMR | MarketCounsel Summit