On February 23, 2017—a year ago, almost to the day—I wrote a post urging advisors to get ready for an upcoming stock market correction. Were you ready for what happened last week? Did you have a crisis communications plan in place? Did your clients all receive a reassuring call or email? Was everyone in the…

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The best-performing blogs of the year We are solidly into 2018, and with any luck, you’re a little wiser than you were in 2017. Or at least, by now you should have analyzed what went well for your business and what didn’t. As marketers, we’re always in Analysis and Optimization Mode, but the end of…

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For a job that inherently deals with constant change, from fluctuating markets to the unpredictable life events, the role of a financial advisor is one that is often steeped in tradition. Tradition is outdated. As in nearly all other aspects of life, technology has changed the way that clients and potential leads interact with businesses….

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As I mentioned last time, most advisors start their annual marketing planning meeting by reviewing their progress against the firm’s business plan. I can’t think of a worse place to start. Never Mix Business (Plans) With Pleasure Obviously, you need to benchmark yourself. Figure out if you’re hitting your targets. Understand whether you’re spending your…

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Last time, I told you about the crazy way we run annual planning meetings at FiComm. Now I want you to understand the method behind our madness. I’ve broken down some of the basic principles behind our planning approach into a few simple, easy-to-follow ideas. Try implementing some of these practical tips, and see if…

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The year is almost over. That means it’s time to write your annual marketing plan. (You do have a plan, right? I hope you aren’t spending money without one!) The next few posts are going to show you how to create a plan that gets results—and have fun doing it. Let’s face it. Most of…

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“So, let me ask you this, ‘What persona are you speaking to with your marketing efforts?’” There’s a dead silence on the other end of the line, before, “Well, my clients have an average of $500,000 in investable assets and are rapidly approaching retirement.” When marketers talk about personas, it’s a much more complex idea…

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Inbound Marketing and Why Advisors Must Pay Attention Last week, the FiComm marketing team traveled to Boston to attend Inbound 2017. This remarkable event brings over 20,000 marketers together from around the globe to inform, inspire, and lead marketing transformation across geographies and sectors. What is most intriguing about Inbound is that for an event…

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The FiComm team is back with your daily update from Inbound17, where marketers are discussing the future of marketing. A common theme, though, is the need to talk about the past – as in, what no longer works. SEO is still a thing, but not keyword SEO. Direct mail is making a comeback as individual…

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Live from Inbound17 If you own a business, you know that you should invest in marketing. That’s how growth happens. But unless you’re a marketer, chances are that the intricacies of different marketing methodologies are not very interesting to you. If I had a penny for every time I’ve seen someone’s eyes glaze over when…

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