Branding, Marketing

Building Brand Trust in Our “New Normal”

From a global pandemic to seismic movements against social injustices, the vast and numerous headlines of 2020 have sent shockwaves across every aspect of daily life. In the financial industry, these catalysts have expedited many changes that were already in motion, from adopting new technologies to providing more inclusive holistic services that account for all...

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Marketing, Public Relations

COVID-19 AND YOUR MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

In this time of unprecedented mass panic surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, by now, you may consider yourself an expert on how to wash your hands, practice social distancing and other CDC.gov recommended measures. First and foremost, keep in mind these essential crisis communication points from our previous blog to consider the safety of yourself, your...

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Branding, Marketing

Communicating Change: Planning Essentials to Capitalize on Opportunity

Change is the only constant in life, and the financial industry is certainly no exception. From market volatility, tax code and legislative overhauls, to internal business changes including mergers and acquisitions, partnership developments (or splits!) and similar—top industry leaders are those who embrace and thrive in this environment. How can you prepare for and maximize...

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Marketing

How to Evaluate Your Marketing Efforts

Marketing is often one of the largest investments for an independent financial advisor. Just like the investments in your clients’ portfolios, marketing efforts need to be considered an investment (not an expense.) This means measuring, evaluating and adapting over time to fit the changing environment. In my most recent blog, I shared tips on creating...

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Marketing

How to Create a Marketing Plan for Your Financial Business

I believe there is no shortage of marketing ideas in the financial industry. In fact, I have found that the “shiny idea” syndrome of bouncing between too many inspirations is often a bigger marketing challenge for financial advisors. So, how do you know what marketing efforts make sense for you and your financial brand? Just...

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Marketing

Content Marketing: Technology Tools to Become a Better Writer

Increasing search engine rankings, lead generation, conversion rates, client retention, referrals, overall marketing ROI—the list goes on for reasons content marketing has undeniable benefits as part of an inbound marketing strategy. Content marketing gets 3x more leads than paid search according to a study by Kapora and marketers who prioritize blogging are 13x more likely...

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Marketing, Public Relations

How to Win Awards for Your Financial Firm

40 under 40, Top Financial Advisory Firm, Fastest Growing RIA, Best Place to Work—you’ve seen the lists. Perhaps even your competition is on them. Want to know how you can win awards and accolades for your financial business?   3 Ways to Help You Win Awards: There are two kinds of professional awards: Those that rank your...

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Branding, Marketing

Today’s Biggest Opportunities in the Financial Services Industry (PART 2)

Creating a Marketing Plan for Retaining Gen-Xers and Millennial Clients During ‘The Great Wealth Transfer’ In my previous blog, I shared two of what I consider to be the biggest opportunities for the financial industry in 2019, including committing to mastering your craft and preparing for sales, mergers and acquisitions. The third area creating the...

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Branding, Marketing

Today’s Biggest Opportunities in the Financial Services Industry

Reflections and Marketing Forecast for 2019 and Beyond With the New Year comes a time of reflection for most Americans, and for me personally hits a milestone of 10 years of working in the financial industry. What has changed since the markets bottomed out a decade ago? A Look Back In January of 2009, with...

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Branding, Marketing

Why do the colors on my marketing materials always look different? Understanding color codes

Every industry has its own language full of acronyms and jargon. Just as an IRA, IAR and RIA seem similar enough but have drastically different meanings for financial professionals, color modes in the design and marketing world contain similar complexities. While you may think your brand colors are blue and gold—it is not always as...

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