Top Advisor Marketing
Episode 183 — Enhancing Your Business With the Psychology Behind People  — with Genevieve Thayer

Episode 183 — Enhancing Your Business With the Psychology Behind People — with Genevieve Thayer

July 16, 2019

To make our businesses great, we need to have not only a great team, but also strong communication within our team.

To help explore how we can better understand our team and business as a whole, Matt Halloran welcomes Genevieve Thayer, EPC and co-founder of Beacon Partners LLC, to share some of the insight she’s gained through 20 years of providing executive and leadership coaching for financial advisors and entrepreneurs

Today, she and Matt discuss how and why you can learn to make your business, and yourself, become more effective and as great as it can be.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How your business can benefit from working with Beacon Partners
  • The importance of self-assessment, especially with those at the top of a business
  • What your EQ is and why you should work to optimize it
  • The link between your values and your identity
  • The personal side of Genevieve
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn more about Genevieve, Beacon Partners, and the power of Leadership Coaching!

Resources: Top Advisor MarketingBeacon Partners

 

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Episode 182 —  How to Secure Solid Introductions — Referrals Mini-Series Part 3

Episode 182 — How to Secure Solid Introductions — Referrals Mini-Series Part 3

July 9, 2019

These days, it’s not so much referrals that we need, it’s introductions and connections. 

Today, Matt and Referral Coach International founder Bill Cates are back for the third and final part of our referrals mini-series to discuss how you can turn referrals into solid introductions.

Bill and Matt leave no stone unturned when talking about how you can do your due diligence when researching a likely prospect prior to an introduction. They discuss everything from how to ask people to be a referral to the various resources available to research a prospect, and much more.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to do ‘warm’ research for more impactful introductions
  • How to ask for what you want
  • How and what to prepare prior to an introduction
  • The critical mass of referrals
  • Whether it’s possible to be unreferrable
  • And so much more!

Referrals beget referrals. Tune in now and take notes — this mini-series may change your world!

Resources: Referral Coach | Coach Cates | Bill Cates Speaking | Resources | EGuide | Referrals Mini-Series Part 1 | Referrals Mini-Series Part 2

 

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Episode 181 — How to ask for Referrals without Begging — Referrals Mini-Series Part 2

Episode 181 — How to ask for Referrals without Begging — Referrals Mini-Series Part 2

July 9, 2019

Today, Referral Coach International founder Bill Cates is back for part two of our three-part mini-series on making your practice a referral magnet.

There are 3 types of people when it comes to getting referrals. Some will give you referrals right on the spot, some won’t do it when you ask, but will when they are ready, and some just won’t do it at all. Today, Bill and Matt discuss how to approach asking for referrals, highlighting best practices that will allow you to ask not by begging or pushing, but by being proactive instead.  

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The difference between a referral and an introduction
  • Two ways you can be proactive about getting referrals
  • The reasons why clients don’t give referrals
  • How to keep your messaging genuine to you
  • And so much more!

If you want to grow your company exponentially, listen in now and take notes as Bill takes you through the process of asking for referrals! 

Resources: Referral Coach | Coach Cates | Bill Cates Speaking | E-Guide | Referrals Mini-Series Part 1

 

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Episode 180 —  How to get Referrals Without Asking — Referrals Mini-Series Part 1

Episode 180 — How to get Referrals Without Asking — Referrals Mini-Series Part 1

July 9, 2019

Every advisor’s dream is to get referrals without asking. But how do you accomplish this?

According to Bill Cates, the key is to be super referrable.

Today, Matt welcomes Bill, the founder of Referral Coach International, for a 3-part mini-series on referrals to help you and your practice grow in the best way possible.

In this first part, Bill and Matt explore how you can get referrals without asking. Referencing Julie Littlechild’s research on the correlation between client satisfaction and referrals, Bill lays out several strategies to help you create engaged client relationships that will make clients want to refer you.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

 

  • The three parts of the client relationship that create engaged clients
  • Why the biggest mistake is thinking getting referrals needs to take a long time
  • The importance of the value you provide and how you can start providing it quickly
  • Why it’s important to talk about expectations early on
  • The value in finding and sharing your ‘client-focused why’
  • And more!

Join Bill and Matt now to pick up some great tips and ideas to help you on your path to getting referrals without asking!

Resources: Referral Coach | Coach Cates | Bill Cates Speaking | Julie Littlechild

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Episode 179 — The Power of Podcast Marketing  — with Ben Jones

Episode 179 — The Power of Podcast Marketing — with Ben Jones

July 2, 2019

Nobody knows the power of a podcast like a podcast host.

Today, Matt Halloran welcomes Ben Jones, the host of the Better Conversations. Better Outcomes podcast and the managing director and head of intermediary at BMO Global Asset Management. At BMO, Ben leads a team of sales and service professionals to deliver investment solutions to intermediaries such as RAI’s, broker-dealers, and other investment managers.  

To get the word out about the great work his team does, Ben hosts a bi-weekly podcast called Better Conversations. Better Outcomes, where he provides listeners with actionable content to help propel their practice in different areas of wealth management. Today, Ben shares more about his strategies behind his podcast, and how he makes it as valuable as possible for listeners.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • About Ben’s role at BMO
  • Why Ben believes that better conversations lead to better outcomes for advisors and their clients
  • Three areas of conversation Ben and his team aim to enhance
  • The importance of putting the content you’re marketing first
  • Why Ben believes financial services is a noble profession
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn more about Ben, BMO Global Asset Management, and the power of podcasting with great content!

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing /  BMO GAM/Better Conversations/ Tickle Monster

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Episode 178 - Show Your Clients How to RetireReady — With Ed Dressel

Episode 178 - Show Your Clients How to RetireReady — With Ed Dressel

June 27, 2019

Today, Matt shares the mic with a guest who has a substantial amount of experience in the finance industry and ideas to help you solve problems and make your life that much better.

In this episode, Ed Dressel, president and owner of RetireReady Solutions, shares how his company helps advisors educate their clients about what retirement can and will look like. Most importantly, you will find out how Ed’s processes can be applied to your experience.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How the reports that Ed’s company provides breaks down retirement plans in a way that everyone can understand
  • What it means to take a smaller step towards retirement and other important questions to ask your financial advisor
  • What Ed likes to do for fun to blow off steam
  • Ed’s go-to piece of advice or life insight
  • And more!

Tune into this episode of the Top Advisor Marketing Podcast and learn how to help your clients RetireReady!

Resources: RetireReady Solutions

 

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Episode 177 - 7 Steps for Strategic Risk-Taking — with Craig Hersch

Episode 177 - 7 Steps for Strategic Risk-Taking — with Craig Hersch

June 25, 2019

Today, Matt welcomes back a known thought leader Craig Hersch, estate planning attorney and founder of The Freedom Practice.

Craig is here to share how he’s grown his business to the point where he’s able to spend time focusing on his highest and best use. In this episode, Craig also uncovers seven steps for strategic risk-taking so you too can overcome your obstacles and start generating great ideas.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Craig’s seven steps for following through on your ideas
  • How your personality traits affect your ability to generate and carry out great ideas
  • The importance of looking back at how far you’ve come
  • Why you should be doubling your costs when doing a cost-benefit analysis
  • The importance of delegating tasks so you can carry out your highest and best use
  • And more!

Tune in and learn how to start putting your ideas into practice!

 

Resources: The Freedom Practice | The Estate Planner’s Practice Development Podcast | Kolbe Personality Test | The Blueprint Program

 

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Episode 176 - Uncork Your Productivity: Part 2 — With Patty Kreamer and Michelle Donovan

Episode 176 - Uncork Your Productivity: Part 2 — With Patty Kreamer and Michelle Donovan

June 20, 2019

Many advisors tend to have difficulties in the area of referrals. How much is too much? And why isn’t your COI reciprocating with client referrals?

In part 2 of uncork your productivity, Matt discusses the ins and outs of referrals with Michelle Donovan. They go on to answer many questions around referrals that plague the minds of many financial advisors.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Where financial advisors can begin with getting referrals.
  • How the fear of sounding desperate is a self sabotaging belief.
  • Way to deal with the fear of sounding desperate when asking for referrals.
  • How to set clear expectations with your COIs and other existing clients.
  • The influence having a niche has on a financial advisor’s ability to get referrals.
  • How Michelle helps advisors find their niche.
  • What the communication training by Michelle and Patty to their clients looks like.
  • And a lot more!

Need some help with asking for or receiving referrals from your COIs? Let Michelle Donovan help you get uncorked and get results. Tune in now!

Resources: Productivity Uncorked

 

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Episode 175 - Uncork Your Productivity: Part 1 — With Patty Kreamer and Michelle Donovan

Episode 175 - Uncork Your Productivity: Part 1 — With Patty Kreamer and Michelle Donovan

June 20, 2019

Welcome to part one of this mini-series with our friends Patty Kreamer and Michelle Donovan, co-owners of Productivity Uncorked!

Today, Matt speaks to our special guests about productivity. They bring you actionable advice, covering topics from managing to-do lists and getting rid of brain clutter to calendering and cutting out email-stress once and for all.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What it means to be truly productive
  • How to go about creating and managing a to-do list
  • How Patty teaches people the time blocking system
  • What it means to be unproductive and how to get ahead of it
  • Some of the biggest time wasters financial advisors deal with
  • Tips for reducing the stress that comes with handling emails
  • What the productivity coaching program by Patty and Michelle entails
  • And more!

Are you ready to uncork your productivity and become more effective? Then tune in to learn how!

Resources: Productivity Uncorked

 

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Episode 174 - Start Creating Documented and Repeatable Systems — With Dean Soto

Episode 174 - Start Creating Documented and Repeatable Systems — With Dean Soto

June 18, 2019

When Matt gets this excited about a guest, you know it’s going to be good!

Today, Matt chats with Dean Soto, president of Pro Sulum, about scaling your team and saving time by enlisting virtual assistants to document your systems. Dean also explains why rescinding control can be a good thing. In fact, Dean firmly believes that 95% of what we do can be done by someone else if there is a process in place.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What drove Dean to start his own business
  • Which essential and time-consuming tasks virtual assistants can do for you
  • Who the most important person is to have in your organization
  • How to make standard operating procedures easier to put together
  • Why virtual assistants will save you time and money
  • Where the name Pro Sulum came from
  • And more!

Listen in now to find out how to document your systems and free up your time!

Resources: Dean Soto via LinkedIn | Pro Sulum

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Episode 173 - Cracking the Code to Customer Devotion — With Shawn Moon

Episode 173 - Cracking the Code to Customer Devotion — With Shawn Moon

June 13, 2019

Today, Matt welcomes Executive VP of Global Sales and Delivery at FranklinCovey, Shawn Moon to the show!

In this episode, Matt steps outside of the finance industry to get Shawn’s fresh, new take on how to cultivate fierce loyalty in your customers. As it turns out, it all starts with your employees — 70% of your customers are influenced by your frontline employees! Today, you will learn how to help your employees strengthen their sense of empathy, responsibility, and generosity.

In this episode, you will learn:

 

  • Why the finance industry is practically tailor-made for the leading loyalty framework
  • Why it’s imperative to influence frontline employees
  • About the 11 huddles to have with your team
  • Ideas for using a powerful emotion —  surprise — to inspire customer loyalty
  • The satisfaction metric pitfalls to avoid
  • And more!

Tune in and learn how to influence your frontline employees and build customer loyalty!

Resources: Leading Loyalty |  FranklinCovey  

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Episode 172 - Make Your Brand Powerful and Consistent Across Locations — With Austin Schmitt and Elijah Kovar

Episode 172 - Make Your Brand Powerful and Consistent Across Locations — With Austin Schmitt and Elijah Kovar

June 11, 2019

Great Waters Financial has truly achieved branding excellence. And today, Matt is bringing you some behind-the-scenes insight into just how they did it.

In today’s episode, our friends Austin Schmitt and Elijah Kovar, partners of Great Waters Financial, are here to share their secrets, starting with how they stay in control of their brand message while operating several locations across the state of Minnesota.  

In this episode, you will learn:

  • An exercise to help you answer: What kind of story do you want to have told about you?
  • How to get down to the core of your brand message
  • Which part of the branding process usually trips people up
  • Why a mission statement is not a marketing message
  • Ideas for building your mission into your culture (even if you have a big team)
  • What percentage of Great Water Financial’s annual revenue is spent on marketing
  • Why your marketing budget should be the last thing you cut
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn tried-and-true strategies for uncovering your brand message and making it shine across several locations!

Resources: Great Waters Financial | Great Waters Financial Facebook Page | Iris.xyz

Episode 171 - Start Interrupting Your Patterns — With Jon Dwoskin

Episode 171 - Start Interrupting Your Patterns — With Jon Dwoskin

June 7, 2019

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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Episode 170 - #BeYourOwnLoud

Episode 170 - #BeYourOwnLoud

June 4, 2019

Matt and Kirk are back on the mic today to discuss #BeYourOwnLoud - how you as an advisor can share your story and build relationships. 

Combining the power of LinkedIn and Podcasting, our #BeYourOwnLoud service, Micro-Influencer, is our two part service that can act as an entire marketing strategy for advisors. 

With over 20 years in the business, Kirk has experience with just about every marketing tactic that walks across conference stages. Never in his career has he been this excited about a product that offers something truly extraordinary for advisors. 

If you're looking to grow your business and develop lasting consumer relationships, this is an episode you won't want to miss! 

Links: Join the Micro-Influencer Revolution

 

Episode 169 - Breaking Money Silence® with Kathleen Burns Kingsbury

Episode 169 - Breaking Money Silence® with Kathleen Burns Kingsbury

May 30, 2019

Your host Matt Halloran is thrilled to welcome one of his personal wealth idols, Kathleen Burns Kingsbury to today's episode.

Kathleen is a wealth psychology expert, founder of KBK Wealth Connection, host of the Breaking Money Silence® podcast, and an internationally published author and speaker. Named one of nine amazing conference speakers in 2017 by Investment News, Kathleen is a sought-after keynote speaker and consultant on the topic of women and wealth and couples and money. Her mission is to empower women, couples, and families (and the advisors who serve them) to shatter money taboos and communicate more effectively about financial matters.

On today's episode, Kathleen and Matt are going to discuss how you can revolutionize your conversations about money, explore the taboo of money talk, and what you as an advisor can be doing to help yourself and your clients talk about their dollars. 

Top Advisor Marketing Listener Special

In her latest book, Breaking Money Silence®, Kathleen provides her readers with a step-by-step guide to opening up about a difficult subject. It offers a strategy that can save money, improve relationships, and help people raise fiscally responsible children. We're giving away a FREE copy of Kathleen's Executive Summary from her latest research on Breaking Money Silence! Find your copy today at: http://bit.ly/breakingmoneysilence

Links: Kathleen Burns Kingsbury | Breaking Money Silence® Executive SummaryBreaking Money Silence® Podcast 

Episode 168 - Disability Awareness with Liz Travis Allen

Episode 168 - Disability Awareness with Liz Travis Allen

May 28, 2019

Matt welcomes disability activist and policy director Liz Travis Allen to today's show to discuss with our audience the business applications for disability awareness.

Liz's specialty is helping companies build a more equitable and accessible workplace for those who are immunodiverse. By providing companies with concrete ideas they are able to build a more inclusive and accessible company culture and product/service for those with invisible illnesses.

With over 133 million Americans managing a chronic illness, this is a massive market that many advisors and providers tend to ignore. Liz and Matt explore different ways companies can use some of Liz's tangible tactics to create a more equitable and inclusive workplace. 

 

Links: Liz Travis Allen LinkedInhttps://www.liztravisallen.com/ | Follow Liz Medium @liztravisallen

Episode 167 -  Worthwhile Content with Erica Gellerman

Episode 167 - Worthwhile Content with Erica Gellerman

May 23, 2019

On today's episode, Matt is diving into the power of making great content Erica Gellerman. 

Erica is a marketing consultant and writer specializing in the financial services industry. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, DailyWorth, Huffington Post, and Money. Her marketing consulting business, The Worth Project Consulting, helps CPAs, RIAs, and financial services companies generate leads and nurture a loyal client/customer base through digital and content marketing.

As an expert in writing for the financial industry, Erica shares some of her insight into the value of great content and the various ways you can execute this. If you're looking to break into content marketing, or need some advice on where to take your content generation, this podcast is for you! 

Links: Erica Gellerman LinkedIn | The Worth Project Consulting 

Episode 166 - The Happiness Factor with Christy Aleckson

Episode 166 - The Happiness Factor with Christy Aleckson

May 21, 2019

Today Matt welcomes highly sought after speaker and award winning financial professional Christy Aleckson to the show.

Christy is the CEO and Founder of Single Point Financial Advisors where she actively works as a financial advisor with individuals, families, and micro/small business owners. She is also a Behavioral Financial Advisor™, an asset to helping her clients identify values and match them to their planning.

Christy has built a truly unique and different client experience through use of happiness (one of her company's core values), humor, and by creating a judgement free zone for her clients. 

Matt and Christy explore these unique aspects of her business, which have helped her and the company to grow into a thriving financial space. 

If you're interested in creating your own unique client experience, don't delay on listening! 

 

Links: Christy Aleckson LinkedIn | Single Point Financial Advisors

Episode 165 - Reach, Engage, and Earn the Female Dollar with Barbara Provost

Episode 165 - Reach, Engage, and Earn the Female Dollar with Barbara Provost

May 16, 2019

Your host, Matt, welcomes returning guest Barb Provost to the show to discuss her latest training program: Reach, Engage, and Earn The Female Dollar.  

No stranger to hard work and challenges, Barbara is the Founder of Purse Strings LLC. Her professional experience, active research, and continuous data gathering activities, led her to discover that women are a tremendously underserved market, to the tune of 20-trillion dollars. And yet, financial firms are leaving this money on the table by failing to engage women.

With that discovery in mind, Barbara developed expertise on what these institutions need to do in order to reach and engage women. She has created the first empowerment, education, and training tools to earn the vast spending power of the female dollar.

On today's show, Matt and Barb discuss concrete steps you can take as an advisor to improve your approach to working with women and tap into that 20-trillion dollar market. Listen in to hear Barb's expert advice and discover what changes you can make to earn that female dollar!

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Even better, there is a limited Super Summer Sale discount! and it’s only $249! PLUS, you will earn 12 CE credits when you complete the course.

Sign up today at: http://bit.ly/earnthefemaledollar

Links: Purse Strings - Reach, Engage, and Earn the Female Dollar | Women as a Focus Video | Purse Strings |

Episode 164 - Your Personal Financial Snapshot With Kyle Christensen

Episode 164 - Your Personal Financial Snapshot With Kyle Christensen

May 14, 2019

Your host, Matt Halloran, welcomes Kyle Christensen to today’s show to discuss his company and software: Personal Financial Snapshot.

Our focus at Top Advisor Marketing Podcast is to provide our listeners with tools to help them build a truly unique service that will separate them from the advisor down the street. Personal Financial Snapshot does just that.

Personal Financial Snapshot is designed with the clients’ needs in mind first and uses five core principles:

  1. Save at least 15% or more
  2. Maximum protection
  3. Full replacement of assets upon death
  4. Six months to one year of asset storage
  5. Velocity of money

The five principles of Personal Financial Snapshot take financial planning to another level by leaving behind needs-based analysis and project-based analysis.

If you’re looking to give your clients the opportunity to make education-based decisions or are ready to add a higher level of planning to your practice, this is an episode you don’t want to miss!

Links: Kyle Christensen LinkedIn | Personal Financial Snapshot | Five Principles of Personal Finance