Sales Solicitation Strategies For Financial Advisors That Work
From time to time, I receive solicitations from Financial Advisors who want to help me manage my money. In this short post, I’m going to share how I handle these offers as a potential client.
Three Bad Solicitations
Bad solicitations are outdated, Generic and Ineffective and yet many will still use them.
1- Cold calls
Easy ones, I don’t pick up the phone. Like 99% of their target prospects, I have a smartphone and unless the call is from someone I know, I don’t pick up. It’s just too time-consuming.
Come to lunch and learn about retirement at a nice local restaurant? I know I’m old and I may learn a little, but it’s gonna be a generic sales speech and my situation is clearly not generic. Plus, I work all week and don’t have time for that on weekends.
3- Anonymous LinkedIn emails
Reject, Block, Report Spam.
Three Good Solicitations
A good solicitation is current, engaging and effective. Successful Financial Advisors understand the power of social media and the importance of trust. Here are offers to which I might respond:
1- Network Introductions
Contacts from the French Network in California introducing an advisor. Although I no longer live in the Bay Area, I still have roots in that ecosystem, so I’d check them out.
2- Personal Recommendations
A recommendation from a friend, my CPA, or my lawyers (immigration, business, IP – yes that’s three lawyers and I’m very happy with all of them) is compelling.
3- Topic Relevant Messages
An advisor engaging with me about soccer, or another topic I find interesting, may get my attention. If the rest (i.e. relevance, competencies, and the personal fit is there, I might listen.
For the ones that make it to the “let’s check them out” phase, I Google them. My search will show me their LinkedIn and Twitter profiles and I will assess them by answering these questions:
- Are their profiles and photos unprofessional or generic with zero followers?
- Is the content they share relevant to me?
- Do people like me follow them already? I’m not just talking about friends (which would be good), but people like me: expatriates in the US, business owners.
These would be the criteria to make it to the consideration pool.
Still, the advisors will have to respond promptly and appropriately when I seriously decide it’s time to work on my financial plans. That’s when their active listening skills would be the deciding factor. So when FAs write or say, “We develop a custom plan for any situation” before they’ve even met me, I want to say – good luck with that!
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