‘Staying ahead of the curve’; a phrase that has become the new normal as financial advisors from across the world search for new ways to find more ideal clients in a pandemic stricken world.
Beyond the notion of ‘staying ahead of the curve’, what does this concept mean for advisors and how can financial advisors evolve from the traditional bricks-and-mortar setup to not only survive, but thrive in the new world?
The answer? Adopting a digital financial model for your financial practice!
Adopting a Digital Financial Model
Conneqtor founder, Derek Notman recently had the privilege of featuring on the Exponential Era webcast hosted by David Espindola and Michael Wright recently.
The webcast focussed on how adopting a digital financial model allows financial advisors to thrive in a post-COVID world. Since taking his practice virtual in 2013, Derek has been able to:
Establish an incredible life-work balance.
Generate more ideal clients from virtually anywhere in the world.
Increase revenue, while managing risk.
What makes this so possible in a post-COVID world? The consumer is now consuming more virtual content than ever, and feel more comfortable building relationships virtually.
Derek didn’t want to be a slave to his business and believes that every financial advisor should be able to enjoy this reality. Since there was no roadmap for the journey he embarked on in 2013, it took him a while to figure it out. Fast forward to today and Derek is enjoying the spoils of what Conneqtor has to offer and more.
Founder of Conneqtor, Derek Notman chats to Clayton from XY Adviser about how and why he built a virtual advisor system for advisors that acts as a gateway to becoming a Next Gen advisor.
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Build a Virtual Advisor System for Financial Advisors
Since 2013 Conneqtor founder, Derek Notman has conducted business as a financial advisor entirely virtually which has allowed him to generate more revenue, while reducing overhead and risk. Going virtual has resulted in an incredible life-work balance and an ability to exceed his personal hopes and dreams.
Below are links to key pieces of literature about the virtual financial system that allows advisors to easily go virtual, scale their business and find their ideal client with a 24/7 lead generation potential:
XY Adviser describes itself as the social network for financial advisors. In honor of the evolution of financial advice and empowering advisors with the technology they need to scale their business, XY Adviser allows advisers to:
Exchange ideas between their peers on delivering the most useful financial advice, while mitigating any spam or advisor to advisor promotion.
Engage with their peers in a safe and respectable environment.
Develop a client-centric approach that is practical, helpful and beyond reproach.
Kate and I discussed how the Virtual Advisor System gives brick-and-mortar financial planners a turnkey solution to making the transition to 100% virtual practice.
CFA’s who are transitioning to the virtual advisor model are experiencing a new normal in terms of ideal life and business. Less overhaul, more revenue, and more time with your family, as well as the ability to work anywhere in the world.
Key takeaways for virtual advsors: Episode 27 of Innovating Advice
The benefits of working remotely.
Why advisors are hesitant to change, and how they can overcome this.
Building trust online.
Being the example that resonates with the client: Establishing an awesome life and work balance.
Covid19 has provided a unique opportunity for financial advisors to evolve, in a time when uncertainty is the norm. One thing is certain – we are truly in the age of the virtual financial advisor.
I was privileged enough to have featured on the Morningstar podcast in early April 2020. The first question Drew Carter asked me was ‘How has the Corona Virus affected your practice?’, and I honestly replied that it hasn’t.
The Virtual Advisor System means business as usual
Who knew that the coronavirus was going to be the thing that completely shakes the markets? Needless to say, I have never been busy. Not only have my clients embraced the virtual working model, but more advisors are looking for new ways in which they can continue growing their practice during these crazy times.
Conneqtor provides financial advisors with an opportunity to go 100% virtual. However, as the name of the podcast goes its simple, but not easy! You can only evolve with the Virtual Advisor System if you put in the work. I’ve been virtual for the past 6 years and I still put the work in to make sure that my virtual practice is optimized at all times.
I was forced to embrace a virtual model much earlier than most advisors even think to and the hard work has paid off. Some of the perks include:
Exponential revenue growth.
Drastically lower overheads.
A work life balance that makes happiness the norm.
If you want to learn more about how the Virtual Advisor System can help you, then listen to the Simple, but Not Easy podcast here or contact me today.
I had the privilege of joining Patrick Brewer on the Model FA podcast earlier this month. As Covid19 continues the shape the way various industries either transform, we dove deeply into what Conneqtor. Our conversation focussed on how offerings like the Virtual Advisor System and the Model FA accelerator are the future.
What is the Model FA?
Model FA like the Virtual Advisor System was created to support financial advisors. With a focus on helping advisors grow sustainable businesses, increase their brand awareness, and provide meaningful value to clients, Patrick has built a community for advisors, by advisors.
Season 3 Episode 6: What is the Virtual Advisor System?
In this episode we discuss how the Virtual Advisor System was created to empower advisors to not only grow, but make the transition to a 100% virtual financial practice.
We covered how the Virtual Advisor System helps advisors:
Connect and bring value to clients independent of any physical location.
Leverage the power of digital marketing to generate leads in new ways.
Leverage virtual tools and systems to maintain meaningful client relationships.
Patrick and I also shared views on how to connect meaningfully with clients entirely remotely, while building a virtual financial practice.
I’m very grateful to have featured on the Model FA podcast, because now more advisors will be exposed to the Virtual Advisor System. Huge shout out to Patrick Brewer and the Model FA Podcast team for hosting me.
You can listen to the full podcast here or get in touch with me on how you can make your practice 100% virtual today.
I was privileged enough to be invited to join Michael Kitces on his ‘Financial Advisor Success’ podcast earlier this year. As many of you may know, Michael is best described as a lifelong learner with a deep passion for sharing. With an extensive background in financial planning he explored what sets traditional bricks and mortar financial practices apart from the virtual advisors of the future.
I expanded on my decision to narrow things down and focus on small business owners, as well as CEO’s. Michael and I went through the challenges financial advisors face in managing and upscaling bricks-and-mortar office setups, and why embracing the virtual advisor model is going to become more important as the world continues to rely more on technology.
If you want to know more about how to embrace the future of the virtual advisor system then i highly recommend checking out Michael’s executive summary of our conversation and the podcast here.
Want to go 100% virtual today? Take the first step and get in touch.