Digital Marketing Best Practices for Financial Advisors

Key Point Summary

  • Our day-to-day lives are now unimaginable without the internet. It is the connection point for billions of people globally. Financial advisors should learn to embrace digital marketing strategies to stay relevant.
  • Your digital marketing efforts need to align with what you’re trying to accomplish as a financial advisor. There are many strategic pathways you may wander down upon your marketing journey, with some leading to nothing but dead ends. Whether it be content marketing, search engine marketing, SEO, social media marketing, or retargeting – the effectiveness of these chosen pathways depends on your desired outcome.
  • Throwing money at social media ads isn’t a strategy… far from it! Your digital presence will only grow and provide you with ideal clients if you follow a process to build awareness, find ways to get your audience to consider you through engagement and prompt them to decide to become your client.
  • Without a strategy and a proper process, digital marketing can be much like the Wild West – an aspect of your business that you will not likely see the return on investment you seek.

Digital marketing, online presence, internet advertising – whatever you call it, marketing yourself and your business online is a big deal in the present age. After all, internet usage had more than doubled over the past decade even before the pandemic-fuelled digitalization of the world went into hyperdrive.

Our day-to-day lives are now unimaginable without the internet. It is the connection point between billions of people globally and a core pillar of the modern information society. This shift to the virtual space has massively affected how people procure services and interact with businesses. Financial advisors should turn to digital marketing strategies to beef up their existing marketing efforts, not as a “nice to have”, but as a “must-have” that is core to their business.

Have you adapted to digital yet? Whether you’re still stuck in the dark ages, or simply need the inside scoop on the online marketing of financial services, you’ve come to the right place.

What Is Digital Marketing?

At its core Marketing is about connecting with your audience in the right space and at the right time to make an impression on them. Today, that means needing to meet them on their own turf, where they spend the majority of their time – the internet. So, digital marketing is any form of marketing that exists online and facilitates the same exchange of information between a business and their audience.

The Process Of Defining One’s Ideal Client

If you don’t have a very tailored picture of your ideal client yet, it’s something you’ll need to figure out. Not knowing WHO to market your services to renders the rest of your strategy useless. You are essentially a ship without a rudder, lost in a digital swamp, that could be taxing not only on your time but on your wallet too. Don’t spend a dollar (Rand, Pound, Euro, etc) on digital marketing if you haven’t identified your ideal client yet.

So how does one define one’s ideal client? Start with you. Who are you? What are your hopes, dreams, goals, passions, hobbies, interests, philosophies, etc? Your ideal client will be a reflection of you. Combine this with evaluating which clients are currently your favorite and why. Explore whether you have a group of unified clients by a common characteristic; for instance, they work for the same company, within the same industry, or possess a particular investment need. These groups who share values, goals, traits, or behaviors and the clients who you genuinely enjoy serving would be your potential Ideal Client Types.

Next, you will need to identify the known and possibly unknown needs of your ideal client type. They will have specific concerns and requirements that are known and can be articulated. What are they? There could also be unknown needs that are harder to communicate but are no less real. Match a solution to their needs.

The main reason a prospective client will choose to work with you is that they trust you. This trust is based upon shared values and a common understanding of each other. Once this is established than their belief in your services and the value of your solutions will become very important.

First, you must attract people to your tribe and build trust with them, then the solutions you can provide for their needs and concerns – known and unknown – of your ideal client types will become very important. This can all be done via digital marketing.

Most ideal client types will have pre-established relationships with other trusted advisors such as attorneys and accountants. Identifying these other trusted advisors and centers of influence associated with your prospective clients can not only connect you with other valued professionals but enable you to form a wealth management network that can best serve your ideal client type.

Given the unique characteristics of your ideal client types and their particular needs, they will respond to specific marketing messages and campaigns, ones that show you KNOW THEM and SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE. You will need to create marketing messages and campaigns for each ideal client type and broadcast these to connect with your ideal clients.

Social Media and Email Marketing Best Practices

Social media marketing for financial advisors requires a healthy dose of strategy and creativity. With the power to grow your brand awareness exponentially, social media makes it easy to spread the word about your mission, morals, and journey as an advisor. Not utilizing the social mediums at your disposal represents a missed opportunity to increase traffic to your website and promote your services to potential ideal clients.

Email marketing is still well and truly alive despite rumours of its gradual loss of relevance each year. It’s estimated there will be 4.1 billion email users by the end of 2021 — yes, that’s billion with a “B.”

Audience Targeting

Defining the audience is the first step before embarking on any successful campaign planning. We also need to establish where in the sales funnel your target currently finds themselves. What is the goal – to acquire ideal clients, retain your current clients or win back former clients?

The message you send out will be most effective when adapted to different targeted audiences. Segmenting your audience makes a world of difference. It makes your message more pertinent and specific to those to whom you are marketing.

Using Accurate Data

A successful data-driven campaign is only as good as the accuracy and integrity of the data allows it to be. In a single year, between 20-30% of email addresses diminish in usage. Cleansing data of errors or adding other relevant information, such as a physical address, phone numbers, or social handles, can help make data more precisely targeted and, ultimately, more responsive.

Omnichannel Marketing

Get your message out to your target audience on a variety of platforms. Use social media pages and email campaigns that lead to content, such as landing pages or fill forms to download case studies or ebooks.

The modern marketplace has diversified, and it is now rare for a customer to adopt your services after interacting with you or your business through just one channel. On average, clients communicate with a brand through four touch points during the acquisition process. Lead generation for financial advisors has changed, and omnichannel marketing by design addresses these modern customer trends – giving them a consistent experience from start to finish.

(Relevant) Content is King!

No matter which channel you use to distribute your content, make sure it is relevant to the target audience, compelling, easy to read, credible, and accurate. Content creation such as email campaigns, website landing pages, blog posts, webinars, and eBooks can all help your social endeavors. Be original – of all the financial advisor marketing strategies this one is probably the most important. Original content makes you look good online and having higher credibility usually leads to more business and better clients.

Don’t outsource your content at all in the early stages, do it all yourself. Yes, this will take time and effort but you will get better at it and it will get easier and faster to produce. Doing it yourself will also help you refine your voice online. Remember, people, connect with other people. Let your genuine voice attract people and help them get to know you. Eventually you can start to outsource a lot of your digital marketing tasks, but content should always be driven by you with your final edit and approval for before it goes live.

A published eMarketer research report from June 2020 cited that the average adult in the U.S. was spending an additional 23 minutes per day on their smartphones, which they attributed to the pandemic. So, we know where your clients are; they’re online. It only makes sense (and dollars) to pursue consumers where they spend their time.

Measuring Performance Using Analytics

Data analysis allows you to see which platforms were successful in getting the targeted message across to consumers, which allows you to focus your efforts on proven strategies rather than a shot in the dark. Successful data-driven digital marketing campaigns can bring compelling creatives with precisely the right audience and result in the perfect trifecta: An increase in sales, as well as ROI; and increased brand awareness.

For example, I can track down to the penny what it costs me to get people to engage with my content and furthermore know exactly what it costs to get people to download an eBook of mine, etc. Once we know these things, we can scale our digital marketing efforts quickly, only being restricted by our budget and bandwidth in working with new clients. By the way, running a virtual or semi-virtual practice means you can drastically reduce your overhead from things that are not revenue producing and reallocate some of it into digital marketing to grow that much faster.

SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is now an integral sphere of digital marketing for financial advisors. The position of your financial advisory services on search engine result pages (SERPs) has the potential to be the difference between your company’s failure to grow or unlocking a steady stream of new clients.

Part of thriving online is an SEO strategy that is essential to helping you reach the first page of the SERPs, ideally ranking at the summit of this page. Keep in mind there are approximately 70,000 searches conducted on Google every single second. Yes, you heard me right, that’s every single second!

The first five links listed on the SERPs dominate the traffic receiving more than two-thirds of all clicks. Furthermore, 91% of those browsing the web do not click through to the second page of the search results. The goal as a financial advisor is to have your firm appear on the initial page, with an emphasis on the first five listings.

There are a lot of technical components to strong SEO and it’s a moving target so trying to do this yourself, other than some very basic tactics will be an exercise in futility. For example, I teach advisors how to set up a variety of SEO components with their websites and how to structure a blog post in my Virtual Advisor System, but the ongoing management of these really should be done by experts that do it full time. Hiring a digital marketing team, even for just a couple of hours a month can help ensure you are staying on top of your SEO game.

Content Marketing

I like to think of content as the rocket ship of good marketing, promotion being propulsion to that rocket. Without promotion, your content is going nowhere. Amazingly written articles and blog posts don’t count for a lot if your audience isn’t reading them. You need to be actively promoting your blog content using organic channels.

You can have the best cheeseburger in town but if no one knows about it does it really exist?

Search Engine Marketing

Search Engine Marketing (SEM) is one of the best marketing channels to generate web traffic. It compliments SEO and content marketing and gets your brand to the very top of Google, and other major search engine players, if you play your SEM cards right.

SEM can be a conversion driver for marketing campaigns of all types. This is due to paid ads often linking to conversion-focused landing pages or sales pages that move web traffic through the sales funnel. Paid ads rather than organic results typically link to landing pages. As such, SEO can support brand awareness and top-of-funnel activity, while paid ads can focus on a specific goal and end-of-funnel conversions.

While SEM is considered a bottom-funnel marketing channel, it can also tremendously boost top-of-mind brand awareness. According to a Google case study, search ads can increase brand awareness by 80%.

Remarketing

Remarketing forms part of the final phase of the funnel, which is all about client acquisition. Once you have someone who has already decided they know, like, and trust you enough to do business with you then retargeting becomes a very effective strategy to get them to hire you.

Familiarity and awareness are key ingredients to this strategy. If someone hasn’t already engaged with you, they’re probably not going to do business with you just because you have decided to broadcast a digital advertisement. In the context of social media channels, this could mean running paid ads to put your offering in front of those people who already follow you on LinkedIn or Facebook. This is how to get clients as a financial advisor in a digitally social world.

Client Journey Funnel

Life is a journey, and so is the marketing of financial services. Let’s look at the client’s journey – the path a potential client wanders from being a target audience to awareness, consideration, and making a decision. Much like any other venture, a sales funnel has a conclusion – a final conversion. This can’t take place until your target audience has been converted through each stage. What are the conversion goals in the three main stages of every prospect’s journey?

1). It all starts with awareness which is the first stage of the customer journey. During this stage, clients realize their problems and try to define their pain points. This is when they discover you and your services – while searching for solutions to their pain points. It then becomes vital to provide your targeted audience with more information about your firm and services in a calm and educational way.

Lay down the sales pitch approach, no pitch-slapping here! It’s dated and insincere. The less promotional your content is, the better – the person is not loyal to your brand yet, so it’s easy to scare off a potential client by being pushy. This stage should rely heavily on shareable, optimized, educational content that helps your potential customer not sells to them.

2). Consideration is the second stage of the buyer’s journey and the step at which your prospective client is a little more familiar with you and your services. They begin evaluating their problem, its urgency, how it can be solved, and whether it really needs to be solved now. Your goal here is to show them how their problem can be solved, how beneficial it will be for them and how you and your services can bring them financial peace of mind. Also, don’t be afraid to show them how superior you are to your competitors; if there’s ever a time to flex, it’s now! At the consideration stage, 60% of potential clients want to get in touch; make sure you have the answers to their questions and know how to soothe their pain points. Use the content in the form of free webinars, case studies, eBooks, sample financial plans, etc. to convert people from consideration to the decision stage of the buyer’s journey.

3). The final stage is where a decision is made – also known as the conversion stage of the buyer’s journey. Here your potential customer makes a research-based decision on you and your services. The goal is to help them make a favorable decision and finally become your client. That’s when the conversion takes place. By this stage, a target individual has become loyal to you, and you should use this to educate less and promote more – this is your time to shine. As financial advisors, the content you should be using to encourage conversions is expert advice along with cost estimates of your services.

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The Client Acquisition Process

The lifeblood of all traditional and virtual financial advisors is growth in the number and net worth of ideal clients they serve. Often advisors have blinders on, being so focused on these goals that they pay little attention to the actual process, time, and costs involved in acquiring new clients.

They know they need more clients but with blinders on, they tend to go the quick route of prospecting like a pirate with a cold spray-and-pray approach. Not only is this not scalable, but it is also life-sucking.

Two concepts that advisors should pay close attention to are: client acquisition cost and client acquisition time. The first measures an advisor’s acquisition costs associated with converting or winning a new client over, while the second measures the time frame of a lead to become a new client. Both are essential to keep an eye on when building and running an efficient advisory practice.

The key to these metrics is proper tracking, and the key to proper tracking is a great customer relationship management system. The primary function of a great CRM system is to obtain accurate data. See how this is coming full circle, as we incorporate the same principles here as we did in our social media and email marketing best practices? Successful advisors should leverage the power of their CRM system, creating useful pipeline reports and analyzing the information they provide to understand and track cost and time metrics. By doing so, you are adding some science to the art of client acquisition!

CRMs can and do take many forms so whichever you use you will want to be able to track things like how often potential clients are opening and reading your emails, downloading eBooks, interacting with your content, what channels they are coming in from, and so on. A good CRM will let you track all of this as well as help you automate your marketing, especially when it comes to email campaigns.

The Digital Marketing for Financial Advisors Kitchen Sink

Yes, I just threw the kitchen sink at you! There are a ton of nuggets in here that you can use today, without the help of anyone else.

Take this overview of the tools available to you to build a marketing arsenal of your own. Find what works for both you and the clients you wish to attract. After all, your ideal client’s preference and needs will differ from those of other advisors and, as such, should be approached uniquely. Once you find practices suitable for your target audience, follow the process of acquiring them as a client by unleashing your inner digital guru to conquer the ever-changing advisory space.

Test, learn, test more, learn, keep going.

If all this seems overwhelming to you, well it is! There is a lot here. Digital Marketing is an art & science. You can learn the basics quickly and even do some of it yourself indefinitely but at some point, you must decide, are you an advisor or a digital marketing expert? If you are an advisor then look to hire an expert that can do all of the heavy liftings as you continue to guide and direct them.

Where do you go from here? Well, it depends on what you have done thus far. Advisors are at all different stages with their digital marketing.

If you are just starting out then do the basics; get your ideal client crystalized, set up your website and social media accounts, start producing basic free content to get comfortable and see what is resonating with your viewers.

If you are more advanced then consider hiring a team to help you. Consider advanced paid strategies to drive potential clients to your digital assets like eBooks and webinars.

Most important of all, just get started. Don’t over-analyze.

“70% and out the door” is a quote I love and can be applied to a lot of things including your digital marketing efforts.

Not sure where to start?  Send me a note and ask.

Thanks a ton for reading!

Best Regards,

Derek Notman

Health is Wealth for Financial Advisors

What if you could choose between unlimited wealth or perfect health? Which one would you pick? I asked my connections on LinkedIn the same question recently, and here’s what they said:

Health VS Wealth

Over 75% of respondents chose perfect health. Are you surprised? I’m not. 

What does make me scratch my head is that the majority of my LinkedIn connections are financial advisors. These are the people who’ve dedicated their lives to helping others accumulate and manage their wealth. 

What’s even more intriguing is that these are the very people whose careers take a toll on their own personal health. I’ve been an exercise physiologist for a long time, and one thing I’m sure of is that the combination of a sedentary job with high stress mixed in is a toxic cocktail for your wellbeing. It’s tough to preserve your health when you’re in the financial services industry. 

One advisor put it this way. “My bank account has grown fat, but so has my body. I feel like I’ve traded my health for my wealth.

Advisors are great at planning for retirement from a monetary perspective, but at what cost? I doubt that anyone really wants to accumulate money for the sake of having money. It’s important to remember that money buys a lifestyle. So, what good is that money if the health needed to live that lifestyle is bankrupt?

What if we ask retirees themselves? These are the people who’ve traded in their suit and tie for a golf club. If they played their cards right, they should have plenty of money to live life on their terms. However, a recent study found that money is not the most important thing in retirement. According to 81% of retirees, the most important ingredient to a happy retirement is good HEALTH. It sounds like they agree with the poll I mentioned earlier. 

Health AND Wealth

So, here’s the conundrum. Financial advisors spend the majority of their time helping people secure financial stability but rarely factor their health into the equation, even though like retirees they see health as a vital part of retirement. It seems to me that health is a form of wealth and should absolutely be part of financial planning conversations.   

BOTH health and wealth are important for retirement planning. One without the other will leave advisors and clients stranded on the side of the road. I wrote about this in a recent article. The road to retirement requires plenty of gas (wealth) to power you forward AND a well-maintained car (health) as a vehicle to get you there.

Health IS Wealth

So, what does this all mean for your practice? I talk to financial advisors every day who are looking for ways to build a better business in a stressful industry full of competition. They’re always surprised when I bring up health as part of the solution.

Puzzled, they wonder what the connection is between their own health and the health of their business. Let me explain.

In the current climate of the industry, many advisors are upping their virtual game. This has provided some positive things like more time from not having to commute to an office. But, it’s also created a feeling of disconnection from their clients. 

Imagine what it would be like to use the extra time to get your health back on track. This would not only improve your personal future, but it would give you the authority and authenticity to talk to your clients about their health. 

Why? Opening the conversation about health with your clients will give them a new insight they won’t receive from other advisors. Asking them what they want for their future and how they see themselves spending their time is a pathway for finding out if they have the right financial portfolio to match their needs and expectations. 

I’m talking about going beyond lifespan stats. Have you ever had a conversation with your clients about “healthspan?” If you don’t know what it is, it’s a game-changer. It will open the door to helping clients feel heard and cared for. Here’s the article I wrote on the topic. You’ll likely find gaps in their portfolio that you can assist them with and the result is better client relationships, more sales, and more referrals.  

To help you with this, I created a Health & Wealth Conversation Guide for Financial Advisors. You can swipe it and use it with your clients. It has 4 tools and a couple of resources that will shine a light on an area of life that sometimes gets overlooked when it comes to financial planning – health. You can request your free pdf copy HERE

(Thumbnails of the Health & Wealth Conversation Guide for Financial Advisors)

About the author

Stevyn Guinnip, MS, CWC is the wellness coach for financial folks. She’s a financial advisor’s daughter with 20 years as an exercise physiologist. Stevyn is the CEO & Wellth Advisor at Grow Wellthy™ and the creator of a proprietary 12-week wellness coaching program called the Wellth Academy™. You can reach Stevyn to apply to the academy, podcast interviews, or speaking inquiries at stevyn@growwellthy.com. Other ways to engage with Stevyn are through LinkedIn or her free Facebook group called The Wellth Planners.

The Advisor Coach Podcast: Succeeding As A Virtual Financial Advisor

Successful virtual financial advisors

Success for financial advisors is becoming more reliant on the degree to which they are able to activate their marketing channels to provide value to their ideal client.

The rate at which the world is progressing digitally is something that financial advisors need to keep tabs on. The reality is that the client-advisor relationship’s hallmarked by the Baby Boomer era is becoming extinct. Whether your client is a Gen X, Y or Z, they are continuously adjusting their behaviours according to what technological advancements make their life easier.

Financial advisors cannot expect their ideal clients to feel secure in this often uncertain financial planning process, if they aren’t willing to speak the language their client prefers.

The Advisor Coach Podcast: How can we become successful financial advisors?

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Our founder Derek Notman, had the privilege of chatting to James Pollard on the Advisor Coach podcast at the beginning of March. They explored why and how financial advisors should make the transition to the virtual model.

You can listen to the podcast below. If you’re interested in what its like to make the transition and how it can benefit you, then download our Virtual Advisor Proclamation eBook here. If you want a light introduction to the Virtual Advisor System, we have a ton of blogs that will get you inspired to make the virtual transition.

 

That Annuity Show, Episode 87: Turning Your Practice Into a Lamborghini With Derek Notman

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How to turn your practice into a Lamborghini

What will become of physical spaces and places as the world continues to progress in the virtual landscape? The truth is, advisors cannot afford to define their financial practice by a zip code anymore, purely because consumer behaviour is changing quicker than we can adapt – the brick and mortar advisor is dead!

Building a niche is building a successful financial practice

Our founder, Derek Notman explains why building a successful practice is like designing and building a Lamborghni.

A metaphor thats only strange if you have trouble understanding what it means to stand out in a very crowded market.

Watch the full show here.

The Virtualization of Financial Advice – Embrace it or go Extinct

Brick & mortar financial advisors are going extinct.

For as long as we can remember, financial advisors have been taught to have an office on main street, go to networking events, cold call, door knock, and drive tens of thousands of miles.

Well, those times are quickly becoming nothing but a bad memory as we are presented with one of the best opportunities ever as advisors and an industry.

A Global Megatrend

Since the early 2,000’s the human race has been in the midst of a megatrend. Megatrends are transformative changes that happen on a global scale. We can’t fight them. Human behavior actually changes, and we all know that humans are a stubborn species. Still, once we evolve, we don’t go back.

The technological evolution we have seen since the late ’90s, perpetuated this megatrend perpetuated this megatrend. Technology has grown and continues to grow at an exponential rate. 

global mega trend

This growth has empowered the consumer to change how they consume virtually all of the products and services they need.

Consumer expectations, preferences, and demands have changed in virtually every other aspect of their lives and will continue to change. So, it is only natural to want their financial advice, products, investments, and insurance the same way.

McKinsey&Company published a report, The Virtual Financial Advisor, in 2019 that clearly shows how more and more people prefer virtual advice over the outdated ways of doing things from 1985.

The Virtualization of Financial Advice and COVID-19

The Pandemic that hit in 2020 disrupted so much of what we were accustomed to. Yes, there are and continue to be many issues that we must deal with, but there are also some silver linings. One being that COVID-19 forced the evolution of the financial advice industry.

It forced advisors to work from home. But, financial advice was still just as important, if not more, given the challenges we were all facing. The consumer/client will always value Human Advice over an algorithm for obvious reasons, but the way they get this advice has changed.

virtual financial advice video call

The 2020 “work from home” experiment proved beyond a reasonable doubt that we could indeed thrive virtually if we have the right infrastructure in place to do so. Virtual meetings work. Technology has made this possible to the point of making it enjoyable and effective.

The perfect storm of 2020 showed Advisors what the consumer has known for some time. Virtual advice is not only possible but also becomes the preferred way for people to conduct business. Not only does it save clients time and is more convenient for them; it is also of tremendous value to Advisors.

Advisors can now reach more potential customers. 

For example, my organic LinkedIn posts reached over 1 million people in 2020; good luck trying to cold call that many people! Advisors can ditch the expensive offices, save money on overhead, and pivot to investing in better tech to serve their clients with an amazing experience regardless of physical location.

The World Has Changed

Whether we want to admit it or not, the world has changed. The financial advisor of the future has a choice. Evolve or stick their head in the sand and slowly go extinct. This choice is much more than the dinosaurs had; advisors really must take advantage of the massive opportunity right in front of them.

Those that evolve will thrive. Those that don’t will slowly go out of business.

dinosaur fossil

Here’s to a bright future for us all.

Best Regards,

Derek Notman

Virtual Financial Advisor Marketing: 3 Primary Areas of Focus for Facebook Ad Campaigns

facebook ad campaigns for financial advisors

With over 2.6 Billion monthly active users, Facebook is the most popular social media platform in the world.

Virtual financial advisor or not, the majority of your audience is reachable online, and that is why targeted Facebook ad campaigns can be so critical to your business’s success. They form a crucial part of the virtual sales process. Without targeting, you will be spending advertising dollars on people who may never be interested in or require your services.

One of the reasons why Facebook is so popular, especially for business owners, is because it allows you to make a custom audience based on four main categories, including:

  • Location
  • Behaviors
  • Demographics
  • Interests

Better yet, you can retarget users who have already engaged with your brand. Through retargeting, you can reach audiences who already know you by re-advertising to individuals who have already visited your website, Instagram, or Facebook Page. I cannot stress this enough – retargeting is EVERYTHING when it comes to getting the most of your digital marketing advertising.

Now, when it comes down to an ad campaign, there are so many options available to you; a plethora of approaches one can take. It can prove tricky and confusing at the start, which is why we have put together an outline that will work specifically for you, the virtual financial advisor. Here are the three primary areas to focus on when setting up your Facebook ad campaigns.

Engagement

Virtual Financial Advisor Marketing tip#1: Tap into The Emotions of Your Ideal Client

How do you get your ideal clients to engage with your brand message? Through emotion. Demonstrating your service’s benefits will show how you can help, but feeling creates the motivation to seek that help. Find ways to connect with your audience, to resonate with them genuinely.

It would be best if you put yourself in the shoes of your ideal client. What do you want them to feel when they see your ad? What is it that will help them connect to your mission? How can you drive action?

You can get there by focusing on their pain points. For example, an individual seeking financial security for their family, someone struggling to set up a trust for their children, or not knowing how to invest their money. You know your ideal client more than anyone else, so speak to their needs directly. Be creative.

Facebook engagement campaigns are one of the cheapest ways to generate micro-conversions that you can use in future retargeting efforts. Furthermore, these micro-conversions; Facebook shares in particular, contribute to what the Facebook algorithm identifies as viral.

facebook engagement notification

Traffic

Once you have a message, you can start using Facebook ads to build up relevant site traffic to your essential services, landing pages, and articles. When driving traffic to any page on your site, you want to ensure that you have a Facebook pixel unique to your business installed before you start any campaigns. Why? Remember we mentioned retargeting? That’s where Facebook pixels come in – what’s the point of driving all of this traffic if you cannot re-engage warm users with an offer that is relevant to them?

Virtual Financial Advisor Marketing Tip #2: Building Pixel Data

The Facebook pixel is code that you install on your website that collects data, helping you with the following:

  • Facebook ad conversion tracking
  • The optimization of those ads
  • Building targeted audiences for future Facebook ads
  • Remarketing to individuals who have already engaged with your website

Facebook pixels work by placing and triggering cookies to track users as they interact with your website and your Facebook ads – crucial to obtaining measurable results. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to set one up.

Conversions

Virtual Financial Advisor Marketing Tip #3: Use Lead magnets

Simply advertising your services and expecting conversions from your ads is unrealistic. Yes, it works sometimes, but to ensure it frequently works, offer your audience something of value as well. As I highlighted before, part of building a robust digital infrastructure as a virtual financial advisor is sharing some of your expertise for free. Either through hosting a free webinar or offering an eBook full of valuable information, you will reel your ideal clients in.

Together with addressing your audience’s pain points and using the Facebook Pixel to track and retarget, you’re setting yourself up for a successful ad campaign.

By giving your audience something of real value for free, they’ll usually be happy to fill out a form on your website. Once you have their information, you can then follow up and convert them into a client.

Great ideas for lead magnets:

  • Templates and spreadsheets for your prospective clients to use in their personal finances
  • Free webinars hosted directly on Facebook through Zoom
  • Webinar replays hosted on your website
  • Interactive quizzes offering advice once their score or results are determined
  • How-to guides (think investment or saving tools & tips)
  • Comprehensive eBooks (think “How to Rollover an IRA”)
  • Explainer videos

facebook conversion ad

When using the above, you will then be able to use lookalike audiences for your future campaigns. Lookalike audiences are a highly effective way to reach new members of your target audience. Why? Because they enable you to connect with new users who are most similar to individuals you have previously converted into high-value customers. You can find a step-by-step guide here.

When it comes to Financial Advisor marketing, Facebook ad campaigns are just one cog in the machine of a successful virtual practice. There is a ton to set up and manage to get the most out of our digital marketing efforts.  Notice how I didn’t suggest you boost a post?  There is a reason for it!

Digital marketing for financial advisors is the new way you prospect for clients.  No more cold calling, door knocking, or cheesy seminar dinners.

You can learn more with this free eBook I created, Lead Generation in a Digital Age.

As always, thank you for reading, please consider me a resource.

Best Regards,

Derek

How to be a Virtual Advisor – NextGen Planners Podcast

being a virtual advisor nextgen podcast

Wondering how to be a virtual advisor?

Although we have covered the topic of ‘how to be a virtual advisor’ in different ways to explore the various nuances that come with it, it will remain fluid in nature.

In short, the journey of a virtual financial advisor and what it means to be one is not a fixed process, but one that’s in flux. As technology progresses, so do the capabilities of the virtual advisor. The journey begins between the ears.  You must know and believe it is possible.  There is more than enough evidence showing that it is possible.

The NextGen Planners of the future are simply evolving into what they and the consumer want them to be.  It is an exciting journey for any and all financial advisors wanting to make the transition from a brick and mortar to a fully or even semi-virtual practice.  It is also a journey the entire industry has now been forced to embrace.  COVID-19 was a blessing in the form of a Pandemic for the financial advice industry.

We can evolve and adopt new strategies or we can rest on our laurels and slowly go out of business.  It is a choice, what will you choose?

how to be a virtual advisor

NextGen Planners Podcast

Our founder, Derek chats to Rohan from NextGen Planners on what it means to be a virtual advisor and more on episode 83 of their podcast.

The podcast covers:

  • His financial planning career
  • Why he transitioned
  • How Conneqtor is going
  • Tips that Derek has for financial advisors who are starting their career
  • A book recommendation – in this case The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris and Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Listen to the podcast below.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to become a virtual advisor we highly recommend downloading our free e-book as a start.