How to Build a 100% Virtual Financial Services Practice – The Virtual Advisor Series

how to build a 100% virtual financial services practice

What does the future of financial services look like and what can financial advisors do to help create, as well as benefit from this future? Will the bricks & mortar setup still be relevant in a post-COVID world? Financial advisors might be asking themselves, “How do I build a 100% virtual financial services practice?”

How to Build a 100% Virtual Financial Services Practice

Derek discusses these pertinent questions and more with Vice President of Advisor Development at advisors Excel, Brad Johnson. Brad is committed to helping financial advisors worldwide transition from bricks & mortar to digital during global pandemics and beyond.

It was only fitting that Brad featured Derek on ‘The Virtual Advisor Series‘, since Derek was one of the first financial advisors in the United States to go virtual back in 2013.

The Virtual Advisor Series provides education to financial advisors, on how they can use:

  • Digital marketing to increase sales.
  • A virtual office culture to increase productivity.
  • Leadership to improve operations.
  • Technology to stay ahead of the curve.

Derek and Brad discussed the benefits of a 100% virtual financial services practice, what tools empower advisors in making the transition from bricks and mortar setups easier, what challenges Derek face along the way, and the process of growing a relationship with a potential new client virtually.

Watch the episode with Brad below

If you aren’t familiar or aware of the virtual financial advisor movement then you can learn more about the age of the virtual financial advisor here.

Lead Generation for Financial Advisors – Webinar Replay

I have learned that Lead Generation for Financial Advisors is a tricky thing.

After being asked by countless financial advisors how I bring in new clients all while working virtually I knew I was on to something.  Thus, I created the InboundSalesMachine webinar to share my journey as a virtual advisor and what I created to help advisors generate inbound leads without every having to cold call or meet in person again.

Inbound Sales Machine Lead Generation

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Join me as I share my virtual journey with almost 100 advisors from around the world for this second live event.  I talk about what I learned the hard way, the myths I busted as I built my virtual business, how I made 7 figures working virtually, and hold a live Q&A at the end!

The Inbound Sales Machine webinar replay takes a deep dive into my journey, covers inbound lead generation, and why I created The Virtual Advisor System for advisors to dominate in our digital world.

Watch the entire replay and if can tell me what area of the country I recorded this event I will extend you the special offer from the webinar, just send me a note and I will make it happen!

Cheers,

Derek Notman

Building a Virtual Advisor System for Advisors – XY Adviser Podcast

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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.

Listen to the podcast for free while you get your day started or are doing those mindless admin tasks via Apple iTunes, Sticher, Spotify or just press play on the YouTube video above.

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:

5 Tips for Becoming A Virtual Financial Advisor During & After the Covid-19 Pandemic

How To Build A Financial Planning Practice Online

The Age of The Virtual Financial Advisor and COVID-19

What is XY Adviser?

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.

You can view Derek’s XY profile here.

Serving Financial Advisors Around the World – CapIntel Webinar

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Conneqtor Serves Financial Advisors Around the World

Building a successful virtual practice will become the norm for financial advisors as we move into what can be perfectly described as the era of the virtual financial advisor. 

Derek sat down with James Rockwood from CapIntel to explore how financial advisors came make the transition to the virtual model and how they can successfully build a virtual financial practice.

As advisors battle with the future of growing their business in a post-pandemic world, Conneqtor’s virtual advisor system provides a gateway to becoming a Next Gen advisor. Next Gen advisors are not only able to survive, but have the knowledge and tools at their fingertips to thrive amidst, and after global pandemics like COVID-19. CapIntel is one such tool!

What is Capintel?

Much like Conneqtor, Capintel exists to empower advisors. CapIntel do this by providing a market leading sales platform that allows advisors to compare client portfolios and investments with ease. The ability to do this, coupled with the infrastructure to produce world-class proposals has resulted in advisors selling 50% more of their assets compared to advisors who don’t use the CapIntel system!

Taking Your Practice Digital

In this webinar Derek covers the hows and why’s involved in going virtual including:

  • The first step financial advisors need to take to go virtual.
  • Building and leveraging a robust digital footprint in a post COVID world that allows you to find more ideal clients and better service existing ones.
  • The possibility of a semi-virtual vs fully-virtual model.
  • The biggest lessons Derek wish he had under his belt when he went virtual in 2013.

Watch the webinar below:

5 Tips for Becoming A Virtual Financial Advisor During & After the Covid-19 Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses of all kinds to rethink how they work and interact with clients, including financial advisors.

We have had no choice but to turn to video for communication, and we are learning very quickly why this is the preferred method of interaction with younger generations.

With video, you can communicate with anyone from anywhere in the world, and as a virtual financial advisor, this is incredibly beneficial.

Building and maintaining relationships with your clients over video is just the first step, though, as there are other important factors to consider for a successful virtual financial practice.

As you transform your practice into a virtual or semi-virtual business, use these five tips to drive success.

1.  Invest Time into Your Practice’s Future

Business may be slow at first during the pandemic, and as you migrate online, but I see this as the perfect opportunity to use this time to determine how you can streamline your business for when you’re back in full action.

How about embracing business process automation? Thanks to technology, you can now have the administrative side of your business (the mundane tasks) fully automated! Here are some examples of the work you can automate:

  • Jobs you do every day or on a schedule
  • Functions that involve capturing and moving data between applications
  • Mundane tasks that do not require problem-solving
  • Tasks that distract you from what you love doing

As you migrate online, automating your processes will help you as you build a virtual staff.

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2.  Marketing For The Next Gen Financial Advisor

If you look at your competitors, you will have noticed that many of them have cut down on marketing during the pandemic.

My advice is to put even more emphasis on your marketing efforts.  People arguably need our advice and services more now than ever.  You’re offering them a solution for during this time, so make it known.

As you transform into a virtual financial advisor, your overhead can drastically be reduced, I have dropped mine by ~60%!  Consider using some of this to invest in your marketing – this is how you can gain a competitive edge in the months and years to come.

You also will free up a significant amount of time by embracing the virtual or semi-virtual model which can now be allocated in part to spending more time on creating content for free social sites like Facebook and LinkedIn which are a great way to increase your marketing reach while not costing you a penny!

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3.  Use Conneqtor To Get You Started

Yes, I created Conneqtor to help advisors around the world.  But first built my virtual practice for me, to make more money while getting my life back and having an awesome life/work balance!

So yes, I admit that this is a little marketing plug from my side, but Conneqtor is a system I have created to help you migrate your financial planning practice online. More specifically, it’s a system that will help you generate leads 24/7.

It will teach you how to build a virtual or semi-virtual financial and insurance practice that will empower you to:

  • Make more money while expertly managing risk
  • Find and work ideal clients through predictable lead generation
  • Work from anywhere in the world while expanding your reach
  • Leverage your money and time to improve effectiveness while achieving an excellent work/life balance

I have successfully run an MDRT* Court of the Table financial practice, almost 100% virtually since 2013, so I have a deep understanding of what it takes.

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4.  Build Stronger Personal Relationships with Your Clients

So, you can no longer take your client out for dinner or a coffee, but you can use video to connect with them.

When people need to be selective about who they work with, they will commonly approach those who identify with them on a personal level. As a virtual financial advisor, you are dealing with arguably the most intimate aspect of a person’s life – their wealth and future.

Your catch-up calls don’t have to be all-business though. Introduce them to your loved ones and pets. Share your challenges and what you have been up to during the crisis – how you’ve been keeping sane. Talk to them about their problems and what they’ve been up to, and ultimately use this time to connect and develop stronger bonds with your customers.

Even little things like sending them a short video to wish them a happy birthday can make all the difference and show them you are thinking of them.

5.  Financial Advisors Should Create Valuable Content

In the meantime, as you transition to a virtual practice, take this time to create valuable content that will attract prospective clients.

Your audience lives online, even more so now, and the best way to get them interested is by giving them something of immense value for free. You are an expert in your field, so share some of your insight with your audience online. Be it through blogs, an eBook, explainer videos, or infographics, show your prospective clients why you are their best bet.  It could even be as simple as basic posts in places like LinkedIn and Facebook.  Be present and drive value!

I hope this helps and that you found my article insightful! If you would like to find out more about Conneqtor, get in touch with us.

Kind regards,

Derek Notman

Altruist’s Grow Episode 4: How to Grow a Virtual Advisor Business

Altruist's Grow Episode 4: How to Grow a Virtual Advisor Business

Want to learn how to grow a virtual advisor business? You’re in the right place!

Altruist Corp is most famous for offering a software that helps financial advisors achieve better outcomes. Much like the virtual advisor system Conneqtor, Altruist makes growing a virtual advisor practice both possible and scalable.

How to Grow a Virtual Advisor Business

Conneqtor founder and CEO, Derek Notman features on episode 4 of Altruists ‘Grow’ series. Grow is dedicated to providing financial advisors with growth hacks to succeed to succeed in an ever changing economic climate.

Tyrone Ross explores how Derek has successfully launched his virtual advisory business, having being virtual since 2013. In episode 4 Derek covers:

  • Why he started a virtual advisor practice.
  • How to successfully grow an advisor practice online.
  • How to market to your ideal client.
  • How you can start building your virtual advisor practice today.

Watch the full interview here.

Download the virtual advisor e-book here OR get started immediately and purchase the virtual advisor system today.

4 Tips for How to Get Clients as A Financial Advisor Online

Ok, so you’re entertaining the idea of transforming yourself into a virtual financial advisor? Good! Are you concerned about how you’re going to get clients online? Don’t be!

I’ve been a virtual financial advisor for years now and know precisely how to get clients as a financial advisor online – I’ve learned through trial and error so that you don’t have to.

Welcome to the virtual world! I introduce to you Conneqtor – the turn-key financial advisor lead generation system to transform your business now, and in a post-COVID-19 world.

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1.  Build a website

You can’t expect to get clients as a financial advisor online if you don’t have a home. Think of your website as your digital storefront, or better yet, your new office. Your website is where people come to find out more about you and find out how you can help them.

Whether a prospective client discovers you through a referral, an advertisement, social media, or a Google search, the first place they’re going is your website. So, it needs to look slick, relay the right information, and seal the deal.

Your website should include necessary information about your firm’s services, team biographies, and contact information – it should also offer something for free, be it an eBook or a discount.

The best advisor websites are clean, simple, and easy to find information. The key points you should make sure are on your website are:

  • Who you are (show a personal side)
  • Who you specialize in helping
  • What your services are
  • What your process is
  • What your prices are

Without these, potential clients will not have enough information to feel comfortable coming to you for an initial meeting.

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2.  Social Media Marketing

Acquiring clients online may be achieved via social media marketing, but not through merely posting about your business. You’ve got to dig deeper. You have to offer real value. You must publish content that includes that is educational, not sales, orientated. Make sure to have a nice blend of personal and business and focus on outcomes, benefits, etc. Answer the questions people are already having in their minds with your content.

You can do these via blogs, infographics, or explainer videos. Just make your content engaging and valuable. You’re the pro, so showcase it.

At the same time, you need to develop personal relationships with people of influence online. These people can be accountants, attorneys, or HR directors, anyone who would work with your ideal client but offers them a different service to yours. Find these people online and ask for their help but also showcase them and their services. You need to give to receive.

This is just the first step in your social media marketing, but it is a great way to start building meaningful connections; relationships that will lead to you getting clients online.

3.  Use Social Media Advertising

By going virtual, you’ll be saving so much money – no more expenses like renting office space or traveling to the next state to visit a client. You can most certainly pocket what you save, but make sure to use even 10% of the funds towards social media advertising.

Once you’ve got a website and some engaging, valuable content, it’s time to advertise it.

Facebook and Instagram offer incredibly robust paid advertising features. You can literally have one post (cross-platform) that gets shown to users on both.

The targeting available through Facebook & Instagram’s advertising tools are precise, meaning you can target a specific age group in a certain income bracket that live within 20 miles of a zip code, and love reading novels.

Even better is once you have advertised to a specific target market, you can re-advertise to those who clicked the link and visited your site through something called a “Pixel.”

4.  Use LinkedIn

As a financial advisor, you should have a LinkedIn account already – I mean, it’s been around for 18 years already. You would have used it as an online CV, but now’s the time to start using it for getting clients online.

It’s perfect for connecting with old contacts, building up a reputation as an industry expert, and for growing your professional network.

With LinkedIn, you can post original, useful content, interact with prospective clients, and even request referrals via mutual friends or other industry experts (see tip 2).

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LinkedIn is arguably one of the most powerful places you can go to drive inbound clients. Like Rome, it takes time to build an empire. Don’t be cheesy and pushy, build meaningful relationships, share content of immense value, and help others.

So, you’re wondering how to get clients as a financial advisor online? Well, these four tips are just a small introduction to how Conneqtor can help you.

Download my free eBook to see what I mean. Your virtual transformation starts now.

Thanks for reading!

Best regards,

Derek Notman

6 Books Every Virtual Financial Advisor Needs to Read

6 books all virtual financial advisors should read

As a virtual financial advisor, there are 6 books you simply have to read. With the times we currently find ourselves in, adaptability is key – using the plethora of information available to not only maintain your financial advisory practice but flourish like never before.

I’ve always been an avid reader but the following 6 books are the ones I keep going back to when it comes to business, being virtual, and just rocking at life!

I’ve learned a great deal and have taken the liberty to review the 6 books I’ve read that stick out, books that every virtual financial advisor should be reading in the current climate; for productivity, sales, and a positive mindset.  These books have materially improved my life and business, I simply would not have the success I do today without having had read them.

1.  The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

Ok, so what about the 4-hour workweek haven’t you heard already? Well, it has never been put in a book like this before. It is fun and easy to read too.

A book about how many of us follow the rules and stick to the system, striving to do the same thing repeatedly for 40+ years, in the hope of a stable lifestyle and a secure retirement.

Tim Ferriss has a straightforward plan for achieving an entirely different kind of life where you take “mini-retirements” throughout your time here on earth.

He gives you a practical plan for setting up an online business (in your case, a virtual financial advisory practice), so you can live a life of balance, the difference between being a business runner and a business owner. The latter giving you much more freedom and time to do what you love.

2.  Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

One of the best books you will ever read about money. A book published in 1937 during the great depression – it’s about convincing yourself that you can be wealthy – that there’s no reason you can’t have exactly what you want.

You can, however, apply the principles in this book to anything in life. To get what you want, you must have the desire, belief, act on these, and then persist. A brilliant and timeless read!

3.  Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker

You don’t have to go at it alone, nor do you have to spend thousands of dollars on office space and employee benefits. An incredible book for small business owners, virtual financial advisors, and online entrepreneurs on the power of building teams of virtual employees to help run, support, and grow your business.

Going hand in hand with my online system Conneqtor, this read will give you great tips on how to find and manage virtual staff. You should read it directly after you have read the 4-hour workweek by Tim Ferriss.

4.  Social by Matt Lieberman

A book that explores how our need to connect with each other is even more fundamental than our need for shelter or food. Lieberman provides insight into the necessity of human connection.

There are many examples here that you can apply to the relationships you have with your clients—a book for anyone who wants to understand themselves and others better.

5.  The Art of War by Sun Tzu

A book that was written 2500 years ago, yet the information conveyed can be applied to today’s fiercely competitive business scenarios as well.

For example, “In conflict, straightforward actions generally lead to engagement, surprising actions generally lead to victory.”

This read gives insight into how vital discipline, honesty, wisdom, and courage are for everything you come across in life.

6.  Swim with The Sharks by Harvey Mackay

As you transform yourself into a Virtual Financial Advisor, this book will come in handy! An essential read for lead prospecting and selling your services.

He offers a million ideas for being the best businessperson you can be, how the most crucial function of sales is about being relatable with other human beings.

Combining these books with my virtual financial advisor system will undoubtedly set you up for success. You have just got to be open to change and, of course, keep persisting.  I highly encourage you to buy the physical books instead of the digital ones.  There is something powerful about having the actual book in your hands, something that stimulates your mind more than a digital copy.

You owe it to yourself to buy, read, and learn from these books.

Thanks for reading!

Warm regards,

Derek Notman

Model FA Podcast: The Future of Financial Planning

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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.

 

Lead Generation for Financial Advisors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Lead generation for financial advisors in an online space requires an overhaul of your approach to communication and marketing (see how I didn’t say “prospecting”?). As many professionals try to adapt to remote work, we find ourselves in a unique situation due to COVID-19.

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It’s not the first time we’ve had to endure a worldwide pandemic, but it’s certainly the first time we’ve needed to in a time where we are all connected through technology.

According to We Are Social, out of the 7+ billion people in the world, there are 4.39 billion internet users worldwide.

So, as awful as this situation is, we can count ourselves lucky due to the online tools available for conducting business. As a business owner, however, the real challenge lies in lead generation.

Transforming into a Virtual Financial Advisor

After being a Virtual Financial Advisor for years now, I can tell you that running a financial planning practice online has brought me more success than in my brick and mortar days. As a financial advisor, you must’ve noticed the increased interest in clients wanting to meet over a video call as opposed to in-person? Have you noticed that the need for running your business out of physical office space is slowly declining?

With Millennials and Generation Z now making up over 38 percent of the US workforce and predicted to make up 58 percent within the next decade, transforming yourself into a virtual financial advisor makes total sense.

Lead generation for financial advisors in an online world means you need to transform yourself and join fellow financial advisors in the virtual movement of the future.

Being one of the first financial advisors in the US to successfully take my business online, I decided to create a system to help other advisors do the same. Let’s take a brief look at how my virtual advisor system works and how it can help you generate leads.

Conneqtor – The Virtual Advisor System

In short, Conneqtor empowers financial advisors like you to have the ability to achieve the following:

  • Exponentially make more profit while efficiently controlling risk
  • Work with more prominent and more ideal clients
  • Work from anywhere while expanding your reach, opening yourself up to an international market
  • Leverage your time & money to increase your impact on the market
  • Achieve an excellent life/work balance while helping your clients do the same

Conneqtor helps with lead generation for financial advisors by teaching them everything they need to know and do to drive inbound leads without having to pick up the phone to do it. Our system offers a defined virtual sales process, and shows you how to build up a virtual financial planning practice, covering an in-depth guide on the following crucial aspects:

  • Hiring a team of virtual assistants
  • A virtual client contact/service module
  • Learning email language for younger clientele
  • Creating your business’ website
  • How to blog and the importance of it
  • How to use social media for brand awareness and client question
  • Using SEO to maximize your reach online (an essential strategy used in the lead generation for financial advisors)

In today’s market, financial advisors need to create a virtual presence that drives inbound clients to them while enhancing the client/advisor experience. Consumers expect this, and they look to social media and search engines to find us.

The Virtual movement is about creating a meaningful impact and building client trust and relationships before a word is ever spoken.

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A word from one of my advisor clients:

“The strategies you provided go deeper into truly becoming a credible source in the virtual world versus simply having a social presence. While Conneqtor does take diligence and will certainly force many out of their comfort zones (myself included), it can be a true differentiator for any financial services professional utilizing the system and will set them apart from both the brick and mortar and kitchen table agents. There is no question this is a form of communication clients are hungry for, and the impact the Conneqtor has can change the lives of the clients who embrace it as well as the lives of the agents.” – Kristin Stutz, Financial Services Professional

If you’re interested in taking your financial practice online, then download our free eBook or get in touch with us today. A brighter future awaits.

Thanks for reading!

Regards,

Derek Notman