In this Swift Chat, Marie Swift of Impact Communications, Inc. speaks with Daniel Satchkov, Co-Founder and President of RiXtrema, a pioneer in developing innovative tools for financial advisors using machine learning (AI) and data science. Daniel dives into RiXtrema's two groundbreaking AI-driven productivity tools: AdvisorAI™ and 401kAI™.
In this Swift Chat, Marie Swift of Impact Communications, Inc. speaks with Michael Lecours, CFP®, Co-Founder of fpPathfinder, a company that helps financial advisors become more efficient, innovative and systematized by quickly solving planning problems and questions from clients using fpPathfinder's checklists and flowcharts.
In the dynamic world of financial services, establishing authority and credibility is crucial for professionals looking to stand out and drive growth. To shed light on the power of public relations (PR) and earned media and how it can play in to an effective marketing plan, a panel of experts gathered in Chicago at the Social/Digital Hub during the 2023 Morningstar Conference. This blog post will summarize the key takeaways from the discussion led by Jonny Swift of Impact Communications. He is joined by freelance journalist Roger Wohlner, media rockstar Shana Sissel, and PR professional Marie Swift.
Running a healthy small business is no easy feat. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 50% of U.S. businesses fail in their first five years, while 65% go under within ten years. That said, most people go into business with a positive mindset. So how do you know if you’re set up for success? When a writer for the American Express Business Trends and Insights blog asked for comments for an article she was writing, it got me thinking back about my 30 year journey as founder and CEO of Impact Communications.
Fun Times: Marie Swift Experiments with ChatGPT to Generate Poems by Bob Veres, George Kinder, and other Personalities
In preparation for a webinar on ChatGPT and other AI Tools as they apply to content creation for financial professionals, I dug in to learn more about just how effective these generative tools can be. I had a little fun, too. Below you can see the results of what happened when I asked ChatGPT to write five different poems about the limitations of ChatGPT as a content creation and research tool -- each of the poems in a different person's style. What do you think of these poems, written in the style of Ernest Hemingway, Jay Leno, George Kinder, Bob Veres, and Marie Swift?
If you missed the webinar that happened June 28, 2023, you can access the free replay by clicking the graphic below. It's an amazing resource with lots of sage advice and timely insights from Charlie Van Derven of Social Advisors, Suleman Din of Action! Magazine, and me, Marie Swift of Impact Communications. Many thanks to Equita Financial Network for providing the platform.
This special Swift Chat comes to you live from the Social/Digital Hub at the 2023 Morningstar Investment Conference in Chicago - April 25-27. Hosts Marie Swift and Jonny Swift, along with Honorary Hubsters Shawna Ohm of Content 151 and Victor Gaxiola of TechGirl Financial, speak with some big names about why they love coming to the Morningstar Investment Conference, highlights from various presentations, as well as takeaways from the conversations happening in the exhibit hall.
In this special Swift Chats, we're live at the 2023T3 - Technology Tools for Today Advisor Conference in Tampa, which took place March 13-16. Host Marie Swift talks with an array of guests in the T3 Podcast Station powered by Myriad Advisor Solutions about their big takeaways from #T32023, as well as why they love the T3 community and keep coming back to the T3 conference year after year. A few of the VIP guests even discuss some big announcements shared at the conference.
In this podcast special recorded live in the T3 Podcast Station powered by Myriad Advisor Solutions at the 2023 T3 Technology Tools for Today Advisor Conference, co-hosts Marie Swift and Jonny Swift speak to conference speakers, industry thought leaders and advisors about what's hot and happening at #T32023. From intriguing presentations on the main stage to all the fintech on display in the exhibit hall, hear the biggest takeaways and insights from:
In this special Swift Chat podcast episode, Marie Swift interviews a range of guests from the 2023 AICPA & CIMA Personal Financial Planning Summit held at Dimensional Fund Advisors Headquarters in Austin, TX January 30 - February 1. Guests share some of their biggest takeaways from the various sessions as well as why they love attending the summit every year. Marie also speaks with Lyle Benson, Program Chair, AICPA & CIMA Personal Financial Planning Summit 2023, shortly after the summit sharing highlights and insights.
In this Swift Chat, Marie Swift of Impact Communications, Inc. speaks with Bridget Grimes, CFP® and Katie Burke, CFP®, Co-Founders of Equita Financial Network, an entity that empowers independent, women-led financial planning firms to provide outstanding service to their clients, achieve business success, and leverage a network that allows them to do their life’s work without sacrificing what matters most.
In this Swift Chat, Marie Swift of Impact Communications, Inc. speaks with Joel Bruckenstein, President of Technology Tools for Today, about what to expect at the T3 2023 conference March 13-16 in Tampa.
Joel shares some of the featured speakers appearing at this year's conference, some of the topics and trends that will be discussed, as well as what to expect at this year's exhibit hall. The two also discuss all the details around lodging and planning to maximize your T3 experience
One of the most important things any financial advisory, fintech or financial services team should have prepared in case of a major crisis is a list of holding statements that are ready to go for various scenarios. If you find yourself in a crisis situation, you can bet that industry and sometimes national journalists will be reaching out to you and your firm for a statement. Rather than having to scramble and come up with something that is rushed and not thought through, it is best to have thoughtful statements at your fingertips that can be easily modified and tweaked slightly for the situation.
In this special Swift Chat podcast episode, Marie Swift interviews a range of guests from the 2022 MarketCounsel Summit held at the Four Seasons Las Vegas December 5-8, 2022. While the audio clips have been stitched together to create one full podcast episode, the video interviews are available as single clips on a Vimeo Showcase. Links to both the audio and the video clips are below.
One of the greatest joys of the season is spending time with family, friends, colleagues, and clients who share similar values -- including an appreciation for all the blessings that we enjoy at this most wonderful time of the year. In the spirit of giving this year, we have decided to share our plan for making charitable donations -- instead of sending holiday gifts to our business friends and clients.
Better yet, if you click the graphic below to show your support,
we'll donate another $10 to our existing charitable hunger donation plan.
In this Swift Chat video conversation, Marie Swift of Impact Communications Inc. speaks with James Lange of Lange Financial Group, LLC about how to cut through the noise of an endless stream of marketing campaigns. Companies like yours may think they're playing baseball, but customers and clients are actually playing dodgeball.
The two discuss how Lange's own experiences inspired him to move into the niche of financial advice for parents of special-needs children, the best ways to connect with potential clients, and the overlooked value of paper mail.
In this In this Swift Chat, Marie Swift of Impact Communications, Inc. speaks with Kellan Brown, Vice President of Business Development Strategic Partnerships in the Retirement Strategies Division at FAR, Finance of America Reverse, and Jean Heath, CIMA®, head of Asset Manager Network at Envestnet.
The trio discuss the importance of structured mentorship programs, how their respective companies implement their own mentorship programs, and how those mentorship programs help in building a strong workplace culture. The three women also share their own experiences in mentorship programs both as a mentee when starting their careers and as mentors as they've established themselves in their careers.
Swift Chat: FPA Kansas City Compilation Episode with Michael Kitces, Micha Baxley, and More (August and September 2022 Events)
In this Swift Chat compilation episode from the FPA Kansas City Symposium from August 2022 and the FPA Kansas City chapter meeting in September 2022, host Marie Swift, CEO of Impact Communications, interviews a range of guests about their experiences at the events including:
- Micha Baxley, Vice President of Business Development of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
- Mike Flinn, Vice President of National Sales with BOK Financial - Advisor Trust Services
- Brian Willet, CEO of Advisor Game Plan LLC
- Michael Kitces, Head of Planning Strategy for Buckingham Wealth Partners
- Colin Swift, Digital Media Production and Relationship Manager at Impact Communications, Inc.
- Jonny Swift, Vice President and Director of Social/Digital Strategy for Impact Communications, Inc.
Learn more about the FPA Kansas City chapter events here.
Swift Chat with HCR Wealth's Alyssa Phillips: Building an Empowered and Collaborative Workplace Culture
In this Swift Chat, Marie Swift of Impact Communications, Inc. speaks with Alyssa Phillips, Chief Operating Officer at HCR Wealth Advisors, a RIA firm with fiduciary values based in Los Angeles.
The two discuss how HCR uses technology and people to build an empowered and collaborative workplace culture. They also share highlights from the recent WealthManagement.com "Wealthies" awards where Alyssa was up for CTO of the year.
In this Swift Chat, Marie Swift of Impact Communications, Inc. speaks with Blain Wease, President of Provincial Development Group, LLC, about what makes Provincial different in their approach to helping wealth management firms implement solutions. Working with RIAs and Broker/Dealers, Blain shares how Provincial's comprehensive system improves the health of the firm. They discuss leadership, key metrics and insights on meeting goals by optimizing opportunity.
In 2016, I wrote an article for NAPFA's Advisor magazine on how to create a marketing plan using the P.E.S.O. Model as a framework for success. We refer to this framework so often in our client work and speaking engagements that I thought I would unearth the PDF and repost it here since so many of you continue to ask for a foundational explainer on what the P.E.S.O. Model is and why it is so important for financial services professionals to embrace.
In this Swift Chat video conversation, recorded live while at the T3 Conference in May 2022, Marie Swift of Impact Communications speaks with Rich Cancro, Co-Founder and CEO of AdvisorEngine.
The two discuss what makes the T3 Conference so unique as well as Cancro's T3 presentation on questions that an advisor should be thinking about for the future of their business and how to deliver a service to clients of which they're really proud.
They also take a look at the first issue of AdvisorEngine's new publication called Action! magazine and Marie gets the inside scoop on what to expect at AdvisorEngine's annual >drive Conference, which ultimately happened the week after T3 in Austin.
Swift Chat: Imposter Syndrome and How to Handle Misplaced Perceptions Related to Age, Gender and Roles
Marie Swift interviews a variety of guests live at the InvestmentNews Women Adviser Summit held this summer in Denver. Marie and the guests discussed Imposter Syndrome and if they had been misidentified in their careers due to some sort of age and/or gender bias. Some shared how at times they might not truly deserve to be in their positions, when they were actually well qualified and successful in their roles. They discuss the ways they have positioned themselves as they have grown in the industry. They touch on mentorship and bringing up the next generation of women in the profession.
Swift Chat with Craig Iskowitz: FinTech's Rapid Evolution and the Ezra Group WealthTech Integration Score
In this Swift Chat, Marie Swift of Impact Communications speaks with Craig Iskowitz, Founder and CEO of Ezra Group, a boutique strategy consulting and research firm. The two discuss the new Ezra Group WealthTech Integration Score, a unique score for FinTech vendors to help thos in the financial services realm and wealth management business build better integrated tech stacks. Craig dives into how the score is determined and what that means for FinTech vendors as well as those in the profession who may be deciding how to select and use various applications.