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.
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.
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.
In this Swift Chat episode, Marie Swift speaks with Mitch Martin, founder and CEO of Stonebridge Wealth Management, about his work specializing in financial planning for clients in the arts, entertainment and sports industries. The two discuss his passion to give people who have acquired wealth suddenly a person they can trust to give sound advice, his focus on achievement-based planning, and aligning a client's investments with their values.
Learn more about Stonebridge Wealth Management at www.StonebridgeAdvisers.com
In this Swift Chat video conversation, Marie Swift speaks with Reese Harper CFP®, founder of Dentist Advisors and CEO of Elements. The two discuss how Harper built both Dentist Advisors and Elements, the importance of taking user psychology into account when building software functionality, and what goes into creating a sustainable financial planning practice for the next generations of clients.
To learn more about Reese and his podcasts, presentations, and consulting services, connect with him on LinkedIn:
Linkedin.com/in/ReeseHarper/. You can learn more about Elements at GetElements.com.
In this special Swift Chat podcast episode, Marie Swift interviews a range of guests from the Investments & Wealth Institute ACE Academy 2022 conference including:
In a recent post on LinkedIn, Sheryl Hickerson, founder of Females & Finance (who is also a good business friend of mine and a super sharp marketing pro), asked: As a Woman in Finance, how many of you have you ever been mistaken as the assistant versus the advisor at a conference? This got me thinking about my humble beginnings when I actually was an assistant to a highly-successful advisor. In case this helps anyone, I typed up a few thoughts and will post them here. In addition, at the very bottom of this post, I will link back to the LinkedIn conversation that Sheryl started in case anyone would like to comment on the topic.
FAR Sight / Swift Chat: How Global Pandemics and World Events Affect the World of Client Service and Financial Advice
The Financial Planning Association (FPA) and Finance of America Reverse (FAR) invited a select group of financial planning practitioners and financial services professionals to participate in a special round table while we were all together at the FPA Retreat in April 2022. This was my first FPA Retreat and I loved every minute of it. We gathered in a side room at the Lost Pines Resort – which was absolutely beautiful – to talk about the most pressing challenges and concerns – as well as the most important opportunities facing advisors today.
As moderator of the round table gathering, I kicked off the conversation by asking the participants to reflect back to March 2020 as the pandemic realities kicked in and, to more importantly, fast forward to today and tell us how things are going, what they have seen and put in place to better serve their clients, and where they are headed as the future unfolds.
In this Swift Chat conversation, Marie Swift speaks with Carl Richards CFP® of the Society of Advice and creator of The Behavior Gap at the Jolt! Conference about the difficulties and opportunities of living in volatile times. The two industry insiders and strategy consultants discuss the vulnerability underlying advisors' marketing decisions and navigating change beyond the financial plan.
In this Swift Chat video conversation -- recorded live at the T3 Technology Tools for Today conference in Texas on May 3, 2022 -- Marie Swift of Impact Communications, Inc. speaks with Nitin Seth, CEO of Incedo, Inc., a digital transformation company. Nitin talks about the seven building blocks of successful digital transformation and winning in the digital age.
In this Swift Chat video conversation, Marie Swift speaks with Bill Cates, President of Referral Coach International and founder of the Cates Academy for Relationship Marketing about his new book Beyond Referrals, which gives advisors the tools they need to transform introductions into new clients.
The two discuss converting referrals into engaged introductions, why people make referrals, how to form business friendships, and shed more light onto what type of client relationships lead to introductions.
In this Swift Chat video conversation, Marie Swift of Impact Communications speaks with John Mackowiak, Chief Business Development Officer, and Dirk Pearson, Chief Product Officer at Advyzon, a comprehensive technology platform and portfolio management solution for financial advisors and investment managers that includes portfolio management, customizable performance reporting, trading and rebalancing, client web portals, client relationship management (CRM), client billing, and document storage. Advyzon helps advisors streamline their operations so they can focus on growing their business.
The trio discusses the growth of the company, Advyzon's new Quantum Rebalancing tool, and a few teasers of upcoming features Advyzon is working on.
In this Swift Chat video conversation, Marie Swift of Impact Communications, Inc. speaks with Travis Parry, a speaker, coach and author who has a Masters degree in Psychology and a Doctorate in Family and Human Development. Travis focuses on helping people achieve balance in their life. The two discuss what led Travis into this field and how he helps advisors reach their personal and professional goals.
So this is a brilliant way to attract more visibility in the financial services industry. If you are a compliance or law firm, create a checklist designed to help advisors navigate the complexities of the new SEC regulation related to testimonials, endorsements, and marketing. This free, downloadable PDF -- which presents an if-this-then-that type of checklist -- will be very helpful for advisory firms as they prep for the November 4, 2022 compliance date for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Marketing Rule.
Swift Chat with Jake Wagner: How Smart Advisors and Financial Services Firms are Adjusting their Marketing Sails in 2022
In this Swift Chat video conversation, Marie Swift of Impact Communications, Inc. speaks with Jake Wagner, Founder of Digital Marketing 4FP, which offers creative marketing and fractional CMO services to fiduciary advisors and larger organizations that support independent advisors. The two talk about, what else, marketing and how smart advisors are adjusting their business growth sails in 2022.
In this Swift Chat video conversation, Marie Swift of Impact Communications, Inc. speaks with Brad Swineheart, SVP of Business Development at White Glove, a marketing company that helps advisors succeed via educational workshops, marketing content, and social media. The two discuss White Glove’s unique approach to lead generation. Brad dives into how White Glove matches advisors with pre-determined workshop topics guaranteed to bring in the ideal type of clients. White Glove’s approach of handling all the heavy lifting allows the advisor to focus on what they're good at, educating prospects on financial topics and generating leads.