If you are a financial advisor who would like to work with more doctor clients, here are 9 costly mistakes to avoid.
Mistake #1: Deliver an unappealing message. Half of doctors report they are behind in retirement planning. However, most doctors are about as excited to talk about their retirement plans as kids are to eat the vegetables that are good for them.
Offer doctors messages they want to receive. Here are a few proven topics:
• How to legally and ethically reduce taxes.
• How to move up retirement by 5 to 10 years.
• How to launch side gigs.
Demonstrate your understanding of the culture of medicine and act like an insider.
For example in the world of business, you default to a prospect’s first names—even if you’ve never met. If you do that with doctors, you have most likely lost the sale at hello. Use the doctor title until the doctor invites you to use his/her first name.
Want to alienate a dentist prospect? Use the phrase “doctors and dentists” on your web site.
Dentists ARE doctors. Instead, your marketing materials could say, “physicians and dentists.”
Run your marketing materials by a doctor who can pick up these subtle gaffes that would raise doctors' eyebrows.
Offer your pearls of wisdom regularly, and put a “click here to schedule a phone call” on all outgoing marketing pieces. When the time is right and you have built enough trust, doctors will reach out!
Apply leverage in your marketing. Reach out to people who already know, like and trust you with the message, “You may not know this about me, but I’m on a mission to help doctors take control of their financial destiny. If you have any doctor friends, invite them to contact me to get a copy of The Myth of the Rich Doctor.” You can make a different offer once a quarter.
Recruit a physician to open doors of opportunities that are generally closed to financial advisors. A physician has a much better chance of delivering a webinar or a presentation at a medical meeting than you do.
When your personal doctors deliver medical care, they always end the appointment with instructions. “I would like to see you back in a week.” Or, “You’re doing great. See you next year! “
Do you regularly lay out next steps with your doctor prospects?
It’s easy to get wrapped up in activities that keep you busy. However, sit back and ask yourself, “What activities most reliably generate business results?” Then invest you efforts there.
How often do you test the title of your talk or copy on your landing page? Sometimes small tweaks can lead to dramatically-improved outcomes.
When you avoid these nine common and costly mistakes, you are much more likely to accelerate your growth by acquiring more doctor clients.
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Vicki Rackner MD is an author, speaker and consultant who offers a bridge between the world of medicine and the world of business. She helps businesses acquire physician clients, and she helps physicians thrive. Contact her at (425) 451-3777.