Do you want to know a secret? 5 Simple Steps to Creating Great Testimonials
I worked with an Advisor that was great at getting referrals from clients and this kept his pipeline moderately full. He decided to invest in upgrading his website to attract more new business. The site was excellent – it told a good story about his background and he provided a lot of interesting articles about investing. BUT – he wasn’t generating net new clients. I noticed he didn’t have testimonials on his site and I mentioned that 84 Percent of People Trust Online Reviews As Much As Friends.
The testimonials help you to establish credibility and act like word of mouth when potential clients do their research. If you don’t have an active site, I recommend you continuously collect testimonials so you have them available as part of your marketing package.
The way to obtain testimonials is to ask existing clients to recall why they became your clients in the first place and then why they have remained clients. Take the opportunity to tell them what you think your strengths are and see if they agree. I recommend that you approach this step as an interview process and ask the client’s permission to take notes. The Advisor I worked with simply asked his clients at the same time he was asking for referrals and it quickly became his habit.
People today are too busy to write their own testimonials. It is best to write a summary of what they told you and send it to them for their approval. We found we had excellent responses to this approach.
Write the testimonial using the client’s own words. For example:“I approached Joe for help when I was worried that I wasn’t making the right investment choices to fund my retirement. Joe calmed me down by showing me exactly how much I required and what I needed to invest in to make my retirement a reality. Now, two years later, I am ready to take that next big step in my life with Joe as my investment partner.”
Ensure you have a variety of testimonials by dividing them up into specific categories. For example:
- Experience and Expertise
- Help at Every Stage
- Exceptional Customer Service
- Proven Success (make sure that all your data is substantiated and confirm with compliance it can be used)
- Holistic Approach to Investing
It is imperative you have client permission to use all testimonials. Tell your compliance team when a testimonial is solicited as it impacts your disclosure. Your compliance team should review and approve any testimonials for use.*
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*Refer to OSC staff notice 33-747 www.osc.gov.on.ca page 34-35 for guidance.
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