Dave Grant

Use Video to Make Client Onboarding Less Painful

How to Use Video to Make Client Onboarding Less Painful

Is your client onboarding process long and tedious? The chances are it is.

Using video may be one way to help streamline things.

A client onboarding reality check

I just retained my family’s first financial advisor.

Experiencing the client onboarding process first hand from a client’s perspective was not fun.

I’m not putting the advisor at fault because it seems to be a problem with my clients and other advisors as well.…

Blueleaf Client Engagement

How Advisor Dave Grant Retained 100% of his New Clients with Blueleaf

I work hard to improve my growing RIA business. Attracting and retaining new clients is a vital part of this.

I test everything I can making decisions based on facts, not just gut feeling.

Client Engagement Test
So, while I’m already a Blueleaf customer, I wanted to prove if the investment in Blueleaf was worth it.

In other words, ‘Was Blueleaf helping my business?’

Life without Blueleaf proved to be very tough indeed.

Financial Advisor close rate

How a Financial Advisor Closed 94% of Prospects

“94%? cough, cough (hand over my mouth) bulls*&t.”

Whenever I read titles like this I’m skeptical. Is 94% really an accurate number?

It turns out that this claim is true, at least for one Blueleaf user.

Financial Advisor Close Rate

One of the things I’ve grown to appreciate about the team at Blueleaf is their proactive nature. Every few months, their team reaches out to me to see if I have any questions about the program and to fill me on latest developments.…

Hostile Client Meetings

How to Handle Hostile Client Meetings

Hostile Client Meetings

Recently a client asked me to attend a meeting between her, her recent ex-husband and an insurance broker we have been talking to. The reason for the meeting was to explore getting life insurance coverage on the husband, to insure the alimony he was obligated to pay. Her attorney had missed this during the divorce proceedings, so it was going to be on my client to bear the cost.…

Will the iWatch Change Financial Advisor Technology?

Will the iWatch Change Financial Advisor Technology?

iwatch 300x300Back when the smartphone (iPhone et al.) came out, various apps revolutionized how users managed their money. They were able to move away from the computer or visiting a bank, and manage their financial lives from a mobile device. With the introduction of the Apple iWatch to accompany the iPhone, apps that are on an iPhone can now also be used from the iWatch.…

Designing the Review Meeting of Your Client's Dreams

Designing the Review Meeting of Your Client’s Dreams

Client Review Meeting

Throughout my career as a financial planner, I’ve tried many approaches at streamlining the task of setting up and getting data for client review meetings. This has been as simple as a brief phone call, but this can sometimes lead to a lack of data. On the other end, it has been as in-depth as requesting copies of a client’s statements and re-iterating their goals, but then the work would be too much for clients and I would get the silent treatment.…

financial planning software for easier operations

Financial Planning Software that Makes Plan Operations Pain Free

financial planning software for easier operationsI’m going to vocalize a secret that I’m sure many financial planners have:

I love finding new clients and designing their plans with them, but I find the implementation of these plans tedious.

If you’re reading this by yourself and feel this way, throw a fist pump in the air, “Yes! It’s not just me.” However, if you happen to be reading in this in the presence of other financial planners, just shake your head and say, “He obviously doesn’t care about his clients.” It’s OK, you can agree with me on the inside.…

Periscope for Wealth Management business

What Is #Periscope, and How Can It Help Your Practice?

Periscope for Wealth Management businessIf you haven’t heard of Periscope yet, no worries – it hasn’t been out long and is only just being used by larger brands. It has a rival competitor called Meerkat (amongst other smaller apps), but as Twitter now owns Periscope, it may become a larger name in this space.

Knowing advisors and technology, it’ll be over three years before most people consider using it!…

Win More Clients With THIS Pricing Model

Win More Clients With THIS Pricing Model

“I’ve interviewed three firms: one said I didn’t meet their minimum, the other had a huge fee for just managing my investments, and the last claimed most of their work is done for free but they use some select products. Even I’m not that dumb. Is your whole industry so arrogant and f*&$ing confusing?”

Sound familiar?

Our profession (financial planning and investment management) is open to the rich. …

Lessons Learned: Advising Families from Foreign Cultures

Lessons Learned: Advising Families from Foreign Cultures

diverseI recently started working with a family with a strong Pakistani heritage. The husband is a first-generation immigrant and his wife is an American-Pakistani (born in the USA, but of Pakistani descent). They are both doctors and have a great combined income. However, as we started discussing how their plan would be designed, it become clear to me that my whole education and experience was going to be turned on its head.…