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This post is updated. It was originally published in 2017.

 

Independent Advisors need a strategy-led, systematic growth program.

We recently published the Financial Advisor SMART BOOK™, 2020 Edition.  This latest edition has been updated and outlines the Revenue Architecture Methodology that financial advisors can use to add greater structure and predictability in their revenue engine. We introduce nine steps and advisor-specific marketing and sales strategies that are helping advisors capture client value.

The comprehensive guide helps independent financial advisors build a strategy-led, systematic growth program with 9 proven strategies. The goal is to help advisors:

  • Increase Volume: Generate More Visits & Inquiries
  • Increase Client Value: Get Better Qualified Inquiries
  • Increase Velocity: Increase your Conversion Rate
  • Increase AUM and Revenue: Optimize Engagement for AUM growth and Revenue Impact.

Having a vision and game plan for growth is important for financial advisors to thrive in a challenging marketplace. The Smart Book™ outlines how you can achieve more predictable and sustainable revenue growth by establishing a Revenue Architecture that fits your firm. The key is to commit to a systematic sales and marketing process by following the 9 proven strategies to guide your approach.

[Strategy 1 of 9] Markets & Buyers – Define Ideal Clients and Market Segments 

This may seem obvious, but we are surprised how many advisors we work with have not done a marketplace assessment, defined segments, and personas.

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Marketing Plan

Marketing Plan

 

Accelerated, predictable, and sustainable revenue growth requires a company-wide commitment. When developing a marketing plan, consider these questions. These can help you develop your Revenue Architecture and expand your revenue performance potential.

The 9 dimensions take a broad view of revenue growth dimensions and help you focus your sales and marketing planning.

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Consider Revenue Architecture When Selecting Your Tech Stack

Face it, buyers don’t care whether they are interacting with your marketing or your sales organization, they follow their buying process – often in an unstructured and unpredictable way. They self-sell on the web,  research with influencers and engage 1:1 with sales people.   An effective buyer experience across a dynamic buyer’s lifecycle requires that your revenue architecture is designed with a coordinated closed-loop process supported by integrated technology stack.

We read a lot about Martech and SalesTech stacks. This is understandable because marketing and sales teams have traditionally pursued  distinct missions with different needs. Yet if your marketing, sales and service “front office”  needs to be more integrated to support dynamic buyer pathways, then you might need to re-think your technology stack.  An integrated revenue process supported by integrated revenue technology helps deliver a single view of the customer and becomes  more responsive and relevant as your buyers jig and jag along their dynamic buying processes.

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under the microscope

This blog post is part of a series providing an in-depth exploration of each dimension of the 12 Dimensions of Revenue Architecture


Go-to-Market strategy is the foundation of a company’s revenue producing structure. To generate revenue, it is necessary to have defined channels to interact with customers.

To achieve this, a company needs an effective Go to Market strategy that makes the company easy to buy from and easy to sell for. A go-to-market strategy and plan is a blueprint for how the company will reach customers.

In a world where customers are becoming increasingly inundated with competitive options, it is more important than ever to effectively engage over the right channels. Your Go-to-market strategy allows you to reach customers at their various touch-points and optimize your service processes; customers can more easily interact with your company and, in turn, you can be more responsive and personalized in your customer responses.

Go-to-market is particularly crucial for services businesses that require heavy customer interaction.  Go-to-market strategy streamlines and establishes a strong focus on the steps that a company must take to co-create value with customers.

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graphic showing the changing roles of marketing and sales

Why Marketing Qualified Leads?

Although many marketers focus on increasing the number of leads, quite often marketers should be in fact aiming to have fewer leads. The key is that this smaller number of leads are Marketing Qualified Leads (MQLs), who are genuine sales prospects, instead of people who are curious but have no intent to buy.

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Revenue Architecture

A Revenue Architecture is a process for accelerating revenue growth.

Rev-en-ue noun:  the return or yield from any kind of property, patent, service, etc.; income. Ar-chi-tec-ture noun: the process and product of planning, design and construction. “Revenue Architecture” is the process and product of planning, designing and constructing the capabilities for sustainable revenue performance.  A  Revenue Architecture helps businesses of any size align marketing and sales and engage the market to generate demand and convert sales.  

There are three dimensions of a Revenue Architecture:
Revenue Architecture

  1. Strategy:  Defining the innovative strategies and prioritized initiatives that will help you differentiate in the market.
  2. Systems: The integrated platform of brand, channels, people, process and technology forming your revenue engine.
  3. Programs: Creative and predictive marketing and sales campaigns that engage audience, drive demand and convert sales.

A world class Revenue Architecture is defined by leading practices across 30 dimensions. We developed a diagnostic tool called Revenue Grader to help business owners and revenue leaders sell-assess their capabilities and prioritize focus.

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