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The essential financial adviser guide to strengthening your cyber security

Posted on 19 Jul, 2018

By Lyba Nasir

In recent years, several high-profile cyber-attacks have hit the headlines. Companies from Ticketmaster to Costa and even the NHS have been victims of cyber-attacks, with four in ten UK CEOs now believing that becoming a victim of a cyber-attack is a case of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ for their organisation.

Do you have robust cyber security measures in place? Keep reading for tips and advice on how you can increase your cyber security.

Everything you need to know about MiFID ii

Posted on 14 Jun, 2018 By Lyba Nasir

MiFID ii

On 3 January this year, wide-ranging reforms to the European financial services industry came into effect. The second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID ii) rules are complex but there are some key issues that affect financial advisers.

Keep reading for an introduction to MiFID ii and everything you need to know.


Our 5-step GDPR checklist for financial advisers

Posted on 18 May, 2018 By Lyba Nasir

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On 25 May 2018, new regulations come into force which change the way you deal with your client’s data. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) build upon the requirements of the current Data Protection Act, but there are some significant changes which you need to be aware of. Keep reading for your five-step financial adviser GDPR checklist.


Many advisers would say that managing their most active clients, re-engaging with those who haven’t taken advice in a while and networking with potential new clients can make for a fairly hectic schedule. So for this reason, you’d be forgiven for wondering if there are more efficient ways to keep in contact with your current and potential clients. One of the most versatile and accessible ways of engaging with current and potential clients is email marketing. This communication tool allows you to keep your contact lists updated with the latest news from the industry, whilst promoting your services.


For financial advisers, social media provides a whole range of opportunities. Connecting with and researching competitors, and getting across your message can all be done instantly online via social media. However, with these opportunities come risks, and what may have seemed like a harmless thing to post could be interpreted differently and in affect, end up damaging a reputation that you have worked hard to create.
There are countless examples of when people have posted inappropriate updates to their social media profiles that have ended up costing them their job. For example, a PR executive posted an inappropriate comment while on an aeroplane , only to find she had lost her job when the plane landed. In addition to showing the power of social media, this example also proves the instantaneous nature of the platforms, in that in such a relatively short space of time, this post had spread sufficiently far to make her lose her job.


10 Ways Technology Can Help Organise Your Work Life

Posted on 16 Feb, 2018 By Liam Cross

Take a look at 10 ways technology can improve your work life

Getting organised can help you to make more time for the things you really want to be doing. Research has found that being organised can reduce stress and depression, improve your relationships, and boost your productivity. These days, there are hundreds of apps available to help you get things done. Here are 10 ways in which technology can help you to organise your life.


How do I increase my websites Domain Authority?

Posted on 02 Feb, 2018 By Samantha Atherton

You may be aware of the benefits a high Domain Authority (DA) can have for your business. They include better search engine visibility for your website, which can lead to higher traffic, brand awareness and exposure. A high Domain Authority can also lead to natural back links and more social shares. But how do you go about increasing your Domain Authority?

To refresh your memory, Domain Authority is a score developed by Moz (a digital software and content agency) – based on a 100-point scale – which predicts how well a website will rank in search engines. It is very difficult to get a DA of 100 – sites like Facebook and Google have it! Yet, you should still always aim for a DA higher than you currently have.


SEO jargon buster – helping you get to grips with the lingo

Posted on 25 Jan, 2018 By Samantha Atherton

SEO stands for search engine optimisation, and is basically marketing jargon for a way to improve your website so that it will appear close to the top positions on the search engine results pages for your targeted keywords in Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines. In today’s competitive market SEO is a vital marketing tool. It can help your business to grow and meet certain business objectives.


Should You Send Christmas Cards to Clients?

Posted on 14 Dec, 2017 By Kathryn Pegler

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If you regularly send Christmas cards, you’re not alone. Figures from the Greeting Card Association have revealed that around a billion Christmas cards were sold in the UK in 2016, with £230 million worth of boxes and nearly 100 million single cards sold. But what about sending Christmas cards to your clients? We look at […]


% ways to increase brand awareness

One of the main challenges facing any business owner is how to market their business and brand. How do you get your name known? Attract your first client? Or build a reputation in your industry? Our guide looks at five easy ways you can get your name out there when you’re self-employed. Have a great […]


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