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    Hack Attack Infographic: Hacks and Security Stats

    This  infograph and post from Richard Sharp, a writer over at gadgetsandgizmos.org, serves as a good reminder of how vulnerable our information can be online.

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    Topics: 2011 hackers, best hackers, Blogging, hacker information, infograph

    The Impact of Blogging for Financial Advisors on Their Website Traffic

    Blogging may seem time consuming, or maybe you worry you don't have enough to write about. Now you might need to worry if you don't have a blog. A recent study by HubSpot found that small companies with a blog get 55% more traffic to their website. They also get 97% more inbound ...

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    Topics: blog for financial advisors, drive more traffic to your financial website, why advisors should be blogging, Social Media

    A Review of Webvisor: The Financial Advisor's Guide to the Internet

    As a former financial advisor and now social media strategist, I take great interest in any publication that is geared towards financial professionals, especially if it involves a digital strategy. As such I was honored when Bart Wisniowski, co-founder of AdvisorWebsites.com and ...

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    Topics: books for CFP, books for financial advisors, General, webvisor, social media book for financial advisors, social media for the CFP

    Precise Prospecting With the Push/Pull Technique

    Our businesses are built on the effectiveness of our prospecting efforts. Like everything in life, there has to be some “give and take,” or as we like to say in marketing, “push and pull.” The “push” gives prospects enough information about you, your practice, and your ...

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    Topics: Marketing, marketing for financial advisors, push pull marketing strategy

    Back to Basics: The Best Social Media Tools & Client Networking Platforms

    When it comes to social media tools and platforms, it’s hard to know where to start.  In retrospect, there are thousands of social networking sites out there to assist you in your social media strategy, each one with its own purpose.  The difficulty is knowing which sites are ...

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    Topics: Blogging, How-To, Social Media

    Technology Spotlight - Join.Me

    When we find a product we are particularly fond of, we believe it is our duty to let you all know about it!  A couple weeks ago I wrote an article about great Skype has been for us both for calling directly from your browser, and for screen sharing during meetings.  Today, we ...

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    Topics: easiest way to share my screen, great screen sharing programs, how do I share my screen?, How-To, join.me, Showcase

    Some Friday Reading

    It's the end of the week and you need a break.  If you're looking for some reading to help you relax, here are some of the websites and blogs that we at Advisor Websites read on a regular basis. Have a good weekend!

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    Topics: Blogging, financial blogs, Financial Websites, top blogs

    Getting and Using Client Testimonials

    Important: this articles doesn't apply to US-based advisors. Client testimonials can be a great credibility builder to your financial services practice. You should include testimonials on your advisor website as well as other marketing materials you use. How to quickly collect ...

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    Topics: financial advisor, financial advisor website design, financial website, General, How-To, marketing ideas for financial advisors, testimonials for your website, Marketing, resources for financial advisors

    The Best Things in Life are Free..

    Everybody enjoys something free, whether it's a pen, some food, or good financial advice.  I read an interesting article the other day from FlowTown that basically says that gifting your service is the way to grow your business.

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    Topics: Marketing

    3 Examples Of How An Outdated Website Can Hurt Your Business

    An effective website is something that when executed properly, can have a significant impact on your marketing initiatives, and the overall success of your practise.  Sure, a lot of advisors have a website, but do all advisors believe in the benefits of having a website? Likely ...

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    Topics: Design, why a financial advisor needs a website, Marketing, website for financial advisor, website for financial professionals

    Skype for Long Distance Calls and Calls Directly from Your Browser

    On May 18th, I shed light on the possibilities of using Skype to hold client meetings, and now I'm going to recommend something that's even easier to implement; Skype for long distance calls, and calls directly from your browser.

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    Topics: benefits of skype, How-To, skype integration, skype toolbars, why use skype, skype for business, skype for long distance calls

    How Canadian Firm "McCoy Solutions" is Using Social Media

    About a month ago, Advisor Websites transitioned the website for McCoy Solutions onto our new platform, so we decided to follow up with them to see how everything has been going since the switch.  We scheduled  a meeting with Dawn Luhning, prepared our questions, and waited for ...

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    Topics: financial advisor using social media, Showcase, McCoy Solutions Saskatchewan, Social Media

    Back to Basics: Why Should I Use Social Media?

    Social media, in its rawest form, is simply the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogue.  It sounds so easy in definition-form, but social media is a complicated web of social networking platforms, content information and diverse ...

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    Topics: benefits of using social media for business, social media for financial professionals. social m, Social Media

    Spotlight on Dekker Hewett Group

    Advisor Websites is happy to announce the launch of a new website for the Dekker Hewett Group. The Dekker Hewett Group is an investment advisory firm located in Vancouver, Canada, that focuses on achieving superior returns, unique investment opportunities, and peace of mind for ...

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    Topics: Dekker Hewett Group Vancouver, Investment Advisory firms in Vancouver, Showcase

    Morgan Stanley Social Media Strategy is Half-Baked

    "Now, the country's largest retail brokerage, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, has become the first major wealth manager to allow its brokers partial use of Twitter." - Press Release When it was announced on Wednesday that Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (MSSB) advisors would be given ...

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    Topics: morgan stanley social media, Social Media, social media strategy for advisors