Marketing and Finance (MAF) Podcast

MPAF49 – Fergus Muirhead: Consumer Insights from a Certified Financial Planner, Writer and Broadcaster

There's no better way to find out what customers want than talking to them. And talking to lots of them.

My guest today is a Certified Financial Planner who's been on a remarkable journey to build a parallel career as an accomplished writer and broadcaster.

Listen to Fergus's fascinating stories from his dual life as adviser and media star. Hear his insights into what consumers really think of the financial services industry and what we all can do to help more people understand their money.

That's all right here on Episode 49 of the Marketing Protection and Finance Podcast.

Who is Fergus Muirhead?

Fergus is a Certified Financial Planner and an experienced writer and broadcaster.

He has written on all aspects of money and consumer issues for a number of newspapers and magazines; including Scotland on Sunday, The Sun, The News of the World and the Journal of the Probate Section of the Law Society.

He wrote a regular column in Moneywise Magazine and for five years he was consumer champion at bestselling magazine Women's Own.

As well as his writing credits, Fergus has appeared regularly on a number of radio and TV programmes; including GMTV, BBC Breakfast, Homes Live and Location Location Location.

You can currently see Fergus and hear him on Reporting Scotland and on the lunch time BBC Radio Scotland show, John Beattie.

Links and Show Notes.

For links to the books and apps mentioned by Fergus, please visit http://rogeredwards.co.uk/MPAF for the show notes.

What is the Marketing Finance and Protection (MPAF) Podcast?

This is the Podcast for providers and advisers looking to share business ideas and inspiration in the world of protection and finance.

The MPAF Podcast is a 30 minute audio show you download from http://rogeredwards.co.uk/MPAF, iTunes or Stitcher Radio. Each week I’ll be interviewing financial services providers, advisers, experts and journalists.

Interviews to listen to in the car, on the train or on the treadmill.

I’ll be asking what we can do to make protection and finance more accessible to the consumer. We’ll talk about:

          Marketing, communications and propositions.

          Financial and protection products

          Interesting business models and campaigns

as well discussing how advisers can promote their own businesses using modern content and social media methods.

My aim is to make sure that you will get one or two big business ideas that you can apply to your own business.  Whether it is a sales idea, advice idea, product tweak or simply an app that is worth looking at.

I’m your host, Roger Edwards. A Marketer for 25 years, ex-MD of Bright Grey and Scottish Provident, content and social media champion, I’m now in business to help your business.

Please subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes and I’d be grateful if you would leave a review. http://rogeredwards.co.uk/itunes

Fancy Appearing on the Show?

Would you be interested in appearing on the MPAF Podcast? Are you working on a new proposition, campaign or a business model you want to talk about? Do you fancy drawing out some inspirational business and marketing ideas that MPAF listeners can take away to use in their own businesses? Do please contact me if you want to get involved. http://rogeredwards.co.uk


MPAF48 – Steve Casey on Protection on Platforms

It's been flat for many years and individual protection providers are searching for new ways to grow the protection market.

Relying upon price competition, adding features and promoting claims statistics isn't working.

Riding on the success of platform providers could be one way to find that elusive extra business.

My guest today is Head of Marketing and Propositions at AIG Life. Having just launched a protection proposition onto the Transact and Nucleus Financial platforms, Steve is best placed to explain the opportunity that exists.

Hear Steve explain how protection on platforms works and how it interacts with a client's investment portfolio.

Listen as Steve talks about the innovative pay as you go feature which means clients only pay for the cover they need.

That's all right here on Episode 48 of the Marketing Protection and Finance Podcast.

Who is Steve Casey?

Steve Casey joined AIG Life in November 2012 when they were known as Ageas Protect.

AIG purchased the company at the end of December 2014 and they have now successfully rebranded as AIG Life.

Other than running a wholesale fishing tackle and bait company when he was much younger, Steve has spent his career in Financial Services in the UK, Far East & European markets.

He writes and blogs regularly on the protection market although a little known fact about Steve is that he appeared in Money Marketing once not talking about the values of protection but how to actually make the best beans on toast.

Links and Show Notes.

For links to the books and apps mentioned by Steve, please visit http://rogeredwards.co.uk/MPAF for the show notes.

What is the Marketing Finance and Protection (MPAF) Podcast?

This is the Podcast for providers and advisers looking to share business ideas and inspiration in the world of protection and finance.

The MPAF Podcast is a 30 minute audio show you download from http://rogeredwards.co.uk/MPAF, iTunes or Stitcher Radio. Each week I’ll be interviewing financial services providers, advisers, experts and journalists.

Interviews to listen to in the car, on the train or on the treadmill.

I’ll be asking what we can do to make protection and finance more accessible to the consumer. We’ll talk about:

             Marketing, communications and propositions.

             Financial and protection products

             Interesting business models and campaigns

as well discussing how advisers can promote their own businesses using modern content and social media methods.

My aim is to make sure that you will get one or two big business ideas that you can apply to your own business.  Whether it is a sales idea, advice idea, product tweak or simply an app that is worth looking at.

I’m your host, Roger Edwards. A Marketer for 25 years, ex-MD of Bright Grey and Scottish Provident, content and social media champion, I’m now in business to help your business.

Please subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes and I’d be grateful if you would leave a review. http://rogeredwards.co.uk/itunes

Fancy Appearing on the Show?

Would you be interested in appearing on the MPAF Podcast? Are you working on a new proposition, campaign or a business model you want to talk about? Do you fancy drawing out some inspirational business and marketing ideas that MPAF listeners can take away to use in their own businesses? Do please contact me if you want to get involved. http://rogeredwards.co.uk

Direct download: MPAF48_-_Steve_Casey_on_Protection_on_Platforms.mp3
Category:Marketing -- posted at: 5:49am EST

MPAF47 – Peter Timberlake on How to Build a Successful Media Profile

Journalists require a constant stream of stories and content to satisfy the 24 hour online demand for news.

Only a handful of financial advisers actively engage with the media to provide comment and material. So a huge opportunity exists for other advisers to build their own media profiles.

My guest has been doing communications and PR for over 30 years and you can benefit from his experience here. Peter's interview is a masterclass in how to give journalists what they need and supercharge your media profile at the same time.

Listen to Peter talk about media commentating, being accessible to journalists, and how to deliver the Holy Grail - The Case Study.

You can also hear his valuable advice about blogging, LinkedIn Publishing and Social Media right here in Episode 47 of the Marketing Protection and Finance Podcast.

Who is Peter Timberlake?

Peter’s communications specialist with over 30 years’ experience across multiple audiences and media including financial services trade press, consumer personal finance press, city/business media, specialist lifestyle publications, broadcast and digital media, political and policy makers, IFAs, lobby groups and worthy causes.

He’s an external communications leader with experience of managing combined press office, public affairs and corporate responsibility team and building the function from scratch.

He helps leading organisations manage and enhance their brand and reputation and achieve strategic communications objectives.

He’s held senior positions at Standard Life and Friends Life and currently works as Head of Communications for the Financial Reporting Council.

Links and Show Notes.

For links to the books and apps mentioned by Peter, please visit http://rogeredwards.co.uk/MPAF for the show notes.

What is the Marketing Finance and Protection (MPAF) Podcast?

This is the Podcast for providers and advisers looking to share business ideas and inspiration in the world of protection and finance.

The MPAF Podcast is a 30 minute audio show you download from http://rogeredwards.co.uk/MPAF, iTunes or Stitcher Radio. Each week I’ll be interviewing financial services providers, advisers, experts and journalists.

Interviews to listen to in the car, on the train or on the treadmill.

I’ll be asking what we can do to make protection and finance more accessible to the consumer. We’ll talk about:

             Marketing, communications and propositions.

             Financial and protection products

             Interesting business models and campaigns

as well discussing how advisers can promote their own businesses using modern content and social media methods.

My aim is to make sure that you will get one or two big business ideas that you can apply to your own business.  Whether it is a sales idea, advice idea, product tweak or simply an app that is worth looking at.

I’m your host, Roger Edwards. A Marketer for 25 years, ex-MD of Bright Grey and Scottish Provident, content and social media champion, I’m now in business to help your business.

Please subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes and I’d be grateful if you would leave a review. http://rogeredwards.co.uk/itunes

Fancy Appearing on the Show?

Would you be interested in appearing on the MPAF Podcast? Are you working on a new proposition, campaign or a business model you want to talk about? Do you fancy drawing out some inspirational business and marketing ideas that MPAF listeners can take away to use in their own businesses? Do please contact me if you want to get involved. http://rogeredwards.co.uk

Direct download: MPAF47_-_Peter_Timberlake_on_Building_a_Successful_Media_Profile.mp3
Category:Marketing -- posted at: 6:08am EST

MPAF46 – Sam Chivers on How to Master Web Analytics for Your Website

Your website might only be a few pages describing your business and what you do.

Or it could be a larger site with that essential information plus articles, videos and tools.

Either way, knowing your audience and what they want is a critical success factor for any website.

The best way to know your audience is through your traffic stats. You can buy packages or use Google Analytics. If you’re not and expert it can be difficult to get started and to know what to look for once you have analytics in place.

My guest today provides a master class in how to set up and interpret web analytics.

Hear Sam describe how to use Google Analytics and learn what is working for your customers and how you can amend your content accordingly.

Listen to Sam explain "bounce rates" and other web jargon term and how they can help you grow your audience and ultimately your business.

That’s all right here in episode 46 of the Marketing Protection and Finance Podcast.

Who is Sam Chivers?

Sam is Head of Communication and Information at Financial Advice Network Ltd, a subsidiary of the Mutual, Shepherds Friendly Society which has been around since 1826

He’s also a qualified American Football coach having played and coached for the Edinburgh University team, and the Dundee Hurricanes.

For links to the books and apps mentioned by Sam please visit http://rogeredwards.co.uk/MPAF for the show notes.

Links and Show Notes.

For links to the books and apps mentioned by Sam, please visit http://rogeredwards.co.uk/MPAF for the show notes.

What is the Marketing Finance and Protection (MPAF) Podcast?

This is the Podcast for providers and advisers looking to share business ideas and inspiration in the world of protection and finance.

The MPAF Podcast is a 30 minute audio show you download from http://rogeredwards.co.uk/MPAF, iTunes or Stitcher Radio. Each week I’ll be interviewing financial services providers, advisers, experts and journalists.

Interviews to listen to in the car, on the train or on the treadmill.

I’ll be asking what we can do to make protection and finance more accessible to the consumer. We’ll talk about:

             Marketing, communications and propositions.

             Financial and protection products

             Interesting business models and campaigns

as well discussing how advisers can promote their own businesses using modern content and social media methods.

My aim is to make sure that you will get one or two big business ideas that you can apply to your own business.  Whether it is a sales idea, advice idea, product tweak or simply an app that is worth looking at.

I’m your host, Roger Edwards. A Marketer for 25 years, ex-MD of Bright Grey and Scottish Provident, content and social media champion, I’m now in business to help your business.

Please subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes and I’d be grateful if you would leave a review. http://rogeredwards.co.uk/itunes

Fancy Appearing on the Show?

Would you be interested in appearing on the MPAF Podcast? Are you working on a new proposition, campaign or a business model you want to talk about? Do you fancy drawing out some inspirational business and marketing ideas that MPAF listeners can take away to use in their own businesses? Do please contact me if you want to get involved. http://rogeredwards.co.uk

Direct download: MPAF46_-_Sam_Chivers_on_How_to_Master_Web_Analytics_for_Your_Website.mp3
Category:Marketing -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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