Phrasing influences client engagement: IOOF

Language

The way advisers speak to their clients and the language they use to do so will affect how engaged those clients become, IOOF Alliances has said.

Around 80 per cent of Australians are unadvised due to a range of factors, IOOF Alliances said in a statement, but despite this some practices are continuing to capture “more clients than they can handle”.

According to IOOF Alliances, successful advisers “deal specifically with the psychology of the process, not with the process of implementation” of advice, and speak to clients in a way that focuses on their needs rather than on compliance matters.

“Phrasing the explanation of the choices your clients and prospects need to make is vitally important,” the company said.

“Framing the choices into stories of the journey others have taken can be incredibly powerful.”

IOOF Alliances said that in modifying the language they use, successful advisers are “tapping into human behaviour”, adding that easy and accessible language, multiple methods by which potential clients can access you, modular processes and educational snippets are all things offered by practices with strong engagement.

“Most of us are busy, our lives are complicated and we can’t spend time thinking and analysing everything; we use rules of thumb,” the company said.

“Because we do that, your process and engagement needs to become a rule of thumb against which people can make quick automatic decisions.”

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