Stop blowing your own intellectual trumpet

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Guest blog by Holly Nardi, blogger at www.getwokenotbroke.com and associate, investment consulting, at one of the UK’s leading consultancies. You’re not your audience. And by pitching to yourself, you’re excluding a tonne of people that want to join the party but don’t feel welcome (or that don’t understand the directions on the invite!) Provided your…

How readable is investment content in 2020?

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Investment management businesses publish content and thought leadership materials to educate and inform clients, prospective clients and their advisers.  This is a broad audience – from consumers to financial professionals – but there’s a problem. In fact there are five.  1. It’s far too complex.  It has more in common with hard-to-understand academic papers and,…

communications and content - Readaibility Survey 2020

The 2020 Readability Report is now live

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We’ve just published this year’s survey of how easy to read investment content is. Some of it is a joy to read – much of it less so. Some is even more complex than the UK Internal Market Bill – the one that proposes to breach international law. Please get in touch to request your…

The two most powerful words in communications (part 2)

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Here’s how you can use examples in your communications and how you can work with sceptical compliance colleagues.

The two most powerful words in communications (part 1)

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What are the two most powerful words in communications? I think they’re “for example”. And in this short video I explain why – and how best to use them. We hope you enjoy it.

Seven things to expect in asset management digital marketing

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Digital marketing in asset management got a big promotion in lockdown. It’s become the most important cog in the marketing mix for many firms. But this could be just the start – with more creative activities and more humanisation in content and communications to come. In lockdown, many businesses managed to do more of what...

What have illiquid assets ever done for us?

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Are illiquid assets the worst thing ever for savers? They stopped you getting your money out of the Neil Woodford fund and those property funds – because the manager can’t sell them, right? And aren’t some complicated new rules[1] making sure these things are handled correctly? Put like this, they sound pretty toxic. But context...

There are two types of smart people

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There are two types of smart people: those who make you feel like the smartest person in the room - and those who let you know that they're the smartest person in the room. When companies communicate, it's the same. Which type is your company?
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How to win an award

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Award season is pretty much over – replaced for many people by Christmas party season. If 2019 wasn’t your year, if you’re fed up with coming second or if you don’t like smiling through gritted teeth you might want to read on. I’ve been a judge for some financial services awards for a few years...

Readability in investment communications

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Readability in investment communications Our research shows that many investment businesses produce thought leadership and content with comparatively poor readability scores. So there's a huge opportunity to improve readability and, in the process, boost engagement with clients. You can get hold of our report by clicking the Research tab above.