First, pick your target market and niche

Scattershot marketing of your investment or financial advisory services will sap your energy. Plus, it makes it harder for you to distinguish yourself from your gazillion competitors. This is why I’d like you to pick your target market —the group of people whom you target—and niche, meaning the services you provide, before you write any marketing materials, including your blog.

Don’t know how to choose your target market or niche? “Why People Buy What You’re Selling,” Chapter 2 of Michael Port’s Book Yourself Solid offers exercises that will help.

“What are your clients’ compelling desires?” asks Port in this chapter. Understanding the answer to this question is a key to your marketing—and blogging—success.

Knowing your target market, niche, and your clients’ “compelling desires” will tell you who to address in your blog and which benefits of your services you should stress.

Edited July 21, thanks to comment from Ben.

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7 replies
  1. Ben
    Ben says:

    Hi Susan. Great advice. You said, “…pick your target market and niche, meaning the services you provide…” Target market and niche may be the same thing, but for most advisors, neither one is a “service”. So how do you know when you have a niche? When it looks like a bunch of people. A niche has a pulse, an IQ, a mailing address, a job title, and a club or association where it likes to hang out. Niches “flock together”. “Retirement planning” is not a niche, but left-handed welders, interventional cardiologists, and Subway franchisees would all be examples of niches or target markets.

  2. Susan Weiner, CFA
    Susan Weiner, CFA says:


    Oops, I misspoke. Michael Port defines “target market” as the group of people whom you target and “niche” as what you provide to them. He points out that some people use the two terms interchangeably.

    As for niche, I think of financial advisors as mainly providing a service, although products often come into play.

    You seem to be saying that a niche is associated with a narrowly defined group of people. I buy that.

    I’ll go back and edit my confusing sentence.

    Thanks for your comment!

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