At the most basic level, consumers will buy a product or service when the (perceived and expected) value exceeds the cost. Whether it’s to purchase a toaster, a new car, or services from a financial planner, convincing someone to part with their money in the transaction requires instilling in them a belief that the benefits in the end will be worth the pain of parting with the cost… a difficult hurdle to overcome, given that the cost is immediate and known while the benefits are only anticipated come later.
Yet as Dutch financial planner Ronald Sier points out in this guest blog post, the reality is that persuading someone to pay you for your services isn’t just about making compelling points about the perceived benefits to be received. How the cost itself is perceived also matter. And since you control how your costs and expenses are presented to a prospective client, you actually have significant control regarding what your financial planning fees are compared to (which can matter a lot!), and how they’re perceived.
So whether you’re setting up your website for the first time and considering how to display your financial planning fees, updating your marketing materials about how your costs are communicated, or simply brainstorming how to better explain to prospective clients that the value you provide exceeds the cost, hopefully this will be helpful for you in considering not only how to discuss your value, but the importance of thinking about how you discuss your costs.