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Wooing the Gatekeepers the VIP Way

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A growing number of fund companies realize that Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) firms are the future of the intermediary business. This is a challenge for fund distribution teams, since traditional product-focused email marketing campaigns and wholesaler “greet, meet and eat” strategies that work in broker/dealers don’t align with a business model where fiduciary responsibilities, rather than commissions, guide investment recommendations. Dan Sondhelm discusses the opportunity in Nasdaq.

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Is the Hourly Fee Model Ready for Its Close-Up?

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Relatively few advisors charge by the hour, but the idea is starting to gain appeal. Dan Sondhelm shared his thoughts for this story.

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M&A: The Price of Overpaying for Past Performance

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How is the business of baseball similar to the business of mutual funds? For both, it’s dangerous to overpay for performance. Published in Iris.

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Client-Centric vs. Investment-Centric Marketing at Asset Management Firms

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Firms that understand their clients do better in the marketplace. As the industry becomes more challenging, firms must move from investment-centric to client-centric messaging. Dan Sondhelm shared his insight for this article.

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ICI Small Funds Committee and Sondhelm Partners Develop Educational Series on Tech Tools for Growth

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Tech Tools for Stronger Mutual Fund Sales and Marketing (Three Part Educational Series)

Joint series between ICI Small Funds Committee and Sondhelm Partners

The largest asset management firms have armies of salespeople, dedicated digital marketing and content writers and public relations pros on staff. They also incorporate technology and data in these activities to be smarter and more efficient.

Small and mid-sized firms, though, often have limited resources to dedicate towards growth or have the “we’ve always done it that way” mentality.

While some are skilled at leveraging technology and using data, others may not know what is possible.

A global BCG survey of asset managers suggests that only 20-30% of firms are genuinely committed to using technology and data that could turbocharge retail and institutional distribution: segment advisors more precisely, improve prospecting and sales targeting, predict and reduce attrition, improve institutional interactions and create personalized marketing.

The ICI Small Funds Committee and Sondhelm Partners have partnered to offer a three-part series focusing on Tech Tools for Stronger Mutual Fund Sales and Marketing. In two webinars and the ICI Small Funds Committee semi-annual meeting, we will share insights on the types of problems that technology and data can solve, how the technologies work and who the providers are.

Sondhelm Partners CEO Dan Sondhelm will lead the sessions. The webinar panels will be comprised of service providers in the space. The semi-annual meeting discussion will feature mutual funds that use technology and data exceptionally well.

Session 1 – Tech Tools for Stronger Mutual Fund Sales & Marketing Webinar

September 24th 1:00-2:00pm

  • Why is asset manager sales and marketing technology so important and which trends will prevail in 2020? – Boston Consulting Group
  • Taking control of your prospect and client data, using CRM to gain insights – Satuit Technologies
  • Manually updating pitchbook and website content can negatively impact speed-to-market, accuracy, client-centricity and – ultimately – your firm’s growth. Learn how automation can help – Synthesis Technology
  • “Email blasts” do not allow you to send behavior-based emails and learn how engaged your subscribers are with your content across emails, website and social media. Knowing your most engaged prospects would provide great intelligence for your sales team – Sondhelm Partners

Session 2 – Tech Tools for Stronger Mutual Fund Sales & Marketing Webinar

October 15th 1:00-2:00pm

  • What can you do with robust contact and business profile data on all U.S. registered firms and professionals compared to using Google? – Discovery Data
  • Using data to understand and communicate with your customers – Celera System
  • Identify branch locations where your products beat the competition in their Morningstar category – Broadridge Opportunity Hunter

Session 3 – Tech Tools for Stronger Mutual Fund Sales & Marketing Roundtable

November 7th 3:15 (NYC)

  • Why are fund firms incorporating technology and data into their sales and marketing strategies?
  • Which technologies are they using and what benefits have they gained?
  • What obstacles, delays and challenges have they seen and how did they overcome them?

About the Investment Company Institute

The Investment Company Institute (ICI) is the leading association representing regulated funds globally, including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), closed-end funds, and unit investment trusts (UITs) in the United States, and similar funds offered to investors in jurisdictions worldwide. ICI seeks to encourage adherence to high ethical standards, promote public understanding, and otherwise advance the interests of funds, their shareholders, directors, and advisers. ICI’s members manage total assets of US$23.3 trillion in the United States, serving more than 100 million US shareholders, and US $6.9 trillion in assets in other jurisdictions. ICI carries out its international work through ICI Global, with offices in London, Hong Kong, and Washington, DC.

About the ICI Small Funds Committee

The ICI Small Funds Committee is a group of boutique fund firms who meet regularly to discuss opportunities and challenges for greater success. The Committee offers educational webinars, meetings and resources for their members.

About Sondhelm Partners

Sondhelm Partners (SP) helps name brand and boutique asset managers, mutual funds, and ETF’s attract investors, strengthen distribution and build brands through marketing, public relations and sales strategies. SP also helps “match” mutual funds and firms for adoptions and acquisitions. SP works with clients who have good stories to tell and want to grow. SP CEO Dan Sondhelm has more than 25 years of experience in growing asset managers and mutual funds.

For more information, contact Dan Sondhelm at (703) 597-3863 or John Randall at (202) 326-5800.

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Why PR and publicity should be considered separately

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Plenty of PR pros balk at the notion that their jobs are only about securing media coverage and boosting brand visibility. Dan Sondhelm and other public relations pros offer insight as to why many practitioners shun the word “publicity.”

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Creating the “Billions” Impression to Prospective Buyers

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Do you watch Billions? It’s an over-the-top, testosterone-charged soap opera centering around two alpha males who run a wildly successful hedge fund. Not all money management firms scream wealth, innovation, energy and success like Axe Capital. When it’s time to grow (or sell), take these steps to avoid making a bad impression, as published in NASDAQ.

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Fund Adoption: A Potential Growth Strategy

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Gaining notoriety and AUM is a challenge without a long-term track record, an extensive distribution network and a well-planned marketing strategy.

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Creating the “Billions” Impression to Prospective Buyers

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Do you watch Billions? It’s an over-the-top, testosterone-charged soap opera centering around two alpha males who run a wildly successful hedge fund. Not all money management firms scream wealth, innovation, energy and success like Axe Capital. When it’s time to grow (or sell), take these steps to avoid making a bad impression, as published in Iris.

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Sondhelm Partners to Sponsor Ultimus Client Conference

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Sondhelm Partners is pleased to announce that it will be a Bronze sponsor for the Ultimus Client Summit. The theme of the Summit is VISION 20/20: See opportunities for the upcoming year; Envision new business possibilities; and Apply a vision for strategy, planning and growth.

The Summit is designed for mutual fund professionals to learn and share experiences with others.

It will be held September 18-20, 2019, in Cincinnati.

You can learn more about the Summit here.

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