The phrase on everyone’s lips these days is “there’s an app for that.” But in the advisory world, that’s not always the case. There might be an app that sort of does that or tries to do that, but some of them don’t do that at all. In fact, some apps are just glorified brochureware.
Brochures have their place, but not on your tablet. Some companies, like Bloomberg, Black Diamond and PIMCO, are providing advisors with innovative apps. While many financial services firms already recognize the value of tablets, the industry’s adoption of tablets is still in its infancy and offers huge potential for growth.
Early adopters of tablets have higher than average income—$120,000 annually—and advanced education, which make them desirable customers, according to Forrester. If you’re not using a tablet, it’s likely your clients are, and you may be missing an opportunity to communicate with them through this channel, demonstrating innovation and a forward-looking approach to communications. The same opportunities exist for you and how you use the apps that serve your business.
The best apps should do three things: drive sales and efficiency; take full advantage of the medium; and evolve based on your needs.
Driving Sales and Efficiency
Currently, the focus of many tablet apps is research and content reading, as well as data-driven analysis apps that connect to portfolio or fund data and allow for varying levels of investment and portfolio analysis. Being able to read reports or review client portfolio information on your tablet remotely enables you to work more efficiently and, therefore, spend more time addressing your clients’ needs.
As enterprise-level B-to-C apps grow more sophisticated, I think we’ll see the presence of the advisor become more prominent, whether the end client is viewing their portfolio details or reading content that has been curated by their advisor. These apps provide a powerful way for your organization to support your business, as well as a touchpoint that offers two-way communication between you and your client. Moreover, when integrated with social features, these apps become a viable channel for referrals.