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Half of Financial Advisers Have Used Social Media to Convert Clients

by Lenna Garibian  |  
April 2, 2013

Social media has become an important way for financial advisers to engage with clients and grow their business, according to survey from Accenture: 48% of financial advisers say they interact daily with clients via social media and 74% say social media helps them increase the financial assets under their management.

In addition, 50% of surveyed financial advisers say they have successfully used social media to convert prospects into clients.

Not surprisingly, nearly one-half (49%) of the financial advisers surveyed said firms that fail to use social media will lose clients to firms that do so.

For the report, Accenture polled 400 US financial advisers, most (60%) of whom manage assets of more than $20 million, as well as 1,000 high-income, digitally savvy US investors.

"The use of social media to interact with clients is a differentiator for advisers today, but it will be mere table stakes in the not too distant future," said Alex Pigliucci, global managing director of Accenture Wealth and Asset Management Services.

"Wealth management firms that fail to adopt social media will miss an opportunity to build relationships with clients on their terms. This is becoming increasingly critical as investors are demanding online resources to help them better understand investment strategy and advice."

Below, additional findings from Accenture's report titled "Closing the Gap: How Tech-Savvy Advisors Can Regain Investor Trust."

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Lenna Garibian is a MarketingProfs research writer and a marketing consultant in the tech industry, where she develops engaging content that builds thought leadership and revenue opportunities for clients. She's held marketing and research positions at eRPortal Software, GAP Inc., Stanford University, and the IMF. Reach Lenna via Twitter @LennaAnahid and LinkedIn.

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  • by JR Tue Apr 2, 2013 via web

    This article goes contradicts almost all of the data that we have about Advisors and social media. Also what about FINRA and compliance? How are advisors getting around that issue while engaging customers. I really would like to see more of the data related to this article.

  • by Lester Blair Wed Apr 3, 2013 via mobile

    Good report but the number survey members and the review by FINRA would be helpful.

  • by Tim Tue Jun 25, 2013 via web

    I work with BrightScope and we have created a Compliance white paper that outlines how you can compliantly use social media per the current regulations. Now, individual B-Ds/RIAs etc have their own rules in place that can go above and beyond what is required, so always check your personal rules, but if interested in the paper just shoot me an email at It has helped other advisors push the conversation forward with their firm in order to take advantage of the opporutnity - it definitely helps build your referral network.

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