What Accounting Firms Need to Learn from Personal Financial Planning Specialists

Is the traditional business model holding back the profession?

by Bruce W. Marcus
Author of Professional Services Marketing 3.0

It’s not a race, nor are there prizes for the winner. But it has been suggested that personal financial planners trading in college, retirement and estate planning are light years ahead of the accounting profession in marketing.

Bruce W Marcus

Bruce W. Marcus

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As veteran consultant Terry Lloyd, a CPA and financial advisor, points out, “Even though the lines continue to blur between the services, there are still differences in the way CPAs and financial planners are perceived.”

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