How Much Do Financial Advisors Spend on Marketing?

10 Mar, 2023 BY Nicolle

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How do financial advisors currently execute on marketing and why does it take up so much of their time and money?

The sad reality is, many financial advisors are stuck paying big bucks for inefficient, boring, and ineffective marketing.

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Are you experiencing any of the following pain points when it comes to digitally marketing your services and attracting your ideal client online?

  • 91% of advisors report that developing a digital marketing strategy is too difficult.

  • 81% of advisors report that it is challenging to find the time for marketing efforts.
  • 86% of advisors find it challenging to select the appropriate marketing technology tools to leverage. 

How much money is lost because of inept financial advisor marketing tactics? Hint: It’s a lot.

Sky High General Marketing and Time Cost Expenses

According to a report recently published by Kitces Research, the typical customer acquisition cost for a financial advisor to acquire a single new client is a whopping $3,119.

Let’s break that down a bit further: 

  • Financial advisors typically pay $519 for general marketing expenses like:
    • Ad spending
    • Platform subscriptions
    • Website and content design
  • In addition to those general marketing expenses, financial advisors also pay $2,600 in time costs. This accounts for the hourly cost of: 
    • Creating the marketing content
    • Conducting research and upgrading marketing tactics
    • Releasing and monitoring marketing campaigns

The same Kitces report acknowledges that when a financial advisor is new to the game, their net gain might be zero, which isn’t sustainable.

It’s also important to note that advisors will want to attract more than just one customer, so the total marketing customer acquisition price will continue to rise with an expanding client base.

For example, if an advisor acquired 10 new clients in a month, that would amount to $31,190 spent in total customer acquisition costs ($3,119 per client).

Imperfect Marketing Means Wasted Money AND Wasted Time

We already discussed how specific time costs take a huge chunk out of a financial advisor’s marketing budget, but how much time do financial advisors spend on marketing personally?

And what impact does this have on their bottom line? 

Although the actual amount of time spent on marketing varies from advisor to advisor, there’s one commonality—wasted time. 

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Being immersed in the world of capital gains and losses, financial advisors understand the concept of “time is money” far better than most.

Inefficient and cumbersome marketing processes like clunky software, failed marketing experiments, or taking a time-consuming do-it-yourself approach, pull financial advisors away from critical tasks like: 

  • Prospecting

  • Nurturing relationships with current clients

  • Administrative tasks

  • Financial planning

  • Continuing education

Cost Comparison: Marketing Agencies VS a DIY Approach

Oftentimes, marketing agencies charge five figures for a single campaign, with no guarantees of success.

So, what if you take a DIY approach? That can become quite costly too, and it involves calculations. 

To calculate how much a DIY approach costs, you first need to find your Effective Hourly Rate (EHR).

To get your EHR, you divide your monthly income by the number of hours you work per month, then you calculate how many hours you spend on marketing. Here’s an example:

Let’s say you earn $10,000 and clock in 160 hours a month (40 hours/week).

In this scenario, your EHR is $62.50.

Now, let's say you spend 10 hours a month on marketing.

That’s worth $625 of your time. Yikes. 

Put simply, spending hours fiddling with a clunky email campaign that ultimately generated no results simply isn’t worth the time, effort, or money.

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Snappy Kraken: Affordable and Effective Digital Marketing for Financial Advisors

So what does this mean?

Should financial advisors opt out of digital marketing completely? No!

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