NEWS AND INSIGHTS FROM FINTRX
Private wealth management firms such as family offices and registered investment advisors (RIAs) aren’t just a significant source of capital, but they often act as stepping stones for an impressive network and valuable business advice. Once you successfully establish a relationship with a private wealth group, that partnership is likely to pay off for many years down the road. But it takes strategic guidance and proper communication to reap the benefits. FINTRX - family office & registered investment advisor (RIA) data provider - outlines five best practices for prospecting into the private wealth landscape.
Invest in other people before asking for anything. Cultivate your relationships over time, the same way you would tend a garden. Establish rapport with new connections by telling them your skills and asking how you can help them. This could be an introduction, a pitch deck, advice or simply listening to a problem. Align yourself so you can build a relationship before asking for an investment. This will greatly benefit you down the road.
Before meeting with an investor, do your research to better understand who they are, what they do and what they're about. Genuine interest is the catalyst for building long-term, mutually advantageous relationships. Maintain industry expertise that you can validate. Before contacting a potential investor, be sure your offerings are in order and your pitch or presentation is clear and ready to go. Within 24 hours of meeting someone, connect on LinkedIn with a personal message stating what you talked about and how you're looking forward to speaking with them again.
Humanize your communication with potential investors by sending a direct, personalized LinkedIn message or email. Describe who you are, what you are offering, why they'd be interested, how much money you're looking for, investment timeframes, and/or what the expected return(s) will be. If you are a fund manager, briefly state your past returns. Keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date with all experience, interests, education and qualifications to help attract you to like-minded individuals. Make your intentions, milestones, challenges and priorities known.
Differentiate yourself by the quality and depth of your relationships. Investors can receive 500-1000 emails a month, so it's important to use your company email, a clear subject line and eliminate words that may trigger spam filters. Add your headshot to your email signature for increased personalization. Relay how your opportunity uniquely benefits them. Never use a family office list in a mass email as it will most likely classify you as spam and block any of your future engagements. Initiate opportunities to meet in person or face-to-face over Zoom rather than talking over email or phone. We find this method typically works faster and gets more responses.
Keep in mind you will create varying levels of relationships based on common interests, goals and timing. It is vital to build and strengthen the foundation from the start. To keep an open line of communication, be strategic in your follow-ups. Ask for updates on their career or if they’d like to meet in person to reconnect. Putting your name and ideas out in front of your network regularly will keep you top of mind. Reconnect every few weeks by emailing an interesting article or industry-related news.
FINTRX provides comprehensive data intelligence on 850,000+ family office & investment advisor records, each designed to help you identify, access, and map the private wealth ecosystem. Explore in-depth dossiers on each family office and investment advisor. Access AUM, source of wealth, investment criteria, previous investment history, sectors & industries of interest, and advisor growth signals among other key data points.
Additionally, FINTRX provides insight and expansive contact information on 850,000+ decision-makers, featuring job titles, direct email addresses, phone numbers, common connections, alma maters, past employment history, brief bios & much more.
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August 31, 2022
Renae Hatcher is a member of the marketing team at FINTRX - focused on delivering targeted & relevant family office and registered investment advisor content to our subscribers.