Editor's pick: Remember, advisors, revenue is a byproduct of high-quality service and advice (AdvisorOne)

By Lauren McNitt

Trust Project

Two of my favorite sayings are: "A good reputation is of greater worth than gold," and "If you always tell the truth then you never have to remember what you've said." Even though the first adage was first coined when the price of gold was much lower, I believe it is as true today as ever.

Years ago I read a book by Ken Blanchard entitled, "Raving Fans." As the title implies, Blanchard argues that an advisor’s goal should be to get your current clients excited about what your services so they will tell others. A few years later I listened as Roy Diliberto postulated that the best marketing strategy was his existing clientele. With this in mind, it is imperative to adhere to the above adages at all times. At the center of this is the belief that revenue is a byproduct of high-quality service and advice. In other words, you will never go wrong if you are honest, competent, and fair.

Why do some advisors stretch the truth? Why do some abuse their clients' trust?

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