13th June 2024

At Barron’s Unbiased Advisor Convention held in Dallas in March, I acquired to take a seat down with Greg Bartalos to debate the concept of how advisors can use content material as a technique to improve their enterprise.

The tagline is “Wish to create content material, however unsure find out how to get began? The chairman and CIO of Ritholtz Wealth Administration tells all” however we actually spend more often than not explaining why it doesn’t fairly work the way in which individuals count on, and why it a  lot of labor, and much much less profitable than many appear to think about.

Nonetheless, if you’re focused on running a blog, podcasting, or YouTubing as a technique to improve your model and popularity, it’s a superb place to start out.

Test it out at Barron’s, iTunes, and Spotify.


If I can get a transcript, I’ll publish it later…

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Barron’s Feb. 4, 2022

Transcript: Barrons Advisor Dialog About Content material 

Barrons Advisor: However for individuals who don’t know, he’s the founder and CIO of Ritholtz Wealth Administration a New York based mostly RIA; He additionally hosts the influential and I have to add wonderful Masters in Enterprise podcast on Bloomberg. A lawyer by coaching, Barry started running a blog within the 1990s on Yahoo Geocities, and right now his Massive Image weblog reaches greater than half 1,000,000 readers per 30 days. He additionally publishes the favored Ritholtz Reads e-newsletter. On right now’s podcast, he’ll distill all of his wealth administration expertise and media savvy to share the important thing elements that advisors must succeed as on-line content material creators properly offline as properly.

Welcome to this system, Barry.

Barry Ritholtz: Thanks a lot for having me.

Barrons Advisor: Earlier than an advisor embarks on being a content material creator there’s some huge different questions that they need to reply . . .  is that proper?

Barry Ritholtz: Yeah for positive, beginning with: Why do you wish to be a content material creator?

there there’s form of this misunderstanding that, “I do know I’ll begin a weblog and other people will learn it after which they’ll ship me cash and we’ll have hundreds of thousands of {dollars},” and it doesn’t fairly work out that approach. It’s not what individuals assume, it’s not a shortcut to capturing belongings.

What it does is permit potential shoppers to search out you, to determine who you’re, and to determine “Hey, this individual appears like a superb match for what I’m in search of in in an advisor.” Which could be very totally different than “Submit a weblog or a YouTube video or a podcast and the money simply rolls in.”  It actually doesn’t work that approach proper?

Barrons Advisor: You’re exposing a little bit of your self exhibiting your values the way you assume what you worth what you don’t and hopefully the readers will say I acknowledge myself there and yeah I agree with this and I agree with that

Barry Ritholtz: And even higher Oh my God I I’ve been going about this all improper and this individual had confirmed me oh it’s necessary to not spend all my time chasing alpha. Hey if I wish to have a portion of my portfolio as a possible you realize speculative chunk that’s nice however I ought to permit the markets to work for me as successfully and effectively and cheaply as attainable. Every so often we now have shoppers who come to us and say you realize I’m simply completed chasing the dragon uh you guys appear to be on prime of this. The joke is that you realize solely takes a decade to turn out to be an in a single day sensation.

Barrons Advisor: Proper and I feel loads of traders chase that dragon for a protracted very long time and ultimately all of them usually throw within the towel and be like “yeah” the rest you’ll be able to say about must you even be a content material creator and in that case you realize what could be an indication it is best to and in that case find out how to go about that?

Barry Ritholtz: A few ideas first I don’t discover it to be a slog as a result of I 30 years in the past determined I wished to turn out to be a greater author and so I made a dedication to rise up just a little early every morning and write for an hour on the belief that years later I might be a greater creator. And hey after 30 years of cranking out content material each morning it seems studying good content material and writing on a rigorous schedule turned you into a greater author. (Little doubt about that) The query for somebody who’s fascinated by that is first are you keen to decide to the that quantity of labor it’s loads of work and particularly to start with. I’ve observed that I not that I love to do scorching takes on something however I do know if I’ve an concept germinating in my head and I don’t wanna do a 2000 phrase display I simply wish to put down 500 phrases to say “Hey, that is what I’m fascinated by and right here’s why it’s attention-grabbing and maybe it is best to take a look at this chart and take into account the identical concept.” 20 years in the past would take a few hours and now I might tumble that out very in a short time however it’s loads of work to start with.

So the primary query is are you keen to place in all that arduous work the second query and maybe the extra necessary one is “What do it’s important to say?” Do you have got one thing that you realize? You may’t actually pretend it on the bare web page. If you happen to’re talking and exposing your self should you’re writing and sharing your ideas and concepts you’ll be able to’t wing it it there must be some substance there and there must be some ardour there and lots of people I’ve spoken with have stated “Gee, I’d like to arrange a weblog for the agency however I’m unsure what I might speak about.” Typically I tease it out what’s your focus or your shoppers what do you’re employed on and it seems you realize talking to any person at some point all their shoppers have been sports activities figures, I’ve to think about that sports activities figures have very very particular and distinctive or on the very least totally different wants than the typical mother and pop investor don’. Why not deal with that?

It that makes loads of sense or somebody is a girl who’s has a I forgot that designation that makes a speciality of serving to individuals publish divorce stated there’s it’s like as I’m drawing a clean on the CFP model of divorce experience hey why don’t you write about that what what’s so totally different about individuals popping out of a divorce the place perhaps there are children concerned perhaps there’s two separate residences perhaps you realize there’s alimony or palimony what what’s difficult it’s not simply money what’s difficult about doing this how do you divide up 401Ok is how do you this acquired to be issues particular that you would be able to share your experience and also you’ll entice extra of the identical shoppers and so some individuals have one thing to say they simply haven’t realized they haven’t experience speak about what you’re actually good at and a few individuals are you realize perhaps running a blog or podcasting or youtubing isn’t one of the best use of their talent set

Barrons Advisor: First a remark then a query of first remark is that I feel what’s actually nice about writing is it actually forces you to make clear your ideas as a result of whenever you’re simply chit chatting you’ll be able to have directional beliefs after which whenever you really write and choose your phrases rigorously you actually scrutinize every thing as a result of you realize others are going to be scrutinizing

Barry Ritholtz: Daniel Boorsten former librarian of Congress stated I write to determine what I feel and moreover at that hour all of the bars are closed along with his jokes so however it’s true writing helps you determine your precise thought course of.

Barrons Advisor: Proper and generally you’ll have a perception after which as you begin writing like you realize what I don’t actually imagine this anymore.

Barry Ritholtz: I can’t inform you what number of occasions I’ve sat down to write down one thing and by the tip of it it’s like you realize that is a lot larger than I so generally it’s uncommon that I sit down and pondering it’s black and it seems to be white fairly often what finally ends up occurring is hey you realize all people desires to level the finger at and that’s what prompted this and what you usually discover is the world is advanced and there are various shades of Grey and there are loads of totally different causations for large advanced occasions and also you don’t understand that till you sit and begin to consider it

Barrons Advisor: Yeah so let me ask you let’s say somebody is succesful they’ve one thing to say they’re articulate etcetera and so they’re like alright I’m all in I wish to be a content material creator they’ve a mess of choices as you talked about the YouTube weblog you can do podcast etcetera are the entire be above – would you advocate that every individual take an evaluation of their very own distinctive attributes and use that to determine the place to go or would you even simply directionally be like Oh no YouTube is certainly the place there’s probably the most alternative you’ll be able to hear the individual see them etcetera like how do you make sense of the panorama on that stage?

Barry Ritholtz: I don’t wish to get woo about this however generally the medium or the content material calls you, there are people who find themselves you realize simply nice on YouTube. The power to take a seat and stare at a digital camera and have interact in a dialog with the viewers, not all people desires to try this you get higher at it over time you get an increasing number of snug with it over time, however it’s actually a realized talent set, some individuals hate it and so they’re they’re simply not snug. I discover talking is the simplest for most individuals to do in a podcast format, however personally I discover the written phrase is probably the most helpful — particularly if you’re making an attempt to ascertain some form of relationship with an viewers who can be a possible shopper, a possible rent, a possible accomplice it it’s extra findable by way of search and it’s simply a lot simpler to learn a paragraph or two than it’s to tee up a podcast and hearken to it.

Barrons Advisor: Proper the shelf life it’s it’s yeah extra accessible proper perpetual and you are able to do a key phrase search or phrase and spotlight that graph or goes by way of a YouTube like someplace in there he stated after that yeah

Barry Ritholtz: And it’s laborious so by the way in which should you do podcast I strongly advocate getting a transcription completed as a result of that then turns into searchable

Barrons Advisor: Precisely and what about for somebody new to this they may let’s say tiptoe into the water going incrementally making an attempt this out one other strategy might do like a blitzkrieg the place you’re like growth carry the curtain and you bought a complete bunch what are your ideas on all that?

Barry Ritholtz: So I do know individuals who have began the tone and the water was like a e-newsletter they might ship out each week each month no matter it occurred to be and so they discovered that that was a really snug rhythm. Every week prematurely you need it to be largely completed so you’ll be able to spend the final week type of sharpening it up and so they discovered a month-to-month form of factor wasn’t that difficult, you didn’t should host a website should you didn’t wish to the problem is how do you get that to an viewers and the way do you get individuals, how do you encourage individuals to share that, & up for it I don’t use sub stack however I’ve loads of buddies who do have been actually proud of it personally I observed the opposite day that I I’ve a number of e-mail addresses and considered one of them I simply use for all of the analysis and the stuff that I I wanna learn and get and and never muddle up my inbox and I began to note like jeez half my e-mail or substacks and so I went again and checked out what did I open, what did I learn, what am I like yeah it’s there as a result of I feel at some point I’m gonna learn it and I by no means do and so I referred to as the herd — so I feel we’re at peak substack already however that stated there there are heaps and many totally different applied sciences if you wish to ship out a month-to-month or each different week form of e-newsletter this software program that’s obtainable the tech obtainable makes it very easy and easy to do it’s pretty cheap simply concentrate on that there’s a logistical carry to getting this in place after which doing the work. I feel that you just’ll you’ll be able to attempt a few codecs and also you’ll work out the place your pure talent set is however it’s all the time finest — I’ve jokingly stated I write this I’ve no alternative I simply I simply should get it out of my head or I’m I’m strolling round speaking to myself and that’s not a superb factor. If you happen to discover one thing that organically speaks to you and you’re feeling very snug with no matter it’s the odds are that that factor you’re going to be a lot better at and also you’re gonna get pleasure from greater than one thing that’s work.

Barrons Advisor: Proper proper the truth that you gravitate in the direction of it’s says one thing in itself yeah

Breakdown how being a creator really you realize tangible stage may help profit your agency so there’s the plain of oh there’s consideration there’s consciousness however drilling down extra particularly how can that be how can it present itself

Barry Ritholtz: So I launched the weblog so the geocities was within the 1990s, I launched it on Typepad in July 2003 so we’re developing on 20 years and I moved it to WordPress with my very own area ripples.com in October 2008. I feel there’s a course of if you find yourself searching for to both rent any person or flip a prospect right into a shopper or in any other case interact with an individual who might know you considerably, just a little bit, so much and so they produce other selections – they’ll go to different employers, they may go to different advisors, perhaps they’ll work with the totally different companions as an alternative of you if they’re a vendor or a service supplier.

And we now have loads of information as to how individuals use the the assorted content material we create from from blogs to movies to audio. Take into account that is very a lot the inverse of the outdated Wall Avenue mannequin which was “Change into a shopper and do transaction with us and we’ll ship you all our analysis.” Our strategy has been we’re going to present you quite a lot of in-depth analysis, commentary, opinion, ideas about what what’s a greater approach to consider investing or or managing your cash or the financial system or your individual conduct and hey if you realize one or two p.c of you wish to attain out and turn out to be shoppers that might be nice if you wish to do it your self listed below are some issues it is best to know and you can do it your self.” And that’s turn out to be a you realize a reasonably respectable enterprise the the belief that I feel so many individuals get improper is “I do know I’ll arrange a weblog and I’ll do some posts and the cash will simply roll in” and I acquired unhealthy information for you that ain’t the way it works.

What finally ends up occurring is you’re writing a couple of sure topic or a subject – constantly – you’re not the New York Every day Information, you don’t have the deadline the place it’s important to publish each single day. You write when you have got one thing to say and when you have nothing to say don’t really feel compelled to say one thing. The duty to have one thing poignant to say about non farm payrolls each month it’s loads of it’s much more i simply

I simply quoted the previous UCLA coach who lately handed away “By no means mistake exercise for achievement.” Alongside the identical strains, don’t assume that simply cranking out weblog posts and making noises is similar as speaking any form of knowledge or helpful data.

Whenever you’re placing this on the market and after a whilst you’ve created just a little little bit of a popularity for being an skilled on this topic or no matter. What I discovered that it has completed for Ritholtz Wealth Administration is after we meet with the potential shopper, usually there’s a sure period of time that that potential shopper goes by way of with a view to say “I do know who these guys are, I perceive their philosophy, and I really feel snug entrusting my capital with them, they’re worthy of my belief.”

So it takes a sure time period earlier than somebody says “OK I’m snug, I’ve reached the a level of consolation with you.”

I feel by revealing who you’re sharing your ideas discussing your course of telling about “Over my X variety of years out there I see lots of people doing this and right here’s why that doesn’t appear to work for many traders it is best to attempt that that appears to be extra productive.”  The one most necessary factor that does – no person reads a weblog publish or listens to a podcast and says right here’s $25 million that that simply doesn’t occur it’s a fantasy –

nonetheless they may say “I don’t must spend two years doing due diligence on these individuals I already know who they’re I do know what their philosophy is that they appear to be reliable, I’m snug having this course of take three months or a month as an alternative of taking years.”

Actually we now have had shoppers attain out to us we’ve had potential shoppers attain out to us and say “I’ve been studying you guys for 10 years my spouse and I are retired we wish to journey and you realize I’m completed doing this myself, yeah right here you guys do it.”

It’s like “What do you imply you’ve been studying us for 10 years? It’s like “You and I exchanged emails in 2009, I spoke to Josh at a convention in 2015 and Michael and I spoke on the cellphone.” Like oh, OK. You haven’t any concept the people who find themselves consuming your content material and the way what you do matches into their world however some share of them are going to look into you and say OK perhaps these guys may be my advisor each every so often one thing type of attention-grabbing occurs the place any person will introduce a 3rd celebration to us both a shopper refers any person to turn out to be a shopper or only a random stranger says hey I’ve been studying you guys and my shopper could be very sad with their advisor I would like wish to introduce them to you and in the event that they ghoul you and up comes right here’s a an clever dialog in regards to the Fed and right here’s why “Hey, don’t simply leap to the conclusion that 2023 is 2008 listed below are the explanation why it’s not an identical hey perhaps this goes South perhaps we now have the recession perhaps a number of extra banks fail however this can be a very totally different factor.”

If you happen to can articulately clarify that in a approach that claims “Oh I see how these individuals assume, and I I like their strategy, their data-driven, evidence-based strategy to the world.”  It simply makes the method of getting snug with who you’re…

You’ll discover none of that is about this may make it easier to shut the sale this may get you extra it’s all about serving to the shoppers or potential shopper get to a degree of consolation the place they really feel like I can decide right here and I don’t really feel like I’m out on a limb or taking an opportunity you’re giving them a level of alright I really feel fairly snug with this and it’s not like as a result of my final man you realize he was beneficial however I wasn’t positive and I type of took an opportunity and it didn’t work out I’m rather more snug right here.

Barrons Advisor: Proper there’s so much there. I feel most advisors who don’t have that presence, it’s just a little bit to individuals like a black field – there’s a reputation, there’s a headshot there’s a bio, and it’s like properly on paper you take a look at however I’m actually not snug and I feel by dint of what you do placing your ideas on the market it’s disarming so the reader the viewer feels very snug prefer to once more that sense of they type of know you they really feel they do since you’re exhibiting your thought processes and all of that and also you’re actually shrinking that hole by way of discovery and being able to presumably do this.

Barry Ritholtz: Precisely. However discover how totally different that’s then “I do know, let’s launch a podcast and the cash will roll in.”

Barrons Advisor: Proper properly that intent is impure, if you’ll and there’s additionally I feel a dynamic it’s referred to as the you realize the rule of reciprocity, so you realize you take a look at with Josh and Michael are doing they’re offering, so much all of your corporations content material frankly mixes leisure with substance and a very nice steadiness say 60/40 with if no matter you get a pleasant steadiness.

Barry Ritholtz: We have been advised 60/40 is useless so we needed to go 50/50 on there

Barrons Advisor: However I feel you realize you you watch you hear and also you go huh I’m getting good worth I’m studying after which human nature being what it’s individuals invariably really feel predisposed to maybe give again and that may present itself just by watching listening studying or and or maybe even investing with you guys so are working with you

Barry Ritholtz: Let me broaden on {that a} contact as a result of should you have been to exit to potential shoppers and say look how reliable I’m please give me your cash that’s an instantaneous crimson flag wait you’re elevating the belief query I’ll inform you after I’m reliable when somebody places out and I feel it’s laborious to cover who you’re and what you’re about whenever you’re sharing a lot of your self. I suppose Bernie Madoff was a psychopath and if he had a podcast perhaps he might have fooled lots of people however you can idiot individuals for half hour you can idiot individuals for a pair hours, you can’t put out tons of and tons of of hours I’m as much as 500 on the podcast, Michael and Ben are as much as 275 one thing like that and the compound of buddies handed 100 already like you’ll be able to’t BS individuals for 1000 hours it’s it simply turns into unattainable.

Barrons Advisor: The rest that we haven’t touched on that you just wish to point out about your agency something happening and there’s loads of exercise

Barry Ritholtz: We’ve been you realize we’ve been rising at a reasonably strong stage organically and you realize we’re beginning to discover the idea of hey is there a approach that we will interact in maybe an acquisitions to broaden our agency we’re early stage speaking with BlackRock about taking on the administration of their B-to-C digital advisor; you realize I hate the identify robo advisors as a result of they’re not robots and so they don’t present recommendation it’s all the time a horrible identify…

However one of many issues we all the time checked out with a few of the different digital advisors was this can be a digital device doesn’t it make extra sense to only marry this with a human advisor and permit the account opening the on boarding the preliminary software course of to be less expensive quicker extra environment friendly.

So we find yourself not having any minimal at our and our agency and the so-called roboadvisors that we’re utilizing and what we’re within the means of figuring out with BlackRock to amass theirs is we wish to marry this to a gaggle of advisors so that you just’re not calling the decision middle and getting a random individual however hey you’re going to name Matt or Alex or Sue and also you’re gonna get a particular individual you’re acquainted with.

Simply since you don’t have $2 million doesn’t imply you shouldn’t have the ability to communicate to an individual. If you happen to’re opening an account for 50,000 or 100,000 you in all probability don’t have huge capital positive aspects taxes to fret about or generational wealth switch and belief & estates so that you shouldn’t be paying for the complete service advisory. Marrying an advisor to a digital platform appears to provide the better of each worlds and that’s what we’re figuring out with taking on Blackrock’s future advisor for his or her particular person traders.

Barrons Advisor: Terrific properly thanks for sharing all that that was actually helpful thanks

Barry Ritholtz: My pleasure thanks a lot for having me

Barrons Advisor: Alright my visitor has been barry ritholtz for extra advisors particular podcast please take a look at barrons.com/podcast for the way in which ahead i’m Greg Bartels

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