Top 10 Free Lead Generation Ideas for Realtors®

By Marketing Strategy, Realtor Marketing

Like all Realtors®, especially newer Realtors® you depend on leads from a number of sources to build your business. After a number years in business Realtors® typically get about 80 to 90% of their business from people they know (repeat), people they meet and people referred to them, but in the beginning you don’t have the sphere of past clients.

Top 10 Free Lead Generation Ideas for Realtors®

  1. Open houses
  2. Events
  3. Networking
  4. Lunches
  5. Coffee
  6. People you know
  7. Social media
  8. Direct Mail
  9. Door Knocking
  10. Your sphere of influence

Building a real estate business is hard work and you cannot take shortcuts. All of the successful Realtors® have paid their dues and so do you.

 

Open House Tip # 1 – Sell the House to Buyers

By Open Houses, Prospecting, Realtor Marketing

Home Features Signs

If you are a Realtor reading this it might seem obvious that you should sell the house to the potential buyers, but are you doing it effectively?

Other than the owner you know more about the house than anyone else and you may have put some of the information into a Feature Sheet or an Enhancements and Improvements Sheet, but when the person most interested in buying the home is walking through it are they going to appreciate all of the subtleties of the home?

If you are walking them through the house and remember all of the features you can point them out, but here is a better idea.

Type or write out the features on a small, plain index card or tent card and place or tape the Feature Signs around the house.

For example if there are self-closing drawers in the kitchen you could have a card that reads “I am self-closing – Try Me” taped to the drawer. If a closet door leads to extra large storage space place a sign on the door that reads “More than a closet – 80 square feet of storage“.

Think of all of the buyers that wander through houses appreciating only the tip of the iceberg.

 

Giant List of 100+ Marketing Stats Reveals What Actually Works

By Marketing Strategy, Realtor Marketing, Social Media

Jeff Desjardins has assembled the definitive marketing stats for almost anything you could imagine. You can read the post and view the Infographic by clicking here. The actual Infographic is too big to post here, but here are some of the highlights:

Search:

  • The top five search results for a keyword on Google get 70% of the clicks.
  • Google is responsible for 94% of total organic traffic.
  • 75% of people never scroll past the first page of search engine results.
  • 50% of searches are 4 keywords or longer.
  • The top 5 results get 70% of the clicks.
  • Search engines drive 300% more traffic to websites than social media.

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5 Marketing Mistakes Realtors® Make

By Marketing Strategy, Realtor Marketing

Making a list of marketing mistakes that Realtors® make was not much different than a list that all businesses are guilty of. The good news is that you can correct or improve in all 5 of these areas without spending any money or even taking a lot of time.

It starts with a plan of the marketing activities for the coming year that will assist you in meeting your financial objectives, help you target your financial and time resources and act as a blueprint for the rest of your career.

1) NO MARKETING PLAN
A marketing plan defines and prioritizes your target audiences, so you can focus your marketing efforts where they will do the most good. It maps out how you are going to find and attract new clients. It reflects the benefits you offer that will be relevant and appealing to your target audiences. Your positioning is the basis for all your communication materials, advertising and contact points—and it can eliminate inconsistencies in your messaging and materials.

• Write out your marketing plan
• Set marketing goals and objectives i.e. add 4 new prospects to your sphere of influence per month.
• Set aside money for a monthly marketing budget – Start with taking 5% of your past year’s commissions.
• Develop a marketing calendar – a to-do list of all your marketing activities with implementation dates and who’s going to do them.

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Six Tips For Realtors® To Make Open Houses A Marketing Opportunity

By Marketing Strategy, Open Houses, Prospecting

In real estate marketing one of the most debated topics is whether an open house is a useful marketing tool for selling the house and or gaining leads for the Realtor®. While I am not a Realtor® I have dozens of clients who swear by them to sell a house and generate leads using tools and techniques like the ones below.

For a Realtor® an open house is a time saver. You can show the house to prospective buyers without having to disrupt the homeowner through the week. Many Realtors® drive their clients to open houses on weekends as they do not have to make an appointment and can cover a lot of ground. So an open house can actually save you time.

If you are going to hold an open house then this article gives you 6 ideas that you can implement to make opens more effective at selling the house and generating leads.

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1) OPEN HOUSE DIALOGUE

When you are at an open house you are going to be speaking to the most qualified prospects you will ever meet. 9 out of 10 times they are going to buy or sell a house eventually. Here are some of the questions you should ask them:

1) What brought you to our open house today?
2) How long have you been looking?
3) Are you currently working with other Realtors?
4) When would you like to be in your new home?
5) What price range are you looking for?
6) How long have you been searching for a home?

Ask them if you could add them to your email list and possibly send them links to properties they might be interested in. Then ask them if they would be interested in working with you.

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5 Tips For Realtors® Prepping For an Open House

By Realtor Marketing

I hear a lot of negative feedback about the effectiveness of open houses, but it may be the way these clients are approaching them. Are they fully prepared to show the home and demonstrate their knowledge? Because almost every open house visitor is a potential client.

There are 5 main topics of interest for someone visiting an open house.

1) What is the price?

It is easy to rattle off the price, but what if you had comparables with you that you used to establish the asking price. I recommend you make a list of houses in the area in the same price range.

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80% of Consumers Love Chatbots According to Recent Study

By Prospecting, Website Design

An article written by Matt Southern for Search Engine Journal states that according to a new study, 80% of consumers are having positive chatbot experiences. Read the whole article here.

Location marketing platform Uberall surveyed more than 1,000 adults throughout the US to find out how they feel about interactions with chatbots.

Some key findings include:

  • 40% are interested in chatbot experiences from brands
  • 36% of consumers think chatbot accuracy needs to improve
  • 38% of consumers think brands should use chatbots for deals, coupons, and promotions
  • Curiously, nearly 60% of those surveyed still lack strong enthusiasm for the technology despite their positive experiences.

36% of consumers think chatbot accuracy needs to improve

When asked what elements of chatbots needed improvement, 43% of respondents said chatbots need to work on their accuracy in understanding what customers are asking or looking for.

Other responses include:

  • 27% want chatbots to a get human customer rep involved where needed
  • 19% want chatbots to hold a more ‘human’-sounding, natural conversation
  • 10% simply want to see more chatbots, saying there are not many opportunities at the moment

For even more data about what consumers think of chatbots, read the full study here.

The Top 15 Open House Direct Mail Postcards That Work!

By Realtor Marketing

If you are going to mail out or hand deliver a postcard to announce an open house you should ensure it is as well designed and effective as possible. You want people who receive the card to draw the conclusion that you are great at marketing homes so they may consider using you as their Realtor®.

Check out some of our designs below. Click the icon like the one below for fullscreen.

 

Top 10 Google Quality Guidelines To Help Google Find, Index and Rank Your Site

By SEO, Website Design

I found an interesting article in Google Webmaster Guidelines that I want to share with you. You can read the article by clicking here.

From the article “These quality guidelines cover the most common forms of deceptive or manipulative behavior, but Google may respond negatively to other misleading practices not listed here. It’s not safe to assume that just because a specific deceptive technique isn’t included on this page, Google approves of it. Webmasters who spend their energies upholding the spirit of the basic principles will provide a much better user experience and subsequently enjoy better ranking than those who spend their time looking for loopholes they can exploit.”

Basic principles

  • Make pages primarily for users, not for search engines.
  • Don’t deceive your users.
  • Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb is whether you’d feel comfortable explaining what you’ve done to a website that competes with you, or to a Google employee. Another useful test is to ask, “Does this help my users? Would I do this if search engines didn’t exist?”
  • Think about what makes your website unique, valuable, or engaging. Make your website stand out from others in your field.

Top 10 Specific Quality Guidelines

Avoid the following techniques:

  1. Automatically generated content
  2. Participating in link schemes
  3. Creating pages with little or no original content
  4. Cloaking
  5. Sneaky redirects
  6. Hidden text or links
  7. Doorway pages
  8. Scraped content
  9. Participating in affiliate programs without adding sufficient value
  10. Loading pages with irrelevant keywords

And here are three more to add to the list:

  1. Creating pages with malicious behavior, such as phishing or installing viruses, trojans, or other badware
  2. Abusing rich snippets markup
  3. Sending automated queries to Google