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

 

 

How Many Words Does a Blog Post Have To Be?

By | Blogging

wrote a great blog post on Active Rain about this? Tammy states “The longer the post is, the better it’s laid out, and the more exhaustive in its information and authority, the more Google will find value in it and rank it well. Then when people come to the page, they can pick and choose what they want to read about and move on. But the next person may choose something else in the article to stop and ponder while the next person may actually read every word.”

So does every post have to be 2,000 words? Tammy says not really. “Sometimes, the words just flow and you need to say it all! That’s great! THAT’S the post you monetize and share over and over again. It’s okay to have a few short posts, especially if they are about events, local news, market reports, etc.. but then there are those posts that you feel should win an award!”

Where does the 2,000 word recommendation come from?

Tammy says “Well, it’s authority. Google knows just about anyone can throw out a couple hundred words. If you took the time to create a post with at least 2000 words, they assume it’s not garbage and they might rank it. If it turns out to be fluff and garbage, they will slowly start to de-value it. But if it’s NOT garbage and people actually like it, read it, stay on the site and page longer and comment on it, Google will assume it’s good information AND that the information in the post is ACTUALLY what the title and metadata say it’s about (no click-bait here). The more you promote it and talk about it and link to it and share it, the more important it will be.”

In my opinion a short post with a great title like “Vancouver New Listings for Houses For Sale” and a brief report about the new listings is sustainable and if you write short posts regularily you will be way ahead of your competitors who publish one 2,000 word blog post per year and more likely to be on page one of a Google search for “Vancouver New Listings”. Find the sweet spot in blog post length that inspires you to post more often. Make sure your title reflects what people are searching for and re-use the title words in the blog post as reinforcement.

The truth is not many Realtors blog so if you do your website will slowly rise to the top of the ranking.

Read Tammy’s blog post here.

 

Looking For A New Real Estate or Business Website?

By | Responsive Websites, Ubertor, Website Design, Wordpress

Over the past 18 years, Limelight Marketing has designed more than 500 websites using the Ubertor and WordPress CMS platforms. Wanna know more?  info@limelightmarketing.ca

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Google Confirms Speed Update is Rolling Out

By | SEO

Google confirmed that the Speed Update scheduled for July is now rolling out for all users. This means page speed is now being used as a ranking factor in the mobile search results.

In their original announcement back in January,  Google said that only a small percentage of queries would be impacted, “those that deliver the slowest experience to users”. Slow pages may still rank highly if they have high quality, relevant content.

The move is separate from mobile first indexing and will affect all mobile sites, including those that haven’t yet officially been moved over to mobile-first indexing.

Google doesn’t give a specific speed metric that your site should be aiming for and John Mueller said sites could improve incrementally, so small gradual improvements to slow sites can help rankings.

Google has plenty of tools to help you improve your page speeds.

Test My Site is a simple to use mobile speed testing tool which gives a a general rating and an estimated percentage visitor loss figure due to loading speed.

The Page Speed Insights tool will test your mobile and desktop speeds and give suggestions for how to improve. See the Wordtracker case study on how we improved our speeds using this tool.

Google also refers users to their Lighthouse tool and the Chrome User Experience Report to analyse a page’s performance.

New Realtor® Branding Guidelines Format

By | Branding, Collateral, Design

When we create new branding for clients we always provide a document called Visual Identity Guidelines so our clients and printers know how to implement their new look and they can share their logos and branding with  other service providers. Here is a sample of what we provide. Click here to view.

You can view a Flip Book of our new Branding Guidelines format below:

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90 Days To Real Estate Success

By | Marketing Strategy, Realtor Marketing

Over the past 16 plus years of working with Realtors® I have been part of and seen dozens of different approaches to starting a career in real estate; some successful and some not. Like any business, the most important things when starting as a Realtor® is to have a marketing plan and a budget. Getting your license is the easy part. Creating a viable, sustainable business is where the hard work is required.

I learned a long time ago that it takes about 90 days for any marketing initiative to bear fruit which means whatever is happening in your business today is the result of what you were working on 90 days ago. With that theory in mind, I think you need 90 days to launch or relaunch a real estate career. It is tempting to try and do everything in the first week, but a measured approach with weekly milestones will ensure you’re not missing any key steps, that you are building towards a goal and you are implementing a plan rather than flying by the seat of your pants.

I compiled ideas from many different sources and added my own experience to create this E-Book titled 90 Days To Real Estate Success. It reflects the measured approach I recommend and while the tasks and events are laid out by week, they are not etched in stone. Use this as a guideline to ensure you lay a strong foundation for your real estate business. If you need some help along the way please call Mike Blaney at 604-618-5512 or 1-800-568-8338.

You can view the E-Book using the flip book viewer below. There is an option to download the pdf, but you can also click here for your own pdf copy.

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