04 Feb The best real estate marketing ideas
There are so many ways to market yourself as a real estate agent. So many in fact that many of us will try bits of each and do none of them well. Always looking for something that works ‘better’.
I am going to suggest some here and no doubt there will be others you will have seen in the past that you thought would be good for you.
Make a list of the ones that resonate with you and will work well in your area, then choose one or two and do them well.
You also need to do them for a while, not just a week to see if it works, because anything you do will take time. Look at the time you spend developing it, as an investment. Do not expect quick results.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Develop a marketing campaign
Think long term. Develop a campaign that will run for 12 months. The best way to do this is to set up a promotional calendar. A wall calendar on which you mark school holidays, public holidays, Easter, Christmas, the start of all the seasons, local fetes etc. It becomes the event calendar that will open opportunities for you to run and/or sponsor events, have themed campaigns around your listings, open homes and buyer activities. Don’t forget to include buyer and seller info nights.
Remember, while you can’t do everything, you should certainly know what is happening in your patch so you can use that information in your blog and on your website.
Develop a farm area
There are some thoughts that say a farm area should be no more that 200 houses but I prefer to say that you should know the numbers in your area before you decide on how many properties should be in your patch. If people in your area sell every 10 years then, in a patch of 200, there should be a total of 20 sales every year. If they turn over say every 5 years, then it will mean an average of 40 sales a year. Unless you can achieve a very high market share, you will not be able to make a living at that level. You do the sums and decide. Then focus on that area. They need to know you so well that you will ALWAYS be called in.
Get the pipeline going. Leverage off every listing so that you get 2, 3, 4 or more extra listings off the back of your existing listings. Success breeds success. We have covered this Mark Frater in Real Estate UNCUT and he has some great tips.
Listings that sell
Not every listing is a good listing. When you list a property, you should be grading it as A, B or C.
- Large signboard
- $5K + VPA (Paid)
- Sellers expectation within selling zone
- In demand property – in demand area
- Second inspections
- Serious discussions with buyers (offers)
- Will sell in under 30 days
- Up to $5K in VPA (Paid)
- Asking just outside selling zone – between 10% and 15% of feedback
- Had at least one offer
- Will sell in up to 60 days
- Open listing
- Sign but with other agents signs as well
- No VPA or unpaid VPA
- Asking more than 15% of feedback
- No offers
- No indication of a sale
Your goal should be to get all your listings to A Grade as soon as possible. Constantly work on your B and C listings to do that.
Use video and professional photography
This is becoming so important. All the great agents do not compromise on this strategy. Get comfortable with doing video. It is the best way to show your personality and when it comes time for someone to list their property they will feel as if they know you before they even meet you. It does not have to be Hollywood but, having said that, make sure the audio is good. People will put up with average production but if the audio is poor or scratchy you will lose them in seconds. Don’t make your videos (or audio) too long – 2 to 3 mins is all you need – and try to capture their attention in the first sentence.
Work on repeat referral business – The experience of dealing with you!
You need to go over and above with your service levels. Plan to wow them with your service. The best way to do that is to always be contacting them. Focus on under promising and over delivering. The most common complaint from sellers, and buyers for that matter, is that the agent does not communicate. Remember, for many people buying and selling real estate is a once or twice in a lifetime experience.
Your own website
The best way to get your branding out there is to develop your own website. It is good to have your listings and open homes on the site but it can become time consuming and expensive. Just use a link to your main agency website and have your website packed with tips on buying and selling. Your website can set you up as the authority.
Start a blog and use video – answer questions
This is where the smart operators are working. Setting up communities and talking to them. Offering advice on buying and selling, providing details of what is happening in the area. Use this as part of your website strategy. Start with one video a week.
People do not want to just hear about your new listings and what sales you have made but that is what most agents think they should do with social media. Sure, do some of that, but social media is so much more. Be careful what you put up there as well, because it is going to be there for quite a long time and it is the ‘go to’ destination for anyone wanting to find out about you when they are looking for an agent.
Killer listing ‘conversation’
This is where the rubber meets the road. This is what will make or break you. Everything we have talked about so far is designed to get you in the door. When you are there you need to be very professional. There is too much to this subject to do it justice here, so I will cover it in a future article, but in the meantime, decide that you will spend some money and time in practice in this area. Study the best operators because this is where you can propel yourself even if you are just average. Master the listing ‘conversation’ not the listing ‘presentation’.
Build excitement around your listings
Be a believer in every listings. Promote it like it is the only listing you have. Look for every opportunity to talk to people about your listings. Enthusiasm is a big part of selling anything. If you lack enthusiasm or belief or motivation (or whatever you want to call it) then people will avoid you and not want to deal with you. Get enthusiastic!
Develop a great open home strategy
This is show time! Remember that many people who attend your open home are likely to be future sellers. While you can only sell a property to one person, do not overlook the potential of all the others you meet at an open home. Take names, numbers and email addresses and most importantly do something with the information. They should go into a Customer Relationship Management program and then be called, spoken to, and allocated into a category to be followed up and that way you will start to build relationships. Don’t be one of the agents who makes decisions about who to follow up based on discovering ‘real buyers’. Great agents don’t make decisions about people they treat everyone as a person to do business with – now or in the future.