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Social Media Marketing 101 Guide [FREE Download]
It's no secret: human beings crave connection and collaboration, and these "COVID times" are creating a distinct void when it comes to personal interaction and a sense of community. More than ever, people are turning to social media to help fill that void. Digital social interaction allows friends, family and business colleagues to stay entertained, connected and informed. Netflix is reporting record streams. Facebook is reporting record engagement times and logins, and more and more business is being won in the "virtual" world than the "real" one at this moment. As a real estate professional, it's critical for you to consistently interact with a large number of people, but if you are one of the many that struggles with how exactly to use social media for your business, you might be feeling more overwhelmed than ever before. No worries. No worries. We're here to help! The marketing professionals at Elevate have created an all-inclusive guide to all things "social media," including a four-month content marketing calendar to help you give your online marketing the kickstart it needs! Ever wonder what are the best days of the week and times of day to post on different social media channels? This guide tells you! Looking for ideas about the different types of content that your online audience wants to view? This guide tells you! Tips from pros in the industry? Yep. How many times a week you should post on a social channel? We cover that, too. And, at the end of your guide, you'll receive some special offers for additional marketing assistance, including a FREE review of your current social media with an Elevate Success Coach, where to register to receive FREE daily marketing tips direct to your inbox, and how brokers can request a FREE gap analysis to look at what's missing in their marketing and technology offering. ------------------------------------------- CLICK HERE to download your FREE Social Media Marketing 101 Guide. ------------------------------------------- Why is social media so important for your real estate business? Four out of 5 U.S. homebuyers use an online resource at some point in their search. (Zillow) 90% of Millennials, 78% of Gen-X, and 48% of Baby Boomers are active on social media (NAR) 65% of homebuyers say they are influenced by friends' home buying posts on Facebook or Instagram (Inman) 73% of homebuyers say they're more likely to list with an agent offering to do listing videos (NAR) Facebook. The cure for the COVID blues? Over 70% of Facebook users login a minimum of six to ten times per day, and those numbers have only climbed during the past several months. Don't think of Facebook as something that's only designed for arguing politics, looking at cute sloth videos, and connecting with old friends from high school. Business professionals are networking, sharing and collaborating more than ever before using a channel that already draws such a large audience every day. So how often should YOU be posting on Facebook alone? Our guide recommends a minimum of two to three posts per week, and provides ideas for the types of content you should be sharing. YouTube. A billion users and counting! It's time to stop being intimidated by creating video! Online audiences are more likely to engage with a video than most any other form of content, and YouTube is the "King Daddy" of them all. YouTube offers you the opportunity to present virtual listing tours, showcase client testimonials, demonstrate your expertise with educational Vlogs (video blogs), and more. Looking for ideas on the types of content you can create for YouTube? Download our guide! Instagram. Perfect for real estate. Instagram is all about keeping it short, sweet and very visual. On this platform, photos and videos rule—with text taking a backseat. Great content ideas for real estate are showcasing your day-to-day activities around communities you represent, virtual house tours, happy clients, and featuring local businesses, people and feel-good stories. Want more great social media tips, tricks and strategies? Of course you do! That's why you should download your FREE Social Media Marketing 101 Guide. You'll receive 17 pages of awesome content to help you and your real estate business. All you need to do is stop binging on Netflix long enough to read it!
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What Is Reputation Management and Why Does It Matter?
Your reputation is one of your most valuable assets as a real estate professional. Every satisfied client presents an opportunity to advertise yourself to potential future clients. Still, even the most satisfied clients may need a little nudge to offer a testimonial or online review. Once a client shares their feedback, it's up to you to make sure that new prospects can easily find that information. That's why sales associates and real estate firms need to take an active role in reputation management, both in acquiring feedback and sharing it for the world to see.
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Close More Deals with These Email Marketing Tips
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Waze Is the Hottest Trend in Real Estate Marketing. Here's Why
According to the latest Homesnap data, Waze advertisements have experienced a 173% surge in usage among agents when compared to this time last June. The year-over-year jump is the largest we've seen from any digital real estate marketing channel--including stalwarts like Facebook, Instagram, and Google. So, we asked ourselves: What's driving this trend?
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How to Use RPR and Canva to Make Shareable Market Charts for Social Media
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12 Tips for Marketing to Buyer's Agents
When an agent receives a listing, they use different marketing strategies to let the public know there is a property for sale. But before informing the public about a new listing, talk to your colleagues first! There are lots of buyer's agents who will be happy to hear there is a potential home for their clients available. Here are some tips to help you better market your listing to buyer's agents:
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When Should You Use Instagram for Your Real Estate Marketing?
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How to Use Virtual Selling on Social Media to Get Clients to Chase You (Instead of You Chasing Them)
We had a great chat with Ryan Hartman, VP of Marketplace at Engagement at Inside Real Estate during a recent Coffee Chat. He showed us all the best ways to create "surround sound" marketing so that your prospects and clients see your ads everywhere they go via a concept called retargeting. Take 30 minutes and hear from one of the most experienced social media marketing experts about the right way to succeed with virtual selling. Here are three key takeaways from Ryan's Coffee Chat: 1. Most agents only follow up with their hottest, "most ready to move" opportunities, and forget about the other 90% or so. When these people are ready to buy or sell, they end up working with another agent (usually a top producer who is taking a longer term view of things). If you're going to succeed with virtual selling, you need to nurture relationships with your local sphere regularly—and long before and after they want to buy or sell a home. 2. It's 2020, not 2012. If you're registering people on your website and then signing them for a generic email marketing campaign with recipes and non-specific articles, you are not going to be able to breakt hrough. Instead, you have to think about more effective and unique ways to differentiate yourself. Using a "multi-channel" approach to build top-of-mind status is where it's at today. They have to see you everywhere so they believe you are THE most well-connected local agent they can work with. 3. Animated, property-specific ads on Facebook and Instagram, complete with a way for the reader to ask for more information about the property, is the way to go right now. Click on the image below to see a highly effective animated social media ad. 4. An effective "multi-channel" online marketing effort includes many of the following components: Facebook / Instagram "Lead" Ads Google PPC Ads YouTube, Facebook and Instagram Video Retargeting Branded Google Display Retargeting Voicemail Drops Personalized Video Follow-Up (BombBomb) Automated Search Alerts Watch the Coffee Chat recording below: If you would like to learn more about being a smart broker and enabling success for your agents' team, check out the following FREE resources: Virtual Training Summit (lots of FREE training) Inside Real Estate Success Strategies Facebook Group If you want to be a great virtual seller, but would like to outsource the effort to a company proven to nurture success for its customers, click here to schedule a demo. Don't Miss These Upcoming Coffee Chats! Friday, May 22 Learn How to Capitalize on the Pent-Up Demand with Jack Markham of Zurple Tuesday, May 26 Things You Should Be Doing in Your CRM During Quarantine with Brandon Wise of Wise Agent Wednesday, May 27 Get More Done by Leveraging Virtual Assistants with Bryan Bowles of Transactly If you would like us to sign you up for all upcoming coffee chats, email [email protected] and he will get you signed up. If you would like to get notifications every time a Coffee Chat recording is published, subscribe to our YouTube channel, RETechnologyInc. Then hit the bell next to the Subscribe button and receive notifications every time we publish new educational videos. Get Recordings of All Coffee Chats If you would like to binge watch all of the Coffee Chat recordings, click here. If you would like a FREE 3-month trial of RE Technology, go to retechnology.com, click Create Account and then use one of these coupon codes: COVID-19A COVID-19B COVID-19M
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Now Is the Time to Solidify Your Online Presence and Reputation
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How to Conquer Instagram for Virtual Selling for Real Estate
While many of us are aware that Instagram is a rapidly growing social media platform, many real estate professionals have not figured out the best ways to make an investment in Instagram be a profitable venture. Michael Tomasetti and Michael Glazer from Back At You Media delivered a fascinating Coffee Chat, breaking down the mysteries of Instagram into plain English. They showed us how Instagram can help build your brand AND become a way to capture leads, especially among younger homebuyers. Here are their three suggestions for winning on Instagram: 1. Set up an Instagram BUSINESS account If you have a personal Instagram account and would like to get more serious about using Instagram as a lead gen source, convert your account to a business account. Here's a guide from Instagram on how to set up a business account. With a business account, you will receive analytics and better ways to target your local audience. 2. Use video Videos receive 38% more engagement than image posts and 2.1x the amount of comments on Instagram. There are ways for you to post a one-minute video, and using IGTV, you can post a FULL 3D virtual tour as well. 3. Use hashtags Instagram posts with at least one hashtag got 70% more likes and 392% more comments than those without hashtags (source: Augorapulse). Although you can post up to 30 hashtags per Instagram post, data shows that seven hashtags generate the most engagement, while more than nine are perceived as spam. The best types of hashtags are localized, but not TOO specific. Here's a good example: #RealEstateMilwaukee. 4. What content should I post on Instagram? Teasers to new listings and posts Behind-the-scenes! Q&A Prompts Invitations to virtual tours Design and home maintenance tips Watch the entire recording below to get a 101 course on the best ways to use Instagram: More Resources If you would like to learn more about how Back At You can help you win on Instagram and other social media channels, click here. Don't Miss These Upcoming Coffee Chats! Thursday, May 21 Earn a Client for Life by Taking Credit for the Listing Exposure and Leads You Are Generating with Trent Gardner of ListTrac Friday, May 22 Learn How to Capitalize on the Pent-Up Demand with Jack Markham of Zurple If you would like us to sign you up for all upcoming coffee chats, email [email protected] and he will get you signed up. If you would like to get notifications every time a Coffee Chat recording is published, subscribe to our YouTube channel, RETechnologyInc. Then hit the bell next to the Subscribe button and receive notifications every time we publish new educational videos. Get Recordings of All Coffee Chats If you would like to binge watch all of the Coffee Chat recordings, click here. If you would like a FREE 3-month trial of RE Technology, go to retechnology.com, click Create Account and then use one of these coupon codes: COVID-19A COVID-19B COVID-19M
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Jump into Digital Marketing Right Now to Fill that Buyer Funnel
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Tapping into the Ultimate Marketing Tool: Your MLS System
Every agent and broker knows that to maximize profitability, you have to use every tool and technology you pay for to its fullest. The MLS system, while available to every active agent in America today, is a just example of one of those tools. The MLS system is chock-full of ways to engage more deeply with your sphere and to generate interest on your listings with agents in your own brokerage, local market and even interested consumers! That's exactly what we talked about in a recent Coffee Chat with special guest Brian Tepfer of Rapattoni. If you haven't done any training on your local MLS system lately, it's time you logged into your MLS and registered for some online training. Some MLSs even provide CE credit for technology training courses these days! Here are three key takeaways from our Coffee Chat: 1. Don't forget to talk about the MLS in your listing presentations! Your local MLS is THE best place to expose new listings to ALL of the most experienced and well-educated agents in your local market that are connected to THE most active buyers! Every MLS system has ways to promote your listings to trusted real estate professionals. They will help you attract qualified buyers. Go to your local MLS and look for training on the best ways to expose your listings to fellow real estate pros. 2. The MLS is a great place to ENGAGE with your prospects and past clients. All MLS systems have a way for you to share listings that match your clients' interests and criteria. You can engage them regularly with two-way conversations without ever leaving the MLS. Again, contact your local MLS for training on these important features. 3. The MLS is a TREASURE of insights you can share! Some agents struggle with coming up with topics to use for conversation starters for phone calls, emails and texts. Every MLS has ways for you to pull out market performance for a neighborhood, zip code and even a custom-drawn region where you do business. Reports can be pulled to share pricing trends, new listing trends, transaction trends and a whole bunch more. Training can help you unleash the marketing power of all of the property insights inside the MLS system. Watch the recording here: Don't Miss These Upcoming Coffee Chats! Tuesday, May 12 Look No Further than Your Local MLS to Generate a Ton of Business FREE! with Amy Gorce, Principal Business Development of CoreLogic Wednesday, May 13 Learn How to Become a Social Media Expert Without Doing All the Work! with Michael Glazer and Michael Tomasetti of BackatYou Media Thursday, May 14 A Multi-Channel Marketing Approach That Gets Prospects Chasing You (Instead of You Chasing Them) with Ryan Hartman, VP Advertising at Inside Real Estate If you would like us to sign you up for all upcoming coffee chats, email [email protected] and he will get you signed up. If you would like to get notifications every time a Coffee Chat recording is published, subscribe to our YouTube channel, RETechnologyInc. Then hit the bell next to the Subscribe button and receive notifications every time we publish new educational videos. Get Recordings of All Coffee Chats If you would like to binge watch all of the Coffee Chat recordings, click here. If you would like a FREE 3-month trial of RE Technology, go to retechnology.com, click Create Account and then use one of these coupon codes: COVID-19A COVID-19B COVID-19M
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Create Intentional Marketing that Shows Your Love and Support of Your Clients
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Leigh Brown's Tips to Rebranding Yourself During Challenging Times
With all of the uncertainty in the real estate industry due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Leigh Brown came to the Secrets of Top Selling Agents Facebook group to discuss some ways to rebrand yourself as a real estate agent during this time. There are many agents who are having difficulties figuring out what information they should be sharing with their clients or how to move their business forward while being sensitive to the current situation. During this time, agents have to have open and honest communication with their clients.
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What's the ONE Digital Marketing Strategy You Should Try in These Uncertain Times?
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Analysis: Agents Should Double Down on Facebook and Instagram Ads as Advertising Costs Drop
As agents feel the effects of the novel coronavirus on their business, they'll instinctually want to cut spending on digital advertising--but our latest analysis implores worried agents to do the opposite. In our latest whitepaper, Agents Need Online Advertising Now More Than Ever and They Should Double Down on Facebook and Instagram, we analyzed recent advertising data on four online advertising platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Google and Waze. It makes sense that online advertising would become more lucrative as consumers are spending more time at home to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus – but what digital advertising networks can move the needle for real estate agents who need quick strategies for keeping their business running? Our biggest takeaways:
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Real Estate Marketing Health Check (Episode 1)
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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Digital Strategy... from Home
In turbulent times, there are still many things that you can control that will better equip you for the future. Having been in business through the 2008 crisis, we've learned a lot, and we are thankful to know that some of the lessons we learned then are still relevant at this moment in time. One of the best lessons learned is that a slowdown is no time to slow down. Focus on and execute your plan and, even from your couch, you'll be making strides. Here are some items you might consider refining in the coming weeks, in a world with social distancing and information overload:
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How to Improve Your Reputation on Google
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Real Estate Marketing Best Practices in a COVID-19 Society
As human beings, we crave connection and collaboration. And as a real estate professional, it is critical to interact with a large quantity of people consistently. But the health and safety precautions being enacted by millions of our citizens creates a void for personal interaction and community. In the meantime, Netflix is reporting record streams. Facebook is reporting record engagement times and logins. The bottom line is that people are self-isolating and relying on social media to stay entertained, connected, and informed. This reality creates an incredible opportunity for us to become the centerpiece, facilitator, moderator, and conduit and for our communities to stay engaged and up-to-date with the latest, most relevant lifestyle information. Here are a few ideas to help you leverage the opportunities created by this potential health crisis: 1. Assess your social media channels, connections and automation capabilities. Are they up to par for you to communicate with your online community? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube 2. Assess your blog posting capabilities and syndication across social channels. Make sure your online community knows that you are providing lots of great, helpful content on all of your communication channels. 3. Content strategy: Be the source of relevant and timely local, lifestyle information (not necessarily real estate related). Pre-market open houses and do them as Facebook Live events. Market to your connections via social media announcing an upcoming open house. Customers are unlikely to attend, but you can go to your open house and use your phone or tablet to do Facebook or Instagram Live and walk through the home and talk about the benefits of purchasing the home, not JUST the home's features. Offer to drop off supplies for the elderly or residents that are restricted from getting around. You can deliver much needed supplies at the front door without physically interacting with people that want to stay isolated but need help. Write a small note and/or leave your card for people. Connect to the CDC website, Covid-19 virus government site, local government and schools, etc. and provide helpful links and resources across your social channels. Connect with your lender partner and provide refinance opportunity information. Many people are at home with lots of free time and they may be interested in doing the due diligence associated with refinancing and taking advantage of record low interest rates. Ask questions, lots of questions, so your social spheres can respond with opinions and answers. Ask about restaurants providing free deliveries and any/all businesses offering free deliveries. Ask about business closings. Ask for people to respond if they are available for independent contract work from home to supplement their income and become a solution center for businesses that may need extra help or that are willing to provide people with additional work opportunities. Connect with local businesses (restaurants, shops, etc) and offer to promote coupons or discounts through your marketing channels for people interested or willing to venture out. Offer to run errands for people that need help. Research and offer DIY recipes for hand-sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and different ways to improvise with common household items. Need help with your social media and other online communication channels? Connect with an Elevate Success Coach to learn how we can help: tryelevate.com/get-started, 844-792-0260.
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Friday Freebie: 2020 Real Estate Marketing Planner
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3 Things Every Agent Needs in Their 2020 Marketing Arsenal
It's amazing how many companies are vying for the real estate agent's dollar. From trying to sell you leads to showing off the latest shiny object guaranteed to boost your marketing power, it seems like everyone wants to stick their fingers into your pocketbook. What good do these wonder tools do, though, if you lack the systems to put them to work? What is the benefit of marketing to attract new clients if the chances are really good that they'll fall through a crack in your system? If you don't have the basics of your arsenal in place, it's time to concentrate on doing so. 1. A cleaned-up, organized CRM New agents often ask what tools they'll need when they first hit the ground in the real estate world. Aside from a smart phone and a mentor, a robust customer relationship management system (CRM) is a must. Established agents understand the value of a CRM but many allow theirs to become cluttered, disorganized and, very often, ineffective. "Garbage in, garbage out" is what they end up with. Take the time to thoroughly clean up your CRM. This includes: Categorizing the entries in a way that makes sense to you. This may be something as simple as categorizing each entry by their location within the sales funnel (lead, prospect or client) and whether the lead or prospect is cold, warm or hot. Sellers and buyers should be segmented as well. Checking for duplicate entries and then merging or deleting them. Removing contacts that are impossible to contact. These are the ones who submitted a phony email address or phone number, have been in your database for some time and there is no hope of ever contacting them. Ensuring that every contact is on an appropriate touch campaign. 2. A powerful, lead-generating website While the NAR doesn't tell us how many of their members own a website, they do let on that 51 percent have had a website for at least five years. That's a rather paltry number, considering that a website should be one of the main tools in an agent's marketing arsenal. A real estate website can be a giant lead magnet, if done right. By blogging consistently and promoting your posts on social media, you drive traffic back to your site where you can employ additional magnets to capture those leads. But there are other bonuses offered by an agent website: A website offers a place to showcase your testimonials. It helps build awareness of your brand. A website provides a place for potential clients to get to know and trust you. It offers a spot for you to demonstrate authority. Agent websites offer value by providing information that real estate consumers are seeking. Your website can be a tool to help build a targeted mailing list to stay in touch with your sphere of influence. 3. In-depth knowledge of your target market If your target market is "likely buyers and sellers," we feel for you. "Everyone" isn't a target audience and appealing to "everyone" is almost impossible. For marketing to be successful, you simply must know who you are trying to reach. And this determination must be the result of a carefully thought-out process. There are many ways to choose a target market. The easiest is to target the type of client you've most enjoyed working with over the past year or two. Are they members of the military or landlords looking to sell? Maybe they were the first-time homebuyers or downsizing baby boomers. Add to your knowledge of this group of real estate consumers. What is the market like for them right now? Look for pain points that you can address and solve. Where do they hang out online? These are advertising mediums that present an ideal way to reach your audience. Even if you choose only one of the three aforementioned tips, you'll be ahead of your marketing game in 2020.
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How to Promote Yourself and Stay Connected with Clients
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3D Walk-throughs Aren't Just for Listings: Capture These 6 Local Spaces to Boost Engagement and Business Opportunity
As a real estate professional, a meaningful connection to your community is vital to the success of your business. But we know you've heard the same advice on the subject over and over--host events, be a source of community information, volunteer, etc. Today, however, we're going to introduce you to a high-tech way to connect to your local market--and, bonus, it's sure to dazzle and engage consumers in your area. That strategy? Capturing community spaces in 3D walk-throughs. Not only does this help relocating buyers become more familiar (not to mention creating sight-unseen opportunities) with your community, but it also adds confidence and comfort to the home search through knowledge of local establishments, helping real estate consumers decide which neighborhood suits them best. "Increasingly, especially when we're talking about suburban redevelopment, you're not only choosing the house, you're choosing the neighborhood and the places that are part of that neighborhood," says Charles Nitschke, Chief Integration Officer, Sotheby's Tomlinson Group. Nitschke is part of a growing group of savvy real estate professionals around the country who are tapping into the power of Matterport's technology to capture three-dimensional models, or "digital twins," of various community establishments and businesses in their market areas. Here are examples of six local spaces you can capture in your community to boost consumer engagement, lead generation and awareness of your real estate brand. Schools So you've got school ratings, school district zoning, and other information on your real estate website. That's a great start, but you can take things to a whole other level by including 3D walk throughs of those schools where people can virtually experience and learn about the facility for themselves. Nitschke finds that this is especially useful for markets with colleges or universities. "[Institutions] are tremendously interested in being able to show off their space to attract students, to be able to walk the parents and students through the facility, to get comfortable with it before they start travelling to narrow down their final school selection." After scanning their first school, Nitschke's brokerage, Sotheby's Tomlinson Group, approached another. Next summer, they will scan Idaho College's athletic department and then scale out into dorms, classrooms, and eventually the whole college. The 3D scan will be available on the college's website and on their brokerage's site, said Nitschke. "It's a big part of becoming that digital mayor, becoming that tour guide for the community." Local art galleries Lisa Larkin is the designated broker for RE/MAX Select in Tucson, Ariz., and she has long understood the power of co-branding with influential local figures. For years, her team has worked with Diana Madaras, a high-profile local artist, to host client appreciation events at her gallery, license her art on their marketing materials, and more. When Larkin and her team discovered Matterport, they offered to scan a new gallery space she had just purchased so that she could put it on her website. It's now featured prominently on her site's front page. They put the scan on their website too, under a relocation tab where people new to Tucson could see different places and businesses around town. The result is mutually beneficial: real estate consumers learn of an important local artist, and art consumers learn about a local real estate company that's differentiating themselves through the use of innovative technology. Event and recreational spaces Microbreweries are a big trend across the country, and they tend to attract a savvy, upwardly mobile clientele—an ideal real estate customer. A new agent at Sotheby's Tomlinson Group captured a local brewery as a way to break into the market and to introduce himself to the owner of the brewery. That introduction led him to listing the owner's house when the owner decided it was time to downsize. Theaters, concert venues, gyms, and other similar spaces are also excellent candidates for 3D reality capture. These popular locations service what equates to a large audience every year, many of whom will visit their website where your Matterport scan is located. That means this untapped audience will have the chance to see your 3D digital twin on a consistent basis and the opportunity to learn about your real estate business. Places of worship Sotheby's Tomlinson Group parlayed their digital twins of local schools into an opportunity to scan a 60,000 sq. ft. mega church and its 60,000 sq. ft. athletic facility. Along with building awareness for their brand, the scan is also connecting their community to church-facilitated services that they may not have otherwise known existed, such as substance abuse and domestic violence programs. "If you were to walk into this large church, try to figure out where to go to find those services, to familiarize yourself with what's available, or even to get the process started, it would be an intimidating process to go down that road," says Nitschke. The digital twins of the church helps community members understand what's offered, where to go within the church, and how to reach out. The church is even leveraging Matterport "Mattertags," to embed digital media (in this case video) into their digital twins. Every week, they add their sermons in a Mattertag for people who missed the service or want to listen again. Your office While creating 3D digital twins of local spaces is a great form of passive marketing, let's not forget one very important space you should also capture—your office. "It's fantastic to send out to clients so that they know where they're going to be going, where they're going to be meeting and take some of the apprehension out of that process," says Nitschke. Unlike your office, the digital twin is available 24/7, and it can help current and potential clients feel more comfortable with your business. Sotheby's Tomlinson Group has also scanned their title company and has future plans to scan their mortgage vendor's office, too. "When the consumer is getting ready to go to closing day, they're able to navigate the building where the title company is so they know where to go from the parking garage to the title company, what the reception desk looks like, what the conference room that they're going to be signing in looks like. It just takes a lot of that stress out of an already stressful situation by being able to walk them through," says Nitschke. How Can I Get Started? We've talked about capturing some very big, important spaces in your community. If that seems intimidating, it isn't. Starting with local businesses you're already familiar with will streamline the partnering process, but creating the digital twin itself is really quite simple. It's a natural step in building relationships for an industry that relies on that ability. "I'm finding the more that we get involved in these community spaces that are incredibly important to how and why and where people choose to live, the relationships start to build on one another," says Nitschke. "Shooting this facility ends up leading to an introduction to somebody to shoot another facility, and so we're kind of growing very naturally through collecting these spaces." Once you've captured your first community space, be sure to put it on your website and promote it wherever you can. Lisa Larkin's brokerage, RE/MAX Select, has even created a website dedicated solely to 3D tours of local spaces, as well as a Facebook page for that website. An easily accessible collection of 3D digital twins of community spaces also helps real estate consumers get a better sense of what a neighborhood's all about—far better than traditional real estate tools and MLS data can. Traditional tools offer "no depth to what a community is all about, and this allows us to give them a much better idea of what the difference is between some of these neighborhoods," says Nitschke. For more in-depth information about capturing community spaces, including marketing strategies, check out our recent webinar here. And try Matterport yourself with your free Matterport account to get started with 3D differentiation.
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5 Real Estate Branding Mistakes that Can Cost You Business
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9 Underutilized Websites that Can Help You Generate Real Estate Leads
Online real estate lead generation can be a grind. Everyone knows the main strategies: Google and Facebook ads, Instagram posts, etc. It can be difficult to get an edge because the competition is fierce, not to mention the cost. But not everyone needs to market on oversaturated social networks and platforms. In fact, there are plenty of underutilized websites that can help you generate real estate leads. Here are nine examples that are ready for a savvy real estate agent to exploit.
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2 Secrets to More Lead Conversions, Straight from a Top Team's Playbook
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Marketing to Millennials: Identifying Trends for Future Homebuyers
It's no secret that millennials are buying homes later in life than their predecessors. The reasons are the usual suspects -- rising costs of living, housing costs, and student debt. Identifying trends and patterns with millennials can be a powerful tool when marketing to this generation's homebuyers and closing deals. Check out these trends and see how you can use them to your advantage!
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6 Ways to Improve your Real Estate Email Marketing
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Is Your Listing Description Turning Consumers Off?
Imagine if you had a magic power to know exactly how readers would react to the description text that you write about your new listing. "This lovely two-bedroom fixer-upper..." According to research from ForSaleByOwner.com, the word "fixer-upper" is a horrible term. In fact, even buyers who say that they want to buy a fixer-upper are not likely to react positively about a property being called a fixer-upper. The study found that for consumers over the age of 45, "turnkey" is the most desired feature they seek out in their next home. That is probably a good word to use in your property descriptions. Now think a bit further about how you are going to market the property. Think first about the age of the likely homebuyer. If they are between 45-64, they are probably juggling kids in high school or college, have been promoted to the most stressful job of their career, and have little time for anything other than family and saving for retirement. They do not want homes that require a lot of work or maintenance. Great schools are also a key priority, not surprisingly. Instead of hesitating to share school information, do the work to verify what school district your property falls under. It's also ideal to share not only the district, but the specific schools that children will attend. Districts can have great variations in the quality of schools. The research also revealed that men and women have different priorities when choosing a home. Men are most interested in a property that their partner loves and that provides an easy commute and great schools. Women, on the other hand, are interested in a turnkey home in move-in condition. Men and women share strong interest in a close commute and great schools. If you would like to download the entire study, you can click here.
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Repurposing Your Listing Photos: 3 Timeless Shots that Live on Beyond the Sale
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51 Content Ideas for Your Real Estate Newsletter
A real estate newsletter is a great way to generate leads and develop brand identity. But you need to fill these newsletters with content that is unique and valuable to your readers. Your first step in developing content for your newsletter is to define an audience. Who is going to read your newsletter? You can design your newsletter for first time homebuyers, investors, general readers, etc. Once you know your readers, you can start producing content for them. To get you started, here are 51 content ideas for your real estate newsletter.
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Real Estate Advertising Using Your CRM (Real Estate Marketing Ideas)
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(Or, more aptly titled: Millennials Are People Too) Ah, Millennials. The generation people love to hate on. If we turned marketing conferences and publications into drinking games, Millennial would be the word that was sure to finish us off. Millennials are the generation born between 1981 and 1995-ish (depending on who you ask, these parameters change slightly). They are currently between 24 and 38 years of age, and they are the largest generation on the planet. By 2025, they will make up the majority of the workforce in North America. Millennials are the most racially and ethnically diverse generation—ever. While the number of Baby Boomers grew due to a high number of births post-WWII (hence the name Baby Boomers), Millennial growth has largely been a result of immigration. Fourteen percent of Millennials are first generation, and have strong ties to their roots. Overall, Millennials get a bad rap in the media. Often labeled as entitled, lazy, and unfocused, they have been commonly scoffed at as the "young'uns." But this is the most self-expressive, diverse, and connected generation we've ever seen. They have grown up with unprecedented access to the Internet, real-time data, on-demand communication, and far-reaching crowdsourcing abilities. And despite their high student loan debt, they also make up 45% of mortgages in the US in 2018, and are estimated to be at their peak of homebuying in 2020. That's right, Millennials are buying homes. Lots of them. People under the age of 36 make up more than half of the homebuyers in North America currently. So, what do we know about their expectations of Realtors? Of particular interest is what does that mean for us and the way we market to them? Let's look at three key reminders when it comes to marketing to this generation. You have to be available According to a recent NAR survey, 92% of Millennials use a Realtor to buy or sell, which makes them more likely to use an agent than any other generation. And when using a Realtor, they are more likely to keep in touch, communicate more frequently, and recommend their Realtor to others. This is the upside of expressive, well-connected crowd sourcers! The key is to recognize that Millennials are people too. But they are people with high expectations regarding communication. They are always available, so they expect you will be as well. And not always in the traditional sense. They are more likely to text you or use social media messaging than to phone you or use voicemail, so you will need to adjust your calls to action accordingly. You have to be easy to find Google tells us that the average buyer or seller searches for up to 90 days before contacting an agent. And they aren't searching like the generations before them. Millennials are driving the mobile vs. desktop trend, and newsflash – desktops aren't winning. Just four years ago, NAR found that 50% of homebuyers found their future purchase via mobile device. Those numbers are now at least 10 points higher. Search is not only becoming more mobile, it's becoming more diverse. Your Millennial clients are as likely to find you on social media or via sites like Yelp as they are to find you via your website – if not more. You need to diversify your presence to keep up. You have to give them what they want For a generation that has always had the Internet at their fingertips – data is low hanging fruit. What they want is an immersive and engaging experience, as well as the explanation as to why it matters to them. This generation grew up on video games and YouTube, so it's no surprise that they expect interactive digital marketing like 3D virtual tours, floor plans, room measurements, and professional photography. It's not enough to tell them something, we need to find ways to show them what it would be like to live there. You have to adapt more quickly For Millennials, change is normal. The number of tech changes in the past 20 years have been massive, swift, and life-changing. This generation laughs at the idea of faxing something and asks questions like, "Can't we just e-transfer the deposit to you?" Learning to adapt our messaging and communication methods faster and more seamlessly will be key to serving these veterans of change. Millennials aren't the enemy – they are the future. Their desire for expertise instead of just information will push the entire industry forward and upward. We each have a huge opportunity to grow our business by embracing Millennials and adapting our marketing strategies to meet their needs. (Besides, we'll be on our way to shining the spotlight at an entirely new generation of young'uns soon… Gen Z is coming!) Brought to you by Sara Penny, Communications and Marketing Manager at Planitar Inc. the makers of iGUIDE®. Follow the link for more information on how iGUIDE provides all the property dimensions and listing details that your clients demand.    
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