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February
24

Every year, billions of dollars are invested around the world in developing new tech that improves the real estate experience for agents, clients, and real estate firms. Millennials are quickly growing into the largest real estate demographic, and catering to a young, tech-savvy clientele will only accelerate the desire for new technology. And it's not as if people under 40 are the only ones glued to their favorite devices.

When new technology emerges, everyone involved in the real estate industry can benefit. Here are some potential tech breakthroughs that could emerge in real estate in the coming years, along with a few recent breakthroughs that are likely to stand the test of time.

The Continued Development of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI has already helped the real estate industry accomplish some great things, whether you want to send timely, personalized reports to clients or develop a more accurate analysis of real estate market trends. But in many ways, we're only scratching the surface. The global investment in AI is immense, just like the future potential of the technology.

Consider the benefits of robust virtual assistants that can help guide clients through the process of buying or selling a home, taking some of the workload off of agents while providing a valuable service to clients. Already, some of the biggest real estate websites are also using AI to help match clients with the perfect loan, or the perfect home. Some of the biggest tech breakthroughs in the near future are very likely to involve AI and machine learning.

Streamlined Technology

With so much new tech emerging in recent years, one big breakthrough that we're already beginning to experience is the streamlining of real estate technology. With a real estate all-in-one solution like DeltaNET®6, you have the technology for managing leads, marketing properties, connecting with clients, and analyzing data in one convenient package. Expect the streamlining of real estate tech to continue as new tools are introduced, allowing agents to save time, increase productivity, and focus on what matters most.

Digital Documentation

Clients and agents alike dread the pile of paperwork that comes with closing on a home. Wouldn't it be nice if documents could be securely, reliably read and signed anywhere, from any device? The technology to do so is already emerging and should play a major role in real estate transactions in the coming years.

Taking Advantage of the Latest Tech

Focusing on the future is fun, but not at the expense of the present. Some of the tech that has risen in popularity during the pandemic is likely to remain important and be improved upon for years to come.

  • Virtual Tours, Open Houses, and Showings
    Partly driven by the pandemic and partly driven by the young, tech-savvy generation of new homebuyers, touring homes from afar has become more popular than ever. With virtual open houses and showings, you can help connect clients with homes no matter where they're located.

  • Marketing Automation
    Some of the latest advances in marketing automation make it easier to keep your pipeline stocked and save a ton of time in the process. From smart drip email campaigns to AI-driven, automatically generated newsletters, you have more tools than ever for automating key marketing tasks.

  • New Forms of Real Estate Content
    Advances in technology outside the real estate industry can also have a major impact. With smartphones able to capture higher quality video than ever and tons of great apps available for editing your content, now is the perfect time to see if you can become the next real estate video star.

  • Data Tracking and Analytics
    Whether you're tracking IDX search activity to learn more about the needs of your clients or tracking your marketing analytics to discover what works best for your brand, the easy availability of big data is key to thriving in the modern real estate industry. New technology can also make it easier to parse, analyze, and put that data to work.

  • Integration and Streamlining of Tech
    The best real estate CRM platforms already include integrations that make it easier to use all of your favorite tech in one convenient package. With so much focus on streamlining tech, this is one area to expect continued growth.

Where Will Real Estate Tech Take Us Next?

Just 5 or 10 years ago, it would have been hard to predict all of the game-changing tech that has shaped the real estate industry today. And that's part of the fun! While we can make educated guesses about AI and other new tech, there's always the possibility of a breakthrough that almost nobody saw coming. With such a substantial investment of brainpower and funds in creating breakthroughs, it will be exciting to see where real estate tech takes us next.

February
22

This week, Harley goes over Market Watch Reports in the DeltaNET.

 

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February
22

How much value does your real estate website add to your practice?

Everyone knows "you have to have a website." And for real estate agents and brokerages, that's even more true. Some of the most successful real estate professionals, in the United States and throughout the world, generate a substantial portion of their leads through their own site — as much as 50%.

These days, future customers are far more likely to hear of you online than through an in-person event or non-digital advertising. That's because Millennials and the fast-emerging Gen Z homebuyers almost universally start their search for a new home online.

Understandably, most real estate experts aren't masters of real estate website design.

They tend to launch a basic website and then hope for the best. There are lots of DIY website builders out there and cut-rate services that promise something "good enough." Unfortunately, this can undermine your efforts to develop a branded, high-impact website that makes a difference.

How Your Website Can Serve as a Resource for Current and Future Customers

Your website acts as your digital "first impression."

When someone is thinking about entering the housing market, they will usually spend a lot of time looking at properties before they ever consider reaching out to a real estate agent. They might start seeking inspiration on sites like Pinterest or Instagram before they begin looking at live listings.

Once their interest is piqued, only then do they look for a local real estate professional to help them. But in the process, they usually check out a half-dozen local agents and brokerages — or even more. So, your website needs to achieve two things right off the bat:

  • It must be visually compelling, inviting, and easy to navigate
  • It must provide meaningful value before they schedule a call

That value comes in the form of custom content. "Content" is anything helpful and informative you post on your site to help visitors make an informed decision. In other words, it answers a question or solves a problem they have. Blogs are the backbone of most content, but video is increasingly popular.

Content is especially helpful because it can inspire your guests to join your email marketing list and get future updates they may find useful. It raises your visibility in online search and improves results you get from search engine optimization. However, it's not the only way to make your website work harder.

When you focus on turning your website into a resource, you are putting what you have to offer on the table from the very beginning. People will see the difference between you and other real estate agents, and begin to regard you as a trusted expert — so you're far more likely to be chosen in the end.

Let's look at some of the other ways you can build your website into a resource for customers:

  • Integrate Your Listings within Your Website
    The MLS does an incredible job keeping listings organized and searchable. However, you can also use this marvel of modern technology right within your own website, helping visitors zero in on the best local properties that might meet their needs while maintaining your own branding throughout.

  • Provide Neighborhood-Level Local Insight
    Your local savvy is one of the most important things setting you apart from your peers. Make it count by showing people not only the homes they might buy, but the community they'll be joining. Highlight the best amenities and small businesses – other business owners may even send you referrals.

  • Answer Common Questions Clearly
    Many first-time buyers and sellers will have very little existing knowledge about the process. Look for the best ways to answer their common questions simply. That may mean a library of blogs or videos, a centralized Frequently Asked Questions page or a chatbot that they can pose questions to.

  • Make It Easy to Contact You
    After you start working with a client, it's crucial to set appropriate boundaries — no answering the phone at two in the morning. On a first call, however, seconds count. Be sure your website is set up to send you a text alert if someone sends you an email or message so you can respond right away.

  • Introduce Yourself
    One of the most vital things you can do on your website is start building a relationship. The best way to begin is with a video introduction to yourself. What do you do and for whom? What attracted you to real estate and what makes you different? Video is the next best thing to being there.

The best real estate websites operate as a "one-stop-shop" for everything potential customers might need — before they even reach out for the first time. Contact Delta Media Group to learn more or get started with your own.

February
17

We know that sometimes, technology can be a mixed bag.

Your computer's operating system is designed to get you to pay every month for programs that needed a one-time payment a few years ago. Your phone pushes ads anywhere and everywhere, even in severe weather alerts. It can feel like all these tools are constantly out to get you.

When it's time to invest in business solutions, however, you need a higher caliber of solution — designed from the ground up with your needs in mind. That's the kind of technology that works with you to reach your goals, not the goals of the software vendor or hardware maker.

The best technology is truly for you – and it works with you, not against you.

For real estate agents who want to perform at a higher level, that means CRM.

Customer Relationship Management for Real Estate Saves You Hours Every Week

A real estate CRM helps you do more in less time, no matter if you are an independent real estate agent or part of a large brokerage. A reliable, AI-driven all-in-one solution like DeltaNET 6 redefines your workflow by giving you complete visibility into all your prospects, leads, and clients.

With a CRM, you have the power to automate repetitive tasks while making informed decisions that move your strategy in the right direction. By doing more of the right things in less time, you'll avoid burnout, raise your productivity, and create opportunities for a healthy work-life balance.

Let's look at some of the ways a CRM serves you every day:

  • No More Wondering When and How to Follow Up With Your Contacts
    Following up is a huge part of being a real estate agent. In fact, it can take anywhere from 8-15 follow-ups to produce results. Your CRM centralizes the data on your contacts, when you met then, and what interactions you've had. It even uses machine learning to cue you exactly when to make contact.

  • Micro-Target Your Leads' Interests Down to Specific Listings
    Your CRM ties in with your website and other digital properties to help you gain knowledge of your customers and future customers. You'll see exactly which listings work best, so you do more of what moves you forward and laser target your email marketing to precise interests.

  • Spend Less Time Scrolling and More Time Connecting on Social Media
    Social media has tremendous power for real estate agents, but it also brings with it the potential for a lot of wasted time. With your real estate CRM in tow, you can set up instant, event-driven social media updates that will bring interested leads back to your account without falling down the rabbit hole.

  • Integrate All of the Latest Listing Features with a Single Click
    Not all real estate CRMs are created equal. DeltaNET®6 provides complete integration with the full suite of Delta Media Group products. Properties in Motion makes modern real estate marketing within reach along with virtual tours and remote showings through our concierge Local Showings service.

  • Raise Your Website's Visibility with Better, More Focused Content
    Real estate agents should post helpful, informative content to their website's blog every month — it's called content marketing. DeltaNET 6 is your doorway into custom content marketing so you no longer need to do hours of in-house research or manage your own stable of writers.

  • Accelerate the Process of Connecting Clients with Properties
    When leads reach out to become customers, they're betting you'll be able to help them find the right home far faster than they would be able to themselves. Manually, the process takes hours — but with Market Watch Reports, you have complete, accurate, white-labeled reports at your fingertips fast.

  • Maintain the Confidence of Sellers with Full Visibility
    It's not always a seller's market – and sellers are often anxious to know exactly what you've been doing for them. Personalized Seller Reports take the mystery out, cataloging each and every activity as well as showing exactly how much interest your campaign has garnered over time.

Bring Your Real Estate Practice to Another Level Without Reinventing the Wheel

Technology is meant to simplify your life, not complicate it. Yet, the pandemic introduced innovation to real estate at a breakneck pace. Many agents and brokers wonder how to catch up as new technology-driven services, like virtual tours and showings, are becoming more crucial.

Instead of looking for a whole universe of different technology tools and trying to make them all work together, start with a CRM for real estate. When you select the right high-performance CRM, you can move with confidence knowing it's your "all-in-one" real estate center of excellence.

Contact us to learn more about capturing value from the latest real estate technology. We look forward to showing you all that it can do for you.

February
15

The National Association of REALTORS® reports that 75 percent of buyers say that they would recommend their agent to others. But even though they may have been very happy with the service you provided, their willingness to refer often fades as they move from buying a home into the next phase of their life. That's why it's so important to maintain that connection with past clients over time. Here are some tips to help you maintain relationships with past clients using real estate technology and generate reliable sources of new business in the process.

Staying Connected Starts with Your Real Estate CRM

The right real estate CRM isn't just a great option for generating and nurturing leads. It also provides valuable resources and tools for staying in touch with past clients. All of the information you gather over time can provide insights that make it easier to stay in touch with clients in a personalized way and give them reasons to refer you to others. Your CRM is also where you should find automated tools for staying connected and keeping past clients informed.

Keep Past Clients Informed with Email Newsletters and Content

Few tools are better than email for connecting with past clients. It's something that your clients check multiple times a day, it's unobtrusive, it can be automated, and it's an easy way for you to reach out at any time. There are so many different types of content that you can send via email, whether you're keeping past clients informed or simply finding excuses to say "hello."

For a client who has just purchased a home, you can send content that can help them transition to their new neighborhood and advice that helps them make the most of their new home. Home improvement tips and recommendations for local service providers can help them enjoy their new home. Neighborhood guides, advice on local attractions, schedules for local events, and information on the latest neighborhood happenings can all help them build deeper connections with their community.

By having a plan in advance for how you want to keep in touch with different types of clients, you can automate much of the email outreach process through your real estate CRM. On occasions where automation isn't the perfect fit, email templates make it simple to send personalized, meaningful messages.

Remember Their Special Days

Whether it's a client's birthday, kid's birthday, graduation, anniversary, or "house-aversary," remembering the special days of your clients goes a long way toward maintaining trust and showing them that you care. Your real estate CRM should provide tools for sending customized eCards and flyers, which you can use to celebrate any occasion. Of course, your CRM should also be where information on those special days is stored in the first place, so that you always have an easy way to remember the days that matter most to your clients.

Use Social Media to Build and Maintain Relationships

Social media isn't just for blasting out the latest info on all of your best new listings. It's also a great tool for staying connected with past clients and reminding them why you're the right choice when they're referring an agent to others. As you get to know a client, always look for common ground and keep a record of those commonalities in your CRM. Anything that can provide a starting point for conversation is valuable, whether it's a shared love of a local sports team, involvement in a community organization, or shared excitement about an annual local event. Investing some time each week in staying connected with past clients through social media goes a long way toward earning their referrals.

Remember That a Personal Touch Goes a Long Way

While technology is the main tool for staying in touch with past clients, sometimes a good, old-fashioned personal touch can make a big difference. A hand-written note certainly stands out in this digital age and shows that you have invested time in reaching out to a past client. A small, personalized gift can also be a great reminder for past clients, as long as it fits within ethical guidelines.

Connecting with Past Clients Is Easier with the Right Tools

Staying connected with past clients is important, but that doesn't mean that it has to take too much time from your busy day. The right real estate all-in-one solution, like DeltaNET®6, makes it easy to automate key marketing tasks, keep past clients informed, and remind them why you're the right choice for their (or their friends'!) real estate needs in the future. Mix in modern technology with old-fashioned touches like the occasional hand-written note, and you have a recipe for staying top-of-mind with all of your past clients.

February
15

This week Harley goes over lead quality scores in the DeltaNET.


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February
10

When it comes to success, momentum makes the difference.

Momentum is what turns a long, hard slog into a purpose-driven effort, even an adventure. No matter if you work alone or in a large brokerage, momentum is great for morale and protects against burnout. It provides a sense of direction and helps you deflect distractions.

Unfortunately, momentum can be difficult to build at first. Once you have it, though, it becomes much easier to sustain. In real estate, you have many opportunities to give yourself the tailwind that sets the stage for progress. At any size or scale, technology is the key.

Why Technology  Matters in Boosting Your Momentum

Momentum is forward motion. When you need to maintain forward motion over long distances, friction is your worst enemy. You can see examples of this in day-to-day life. For example, it takes an average of 23 minutes to get back on task after a distraction. Every distraction creates more friction.

As long as you're focused, it feels like you can go on forever. When the illusion is broken, not so much.

Luckily, today's best real estate technology is built around the idea of creating a seamless experience for everyone — buyers, sellers, and the professionals who serve them. Technology won't replace you (or the human touch). It simply sets you up to do more of what you do best, faster, and more effectively.

Let's look at some of the ways technology is smoothing the path to successful transactions.

Digital-First Approaches Are Here to Stay in Real Estate

Real estate was already making some promising forays into the digital realm in 2019. Then the pandemic hit. Of all the industries completely transformed by COVID-19, real estate moved the fastest. It had to — there was no other way to protect everyone involved in a transaction.

As it turns out, buyers and sellers alike love virtual tours and virtual open houses. Even as the public health situation changes, these are here to stay. Sellers no longer need to welcome crowds of strangers into a lived-in home. And buyers can expand their search radius without traveling any further.

What does it all mean for the real estate agent? Get comfortable in front of the camera and you can do a full tour more quickly and easily. Connect with the right title company and others and your customers can benefit from a complete digital closing experience. That's increasingly becoming a differentiator as Millennials step up their homebuying activity and Generation Z steps in.

All in all, that leads to seamlessly serving more people faster — and getting better results for everyone.

A Real Estate CRM Suite Gives You a Bird's Eye View of Your Customers and Contacts

Speaking of "seamless," there's nothing less worthy of the name than the old way of managing contacts. Only a few years ago, most real estate agents had filing cabinets stuffed with information on leads and prospects. It would take a day each week to figure out where everyone stood.

"Following up" usually meant calling on the phone, and that wasn't always welcome.

The right technology demystifies your network like never before. Customer Relationship Management for real estate is here. Not only can it centralize the details about everyone on your radar — it serves as an AI-driven center of excellence that scores your leads and cues you when and how to follow up.

The DeltaNET 6 CRM taps directly into your website to keep its finger on the pulse of your business 24 hours a day, whether you're awake or asleep. It can help you orchestrate outreach campaigns, including email marketing, social media, and much more — sending interest-based, event-driven updates to those on your list who want them most. That helps you cultivate your relationships seamlessly.

The Best Technology Is Indistinguishable from Magic – Today's Real Estate Technology Is Pretty Close

Today's buyers are ready to search for, evaluate, and close on a home completely on digital platforms. Sometimes, they do it from thousands of miles away. It's a brave new world out there — and with the right technology in your corner, you can do less and accomplish more.

How's that for momentum?

Today's real estate software has the potential to bridge distances in incredible ways and keep your key relationships humming even when you're otherwise occupied. It ensures you are always moving forward — and you end up with more hours in the day to do what matters most.

That may not be magic, but it's pretty close.

You can incorporate the next generation of real estate marketing automation into your business in as little as a few days and win back dozens of hours within just a few weeks. Contact us at Delta Media Group to find out more or get started.

February
8

Are you missing out on a powerful way to generate leads from social media? Targeted advertising isn't a replacement for all of your other social media activities. It's in its own category, and when done right, it can be a convenient, low-cost tool for generating fresh leads to stock your pipeline. If targeted advertising has been your business blind spot, now is the perfect time to change that.

Even if you've never run a targeted ad campaign yourself, you've definitely experienced these ads during your own time online. You search for something that you're interested in purchasing, check out some content, and suddenly you're seeing ads for that product or something similar during all of your travels online. Targeted ads are designed to reach a specific audience — ideally people who are already interested in what you have to offer.

Before You Advertise, Make Sure Your Branding and Website Are Ready

We'll get into more specific targeted advertising strategies shortly, but there are a few things that you'll want to have prepared before you get started. First, make sure that your branding is consistent. Things like color schemes, logos, missions, values, and even fonts can help your brand stand out from the competition when you advertise.

Next, you'll want to make sure that your real estate website looks appealing, functions well on any device, has great content, and offers all of the features that your audience needs. In many cases, your targeted ads will be leading prospects directly to your website, and you want to give them every reason to stick around once they arrive.

Know Your Audience

Like the name suggests, targeted ads are all about reaching a specific audience. So who are you trying to reach? Running a targeted ad campaign for an audience of luxury real estate buyers will naturally be different than running one for first-time homebuyers who are new to real estate. The same goes for whether you're trying to generate buyer or seller leads.

Due to fair housing laws, it's important to note that ads can't be targeted based on certain factors like race, gender, or class. Think about your target audience, what they like to do, what their interests are, and what might motivate them to buy or sell a home.

Planning Your Targeted Ad Campaign

Once you've got your branding, website, social pages, and audience analysis in order, you'll be ready to start planning your first campaign. Here are some of the key steps you'll take while planning your campaign:

  • Campaign Objective, Ad Settings, and Contact Method
    First, you'll set up your campaign objective, which will usually be lead generation. You'll also choose your ad settings, where you'll click on "special ad categories" and "housing" in order to adhere to fair housing laws. You will also choose your contact method, either through a lead capture form, automated chat, or phone call.

  • Setting Your Budget
    Facebook ads are priced through a bidding process, which allows you to set the maximum price you're willing to pay to reach a specific audience. You can set your max daily bid based on a variety of factors for each ad, and sometimes it will take some experimenting to find the right price per lead.

  • Audience and Ad Placements
    Next, you'll be choosing how you'll target your audience and how your ads will be placed. You can choose to display your ad on Facebook, Instagram, or both platforms. You can choose to place your ads manually or use automated placing to put them in the best places to achieve your campaign goals.

  • Creating Your Ad
    All of the branding factors that we mentioned so far will usually play a part in creating your ads. Some of the most popular ad types include just listed, branded ads, home valuations, and open houses. There are many effective types of ad campaigns, so experiment to see what works best for reaching your audience.

  • Analyzing Results
    One of the great things about placing targeted ads through Facebook or Instagram is that you get plenty of analytics to help you discover what works best. Make sure that you're tracking the success of your campaigns in order to maximize your ROI.

Take Advantage of Targeted Advertising Tools to Make Life Easier

You could take the time to handle every last detail of targeted advertising yourself... or you could use a seamless, easy-to-use platform that allows you to set up campaigns in a few clicks. With Ad Wizard™, you can take the guesswork out of targeted advertising and manage ads with a dependable, consistent process. Ad Wizard™ is one of many tools available in DeltaNET®6 to help you market your business, manage leads, and maintain great relationships with your clients.

February
1

Staying in touch with clients used to be a full-time job in itself. It meant knowing where current customers stood in their transaction and how leads' decision-making process was unfolding. It often took a day out of each week just to get updated on the latest.

Luckily, today's real estate agents have new opportunities.

The right real estate technology gives you the ability to deliver faster, more personalized experiences to every client. This is true before, during, and after transactions, ensuring a memorable and premium level of service. That can make all the difference in the trajectory of your practice.

It's well known that most people do not go back to their real estate agent three, four, or five years later — even if they were fully satisfied. The reason why is painfully simple: They forget your name. Even if you have delivered stellar customer care from end to end, you are still fighting this basic fact of nature.

The right technology helps you build relationships that are truly unforgettable.

Stay in Touch and Connect with the Best Real Estate Technology

For a modern agent or broker, the cornerstone of staying in touch is having a Customer Relationship Management app for real estate. A CRM helps you — and your customers — by keeping all the data you need centralized in one place. That makes it easy to identify opportunities and follow up effectively.

With your real estate CRM, you'll not only save time — you'll ensure higher quality and more relevant connections. Technology doesn't replace the human element but instead supports you in deepening key relationships in less time per day. That keeps you focused, doing more of what really matters most.

Let's consider some of the ways you can build client relationships with the right technology:

  • Enjoy AI-Driven Lead Follow Up
    If you want the best real estate CRM out there, be sure to look for an AI-driven machine learning application. With AI, your CRM is constantly learning. It can connect the dots between millions of different data points and find patterns that are invisible to humans, cueing you to follow up at the perfect times.

  • Better Understand Client Needs
    The better you understand your clients, the easier it is to position yourself as a trusted advisor who is there for the long haul. Your CRM can capture interactions with your website, email, and social media that help you know what information clients are looking for (before they even ask you for it!).

  • Keep Clients Confident and in the Know
    Your CRM is your all-in-one "center of excellence" that ties together all of your other communications. In today's market, buyers and sellers alike want ongoing updates to be sure they're trending in the right direction. Your CRM helps you stay in touch across email, social media, text messages, and much more.

  • Adapt Your Communication Strategy to Customer Preferences
    In the old days, picking up the phone was the default way to follow up. These days, you have options — and there's a clear generational divide. Millennials and Gen Z may prefer for you to text them, while some older clients prefer the phone. With a CRM, you will always be able to tailor your approach.

  • See What's Working (and What's Not Working)
    Sound digital marketing is the key to lasting relationships, especially among clients you might not see again for 3-4 years. The bird's-eye view provided by your CRM allows you to understand what content resonates with clients, so you can do more of what they like – without crunching raw data yourself.

  • Accelerate Common Digital Marketing Tasks
    Your CRM is the bridge between day-to-day customer interactions and digital lead generation. You will be talking to people online more often than in person, so it helps to be able to set up email campaigns, social media posts, and all the rest in just a few clicks.

  • Keep Your Information Timely and Relevant
    If you're using an all-in-one real estate solution like DeltaNET®6, you'll have the opportunity to tap into a wide range of other tools. Market Watch Reports produce a branded, accurate overview of the local area in seconds. Seller Reports are great for keeping your sellers confident and engaged.

  • Be Even More Responsive
    When you are fielding that all-important first inquiry from a prospective customer, minutes can make the difference in how you're perceived. Since your CRM can unify all of your digital properties, you can set alerts that will let you know as soon as someone new makes contact.

When it comes to full lifecycle support of your customers — the kind of care and attention that creates a life-long business relationship — the best digital technology is indispensable. Contact us to find out more or get started with marketing automation for real estate.

February
1

This week, Harley goes over the Transaction Pipeline in the DeltaNET.

 

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