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September
26

From Instagram and Facebook to LinkedIn and Google, Paid Media Marketing can help you gain new leads and recruit top talent. 

Everybody knows that in this day and age, digital marketing is the key to business success. However, that's only if it's done right. Your ability to gain traction online can make or break your real estate business. That's why you need Delta Media Group's® Paid Media Marketing Services. 

The Benefits of Paid Marketing 

There are many benefits to paid marketing that you won't get through organic media posting. Having the right message and good-looking graphics can only take you so far if they aren't shown to the right audience — or even worse, they aren't reaching an audience at all. You may think posting to your feed on social media is enough, but your lack of leads likely begs to differ. Organic posts on social media are only shown to approximately 2-3% of your followers and rarely to anyone who isn't following you. Plus, your ads are almost guaranteed to get buried in their feed and never resurface. With paid ads, your content never gets buried at the bottom and is directly shown to those looking for the real estate services you provide. 

Even if you have a well-designed website and some great listings, prospects won't find you immediately. With Google Ads, your ads find them. Utilizing audience targeting and keyword research, paid ads are sure to reach the right demographic, allowing you to quickly and effectively land new leads by positioning your brand in front of high-value customers.  

Why Choose Delta for Paid Media? 

Now that you're sold on the benefits of paid marketing, you might still be wondering why you should work with Delta as your paid media provider. First, Delta Media Group is a Certified Google Ads Partner, one of only a few hundred in the United States to be recognized for our high ad performance. With Delta's top-tier technology, your website connects automatically to your Google Ads account, Facebook Business Manager, and Google Analytics, so everything seamlessly works together. 

When choosing Delta, you get the assistance of leading real estate technology and the knowledge of a licensed Realtor® and Paid Media Strategist. We use the most up-to-date marketing practices, keeping an eye on what ads are working for brokers and agents across the country. We also invest in privacy to keep you ahead of the curve. 

The experience of working with Delta for paid media is extremely hands-off, giving you more time to focus on conducting business elsewhere. Similar to our other tech offerings, you can "set it and forget it." Our specialists will take care of all the rest. However, unlike third-party agencies you rarely communicate with, you're never left in the dark with your paid advertising efforts when working with Delta. Although we do the heavy lifting for you, as a family-owned business, we also understand the value of communicating with our customers. When you choose to work with us, you will receive one-on-one care from our specialists and have regular calls or Zoom meetings to discuss your campaign progress and goals. Additionally, unlike most third-party agencies, no long-term contract is required for our paid media services. We operate on a month-to-month basis. 

Another benefit of working with Delta is having everything — from your CRM to your website and digital marketing toolkit — in one place. Having to piece together different providers is not only a hassle but can also hinder your marketing efforts. When working with an all-in-one provider, there's no need to go anywhere else.  

Get to Know Our Paid Media Specialist, Winston Widdes 

Winston Widdes has impressive credentials as a digital marketer and 17 years of experience as a licensed Realtor®. He knows the ins and outs of both paid advertising and the real estate industry. 

Winston's grandfather was a builder and contractor; his father worked for their family's construction business. Since working in the industry seemed to be a family tradition, in 1998, Winston started an apprenticeship with a real estate flipper. Then in 2005, he got licensed as a Realtor®, joining Century 21 Award in San Diego, CA. During his time at Century 21, Winston quickly learned that the way to become a top producer in real estate was to have great marketing. His hard work and skilled marketing efforts ultimately landed him the titles of Top Producing Agent and Top Listing Agent in 2007, just two years after starting his career. 

"I was always looking for a way to become a top producer, to do the best I could and get an edge over my competition, and I discovered that marketing was the way to do that," said Winston. 

Leveraging the skills he acquired throughout his time in real estate, in 2009, Winston transitioned into marketing. He began working as a Marketing Manager for a kitchen and bathroom remodeling company. There, he first gained experience with paid advertising by managing ads on Google, Yelp, and various other platforms. Three years later, in 2012, Winston started working with real estate investors, and in 2016, he started working for FortuneBuilders, a real estate investment consulting firm owned by the stars of HGTV's "Flip This House." In this role, Winston worked as an Internet Marketing Consultant for real estate investors. During his time at FortuneBuilders, he completed over 6,000 consulting calls. 

Pick the Package That's Right for You 

Delta's Paid Media Marketing Services include four different marketing package options. Paid Media Marketing packages can be purchased as an add-on to your digital marketing toolkit in DeltaNET®. Let's look at what they are and what they have to offer. 

Google Ads for Buyers and Sellers - With Google Ads for buyers and sellers, you get custom-made targeted ads for potential buyers and sellers in your area displayed throughout the internet. These ads will increase brand awareness, drive your website traffic, and earn you new leads and customers. 

Luxury Listing Ads on Google - Do you have luxury listings struggling to reach the right audience? Get your listings seen by high-end customers seeking a new home through targeted Google Ads, and start seeing your luxury homebuyer leads skyrocket. 

Facebook & Instagram Ads – The average online user spends about 2.5 hours daily on social media. Instead of only showing your ads to a select few people with organic social media postings, touch tons of prospective buyers and sellers through targeted posts on Instagram and Facebook. If you're already creating content to post organically, you can see what might perform the best and use that for your paid ads or have our team create your ads for you! 

LinkedIn Recruiting Ads – Recruiting top talent is an important part of growing your business. With LinkedIn Recruiting Ads, reach a whole new pool of talented real estate professionals and those new to the industry looking to join a team like yours. Through using precise market data, multiple ad formats, sponsored content, text ads, sponsored InMail, and dynamic ads, we help you recruit talent by bringing your brand front and center. 

Start Reaching the Right Audience 

While Delta's paid media services cover many different aspects of marketing, each tool is tailored for the same express purpose of reaching the right audience. Every process step is finely tuned and accounted for, from creating marketing materials sure to spark engagement to customizing your ads to speak to your ideal customers. Not only is everything taken care of for you, but it's performed by an expert who knows how to get you results. When trying to do it yourself, you will likely need to do more trial and error and waste time researching and learning how to design a good ad. By allowing us to handle your paid advertising, you'll have more time to focus on other areas of your real estate business.  

To start using Delta's Paid Media Marketing Services and reach the right audience, contact Franklin Stoffer at sales@deltagroup.com. 

September
15

Keeping in touch with clients and nurturing leads doesn't have to be a chore. Email marketing doesn't have to take too much time from your busy day. You really can increase the success rate of your marketing and save time without compromising on quality.

Email drip campaigns provide potent, reliable solutions to some of the most common marketing challenges faced by real estate agents, allowing you to stay in touch in a way that makes more sense for both you and your audience.

Here's why you should be using email drip campaigns, along with some proven tips to help you make the most of this powerful marketing tool.

What Are Email Drip Campaigns?

Email drip campaigns are built around automated email series which are sent to clients or leads over time, with little effort required on your end. Rather than sending out individualized email blasts or overwhelming your audience with content, drip campaigns provide timely, tailored content designed to appeal to different segments of your audience. The content in email drip campaigns is built to inform your audience, help them make decisions, and provide the information they want to see at just the right time.

The Advantages of Email Drip Campaigns

  • Keep in Touch Without Overwhelming
    One of the challenges with email marketing is that we all get so much of it in our inboxes each day. It's easy to start tuning out that marketing when you see the same messages, from the same brands, with the same content, every time you open your inbox. In the case of email drip campaigns, less is more. Rather than overwhelming your audience with email, you send content that they want to see at just the right frequency to help cut through the noise of crowded inboxes and stay top of mind.

  • The Right Content at the Right Time
    Perhaps the biggest reason that email drip campaigns are so effective is that they are designed to educate your audience with informative content that they actually want to see. Whether you're directing a campaign toward buyer leads, seller leads, or past clients who've already closed on a home, email drip campaigns can provide helpful hints at the right time to simplify the next steps of their real estate journey. When you send content that your audience wants to see, you'll leave them looking forward to the next message in your campaign.

  • Save Time and Improve Marketing Results
    What agent wouldn't like to save time without compromising the quality or effectiveness of their email marketing? With email drip campaigns, little input is required on your end. The process is automated, so you don't have to worry about sending emails manually or picking the perfect time to reach out. All of that is handled for you, so you're free to spend more time focusing on providing great service to your clients.

Tips for Setting Up Effective Email Drip Campaigns

The first step for successful email drip campaigns is to segment your audience. Campaigns are designed to appeal to different segments of your audience, like buyer leads, seller leads, and past clients, so it's important for the right campaign to reach the right group. Planning ahead in this way will increase open rates and enhance the impact of your email marketing.

  • Campaign Ideas for Buyer Leads
    Buyers crave information on markets and homes, so the best campaign ideas tend to focus on those topics. Whether you're sending the latest listings, updates on market trends, resources to help them make informed decisions, or community guides on the places where they're shopping for homes, knowledge is power for buyers.

  • Campaign Ideas for Seller Leads
    Sellers want tips to help them sell their homes quickly and for a great price. This can include tips on preparing their home to list, home staging, open houses, market trends to help them price their home correctly, and educational resources to help guide them through the process.

  • Campaign Ideas for Past Clients
    Email drip campaigns can also help you earn more referrals and future business from past clients. New homebuyers will appreciate tips on home maintenance, home improvement ideas, interior design, and the latest happenings in their neighborhood. You can also keep them up to date on any changes to your business, like new services or expansion into new markets.

Leverage Email Drip Campaigns and So Much More with the DeltaNET

Ready to enjoy the benefits of email drip campaigns and enjoy access to tons of other easy-to-use tools that can help you grow your real estate brand? The DeltaNET, our real estate all-in-one solution, integrates all of the tools you need to level up your marketing game. With the right real estate tech, you can maximize your marketing, provide better service to clients, and save tons of time in the process.

August
31

Digital marketing has the potential to open doors, create connections, and take your real estate brand to the next level. Is your digital marketing in need of a refresh? Just like with real estate markets, digital marketing trends evolve over time, so it's wise to re-examine your marketing tactics periodically to ensure that you're maximizing ROI and generating as many new, high-quality leads as possible. Start with a closer look at these reliable digital marketing tactics to build trust, grow your brand, and streamline your lead generation.

Start with a Great Real Estate Website

Your real estate website is the essential element for a successful digital marketing strategy, and there's more to consider than just how nice your website looks. Ideally, you want to provide a seamless experience, allowing your audience to research listings, neighborhoods, communities, and your real estate brand, all in one convenient package. Of course, you'll also want to integrate search engine optimization (SEO), which will improve your visibility in search results and help leads find you. Many digital marketing tactics drive traffic to your website, so you want people to be impressed and informed from the moment they arrive.

Explore New Opportunities for Content Creation

Are you creating informative, entertaining real estate content that generates leads and demonstrates your expertise? Real estate content is a key element of a successful real estate website and should be a pillar of your digital marketing plan. Blog posts are a great place to start, but don't be afraid to try out other types of content, as well. Video content is more popular than ever, so why not grab your phone, pick up a few peripherals to make filming easier, and become the next real estate video star? Even if you don't take a starring role, creating property videos like you can make with our Properties in Motion platform is a great way to market your listings.

Optimize Your Social Media Marketing

Effective social media marketing is one of the best ways to grow your brand online and take your digital marketing to the next level. Focus on the most popular social platforms for real estate, like Facebook and Instagram, as you grow your social presence. The real estate content that you create is ideal for social sharing, and you can use your social presence to drive more traffic to your website. Remember that engagement is crucial for social success. The time that you spend interacting with your audience and building connections is just as important as all your other social marketing activities.

Save Time and Generate Leads with Smart Email Campaigns

One of the most appealing things about digital marketing is that you don't always have to invest a ton of your own time in order to find success. Smart drip email campaigns are an excellent example of that concept in action, allowing you to stay in touch, inform your audience, and nurture leads with pre-planned, automated email marketing. Take advantage of email marketing campaigns designed specifically for different segments of your audience, from buyers to sellers, and remind them why you're the right choice when they're ready to take the next steps on their real estate journey.

Quickly Expand Your Audience with Paid Advertising

While the payoff is worth the wait, some digital marketing tools and tactics take time to yield the desired results. But what about when you want to generate more leads right now? With AdWizard Paid Advertising and Pay Per Click Advertising, you can easily create, launch, and track paid advertising campaigns on the biggest social platforms. Start planning your next Instagram or Facebook advertising campaign with easy-to-use tools that allow you to customize every key aspect of your ad. These tools are a great place to start if you're new to digital marketing and searching for ways to quickly expand your audience.

Show Your Value with Social Proof

As you use your digital marketing to turn more leads into clients, remember that those existing clients can be a big help in attracting new business. In addition to good, old-fashioned referrals, your clients can give your marketing a boost by leaving reviews and providing testimonials online. That type of social proof is worth its weight in gold, so be sure to share it on your website and social pages.

How Will You Level Up Your Marketing for 2023?

The most successful real estate agents and brands always have one eye on the future, so now is the perfect time to start planning for a successful 2023. If your marketing is in need of a refresh, we're here to help you level up your lead generation with dependable and innovative tools designed specifically for real estate. Start planning ahead now, and make 2023 your best year yet.

July
22

Are you taking full advantage of the many opportunities that video marketing creates in real estate? Whether you're showcasing a listing, highlighting a neighborhood, or creating educational real estate content for your audience, video can convey things that simply aren't captured with other forms of online content. Listings with video generate more interest, video marketing content converts at a higher rate, social media posts with video generate more engagement, video content on your real estate website has major SEO benefits... the list goes on and on.

If you've been waiting to integrate video into your real estate marketing mix, now is the perfect time to change that. Here's how video can help you sell more properties, earn more clients, and grow your brand online.

Still need convincing that video is one of the most reliable, powerful ways to grow your brand and promote properties? Check out these stats on video marketing in real estate:

  • According to the NAR, listings with video drive 403 percent more inquiries than listings without video.

  • The same data from the NAR reveals that 51 percent of home buyers use YouTube as their primary method of searching for homes.

  • Every month, 3.25 billion hours of video are watched on YouTube, which has more than 1.3 billion active users. TikTok isn't far behind, with more than 1 billion monthly users of its own.

  • Video is great for individual agents, too. NAR data suggests that 73 percent of homeowners surveyed are more likely to work with an agent who uses video.

  • Video isn't just popular in real estate. Some estimates suggest that 1/3 of all online activity is spent watching video content.

The numbers don't lie. Video draws more eyes than any other form of content online, and the numbers only seem to grow when new watch stats are released every year.

How Video Can Help You Sell Homes and Attract Clients

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is a video worth? While professional quality listing photos are a strong place to start, the simple fact is that modern real estate buyers are more attracted to video than anything else.

A listing video can showcase features of the home that aren't seen in photos, provide a more detailed overview of the entire property, and give the buyer a real sense of touring a home even though they're not there in person. It's much easier for buyers to imagine their lives in the home when they can see it in motion, feel the transition from one room to the next, and analyze all of the small yet important details that video content can capture.

Of course, anyone interested in selling a home will also be quite keen on all of the benefits that video offers as a tool for selling properties. That's one key reason why 73 percent of homeowners are more likely to work with an agent who uses video, as we mentioned above. Being able to show a seller how you'll promote their home using video is a great way to win trust and attract more clients.

Easily Integrate Video with Properties in Motion

Now, you might be wondering how exactly to take advantage of all the benefits offered by video content. Our Properties in Motion® tool makes it easy to integrate video listings, with voice-over, into your marketing mix. Our marketing pros can help you use video to drive more traffic to your listings and generate great search engine results in the process.

  • Create HD-quality video with voice-over to lead buyers through every nook and cranny of a listing online, no matter where the buyer is located.
  • Automatically pull information from MLS, and automatically feed videos to both your social page on Facebook and your real estate website.
  • Integrated texting platform that allows you to easily text key data on things like listing alerts, open houses, and price changes.
  • Easily track leads, and stay on top of all the latest data through weekly reports.
  • Have something special to promote? Single property websites are also available to promote your top listings.

Promoting properties with video doesn't have to feel like a mystery. With the right tools and the right team, it's easier than ever to make your listings shine online.

It's Time to Make Real Estate Video Work for You

Video can help you take your real estate brand to the next level online, whether you're promoting listings or creating educational, lead-generating content for your website. As more and more young buyers enter the market, the popularity of video in real estate should only keep growing in the years to come. With tools like Properties in Motion®, it's easier than ever to take advantage of the popularity of video content.

July
12

Time and again, email marketing is shown to be one of the most powerful marketing tactics for real estate agents and brokers. Although email marketing is used in a wide variety of industries — in fact, adoption is nearly universal for online enterprises — it is uniquely suited for real estate.

This fact is based on two important reasons:

  • Done right, email marketing costs only a few cents and takes minutes to oversee each month
  • It is the most personal and personable way to maintain relationships with your current leads

Let's take a closer look at how email marketing shapes the competitive landscape in real estate.

Email Marketing Is a Superior Financial Investment

All in all, email marketing is the most cost-effective approach to marketing, online and off. Once it's set up, it costs less than $10 a month. Just as importantly, expert analysis shows that it yields over $30 ROI on average for every dollar spent. There is simply nothing else that even comes close.

That figure has every potential to be even higher for real estate agents. Under ideal conditions, a single transaction can lead to tens of thousands of dollars in commission. By comparison, the money spent on email marketing is nearly nil. With the right software, the time investment can also be near zero.

Email Marketing Fixes Agents' "Invisible Problem"

Real estate agents have a unique strategic problem: Most of the people who can move their business forward are invisible. That is, the vast majority of people you meet won't be ready to jump into a new transaction with you right away, while those who are "nearly" ready have no reason to speak up.

Traditionally, agents have tried to overcome this problem by networking relentlessly. If they meet a hundred people a day, the law of averages dictates that they will find ready business. But with email marketing, you can build a relationship by keeping subscribers on your list until they are ready.

Not Everyone Gets Results from Email Marketing – Here's Why

As valuable as email marketing is, not everyone is succeeding with it.

From the outside, email marketing can look like a lot of work. And social media, which also provides plenty of business to many real estate brands, is more flashy and attractive. But if you only use one digital marketing method — or only have time for one right now – you should start with email.

Done right, email augments your real estate website to turn it into an asset that's always working for you. No matter if you're awake or asleep, 24 hours a day, your email marketing can ensure subscribers receive value and learn precisely what you can do for them, positioning you as a trusted advisor.

The biggest reasons email marketing flounders are simple:

  • Not knowing who your ideal customer is
  • Not dividing your email list into segments
  • Not following up with individual subscribers

Master these, and your email will transform visitors into leads and leads into customers.

How to Revitalize Your Email Marketing

  • Use Single-Purpose Landing Pages to Capture Data
    When you show a listing through your own website, you gain the capacity to collect a user's email so they can register their interest in a property. Expand this idea as much as possible. Create purpose-built pages for events like open houses, webinars, and more. Offer compelling bonuses, like a local market report, to give people an incentive to join your list. In effect, grow your list as much as you can.

  • Target Your Emails to Your Audience
    You can't make the shift from "chasing down leads" to having business come to you unless you have a rock-solid idea about exactly who you serve and how. Clarify who your ideal customer is — that is, the kind of customer who energizes you and moves your business forward. Using your insight into their unique problems, needs, questions, and background, create messaging that nobody else could.

  • Segment Your Emails by Customer Stage
    Everyone who becomes a customer goes through a buyer journey. They start with a problem or question and the need to resolve it; that's often the motivation to visit your website and sign up for your list. Then they become a lead, a customer, and hopefully, a brand supporter. What's relevant to a current lead is irrelevant to a past customer, so make sure you have "mini-lists" (segments) for each profile.

  • Automate Your Email Marketing Efforts
    Last, but certainly not least, automation is the key to making email seamless. Instead of constantly writing and refining content, you can set things up once with confidence. From there, automated systems like those in your DeltaNET®6 all-in-one real estate solution will help you collect emails, dispatch messages, and follow up.

Contact us to discover more about making email marketing easy.

July
1

Is your marketing puzzle missing that one small yet important piece that can help take your business to the next level? Paid social advertising is one marketing tool that real estate brands of any size can integrate to generate leads, grow your brand, and expand your social media presence. Here's why paid social advertising may be the missing piece to your marketing puzzle, along with some tips to help you get started.

How Paid Social Advertising Works

One of the perks of paid social advertising is that you don't need a ton to get started. A great real estate website is a must, of course, because you'll want a place to send the people who see your ads, and you'll need to set up a business page on any social platform where you plan to advertise. As you plan a campaign, you'll decide on the campaign's objective and determine the target audience, budget, and length of time that your ad will run. Then you'll set up the details of the ad, including the headline, copy, and images. You can easily monitor the results of your campaign over time with data-based insights that allow you to customize your advertising with confidence.

Enjoy the Benefits of Highly Targeted Advertising

One key benefit of paid social advertising is how it allows you to target specific demographics and reach the prospects who will be most interested in what your real estate brand has to offer. You can build profiles to target specific demographics, promote listings to people who have already searched for similar listings, or target prospects who have already indicated some interest in your services online. These are just a few of the many ways that you can customize paid social advertising campaigns to suit your needs.

New to Real Estate Marketing? Paid Social Ads Can Expand Your Reach

When you're a new agent or real estate brand, you don't want to wait for results with your marketing. Growing your online brand organically with tools like SEO and content marketing takes time. Paid social advertising has no such limitation, making it a perfect complement to your organic marketing tactics. Paid advertising allows you to reach your target audience immediately, get your brand in front of the right eyes, and start generating leads from the time that you launch your first campaign.

A Dependable, Versatile Tool for Growing Your Brand on the Biggest Social Platforms

For paid social advertising in real estate, two platforms stand out above the rest. Both Facebook and Instagram are excellent places to promote your brand with paid advertising campaigns. The versatility of paid social advertising on those platforms allows you to reach diverse audiences, whether you're promoting listings, targeting local customers in specific markets, or simply establishing relationships with potential clients that you can nurture over time.

Planning a Campaign? Start with a Goal and Target Audience in Mind

When starting a new campaign, you'll want to consider a few important factors. First, what is the goal of the campaign? Naturally, the content of your ad will be different depending on whether you're promoting a listing, open house, webinar, client testimonials, or services for sellers. If you want your target audience to take a specific action, then your advertising should be tailored to that goal.

Next, you'll want to consider who you aim to reach. This includes broad categories like active buyers or active sellers, along with more specific audiences based on demographic details. Think about who you want to reach, what they want, and how to appeal to their needs as you customize your campaign.

Why Your Website Is Essential to Paid Social Advertising

Since one of the main goals of paid social advertising is to attract traffic to your real estate website, you'll also want to make sure that your website appeals to the needs of your target audience. Integrating resources for buyers and sellers is a great place to start if you plan to market to both groups. You can also create localized content and neighborhood guides to help your audience make informed decisions on where to shop for homes.

Make Your Life Easier with Ad Wizard and Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Advertising Services

Searching for an easier way to master paid social advertising? Our Ad Wizard tool makes it easy to create, customize, and launch campaigns with as little as a few clicks in DeltaNET®6. With templates, customizable ad layouts, stock art, and a wide variety of ad types, you can launch your next campaign with ease. Or you can rely on our team of PPC advertising pros to help you develop campaigns that maximize ROI. Either way, you don't have to worry about handling all of the details of paid social advertising on your own.

June
22

Quick — what's the most powerful form of marketing for real estate agents?

These days, the first thing that comes to mind might be something like social media. And it's true that of all the professionals active on Instagram, Facebook, and the rest, real estate pros have the best shot at transforming all that time spent scrolling their feed into real business value.

Next, you might think of email marketing. And it is the best in at least one way: Experts estimate it has the highest ROI of any digital marketing technique. After all, it only costs a few cents to send emails all month long. And each one could help you close a transaction valued at $50,000 or more.

But neither of these is the best option.

In fact, there isn't one.

Over the last few years, digital marketing has made a big impact on the world of real estate. Millennials are stepping up as the biggest group of homebuyers, and Generation Z is just one step behind them. In both cases, these younger buyers look to the internet when it's time to launch a home search.

It's crucial to be where they are since they might be deep into that search before they reach out to local real estate agents. But, despite all of the techniques that can reach your audience, there isn't a surefire approach that definitely will. It's crucial to have a variety of methods at your disposal.

"Doing It All" Versus Doing a Few Things Well

Whether online or off, effective real estate marketing helps you do two things:

  • Build and deepen relationships with prospective customers before they contact you directly
  • Turn those prospects into leads who are engaged with your brand and prepared to call you

Both these functions are crucial to growing your real estate practice. Buyers of any age or background can take weeks or even months before they decide to enter the market – with marketing, you can be sure they're on your radar. As you communicate with them, they're more likely to choose you.

Likewise, you can motivate and inspire prospects to become leads who are ready to take action. Yes, you can't get someone to buy a house when they aren't ready, but you don't have to. Education is the key — as a real estate expert, you can highlight when it might be the right time for them to make their move.

The question then becomes, "How do you do it?"

There are dozens of different marketing tactics that can help your business grow. The challenge is to apply a variety of skills but practice them consistently. Inconsistent marketing usually fails to make a difference. At the same time, it leads to frustration and disappointment.

Getting reliable ROI from marketing also has a few easily identified planks:

  • Choosing an approach you can make part of your routine, hone, refine, and improve over time
  • Using digital marketing automation technology to save time and accelerate the value you'll get
  • Once automation is working, moving on to and setting up another digital marketing technique

An AI-driven center of excellence for marketing is the secret behind some of today's fastest-growing real estate agencies and brokerages. Using an all-in-one real estate solution like DeltaNET®6, you can ensure that you are in constant contact with leads through a full range of digital channels — while spending minutes a week.

What should your marketing toolbox look like?

These are some of the most potent marketing moves around:

  • Social Media
    Facebook and Instagram are second to none when it comes to getting the word out about your listings. Many people surf "aspirational" properties on Instagram because its visual nature is ideal for real estate photos. LinkedIn can be an effective way to connect with motivated luxury buyers.

  • Email Marketing
    Email marketing helps you share your expertise and position yourself as a trusted expert who'll be there when your subscribers need you. Beyond listings, agents should also publish articles that answer burning questions and help solve problems your ideal customers are having on their real estate journey.

  • Open Houses
    Face-to-face open houses are becoming popular again. At the same time, digital tours aren't going away — used correctly, they can attract would-be buyers from a much larger radius. Brush up on your staging skills and make sure both forms of open house are in your marketing quiver.

  • Real Estate Website
    Your real estate website is where it all begins, tying your digital brand together. A good website is fast, easy to navigate, and provides visitors with useful information. The more blogs, videos, and other content you share on your site, the more likely you are to appear in relevant online searches.

Contact us to learn more about marketing automation for real estate professionals and teams.

June
8

One of the best ways to create a successful marketing campaign is to segment your audience. Many agents will create "buckets" by dividing their client and prospect contacts, then focusing most of their efforts on the most likely to buy or sell soon.

That's not a bad strategy, but this approach often only yields short-term benefits. The system creates a marketing cycle of "prospect, prospect, prospect – secure leads – then process, process, process" these transactions. The challenge for agents is this becomes a roller-coaster approach to business growth. You feast after closings and famine when hunting for more business.

By leveraging the potential of the DeltaNET® 6 CRM, you can end the roller-coaster nature of your business. Delta's tech toolset allows you to create ongoing, set-and-forget marketing campaigns that build both immediate and longer-term business.

Targeting both ready-to-transact prospects and nurturing longer-term potential clients is particularly valuable when statistics now tell the average homeowner tenure is just over 13 years. As a result, real estate agents often face one of the most prolonged business cycles in terms of repeat business.

But real estate veterans will tell you that a lot, if not the majority of their business, comes from referrals. And although people live in their homes for a long time, these same people buy vacation homes and investment properties.

Generational Marketing

Another way to design your marketing campaigns to fulfill short-term and long-term business needs is to segment your contacts by generation. How many would fit in each bucket when you look at your total sphere of influence?

· Generation Z (ages 12-23)

· Millennials (ages 24-42)

· Generation X (ages 43-57)

· Baby Boomers (56-76)

(Ages shown are based on National Association of Realtors research)

And more and more, demographers are breaking these generations down even further by bifurcating two of the largest groups – Boomers and Millennials. The National Association of Realtors makes its distinction this way:

· Generation Z (ages 11-23)

· Younger Millennials (ages 24-32)

· Older Millennials (ages 33-42)

· Generation X (ages 43-57)

· Younger Boomers (ages 58-67)

· Older Boomers (ages 68-76)

· Silent Generation (ages 77+)

What if you also knew the buying and selling habits, overall, for each of these generation segments? Fortunately, the National Association of Realtors recently released its "NAR 2022 Generational Trends" report.

This 140-plus page survey document is a treasure trove of statistics to help you better reach each of your audiences.

A great example is the share of buyers and sellers in today's marketplace by generation.

Share of Sellers by Generation

· Generation Z: 2%

· Younger Millennials: 6%

· Older Millennials: 20%

· Generation X: 24%

· Younger Boomers: 23%

· Older Boomers: 19%

· Silent Generation: 6%

Share of Buyers by Generation

· Generation Z: 2%

· Younger Millennials: 18%

· Older Millennials: 25%

· Generation X: 22%

· Younger Boomers: 17%

· Older Boomers: 12%

· Silent Generation: 4%

NAR explains that they broke apart both the Boomers and Millennials by age into two groups because these segments have "differing demographic and buying behaviors."

For example, researchers found that Younger Boomers were more likely to purchase in a rural area, while Older Boomers (likely due to retirement) moved the furthest distance. In addition, Older Millennials had one of the highest shares of married couples among these generations (64%), while Younger Millennials had the highest share of unmarried couples (21%) buying homes.

Generational Impact on Real Estate

It's valuable to understand the massive influences that each generation has today – and will have tomorrow. For example, Millennials comprise the largest – and growing – share of home buyers at 43%. Eighty-one percent of Younger Millennials are first-time buyers, more than any other age group.

Boomers are motivated to move closer to friends and family, move due to retirement or a desire to have a smaller home. They also are more likely to purchase homes in a small town. Gen Xers have the income – the highest earning power at a median annual income of $125,000. Gen Xers also buy the most expensive homes: $320,000 with a median average size of 2,300 square feet. They are more likely to purchase a multi-generational home or move because of a job relocation. They are the most racially and ethnically diverse population of homebuyers.

And while Gen Z currently has little impact on buying and selling homes as they capture just 2% of the market, play the long game with this crowd, and you could win. Gen Z is a group that is interested in becoming homeowners.

How do You Reach Each Generation?

Different generations rely on different communication methods and social channels. For example, Boomers primarily use email and are active on Facebook. Millennials and Gen X are text-centric and engage with businesses on Facebook and Instagram. Gen Z loves the video-oriented platforms YouTube and Tik-Tok.

More importantly, understanding what's important to each generation and where they are in their buying and selling cycle can help you connect in the right way. Knowing your audiences and their communication habits is the first step to successful marketing.

The new NAR 2022 Generational Trends Report allows you to see each generation's buying and selling habits. Knowing these differences unveils the myriad of business opportunities each group can offer you.

Next, you'll need to provide the right content that engages each generation. That's different too. Just as you need to understand the communication preferences of each generation, you also need to understand the content consumption habits.

Once you better understand generation habits, you can use this knowledge to create more effective communication strategies and content.

The Power of Social Media

Market research from Sprout Social tells us that more than three-in-four consumers (76%) have used social media within the last year, and 63% have bought from it.

Millennials are avid social media consumers. Their social media usage is up: 72% report their social media activity has risen in the last year. Millennials are more likely to use Facebook (70%) and Instagram (64%) to connect with businesses. They also are the generation most likely to buy something after seeing an ad, watching a video review or reading a review on social media.

Gen Xers are not digital natives, yet they are the second biggest consumers of social media among generational groups. Their appetite continues as their consumption rises: 76% said they used social media more in the past year. Gen X's first choice of social platform is Facebook, followed by WhatsApp and Instagram. They also value responsive customer service.

Baby Boomers may have come late to the social media party, but they use Facebook the most today: 92% of Boomers have an account. Their social use is also growing, with two-thirds of them reporting an increase in social media use in the past year.

According to the Social Sprout study:

· Baby Boomers' primary motivations for liking or following companies on social are to learn about new products/services (69%) and stay up to date on company news (51%).

· Most Baby Boomers (87%) are likely to buy from a brand when someone they trust recommends a product/service.

· More than two in 10 Baby Boomers reach out to businesses on social when they have feedback, second only to email.

You can see why the popularity of Delta Media's Ad Wizard is at an all-time high. It's tough for agents to engage on one social channel, much less manage ads and budgets on a social channel.

That time-consuming process is automated by Ad Wizard, built to help agents maximize their exposure on Facebook and Instagram.

The Impact of Email

If you have deep knowledge about your targeted audiences and know their communication and social media behavior, you now know your audiences and have the right way to engage with them figured out.

But you still need to deliver to each audience the right messages. If you are like most real estate agents and brokers, creating content is challenging and takes time. The good news is that Delta Media can do the heavy lifting for you.

One of the most powerful and easiest to use tools within the all-in-one DeltaNET® 6 CRM platform is its AI-drive email marketing and newsletter campaigns. When you are looking to deliver the right content at the right time to the right audience, this is your go-to solution.

According to researchers, email is still the most preferred communication channel overall for communication from a business. That's true of Millennials, Gen X, Boomers and even Gen Z.

The best part of the Delta Media drip email campaigns is that they are ready to go, so you don't have to create content. But, most importantly, the interaction that prospects have when they read your emails and newsletters helps determine the future content they will receive. The magic of using artificial intelligence for marketing is that it gets smarter by learning what the reader wants, sending them more of the content they prefer.

This is how Delta helps you achieve marketing that has more impact and success: by helping you send the right message to the right audience, the right way, and at the right time.

May
26

Marketing is vital to the success of any real estate business, from individual agents and the smallest boutique firms to the largest national brands. But is your marketing sending the message that you intend? Just as importantly, is it differentiating your services from the competition in a meaningful way? Now is the perfect time to take a fresh look at your marketing and make sure that it says exactly what you want it to say about you.

Consistency Is Key

In the rush to grab the attention of your audience, it can be easy to forget that one of the most important goals of marketing is simply to get them to remember you. Not just your logo, but your business, what it has to offer, and how you can help them. When someone from your target audience in your target markets sees your marketing materials in any setting, you want them to associate it with your brand right away.

That's why it's so important to ensure that your marketing materials, from digital ads to postcards, have a consistent, seamless feel and appearance. Your logo is part of that consistency, but so are the color schemes that you use, images, fonts, and messaging. It's much easier to have your marketing say what you want it to when your audience immediately associates it with your brand.

How Are You Adding Value?

From blog posts on your real estate website to your latest updates on social media, it's important to always keep one question in mind: How are you adding value for your audience? Your audience encounters marketing constantly, whether browsing on their favorite device or seeing billboards when they drive down the highway. If a piece of marketing doesn't add value for them, then they know how to tune it out quickly.

In real estate, your knowledge of market trends and the communities where you do business both create dependable opportunities to add value to your marketing. From email drip campaigns to AI-driven newsletters and content, there are endless opportunities to add value by informing your audience. Integrating information on topics that matter to your audience into your marketing will help you keep their attention, and provide insight into the type of local knowledge they can expect when they choose your services.

Unlock the Possibilities of Localized Content

The content that you create is one of the most effective, reliable tools for adding value and differentiating your brand from the competition. Don't just give your audience the Census facts about a neighborhood. Take them on a video tour of the neighborhood, or create a blog post on the best places in the neighborhood for a meal. Don't just tell parents that a neighborhood is great for kids. Give them a rundown on some of the best local attractions for kids, or highlight annual events geared toward families.

The same basic idea applies to any real estate audience that you're aiming to reach. Consider the needs of that type of client, the benefits of the communities where you do business, and the way that those things intersect. It's not just about the cost of a home, or the quality of a school district. It's about the lifestyle that they can expect to enjoy when they live there.

Building Connections Requires More Than Branding

Especially for individual agents, one of the easiest mistakes to make with digital marketing is to only focus on what you can do. In competitive markets, your audience is likely to receive marketing materials from multiple agents, each one highlighting statistics about the successes of that agent. While this can certainly be useful information, it's shared so commonly that none of the ads really set themselves apart.

One way to stand out and be more memorable, especially with social media marketing, is to share a little bit more about the person behind the image of the agent. Do you love cats, long walks at local parks, spending time with your kids, or volunteering at a local non-profit? Do you have special experiences in the markets where you do business or a unique perspective from living in many different places? All of these things can help you stick in the memories of your audience in a way that statistics or generic marketing statements can't match.

It's Time to Make Your Marketing Work for You

Your marketing can do so much for your brand, but it works best when you invest conscious effort into making sure that it says exactly what you want it to say about you. Remember, too, that where your marketing is seen plays a role in what it says. If you want to appeal to a modern real estate audience, then it's critical to invest in modern marketing tools and tactics.

May
25

Many real estate agents around the United States swear by online advertising.

Even if you've never used an online ad, you're probably familiar with the idea: Set it up correctly and you enjoy "overnight" traffic to your website or listings. An optimized ad provides the opportunity to accelerate interest in your most promising properties and meet qualified buyers sooner.

When you think of online ads, you might think of Google first. For real estate agents, though, the picture is a little bit different. People go on platforms like Facebook and Instagram (also owned by Facebook) to browse aspirational properties, and that's where an effective agent should seek out traffic.

Facebook is also helpful for maintaining connections with leads and past customers.

When it comes to advertising for the first time, most agents have these two questions:

  • "Do ads really work?"
  • "Will ads work for me?"

The answer to question #1 is a resounding "yes!" In 2020, it cost under $10 on average for a Facebook ad to be seen 1,000 times. Most businesses spend about 5% to 12% of their revenue on ads, but agents can facilitate thousands of dollars in transactions with much less.

Will ads work for you? Again, the answer is yes.

But it won't work in a vacuum — you need to be ready to service the new traffic you get. There are two main ways to use online advertising to grow your real estate practice:

Drive New Leads Directly to Your Website

Your real estate website is the cornerstone of your digital brand. It's where people go to find out who you are and what you can do for them. Ads that go directly to your website can be helpful for people comparing real estate agents or just getting involved in the early stages of market research.

Ads are particularly effective when you've already published helpful, informative content such as blogs or videos. Content helps your visitors get informed about their options, connect with neighborhoods or listings, and ultimately become leads within your business pipeline.

Show Off Your Best and Brightest Properties

What if your website is new and not fully developed yet? You can direct online traffic to live listings on your MLS. In cases like this, it's essential to be sure any contact forms are set up correctly, so you can use them to capture details directly from interested leads.

You can display live listings directly on your website as well. This can be especially useful since it gives you more data. You'll end up with a granular sense of which listings attract attention, how long each visitor spends on each listing, and what features are most captivating to your audience.

Best Practices to Get the Most from Your Ads

Interested in jumping in with social media ads? You have a huge advantage compared to professionals in many other fields – the potential to move transactions forward with a tiny fraction of the revenue you'll stand to make. Still, you need to lay the right groundwork for success:

  • Be Ready to Connect with New Visitors Fast
    Many newcomers to advertising run them only during the day at peak activity hours in their own time zone. This ensures that if someone calls you right away, you'll be able to respond immediately — one of the biggest factors in scheduling that all-important first meeting.

  • Use Digital Marketing Automation to Your Advantage
    Optimizing your ads is a learning process, but it's one you can speed up. Social Media Ad Wizard makes it easy to plan, launch, and monitor your ads. By quickly learning what works, you'll spend less money and improve your results. It's all part of the DeltaNET®6, your all-in-one real estate solution.

  • Capture Leads as Social Followers or Subscribers
    People who follow your ads may be ready to buy, but they could also be weeks or months away from a decision. Encourage them to follow you on social media or, better yet, join your email list. This lets you build the relationship over time and position yourself as a trusted advisor.

  • Be Involved in the Social Media Conversation
    Ads can work well on their own, but they're even more effective when you're active on social media. Focus your time on the platforms where the customers you want are most active and engaged, then join the conversation when you see them with questions or problems you can help with.

  • Use Video to Attract the Right Customers
    Video is the cornerstone of effective social media. It's fun, easy to consume, and much more memorable than plain text. For listings, that means a video tour of the property. For your website, it means adding video to your most popular blog posts and other pages.

Contact us at Delta Media Group to learn more about social media ad success.

May
19

A real estate CRM has the potential to transform your business. But there are still many brokerages not using the power of CRM. Likewise, many agents have decided to forgo CRM, not realizing it doesn't take a large team or a big budget to benefit.

As technology evolves, change follows. But even the most sophisticated technology can't replace the most important part of real estate: The human touch. Instead, a CRM is a tool, albeit a versatile and powerful one. It helps you get more done in less time.

That equips you to focus more of your attention on strategic matters that grow your business.

Before you jump into CRM with both feet, though, it's a good idea to know exactly what you're getting into. What is a CRM and what can you expect from it? What is it really all about? And perhaps most importantly, what is the experience of using it actually like?

Let's take a closer look.

Customer Relationship Management Centralizes All Your Data

CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management, and this sums up the main goal in a nutshell. It gives you a centralized database that acts as a single source of truth for all the information about your prospects, leads, and customers. For real estate agents, this is huge.

Not that long ago, agents would devote days every week simply to figuring out where everyone in their network stood on their current or pending transactions. It was difficult to know when to follow up, and options for doing so were limited. Connections would "disappear" off the radar for weeks or months.

With a real estate CRM, this never needs to be the case again.

And here's why...

Customer Relationship Management Helps You Be More Proactive

Your CRM isn't just a collection of information. It serves as a living ecosystem for your most important business data. While there may be some manual data entry in the very beginning, your CRM will soon save you thousands of hours by linking directly up to your website, event registration forms, and more.

Every time someone interacts with your digital brand, your CRM has the opportunity to capture more details about them. An AI-driven CRM then "connects the dots" between the different data points. This allows you to recognize when it's the perfect time to follow up and to do so with confidence.

You won't have to wonder when to follow up, because you'll know, for example:

  • When leads are looking at content on your website that indicates readiness to buy a home
  • Which property listings your users have seen and how much time they've spent on each one
  • How many actions each person has taken that suggest they are about to become a customer
  • Their "score" compared to other customers that you sourced through your listings or website

In the olden days, sales professionals would manually "score" each lead, follow up, and keep their notes as the transaction progressed. This is no longer necessary because your CRM is always there to do the guesswork for you. Machine learning helps it to see patterns that would be invisible otherwise.

What Is Using a CRM Actually Like?

A modern real estate CRM has a variety of features that can all work together, creating a "center of excellence" for your digital marketing. You can keep your experience very simple or you can use each feature, in turn, to get even more value from your CRM.

The core of your CRM is the database of contacts for your business. You'll be able to see at a glance the relationships that matter in reaching your goals — new prospects, leads, and customers. Each entry will offer all of the latest interactions your CRM has picked up from each person.

Event-based triggers bring individuals to your attention whenever it might be a good time to follow up. You can also connect with anyone through email, social media, and other means simply by looking at the contact information your CRM has collected for you.

Marketing Automation Through Your CRM

With DeltaNET®6, you also have a wide variety of options for digital marketing automation.

The power of automation means you can stay in touch and keep your brand "top of mind" with more consistent, higher-quality communications — all while spending less time writing emails or social media posts. You can even source custom content for your blog directly from DeltaNET®6.

Over time, marketing automation has the power to turn your real estate website into a conversion engine that attracts ideal customers to you. That means less time spent "chasing leads" or doing tedious, error-prone tasks — and more time doing what's most important to you.

Contact us at Delta Media Group to learn more about the world's first true real estate CRM.

May
12

Are you doing everything that you can to connect with, inform, and convert the many prospects who visit your real estate website? Integration of a live chat feature can help you accomplish all of those goals and more while transforming the lead generation potential of your website. By providing instant, reliable customer support through live chat, you increase your appeal to the many prospects who expect to be able to handle the bulk of the real estate process online.

Still on the fence? Here are seven ways that live chat can boost lead generation, help your team connect quickly with prospects, and make the lives of agents easier in the process.

Build Instant Connections By Answering Key Questions

Your digital marketing and content can help answer general questions that prospects might have. But what about when they want to learn more about a property or have specific questions about the neighborhoods where homes are located? Live chat makes it easy to provide prompt, informed answers to those questions at a time when prospects are clearly demonstrating interest in your services.

Bring Listings to Life

Today's online listings contain a wealth of information, often paired with multimedia features that allow buyers to explore properties online in more depth than ever before. However, even the most robust listing can't cover everything, and discerning buyers will often want to know more about the little details regarding the home. When an agent can provide those details in real-time through live chat, the buyer has all the more reason to fall in love with the listing.

Turn Online Interest into Visits and Open Houses

While online interest is a great start, most buyers will still need an in-person visit to the property before they're willing to take the next step. Live chat provides a seamless way to progress from answering questions to scheduling buyers for a showing or open house. The buyer doesn't have to make an extra effort like making a call or sending an email, so live chat removes some of the obstacles that may normally get in the way of scheduling a visit.

Build Prospect Profiles and Get Valuable Data for Your CRM

Prospects aren't the only ones who can learn important information through live chat. These online chats are also excellent for learning what makes a prospect tick, what type of properties/neighborhoods they're interested in, and what they want from their real estate agent. All of this information can help you build a profile of the prospect, giving you the best possible chance to earn their business. It will also help you populate your real estate CRM with the data agents need to close the deal.

Give Your Team an Edge Over the Big Real Estate Websites

The biggest real estate websites, like Zillow and Trulia, make it easy for buyers to browse countless listings. However, live chat allows you to gain an edge by providing a level of personalized service that those websites can't match. At best, the big-name real estate websites allow buyers to send a message to an agent that will be answered later. With live chat, you can answer those questions right away, build connections through conversation, and encourage buyers to take the next steps at the moment they're falling in love with a listing.

Extend the Reach of Your Real Estate Team

More than ever, real estate is a global business, and in competitive markets, buyers are increasingly willing to make offers on homes that they haven't visited in person. This is especially true for buyers who are relocating to one of your markets from far away. They may conduct their entire property search online, or they may be willing to plan a trip only after being sure that the property is worth the significant time investment of coming to visit in person. Either way, live chat makes it so much easier to accommodate the needs of buyers who are shopping from a distance and convince them to take the next step.

Show Sellers That You Mean Business

While we've mostly focused on how live chat can connect agents with buyers, it's just as dependable for showing savvy sellers what you have to offer. After all, sellers have questions too, from marketing matters to fee structures. Just like with buyers, being ready to provide answers at the moment through live chat can help you earn their business.

Discover the Difference by Trying Live Chat

We can talk all day about the benefits of live chat for real estate, but there's no substitute for experiencing those benefits firsthand. Give live chat a try for your real estate website to experience the many ways that it can make life easier for your team and your clients.

April
21

Email marketing continues to rank near the top of the charts for real estate agents who want to quickly, consistently and effectively reach a large pool of prospects with targeted, relevant content that converts. Whether you're new to email marketing or want to modernize your existing strategy, success starts with having a clear, detailed plan for reaching your goals. Here's how to unlock your email marketing potential, improve conversion rates and save tons of time in the process.

While there are many effective real estate marketing channels, few can boast the wide user base and nearly universal integration of email. No matter the demographic you wish to reach, chances are that they have an email account and check it every day. With the right tactics, you can turn email marketing into a consistent, reliable source of leads and a powerful tool to convert those leads into clients.

Start with a Consistent Schedule for Email Marketing

Email marketing works best when you choose a schedule and send emails regularly. When a new contact joins your email list, that schedule typically starts with a welcome sequence, during which you send a series of automated emails over the course of a few days to introduce yourself. These emails often have some of the highest open rates and are critical to establishing yourself with each contact.

Over time, the emails may become less frequent but should still adhere to a regular schedule. Basically, you don't want to overwhelm your audience, but you don't want them to forget about you, either. Most agents find that scheduling a few emails a week per contact is the best way to strike the right balance.

Segment Your Email List

Unlocking your email marketing potential requires sending the right messages, to the right people, at the right time. That's why it's so important to segment your email list based on the needs of your audience. This might mean segmenting based on whether a prospect is a buyer or seller, as well as whether this is their first time buying/selling a home. You can also segment based on the location where they're shopping, the type of real estate they're searching for, or any other key factor that helps you differentiate your target audience.

Be Informative and Personable

In order to keep your open rates high and have the best chance of converting, you need to provide email content that your audience wants to see. The good news is that if someone has opted into your email marketing, they're clearly seeking information on real estate. Your job is to make your email marketing as informative as possible, based on the needs of each segment of your audience.

Just as importantly, you want your email marketing to be personable and avoid the hard sale. While the ultimate goal of email marketing is to generate new business, your audience wants to be informed rather than pitched. Including a call-to-action at the end of your email is a good thing, but turning the whole email into a call-to-action is a mistake to avoid.

Leverage the Power and Time-Saving Benefits of Automation

We've stressed the importance of keeping a regular email marketing schedule and sending the right content at just the right time. Email drip campaigns make it easy to accomplish both goals while saving time with automation. Set up automated, informative campaigns that help nurture leads over time, tailored to buyers, sellers, first-time buyers, and prospects at every stage of their journey.

Integrate Social Proof

Integrating social proof into your email marketing is a great way to boost conversion rates and show prospects what your current clients have to say about your real estate services. For email, including testimonials is usually the best way to integrate social proof. Ideally, the testimonials that you include will be relevant to the segment of your audience that you're trying to reach.

Don't Forget About Your Clients

Speaking of those current clients, you don't want to forget about them when it comes to email marketing. Following up after a purchase or sale is simply good business and shows clients that you're still there for them after closing day. It's also a great way to generate referrals, as well as social proof that you can integrate into your real estate website, email marketing, and social media marketing.

Take Your Marketing to the Next Level with DeltaNET®6

The right real estate CRM makes it easy to boost your marketing, generate more leads, and save time by automating marketing tasks without sacrificing quality. DeltaNET®6 simplifies email marketing with email drip campaigns, AI-driven email newsletters, bulk email blasts, customizable eCards, and email templates that make it easy to send personalized messages for any occasion.

April
5

Successful real estate agents build trust as experts in their local area. To attract the right customers to your practice, your marketing needs to make a human connection before you meet for the first time.

That may seem like a challenge — and it does take some getting used to — but it is the key to lasting real estate success. When you master it, you make the shift from "chasing down leads" to enjoying a steady flow of lead generation through your marketing.

Many real estate agents and brokers find marketing a challenge.

There are three big difficulties real estate pros can have with marketing:

  • They find it hard to summon up the confidence to be the answer to their clients' problems.
  • They are worried about appearing "pushy" or insincere in their networking and meetings.
  • They don't quite know how their current skills translate to today's digital marketing realities.

These are understandable worries to have. Often, an agent or broker never says, "I don't want to do marketing and won't do it." Instead, they find other priorities to occupy their day. Weeks and even months go by without ever getting around to those marketing tasks they find intimidating.

Getting through this starts with busting a big myth about real estate marketing.

Your marketing CAN be approachable — and it can reflect your values and personality.

Step into the Age of Real Estate Digital Marketing

Real estate thrives on relationships. Throughout those relationships, there'll be plenty of times when you need to influence the other person to take the right step – whether that means signing up as a customer or doing what they need to do to move their transaction forward.

Nobody wants to be "that guy," the pushy salesman only out to make a sale.

Luckily, you don't have to be. There's been a big pivot in marketing — not only in real estate but in many other spheres — to make it more friendly and accommodating to the potential customer. It starts with sincere respect for the other person's time, attention, and intelligence.

It wasn't long ago when businesses of all kinds were making hundreds of calls a day to look for potential clients. Those days are over. Customers now have all the information they need at their fingertips, and they're less likely to take unsolicited calls.

As a result, real estate experts are shifting their focus to digital marketing.

The heart of good digital marketing is to solve problems and respond to questions your ideal customer already has. Marketing technology doesn't replace the human element but enhances it, ensuring you can consistently deliver valuable communications to clients and leads based on their own interests.

That fosters the all-important trust that enables leads to become customers. And only digital marketing ensures you're there every step of the way, even if takes weeks or months for the customer to dive in.

Let's look at some great ways to make your marketing more humane and approachable:

  • Use Instant Messaging
    Seconds count when a prospect contacts you for the first time. Today's digital natives are increasingly comfortable with instant messaging, which sends a message directly from your website to your phone using an app like Facebook. Responsiveness can make the difference!

  • Follow Up for Reviews
    "Following up" is the name of the game in real estate, but it doesn't stop when someone becomes a customer. You can already tell who's pleased with your services — translate that into something more tangible by directly asking for a review on Facebook, Yelp, or Google.

  • Share Visual Content with Instagram
    Instagram is the most popular social media platform for real estate agents because it is built from the ground up for visual content. This is a terrific way to share breathtaking real estate photography. Many Instagram users look at it for inspiration for months before they finally decide to enter the market.

  • Implement a Chatbot on Your Website
    You can't be at your desk 24 hours a day, and you probably don't have a big help desk staff to do it for you. An AI chatbot is the next best thing. It makes your website interactive by empowering visitors to ask questions in "natural language," which the bot then responds to with the appropriate content.

  • Stay in Touch with Email Marketing
    Email marketing is more personal and intimate, giving all your communications a "one on one" flair no matter how many people you're talking to. This keeps you top of mind as buyers and sellers alike weigh their options. You can easily share new listings and content, too. DeltaNET®6 ties together your email, blog, and other marketing so that they can be managed in just a few clicks.

Contact us to learn more about digital marketing in real estate.

March
18

Credibility matters in real estate. As a real estate agent, you want to start building trust with your target audience as quickly and effectively as possible. Trust matters to clients who are considering referring you to people within their own network and to prospects who are sorting through their many options to find an agent they can trust with one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives. Fortunately, there are more tools for building trust with technology than ever before for real estate agents.

Building Trust with the Right Technology

While there are many good, old-fashioned trust-building tips that still apply now as much as ever, we're going to focus on some of the many modern tools that make it easier to build trust with a tech-savvy audience. Not only can the right technology help you build trust, it can also make your life much easier in the process.

Know Your Clients and Their Needs

Most of our tips will focus on building trust with prospects, but it's wise to remember that the process of building trust with existing clients never really ends. One of the best ways to build strong relationships with clients is to remember who they are, their real estate goals, and the details of any interactions that you've already had with them. The right real estate CRM makes it much easier to keep track of all that data and guarantees that you have it at your fingertips whenever you need it.

Build a Great Real Estate Website

A great real estate website might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of building trust, but it's a critical factor in a number of important ways. First, modern real estate prospects simply expect any agent they're considering to have an appealing, informative, modern website. Most people start their search for an agent online, so they're more likely to choose an agent with a robust, engaging online presence than an agent with a dated website or no website at all.

But it's not just about being seen. As you'll see in the next few tips, your website is also the most reliable place to integrate much of the other trust-building technology on our list. It's where people will consume your content, be persuaded by your social proof, and discover why your brand is the right choice for their real estate needs. So if you don't have a website or your current one is a bit outdated, a fresh investment in your online presence can be a key first step in building trust.

Share Advice and Expertise with Real Estate Content

One of the most straightforward, dependable techniques for building trust and credibility online is to prove to your audience that you know your stuff when it comes to real estate. Creating informative, timely real estate content, whether it's a written blog post, video content created with your phone, or a mix of both, is the perfect way to show your expertise.

Provide real estate advice, analyze market trends, create neighborhood guides, share seasonal home improvement tips — basically, anything that your audience might be interested in learning about regarding real estate. When done right, your content will continue to build trust long after it's first published on your website.

Integrate Reviews and Testimonials

Few things are more trustworthy than a referral, and social proof essentially serves as a referral from an online source. Social proof consists of things like online reviews and client testimonials, which can have a major impact on establishing your trust with an online audience. But even if they're very happy with your services, a client won't necessarily think to leave a review or testimonial unless you ask. Once you have some reviews and especially testimonials, make sure to showcase them prominently on your website.

Build a Strong Social Media Presence

You likely already use your social pages for social media marketing, and that's a great place to start. But are you taking advantage of the other ways that you can build trust through social? As you build your social presence, you will have more and more opportunities to engage with your audience. That engagement is crucial to building individual relationships that can lead to business, and also for proving your real estate expertise to a wider audience. 

Build Trust and Save Time by Investing in the Right Real Estate Tech

For building trust with a modern audience, it's only fitting to use the most modern, up-to-date tools. With DeltaNET®6, our digital marketing services, and an excellent, customized real estate website, you can start building trust as soon as a prospect discovers your brand online. Make your life easier and generate more leads by investing in the right real estate tech to build trust with your audience.

March
15

If you're in a large agency or brokerage, your branding naturally dovetails with that of the team. Still, no matter if you work independently or within an organization, you should keep an eye on how you present yourself to potential customers — especially online.

Branding may sound complicated, but it's simply the process of communicating in a thoughtful and consistent way to help people understand the three biggest things they need to know about you:

  • What you do
  • Who you do it for
  • How you do it differently

No real estate agent is perfect for everyone, yet newcomers to the field often cast a wide net. They worry that if they get specific about what they do, they will alienate potential customers and get less business. The opposite is true: When your brand is specific, you attract more of your ideal clientele.

In the first year or so, any real estate agent will spend plenty of time learning the ropes. It's not out of the ordinary to be unsure what kind of customers you want to work with or what problems you enjoy solving. After some experience, it's essential to start tackling these big questions.

The sooner you do, the sooner you can go from chasing leads to attracting referrals.

Every interaction you have with the public or customers has the potential to influence their perception of your brand. Of course, we can't control everything and shouldn't try. But understanding your vision for your brand will help ensure you're upholding your values and aspirations.

Here are some ways to come to grips with real estate branding:

  • Decide Which Clients Energize You
    It's okay to conclude that certain clients just aren't right for you — there are plenty of people out there and enough agents to help them all. Do you resonate with first-time buyers or luxury buyers? Boomers or Zoomers? Think about who you communicate best with and what interactions give you more energy.

  • Zero In on Specific Problems to Solve
    For a brand to speak to someone, it needs to be crafted for their needs. For example, do you know first-time buying programs inside and out? If first-time buyers are your core customers, then your knowledge can become a cornerstone of your brand. The same applies to any type of problem or question.

  • Have a Visually Consistent Style
    Your real estate website is where most of your future customers will first "meet" you. Be sure it has a consistent style, with the same colors and fonts used throughout. Then, reproduce those fundamentals on all other collateral, such as your business cards, email marketing, or direct mail fliers.

  • Talk in Terms of Benefits, Not Features
    Benefits are what happens for the client. Features are just details of how they get there. Get to the nitty-gritty: Do you consistently get your sellers' homes to closing in 30 days or less? This concrete, numbers-focused figure will be much more enticing to them than a whole list of your credentials and education.

  • Make Following Up Part of Your Routine
    No matter if you're working with a lead or a satisfied customer, following up is crucial. It shows them you care about their success and builds the relationship. You may need to follow up 7-10 times to get business from a lead — and some agents follow up every month with past clients to request referrals.

  • Extend Your Brand to Digital Platforms
    Of all the different professionals who spend time on social media, real estate agents have the best opportunity to grow their business. Dig into social platforms to find out where your audience is active and what they're looking for — then provide helpful, informative content that leads back to your site.

  • Network with Your Real Estate Peers
    A clear, well-defined brand makes you the "go-to" problem-solver in a specific arena. That means your peers, who also aren't trying to do everything for everyone, will be more likely to send business your way when they encounter someone who meets your criteria, but not their own.

  • Have a Written Marketing Plan
    Your marketing can be thought of as your brand in action. Write down your key marketing goals and select a handful of ways, not more than three, to pursue them. Then, make sure all your communications consistently showcase what your brand is all about.

Leverage the Right Technology to Make Branding a Natural Part of Your Business Workflow

Branding for real estate is a big topic, but having the right technology on your side can help. When you use a real all-in-one solution like DeltaNET®6 to manage your relationships, you'll spend less time figuring out where people are and more time giving them the value they expect.

Contact us to learn more about how real estate marketing can enhance your brand.

March
8

Marketing is often a challenge for real estate agents. It's notoriously difficult to be an impartial judge of your own marketing. That's true not only here in real estate but in virtually all industries. It's a problem faced by companies of all sizes, from solo entrepreneurs to Fortune 50 enterprises.

The crux of the matter is that marketing is subjective. You can develop a blog post, a video, or even ads that excite you, but have you stepped into the customer's shoes? Sometimes, even the best efforts can go awry. And that may lead to missing out on the value of a substantial part of your marketing budget.

Luckily, digital marketing can make the whole matter much easier to deal with.

There'll always be an element of "art" to marketing, but digital marketing is more scientific than ever. That's science in the literal sense: You make a prediction, test it, and gather data. There's more data available about the bottom-line impact of your marketing now than there has ever been before.

That has two powerful effects on marketing strategy:

  • You no longer have to "guess" what works, as you'll receive data within just a few days
  • You can continuously improve your marketing by focusing on what has proven results

Using Technology to Your Advantage in Real Estate Marketing

Real estate changed more than virtually any other industry at the outset of the pandemic. Professionals from all across the nation had to work together to develop new ways of thinking about and doing their work. It was crucial to protect both their customers and themselves.

At the same time, the way buyers and sellers approach transactions have also changed forever.

It was once unthinkable for someone to buy a home without setting foot in it. Now, these transactions take place routinely, especially when someone is planning a big move from out of state. A fast-growing population of younger buyers and sellers means more people are managing their home search online.

That has huge ramifications for your marketing.

Many of the trends unleashed by the pandemic will never be reversed. Instead, agents and brokers will be expected to adapt and incorporate new technologies in new ways. Technology is a key driver of your marketing success since you can see its results almost right away. By comparison, ad placements and conventional local media often provide no insight into whether or not you're getting ROI.

Let's look at some concrete ways you can boost your marketing results:

  • Balance Open Houses with Virtual Tours
    In the "before times," open houses had the potential to surface several qualified buyers for each event. Open houses are returning as an important part of your marketing mix, but virtual tours are sought by nearly every buyer. Also known as "3D walkthroughs," these tours typically use a panorama of photos to create a robust digital experience. Buyers thousands of miles away can now see a home up close.

  • Capture Data from Listings, CRM, and Website
    Each digital platform offers its own "analytics data" you can use to understand how people find you and what they do once they have. For example, the average amount of time people spend on a listing grants clues about which ones are most effective. By gathering and consulting your data regularly, you can be certain you're spending your marketing time and resources on the things that truly resonate.

  • Automate Digital Marketing for Better Consistency
    To be successful, digital marketing needs to be consistent. Yet, manually setting up and managing an email marketing list, your social media feed, and more can take hours. Reliable, AI-driven solutions, including DeltaNET®6, can make the process easier. For instance, hands-free social media updates can be issued to your feed several times a day based on changes in listings.

  • Keep Your Real Estate Website Up to Date
    Your real estate website is a powerful "digital-first impression" where most of your future customers meet you. Before they reach out, they're likely to check out everything on your site, so make it worthwhile. That means helpful, informative content that empowers them to solve problems and resolve questions. In today's smartphone-driven culture, it also means a responsive layout that's great for mobile users.

  • Create a Seamless "First Contact" Experience
    Once you've signed an agreement with a customer, it's crucial to set the right boundaries. No answering calls at two in the morning! If a website visitor reaches out, however, seconds count. You have the best odds of getting a new customer if you respond within five minutes. Make sure it's easy to contact you, providing options for phone, email, social media, and even texting for real estate.

Contact us to find out more about digital marketing today. We look forward to helping you soon.

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.

January
11

Let's face it — not everyone loves marketing!

If you're someone who'd rather spend time on other priorities, the idea that you need to "do a little bit of everything" to find what works for you might be demoralizing. Even those who enjoy marketing can get worn down every now and again.

Luckily, you can achieve more by doing less.

The idea you need to put your brand everywhere and anywhere to succeed is based on a misunderstanding. In other industries, it may take anywhere from eight to 15 mentions of a brand for a prospective customer to even remember what it is. Real estate is different.

If you are marketing where your ideal customers are found, they don't need to see you fifteen times. On the contrary, they may reach out the first time they hear about you — assuming they're interested in getting into the market.

No matter how great your marketing is, you can't get someone to buy or sell a home unless they are committed. So, there's no need to plaster your name all over town. Instead, zoom in on the most targeted and effective approaches for you.

Streamlining is the path to a real return on investment — and that's what marketing is all about.

Here's how to make it happen:

  • Start by Understanding Your Ideal Customer
    Which customers do you most enjoy working with? Who energizes you... and helps you move toward your business goals? All marketing materials are written for someone, so be sure you pinpoint precisely who you want to appeal to. What are their biggest problems? Why are you the perfect fit to help them?

  • Make Open Houses a Cornerstone of Marketing
    Open houses have been through a lot in the COVID years, but they remain one of the most powerful ways to connect with qualified buyers quickly. To extend your reach and improve safety all around, a tool like Properties in Motion helps you use video storytelling for your virtual open houses.

  • Host a Free Housewarming Party
    If old-fashioned business networking makes your skin crawl, tune into this idea: A housewarming party for your newly closed homeowners. This will not only ensure they remember your name for years to come — it also gives you the opportunity to meet and greet with their friends and family who may become clients.

  • Take the Busy Work Out of Digital Marketing
    The vast majority of your future customers will find you online, so digital marketing is an indispensable part of your mix. Help your digital marketing strategy bear fruit with less time wasted by using social media automation to send event-based updates to your followers ... just click and "done."

  • Make It Easier to Monitor Your Relationships
    It can be tough to figure out everyone you know — contacts, leads, and current customers – and what they're all doing at a given moment. A dedicated real estate CRM can use artificial intelligence and machine learning to maintain total visibility and follow up at just the right moment.

  • Understand Your Priorities for Each Day
    Not everyone flourishes when they try to plan their day down to the minute. Still, you can get most of the benefits of scheduling by defining your priorities for the next day every evening. Once you know what is most important, always try to put it first. Focused blocks of uninterrupted work make it easier.

  • Keep Track of Your Marketing Results
    Free data analytics tools such as Google Analytics can clarify which digital platforms are yielding results — including your social media, real estate website, and content you've published on other forums. This data further empowers your CRM so you spend less time on what's not working for you.

  • Build Extra Time into Your Schedule
    Real estate has a reputation for top producers working day and night. Now, however, we know this is a recipe for burnout. "Work-life balance" is the new watchword. That means leaving time in your schedule for when things, including marketing events, run long – and giving yourself plenty of time to rest, too.

  • Follow Up with Satisfied Customers
    Even when they have a satisfying experience, most people don't end up returning to the same real estate agent in the future. The bottom line? They simply forget. Stay in touch with your satisfied customers and ask for referral business — it's the fastest and least expensive customer acquisition.

  • Have a Single, Overarching Goal for Each Quarter
    In the world of marketing, a month often isn't enough to know whether a tactic is working. You need a few months of data to compare outcomes over time. With this in mind, define a core marketing goal for each quarter, then break it down into weekly action steps and monthly check-ins.

Contact us today to discover easier, more effective marketing through automation.

December
14

Over the last few years, consumer preferences across all industries have been changing. These days, customers want to have the opportunity to do their own research online and figure out what they need to know before they ever speak to a sales professional.

With the vast amount of information available to them, the whole buyer journey can be enacted online:

  • Awareness: The customer is aware they have a problem and needs to learn more about it
  • Consideration: The customer develops a shortlist of potential solutions to the problem
  • Decision: The customer compares the possible options and selects the best one for them

In the online era, just about any purchase can fit into this framework. Only the simplest buys — like "fast-moving consumer goods" — don't go through these three steps. Any time someone needs the help of a specialized expert, such as a real estate agent, you can be sure this is the process they follow.

At first, this can seem like a real downer for real estate agents.

You can't be sure when or where someone will first encounter your brand, or what other alternatives they might be reviewing at the same time. Prospects control the tempo of the relationship, and it's up to them whether or not they make themselves known to you and become leads.

So, exactly what can you do?

The key is inbound marketing — an all-new way to make marketing faster and more effective.

Inbound Versus Outbound Marketing for Real Estate Agents

Inbound marketing refers to any form of digital marketing that draws qualified leads to your website and helps them through the process of becoming customers. Because inbound techniques are connected to your digital properties, they can work for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Most inbound marketing techniques are involved in raising your online visibility. By ensuring you can be discovered online through relevant online searches, it becomes much easier for prospects to find their way to your real estate website. From there, you simply need to be set up to convert that traffic into business.

The core philosophy behind inbound marketing is the idea of respect for the customer's time. No one wants to have their day interrupted so they can be steered into a conversation they're not interested in having. Such interruptive methods are known collectively as outbound marketing.

For real estate agents, outbound marketing continues to hold some potential. Although most people are not amenable to a cold call from a real estate agent, for example, there is nothing wrong with attending a networking party or sponsoring a charitable event in the community where you may meet clients.

That said, inbound marketing does the majority of the work.

Some 98% of the people you meet on a given day will not be ready to jump into the market, either as a buyer or seller. Outbound marketing relies on the idea that they will remember you in the future some way, somehow. Inbound marketing caters to future clients at the very moment they need you.

Because they are interested in what you have to say at that moment, they may act quickly.

Even so, it is a wise idea to have real estate email marketing in place. Email is an inbound technique that allows you to cultivate a relationship over weeks and even months. As long as you continue to add value, you will position yourself as a trusted advisor who could be chosen over any other local agent.

The Secret Key to Inbound Marketing for Real Estate

Inbound marketing pivots on the concept of publishing helpful, informative online content that aligns with the needs of your ideal clients. Regular publishing gets the attention of search engines, and more information amplified through social media marketing will bring ready leads into your funnel.

Blogging, email, and social media are all functions that can be planned in advance and accelerated with the right real estate CRM. DeltaNET®6 incorporates all of these features and many more into an "all in one" AI-driven center of excellence for your entire marketing operation.

You can automatically share event-based updates for all of your listings, generate high-quality virtual tours, and launch and monitor local showings all in just a few clicks. With a wide variety of templates and presets, you save thousands of hours a year without sacrificing the quality you want.

Once inbound marketing has been properly set up, it continues to yield dividends throughout the whole life of your business. The sooner you begin, the sooner you'll see competitive advantages others can't reproduce. When you use DeltaNET®6, you can get off to a running start in a matter of just a few days rather than weeks or months.

Contact us today to discover more about inbound marketing.

November
26

Succeeding with social media shares many commonalities with succeeding in real estate. To achieve success, you need to find your niche, excel within it, and have a plan for how to reach your target audience. Whether you're working to establish a vibrant social media presence for the first time or looking for ways to take your social game to the next level, a close look at your social media plan is the perfect place to start.

How Your Social Media Plan Makes Life Easier

As a real estate agent, you precisely plan so many aspects of your business. Are you giving the same effort to your social media planning? Your days are busy, but the time that you invest upfront in creating a social media plan ultimately makes your life so much easier in the long run. It's easier to accomplish your goals, build confidence, and use the time that you devote to social much more efficiently when you have a plan.

Ever get to the time you blocked out for social media, started staring at the screen, and sat there wondering what to do next? It's like writer's block, but for social marketing. Well, part of your social media plan is creating a schedule that you can stick to. When you have a schedule and know what you want to accomplish, you don't have to wait around for inspiration.

Your Social Media Plan Is About More Than Saving Time

Of course, saving time and working more efficiently are far from the only benefits of developing your social media plan. We mentioned earlier that social media has some things in common with real estate, and the level of competition is no exception. As a result, it's hard to stand out and have success without investing some time in planning.

Your planning and your social media goals go hand in hand. Do you want to increase your audience, convert more of your social connections to clients, expand your presence to a new social platform, or become the go-to social real estate resource for your market areas? These are all attainable goals when you plan ahead, take advantage of the many resources available to help with social media marketing, and lay out a plan for how to reach them.

Planning also doesn't mean avoiding experimenting with social strategies, not innovating, or not embracing the creative side of things. The best plans are adaptable, social media is constantly evolving, and embracing the integration of new ideas will help you stay relevant with your audience. So your ideal plan will include concrete steps for achieving goals, while also leaving room to adapt to a changing landscape.

How to Start Building Your Social Media Plan

Hopefully, we've convinced you of the value that comes from investing some time and effort into your social media plan. Now let's look at a few key areas that you can focus on while you develop a reliable plan for success.

  • Know Your Audience
    It's hard to be everything to everyone in most things in life, and social media is no different. Understanding who you're trying to reach will help you choose which social platforms to emphasize, plan content that speaks to the needs of your audience, and tailor your social presence to reach them. Before you can reach your audience, you need to have an idea of who they are and what they want.

  • Find Ways to Share Your Expertise
    Your real estate expertise is one of your greatest assets for creating a social media plan and building your audience. The best way to share your expertise is to create real estate content, and there are a variety of content types to suit your style. Blog posts are great especially if you enjoy spending some time behind the keyboard, while video content is very popular and perfect for social sharing if you'd rather spend time in front of the camera.

  • Invest Time in Engagement
    While of course you can't plan out every interaction, you definitely can plan on investing some time into engagement. There's no getting around the fact that engagement is key to nearly every aspect of social success, so it's more than worth the time.

  • Turning Connections into Clients
    Is your social presence integrated with the rest of your online marketing? Can your social connections easily find your real estate website, and take the next step? Converting clients is the name of the game and the destination where all of your other planning efforts are leading.

With the right plan in place, your social media presence can be such an incredible asset to your real estate brand. When you're ready to turn your plan into action, our social media marketing services are here to help you achieve your goals.

October
21

Marketing is one of the most important parts of real estate, and it can also be challenging for agents to come to grips with. Once you've learned the knowledge and skills you need to serve clients, marketing should be your next priority.

Having a marketing plan is essential to your overall success!

Marketing is indispensable because the majority of your future clients will find you online. These days, most home searches begin there. As more Millennials turn to the market and the eldest of Gen Z find their way into it for the first time, this trend will continue.

A marketing plan helps you identify where your audience is, how to connect, and the best ways to do so over the time it takes them to launch their home search. From the high-level plan you develop, you can work backward to understand what you need to do every quarter, month, and week.

The concept may seem intimidating at first, but it is worthwhile.

Marketing is the central piece in pivoting from finding new business through in-person methods versus drawing qualified leads directly to your website with minimal effort. This transition has the potential to save you thousands of hours a year, but it relies on having the right marketing assets in place.

What Does a Real Estate Marketing Plan Include?

A real estate marketing plan is a top-level strategic roadmap you develop once and review quarterly based on your evolving goals and the success of your marketing initiatives. It is built around Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) such as leads generated and transactions completed.

How Do You Write a Real Estate Marketing Plan?

There are seven components to a marketing plan for real estate.

While some may prove challenging, each element builds on the ones before. If you do not have the time or resources to conduct a deep market analysis, you can leverage the wisdom of your colleagues and mentors to start with some basic assumptions that you then verify with experience.

The elements of a real estate marketing plan include:

  • Target Market
    Who are your ideal customers? What are their biggest concerns as they enter the market? What venues do they use for their research — who do they trust, and how can you use those patterns of behavior to get in touch with them? Write out everything you know about the clients you want.

  • Market Research
    With your target market identified, you can go broad. What volume of buying or selling in your area can be attributed to customers like these? For buyers, what is their typical budget? For sellers, what is their typical sales price? What is their next move once they've finished their transaction?

  • Positioning
    Positioning refers to your overall brand and how you use it. If you've been around for a while, then it will start with how customers see you, both positive and negative. If you are new, then you should answer how you will frame your brand so it is the natural source of expert advice for your target customers.

  • Competitive Analysis
    How many competitors are in your market? This is especially significant in real estate because you can use what your competitors do right as a jumping-off point to develop your own tactics. You may not want to go head-to-head with a large agency, but you can choose to be where they aren't.

  • Market Strategy
    The question here is: "How will I find and attract my ideal customers?" DeltaNET 6® is the real estate all-in-one solution that enables you to automate your social media, promote listings, post blogs, and manage your email marketing, among many more, from a centralized, "all in one" marketing command center.

  • Budget
    Your budget is a month-by-month breakdown of what you intend to spend on marketing. For most digital marketing, your major KPI will be website visitors generated, so keeping an eye on this will tell you if your investments have been cost-effective — use data analytics tools to monitor each channel.

  • Metrics
    It is up to your website to do the "heavy lifting" of converting visitors to customers by offering them resources and answering their questions. In addition to visitors generated from your marketing, closely monitor conversions — both to customers and to email subscribers who may later become customers.

Turning Your Marketing Plan into Reality

To achieve your goals, you may find you need more tools or training. Upfront investments are common in the first few years of the real estate journey. Be sure you understand how much you're spending, why, and a timeline for a) first value and b) return on investment, including recouping the initial spend. From there, review your analytics data monthly to track trends and prepare for a quarterly plan update.

Contact us to find out more about digital marketing for real estate.

September
27

A leading real estate brokerage in Southwest Florida generates nearly 200 visitors a month from a single blog post that provides reasons to move to the area. Another blog post filled with fun local facts from last April continues to drive nearly 100 visits to another Sunbelt-based brokerage.

So, what's their secret sauce? They are all benefiting from the value of coupling content with SEO. Content is a crucial component of any SEO program for real estate. By providing content that attracts traffic to their website and engages visitors, brokerages can leapfrog local competitors in traffic and lead generation. Without a complete SEO and content strategy, you miss out on driving more prospective local home sellers and buyers to your brokerage website.

That's why real estate brokerages benefit when they think like news veterans to drive more targeted and quality traffic to their websites. News publishers understand that nothing connects better to their audience than local news and information that provides value.

Avoid Being Yesterday's News

While you don't have a team of seasoned journalists who create content like big-time newspapers do, you can learn from how they do what they do.

About a third of all traffic to one of the country's largest-circulation newspaper websites comes from search traffic, according to Alexa. In addition, the paper's reader engagement is off the charts at more than double their competitor's average. So, it is clear that newspapers care deeply about SEO and the insights it provides.

For example, Search Engine Land notes that, often, data tools help shape editorial decisions. Newspapers closely monitor online reader behavior, which allows them to improve their content strategy, and, in turn, builds more trust with their readers.

Newspapers don't think about SEO as a one-hit-wonder for their sites. They know building trust with their readers takes time, and rather than try to sell to their customers, they focus on informing them. Today's newspaper world offers content that connects, and readers keep coming back for more.

Benefits of Content in Your Overall SEO Strategy

Google likes websites that offer new and engaging content. The more frequently your content is updated, the more Google crawls and indexes your website. As Google begins to see your website as being authoritative, your ranking in Google searches improves.

It's essential to provide fresh and frequent content that is distinct. Google does not like duplicative content. If you are repurposing the same content that Google is finding elsewhere, Google is less likely to come back and index your website. Google also will come back less frequently to a website when the content is stale. So you need to give search engines like Google something new to find.

Delta Media Group® regularly provides local content for brokerage websites that is distinct, with topics that spark curiosity to attract and then engage readers and helps ensure they spend more time on the broker's site. Examples of hyperlocal blog content include "Top 5 Picnic Spots in Dayton," "Pet Parks of Portland," "Best Bookstores in Boise," "7 Fun Facts About the French Quarter," and "9 Reasons to Move to Naples." These are the type of evergreen posts that can drive more traffic to a website for years.

In some larger markets, it is difficult for a brokerage to rank high in a Google search for a general home search, such as "Homes for sale in Miami." But by specifically building out hyperlocal blog content for these markets and optimizing these blogs for search, brokerages can increase their chances of ranking for the more competitive search phrases over time.

Delta also provides industry-leading SEO software that automates the process of optimizing a brokerage's website. As a result, it helps brokerage websites grow immensely, creating tens of thousands of pages from MLS listing data – content a brokerage otherwise would not have. Plus, Delta's software provides Google with clean, more descriptive URLs for each page it creates, making it easier to index.

This includes market landing pages, pages for local neighborhoods and subdivisions, school districts, brokerages, IDX listings results pages, and more — all optimized and updated for search engines automatically. Without this software, a brokerage would need a team of folks to manage this process. Combined with the regular blog posts Delta provides, there's always plenty of new content for Google to come back and index.

Right Time, Right Content

Real estate brokerages can leverage automation tools and deliver the right content to the right people at the right time. While you may not field a team of content creators like a major newspaper, the good news is that Delta Media already has one in place for you. Creating content of interest that is relevant and valued is what Delta does best, generating thousands of visitors to our brokerage clients' websites each month.

For example, manually creating and maintaining social media channels, email marketing campaigns, and a blog can be challenging. Many brokerages don't dedicate the resources needed for an effective content marketing strategy because it can be overwhelming and often not deliver a return on one's investment of time and money.

Delta Media Group helps brokerages overcome this hurdle by providing a robust content marketing strategy that leverages automated drip marketing email campaigns and social posting tools as well as hyperlocal blog content. Everything you do as a brokerage in leveraging content should be easy and help you better connect with the communities you serve. By delivering content that matters to your community, you can turn online prospects into closed transactions.

For example, in New Hampshire, a monthly email that targets 22,000 individuals showcasing new listings, price changes, and a real estate article generates 53% of their website traffic and 33% of their leads.

To drive more website traffic, major regional brokerages in North Carolina and Long Island, New York, deploy automated marketing tools, including Market Watch reports, new listing alerts, push notifications, and the My Customer For Life drip marketing email campaign. As much as 10% of their total traffic comes from these automated tools.

In fact, a brokerage can derive more than half of its website volume and a third of its leads from a well-crafted email campaign when the content is hyperlocal and seen as valuable. While the brokerage provides the content, the email goes out on behalf of agents to each agent's client and prospect database.

Agents benefit from this strategy, as they don't have to lift a finger to touch both past and potential clients. They appreciate their broker giving them this type of marketing support that helps them grow their business. Over the years, one broker's email campaign has built an almost cult-like following, with recipients looking forward to their weekly email blast.

Building Traffic and Leads

Real estate SEO is a lot different than how SEO works for most other industries. Regular SEO typically is trying to build and drive traffic to products or services that remain the same. In real estate SEO, the product — a property listing — is turning over all the time, and every new home listing is a new product. A lot of brokerages struggle with SEO for this reason.

But SEO done right can help brokerages dramatically increase traffic and generate more "ready to transact" leads. When compared with most other real estate marketing activities, SEO triumphs by delivering a stellar ROI, as it is one of the most profitable ways to market your brokerage website.

And SEO isn't just for national brokerages or ones with million-dollar marketing budgets. SEO is achievable for brokerages of all sizes. Best of all, the audiences you reach on your website with the right SEO program are buyers and sellers who are more likely to transact sooner rather than later.

Because Delta Media Group delivers the "under the hood" work that SEO requires, brokerages don't have to do the heavy lifting. As a leading real estate website and lead management developer, Delta has the programmers, system administrators, content creators, and web designers to help with the necessary website adjustments, maximizing the SEO of a brokerage site.

Delta works within your real estate website, including the back-end code, to make the necessary programming adjustments, helping brokerages avoid using the services of a third-party SEO company. In addition, copywriting is done by a team of professionals so that SEO-based content creation is by writers who include graduates from top journalism programs and many former professional journalists.

For SEO to remain effective, it also needs to be monitored and adjusted. Having a professional team that has your back gives brokerages peace of mind. Delta makes sure that your SEO investment continues to deliver traffic and leads through tracking and monitoring online behavior. As a result, brokerages get ongoing insight into their website traffic and lead generation because SEO transparency is paramount for its long-term success.

The Big Takeaway

It's a myth that SEO is only for the biggest brokerage firms, and SEO is anything but dead in real estate. The fact is SEO can provide one of the most significant returns on investment of any marketing expenditure by a brokerage.

The right SEO and content marketing strategy can be a brokerage's secret sauce for driving more traffic and building more leads. When a brokerage thinks like a publisher by delivering hyperlocal, relevant and timely content, they will drive more traffic to their website, generate more actionable leads, and delight their agents.

August
12

Stubborn listings are no fun for sellers — or for their real estate agents!

It's well-known that as a listing sits on the market, it becomes less likely to capture an attractive offer. The ideal is to move a listing within 30 days. The longer it waits, the more likely buyers will assume something is wrong with it. At the dreaded 90 days, relisting is nearly inevitable.

There are two situations where agents need to be especially wary about idle listings:

  • Markets that strongly favor buyers, especially when there's plenty of housing stock
  • Overheated markets where voracious sellers price themselves into the stratosphere

Before a listing even goes on the market, pricing it to sell is one of the most valuable services an agent can offer. Sellers can easily overestimate the value of a home for sentimental reasons or just because the market seems to offer them a big payday. Agents need to step in, look at recent sales, and make the facts clear.

But sometimes, even when price is aligned with market conditions, a home simply won't sell.

This is highly frustrating for sellers, and it's also one of the situations most likely to lead to a bad review – never a fun prospect. Sometimes, there may be many factors outside your control making the road ahead difficult for your listing. The key is to seize on what's in your area of influence and course correct as soon as you can.

Let's look at some of the most effective ways to do it:

  • Update the Staging
    Staged homes generally sell for more money and do so within a shorter amount of time. A staged home is more enticing than a vacant one because it lets buyers exercise their imagination about how they will use the space. Take care to optimize every room, highlighting the features you want buyers to focus their attention on.

  • Improve the Curb Appeal
    In this era of Google Maps, you can bet would-be buyers will be checking up and down the street before they even register for an open house. Curb appeal always counts, whether that means doing some extra lawn work, landscaping, or revitalizing the exterior with a fresh coat of paint. The ROI can be exceptionally high!

  • Make Sure Your Photos Are Quality
    A listing is judged by its photos, and the surging quality of photography in most listings means you need to keep up. Many real estate agents are partnering with professional photographers. Get crisp, clear shots of each room and every angle of the exterior, ideally featuring the same locales at several different times of the day.

  • Fix Specific Issues with the Home
    Some sellers are perplexed to learn that they can't simply list a home "as-is" and hope for the best. Buyers not only regard such properties with suspicion but many are bound to get a home inspection anyway — lenders require it. Carefully raise the subject of repairs, especially if the roof, sewer system, or wiring is involved.

  • Leverage Social Media and Social Ads
    Social media can give a listing a fresh burst of attention even when it's outside that ideal 30-day window. If you have exhausted your options on Facebook (or LinkedIn, if it's a luxury property), consider busting out a secret weapon: Facebook advertising can help you tap into a wider local audience for your listing.

  • Excite Buyers with Live Video
    Live video is another great way to unlock the power of social media. You can stream a complete virtual tour of the property through Facebook or Instagram. To pep up your listing for visitors who miss your stream, consider using a tool like Properties in Motion for branded, shareable video with built-in tracking.

  • Host More Open Houses
    To create more value for today's sellers, agents need to be prepared for open houses in all their forms. Know when to pivot from traditional face-to-face events to virtual open houses and when to combine the two. Open houses can revive a flagging listing, as the right buyer has the opportunity to make an offer on the spot!

  • Use Seller Reports
    If your seller's morale collapses, then the listing is as good as doomed. It's understandable for sellers to worry, so head them off at the pass with resources that will show them the progress they've made. Customized seller reports consolidate everything you've done for a listing into a single view.

  • Restart Your Marketing Cycle
    Once you've consulted with your seller and committed to making some of the changes above, kickstart your marketing cycle again with an updated listing — with or without actually re-listing. Revise your collateral and get a fresh perspective on the property by emphasizing its new advantages. And, of course, don't give up!

Contact us to learn more about digital real estate marketing.

August
6

One of the most challenging eras in American history is entering a new phase.

The worst of the pandemic is hopefully over. Vaccination rates may be seeing a rebound as more people take action to protect themselves from new COVID-19 variants. But many areas of the economy are stuck in slow motion, and it has proven difficult to return to ordinary office life.

In this environment, it's no surprise real estate is still in an adjustment period!

There's no going back to the way things were, and the future is coming fast. The threat of infection may be waning, but structural changes will not end here. To excel in 2021 and beyond, estate professionals at all levels will need to adapt. The question is: where should they invest their limited attention?

Let's look at some of the forces that will continue to reverberate through real estate:

Changing Consumer Preferences Mean Digital Will Remain King

At the height of the pandemic, properties that may not have seen much attention in the past were suddenly hot commodities. Families needed separate spaces for everyone to use as home offices or classrooms. They were looking for broad entryways set apart from the rest of the home and kitchens with lots of storage space.

Real estate trends move on, of course. But what about clients' basic ways of thinking?

Virtual tours, a major adaptation to the safety risks of COVID-19, are here to stay. Not only are they convenient for sellers, but they allow buyers to extend their search radius without needing to travel. Virtual open houses even have the potential to displace traditional face-to-face tours in the long run.

Buyers now want a full video-based experience before they will even set foot in a home. For their part, sellers expect evidence their agent is doing everything possible for them, and digital provides the hard data to prove it.

The Overheated Real Estate Market Will Cool Down

Record low interest rates drove many Millennials, for whom homeownership was a reach, into the market. Even the younger Generation Z got in on the act. However, peak opportunity has now passed by. In many areas, homes are selling for far more than the market would normally bear and buyers are dropping out.

Research has shown that Generation Z is motivated to achieve homeownership earlier than their parents and perhaps even their grandparents. But now that the perfect storm has ebbed, they will need plenty of help from well-informed agents who know how to navigate first-time homebuyer programs.

At the same time, sellers who missed out on the frenzy will need to temper their expectations.

Precisely how the market adjusts will depend a great deal on the broader economic recovery. Agents need to tune into the specific forces affecting their markets, then let their brand and marketing message evolve to fit in.

Climate Will Become a Factor in Client Decision-Making

Properties that once looked like the ultimate luxury homes are less enticing when they're at risk of destruction every year. Wildfires, floods, hurricanes, and heat waves are making their presence known and beginning to influence buyers' thinking. Many sellers will uproot, moving across multiple states to reduce these risks.

No one can predict the weather, but it's crucial to prepare for tough questions if your market has been affected by hazardous weather patterns over the last few years. Your customers will look to you for an understanding of how safe their investment will be and whether it will be possible for them to truly enjoy the community.

Real estate agents with a broad network will have an advantage in capturing the cross-state economic activity most will not be prepared for. If long-distance moves have traditionally been part of your business strategy, now is the time to capitalize on the more strategic vision that younger buyers are bringing to the table.

Elders at a Crossroads in the Real Estate Market

Elders are traditionally more likely to see a home as a safe and reliable investment. Home equity is a major tool for a comfortable retirement. Seniors often downsize into a smaller home before retirement to further reduce their cost of ownership and ensure that their property matches their retirement lifestyle.

During the pandemic, a significant number of families bucked tradition by seeking larger homes suitable for a multi-generational lifestyle. Economic pressures on younger and middle-aged family members might continue to make this an appealing proposition throughout the economic recovery — however long it may take.

No matter what changes in the world of real estate, agents and brokers will be well-served by digital marketing automation that lets them achieve more in less time without sacrificing the personal touch. Delta Media Group makes it possible to reach more of your ideal clients. Contact us to learn more.

July
13

As a real estate agent, odds are you didn't pick this career so you could write the next great American novel.

But, just like marketing, writing is a skill that virtually all real estate professionals need to develop. In fact, you could find yourself writing several hundred words every month depending on your goals.

Don't worry — that's nowhere near as much as a full-time writer, who may need to put out 50,000 words a week to meet deadlines. But it is substantial enough that sharpening your writing skills will make a difference. After all, your ability to craft your real estate listings with the right words is one of the things that makes them so appealing. You have the opportunity to dazzle your visitors, capture attention, and engage all of their senses.

Often, this is the necessary first step before someone books a tour or registers with an open house.

Whatever the case, you don't need to have straight As in high school English to be an effective real estate writer. Even if you snoozed through Rhetoric & Composition in college, you can still bring your skills up to snuff.

After all, you won't be writing five-paragraph essays in real estate. Instead, you'll be conveying in words what you already understand about your ideal clients. If you know their interests, wants, and needs, you can reflect those in your word choices.

The same is true of anything you write about your brand and virtually any other topic. The question is this: how can you accelerate that learning process if you've never written actively before?

Getting Ready to Write: Tips to Put You in a Writing Mindset

  • Write with Your Purpose in Mind
    Copy is writing with the purpose to persuade. When you create copy, you are trying to guide your leads from wherever they are now to the next step in buying or listing a home. With that in mind, the first thing to do is define your purpose. What do you need your reader to do next? Choose every word to further that goal.

  • Tell a Story About Your Listings
    What makes a listing special? What details about its history, location, or features can you weave together to make someone say, "This is the one"? You might find yourself writing about what it's like to walk down the tree-lined street in the neighborhood or relax by the in-ground pool. All these details add panache to your story.

  • Include Sensory Details
    Real estate is highly visual, thanks to all the wonderful photography. As a writer, you can also appeal to other senses. If a listing has a big yard, it might call to mind the crackling of meat on the grill, the smell of barbecue, or the sound of songbirds playing in the trees. This fires up leads' imaginations to make them think of home!

Technology Tools for Real Estate Agents to Up Their Writing Game

Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are not exactly the most interesting subjects. Even the vast majority of pro writers don't get energized thinking about them. They are simply a framework to help you communicate your ideas clearly. If any one of them is missing, it makes your copy harder to understand at a glance.

Once you have an idea, you need to execute it. These tools can help:

  • Grammarly
    Grammarly is a writing coach that goes beyond the spelling and grammar check of a tool like Microsoft Word or Google Docs. It identifies many common issues, like wordiness and passive voice, that are easy to overlook. It also explains why something is incorrect, enabling you to learn as you go.

  • GrammarLookup
    GrammarLookup bills itself as a free alternative to Grammarly. In addition to its full-featured punctuation and grammar database, it uses AI to learn continuously. It can be used through your favorite browser and does not even require registration. All you have to do is copy and paste your text.

  • ProWritingAid
    ProWritingAid comes in the form of a free browser extension or a paid desktop version. In addition to grammar and spelling, it works as a style editor that helps you ensure your writing is right for your audience. Packed with 20 in-depth writing reports; its goal is to make you a better writer fast.

  • Ginger
    Ginger is a popular spelling and grammar checker that can interface easily with your social media, email client, and many website editors, including WordPress. It even has fully featured mobile versions that will sync up between platforms. Terrific if you need to tap out social media posts or email replies on your phone!

Writing can seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Simply imagine that you're talking to a client face-to-face and you can go far. To learn more about using the latest digital marketing technology, contact us.

May
25

Digital marketing might sound complicated, but it doesn't have to be.

Today's digital marketing is inbound, meaning it attracts leads the moment they are most in need of your services. With that in mind, every piece of online marketing you do should help your target buyers or sellers reach their goals. Understand this and you're halfway to success.

What can give digital marketing a feeling of complexity is the wide variety of techniques involved. However, it's not necessary to be everything to everyone. You can focus in on a smaller selection of marketing methods you perform consistently. Plus, real estate marketing automation lets you do more faster. When you dig a little deeper, you discover digital marketing can be easy.

Digital marketing approaches usually fall into one of two categories:

  • You can do them in a few minutes to make a little bit of progress every day; OR
  • They take a little bit longer, but offer long-term returns through higher visibility

Knowing that, marketing's dual nature becomes obvious: marketing itself is a marathon, but it can be broken down into a series of sprints. Those sprints, in turn, are easier to stick with and produce real results. As you gain more momentum, marketing develops into a series of habits.

Let's cut through the clutter and look at some effective digital marketing methods:

  • Accurate, Detailed Customer Profiles
    Every piece of marketing is "for" someone. Before you can even start working on a marketing campaign, you should zoom in on precisely who your ideal customer is. What are their pain points? What level have they reached in their career, education, and family goals? As you meet more clients, add more details to your customer profile. Soon, you will have a character who effectively represents most of your target audience.

  • A Modern Real Estate Website
    A website is imperative in any business these days, but it's especially important in real estate. The majority of your future customers will find you online, and the number of buyers who start their search that way is only growing. A real estate website needs to be visually compelling, simple to use, and designed for smartphone compatibility. From there, the sky's the limit on expressing your brand creatively through the digital medium.

  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
    Your website is your foundation. Once you have it, you need to build! The way is Search Engine Optimization. SEO consists of a number of valuable best practices in website design, but the one real estate agents should know best is keyword research. Keywords reflect the actual search queries your future customers use. Knowing and using these phrases throughout your website and content elevates your search engine visibility.

  • Email Marketing Drip Campaigns
    Email marketing has the potential to deliver the highest ROI of any individual marketing tactic. To set up a drip campaign, you first entice visitors to join your email list – by offering them a local market report in exchange for their email, for example – then send helpful, informative email messages every week. This cultivates a long-term relationship and positions you as a trusted adviser. You can set it up in minutes through DeltaNet 6.

  • Blogging and Content Marketing
    Blogging every week may be the most powerful way to raise your online visibility and get noticed when people search for topics related to your expertise. Yes, every blog you write should be imbued with the right keywords, reflecting relevant, high-traffic search topics. Just as crucial is your ability to communicate actionable advice about navigating the real estate market tailor-made for the concerns in your customer profile.
  • Text Message Marketing
    Text message marketing for real estate has signs of being the next big thing. The average person reads more than 90% of all texts directed to them and is much more likely to respond to a text than an email. Since texting is a more personal form of communication, it lets you get into a real conversation with your leads. It's especially notable for its ability to warm up cold and lapsed leads, motivating them to move forward sooner.

  • Consistent, Relevant Social Media
    Social media stands apart from the rest. Many people imagine that to master it, they need to be everywhere at once. Not so with the right digital marketing automation tools. Facebook Connector and LinkedIn Connector allow you to update your social media instantly when newsworthy events happen: new listings, updates, open houses, and much more. You can get all the benefits of social media without scrolling your feed all day long!

Marketing has many moving parts — but with the right technology, most of them can "move" themselves.

Delta Media Group makes the best in marketing automation accessible to everyone, from solo entrepreneurs to nationwide brokerages. To learn more, contact us.

May
18

The central challenge of real estate marketing is serving more people without losing the human touch.

Many real estate agents are solo performers. As their business scales up, increasing headcount isn't an option. Instead, they need to find ways to utilize their resources more efficiently. The most cost-effective approach in modern real estate is automation, especially digital marketing automation.

And automation isn't only for one-agent shows.

Teams of any size can achieve more by taking a hands-off approach to repetitious but necessary tasks. That's indispensable to having more time and energy for what really matters. By accelerating what you can achieve in one day, you are prevented from falling into the trap of working ever-increasing hours as business grows.

In other words, real estate marketing automation is the key to work-life balance. It's also one of the most versatile assets you can have at your disposal.

Real Estate Marketing Automation Helps Your Business Scale Effortlessly

If more real estate marketing meant you had to "turn the crank" more every day, the result would be a disaster:

  • Some real estate agents would end up working themselves to exhaustion doing more over time
  • Others would make marketing a secondary priority that would almost never get into a schedule

But marketing is a crucial part of growing your presence in the community. Without it, you can easily end up chasing referrals for years to come. The alternative is building a steady stream of leads that will find their way to your website at the precise moment they're most interested in what you have to offer.

In effect, automated real estate marketing plants seeds that come to fruition over time to enhance your results.

Let's look at some of the most significant ways it can change your work life for the better:

  • Social Media Automation
    Across all industries, real estate professionals are some of the most active contributors to social media. Posting every day is essential to raising your visibility, but it can also cost you hours of your day. Trigger-based social media automation allows you to instantly update your accounts when you have a new listing, listing change, a showing, or other event. Facebook Connector and LinkedIn Connector make it easy.

  • Automated Email Drip Campaigns
    As the housing market ebbs and flows, it can close the taps on leads who might have been inches from reaching out to you. How can you stay in touch in the weeks and months it might take them to make a decision — and make sure you're the agent they finally choose? Helpful, informative content released in an automated "drip" email campaign positions you as a trusted advisor. DeltaNET 6 is your center of excellence for automated email.

  • Text Message Marketing
    Text messaging has the potential to be more responsive and more personal than virtually any other option. It lets you get into fast-moving conversations where you can build genuine insight into your leads and customers. Open rates for text message marketing are through the roof, and it might take only a few minutes to spark a genuine rapport with someone who has just expressed interest in what you can do for them.

  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
    Do you know where each of your leads stands in the buyer journey? Do you know exactly what's next for every single one of your customers? Keeping track can task your memory to the breaking point, but exceptional customer care depends on it. Delta Media Group's all-in-one real estate solution takes the heavy lifting off your shoulders. It ties in with all your other tools, so you always have the most accurate information available. Orchestrating follow-up is a snap!

  • Content Marketing
    Content marketing helps you capture preferential positions in online searches related to your business. Whether you work predominantly with buyers or sellers, Millennials or Empty Nesters, content marketing reduces friction by answering leads' burning questions. My Customer for Life newsletters combine the best of blogging and email marketing, ensuring leads will actually look forward to reading your emails.

  • Market Reports
    It can take days or even weeks to manually compile an overview of your local real estate market, and in that time, so much can change! Market Watch Reports are branded reports that make it easier for your clients to make informed decisions. They can be generated in minutes and are always up to date. Sellers are especially eager to see the impact of their campaign, so Seller Reports are the answer built right into DeltaNET 6.

Real Estate Marketing Automation Is a True Game-Changer

If you're not using real estate marketing automation, you could end up working morning through night and still falling behind. Luckily, the best automation technology — especially for real estate — is within your reach. Contact us to learn more and get started today.

May
4

When you're showing a property face-to-face, curb appeal is indispensable.

There are many different aspects to curb appeal, but it all adds up to that essential first impression. From the moment potential buyers lay eyes on the home, right before walking through the door for the first time, they are primed for a memorable experience — and ready to find the home that's "the one."

No doubt, your mind whirls into action to improve curb appeal whenever you look at a property.

You might think of things like:

  • The exterior paint job, how fresh it looks, and how well it matches the rest of the neighborhood
  • The roof — its style, colors, and materials, and whether or not it looks ready for another ten years
  • Landscaping and lawn care appropriate to the season, with no yard waste or other obstructions
  • Presentation — how well the all-important walk to the front door is framed, and the door itself

When care is taken with curb appeal, it really can be a case of love at first sight!

It might surprise you to know that the exact same effect is at work in the digital world.

Yes, digital curb appeal is real. And it makes a winning difference for your sellers.

Digital Curb Appeal Sets Properties Apart in 2021 and Beyond

Digital curb appeal is a simple concept, but it takes creativity and hard work to master. In short, it means:

  • Making your online home listing as appealing as it can look
  • Ensuring it has a powerful preview in-home search results

Even though online home listings are extraordinarily common — most home searches now start online — not everyone has gotten the message about digital curb appeal. Look at condo listings, for example, and you're very likely to see a preview photo that only consists of a community's sign out front.

What a missed opportunity!

Similar problems can crop up with a single-family residence. If a photo is blurry, distorted, or shows only one tiny part of what the home has to offer, it won't seize the attention of would-be buyers browsing through dozens of listings. As the listing gets little attention, it ends up at the bottom of results, even less likely to be found.

First, remember what a listing preview usually shows:

  • A feature photo along with the option to scroll through all the home's photos
  • The asking price
  • The number of bedrooms and bathrooms, including half and quarter baths
  • Total square footage
  • The address

Special identifiers like "Hot!" or "Video tour" are also added to listings automatically. So, getting familiar with the different identifiers and how your listing can qualify is a terrific way to craft your strategy. People are far more likely to check a listing they know others are interested in!

Four Ways to Help a Listing Excel with Digital Curb Appeal

When it comes to digital curb appeal, you'll need to find new and exciting ways to help your listing tell a story. Luckily, it's not all undiscovered territory: many of the things you would normally do to prepare and stage a home are also helpful. Combine trusted techniques with new technologies and you'll stand out!

Here are our four biggest tips for digital curb appeal:

  • Collaborate on Pre-Listing Home Improvement
    Minor cosmetic issues can sour buyers and sap a listing's mojo. In your early walkthrough of a property, make notes on anything that can be solved with a little elbow grease before your listing goes live. Major renovations should take a back seat to simple fixes, like a splash of exterior paint or new bathroom fixtures.

  • Invest in Exceptional Real Estate Photography
    The digital world is extraordinarily visual. These days, even the best phone photos won't do — professional real estate photography is a huge advantage. Photos should be taken of every room and every exterior angle, ideally at different times of day. Aerial photos snapped by drones are especially captivating for some buyers.

  • Add a 3D Walkthrough and a Video Tour
    These two features are highly in demand for today's savvy buyers. They also happen to be ideal ways to perk up your listings with two special identifiers buyers can see at a glance. Time spent on a 3D walkthrough is one of the biggest indicators of sincere interest in a home, so don't pass up the chance to stoke a buyer's imagination.

  • Stage Each Home as "Move-In Ready"
    Staging for your digital listing doesn't require fresh cookies in the oven, but there are still plenty of techniques that work. Clean up, declutter, and use natural light to your advantage, giving rooms a sense of size with mirrors where necessary. And, as always, hide the cat box and any other tell-tale signs of pets.

Contact us to learn more about digital marketing for real estate.

November
2

Real Estate SMS Text Marketing
 

SMS Text Marketing & Millennial Buyers


Over the last few years, Millennials have turned out by the thousands leaving many wondering what they want when it comes to real estate.

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October
21

Building Your Brand Online
When you tell a story, every detail matters. The more vibrant the portrait you paint, the more likely the story's receiver becomes invested in its outcome.

This fact is true when you're telling a traditional story, and it's equally important in real estate storytelling. The story you tell through your blog, your real estate website, or social media channels is your best opportunity to help shoppers fall in love with your local markets and your business.

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September
29

Social Media for Real Estate
Social Media Makes Your Real Estate Website a Better Lead Engine

Social media is a powerful marketing tool for all types of businesses––the real estate industry is certainly no exception. Studies show that sales associates are consistently among the most active on most social media platforms. The National Association of REALTORS® reports 77% of real estate professionals use social media marketing in some form for their businesses.

Over 80% of online users are active on Facebook. As a sales associate, you understand the significant impact social media has on building trust with your clients and generating leads for your business.

Social media is unbeatable when it comes to driving traffic to your website and turning those visitors into leads. You can use social media channels to promote your brand and your listings. It's an essential part of your marketing strategy that helps you connect with your targeted audience, where they spend a good deal of their time. It also enables you to cultivate long-term relationships with current clients, past clients, and future referrals.

When you incorporate social media channels into your marketing strategy, you're inviting people to your website right when they need you.

Many people find it tough to uncover the best ways to use social media for growing their business. This can lead to their social efforts falling by the wayside after an initial burst of enthusiasm.

Here's how to make social media an asset for your real estate website:

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September
28

Lead Generation Ideas


20 Real Estate Lead Generation Ideas that Work

Real estate professionals have access to more lead-generation tools today than ever before, with online marketing leading the way.

There's no shortage of tools to help your business shine, from your real estate website to blogging, social media, and search engines. Get started with our guide to 20 real estate lead generation ideas that work for firms and sales associates in any market.

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August
31

Real Estate Technology a Game-Changer
Change is hard, but managing the daily tasks of today's real estate professionals without the best real estate technology is even more challenging. Every real estate agent would like to spend more time selling homes and less time on repetitive daily tasks. Real estate technology is a game-changer because it gives agents more time to focus on the parts of the job that they love most, without compromising on the daily, nuts-and-bolts tasks that drive new business.

Real estate agents need to see how integrating technology and automation into their businesses leads to substantial long-term gains. The easiest way to do that? Choose the right real estate technology, make sure sales associates understand why it benefits them, and provide the training/support necessary to make integrating new tools as seamless as possible.

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August
18

SEO Attracts Traffic and Leads
In this article for Delta Media Group's real estate industry publication, Real Estate Marketing and Technology MagazineAaron Geh discusses how SEO helps your real estate website attract more traffic and better quality leads.

How SEO Attracts More Online Traffic and Leads

Whether searching for a sales associate or going on a house hunt, most people start their search online. Search engine results are a huge potential source of traffic for your real estate website, which leads to fierce competition for the top positions in search rankings. That's where search engine optimization (SEO) enters the picture. SEO is one of the most powerful tools for growing your real estate firm online, but SEO's complexity means that not everyone understands it. Let's look at these SEO tips to help your business attract more traffic and better-quality leads.

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July
15

Aaron Geh Answers Your Real Estate SEO Questions
In an article for Delta Media Group's industry publication, Real Estate Marketing and Technology Magazine, Aaron Geh discusses his 20 plus year career guiding the growth of companies in various verticals using digital marketing.

I have spent over 20 years helping a wide variety of companies grow their businesses on the Internet. Here are two of the most frequently asked questions I receive and their answers:

  1. What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?
  2. Why Does SEO Need to be Approached Differently within the Real Estate Industry?

What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

First, let me define what Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is from my perspective. SEO techniques are used on and off websites to make a site more appealing to search engines. The more search engines like a website, the more they visit to index its pages.

The result of SEO work done correctly--search engines push your website higher in search results for specific key phrases associated with your products and/services.

Traffic generated from SEO is called "organic traffic."

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July
2

"I have a Facebook, but I'm thinking of deleting it." Sound like anyone you know? Maybe you're even thinking, "sounds like me." 

My name is Anna Stoffer, and I am Delta Media Group's new Social Media Specialist. While it is a newer title for me, social media is not new to me at all. 

Like many in my generation, I grew up with the first taste of using social media by pouring hours into my MySpace page and chatting with friends on AIM. I created my first webpage before I had my first kiss. My parents had to pry me away from the screen during my teenage years. Looking back, that's when I first fell in love with social media. 

And up until recently, I felt like I needed to keep that a secret. In some circles, it's almost taboo to say, "I like social media." I once even took a year-long break from Facebook because of how often I was being told it's "too negative." I suppose, like any relationship, I just needed to miss it for a while to appreciate it. It's often an unpopular opinion to like social media, but one I hope you'll hear me out on. (Or rather, read on). 

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April
30

Technology Keeps You Connected to Clients

Guest Blog - Real Estate Marketing & Technology

As the editor of Delta Media Group's Real Estate Marketing and Technology Magazine, it's our goal to spotlight our clients and their stories and how through marketing and technology they shine in their marketplaces.

From the onset of the pandemic, we rewired our mindsets from our traditional way of daily operations to adapt to our new normal and adopted more technology-focused practices.

How Top Agents Connect with ClientsConnect with Clients During COVID-19 and After

Associates became laser-focused on transforming what currently faced them into plans allowing them to continue servicing their clients.

As stay-at-home orders went into practice, many firms across the country canceled open houses for the safety of their associates and clients. Associates stepped up their game with virtual open houses and showings using panoramic photos and interactive videos to make clients feel as if they are actually touring the home.

Create Virtual Open House VideosStep-by-Step Instructions to Create Virtual Open House Tours Using iPhones and Androids

Delta Media Group worked hard to launch our Virtual Open House and Showings feature in the DeltaNET, giving our clients a means to show off their properties no matter how tech-savvy.

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April
13

Virtual Tours How to Have Confidence in Front of the Camera
Video marketing has become a more vital tool for real estate sales associates than ever before, as the coronavirus disrupts how the real estate industry normally does business. But speaking on camera can also be intimidating, especially if you haven't done it before. Nobody handles video marketing flawlessly the first time they try, and that's okay! With the right tips and a bit of practice, your intelligence, integrity, and honesty will shine through for your audience to see.

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April
6

Virtual Showings & Open HousesWe live in a different world, but that has not stopped buyers and sellers from wanting to engage with the real estate market. The economic realities of the COVID-19 crisis are giving some sellers reason to close the deal, and many buyers see "shelter in place" orders as motivation to find a home that they truly love. While coronavirus precautions have made it impossible to conduct business in the traditional way in many markets, innovative sales associates are pivoting to virtual showings and open houses to keep business moving.

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February
17

Real Estate Marketing That Gets Results
Are you tired of getting the same old results from the same old real estate marketing tactics? It's said that Einstein once declared, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results." We could spend all day trying to find out if Einstein really said that, but that would be... a little insane. The point is that whoever said it was 100 percent correct, and the lesson applies directly to the real estate industry.

Real Estate Marketing That Gets You Results

No matter how great your service and team are, it's hard to achieve your goals if your marketing isn't reaching the right people. If you want to attain the results that you dream of achieving, then now is the perfect time to take a fresh, honest look at marketing your real estate business differently.

Different Real Estate Website

  • Develop a User-Friendly Website That Fits Every Screen
    Think of your website as a storefront. If your store is looking a little dated, located in a hard-to-find place, and lacking in information on what you have to offer, then you can't expect many people to come to visit. Develop a user-friendly website that makes it easy for visitors to find the information they want when they want it.

    Your website should be a place where they can learn about local communities, search listings, and pick up valuable real estate advice through relevant content. Since so many real estate shoppers browse on their phones whenever they get a free moment, responsive mobile design is also crucial to ensure that your website scales to fit any screen that they are using.


    A-I email

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February
10

How Sales Associates Differentiate Themselves
Be a Stand-Out Agent by Building Your Personal Brand

It's not that easy being a real estate sales associate these days.

The big challenge that sales associates face can be summed up in a single idea:

Real estate pros are widely agreed to be the most active professionals on social media; however, many times, people simply tune out what their local real estate expert has to say. And the problem goes beyond Twitter and Facebook to other parts of the digital world.

In an increasingly crowded, fast-paced online sphere, everyone is looking for better ways to stand out. But technology is only one part of the equation: The way you approach your work also helps you to differentiate yourself from everybody else.

What's the best way to communicate your big difference to online leads?

In a few words, it's the personal touch.

Technology has a strange effect on communication. Use a little technology – like, say, just email or text – and it makes your message seem impersonal. But go to the next level, fully embrace what technology has to offer, and those online interactions can be as personal and memorable as a face-to-face conversation.

But technology is the only vehicle. You, the sales associate, are the driver.

Before you can figure out the best use of technology to grow your practice, figure out what you want.  What do you want your clients' experience to be?

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January
6

Real Estate Digital Marketing
Real estate digital marketing is a sure-fire way to take your business to the next level in 2020.

Even if you haven't gotten started with digital marketing just yet, it's never too late to start. The sooner you do, the sooner you'll see results.

Marketing your business online may seem complicated. The truth is, you can get started with almost any proven tactic as long as you do it consistently.

In real estate, many of your competitors will be advanced digital marketers. So, as you start to get comfortable with one method, it's a good idea to introduce another. Successful firms tend to have four to seven approaches they rely on every month.

Here are ten ways to use digital marketing in 2020:

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December
16

Content Marketing That Converts
At any given time, there may be thousands of people in your market who are just "thinking about" buying or selling a home. Each person may be weeks, months, or even years away from making a decision. But as they are getting closer to one, they go online.

The internet has provided a phenomenal way for anyone to learn about nearly any subject. When people have problems to solve or tough questions, they use Google to find answers.

That decision – to start gathering information out on the Web – is where a prospective customer's needs and your expertise come together. The way you put yourself on the radar is content marketing.

Content marketing is an approach to digital marketing that focuses on posting helpful, useful, informative content on your website. Most of this content will come in the form of blogs, but it can also encompass photos, videos, infographics, reports, and much more.

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November
25

Real Estate Marketing Automation
It's often said that everyone gets the same 24 hours in a day. The trick: Not everyone has the same tasks to perform or the same obligations to attend to.

When you think about it, people who have a large staff to take care of things actually have a very different 24 hours in their day: One that lets them stay focused on high-level tasks.

Most sales associates don't have a dozen people to help them reach their goals, but anyone can have the next best thing: AI-driven business automation.

When it comes to automating tasks in real estate, one area stands out above all the others: Marketing. After all, marketing is a very complex topic. Many sales associates launch a career not knowing anything about it, and few want to reinvent the wheel by learning it all.

Marketing is essential to growing your practice. It builds your brand and helps you get a steady stream of leads. Luckily, there are more ways than ever to automate real estate marketing.

Let's look at some easy, effective real estate automation approaches:


Automated email marketing

  1. Automated Email Marketing for Lead Nurturing and Client Communication
    Leads may take many months or even years before they're ready to go forward on a transaction. An email marketing list empowers you to provide them with helpful, informative content that moves them closer to the decision point. Take advantage of our automated email marketing by incorporating ecards and flyers or "My Customer for Life" targeted e-newsletters into your real estate marketing strategy.

    Facebook Connector

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November
11

Online Marketing Luxury Real Estate Business

The majority of buyers start their home search online. They search current listings and look for the right real estate agent to help them through the buying process.

With luxury real estate, the impact of online marketing is even more powerful. To attract and keep affluent clients, agencies must project an image of luxury from the start.

You can't be sure when a lead will first become aware of your brand. That may come from a blog post, social media, listing, or webinar. With that in mind, it's crucial to have a multi-pronged online marketing strategy that always puts your best face forward.

Many real estate agents are partnering with luxury communities or homebuilders to appeal to a discerning clientele. Here's how your online marketing strategy can help you do it the right way.

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November
20

5 Real Estate Marketing Ideas Cooked to Thanksgiving Perfection

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Five Delicious Real Estate Marketing Ideas

There are so many things to look forward to during Thanksgiving weekend, and we're not just talking about your delicious dinner. Thanksgiving is also one of the best times for real estate marketing because you can show your thanks to the clients and communities that help make your real estate success possible.

Whether you're giving a gift, raising money for a good cause, or just letting clients know that you care, now is the time to start thinking about Thanksgiving marketing. Get started with our five delicious Thanksgiving marketing ideas, cooked to perfection for the start of the holiday season.

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