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.
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:
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:
Contact us at Delta Media Group to learn more about social media ad success.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
Contact us to learn more about digital marketing in real estate.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
Contact us to find out more about digital marketing today. We look forward to helping you soon.
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.
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:
Contact us today to discover easier, more effective marketing through automation.
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:
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.
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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.
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.
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:
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.
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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.
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:
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:
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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.
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
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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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.
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:
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.
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.
In this article for Delta Media Group's real estate industry publication, Real Estate Marketing and Technology Magazine, Aaron Geh discusses how SEO helps your real estate website attract more traffic and better quality 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.
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:
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."
"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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
We 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.
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.
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.
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?
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.