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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
24

When a real estate agent enters the field with a newly minted license, what's the first thing they do? Generally, before they set up a website, print business cards, or anything else, they start telling everyone they know — "I'm a real estate agent now!"

This approach is natural. After all, you start off with no connections besides the people you know. As the #1 second career in America, everyone comes to real estate with their own unique network and background. And strong relationships are the key to lasting success.

But there is one little way in which this time-honored tradition backfires: The average person doesn't just know one real estate agent. They know three or four.

How can they decide who gets their business once they're actually in the market? It might come down to their relationship with the individual or to their specialization. But whatever the case may be, you can't guarantee you'll get work even from people you know.

Now, extend that out to all the thousands of people in your community. Everyone knows real estate agents, and some have agents in their own families. Even if you have a foot in the door, the key to building and sustaining a relationship is maintaining your visibility. You can't meet in person with every lead or be on the phone all the time, so you need a variety of methods.

You Need Life-Long Customer Relationships, Not Business "Up for Grabs"

Even though the average client knows many real estate agents, they don't always use that knowledge. In fact, most clients only interview one agent. Usually, they've done online research on several — but in the end, the first person to get the call is the one who closes an agreement. What happens after that? Sadly, it's more bad news for the average agent.

Although 87% of people surveyed say they would be glad to use the same agent again, unfortunately, only a small percentage actually do. In part, that's because it may take anywhere from three to seven years for them to re-enter the market. During that time, they may have made plans to move far out of their original agent's service area. But more often, they've simply forgotten that person's name.

After a few years, who can blame them? So, no matter what stage you've reached in your business, you need to be a consistent presence — what industry experts call "staying top of mind." You know you're top of mind for someone if your name instantly comes to mind when they think about a real estate agent. That's a challenging process — but it's far from impossible. By combining the right techniques and technology, you can get there.

"Top of Mind" in the Digital Age

It wasn't all that long ago when real estate agents who wanted to stay top of mind used giveaways like branded pens or refrigerator magnets. The idea was that, as you used or saw these objects daily, they acted as built-in reminders about the professionals in your community.

Nowadays, branded merchandise is quickly lost. Although most brokerages issue business cards for all of their agents and brokers, a declining percentage of customers have a dedicated space to keep them. No single touchpoint or piece of memorabilia can do the whole job of staying top of mind. Instead, you need to make your own positive imprint on your community.

When you raise your community profile, the people whose lives you've impacted will help do the work of marketing and advertising for you. More people will know who you are, what you do, and whom you serve, ensuring that they point the way to your brand when others need you.

Likewise, a strategic effort to raise your community profile means people you've worked with in the past have more opportunities to become re-acquainted with you, even years later, and are less likely to forget about you. Combined with a customer retention plan, you'll grow your business faster.

Staying top of mind is much easier with the right technology in your corner. A modern Customer Relationship Management platform provides a sound foundation to build your entire approach.

Even so, that's only the beginning. When you decide to elevate your community profile, you yourself are your greatest marketing asset. You're giving people the opportunity to meet you and learn all about the unique value you can provide – but it's crucial to do that in a sustainable and scalable way.

Get Familiar With All the Features of DeltaNET®

One of the most challenging parts of presenting your brand to the community is finding the right way to manage all the different aspects of marketing your services. With so many options to choose from, real estate agents need something that can cut through the clutter and illuminate opportunities. The DeltaNET real estate CRM does just that.

By providing an AI-driven, all-in-one center of excellence for marketing and advertising, it helps you maintain complete visibility into your network. You'll always know who your prospects, leads, and customers are, where they stand in any pending transactions, and when to follow up.

With information unified in one place, it's much easier to develop approaches that make a winning difference. DeltaNET enables you to plan, fine-tune, and execute marketing campaigns in a matter of minutes. They can run one time or continue for months with minimal oversight. That ensures consistent, targeted communication to everyone in your community.

Here are some approaches that have worked for real estate professionals just like you:

1. Flyers for Sponsorships and Events

A community's most prominent real estate brands often build their reputation on involvement in events and causes that make a difference in the local area. Whether it's a holiday soup kitchen or an annual 5K run for cancer research, every location has events that make up the unique texture of its culture.

Whether you'll be sponsoring an event or planning your own, DeltaNET can help you with the digital and print materials you'll need. Not only can you publicize your events through email, social media, and more, but you can also collect registration details on attendees and "no shows" for future follow-up.

2. Local Content and Collateral

Any community presents countless opportunities for mutually beneficial collaboration. The more you know about local restaurants, clubs, theaters, and other amenities, the easier it is to cross-promote. A real estate agent can also make a positive difference in high school sports and other organizations.

When someone is contemplating a big move, they're not just choosing a piece of property. They're also making an important choice about the community, amenities, and people who will shape their future. A local expert like you can help them make an informed decision by developing targeted content.

3. Neighborhood Newsletters

When it's time to get granular, DeltaNET is there for you. Whether you specialize in buying or selling, a common tool used by many real estate agents is the Neighborhood Report. Sellers need it to know how a home should be priced, while buyers use it to understand their options.

Designing, researching, and writing a neighborhood report is traditionally a major undertaking that can soak up several days of work — and by the time you finish, your data might be out of date. But with a white label Market Watch Report, it generates directly from DeltaNET.

4. Automated, Event-Driven Social Updates

Of all the different professionals posting on social media today, it's undeniable that real estate agents have the biggest opportunity to yield consistent sales and revenue from their activity. Still, efficiency counts; you don't want to spend hour after hour on Instagram or Facebook.

Luckily, you don't have to. With DeltaNET, you can send instant hands-off updates to your social media feed regarding important events. When listings go live, details change, or there is an upcoming open house, your audience will know.

A sterling community reputation as a real estate agent may take years to earn. But the best time to start is always now, and you don't have to do all the legwork yourself. The right technology will save you time and effort.

August
22

At its heart, real estate is about relationships. It's a marketing occupation. Agents are tasked with communicating the facts, supporting informed decisions, and ultimately, stirring customers to action.

Not all agents are "born marketers." Real estate consistently ranks as the #1 second career in the United States. People join from all walks of life, but each is tasked with the same challenge: learn how to get through to their customers and motivate and inspire them.

It should come as no surprise that most agents have a few tried-and-true marketing methods they go back to time and time again. These methods usually represent the first few things that worked for them when they were new to the industry.

At the very beginning, some agents are anxious about marketing their services. Others aren't but consistently find other priorities to focus on. That means agents can proceed far into a career without developing a versatile base of marketing tools.

Getting Agents to Adopt New Marketing Tools Can be a Matter of Perspective

There's always something new to learn in real estate. And once someone has plenty of leads, active transactions, and former customers to stay in touch with, they need to prioritize that all.

Under these conditions, many agents leave marketing on the backburner. But marketing isn't a "nice-to-have," it's a must-have. It extends a brand's reach in the community and helps ensure the people you help understand just what you can do for them.

Ideally, all agents within a brokerage would be contributing to the marketing strategy in some way. But that doesn't mean that every agent needs to embrace all the bits and pieces of marketing. On the contrary, it simply means they should expand their existing specialization – taking one step out of their comfort zone.

After all, marketing is most effective when it's consistent. If an agent tries something new but doesn't stick with it, it won't make a dent. They won't have opportunities to see real results, and that time is as good as wasted. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Marketing automation technology makes the whole prospect easier. Even agents who've been stuck in a rut when it comes to their marketing endeavors can turn over a new leaf when they see just how easy automated real estate marketing can be.

With the right technology in play, you never have to worry about starting from scratch with marketing. Something that seems complex, like email or social media marketing, can be distilled into simple steps that take only minutes a day rather than hours.

Plus, once you've begun to experiment, it's much easier to see what's working and what's not. Digital marketing provides you with the powerful advantage of clear, comprehensible data that always tells you what resonates with your audience. That helps you make the most of your valuable time.

Modern Real Estate Marketing Automation is Straightforward and Approachable

Your real estate agents are already doing their best to manage their time and optimize their efforts. To get them excited about new marketing approaches, you need to offer them a new perspective – one they've never considered before. That's precisely what Delta Media Group® technology does for you.

Combining thousands of hours of work with input from agents and brokers all over the United States, Delta Media Group designed the world's first Customer Relationship Management suite built entirely around the unique needs of the real estate industry.

Customer Relationship Management aims to provide full visibility into your network, including leads, customers, and past customers who might use your services again. But our solution goes a step further by incorporating artificial intelligence for marketing automation.

With marketing automation, it only takes about an hour to set up an all-new marketing campaign using a method you might never have attempted before. After that, ongoing monitoring of your efforts could take as little as a few minutes a day, preventing marketing from becoming a time sink.

Even agents who don't consider themselves technologically savvy can extend their marketing reach and incorporate new techniques. The end result is more leads, more first-time appointments, and ultimately, more satisfied customers. Plus, the DeltaNET® CRM even supports your customer retention strategy. Let's take a closer look at some of the most popular marketing approaches DeltaNET has packed in:

  • My Customer for Life Email Newsletters

Email is one of the most efficient and cost-effective real estate marketing tactics, providing more than $30 in ROI for every dollar. Yet, many agents and brokers don't take advantage of it. Worries about data privacy rules and other potential complications hold them back.

With My Customer for Life, you can remain in constant contact with subscribers, sending each one helpful and informative articles based on their interests. That deepens your brand relationship and helps establish credibility, which is essential for those who have not yet reached out to you.

When closing day arrives, My Customer for Life continues to deliver value. Past customers can enter their own "segment" on your email list, learn about home improvement and interior design, and get the most from their investment until they are ready to buy again.

  • Market Watch Reports

Market research is the foundation of any agent's local expertise. It's crucial to know your comps whenever you're looking at a new property for sale. Yet, compiling all this information takes hours of effort. By the time you have the facts, they can be well on their way to changing.

With Market Watch Reports, you get all the market information you need in one accurate, timely package. They fully illuminate the latest sales activity in an area, from a single street or block to a large metroplex. It takes only seconds to produce the report, and it's always based on accurate intelligence.

Market Watch Reports provide a powerful asset for pricing customer properties, but that's only one use. They can be fully white-labeled and presented to leads or customers at any stage of the journey. One of these reports is often the perfect incentive to join your email marketing list.

  • Social Media Ad Wizard

Social media has immense power, but it also brings its perils. There's no doubt that professionals in real estate get more bottom-line revenue opportunities from social media than anyone else online. But that hardly makes a difference if it takes hours and hours to derive those benefits. Instead of spending hours on social media, Social Media Ad Wizard can condense your investment to just a few minutes per day. You can plan, perfect, and monitor Facebook social media advertising for all of your most promising properties. It all happens within a single, convenient view.

Even if you've never used digital advertising before, Social Media Ad Wizard will have you off to a running start in a fraction of the time. You'll see exactly which ads are performing and how you can improve them to get even better results, potentially cutting weeks off your timeline to attract buyers.

Reduce the Learning Curve and Make Modern Digital Marketing Part of Your "Go-To" Toolkit

Any method becomes a "go-to" when you know it works. At one time or another, every one of those methods was still unfamiliar. With a willingness to learn, any team member can master all-new ideas that will make them more successful.

Digital marketing doesn't need to be intimidating. Any agent, at any stage in their career, can benefit. The key is having the right tools, support, and motivation. We provide the first two, and you can light the spark for the last when you engage your team members with their marketing opportunities.

Doing something new doesn't mean you need to give up on what's worked well in the past. Digital marketing automation saves so much time that new and old methods can co-exist seamlessly. Pursue one new idea for a quarter, and you'll see it gain traction and begin to produce real results.

It's never too late to try something new with your real estate marketing, but the best time to begin is always right now. Instead of starting from scratch or reinventing the wheel, use the right technology to accelerate your results – and keep you on the steady path until you get the ROI you want.

August
17

A great real estate website is a must in today's industry. Millennials and Generation Z are the majority of homebuyers, and virtually all real estate transactions start online. A website creates an opportunity to build trust with potential customers you haven't even met yet.

Website design is a big topic, and it might be a long way from your interests. But a website is your digital first impression, so every detail should be thought out with care. Luckily, everything gets easier once the planning and setup are complete. Then, your website can start building momentum.

It's no secret some of the most successful real estate agencies find most of their business through their website. By attracting the right prospective customers at the moment they are most interested in what you have to say, a website supercharges your relationships.

Since a website is working for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it extends your ability to win leads and move them through your sales funnel. Combined with a repeatable strategy to get regular referrals, a good website means less time chasing down leads and more time really connecting.

Features a Modern Real Estate Website Can't Do Without

It may seem like lots of work to launch a website or improve one that isn't performing. With a plan in hand and the right technology on your side, however, it's easier than ever. Your website is much more than an ordinary brochure: It should make your life, and those of your clients, easier.

Include these features in your website, and you'll be off to a powerful start:

  • A Video Introduction
    Video is the next best thing to being there. It helps you form a humane relationship before you even get a chance to talk to someone in person. Independent agents need to work even harder to establish their brand and identity, and a video intro is the right way to do it. In three minutes or less, you set the tone and explain who you are, what you do, and who you do it for — zeroing in on your ideal customers.

  • Helpful, Informative Blogs
    Your website is your very own publishing platform. By writing and sharing helpful, informative content, you can preview the expertise you'll provide to customers who choose you. What's more, each blog is a fresh way to get attention from search engines. You're more likely to appear in online searches relevant to your business if you are answering questions and solving problems with your blog.

  • Easy Ways to Contact You
    When it comes to first contact, speed makes a difference. You maximize your odds of getting a customer if you respond to them within five minutes. With that in mind, it's wise to set your website up so it can text you the moment someone uses it to send you an email or schedule an appointment.

  • Your Hot New Listings
    Naturally, your website is also a place where you should highlight all the terrific new listings you have to offer. You can use your MLS access to show active listings directly within your own website. Plus, putting listings on your own site enables you to capture more details about how people reach those listings and interact with them. This can help you optimize listings and appeal to your unique customers.

  • Complete CRM Integration
    Today's real estate agents are turning away from time-consuming, old-fashioned approaches to keeping track of their network. A Customer Relationship Management suite for real estate is the key to growth, giving you complete visibility into your customers, leads, and contacts. Your site should communicate with your CRM, so the details people enter as they browse your website are automatically imported to the CRM.

  • Your Social Media Presence
    If you're blogging and posting new listings on your website, then you have all the fuel you need for a bustling social media presence. Whether you find your customers on Instagram, LinkedIn, or even Twitter, be sure your social media credentials are on full display on your website. A live social feed showcasing your recent posts makes it unmistakable that your brand is active and on-trend.

  • Your Email Marketing List
    If you're not using email marketing yet, the time to start is now. The average business can yield more than $30 in ROI for every dollar spent on email, and the potential returns are far higher in real estate. Trade useful, informative content like a neighborhood report in exchange for visitors' emails, and then contact them weekly with helpful content so they'll choose you when it's time to buy or sell!

Delta Media Group combines all the features and technologies you need for your breakout real estate website under one roof. Contact us to learn how a better website can empower you and your practice.

August
17

What does a real estate firm have in common with the greatest hockey player to ever lace up a pair of skates? More than you might think. In sports, your opponent rarely cooperates with your best-laid plans, and more often than not, success requires innovating on the fly. In real estate, so much of what we do is dictated by both market and broader economic trends. What works one month may be outdated the next, and what works in one type of market may fall flat in another. So how do you get ahead when there's so much inherent uncertainty to contend with within the industry?

Wayne Gretzky said it best: "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been."

Anticipate, adapt, and thrive. Think one step ahead of what your opponent – or the market – is doing right now, and gain advantages that others miss. In challenging markets, the best aren't satisfied with the status quo. They discover ways to adapt and thrive while others are busy burying their heads in the sand.

When your competition is clinging to the way things have always been or sticking only to the strategies that worked in the past, you have a natural opening to innovate. A willingness to try new things, adapt to shifts in the market and reexamine the effectiveness of old habits gives you a substantial advantage over competitors who aren't willing to do those things.

But if it were as easy as "skating to where the puck will be," why doesn't everyone do it? One reason is that you run the risk of being wrong. But is that really so scary? After all, even Gretzky sometimes missed the mark. The occasional miss is simply the cost of doing business and staying one step ahead of the competition.

You can keep going to where the puck was and get the same results. Or you can skate to where the puck is going, dictate what happens next, and unlock opportunities that your competitors don't even see.

The Time to Innovate is Right Now

If you look at a challenging market as an opportunity, you will see possibilities where others see roadblocks. Before you can innovate, however, it's wise to take stock of how things are right now. One easy place to start is with your marketing. Which marketing activities are generating the most qualified leads? How well are you segmenting leads, and what steps are you taking to convert leads at varying stages of their real estate journey? Are you taking advantage of all of the modern marketing channels available to reach new clients?

These questions are always worth asking, no matter what the market looks like. Discovering what tactics are and aren't working is the first step toward adapting to what comes next. Sometimes, the answer is as simple as doing more of what works and less of what doesn't. At other times, success is all about embracing new ideas.

Here are a few adaptable marketing tactics and tools that every agent should have in their toolkit:

  • Real Estate CRM

The right real estate CRM makes life much easier for your agents and their clients. You want a CRM that provides easy access to all of the modern marketing tools that agents need to connect with clients and prospects. Of course, you also want your agents to take advantage of everything your CRM offers. This may require some training for less tech-savvy agents or experimentation for agents who are already more comfortable with technology. When agents see the value that the CRM has for marketing, easily accessing client information, and maintaining strong relationships, they should be happy to integrate it into their daily workflow.

  • Social Media Marketing

Just like with real estate markets, trends with social media can change quite quickly. One thing that doesn't change is how valuable social is for connecting with modern real estate prospects and clients. There are so many effective platforms for social media marketing, which makes it easier for agents to find a platform that suits both their needs and the needs of their clients. If your agents aren't making the most of social media marketing, now is the time to change that and reap the benefits.

  • Email Newsletters and Drip Campaigns

What do you do with the prospects who aren't quite ready to make a real estate transaction right now but seem primed to need your services in the relatively near future? Email marketing is a great way to stay in touch, stay top of mind, and be ready to convert when the time is right. Email drip campaigns make it easy to stay in touch through informative, automated email marketing tailored to each client. AI-driven newsletters are ideal for keeping clients up to date on market trends and helping prospects see when the time is right to plan their next move.

  • Real Estate Website

A high-quality, feature-rich real estate website is the essential tool that you have for connecting with the vast majority of clients who start their search for real estate services online. It's where people go to search listings, consume your content, learn about your team, and discover all that you have to offer. If you feel like your website could use a "fresh coat of paint," now is the time to get a website that helps your brand stand out from the competition.

  • Virtual Open Houses, Showings, and Tours

People aren't just searching for real estate agents, firms, and listings online. More than ever, they expect to be able to tour a listing in-depth from the comfort of their favorite devices. Virtual open houses, showings, and tours make it easy for buyers to fall in love with homes and for sellers to maximize the marketing impact of their listings.

Providing Your Agents With the Tools and Skills to Thrive

Just like with your business, your agents should be asking themselves questions about what works, what doesn't, and what could be improved. Every agent has strengths, and every agent has some things that they would probably like to do better. Of course, agents shouldn't be alone in their pursuit for improvement, or for new agents, their adjustment to the real estate industry as a whole.

Providing the necessary training, resources, and continuing education for your agents should always be a priority. If you want agents who adapt, you need to give them the tools to do so. The right training can make all the difference for new agents who are trying to gain a foothold in the industry. Continuing education keeps experienced agents fresh while allowing them to adapt more easily to the ever-changing nature of the real estate industry.

It's important to note that training doesn't just apply to agents' day-to-day actions to serve their clients. All the marketing tools mentioned above become much more valuable when agents are trained in how to use them and shown how each tool can help them attract new business. The best agents never stop learning, and the most successful real estate firms provide them with the tools to do just that.

Making Your Investments Work For You

Anticipation isn't the only thing that separates once-in-a-lifetime athletes like Wayne Gretzky from their peers. The most successful people in any field tend to invest in themselves and work hard to maximize the value of every investment that they make. In sports, that may mean investing in the latest tools to keep their bodies in great shape and the best trainers to help them hone their already sharp skills.

In real estate, that investment comes in the form of the many marketing tools that we've mentioned so far and the educational resources that you provide to your team to help them maximize their skills. The ability to adapt, adjust, and go where the puck is going doesn't come about by accident. It's a result of the investments you make in your team and the investments that each team member makes in developing their own real estate skills.

August
11

We all admire forward thinkers: people who envision what others are incapable of seeing.

When I think of forward thinkers, I think of people like Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, and Elon Musk, just to name a few. I still remember back in 1997 when Steve Jobs put an end to the Newton. I loved the Newton but didn't like how it had to be docked to a computer to synchronize all the data. Later on, when Steve Jobs opened up about why he put an end to the Newton, which was very popular at the time, he said that it was because he envisioned a device that could be connected wirelessly and synchronize wirelessly in real-time. And, since the Newton couldn't do this, it didn't make sense to him. That sounds funny today, but in 1997 it was crazy thinking, and Steve Jobs got blasted for getting rid of the Newton. We now know that he was envisioning something much bigger. That something ultimately turned out to be the iPod and then the iPhone. It was certainly forward thinking in 1997.

So, what does forward thinking mean to you and me?

For me, forward thinking is about all aspects of my business, including the products we develop and the market we serve. For you, I want to focus on forward thinking about our market: the general real estate market.

I recently had a conversation with someone I know that's in the real estate business, and we discussed how he believes that home ownership has dramatically changed for Baby Boomers. We also talked about how it will have big effects on the real estate market for the next 10 years because of all the conveniences available today. Think about someone in their 70s or 80s. Just five years ago, if they couldn't get around very well, they would most likely sell their home and move into some sort of assisted living facility. However, today, with the ability to have groceries delivered, see the doctor virtually, have medication delivered, meals delivered, etc., their lives are very different, and they have choices they didn't have just three or four years ago.

So much has changed in how people live, and those changes have lasting effects on the real estate industry.

I used to joke a few years ago that I'm not sure that homes will continue to need garages because of self-driving technology. Someday, I'm not sure exactly when, but someday when self-driving technology gets mature enough, many people will choose to no longer own vehicles because there will be ride-share services with self-driving cars. So, when this day comes, does it mean that the average suburban home no longer has a three-car garage and only has a one-car garage for the "classic" non-self-driving weekend vehicle? Will the homes have more living space?

Who would have considered that people would become interested in homes with two offices two years ago? Yet today, it's quite common for people to want a home with one formal office and another room (usually an unused bedroom) that acts as the second home office. This is because two people now work remotely instead of from office buildings.

I could continue giving examples, but what you and I need to do is look at all the changes going on around us and think about how these changes can affect the real estate market. Even though you may not be able to predict the future, just thinking about it on a regular basis makes you more prepared for the changes when they come.

To close out my thoughts, I challenge you to envision home ownership in the year 2030. What features does the home have? What services do the homeowners want? At what age are people buying and selling homes? Envision all aspects of home ownership in 2030, then envision what kind of business you need to have to serve the real estate market and how this may change the scope of your business.

One thing is certain: things are changing.

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.

June
30

SMS texting has skyrocketed to become one of the most important tools for real estate agents. It can be used to stay in touch with clients at any stage of a transaction, including building a relationship with all-important leads before they commit to making their move.

Since 2017, NAR research has shown that about 90% of realtors prefer to use text messaging — that's just behind emails and phone calls. While all of these options have enormous potential, texting now stands out as a modern and convenient approach that respects everyone's time.

Why SMS Text Can Be Even More Powerful than Email and Phone Calls for Staying in Touch

Emails tend to be on the longer side. They take time to read and digest. If you don't have a strong relationship with the recipient, your emails could be overlooked. On the other hand, texts usually consist of just one sentence and take only seconds to absorb.

The average American checks the phone approximately 96 times a day, or every ten minutes. Texts are integrated directly into most phone systems, requiring just one click to check and showing up right on a lock screen's notifications. By contrast, checking email often takes several taps and swipes.

And in many situations, texting also beats phone calls hands down.

The Millennial generation is now the biggest in the housing market, and Generation Z is surprisingly close behind them. If there's one marketing fact that real estate agents and brokers need to know about them, it's this: They hate voice calls. About 75% of Millennials say they're too time-consuming.

If you are trying to get hold of a Millennial or Generation Z client on the phone, then your interaction has already started with a groan, even if you succeed. On the other hand, you can be certain that your new text messages will be reviewed during the day — sometimes within just a few minutes.

How to Make SMS Text Messaging Part of Your Real Estate Marketing Strategy

As a core part of the smartphone experience, text messaging is here to stay. The majority of smartphone users can send thousands of texts a month, or have fully unlimited texting. Texting isn't just convenient for them; it can also be a huge time-saver for you.

Here's how to make the most of it:

  • Keep the Conversation Going with Direct Texts
    Prospective buyers might need to scan through dozens or even hundreds of listings before they find a property that speaks to them. Once you know their priorities well, you can follow up your listings with a text. Unlike email, text solicits a response right away and enables feedback. Asking a question is a great way to energize your texts, as many recipients will not want to rudely ignore it.

  • Send Mass SMS Texts to Interest Groups
    Done right, mass texts can help you cultivate interest and ensure leads and customers take action. For example, you might send a "text blast" to all the registered participants for an open house. This helps them remember what they already planned to do, which can only be helpful. Likewise, a quick text is valuable when opening up a conversation with a "no-show" attendee.

  • Awaken Your Cold Leads in a Warm Way
    Leads can go cold for any number of reasons. After all, they have plenty of other priorities in mind. If a lead seems to vanish, it rarely means they've given up on their aspirations. Nor should you assume they have chosen another real estate agent. Instead, following up after a week of no contact with "Hi [name], are you still interested in a home in [area]?" can give you all the information you need to proceed.

  • Use Real Estate Text Message Automation
    Just like email marketing, text messaging empowers you by giving you the ability to set up your whole campaign well in advance. Carefully crafted SMS texts equip you to talk to dozens or even hundreds of people as if you were having a one-on-one conversation with each. Real estate text messaging from the experts at Delta Media Group makes it easy, even if you've never texted before.

  • Integrate Texting and Email Marketing
    Email and text share many of the same strengths, and they can go together like peanut butter and jelly. Using the same systems you access through your DeltaNET®6 all-in-one real estate solution, you can link them together so you'll always be in touch. For example, you can automatically send an email about a particular listing followed by a text to get your lead's opinion on what they saw.

The Future Is Now with Text Message Marketing

Text messaging is a powerful, efficient, cost-effective tool for real estate marketing. Contact us to find out more or get started with text message marketing in your practice.

June
20

Is your team taking advantage of every opportunity to expand into new niches, unlock new markets and reach new clients in your existing ones? Targeting niches is one of the best ways to expand your real estate brand and create new opportunities for your team. But it's not something that your agents will do automatically. There's competition in every major real estate niche, so success requires a plan for your team, motivation from team leaders and modern marketing tools to help you effectively target every niche that matters to your business.

The first step to successfully targeting niches is getting your agents on board with the process. This may require a little bit of convincing, but savvy agents will ultimately recognize the value of targeting niches for their own career as well as the team as a whole. So, you can start by asking each team member to take on an extra specialty – ideally, one that suits their skills and ambitions as an agent.

Depending on what types of properties are available in the markets you aim to conquer, your team should have quite a few options when choosing a niche. Luxury real estate, new home sales and land/lot sales are always popular choices, but they're far from the only options. Also, consider specialty property sales like waterfront homes, equestrian properties, agricultural properties, condos and golf course homes.

Find the Niche That's Right For You

These are just some of the most popular niches that your team can target. The best niches to target will depend on the types of properties and opportunities available in the markets you wish to reach, which will naturally vary from one market to the next. Here are some tips to help team members pick a niche that fits their passions and skills:

Choose a Specific Geographic Area

Expanding can mean establishing your brand in a new geographic area that you haven't served before or expanding into a niche that you didn't previously cover within your existing markets. Either way, choosing where you want to target a new niche is the perfect place to start.

· Research Demographics and Market Trends

Once you know where, it's time to discover which niches are available in that market. Demographic research can help you find out more about the potential clients in a market and whether there could be a niche targeting a specific generation of clients like Millennials or Baby Boomers.

Researching market trends and the types of properties available within a market is another key step. That's how you'll find out whether it makes sense to target one of the many property niches that we have already mentioned above.

· Pursue a Passion

Naturally, as an agent, it can be helpful to pursue a niche that you already have a passion for. If you tend to gravitate toward a specific type of property and have built up a strong knowledge base around it, that niche will likely be a great fit to pursue further. Remember, though, that having an initial passion for a niche isn't a requirement for success. If you identify an excellent opportunity to cater to a niche and find success within it, that passion will likely develop over time.

· Identify Opportunities in Existing Networks

Along the same lines as pursuing a passion, evaluating your existing personal and professional networks can also provide insight into which niches are the best fit for you. If you already have extensive connections within a specific niche, that can provide a big advantage compared to starting from scratch.

Create Opportunities by Specializing in New Ways to Buy Homes

Specializing in specific types of real estate is a great start, but it's not the only way for your team to target niches effectively. More than ever, buyers have an increasing number of options for how to purchase a home. Having one or more team members focus on new ways to buy homes can help you unlock new markets while showing your target audiences that you can accommodate all of the needs of modern, market-savvy clients.

Though they cater to people who want to buy or sell homes through technology, iBuyer services rely on local agents to supplement their online services. Power Buyers provides unique financing options for purchasing homes, with a larger national footprint and a more agent-focused model than iBuyers. With such a fast-paced modern real estate market, providing Cash Offer solutions can also be a great area to target.

With how quickly real estate evolves — especially in recent years — it's critical to keep your finger on the pulse of the many ways people are buying and selling homes. Being an early adopter of new buying/selling tools does come with risk, but gaining an early foothold can give you a major leg up on the competition when a new way to buy homes becomes more mainstream.

Leverage the Right Real Estate Tech

Of course, choosing the right niches is just an important first step in the process. In order to expand and truly conquer those new markets, you're going to need to back your team by providing the right modern marketing tools to help them thrive. Our DeltaNET® 6 CRM combines the best modern real estate tech in one convenient, easy-to-use package, allowing each team member to market their niche confidently and unlock sustainable ways to attract new clients.

· Virtual Tours, Open Houses and Showings

With more buyers expecting to be able to tour homes in detail online, providing virtual tours, open houses and showings are a must for breaking into your new niches. Providing these modern options will help you appeal to tech-savvy buyers and anyone shopping for a home in a market far from their current location. It also adds appeal to sellers, who will see that you provide the best tools available for marketing their listing.

· Lead Management, Tracking and Automated Lead Segmentation

No matter the niche, it's so much easier to accomplish your goals when you know which leads are ready to pursue, which ones will need some nurturing and which ones can safely be put on the back burner. Automated lead segmentation makes life easier for agents and boosts productivity by allowing them to focus on the right leads at the right time.

· Smart Drip Email Campaigns

Email marketing is one of your best tools for nurturing leads within a new niche, allowing you to send timely, relevant content that helps to convert leads over time. Even if they're not ready to buy or sell right now, smart drip email campaigns make them more likely to think of you first when they're prepared to take the next step.

· Customizable eCards and Flyers

Whether you want to send an eCard online to promote a new listing or create a more traditional flyer, we make it easy to create appealing, informative marketing materials with hundreds of templates that are easy to customize to suit your niche. In addition to promoting properties, eCards are excellent for recognizing your clients' special days and reminding them that you're always there to help with their real estate needs.

· AI-Driven Email Newsletters

Keep your clients informed on the latest market happenings in their niche with auto-generated, AI-driven email newsletters. Clients benefit from having relevant, up-to-date information on the markets that matter to them, and agents benefit by having an automated, timely tool for keeping clients in the loop.

· Digital Marketing Services

In addition to all of the tools found within DeltaNET® 6, we offer comprehensive digital marketing services to help you conquer new niches. Whether you want a fresh, modern website with excellent SEO, a more robust social media presence, niche-specific content for your blog or an easy way to launch paid advertising campaigns on the biggest platforms, our digital marketing services are here to help boost your brand as you expand into new markets.

Remember That Conquering New Markets Requires Time and Commitment

In some cases, if a niche is truly under-served in the markets you aim to reach, team members can find something close to instant success in targeting that niche. However, most of the time, expanding into new markets isn't an overnight process. It takes a certain level of effort and commitment to establish a lasting place in new markets.

As we've covered extensively, choosing the right niches and providing your team with the best real estate tech for marketing to those niches will go a long way toward establishing your brand in new markets. The long-term benefits of conquering new markets are more than worth the effort for individual team members and your real estate brand.

June
9

Zillow has endured some notable failures recently, including shutting down its Zillow Offers iBuying program after consistently taking losses when flipping the homes that it purchased. But does that mean that the threat of Zillow is over for real estate agents? Not quite. While Zillow is no longer in the business of purchasing homes, it's still a popular, well-known platform that many people turn to for real estate information.

The good news is that, while Zillow is still a threat, there's plenty that you can do to stay out in front and provide a level of service that big platforms can't match. Zillow's clout comes from its name recognition and size, but agents and smaller real estate firms have the advantage of being nimble. With the right tools to boost your marketing and provide personalized service, you can stay ahead of big-name brands like Zillow.

Your real estate CRM, like DeltaNET®6, is one of your most powerful, reliable tools for overcoming the threat posed by companies like Zillow. Here are some of the many ways that your CRM can help you stand out from the crowd.

Provide Personalized Service by Knowing Your Leads and Clients

Whether you're gathering data on new leads or keeping track of the needs of your clients, your CRM allows you to keep all of the information that you need to provide great service in one place. With all of your key data in one place, you're always ready to provide personalized service and connect with clients in meaningful ways. It's not just about remembering names and contact information. The data that you compile lets you know what your clients want, where they stand, and how you can help them move forward with their real estate goals.

Take Advantage of AI and Automation to Boost Your Marketing

As an individual agent or small real estate firm, simply finding the time to stay ahead of brands like Zillow can feel like a tall task. DeltaNET 6 offers many time-saving benefits to help you stay ahead, from auto-generated, AI-driven newsletters to smart drip email campaigns that can help you reach out to large segments of your audience with content that converts. All of this can be done with little effort on your end, leaving more time for you to provide the level of service that keeps clients coming back again and again.

Segment Leads to Send the Right Message at the Right Time

Automated lead segmentation is another tool that both saves time and leads to better results with your marketing. One of the biggest challenges with marketing is making sure that the right message reaches the right person at the right time. Every lead is at their own place in their real estate journey, and knowing where they stand can help you reach them with the content that they want to see. Segmenting leads also makes it easier to know which leads to prioritize so that you can invest your effort where it will make the biggest difference.

Track Data to Improve Results

We've already touched on how being nimble is an advantage compared to big companies like Zillow, and part of being nimble is a willingness to find out what's working, as well as what could be improved. With analytics and tracked email marketing, your CRM can provide you with the data that you need to make informed decisions about your business. You don't have to guess what's working and what's not. You can easily learn more about your strengths and discover insights that help improve upon your weaknesses.

Integrations Put Countless Tools at Your Fingertips

The tools within DeltaNET®6 extend far beyond the basics, including integrations with dozens of popular platforms that can help you market your business, promote your listings, build deeper connections with your clients, and make your life easier in the process. Why scour the internet to find every tool that you need when you can have it all available in one place? Just one more way that your CRM can help you stay ahead of Zillow.

Zillow May Be a Threat, but You Have the Tools to Overcome It

Even with some very public failures, the threat of big-name online real estate platforms like Zillow is unlikely to disappear completely anytime soon. That's why it's so important to take advantage of the tools that you have available, like DeltaNET®6, to attract new leads and provide the best possible level of service to your clients. There's no one magic fix to overcome big brands like Zillow. Instead, it's the sum of all of the small things that your real estate tech provides, along with the ability to innovate and adapt at a much faster pace than the big, corporate brands.

June
8

Most people know more than one real estate agent. Likewise, even if they know you well, the majority of people you connect with aren't ready to jump into the market: If you're lucky, they'll be thinking about it. A final decision could be weeks or months away.

What should a real estate agent do in the meantime?

The traditional answer is "follow up." And while following up is important, it's a little too vague on its own to be useful. What's the best, most effective way to maximize the power of your follow-up while saving precious hours of the day? The answer is email marketing.

By turning first-time website visitors into email marketing subscribers, you ensure that you can connect with them on a regular basis. Providing helpful, informative content through email helps you reach your goals while enabling your leads to do the same. That positions you as a trusted adviser.

Alternatives like phone calls and in-person visitors are interruptive and demanding of both your time and the lead's. On the other hand, an email can be dispatched in seconds. Using the power of email marketing automation, you can speak to a thousand people as easily as just one.

The Biggest Mistake Real Estate Agents Make with Email Marketing

Email marketing is believed by many experts to be the digital marketing technique with the highest ROI. It only takes pennies a month to maintain your email campaign, but you can inspire action that results in thousands of dollars in commissions or referral business.

That said, your emails must be precise to be powerful. If you are sending out email without a clear plan in mind, your results are likely to be disappointing. Those early disappointments can lead you to think a robust approach to email isn't worth the necessary effort.

Get through the initial setup phase, however, and your real estate marketing CRM can shoulder much of the work for you afterwards. The most important thing is to avoid the most common mistake in email marketing. If this mistake is baked into your assumptions, it can hold back your entire campaign.

The mistake is this: Believing your email marketing is only about your listings.

Yes, your listings can and should be a part of your email marketing. Especially if you know enough about a lead to understand their priorities and expectations for their next home, a targeted list of properties is a value-add. But it shouldn't be the only thing in your email marketing strategy.

To distinguish yourself from all the others out there, you need to go above and beyond.

That means sharing helpful, informative content laser targeted to each lead.

How to Bring Your Real Estate Email Marketing Strategy to the Next Level

No matter if you're just getting started with email or you've had it going for a while without seeing the results you want, it's not too late to make it work for you. Email has the potential to influence readers and inspire them to reach out to you, helping fill your schedule with less work on your part.

Here's how to strengthen your email results:

  • Develop a Compelling Lead Magnet
    A lead magnet is a sophisticated piece of content that helps the reader to solve a problem or answer a question. People agree to join your email list in exchange for access. One useful lead magnet is a market analysis of the local area. A neighborhood comparison is another. As a DeltaNET customer, you'll be able to create a white-labeled Market Watch Report any time and receive it in a matter of minutes.

  • Segment Your List by Buyer Persona
    Who is your ideal customer? Even if you have only one very specific customer persona — say, first-time homebuyers — you will still need three segments: One for leads, one for current customers, and one for those whose transaction is complete. Segmenting your list helps ensure the information each subscriber receives is relevant to their needs. It also makes your list part of your customer retention.

  • Use Video to Tease Website Content
    Video is the most popular content online today. Most people greatly prefer it to text content, and they will even rank it over still photos and other visuals. By embedding a short video in your email, you can greatly raise the odds that readers will click through to view an article or a listing.

  • Turn Subscribers into Contacts
    Although you can't control the timing of a buy or sale, you can nudge subscribers so they can get off the fence sooner. Be sure you are publicizing events like open houses, giving subscribers opportunities to take the next step. The more action they take, the more likely they are to become customers.

Contact us to discover how DeltaNET technology can help your email campaigns.

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
26

Nearly 40 years ago, a school principal took a leap of faith and started a small real estate firm in Mansfield, Ohio.

They say it's never too late in life to switch gears and try something new. While many people talk about changing their careers, very few actually do it once they get comfortable. Arnold Haring, an Ohio elementary school principal, started selling real estate as a side business in the late 70s. A decade later, in 1983, Haring Realty was born. Now, nearly 40 years after the firm's conception, Haring Realty is led by Arnold's son, Peter, and is still operating in Ohio. Arnold's courage to make the change led to success for both himself and his family.

"My dad started the business. He was an elementary school principal, and he decided he wanted to earn a little extra income," says Peter. "And before he knew it, it took on a life of its own, and he decided to throw out a shingle and get started."

Over the past 40 years, Haring Realty has grown substantially. The company now has three office locations along with a welcome center in Mansfield on North Main Street. Haring Realty provides home buying, home selling and relocation services for their clients. They offer well-developed, strategic programs to bring buyers and sellers to the top of the market. They also do commercial real estate.

"Where Caring is Key"

The staff at Haring Realty feels that caring for one another and their customers is of utmost importance. That's why their motto is "where caring is key."

"Caring is kind of in our DNA," says Peter. "My dad had that kind of mindset of caring for the customer. And so, we try to hire people that have a servant's heart or a servant's mindset."

Everyone at Haring is considered part of a family, and they believe that "a good family is on the same page." That means being a team player, which comes with certain characteristics.

"I read a book a while back called the Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni, and in it, he suggests that the ideal team player has three characteristics," says Peter. "Team players are hungry, humble and people smart. So, if we want to have a cohesive family, we all need to be team players."

Hunger is the willingness to go after business, and humility is the willingness to learn and listen to what the customer wants. At Haring, they consider humility "key," therefore, it is what they look for most when recruiting new agents. People smart refer to interpersonal skills and a person's core values. Haring Realty has a specific set of core values they practice and instill in their agents. These values are respect, thankfulness, reputation, community, productivity and excellence.

"While Haring Realty is not a Christian business, my faith in Jesus Christ has greatly influenced me and my organization's core values," says Peter. "So, one of our first core values is respect. And that's because everybody is made in God's image. And so, we hold our customers in high regard, and we hold our coworkers in high regard, so they're important people."

At Haring Realty, they foster these values at their weekly sales meetings. They also build on this culture they are creating by hosting "lunch and learn" sessions, where they will come together to develop proficiency with their technology platforms, like DeltaNET®, or work on their selling skills.

When speaking about the lunch and learns, Peter says, "We'll bring in some pizza, and we will not just have a training presentation, but we will actually workshop, work on some of our technology tools, practice the use of those technology tools and learn from each other."

The Power of Marketing

According to Peter, entrepreneurship seemed to run in the Haring family. His grandfather was in the meat business; he was the owner of Haring Meats. As a business owner, he always stressed the importance of marketing and advertising. Because of this, when Arnold started Haring Realty, a marketing manager was one of the first positions he hired. This focus on marketing was key to the initial growth of the company and one of the reasons the company is so successful today.

"One of the things my grandfather always preached was, you want to make your sign as big as possible." Peter continues, "And he always preached to my dad and his siblings when laying out the meat in the meat cooler that it's all about merchandising and setting that up to look really attractive when a customer walks in the door."

Due to his grandfather's advice, having stunning photography and video to appeal to clients was a big part of Haring Realty's marketing strategy from the very beginning.

"We decided a picture's worth a thousand words, so we always did color photography. And we were the first company in our market to think we had to have good photography."

That being said, Peter mentions that his mother was their first-ever photographer. He recalls a time before everything went digital, and photos still had to be developed.

"She was our first photographer, and I remember her making trips to Walmart every day to develop stacks of photographs," says Peter. "Since that time, we've had professional photographers take our photos."

Peter believes that one of the key components of good marketing is rolling with the punches. Whenever there is a shift in technology or a shift in the industry, Haring shifts with it. For example, they were one of the first real estate companies ever to have a website in the late 90s. None of their competitors had them, which gave them a huge advantage in the market. They were also one of the first companies to have a magazine to advertise their listings. These were distributed through the mail and in local stores. Aside from making their own, they advertised in other real estate publications such as Harmon Homes.

"As the market changes, our culture is changing, and the profile of our buyer is changing. We also have to change, and we have to be relevant," says Peter. "So, we've always tried to identify, okay, are there any new tools or approaches that more effectively reach today's customers? Where are the opportunities."

Tapping Into Tech

As mentioned before, Haring Realty tends to move with the times and quickly adapt to the new way of doing things. This is also true when it comes to technology. They have found that with Delta Media Group® they are always up-to-date with the latest technology, which has been a great benefit to their real estate business.

"We tend to be an early adopter of new technologies and different marketing techniques." Peter continues, "For years, we included floor plans with all of our listings. We were the first agency in the Mansfield market to start using Matterport 3D virtual tour technology. Today, we include Matterport with most of our listings, and because it is increasingly imperative that we effectively interact with our clients digitally, our relationship with Delta Media has become more critical."

There are certain features in DeltaNET they've found particularly useful in retaining and seeking out new clients.

"Something that we were able to quickly adopt for everybody in our organization was the My Customer for Life Program," says Peter. "And through that, we're not just sending our past clients or sphere of influence a newsletter, but we're sending them relevant content that's of interest to them individually."

Staying Positive

Even with all the issues and changes they face in the uncertain world of real estate, Haring Realty always makes an effort to stay positive. For them, it's not just about looking on the bright side but being a calming force for their clients.

"As we think about serving our clients, it's about being the calm in the midst of the storm," says Peter. "There's a lot of provocative news out there regarding the real estate market, sensational news. And if we can remind our customers of the long view, we essentially can be the people walking on water in the midst of the storm."

When thinking about this, Peter recalls a situation he once found himself in on a flight returning from Hawaii, a situation in which he could have certainly benefited from some positive thinking.

"I remember I was on a flight from Hawaii one time. I'd never had this kind of turbulence before. There's got to be six people throwing up around me, and this lady I haven't spoken a word to, she's gripping onto my wrist like we're going to die," says Peter. "I'm looking up at the flight attendants, thinking, 'Okay, is this normal?' They were nervous, and you could tell they were freaked out. And so, all of a sudden, consequently, I'm more freaked out. So, it always reminds me, as we're serving our customers, to make this a positive experience for them. We have to be the calming influence in that transaction."

The Future of Haring Realty

As they approach their 40th year, Haring Realty looks to continue its growth and success. The first way they plan to accomplish this is by using their technology tools, primarily through Delta, to generate growth and professional development for their support staff and sales team.

"We want to be more effective at using DeltaNET and some of the technology tools we already have to serve both our sales team and our clients more effectively through better communication from contract to closing," says Peter.

They are also implementing several new marketing initiatives, one of which is promoting their properties' communities.

"Each property we're selling is in the context of its community," says Peter. "We have a big emphasis this year on promoting and providing better community information for each of our listings and telling the story of each of our communities as buyers look to where in particular to locate."

Improving their multimedia content for listings is another priority for them. After all, top-notch photography, copywriting and video are all essential to good advertising. Along the lines of enhancing its brand, Haring Realty also plans to upgrade its facilities this year as they continue to meet with more customers in person.

Arnold Haring's leap of faith started this wonderful company back in 1983, and the core values that came with it remain at the forefront of everything they do today. With their positive outlook, care for their customers and unmatched marketing and technology, there is no limit to how high Haring Realty can fly.

May
18

One of the most powerful digital marketing approaches is also the least expensive.

Once you set it up, email marketing costs only pennies a month. With an all-in-one real estate solution like DeltaNET®6, you automate the process. That leads to a constant flow of targeted emails that deepen relationships with your prospects, leads, and current customers.

Not sure email is right for you? Experts estimate email offers more than $30 of ROI for each dollar spent. With email, you have the power to inspire your potential customers, helping them get off the fence and onto the market.

Some real estate agents worry about rules and regulations that apply to email marketing. Luckily, all the compliance issues are handled by your CRM as long as it's configured correctly. That gives subscribers a one-click solution for unsubscribing, which represents the bulk of your responsibilities.

In exchange for this little bit of digital housekeeping, you can leverage a powerful opportunity to stay in contact with your entire network all at once — providing targeted, valuable content to each individual on your list based on their specific needs and interests.

That helps you transform your brand and position as a true local authority.

What Email Marketing Drip Campaigns Are and Why They Work

When you look at email marketing as part of your overall digital marketing strategy, you will probably see the term "drip campaign" frequently. A drip campaign consists of emails you send on a regular basis, typically once a week, but sometimes every two weeks or once a month.

With a drip campaign, you are consistently staying in touch. Each subscriber gets useful, informative content that helps them make informed decisions. At the same time, they become more familiar with your brand and what you can do for them.

For a drip campaign to be successful, there are some key aspects to be aware of:

Email List Segmentation

Segmentation means creating smaller "sub-lists" within your email marketing list to ensure the right people get the right information every time. One of the most obvious examples is having a segment catering to would-be homebuyers and a separate segment for those who have completed the buy.

With email list segmentation, you can laser-target each person's questions and worries wherever they are in the process. Segmentation enables you to get more repeat business than you otherwise would and centralizes the process of asking for referrals, too.

Email Timing

Most email subscribers are recruited through the content on your website, though some may join your list through a current home listing or after signing up for an open house. Whatever the case, it's crucial to set expectations upfront, so they are opting in with complete consent.

If you promise emails once a week, email only once a week. Change things up only in the most serious of circumstances. When people understand what to expect, they are less likely to unsubscribe since they trust you to do exactly what you said you would do.

Another aspect of timing is sending out your emails when your target audience is most likely to be active. You can optimize these settings directly from your CRM. For most working adults, online activity jolts upward around lunchtime and again in the early evening after work.

Calls to Action

Every piece of content, from your blog posts to your individual emails, is meant to inspire action in some way. Most blogs will direct people to sign up for your social media or email, for example. Your email, in turn, usually focuses on getting people to call you for the first time to set up an appointment.

You make this explicit with a call to action or CTA. A CTA can be very simple — "add to cart" is probably the most common one along with "call us today." Each email should have one CTA, though it can be repeated throughout the text if the message is long. Without it, most people simply will not take action.

Limited Time Offers (LTOs)

Limited time offers (or LTOs) are common in retail and other industries, but they need a special spin to work in real estate. It makes sense when you take a step back and look at it strategically: The point of an LTO is to motivate people by giving them a sense of scarcity. The same can be done with your listings.

When you have a hot listing that you know will stand out, promote it to those in your list you know are looking in the area. You can make it even more effective by using a video walkthrough or virtual tour to help them see for themselves just what makes the property special.

Contact us today to get started with email marketing drip campaigns from digital marketing experts.

May
3

Generational marketing is more important to real estate agents than ever.

In generational marketing, you segment and focus your marketing based on techniques and messaging relevant to an age group. For instance, Baby Boomers often respond to mailers, but Millennials require a technology-forward approach.

There are four generations in today's housing market, each with its own concerns and challenges. Generational marketing crafts customer touch-points to improve their experience and meets them where they are in terms of their unique expectations.

Let's take a closer look at the generations and how they differ.

Understanding the Different Generations in Today's Marketing Environment

Baby Boomers

Baby Boomers are aged between 57 and 75 years old today. They are the generation that built many of America's modern institutions, benefiting from the post-World War II boom and an environment where many of the country's main competitors were focused on recovering from conflict.

From a marketing perspective, Baby Boomers require a personal touch. They are not as comfortable with digital marketing, but "guerilla marketing" tactics still work well for them. Many will buy their last home in the coming years, though an increasingly large portion has already done so.

Generation X

Aged 42 to 57 today, Generation X was once known as "the MTV Generation." Most came of age in the "me first" environment of the 1980s, representing a break from their parents' views. Many are now in the prime of their careers, with high disposable income paired with an eye toward retirement.

Over the years, Generation X has tended to prioritize saving over spending, but that doesn't make them spendthrifts. You can reach Generation X with a variety of tactics. Email and social media are mainstays, but traditional mailers and brochures can still be effective.

Millennials

Aged 26 to 41, Millennials are currently the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. The eldest of this cohort were among the last people to grow up without the internet. Since their teen and college years, "always on" connectivity has become ubiquitous through a panoply of mobile devices.

Living through multiple economic meltdowns, Millennials have usually been wary of large financial institutions and the idea of a home as an asset. That said, they are buying in greater numbers than before. They will make up the majority of both buyers and sellers for the foreseeable future.

Millennials focus more than others on doing their own research online long before they reach out to a real estate agent. As such, they demand an omnichannel digital marketing experience that meets their needs all through the buyer journey. Email marketing is essential to building a relationship with them.

Generation Z

Believe it or not, Generation Z is already making its mark in the housing market. If younger Millennials were the first "digital natives," then Generation Z makes up the first "mobile natives," some of whom had their first iPad or other tablet computer as early as kindergarten.

This naturally shapes the Generation Z predisposition toward digital marketing. With the oldest now 25, fresh waves of Gen Z college graduates will be coming each year. They will be starting careers and even families. In general, they have a very high opinion of the value of a home as an asset.

Many in Generation Z are sanguine about buying a home and even wish to do it before they turn 30. One striking aspect of the recent seller's market is the unexpectedly robust activity of Generation Z. From a marketing viewpoint, they are much like Millennials, seeking authenticity and alignment with their values.

Building a Generational Marketing Strategy that Works

  • Determine the Generational Focus of Your Ideal Customers
    Generation goes hand in hand with life stage. You no doubt already have a general idea of your usual customer's generation: First-time homebuyers have very different needs than Empty Nesters, after all. A generational profile gives you a strong idea about what kinds of problems customers need to solve.

  • Adjust Your Marketing Mix Appropriately
    Older customers usually respond well to mailers, brochures, and face-to-face events. If you are working with Baby Boomers or Generation X, make certain your marketing reflects that. Since they also tend to enjoy voice calls more than younger customers, ensure it is easy to contact you by phone, too.

  • Use Automation for Consistent, Value-Added Activity
    Aside from Baby Boomers, virtually all your prospective customers respond well to social media and email marketing. Email marketing in particular is essential to building a long-term relationship with prospects who may take weeks or months to enter the market after their first contact with you.

Generational marketing may sound complex, but it is worthwhile, even if you work with many different categories of customers. Contact us today to discover how marketing automation can save thousands of hours of work while giving you compelling, helpful, and effective generational marketing.

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
29

With the eldest in their cohort entering their 40s, the Millennial generation is coming into its own. It's already the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. In recent years, it is also the top generation in both home buying and first-time selling.

Coming up just behind is Generation Z. Believe it or not, the oldest members of this generation are in their mid-20s. They're finishing college, launching careers, and starting families. One of the biggest success stories of the last few years is their strong showing in the housing market.

While Millennials were once wary of buying a home, they are tired of renting. On the other hand, Generation Z always had high hopes about homeownership. With a mindset that harkens back to their grandparents, they see buying a home as a critical goal for early adulthood.

Both these generations will continue to transform the world of real estate for years to come — and that starts with the adjustments agents and brokers need to make. No matter how skilled or experienced you are, you need a digital marketing strategy to connect with today's customers.

Virtually All Your Future Customers Start their Home Search Online — Are You There?

According to the National Association of Realtors, 95% of buyers reported using the internet to search for homes in 2021. On the other hand, just 7% of those surveyed said they touched a newspaper during their search. The typical first-time buyer was also relatively young, 33 years old.

Regardless of age, 41% of recent buyers started their search by going online to do their own self-paced research. Only 19% of buyers began the process by contacting a real estate agent. Once they did find an agent, 91% of buyers said that person was a "very" or "somewhat" useful source of information.

From the moment buyers first show interest in looking at a home, your digital marketing has a chance to hook their attention. The earlier you make first contact and provide value with useful online resources, the more likely you are to be the agent buyers ultimately choose.

Since many buyers don't reach out to real estate agents until well into their process, your #1 asset in gaining their trust is effective digital marketing. Every piece of digital marketing collateral you create makes it more likely you'll be found in online searches relevant to your business.

When you are found early, you can position yourself as a trusted expert and be there every step of the way. That becomes even easier than ever before with today's sophisticated digital marketing, such as video marketing — which spotlights the human touch and builds real rapport.

Let's take a closer look at some digital marketing "must-haves" for today's agents:

  • A Fast, Modern Real Estate Website
    Your real estate website is your digital first impression. A modern website is essential — people need to feel comfortable enough on your site to engage and look around. There are several planks to that. First, your website must be fast. Second, it should look great and navigate smoothly on mobile devices. When these foundations are in place, more people will review your resources and might reach out.

  • Plenty of Helpful, Informative Resources
    Blogging is an indispensable tool for the modern agent or broker. A short article from your experienced local perspective can make buying or selling easier. But what to write about? Simply look for problems and questions your customers have. For example, if you work mainly with first-time buyers, you might want to review and explain the different first-time homebuyer programs out there.

  • A Quick Way to Check Out Your Listings
    Listings can be passed directly from the MLS and integrated into your website. When listings are right on your website, you get additional information about how long people spent looking at each one and what features they clicked on. This will help you enhance your listings in the future, which will lead to faster and more lucrative transactions for your customers (and yourself!).

  • Real Estate Video Content
    Virtual tours boost listing engagement through the stratosphere, but they're only the start of what video can do. Video is the most popular content online, and it is especially sought after by younger website viewers. It's a wise idea to have video content that introduces yourself and your practice. Blogging by video also makes your content more shareable and much more memorable.

  • Social Media and Email Marketing
    Social media is a powerful way to start new buyer relationships, while email marketing keeps you in touch over the weeks and months it may take before a prospective buyer jumps into the market. If you're already blogging, you have plenty of content you can share on these channels!

Contact us today to accelerate your digital marketing with the power of automation.

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
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
1

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

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

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

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

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

Stay in Touch and Connect with the Best Real Estate Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January
27

You have probably heard a lot about how valuable video content is as a digital marketing tool for real estate agents, and for good reason. Integrating video content into your marketing strategy is a dependable way to build trust, showcase your real estate expertise, provide valuable advice to your audience, market properties, and give your social media presence a significant boost.

On top of that, creating video content is more accessible, more affordable, and easier to do than ever before. Getting started will still require some effort, but you really can master video content with minimal investment and the potential for major returns.

The Right Tools for the Job

When you hear about video content, you might be thinking about expensive cameras, specialized lenses, drones, and other fancy tech. But the only fancy piece of technology that you truly need to get started is the smartphone in your pocket. A newer generation of phone is ideal because cameras, lenses, and filming technology all tend to advance with each new generation.

You'll also need a few apps, like a film app and video editing app, along with a mini-tripod to ensure you get stable shots. You can certainly choose to invest in more expensive equipment if you fall in love with creating video content, but other than your phone it takes very little investment to get started.

Getting Started with Video Content

Once you have the minimal equipment necessary, it's time to start experimenting, getting used to the tools, and building confidence. Rather than worrying about publishing something right away, make some practice videos to experiment with filming strategies, get used to speaking in front of the camera, and try out your video editing app. Watching videos from experienced real estate content creators is a great way to gain inspiration and pick up some tips on creating your own videos.

After that, it's all about practice and preparation. Some videos might require a script, some might be more off the cuff, and some videos like property tours will require more careful planning. All of these things will get easier the more you do them.

The Most Popular Types of Real Estate Videos

  • The "About Us" Video
    Adding a face and personality to your brand is so powerful for your online marketing. Whether you're introducing yourself, your whole team, your company, or a new agent who has joined, "about us" videos are relatively easy to make while offering significant benefits.

  • Sharing Your Real Estate Expertise
    Providing advice to buyers, sellers, and homeowners is a staple for real estate video content. It's also a great way to show off your real estate knowledge and give your audience a look at the many ways that you can help them. Short real estate advice videos are ideal for social sharing, and you can also break down longer videos into short, shareable clips.

  • Property and Guided Tour Videos
    Guided property tours take more preparation to film than some other types of video content, but doing the work up front makes the process of filming a tour much easier. Given the number of steps required to make them, these videos often take longer to master. But once you have it down, you'll have a general formula for every property video you make in the future.

  • Neighborhood Videos
    It's not just properties that your audience wants to see. They also want to learn all about the neighborhoods where homes are located, and neighborhood videos can really help them build connections with your markets. Whether you're touring local attractions or just showing them around the neighborhood, these videos are a powerful supplement to your property tours.

  • Testimonial Videos
    Written testimonials from clients are excellent marketing tools for any agent, and video testimonials take the concept of social proof to the next level. A filmed testimonial adds a level of authenticity that text can't match, which makes it perfect for online marketing and social media sharing. If a client is willing to film a testimonial, take steps to make it happen.

Are You Ready to Become the Next Real Estate Video Star?

Now that you know a little more about the tools required, the steps that you'll need to take to create video content, and the most popular types of real estate videos, all that's left is to work on the craft. You'll notice that many of the most popular real estate videos have a polished, professional look, and that's no accident.

It takes practice to create great videos, but the payoff is well worth the investment. Perhaps one day you'll be the real estate content creator that other agents look to for inspiration and advice when they begin their own journey with creating video content.

January
18

How often do you reach the end of the workday feeling like you accomplished everything that you set out to do when the day began? The life of a real estate agent is filled with surprises and unexpected demands on your time. It's so easy to end the day feeling like you missed opportunities to market properties, promote your business, generate new leads, and nurture existing leads.

But it doesn't have to be that way. With the right real estate technology, you have access to reliable, easy-to-use tools that allow you to automate key tasks, make your day more productive, and free up more time to focus on the things you love most about being a real estate agent.

Email Marketing and Lead Nurturing

Email marketing is one the most important places where automation can increase your productivity. Creating and sending email marketing manually takes so much time, and there are so many tools available to automate the process while still sending effective, appealing email marketing materials.

  • AI-Driven Email Marketing
    More and more, automation in real estate marketing is being driven by artificial intelligence. Take advantage of artificial intelligence with AI-driven email newsletters that are packed with the information that your audience wants to see. In addition to keeping your clients engaged with the real estate market, AI-driven newsletters are great for nurturing your leads over time.

  • Auto-Generated Reports for Buyers and Sellers
    For many clients, buying or selling a home is a process that involves finding and processing as much real estate information as possible. Make both your and their lives easier by automatically sending them reports with the information that they want to see. With My HomeFinder, Market Watch, and Seller Reports, you can easily send key information to every part of your audience.

  • Smart Drip Email Campaigns
    Some leads are ready to convert right now, but others will take some time and engagement before being ready to commit. Smart email drip campaigns make it easy to automatically stay in touch with clients and prospects while ensuring that they receive the right information at the right time.

  • Send Bulk Email Blasts with Easy to Use Templates
    Need to send an email that doesn't quite fit with the automated tools that we mentioned to a group of people? You can still save time by using pre-built templates and bulk email blasting to reach them quickly.

Lead Segmentation and Tracking

Pursuing dead-end leads is a serious drain on any real estate agent's time, but segmenting leads takes time as well — at least, segmenting leads takes time when you do it yourself. Your real estate CRM should provide automated tools for segmenting leads, so that you know which leads are hot, which ones are cold, and where your leads are in the purchasing/sales process.

In addition to lead segmentation, you should be able to rely on your CRM for tracking lead activity with IDX search tracking, as well as tracking saved properties, property searches, and views. All of this information can save you time and allow you to focus on leads that are ready to convert.

Content Creation for Your Blog and Marketing Materials

At the end of a long day of serving your clients and pursuing new leads, how often do you feel like sitting down to write a blog post for your real estate website? Save time by integrating custom content creation for your real estate blog by professional content creators and taking advantage of automated tools for creating marketing materials. Keep your website stocked with content, your clients/prospects informed, and free up more time for productivity.

Quickly and Easily Promote New Listings

When you have a hot new listing, speed matters. You want to get the word out quickly on multiple channels, reach a wide audience, and start generating interest in the property. Take advantage of automation by automatically creating flyers for your new listings, and automatically promoting new listings to your social media pages. Once the word is out, you can easily let clients tour homes from anywhere with tools like virtual open houses and showings.

Are You Using Real Estate Technology to Become More Productive and Make Life Easier?

If you want to make your life easier and enhance productivity, then you need access to a seamless, high-performance real estate technology platform. In addition to tools for automating tasks, your real estate CRM should also include an extensive suite of tools for making so many other tasks easier to accomplish. Does your real estate CRM provide everything you need to thrive? DeltaNET®6 includes all of the automation features mentioned in this article and so many more tools that can boost your productivity as a real estate agent.

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.

October
22

It's no secret that nearly every real estate agent would like to improve their social media presence, regardless of how much success they've already had on social platforms. According to a social survey from real estate website "The Close," 88 percent of real estate agents would like to improve their social media, while 44 percent find social media to be one of their best sources of leads. Only referrals ranked higher as a lead generation source. If you're one of many agents who want to improve their social media, we've got some proven tips to help you accomplish your goals.

Know Your Audience

Who are you trying to reach, and what are their real estate goals? It's hard to please everyone, and knowing your audience makes it much easier to tailor your social presence to their needs. Start by looking at who you want to reach with your real estate brand, and the needs of your typical clients. Take some time to engage with your audience directly on social media, encourage conversations, and learn more about them.

Be Authentic and Build Personal Connections

There's no better way to build trust on social media than to be yourself, and try to form genuine connections with your followers. Trying to be someone you're not rarely works out with social media marketing, so authenticity is really important. While you're likely to be posting plenty of content, it's equally important to interact with your followers on an individual level, and in public settings like Facebook groups. Word of mouth spreads quickly on social media, and your engagement with your audience is one of your biggest drivers of lead generation.

Educate Your Audience Rather Than Pitching to Them

Think about all of the people you follow and connect with on your personal social media accounts. How many of them do you follow because of their sales pitches? If you're like most people, you probably connect with social accounts that educate, share interesting content, and engage with their followers. Your real estate knowledge is a huge asset, and sharing it with your audience is a great way to boost your social media.

Create and Share Thoughtful, High-Quality Content

So, what's the best way to educate your audience? Sharing great content that you create and sharing interesting content that you find online are two powerful ways to build your social presence. Content comes in many forms, from blog posts and videos to quick status updates with relevant statistics. Keep track of engagement to see which types of custom content resonate most with your audience, and try to share fresh content as often as you can.

Get Comfortable Behind a Camera

While quality content comes in many forms, there's no denying that video content is one of the biggest drivers of social media engagement. Platforms like TikTok and Instagram Reels allow you to post short, bite-size video content, while longer videos will work on nearly every other major social platform. With a relatively new smartphone and a few accessories like a tripod, you'll have everything you need to start creating video content. Practice makes perfect when creating videos, so dive in, invest some time, build confidence, and reap the rewards.

Be Consistent and Stay on Schedule

Perhaps the biggest secret to social media success is that it takes time and effort to build the type of meaningful connections that will earn you business. Blocking out time each day for social media activities and sticking to your schedule will help you build a successful, reliable social routine. With DeltaNET®6, you can save time on social media marketing by easily automating posts, including listings, blog posts, open houses, client reviews, and more. When you automate routine tasks, you can dedicate more of your social time to engaging with your audience.

Integrate Social Media Into Your Real Estate Website and Marketing

As you build your audience, your social media pages should help drive plenty of fresh traffic to your real estate website. But your website and other marketing materials can also help drive interest in your social media. Make sure that you have social sharing buttons on your website content and that your social accounts are integrated seamlessly into your website. Our custom real estate websites make it easy to integrate social, share your content, and generate leads.

Choose the Right Tools for Social Media Success

If your real estate CRM doesn't provide all of the tools that you need to improve your social media, perhaps it's time for an upgrade. With DeltaNET®6, you can easily manage all of your real estate marketing in one place, including your social media, AI-driven email marketing, online ads, content, and so much more.

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
28

Agents and brokers around the country are casting wary eyes on Zillow's latest moves. The number of markets in which Zillow is buying and selling property continues to grow. In an industry that has seen more change in the last 24 months than virtually any other, it's fair to respond to all of this with a groan.

Maybe it feels like "one more thing" to navigate around — and a particularly big one, at that. But don't be discouraged.

Zillow is a large, highly visible platform, so it's easy to overestimate its power to "disrupt" the market. Across the U.S., buyers and sellers know Zillow as a convenient platform for finding and comparing properties. But rumors of the death of modern real estate have been greatly exaggerated.

Like any other company, Zillow relies on real estate agents to lead, negotiate, and finalize transactions. As the real estate equivalent of a big box store, it faces an uphill climb convincing buyers in particular that it is capable of delivering the high level of local expertise they need to make informed decisions.

And as a lumbering nationwide behemoth, its smaller competitors are more agile and adaptive.

If Zillow is in your market, you can compete with it. And if Zillow is not in your market yet, you can put in place the technology, processes, and branding you need to set a clear, stark choice before your leads: Local service tailored to your needs or a homogenized and impersonal experience.

Real estate isn't e-retail. It's about relationships. That's where local agents and brokers have — and always will have — a distinct advantage.

Six Ways to Adapt, Grow, and "Zillow-Proof" Your Business in 2021 and Beyond

Let's start with what's right at the epicenter of your locus of control: You. You are at the heart of every relationship you build, online and off. Those relationships, in turn, are among your best assets. Here are some of the top ways to strengthen your relationships, brand, and business:

  • Brand and Promote Yourself as a Local Real Estate Expert
    In the coming years, local expertise will be more important than ever. Clients will need agents they trust to evaluate properties, help them choose between unfamiliar neighborhoods, and give them an inside view of the community they'll be joining. Your local insights are a premium asset, so market them well.

  • Personalize the Customer Care Experience at Every Turn
    Personalization comes from knowing and caring about the individual. Learn their needs and goals and use those details to send them only the most relevant content. Customized email marketing can help you keep relationships burning, even if it takes weeks or months for a lead to jump into the market.

  • Build Referral Business into Your Overall Strategic Plan
    Referral business is the ultimate reflection of your ability to build value-added partnerships with your customers — relationships so deep, they will vouch for you to those they care about. But referrals don't usually happen on their own. Instead, you'll need to follow up and ask for them!

  • Focus on Customer Retention, Not Just Lead Generation
    Every satisfied customer you retain is one who will call you in the future. Although customers may wait years between real estate transactions, the lifetime value of their patronage can be very high. Social media marketing from your Facebook business page keeps you connected long-term.

  • Use Social Proof and Online Reputation Management to Your Advantage
    Social proof tells future customers others "just like them" have succeeded thanks to your services. Reviews on platforms like Google and Yelp not only help persuade visitors to contact you, they can also raise your search engine visibility. Get used to actively asking for testimonials when you can.

  • Leverage Opportunities to Make Your Listings Stand Out
    Your listings can be the best in your area if you consistently enhance each home's unique story with photography, multimedia, and interactive features. Properties in Motion is an easy way to enrich property marketing with video tours that save buyers' time and give sellers greater confidence in you.

The Right Technology Lets You Meet, Connect With, and Serve Your Clients at  Scale

Zillow has the benefit of large amounts of real estate data. Yet, it's still not able to use that data as effectively as a small team or a single well-trained agent with the right technology in hand. All in all, there are many areas where it is weak. With the right tools, you can run rings around it.

DeltaNET 6 is the all-in-one solution designed from the ground up with real estate in mind. By providing complete visibility into all your prospect, lead, and customer relationships, you can personalize communications and follow up with pinpoint accuracy at just the right moment. Contact us to learn more or get started.

September
23

It's easy to feel a little bit overwhelmed when you look at all of the marketing options for real estate agents, but becoming a marketing whiz is easier than you might think. All it takes is the integration of the right tools, the right tactics, and a dash of customization to make your marketing fit with your unique brand. There are even tools to automate some of the most important marketing tasks and free up more time without compromising on results. Get started with these tips to help you maximize your real estate marketing.

How to Use Social Media for Real Estate Marketing

Creating an active real estate social media presence is an excellent way to develop trust, share your expertise, connect with clients, and build valuable relationships. Social media is the perfect place to reach your target audience where they already work, play, and research businesses.

  • Share Your Latest Real Estate Content, Listings, and More
    Every social media website is designed for sharing, whether you're blasting out your latest blog post on Facebook, sharing your most stunning listing photos on Instagram, or sharing relevant, timely home improvement tips on Pinterest. Integrate your social accounts with your real estate website to ensure that your audience can always easily find your latest content.

  • Drive Traffic to Your Real Estate Website with Ads, Content, and Conversation
    All of that sharing isn't just for show. By sharing content, creating conversations, and using targeted, pay-per-click advertising, you can consistently drive more traffic to your real estate website. More traffic to your website ultimately means more leads, and a strong social presence helps ensure that the quality of those leads is high.

  • Build Your Reputation While You Build Relationships
    Of course, social media is about more than just great content and smart advertising. It's also a natural place for building connections by answering questions, getting involved in the conversations that your content creates, and showing people first-hand why you're the right choice for their real estate needs. Engagement on social media is a must because it boosts your marketing in so many different ways.

Turn Your Email Marketing into a Valuable Asset

Email marketing is one of the best ways to keep in touch with clients, get them the latest real estate news, and nurture leads until they become clients. Automated email marketing tools make it easier than ever to stay top of mind with clients.

  • Make Life Easier with AI-Driven Email Newsletters
    When a client is buying or selling a home, they're typically very focused on the process. AI-driven newsletters make it easy to keep them up to date on all of the latest happenings in their market, update them on real estate trends, and help them make informed decisions. Send relevant, high-quality emails to large groups of clients without taking much time from your busy day.

  • Automated Drip Campaigns for Easy, Reliable Marketing
    Automated drip email campaigns are great for keeping in touch with clients over the long term, and nurturing leads. Provide all of the key information they need at just the right time. Get all of the benefits of robust email marketing, with an automated process that makes your life easier.

  • Customizable Templates for Dependable Results
    Some email marketing can be automated, but sometimes you will want to send customized messages, as well. Using customizable templates is a great way to cut down on the time it takes to send custom emails and get the right information in front of your clients when they need it.

Creating Content for Your Real Estate Business

Whether you're sending bulk emails, creating your real estate blog, or developing content that's ideal for sharing on social media, your real estate content is at the heart of your marketing efforts. Creative, innovative content makes it easy to share your expertise, highlight the markets where you sell homes, and provide valuable information to your clients.

You can invest time in creating your own unique content, take advantage of our custom content creation, or try a mix of both. And it's not just about the written word! Video content is more popular than ever because it's convenient for clients and the tools to create it are more widely available than ever before. Experiment with creating different types of content and discover what works best for your real estate business.

Ready to take your marketing to the next level? With so many people shopping for homes and searching for real estate agents online, now is the perfect time. Whether you're brand new to real estate marketing or an experienced pro looking to expand your reach, our team at Delta Media Group has the tools and expertise to help your business thrive.

September
16

Video is quickly taking over the internet, and the same can be said about real estate marketing!

Well over half of all internet traffic is now made up of video content. As more people gain access to unlimited smartphone data plans, that number continues to increase. The adoption of 5G internet will accelerate the trend even further as it becomes possible to stream video fast from almost anywhere.

Real estate pros would do well to get comfortable with the power of video — both in front of and behind the camera. Video is much more likely to be viewed, remembered, and shared than plain text content. And video has the unique power to build rapport and foster trust like nothing else out there.

Video for Listings Is King – But it's Only the Beginning

Nothing will ever replace real estate photography, but video is the next best thing to being there.

When video is used to enhance listings, it allows interested buyers to go from merely browsing to imagining everything a space has to offer their lifestyle. With context provided by your narration, they can engage all of their senses and envision their future in the home.

That said, real estate listings are just one of many places video can make a winning difference. When used as a central part of your overall marketing strategy, it helps you deliver high-quality, branded communications that leads and customers will really look forward to.

Let's consider some other great ways to use video in your real estate marketing:

  • Video for Real Estate Testimonials
    Social proof is the key to helping your future customers see that others just like them had an excellent experience working with you. Real estate testimonials are powerful because your satisfied customers can express themselves in their own words. This kind of uncoached reaction is very compelling. Plus, they are more likely to feel invested in your brand and offer you referral business in the future.

  • Video for Neighborhood Introductions
    Buyers often find themselves with a general idea of where they want to be, but they need to compare many different neighborhoods ¯ especially in large cities. They might not have time to explore every alternative in person, but video can take them there. You can show off the top landmarks, restaurants, shopping, and other amenities. All this helps to position you as a trusted local expert.

  • Video for Live Open Houses and Tours
    Virtual open houses and virtual tours have become extremely popular over the last year. Originally a way of maintaining safety for buyers and sellers alike, they have proven popular with everyone. Sellers no longer need to plan ahead for big crowds and buyers can extend their search radius with a minimum of travel. You can make these even more enjoyable with your own commentary.

  • Video for Blogging and Content Marketing
    All in all, online videos are more likely to be shared than almost any other kind of content. Just about anything you publish on your website can be enhanced with video. Video makes a website seem more polished and professional even when an individual visitor doesn't actually choose to view it. Even a video of just one minute can spruce up a post, "about us" page, or contact page.

  • Video for Social Media Updates
    Video has a tremendous impact on social media. Even though each social network has its own rhythm, people tend to scroll quickly. Visual content is more likely to stop them in their tracks, and videos are all but irresistible. Sprinkling videos in among the real estate photography you already share on your feed will get more people to engage with what you have to say. That can ultimately net you more leads.

  • Video for Custom Email Messages
    To nurture relationships over weeks and months, you're probably already using email drip campaigns. This is the best way to keep your message in mind with leads who are on the fence or waiting for the market to pan out a certain way. When it's time to add an extra jolt of motivation, a custom video can kindle a more personal connection. Just use what you know about a lead to start a conversation!

You Don't Need to Reinvent the Wheel to Come to Grips with Video for Real Estate

Video can seem like an intimidating prospect, but it's fun and exciting when you get comfortable making them.

To seamlessly tap into the power of video, you need a nimble, high-performance center of excellence you can trust to remain stable and dependable. DeltaNET 6 is that solution for thousands of real estate professionals across the United States. It gets you rolling with video in minutes, not days or weeks.

Contact us to find out more or get started with the top all-in-one solution for real estate.

August
27

Is marketing your top priority?

For most real estate pros, the answer is "no" — and with good reason!

Marketing is an essential part of building your business. In the long run, few other activities contribute quite as much to the trajectory of your unique brand. If you want a lucrative practice that nonetheless offers the right mix of work-life balance, marketing needs to land on your radar consistently.

On a day-to-day basis, though, it's no surprise you have other things to think about.

Buyers and sellers alike are growing savvier and getting more demanding in the level of customer care they expect. The youngest movers in the market — whose lifetime value is highest – are also the most likely to say they will lose interest if they do not hear back from a real estate agent immediately.

You are your biggest business asset. To work on deals and build relationships, you must be present.

So marketing slips down the priority list. Or does it? No marketing resource can replace you, nor should it try. You need assets that extend your reach. The solution is digital marketing automation for real estate agents.

Spend Less Time Marketing and More Time Engaging Your Customers — Without Sacrificing Either

By automating away routine tasks, you free up time and reduce human error. But there's more to it.

With end-to-end digital marketing automation, you create something just as valuable: Consistency. Your email, social media, and more can deliver personalized communication in your own warm and relatable voice. No matter if you are talking to ten, one hundred, or one thousand leads, it can always sound like you!

This is crucial because trust is the foundation that real estate success is built on.

Fostering that trust begins long before you ever meet with a potential client. They are already out there on the internet, comparing their different options for a real estate agent. It may take weeks or even months for them to jump in. Your marketing messages between now and then can make the winning difference.

With the digital marketing center of excellence offered by DeltaNET 6, you can present your expertise with full confidence. Our all-in-one AI-driven platform empowers you with seamless integration and dependable high performance on all the core marketing tasks that drive your business forward.

That includes:

  • Social Media Automation with Facebook and LinkedIn
    Many real estate agents get a huge proportion of their online leads from Facebook. On the flip side, LinkedIn is the place to find luxury real estate clients. Facebook Connector and LinkedIn Connector enable you to fill your social feed with helpful, informative, event-driven posts that keep your followers up to date with minimal effort.

  • Online Advertising Automation Using Our Ad Wizard
    Ad Wizard means Facebook ads are like magic! Targeted Facebook and Instagram ads have never been easier than with Ad Wizard. You can configure, launch, and monitor your campaigns in seconds. Proven templates and included creative collateral give you a full library of effective options to get eyes on your new listings fast!

  • "My Customer for Life" Email Marketing Newsletter
    Open the door to a life-long partnership with your favorite customers! "My Customer for Life" strengthens your relationships at every stage with valuable email content that builds your brand. Personalized, beautiful emails with a handcrafted look and ultra-targeted relevance are always just a few clicks away.

  • Virtual Tours with Properties in Motion
    Virtual tours are convenient for buyers and sellers alike. Sellers love the idea of not having to schedule around a crowd of strangers in the house. Buyers can extend their search radius without more commuting. Properties in Motion is your key to sophisticated virtual tours without having to spend weeks learning new software.

  • Virtual Open Houses with Open House Connector
    Open House Connector makes open houses more convenient for you and your guests. They can register online and sign in from their mobile device, letting you track interest and attendance. Follow-up is a snap, as you can keep both "no shows" and attendees in the pipeline to further publicize future opportunities.

  • Technology Independence from Start to Finish with Local Showings
    Local Showings is our new property showing management platform. An independent, full-featured property showing software and service, it allows you to schedule showings of any property in your MLS, offer a calendar view of available times, generate reports for your sellers, highlight essential feedback, and more.

No matter what the future brings, digital marketing is an essential part of the equation for real estate experts at all levels. DeltaNET 6 keeps you on the cutting edge by giving you real estate marketing automation capabilities that can save you thousands of hours every year, all without sacrificing the human touch.

Contact us today to learn more or get started.

August
24

Social media marketing is one of the most reliable, effective ways to drive traffic to your listings, profile, and real estate website, but growing your social presence organically takes time. While it's still well worth investing some time into growing your presence organically, we're guessing that you don't want to wait around to start reaping the benefits of social media marketing.

So why not up your marketing game, and get the best of both worlds? With the right targeted social media advertising, you can grow your presence more quickly, reach more people from your target demographics, and set yourself up for long-term social media success.

Why Social Media Marketing Is So Powerful for Promoting Your Real Estate Business

Social media is already a place where your potential clients work, play, and consume content on the topics that matter most to them. Whether they're looking for a dependable real estate agent who can help them accomplish their goals or simply searching for homes in the markets where you do business, you want them to find your name first. And when they find you on their favorite social site, you want to build trust with a social presence that shows them exactly why you're the right choice for their real estate needs.

Social media integration is also a natural way to boost traffic and engagement for your profile, listings, and real estate website. On top of that, the social proof – like reviews and testimonials – that you generate by providing great service to current clients is one of your best assets for attracting new clients. Add it all up, and it's easy to see why it's so worthwhile to invest in building a strong presence on social media.

The Benefits of Paid Advertising on Social Media

Ultimately, any investment you make into your social media presence is going toward the generation of new business and the growth of your customer base. With paid advertising on the most popular social sites like Facebook and Instagram, you have so much more control over who you reach and how you reach them. Organic growth takes time and there is such intense competition for attention on social media. That's why it's important to take advantage of the additional tools available, like paid advertising, to help you achieve your social media goals as efficiently and effectively as possible while maximizing the reach of your social presence.

How Delta's Ad Wizard Can Help Your Social Presence Thrive

Now, after hearing all about the benefits of paid social media advertising, you may be wondering... how exactly to I develop a powerful social media ad campaign that reaches the right people? Our Ad Wizard™, which you can find in the DeltaNet, makes it fast and easy to create social ad campaigns by providing all of the tools that you need in one convenient package.

  • Easily Manage Ad Campaigns
    Rely on an intuitive, easy-to-use interface to manage your ad campaigns, track your budget, and analyze results. Save time by managing all of your marketing in one place within the DeltaNet, getting your ad campaigns up and running with a few clicks, and not having to worry about learning a new interface for each social site.

  • Customize Ads to Suit Your Brand
    You want your ads to stand out for the right reasons and to fit within your overall marketing plan for your brand. Ad Wizard™ allows you to customize your layout for each ad, upload photos, use images from an extensive stock library, and choose from a variety of templates to create just the right advertisement.

  • Access the Most Important Ad Types for Your Brand
    Diversify your campaigns and target each ad to reach the right prospects by choosing from various ad types that can be customized to fit your needs. Ad Wizard™ offers ad types like Just Listed, What's Your Home Worth, Open Houses, Branded Ads, and many more. Easily plan campaigns to reach buyers, sellers, or specific demographics.

  • Track Campaigns to Easily Analyze Results
    Keep track of your results with automated reports that you can easily access within DeltaNet, and use what you learn to help you plan future ad campaigns to maximize your ROI.

With the right tools and the right plan, it's easier than ever before to grow your real estate business with social media marketing. And your social media advertising is about so much more than helping you accomplish important, short-term goals. In the long run, a robust, engaging social presence can help you generate new business, earn referrals, drive website traffic, build trust, and grow your brand in the places where it matters most. All it takes to get started is a few clicks and the right tools for the job.

August
18

Deal flow is the rate at which business proposals and pitches are received.

Investors, including investors in commercial real estate, use this as a general barometer of whether business is good or bad. The same term is also used, alongside lead generation, among real estate professionals focused on residential property. More referrals lead to better deal flow overall.

Leveraging marketing automation technology is a key step in accelerating real estate deal flow. Although there are many tools that can help, the cornerstone of any strategy is CRM. CRM, short for Customer Relationship Management, enhances visibility across your customer ecosystem.

A powerful all-in-one solution like DeltaNET™ 6 is no longer "nice to have"; it is an absolute must-have.

A CRM serves your needs in three powerful ways:

  • It provides complete visibility into where your leads and current customers stand in their transactions
  • It enables you to nurture your leads consistently using personalized email marketing and other tools
  • It strengthens your ability to follow up with leads and past customers to get more deals and referrals

Not long ago, only a fraction of real estate agents used CRM. Now, the tottering old "technology stacks" of yore, built of a dozen apps that don't work together, are giving way to centralized solutions. By using CRM effectively, you benefit yourself and your clients.

When it comes to deal flow acceleration, a single technique can bring your business to the next level.

CRM-Based Audience Segmentation Improves Deal Flow Through Targeted, Personalized Messaging

Your email marketing list is one of your most valuable business assets.

That's because your list is packed with people who have a definite, pre-existing relationship with you and are amenable to hearing what you have to say. You have the power to significantly influence subscribers, making customer conversions more likely at times when they benefit you most.

You can also use the same resources to stay connected with past customers and acquire referrals.

But what's the best way to differentiate your messages so they remain relevant and welcome?

Audience segmentation means refining your email list by placing subscribers into sub-lists, called segments, that match up with your relationship and their interests. Using segmentation, you can make sure subscribers get only the most targeted and relevant information. That makes it more likely they'll take action.

5 Ways to Boost Your Monthly Deal Flow Using Audience Segmentation

There are many situations where segmentation creates better experiences for your contacts. Your CRM can turn your single list into a seamless collection of highly focused sub-lists in a matter of just minutes. That means you will get better ROI from your email drip campaigns and can expect a fuller schedule overall.

Let's look at some audience segments that can bolster your business:

  • Past Customers
    Audience segmentation is particularly important when current customers close their deals and become past customers. They will no longer need content on negotiating a buy or finding financing, for example. You can keep the conversation flowing with these subscribers by sending them information on homeownership, DIY repair, decorating, and more. The more you know about their interests, the better.

  • Cold Leads
    When leads have gone cold, it is a wise idea to activate a special sub-list for them. Use email in conjunction with text message marketing to re-ignite the conversation. If you can verify that someone is still looking for a home, then they return to your current leads list. Your cold leads list can leverage urgency and limited-time offers to spur action. If a lead remains cold for months, however, it is polite to pause messages and circle back later.

  • "Love List"
    Your "Love List" consists of your customers who have demonstrated they were not just satisfied with your work, but thrilled. For example, they might have given you 5-star reviews on multiple platforms without you even raising the subject. They deserve a special list category because you will want to pepper your messaging with personalized check-ins. It is okay to ask your Love List for referrals several times a year!

  • Open House Attendees
    Open house registrants who actually show up are clearly on their way to a purchase — the question is when they'll find the right home for them. Follow up with attendees you don't hear from right away, using a text, call, email, or even a social media message to see what they thought of the property.

  • Open House No-Shows
    Open house no-shows can stay on a list segment, ensuring they get future invitations to local events. But you should also touch base to see if you can find out what happened. Did other commitments come up, or was the house a dud? If you've done a virtual tour, be sure to send the link.

Contact us at Delta Media Group to unlock the power of marketing automation.

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
10

Social media is a versatile and powerful tool for real estate agents.
Some real estate professionals get the majority of their leads using social media. Of all industries represented on social platforms, real estate brands are the most active. That makes sense since there is always something new to share when showing what makes your community special.

That means, of course, that in addition to all the political scandals and celebrity gossip you'll find in an average social media feed, many of your colleagues are striving to attract attention. It's worth asking the question: "What makes the winning difference when it comes to social media marketing?"

The answer: Making a genuine connection with your audience.

You might expect us to say social media automation is the key to building your brand on Facebook, Twitter, and the rest. And it is a crucial part of the equation. But technology doesn't replace you — it accelerates and streamlines the process of making that connection. What you bring to the process is indispensable.

If you try to automate the wrong things, even the most reliable AI-driven tools won't yield the best ROI.

So, how can you connect with others online without shouting for attention or advertising constantly?

Take a cue from the kind of person you would want to follow.

How to Take a Genuine Interest in Others on Social Media

Look at the people whose updates you always try to catch on social media.

Odds are good they are offering something you can't get anywhere else — or, if there are plenty of other sources out there, they've distinguished themselves in some way that makes them your favorite. They aren't in a rush to get more followers and sales. Most importantly, they add real value for others.

There are two pieces to that:

  • Understanding what others care about well enough to reflect that in the content you create

  • Giving your followers the opportunity to meet the authentic you, which goes beyond brand

Of course, your professional brand should follow your authentic personal values. But people don't go onto social media to meet brands: They want to see other human beings. When you're doing it right, they never lose sight of the fact that you're a person just like them, even when you're talking about what your business can do.

Here's how to square the circle:

  • Use Your Face More than Your Logo
    All the graphics you use on social media should be fully branded. That said, always favor a recent photo of your face for your profile picture or "avatar." This gives the audience you gather an immediate sense they are talking to a real person. Try to include yourself in masthead images where possible, too.

  • Respond to Others' Comments
    Social media should be a conversation. Engaging directly with others dispels the impression that you're talking to yourself. Add your perspective to what others are saying, and they will naturally be more interested in you and what you have to offer. Keep it professional, but don't be afraid to be yourself.

  • Obey the 80/20 Rule
    While there are many versions of the 80/20 Rule, in marketing it boils down to this: for each time you plug what you have to offer, share something of genuine value to your audience five times. Pepper your feed with helpful, informative content on buying or selling as well as your latest listings and inspirational quotes.

  • Advocate for Your Community
    As a real estate agent, no one knows your local area better than you. Leverage that by showing the buyers who might move into your community exactly what they're getting. Walking tours of top neighborhoods, the latest news from the town government, and the best restaurants and attractions all have a place on your feed.

  • Emphasize Storytelling
    For as long as there have been people, they've been telling stories. Telling the stories of your successful clients — and, when they're willing, letting them do so in their own words — is a powerful form of social proof nothing else can match. But don't hesitate to tell your own stories, even when they're not directly related to selling.

  • Use Video Marketing Frequently
    Virtual open houses are here to stay, and they're just one form of video marketing that can supercharge your business. All real estate agents and brokers should aspire to be comfortable both in front of and behind the camera. Whenever you do a video tour of a home or neighborhood, be sure it gets shared across all platforms!

Every property tells a story of its own, so it's only natural real estate professionals have lots to say. Tools like Facebook Connector and LinkedIn Connector can strengthen your efforts, but there's no substitute for your unique perspective. Contact us to learn more about digital marketing with the human touch.

June
29

"Silence, brand!"

If you've spent much time on social media over the last few years, you've probably seen this answer to branded content. It's a snappy retort to what many see as the increasingly unctuous and unwelcome expansion of corporate narratives into social spaces, leaving us subject to advertising seemingly every minute of every day.

To a growing number of people — including many of your future customers — the idea that Wendy's is our wisecracking hipster friend or we're "in this together" with Toyota or United Airlines isn't just unconvincing: it's downright nauseating. The more brands clamor to sound just like us, the more robotic and intrusive it all feels.

Many internet users are covering their ears and averting their eyes rather than engage with it.

Into this world of "corporate personhood" run amok steps the real estate agent or broker.

It's a well-known fact that many real estate agents get a substantial quantity of their leads by promoting their listings on digital channels, especially social media. Some experts have estimated that out of all professional industries, real estate experts are the most active on social media.

Going without a robust online presence simply isn't an option. The question, then, is how you can humanize your digital business. Luckily, you have some natural advantages that can serve you well.

The Human Connection Just Comes Easier for Real Estate Agents

Luckily, you have the potential to go right where so many others go wrong.

Real estate professionals stand out from the pack online for a variety of reasons:

  • Meaningful, 1-to-1 relationships are at the heart of all they do
  • By practicing their skills, they help others to achieve life goals
  • Their local knowledge, style, and passion are unique to them

With all of this in mind, you should get excited about the huge potential the digital world holds in store. Your consistent, trustworthy online presence is an extension of your in-person relationship building. Over time, that online activity provides the momentum that brings a steady stream of leads to your door.

That's crucial to building a lucrative, sustainable business that offers work-life balance.

Let's look at some of the ways you can ensure your digital brand has the human touch:

  • Prefer Your Face to Your Logo
    Whenever possible, show your face, not your logo. A logo can be anyone, but your face is yours alone. This is crucial when deciding on social media avatars, your header photos on Twitter and Facebook, and more. When someone visits your website home page, be sure they see smiling faces — either yours or your customers'.

  • Share Stories from Actual Customers
    Customer success stories are the most important form of social proof. While many visitors will check out your reputation on third-party review sites, you should also include testimonials directly on your social media and real estate website. Written testimonials work well, but aspire to showcase your biggest wins on video.

  • Be an Advocate for Your Community
    Your value as a real estate agent is inseparable from the community where you practice. Use your digital presence to become a trusted guide to what makes your area special. Producing content about local events, top restaurants, and other amenities shows that you truly care about the place where you do your work.

  • Use Video Marketing to Build Rapport
    Video marketing is the next best thing to being there. It is a wise idea to record a video introducing yourself and your practice in your own words for your site's home page. Video tours of homes and neighborhoods are also very effective. This content helps newcomers feel like they already know you.

  • Connect with Cards and Mementos
    Of course, no brand is digital alone — and what you do outside the confines of the internet can enrich both your business and your customers' lives. Following up with former customers is essential to referral business, so don't be afraid to invest time in a handwritten card or include a small, meaningful gift.

  • Mark Special Occasions
    Holidays are the cultural touchstones we all share, while anniversaries are meaningful moments in an individual relationship. Honor both of them by producing tasteful seasonal content for your website and social media. At the same time, don't forget to acknowledge past customers on, for example, the anniversary of closing day.

  • Consider Using Text Messages
    Text messaging is quickly developing into one of the most intimate ways to start conversations with leads. You can get opt-ins through your website, social media, or automatically through Open House Connector. Asking a quick question can revive cold leads, but it's also a great way to let others know you're looking out for them.

Marketing automation technology doesn't get in the way of relationships; it helps you manage and deepen them. Contact us to learn more.

June
3

Diversifying your lead generation crucial for maintaining a steady, reliable supply of leads for your real estate business. With so many marketing tools and networking opportunities available, there's never been a better time to find new ways to generate leads. In addition to trying new things, it's also important to make sure that key lead generation tools like your real estate website are updated for a modern audience. Take a closer look at these 7 ways to diversify your lead generation and find new ways to earn leads for your real estate business.

  • Position Yourself as an Online Real Estate Expert by Answering Questions
    Sharing your real estate expertise is one of the most powerful ways to add value for your current clients, and it's always a great way to generate fresh leads online. Whether on social media or online forums, there are always people with real estate questions that need answers. By providing those answers in public online spaces, you're also showing anyone else who encounters that exchange that you have the expertise to help with their real estate needs.

  • Get Involved with Community Events
    Sponsoring local events is a reliable way to bring visibility to your business with a local audience, but your presence at the events you sponsor can add even more value. These local events are outstanding networking opportunities, allowing you to connect with potential local clients and build relationships with other businesses that may lead to referrals.

    In addition to networking opportunities, attending local events can help you create valuable content for your real estate website. Create preview posts for your blog to generate interest in the event, then be sure to take plenty of photos and videos while you're at the event to create content that shows why your communities are such great places to call home.

  • Make It Easy to Find Your Customer Feedback Online
    Are you making the most of positive feedback from existing clients to help you earn new leads? Social proof works a lot like word of mouth, but on a much larger scale. The positive testimonials and reviews that your clients provide are a powerful form of social proof, but only if you make sure people can find them. Dedicate a page on your real estate website to showcasing testimonials from your clients, and make sure your online reviews are easy to find.

  • Turn Your Real Estate Website into a Lead Generation Machine
    With so many other ways to promote your real estate business online, it can be easy to forget that your real estate website should be one of your most powerful sources of lead generation. A dated website or one that doesn't offer all of the features that modern clients expect can lead to many missed opportunities for lead generation. If your website doesn't load with speed, lacks features, isn't mobile-friendly, or doesn't feature a sleek, modern look, then it may be time to refresh your website to maximize lead generation.

  • Create a Diverse Video Content Strategy
    Getting into video content can feel intimidating, but it's easier than you might think. There's so much value to putting your face and your real estate expertise out there for everyone to see, so integrating video content is a great way to diversify your lead generation if you're not doing it already. Just like with your regular blog posts, the best video content answers questions, provides advice, and showcases everything that makes your markets special.

  • Use Slower Seasons to Refresh Older Listings
    Have some of your listings gone stale and become lost in the shuffle behind newer, fresher listings? Then use slower seasons in your real estate markets to bring those older listings back to the forefront. Slower times on the calendar are perfect for promoting older listings that didn't gain much traction the first time around, when there's less competition from other homes on the market.

  • Provide the Information Your Leads Need with Targeted Email Newsletters
    Email marketing is a great way to generate new leads and nurture existing ones, but only if you're delivering the types of content that those leads want to see. With the right real estate CRM, you can auto-generate reports for buyers, sellers, and anyone who's watching the market to plan their next move. Stay top of mind by delivering the content that your leads need in a way that's convenient for them.

With so many new tools and places to market your business online, the process of diversifying your lead generation never really ends. Keep an eye on the latest trends, experiment to find the best lead generation tactics for your target audience, and don't be afraid to try something new when marketing your real estate business.

May
13

Few industries changed as much or as quickly as real estate at the outset of the pandemic.

Working together, real estate professionals from all walks of life were able to re-imagine traditional approaches. The drive to improve safety for colleagues and clients alike has had a tremendous impact. What started out as a matter of necessity has given rise to innovations like digital showings, poised to redefine business as usual.

With vaccinations increasing fast, real estate professionals will soon find themselves with the opportunity to return to something like "normal." But precisely what awaits in the future is a matter of considerable debate.

Real estate has been one of the biggest bright spots in a pandemic-battered economy. While nobody can see the future, the general outlines of what tomorrow's real estate market might look like are fast becoming clear.

Here's what to expect from real estate after COVID:

  • Bankruptcies and Foreclosures Influence Housing Stock
    Mortgage-holders and renters alike have benefited from several moratoriums to help them weather the effects of the pandemic. With those protections slated to wind down, bankruptcy filings are likely to increase sharply. Real estate professionals should brush up on the expectations around short sales and bank-owned properties.

  • Mortgage Rates Increase After Long-Term Record Low
    Mortgage rates have had a historic low streak, enabling millions of Americans who might otherwise have waited to enter the housing market. Rate increases are inevitable, which will shut out some would-be buyers. Still, it may be a long time before rates rise dramatically and restructure the availability of financing.

  • Millennial Buyers Will Continue to Drive High Demand
    Robust demand has been one of the engines behind real estate's standout success in 2020. Millennial buyers make up an expanding share of homebuyers, and they will continue to be alert for market opportunities. The younger cohort is aging into homeownership while many elders make strong progress on savings and debt.

  • A Proposed Tax Credit Is a Powerful Wildcard
    Congress is now considering legislation known as the First-Time Homebuyer Act. If it becomes law, this bill will provide a tax credit for first-time homebuyers equal to 10% of the property's purchase price, up to $15,000. The bill is targeted to lower and middle-income individuals and families.

  • Down Payment Assistance May Be Coming, Too
    Separate legislation is in the works that may make down payments more attainable, too. First-time, first-generation buyers could qualify for substantial down payment assistance in the form of a grant at closing. Both bills will expect a buyer to use the qualifying property as a primary residence.

  • Millions of Renters May Still Become Buyers
    The cumulative effect of the two legislative proposals on the housing market suggests more than nine million people may still seize the opportunity to buy their first home. Demand is expected to vastly outstrip supply, creating intense competition in the most desirable housing markets around the country.

  • Video and Virtual Tours Will Remain Common
    In 2018 and 2019, video was already seeing massive growth in popularity for real estate marketing. Now, buyers and sellers alike are accustomed to video in the form of digital open houses and tours. Their convenience, along with the ability for buyers to stretch their search into a wider radius, mean these trends are here to stay.

  • Brace Yourself for the "Big Box" Model of Real Estate
    Large digital brands are consolidating their influence over buyers and sellers and extending their operations into more areas of real estate. They will continue to press for a less personal and more homogeneous real estate experience that prizes volume over value — deep local expertise is the antidote.

An Exciting New Era of Change Awaits Real Estate After the Pandemic

Just as they discovered opportunity in the midst of tragedy, real estate agents and brokers have a vital role to play in tomorrow's economic resurgence. In late 2021 and beyond, real estate could grow from an isolated success story to a bellwether of future prosperity for a great recovery.

Whatever changes, one thing is sure to remain the same: the importance of digital marketing.

Real estate agents who spend time implementing and learning marketing automation technologies now will be more resilient against the unknowns of the future. Done right, your real estate website can become a lead engine that informs, educates, coaches, and qualifies leads — bringing them to your door when they are ready.

A strong lead pipeline will help agents maintain their independence and strengthen relationships in the community, essential considerations as large digital-first brands and speculators seek to transform real estate to their advantage. Your digital marketing highlights your unique skills and perspective, which are irreplaceable.

To learn more about the future of real estate digital marketing, contact us at Delta Media Group today.

April
27

Social proof is one of the most important elements of your real estate marketing mix because testimonials and reviews play a key role in helping potential clients decide which real estate company to choose. When a prospect can easily find out what satisfied clients have to say about your business, they will have more confidence that they can trust your agents to help them achieve their own real estate goals. If you've been wondering how to make the most of the testimonials that your business earns, you've come to the right place. Let's take a closer look at maximizing your testimonials and using social proof to earn new business.

How to Maximize Your Testimonials

  • What Testimonials Are and Why They Matter
    Maximizing the value of testimonials requires an understanding of why they are so important for potential clients who are researching real estate businesses. When someone is shopping for or planning to sell a house, there's a natural level of anxiety that comes with such a major decision. While other elements of your marketing are sure to pique their interest, there's nothing like the real words of a satisfied client to help soothe that anxiety. They're the modern version of word of mouth, providing a natural way to build trust and eradicate doubts for prospects.

  • The Best Testimonials Include Specifics
    Getting the most from your testimonials starts with knowing what to ask for, and details are key. A very general testimonial that simply says your business is great to work with doesn't have the same value as a more specific testimonial that details exactly why and how you helped that client achieve their goals.

    So when you ask for testimonials, don't be shy about requesting details. Ask specific questions about why they chose your business, how you helped them overcome challenges, what surprised them about the process, and what their favorite part was about working with your team. The client giving the testimonial likely had their own concerns about the real estate process initially, so showing how you helped them overcome their concerns and challenges is a compelling form of marketing for prospects who may share the same concerns.

  • Showcase Your Testimonials Front and Center
    To earn a glowing testimonial from a client, your agents had to do a great job of helping that client with their real estate needs. That's certainly something worth celebrating! When you get a great testimonial, make sure that it's showcased prominently — ideally on the home page of your real estate website. You can also create a landing page dedicated entirely to testimonials to display all the best ones in a convenient location. Integration of testimonials is a dependable way to add value to your website and increase conversions.

  • Authenticity Matters
    Social proof works best when it's authentic, and that's certainly true for testimonials. Prospects will encounter many heavily edited or even fabricated testimonials during their research and will tune out those that don't feel authentic. A testimonial that includes specific details and examples will feel much more authentic than a more general, impersonal example.

  • Add a Name and Face to Testimonials
    If you want an easy way to increase authenticity, try adding a photo of the client to the testimonial (with the client's permission, of course). Being able to pair a face with the name at the end of the testimonial helps build trust. You can even take your social proof to the next level by requesting video testimonials. While recording testimonials does add some extra work, it's worth the effort. A video testimonial is an incredibly powerful form of social proof, and it's tough to top the authenticity of a client talking directly to the camera about your business.

  • Integrate Testimonials Throughout Your Real Estate Marketing
    In order to maximize the value of your testimonials, you need to maximize the chances for prospects to see them. So while displaying them on your website is a great start, you will also want to sprinkle them in with the rest of your real estate marketing. Start by sharing them to your social feeds and encouraging other clients to engage in the comments with their own experiences. You can add testimonials to your profile on many of the most popular national real estate websites and integrate them with your email marketing. Don't be afraid to innovate and find new places to display your best testimonials.

Maximizing your testimonials is so much easier with the right real estate marketing team on your side, and we'd love to help you make the most of all your marketing tools. Contact us to learn more about DeltaNET 6 and how we can help you grow your business and take your real estate marketing to the next level.

April
23

Real estate has changed quickly over the last year. There are new technologies and new marketing techniques. Some of them leverage trends that were already percolating in the background, accelerated by the pandemic. Others are all-new, the byproduct of the collective ingenuity and creativity of a highly adaptive industry.

Whatever the case, real estate's evolution won't end with COVID-19. On the contrary, agents and brokers should prepare for a fresh era of change — one in which they'll need to draw on recent lessons while connecting with how they can best communicate their unique value to clients.

That's because the time is now to start Zillowproofing your business.

Big or Small, 2021 Is Pivotal to Zillowproofing Your Real Estate Future

Zillow is no longer "just" a place for listings — it's a real competitor.

But don't panic! Zillow has a big budget and even bigger aspirations, but you have competitive advantages that it can never take away. More than that, it can't even come close to replicating them.

Only local real estate pros can:

  • Develop deep and personal relationships with their leads and clients and maintain them for years
  • Deliver the highest quality of responsive, professional service to help clients navigate transactions
  • Recognize and respond to changes, both individually and within your community, and react fast
  • Craft a brand narrative that attracts your own ideal customers, not just "anyone and everyone."

In sectors of the economy from accountancy to roofing and everywhere in between, motivated professionals and small or mid-sized brands have always found ways to compete successfully with "the big guy." Zillow's brand recognition is a double-edged sword: millions of would-be clients will soon be turning up their noses at the name everyone knows and looking for a local real estate expert who truly cares about their needs.

Meet (and Beat) Zillow on Your Terms: 7 Ways to Get Started Now

  • Leverage Customer Relationship Management to Get More Done, Faster
    An all-in-one real estate solution like DeltaNET 6 gives you visibility into the activities of your contacts, leads, and clients. It keeps track of interactions with your listings and helps you know when and how to follow up. DeltaNET 6 will save you hundreds of hours of manual work so you can focus on building your business.

  • Adapt to Real Estate Trends that Show Signs of Staying Power
    After 2020, the real estate industry has changed forever. Video is more important than ever for real estate marketing, and that includes virtual tours: they're convenient and effective, helping buyers broaden their search radius without long road trips. Properties in Motion and the Virtual Open House platform make it easy.

  • Carve Out Spaces Where You Can Compete Effectively
    Zillow is big, but results still come down to one-on-one personal connections. In many cases, that means making life easier for your clients. Local Showings is Delta Media Group's solution. You can easily check availability and schedule a showing for any listing on the MLS — it's like Zillow, only better.

  • Double Down on Your Branding, Niche, and Individual Appeal
    Your ideal client is eager to work with you, not anyone else. Be sure you're 100% clear on who that client is, what their pain points are, and why you can serve them better than the competition. Then, repeat that message loud and clear throughout your website, blogs, social media, and anywhere you meet people.

  • Make a Personal Connection Before You Even Meet
    Video isn't just about making homes look good. It can also put you in the spotlight. People trust video — it's the next best thing to being there, and helps newcomers to your brand feel like they know you. Introduce yourself with a video on your website. Enhance your blog and social media posts with video whenever you can.

  • Leverage Your Existing Network for More Referrals
    Referrals are the name of the game early in any real estate pro's career. If you keep relationships strong, that well never runs dry. Be disciplined in following up after closing day: one week, one month, six months, and a year to the day. Circle around to clients you haven't heard from recently and find out if there's more you can do.

  • Make Your Website the Core of Your Lead Generation
    On the flip side, your website can develop into a lead generation engine that's always running. Zillow has been on the scene for years, but real estate agents still get excellent online visibility with SEO and content marketing. Follow best practices and publish helpful, informative content for your target audience.

What's the biggest takeaway? Don't get spooked! Stay calm, think things through, and make informed choices about your options to stay ahead of the curve. To learn more about real estate digital marketing, contact us today.

April
20

There are more tools available than ever before to market your real estate business, but finding the right marketing mix doesn't always feel easy. In order to generate the best ROI with your real estate marketing, it's important to understand both the tools available and how each tool fits with your audience. It also requires a willingness to set goals, and a commitment to tracking results. We'll cover it all, with a closer look at how to generate great ROI with your real estate marketing.

  • Set and Track Your Marketing Goals
    Whether you track ROI down to the decimal or take a more general approach, there's no doubt that setting goals is crucial to both identifying what you want to improve and achieving what you set out to accomplish with your real estate marketing.

    While general goals like becoming the go-to source of real estate information are helpful, the most effective goals will be more specific to different types of marketing. Do you want to earn more website traffic, generate more social media engagement, or increase the success rate of your email campaigns? Set specific goals for those areas, and track your results over time to discover what works best for your business.

  • Know Your Audience and How to Reach Them
    In order to achieve your marketing goals, you need to understand the target audience you're trying to reach. A small, boutique real estate firm that caters to luxury buyers seeking a second home will naturally have a different marketing approach than a brand that aims to pair first-time buyers with the ideal starter home. Of course, some real estate businesses cater to a wide range of clients, and that's okay too! With a powerful real estate all-in-one solution like DeltaNET 6, you can gain a better understanding of your existing clientele, segment your audience, and discover the data that you need to make informed decisions about your marketing.

  • Create Content That Speaks to the Needs and Interests of Your Audience
    Generating engagement with your real estate blog and social media pages starts with understanding the needs of your audience. The best real estate content informs, educates, and inspires your audience, so ROI with content depends on a deep understanding of what your audience wants to see. With custom content creation from Delta Media Group and all of the data you accumulate, you can deliver content that positions your real estate team as local experts that your clients can trust.

  • Tailor Your Email Marketing to Specific Segment of Your Audience
    One of the biggest challenges for generating ROI with your email marketing is simply getting people to open your emails, and tailoring your email content to specific segments of your audience is a reliable way to get them to click. A buyer, seller, or someone who's just looking will all be seeking different content to help them make important decisions. Our AI-driven email newsletters and targeted email marketing campaigns make it so much easier to reach each client with the most relevant information.

  • Make SEO a Priority
    Most real estate prospects start their search for a real estate business online, and search engine optimization (SEO) is critical for making sure that they find your business first when they visit their favorite search engine with real estate questions. Local SEO integration is a dependable way to stand out within your markets, increase traffic to your website, and position your business as the go-to source for real estate needs in the places that matter most to your brand. Generating great ROI with SEO starts with having a plan. With custom website design, custom content, and a deep understanding of local SEO, Delta Media Group can help you achieve your SEO goals.

  • Make the Most of Paid Online Advertising
    SEO and content creation can help you attract clients organically, but reaching some members of your target audience will require a more direct approach. Paid advertising is a great supplement to your other marketing tools, allowing you to reach more potential clients through ads targeted to specific demographics on search engines and social media. Setting goals and tracking results are especially important for improving paid advertising ROI, which is why DeltaNET 6 makes it easier when planning paid advertising campaigns.

Generating great ROI with your marketing is virtually seamless when you have the right team on your side, and we'd love to help you achieve your marketing goals. With all of the tools in DeltaNET 6 and the help of an experienced real estate marketing team, you can accomplish your goals while making the most of your marketing budget. Contact us today to learn more.

March
30

You may have a secret identity as a mild-mannered real estate pro. When it comes to connecting with the people who can move your practice forward, however, you turn into a superhero — whether you know it or not!

Everyone brings their own skills and perspective to the field of real estate. It's no surprise, then, that everyone has a different grab bag of real estate competencies they pick up faster or enjoy the most. Experimenting with different techniques is essential for discovering your own marketing superpower.

It wasn't that long ago when everyone in real estate was expected to be a rollicking extrovert. Marketing in real estate was synonymous with in-person events: everything from open houses to business networking to town hall meetings. Being seen as frequently as possible was a principal goal.

Certain types of face-to-face events are still extremely powerful. But agents and brokers are now equipped with a wide range of options that allow them to think differently about marketing and their place in it. Specifically:

  • Agents can connect with prospects and leads in a fast-growing variety of ways online.
  • Identifying and following up with leads most likely to become clients is easier than ever.
  • Digital marketing automation saves time and energy while maintaining quality relationships.

No matter what you recognize as your superpower, it's okay to lead with your strengths. Some real estate experts sell a huge portion of their listings through social media. Others are energized by open houses or virtual tours. With the right technology, you can multiply your efforts while staying focused on your core interests.

Here are some superpowers that turn ordinary real estate agents into extraordinary Men and Women of Steel:

  • Social Media
    Social media is one of the most versatile tools superheroes can keep in their utility belt. Each network has its own uses. Facebook is one of the best choices for maintaining ties with your former clients. Instagram is the place for your most captivating real estate photos. LinkedIn appeals to the luxury market, and Twitter is great for prospecting. Facebook Connector and LinkedIn Connector make social media automation a snap.

  • Virtual Tours
    Once in-person home tours make a comeback, virtual tours will still be here to stay. Buyers love virtual tours because they can see more properties within a shorter timeframe. Since they don't need to travel, they can extend their search radius. Sellers, on the other hand, appreciate having eyes on their property without having to stress over in-person showings. Properties in Motion is an integrated video platform that eliminates the guesswork.

  • Email Marketing
    When you meet a real estate prospect, what happens next? It may be weeks or months before someone decides to jump in and start looking for a home. Email marketing keeps the relationship strong no matter how long it takes. Helpful, informative content directed to your ideal clients — whether buyers or sellers, Millennials or Baby Boomers — positions you as an expert. Automated email drip campaigns are simple through DeltaNET 6.

  • Real Estate Blogging
    You don't need to get bitten by a radioactive critter to become the best real estate blogger in town — and this is a unique superpower because it will make all your other ones work better. Blogging turns your real estate website into a lead magnet, giving you the amazing ability to draw your ideal clients directly to you. The more you blog, the more likely you will appear prominently in searches related to your business.

Contact us at Delta Media Group to learn how DeltaNET takes your superpowers to the next level.

March
19

What's moving your business forward?

In the old days, there was virtually no way to know. Real estate agents relied almost exclusively on face-to-face contact, attending events in the community, and handing out business cards or fridge magnets. After that initial conversation, it could be months before they heard from a prospect again — if ever.

Today, we have the benefit of a wealth of data and plenty of ways to use it.

Every time someone visits your website, they generate a vast treasure trove of useful information. Each session tells you where someone first found your website and what they did once they got there. That includes every page they looked at and how long they spent at each step in the journey.

Once you master your data, you can consistently improve your website, making it a better experience for all your visitors. Improvements of 2%-3% a month gradually turn into competitive advantages in your local market. But where do you start the process of becoming fluent with your data?

When your digital marketing is handled through an all-in-one, AI-driven solution like DeltaNET 6, you'll enjoy an amazingly granular view of your data. Still, it takes time to see how it all fits together. Here are some pieces of the puzzle you'll want to get familiar with first:

  • Total Website Visits
    Also known as "traffic," total website visits are the ultimate metric for the top of your marketing funnel. More visits mean more leads, so getting initial traffic to your site will be your focus in the early stages of your practice. Ideally, you should see some growth in your website visits with every passing month. Dig deeper into the trend to find out what your major traffic sources are: Google search, social media, referrals from other websites?

  • Visitor-to-Lead Conversion Rate
    Unless visitors turn into leads, traffic is sheer overhead. There may be several different "conversion events" on any website, but most real estate agents build their funnel so that visitors who sign up for a weekly email are considered leads. Leads can also be people who express interest in one of your listings or signed up for an open house. Optimizing your conversion rate moves people closer to a transaction that much faster.

  • Cost Per Lead
    Almost all marketing activities will cost money. After all, even the simplest flier isn't free to print. With Cost Per Lead, you connect your marketing investment with results in the form of a crucial question: "If I spend X on my real estate marketing, how many leads will I generate?" In general, Cost Per Lead will go down as you launch more inbound marketing initiatives that pay long-term dividends, such as SEO and blogging.

Continuous Monitoring Helps You Turn Data into Actionable Insights

New data is generated every day, but that doesn't mean it always has new things to tell you. Get into the habit of putting aside one or two days at the same time each month to do a deep dive into fresh data. That's long enough to see which way trends are pointing, short enough to tie causes to effects.

With DeltaNET 6, key digital marketing features like search engine optimization and social media marketing are built right in, ready for you to customize or automate as you see fit. You can even automate entire Facebook and Instagram advertising campaigns with AdWizard. ROI on all your initiatives is easier to measure than ever.

Managing your data has a learning curve, but it equips you to supercharge your real estate marketing. To find out more, contact us.

November
25

Protect from Zillow

Marketing for real estate agents is about to become more challenging.

Real estate agents have long looked warily at Zillow, a media firm that aggregates data on 110 million American homes through its website. Since its launch in 2006, it has diverted many home buyers and prospective sellers to begin their research on its homepage.

Zillow's next move will be more disruptive: It's hiring real estate agents.

Zillow Offers customers in Atlanta, Phoenix, and Tucson will now work with Zillow employees licensed through Zillow Homes, the company's real estate brokerage. Homes will be listed by Zillow employees.

Zillow employees won't represent sellers outside the Zillow Offers program. However, it will be much easier for Zillow to make that decision in the future as market conditions change.

Plus, the company's expansion threatens to "suck the air out of the room" when it comes to marketing for real estate agents. Independent agents and smaller brokerages will find themselves competing with a juggernaut in America's hottest markets.

What should real estate agents do to prepare?

Technology and Automation Are Essential to Successful Marketing for Real Estate Agents

A recent NAR report showed successful real estate agents get nearly 66% of their business from repeat and referral customers. After the first two years of practice, referrals should begin to grow substantially.

The key to capturing that growth is to deliver personalized, high-touch care during the customer experience and after. However, as your business scales, it becomes more challenging to devote time and attention. The key is automation through reliable, AI-driven real estate technology.

Today's machine learning tools integrate seamlessly into your workflow, enabling you to communicate with one, one hundred, or one thousand clients with the same combination of warmth and precision—everyone receives relevant, useful messaging enlivened by personal touches that build trust.

A CRM is Step One for World-Class Client Care in a Competitive Environment

Without Customer Relationship Management software, your clients are invisible.

A modern CRM enables you to see at a glance where every prospect, lead, and client stands in their own individual buyer journey. Through integration with email marketing and social media tools, it empowers you to deliver the most helpful and informative content at the push of a button.

If you are not using a CRM yet, now's the time to make the leap. The industry's top brokerages already have. A growing number of new agents are starting their career with streamlined, high-tech processes.

Once you add existing customers and contacts to your CRM, it unlocks opportunities to recognize and meet their needs at every stage of the process. Even if leaps lapse or take months to dive into the market, you'll always have follow-up options.

Four More Ways to "Zillow-Proof" Your Career and Set a Course for Success

Once your CRM is up and running, you can stay engaged with both current and past customers. CRM will help you water your garden, but you still need to plant the right seeds. Here's how to do it:

  1. Actively Request Referrals … from Everyone
    Referrals aren't just for clients. Friends, family members, and others you spend time with should hear about what you have to offer … again and again. You never know when someone in your circle may be able to send one of their contacts your way.
  2. Showcase Testimonials and Success Stories
    A modern real estate website really shines when it includes social proof that shows other customers "just like them" love your work. Request a quote as soon as you can after closing day and share it on social media. If you're handy with video, a recorded testimonial is even more powerful.
  3. Network Within Your Community
    Your local expertise is the stock-in-trade nobody else can duplicate. Many of your clients will be from right within your neighborhood, so make yourself known at chamber of commerce events, real estate meetups, and networking groups. You can even extend that online to LinkedIn and Facebook.
  4. Master the Art of Follow-Up
    A CRM equips you to promote listings and connect with others on social media, email, and more. Get used to following up diligently with undecided prospects, including everyone who attends your open houses. It may take 6-8 contacts for someone to make a decision, so don't give up.

As 2021 dawns, marketing for real estate agents is inseparable from digital technology. Never has it been easier to build long-lasting relationships not only with new clients, but previous ones who will power your referral engine.

Delta's all-in-one real estate CRM is the premier proptech solution built on years of feedback from real estate agents. With tools like pre-populated email drip campaigns, automated social media, and the My Customer for Life newsletter, what once took hours every month can now be done in minutes.

To learn more, contact Delta Media Group today.

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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June
24

Get Started with Text Messaging for Your Real Estate Business

Text Message Marketing for Real Estate Agents
Real estate is a time-sensitive industry.

People expect quick, substantive responses to their questions; however, many would-be clients prefer not to communicate by phone call. They want to be reached in a way that's most convenient for them.

It's a given most people check their smartphones regularly throughout the day. That's why real estate professionals choose text messaging as a reliable tool to communicate with clients.

Here is a simple guide to text message marketing for your real estate business.

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June
22

Connect with Your Clients By Texting

DeltaNET 6 Integrated SMS Text Messaging

The real estate industry is changing, and so are the needs of clients.

These days, people want speed and convenience. Providing rapid, responsive service is crucial for top-notch customer service. One of the best tools for growing rapport is something you probably use daily but might not have applied to your business just yet.

It's SMS Texting.

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May
21

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May
15

Real Estate Marketing
The internet has transformed real estate almost more than any other industry. Buyers go online to search for homes, and sellers use the web to search for the best sales associates to represent them.

For real estate pros, it's a time of filled with opportunity. Would-be clients are ready and waiting for you to come calling. The key: You have to capture their attention at the moment they need you most.

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March
30

Digital Marketing for Real Estate
How can real estate professionals continue to excel in the era of COVID-19?

In many markets, showings have slammed to a halt and new listings have slowed to a crawl. Still, there will be a future after coronavirus. Sales Associates who continue their outreach will be best positioned to help their community when lockdown orders start to expire.

Digital marketing is a wise idea for many reasons. In this difficult time, it ensures that you can practice social distancing and minimize the safety impact of your business activities. In the long run, it is key to developing a strong lead funnel and the work-life balance you want.

Many people have put their real estate plans on hold, but the market may look very different later this year. Potential clients will go online to continue their real estate research. Interacting on your site and social media helps you stay connected with the needs of those you serve.

Digital marketing is powerful, but it can be complex. No one technique has the reach or staying power to capture full attention. Now is the best time to figure out a strategy that works for you.

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February
28

Inrix Drive Time Delta Media Group

Inrix Drive Time Shortens Sales Cycle for Clients

CANTON, Ohio — Michael Minard, CEO and Owner of Delta Media Group, announced today his company's recent addition of INRIX Drive Time to better serve its real estate marketing clients. "By making INRIX Drive Time available to our real estate marketing clients, the question of commute time can be determined in the number of minutes—not miles—it takes to drive to a destination. Delta's clients who incorporate INRIX Drive Time into their websites remove the frustration out of the house hunt for buyers and shortens the sales cycle for REALTORS® considerably by prioritizing suitable homes for their clients," says Minard.

INRIX, founded in 2005, developed the practice of managing traffic by analyzing data not just from road sensors, but also from vehicles. With Drive Time, users analyze the extent of a drive by day of the week, time of day, and length of the journey.

Inrix Drive Time
Franklin Stoffer, Sales Manager for Delta Media Group, comments, "Delta continues to innovate and deliver the most powerful search engine for real estate. In addition to the ability for our clients to create hyper-localized searches, search by government-defined zones, and metro-line searches, our clients now can offer drive-time (commute) searches on their websites. This feature is a powerful differentiator for our clients who can now say with confidence they provide the best search tools in their market."

To find out more about incorporating INRIX Drive Time into your marketing plans, contact Franklin Stoffer for details.

About Delta Media Group

Delta Media Group, located in Canton, Ohio, is the creator of DeltaNET 6, the real estate industry's most advanced all-in-one technology platform. Delta Media Group is 100% family-owned and operated with no outside investors and no VC funding. As a leading technology provider to the top U.S. real estate companies, Delta provides clients with both form and function in DeltaNET 6, saving them money and reducing the frustration of managing multiple online.relationships. When you work with Delta Media Group, you're getting a technology partner that you can trust rather than merely a tech vendor.

November
4

Real Estate Marketing 2020
While a well-planned open house is still a valuable marketing tool for selling homes today, real estate agents who want to get noticed in today's modern world need a complete online marketing strategy.

Online methods augment in-person marketing by catering to Web visitors 24 hours a day, even while you sleep. Still, you need to fill your marketing toolkit with techniques that produce reliable results. Creativity and consistency work together to grow your practice faster.

Let's look at ten of the most potent real estate marketing ideas for 2020 and beyond:

  1. Commit to Content Marketing
    Content marketing is the most important aspect of digital marketing for real estate pros. Content refers to all the ways you can make your website helpful and informative; a good blog post is the cornerstone of a content strategy. Aim to publish blog posts every week, focusing on the questions prospective clients want to answer and problems they want to solve.

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June
24

Real Estate Agent Websites
Every modern real estate business needs its own website, from the smallest brokerages to the biggest brands. Your website is the face of your business online, and the place where customers come to learn what you have to offer. But it's also so much more. Check out our ten reasons why real estate agents need their own website.

  1. Customers Rely on Websites to Find Homes, Agents, and Real Estate Businesses
    Real estate customers from Boomers to Gen Z rely on websites and online search to connect with businesses, scout listings, and find agents. So while a website is essential for connecting with younger customers, it's just as important for customers from nearly every other demographic! Real estate customers want easy, reliable access to the information they need, and your real estate website is the best place to provide it.

Delta Media Group Theme Websites

DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELF FROM THE COMPETITION

Brokerages and teams with 50 agents and under can have the same technology as large enterprise brokerages.

 

 

 

  1. Build Your Brand and Set Yourself Apart 
    Why be just a face in the crowd? Your website is the chance to set yourself apart with unique, attractive design, branding, and features. It's a place to differentiate your business from the competition. Speak directly to the target demographics that matter most to your business, provide valuable information, and build trust with quality website content.
  2. Appeal to the Next Generation of Buyers and Sellers
    The youngest generations of homebuyers are also quickly becoming the largest, with Millennials leading the way and Gen Z soon to be entering the real estate market in force. If you want to reach this young demographic of customers, then you need a website.

DeltaNet CRM System

DELTANET CRM SYSTEM

Our CRM system is built specifically for real estate professionals to manage your contacts more effectively, close more deals and provide better service. 

 

 

  1. Connect with Customers and Build a Community
    Your website is a great place to connect your social media with the rest of your online presence. You can post automatically to Facebook from your website, get involved with the conversation that your content generates, and build a community for people interested in real estate. Our DeltaNet CRM makes it easy to stay on top of your customer relationships, lead nurturing, and so much more.
  2. Build SEO and Create Community by Blogging
    An active blog is a central feature of successful real estate websites because it allows you to share knowledge, establish trust, build SEO, and use hyperlocal content to highlight the communities where you sell homes. Your blog is a resource for customers and a great place to start conversations that carry over to social media. Whether you're building a blog on your own or working with our team to create original blog posts for you, our DeltaNet platform's Content Management System (CMS) works easily when you're entering content and looks great to clients when they're reading your blog.
  3. A Central Hub for Online Marketing
    There are so many tools in online marketing, and most of them lead back to your real estate website. At Delta Media Group, we provide the marketing tools you need to attract customers, the attractive, accessible website you need to keep their attention when they arrive, and the CRM you need to manage relationships.
  4. Make It Easy for Customers to Search Listings and More
    Even if you strip away all of the other benefits, IDX listing search alone is more than enough reason to have a real estate website. Customers want to search listings easily, so search capability generates traffic while also making it easier for all of those eyes to see what you have to offer. All of our themes feature IDX listing integration, so you can connect customers with the homes they want to see.
  5. Education and Helpful Resources
    As a real estate agent, you have extensive knowledge of both the real estate industry and your local communities. Your website allows you to share that knowledge in a way that helps customers and establishes credibility. Educational resources are easy to create and provide long-lasting value to your audience.
  6. A Constant Source of Leads and Visibility
    Your website is always waiting, ready for every customer no matter their schedule. When you combine your website with effective digital marketing, it provides a constant source of real estate leads and visibility for your brand.

Delta Media Group Websites

DELTA MEDIA GROUP PUTS YOU IN CHARGE OF YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE

Brokerages and teams with 50 agents and under can have the same technology as large enterprise brokerages.

 



  1. Take Charge of Your Online Presence
    Your digital presence is one of the most important assets of your real estate brand, and a website allows you to control your presence. Delta Media Group offers website and marketing packages for real estate businesses with 50 agents and under, which give you the same tools and resources as some of the world's biggest brokerages. You choose the package – including website design, marketing, and software – that fits your business and customize your options to suit your size.

There are so many great reasons to have a real estate website for your business and provide all that the modern real estate client requires when shopping for a home. Contact us to learn more about our real estate website design, and all of the marketing tools we use to help grow your business.

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June
17

Digital Marketing Tools and Tips

In today's digital world, a website is essential for your real estate business: No one will believe you're a "real business" if they can't find you online. But the value of digital marketing goes further: Done right, it energizes your real estate practice with a consistent flow of buyers and sellers ready to do business.

Many real estate agents start out unsure which digital marketing tools suit their needs. They may post on social media or write blog posts for a while, only to discover getting traction is more challenging than they hoped.

Consistency is key, and a marketing mix where several digital techniques work together is more effective than any one approach. To move forward, consider these seven tools that have paved the way to success for real estate agents like you:

Delta Customizable Websites

    1. Customizable Websites
      If your website looks like everyone else's, that may be how visitors treat you. There are best practices that make it easier for customers to use your site, but it should give them a taste of your personality and branding. Your site's appearance and structure should be built around your ideal customers and their needs. Brokerage & Team Packages by Delta Media Group handle all design the details for you.


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    2. CRM System
      CRM stands for "Customer Relationship Management," and it should be part of your business technology platform allowing you to manage your relationships and communications with clients and prospective clients.  With the right CRM system, it's simple to organize your client lists, streamline your business processes, and grow your real estate business.  Delta Media Group's Pipeline Manager is built to help you TRACK, MANAGE and ENGAGE with your contacts right from your smartphone.


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June
3

Ad Wizard Paid Advertising Campaigns

 

Paid advertising can go a long way towards generating business and growing your customer base.  

Done right, Facebook ads can generate near-immediate traffic and interest in your listings. Still, many real estate agents face some confusion about the best way to use them. Use these ten tips to help grow your real estate business using Facebook advertising.

  1. Target Your Ads Precisely to Location ...
    Location, location, location! It's one of the crucial aspects of real estate, and it's also vital to your ads. Ads should always be targeted so they fall within your service area. You can narrow down your ads to states, cities, and zip codes.

  2. ... and to Demographic
    If you've spent a lot of time thinking about your ideal clientele, odds are you have factors like age and gender in mind. Growing families will have different real estate needs from retirees. Luckily, you have the ability to focus your ads on particular demographic categories.

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November
9

Sold Listing Auto Share
Call it Facebook marketing, online branding, or shameless self-promotion, but Delta Media Group has given you a way to "shout it from the mountaintops" (or at least Facebook) about your most recent SOLD transactions--including IDX listings--using our Facebook Auto Connector tool. 

As an exclusive Buyer's Agent, you work directly with buyers and do not list homes for sale. In today's competitive real estate market, it's essential home buyers have an experienced agent on their side to help them make a reasonable offer on the home they want and have it accepted. You spend tons of time and energy guiding your clients down the right path to homeownership.

So how do you get the word out about the "wins" you have achieved for your clients? 

With over 1.3 billion members worldwide, Facebook seems like the best place to start. Delta Media Group's Facebook Auto Connector gives you the ability to post each of your SOLD listings automatically, and that includes IDX LISTINGS!

See, we think you work way too hard helping your clients take the right steps toward successful home buying not to give you a way to tell your entire story on Facebook. That is why we did not limit your social shares to your broker's listings; we included the ability to share any IDX listing too.

It's a fact, you work hard for your clients, and now you have a way to share your success stories with the world.

Contact our Tech Support Team to get started auto-sharing your story on Facebook today.

March
8

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