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5 Tips for Winning More Listings with Your Property Data Tool
Looking for an edge to beat out the competition for listings? Look no further than your property data tool. From generating CMAs to helping you overcome seller objections, this tool can help you impress prospects and win more listings. But how? To find out, we turned to an expert. Nikki Morgan of CRS Data has spent years training agents on how to leverage public records. "The best thing agents can do is to come to the table with the information that your property data solution can arm you with," says Morgan. "Not just words, but the facts." Here are five ways agents can tap into their property data solution to impress sellers and win more business:
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Kendrick Realty Clones Business Model to New Locations
At RE Technology, we love to bring you success stories from fellow real estate professionals. Kendrick Realty has a GREAT story about how they were able to significantly dial up the success on their lead gen efforts in 2018. Check it out! In early 2018, the founders of Kendrick Realty, Lucas Monroe and Dan Sundberg, started to expand their lead program with realtor.com. At year-end, we checked in on their progress to see what they learned while driving agent- and office-expansion through their realtor.com lead solution.
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20 Years of Staying in Touch Leads to Multiple Transactions
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Create a Conversion Funnel to Turn More Facebook Leads into Clients
In a 2016 interview, Matthew Nicolas and Reid Boles shared how they use Top Producer® CRM and StreetText to stay ahead of their competition by generating high quality leads on Facebook and implementing systems to turn those leads into clients. One year later, Stephen Whiting of StreetText sat down with Matthew to discuss their results and the Facebook lead gen strategy that is making them stand out.
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Agent tried online leads and received a lead that closed on day one!
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How Digital Ads Helped a Rookie Realtor Sell 100 Homes in 2 Years
Realtor Kevin Johnson has never held an open house, never mailed a postcard, and never door knocked--yet he's closed nearly 100 homes since he started selling real estate in August of 2014. "I've never done any of the things that all the training programs tell you that you should do," Johnson says. "When I first got into real estate, I was like, why would I do that? The largest block of buyers is Millennials and they're not going to open houses, they're not checking their mail, right?" Rather than rely on traditional real estate marketing practices, Johnson leverages a more modern form of lead generation to grow his business--digital advertising. He says that this method brings him three to four leads per day. Johnson used digital advertising in his previous career in hospitality, and was already familiar with its benefits. But it was serendipity that introduced him to the advertising tool that he uses in his real estate practice. "When I came into real estate, Century 21 had just started their partnership with Adwerx," he says. "I remember getting an email from Century 21 about it and thinking, 'God, this is ridiculously cheap compared to what it takes to go out and hire a digital agency.' So I started with them and it has worked out amazingly well." Lead Generation Success with Adwerx So what is Adwerx, the tool that Johnson attributes his success to? Well, perhaps you've noticed that certain ads seem to follow you online. You visit a website once, and then you see that brand's ad on various places across the web for days or weeks after. This is called retargeting and it's one of the most effective forms of online advertising available today. Adwerx offers this kind of advertising to real estate pros. Adwerx offers four types of retargeting ad campaigns--listing ads, zip code-based branding ads, sphere ads, and agent recruitment ads for brokers. Johnson utilizes all four for different purposes, and estimates that he has a total of 10 to 12 different Adwerx campaigns running at any given moment. "I use the zip code ads to generate initial interest in an area that I'm trying to farm," he says. Next, Johnson uses Adwerx sphere-of-influence campaign to target his database of 6,000 people. "I take my sphere campaign a step further by breaking up my database into buckets of buyers, sellers, and rent-to-own leads. Then I target those people with different ads and different calls-to-action based on which bucket I've put them in." He updates the contact list he uses in his sphere campaigns every week, and adds tracking codes to the URLs so he can better measure his results, which, according to Johnson, "have been great." And though Johnson is mostly a buyer's agent, "for the listings I have had, I've used the listing campaign, which is an awesome tool," he says. Johnson also recently started his own brokerage with United Real Estate, and has been using Adwerx's recruiting ads to market to top performing agents in his area (see his sample ad below). The ads are targeted only to agents whose contact information Johnson uploads to the Adwerx platform. Best Practices for Effective Campaigns During our interview, we got Johnson to spill a few of the secrets he employs to get the most ROI out of his Adwerx campaigns. Here are his top tips. Keep an eye on your visuals and call-to-action. "This is so critical," Johnson says. "Realize that your ad is going to appear on a website like CNN or MSNBC or Forbes where it's going to blend with a lot of other things. So think about what color will make your ad pop yet not be offensive." Once your ad has caught the attention of a lead, it's crucial that it tells the viewer then next step they should take--whether that's checking out a listing, searching for homes on your website, or downloading a free buyer's or seller's guide. "Make sure that your ad sends consumers to a specific landing page--not the homepage on your site, but a clear, concise landing page that's tailored to the ad's call to action." Realize that your landing pages are the difference between success and failure. Is your ad getting clicks but no leads? That may be a sign that "your landing page sucks," according to Johnson. "Your landing page should allow visitors to do only one thing--and that's give you their email address." Johnson uses a psychological design trick to help make sure this happens. "On my landing pages, I've removed the navigation on the top and the bottom so literally the only thing you can do is sign up or search for homes." As we mentioned above, Johnson sends consumers who click on his ads to a landing page tailored to that specific ad's call-to-action. "My 'search homes' ad takes them to the IDX sign-up form, so they actually have to sign up to search homes on my website," he says. Another landing page offers bullets summarizing his rent-to-own program and a short form that leads can fill out to see if they're qualified. "It's little things like that--download my seller guide, download the buyer guide, etc.--that make all the difference." For landing pages that offer a free download, Johnson recommends displaying a message after leads submit their information that tells them to check their email for a download link. "That way, you know you're getting a valid email," he says. "If you just say, 'Okay, great, here's a download now,' there's no incentive for them to give you a correct email address." Johnson says it doesn't matter to him whether or not he can get a lead to respond to an email. His main purpose in collecting email addresses is being able to remarket to them via Adwerx sphere ads in the future. "I have a separate sphere ad campaign running just for people who downloaded the buyer guide." Periodically update your ads to optimize performance. Johnson scrutinizes his ads after a month. "Am I getting the right clicks to impression ratio that I want to see?" he asks. "If not, I need to tweak my ad, and keep tweaking it until it works. And I refresh them; it helps a lot." From CNN to Starbucks--and beyond! Johnson has simple advice to agents and broker who may be considering Adwerx for lead generation: Just do it. "It's the easiest thing ever," he says. "In all seriousness, you can't afford not to do it. Think about running one Adwerx campaign. It's 10,000 impressions per month. Can you, for that $50, $60, or $70 per month that it costs, mail that many postcards out? You can't, that's the answer. Even if you could, there's no way to track anything. With Adwerx, you can track your messaging instantly." But perhaps the most profitable thing that Adwerx does for agents is increase the visibility and prestige of their personal brand at an affordable price point. "I had someone at Starbucks just a couple of weeks ago, go 'You're Kevin Johnson, right?' I've seen your ads. You're always on CNN. You must be really successful to be able to advertise on CNN.com,'" Johnson says, laughing. "I said, 'Why, yes, I am.' "A lot of people think that running your Adwerx campaigns on sites like CNN is really expensive, so that adds to your stature as an agent." Johnson says that Adwerx is a 24/7 reminder to your audience of who you are. Even if a prospect is not ready to buy now, that consistent exposure to you and your brand will ensure that you're top of mind when the time comes for them to choose a Realtor. "That's truly the key to it," says Johnson. "If you want to capture mindshare, stay top of mind. I was top of mind with that gentleman at Starbucks. He saw my face, my face was in my ad, and he knew who I was because he sees me on CNN all the time." Johnson has one final piece of advice for his fellow agents: "If you want to be successful in the future, you cannot do what agents have done all these years. Rick Davis at Century 21 said that the next super agent wasn't in our business two years ago. And the reason being is that they're not hindered by the rearview mirror. They don't know how it's supposed to be done. They're going to go out and chart new paths, and it's going to be successful," he says. "And that's what I've tried to do. If I want to stand out, if I want to be above average in my income, I can't do what everyone else is doing. I've got to make my own swim lane and do my own thing--and Adwerx has helped me do just that."
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How Technology Training Revolutionized One Realtor's Business
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5 Best Practices for Advertising on Property Portals
Husband-and-wife team Eric and Janelle Boyenga were among the very first agents to start advertising with Zillow. A decade ago, portals were still new and agents were beginning their first tenuous steps into online marketing. "Years ago, and still even now, we'd spend money in different places and just see what sticks," says Janelle. "If something stuck, we'd spend more money." Zillow was one of the places that stuck. They joined the site in February of 2006 with an initial investment of $1000. In the 10 years since, Zillow has consistently been their best source of leads and business growth. "Zillow really catapulted our business," says Eric. "We get a lot of leads--somewhere between 100 to 200 leads a month. If we had Zillow 20 years ago, we would be where we are today 10 years earlier because you can really speed up your growth." Over the past decade, the Boyengas have perfected their Zillow game and they now share their knowledge with other agents as trainers in Zillow's Accelerate Program for Zillow Premier Agents. They shared their favorite best practices for leveraging Zillow during our interview. Best Practices for Leveraging Zillow Providing great customer service is the best way to make the most of your investment in advertising with Zillow, according to the Boyengas. "A lot of Realtors don't understand what clients are looking for and don't take online client contact seriously," says Janelle. "They're looking for a Realtor that's professional, and so many times agents don't even respond to clients when they email them or text them--and all they want is your help!"
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Ask an Expert: Answers to Your Top Real Estate Marketing Questions
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New Ways to Build Your Personal Brand
Have you ever noticed that certain ads seem to follow you online? You visit a brand's site once, and then you see their ad on various places across the web for days or weeks after. This is called ad retargeting and it's one of the most effective forms of online advertising available today. While online retailers have successfully used retargeting for several years, this technology was largely unavailable to the real estate industry--until recently. In late 2013, a company called Adwerx launched a tool that lets agents quickly and easily create ads that follow likely real estate consumers as they surf the web. Before Adwerx's debut, agents were frequently limited to purchasing pricey advertising through their brokers or outside vendors. Many of these solutions had a steep learning curve that scared off all but the most tech savvy agents. And none offered agents the high ROI that results from retargeting's potent combination of repeat ad exposure and laser focus on audience. But simply retargeting ads to the right consumer isn't enough to ensure success. What is being advertised is critical, as well. Adwerx discovered this through trial and error. In its early stages, the company served ads of individual listings. When that strategy produced lackluster results, the company pivoted and began offering ads for the real estate agents themselves, showcasing the agent's headshot and contact information. This updated focus gave agents a new channel to build their personal brand within their community. Adwerx has grown by leaps and bounds since launching their agent branding solution. To learn more about how the company is shaking up advertising in real estate, we chatted with the man at the helm, Adwerx CEO Jed Carlson.
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Mobile App Prevents Agents from Becoming Crime Victims
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A New REALTOR® Shares 3 Ways RPR Helps Her Business Grow
If you've attended a real estate conference in the last ten years, you probably know of Nicole Nicolay or "NikNik." She spent over a decade speaking to agents about how to leverage technology at events like Inman Connect, NAR Annual, REtechSouth, ReMax R4, Century 21 Annual, BHGRE Fusion and launched Inman's popular conference series Agent Reboot. But more recently, you may not have realized that she has become a licensed REALTOR®, joining the family business after her second startup company, Agent Evolution, was acquired. For Nicole, the transition has been all about family. Not only has becoming a REALTOR® afforded her the opportunity to spend more time with her husband and kids, but she also gets to work with her parents. "Real estate's been in my blood because my parents have been REALTORS® for most of my life, and so I've witnessed their hard work and their business from a wide range of angles over the last 30 years--from answering phones at their office, to walking their geographical farm, building their website and developing their digital marketing strategy," she says. When it comes to selecting tools to help her run her business, Nicole's background in training agents gives her a distinct advantage. "When I stepped into my own business, I wasn't swayed by the shiny objects or applications out there. Although I see some great advantages to using certain vendors and tools, I'm really able to pick and choose the ones that fit my business." One of those tools is Realtors Property Resource® (RPR). In a recent interview, we asked Nicole how she leverages NAR's free member benefit in her business. She offered so much wonderful information that we had to split this article into two parts. In part one, Nicole shares three ways that RPR's desktop application has helped her as a new agent.
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How One Realtor® Leverages RPR for Lead Generation
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Follow the Leader: Tom Gonser
When I say "DocuSign," what comes to mind? You know immediately that I'm talking about electronic signatures and transaction management. You can probably visualize the DocuSign interface, the familiar fonts and colors. You may even have an emotional reaction, most likely a positive one. These are the signs of a winning brand. What may surprise you is how quickly DocuSign was transformed from a bright idea into a household name. We talked to Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Tom Gonser to understand how this happened and to generate some ideas you can use in your own business. The DocuSign Magic DocuSign has undeniable appeal in a multitude of industries, but it seems particularly successful with real estate professionals. We asked Gonser to explain this "magic." "Real estate has a paper problem, perhaps more so than any other industry," he says. "So they were primed for a paperless solution. Secondly, we made DocuSign a really familiar process. Other companies were offering really complicated software; we focused instead on making it feel natural. We invented the yellow 'sign here' tab. Additionally, we worked with the documents real estate professionals were already using, and that flexibility was incredibly important." Gonser also credits DocuSign's mobile technology with creating the DocuSign appeal. "Today, consumers are incredibly mobile and so are agents. It's really important to provide the entire process on a mobile platform." He continues that the cross-industry use of DocuSign makes consumers and agents more comfortable. "People are using DocuSign in many contexts, not just in real estate."
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How a Top Agent Goes to the Next Level
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Secrets to Success with RPR®
Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®) is a free member benefit from the National Association of REALTORS®. The compelling cost-benefit ratio and impressive functionality create an appealing package, one that we were interested to see "in action." So, we've spoken with a variety of agents around the country to learn how they are using RPR® to be more successful. Our series of articles sharing what we discovered begins today. Ressie Wilson is an agent working with RE/MAX® Allegiance in Washington, D.C. Within just a few moments of speaking with her, it becomes obvious that she's an especially articulate communicator and someone with an excellent understanding of her local real estate market. Interestingly enough, these are two of the things she seems to use RPR® for the most: communication with clients and educating herself (as well as consumers) about real estate. Busy Agent Summary We understand that you're busy, so we're going to provide a quick summary here. In one minute or less, these are the things you can take away from Ressie's success with RPR®: RPR® helps build your clients' confidence in you and your own confidence in your decisions. Give your clients a choice about the kind of information they want to receive, and then deliver. (Spoiler alert: they'll probably ask for "more, more, more.") Use the RVM to guide uncomfortable pricing discussions with sellers. Take an active role in ensuring an accurate RVM. There are plenty more tips for success - read on for the full story. We also recommend getting better acquainted with RPR® in our product directory.
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One Agent's Advice for "Selling With Soul"
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Real Estate Blogging Success Profiled
Lori Turoff of Hoboken, NJ Website: HobokenRealEstateNews.com Tomato: How long has blogging been a part of your real estate marketing strategy? LT: Well, ever since we first connected way back in late 2007. I had been running my own travel business at the time, had been a corporate lawyer and an MBA in finance so I was no stranger to complex spreadsheets. We had recently moved to Hoboken from Manhattan, where Barbara Corcoran had founded The Corcoran Group Brokerage and she was something of an icon in the NYC real estate world. In 2004, the year I got my real estate license, she wrote (and I read) a book called If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails, also know as "Use What You've Got." Well, let's just say her book got me thinking about what my best attributes might be and how to use them. Few agents – actually no agents in my market, had my combination of education, legal background, financial savvy and entrepreneurial experience. There were my ribbons! The other thing I kept hearing at real estate seminars was "become the local area expert" if you want to be successful. It didn't take me long to realize that blogging was the way for me to 'show my ribbons.' Ten years and one blog later, I truly do have a reputation as the local market expert.
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Why Being Liked Matters
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Follow the Leader: Top Agent Justin Havre on the Value of Technology
Justin Havre is a real estate agent from CIR Realty in Calgary, Alberta. CIR is the largest independent firm in Canada with about 650 agents. With his team, Justin Havre & Associates, he has been number one or two in his brokerage over the last three years. To put that in perspective: in 2011 they were number one, closing 171 sides with an average price in Calgary of about $430,000. I sat down with Justin recently at a technology conference put on by his web technology provider, Real Estate Webmasters, to find out how technology fits into his success. One thing that became clear immediately was Justin's intent to make technology an integral part of his business from day one. Before real estate, he worked in the cable industry on the technology side, but, after some time, decided that he wanted to make a change. He set his sights on real estate. He chose CIR Realty (Canada's largest independent brokerage) because of the great virtual tools they offered and their overall commitment to technology. Everyone in their office, he pointed out, does their own documents online, manages their deals online--including deal processing--right down to payment of commissions. It was exactly what he was looking for.
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Follow the Leader - Stewart Morris, Jr.
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Real Estate Coach Radio Daily
Guest Contributor Bernice Ross of Real Estate Coach Radio brings to us today a quick but highly informative radio show. This great show includes an interview with Janet Choynowski of Immobel.  Today Bernice discusses: Social Media is Global Media 95/5 Facebook Rule Two easy Real Estate Video Tips Continue to the next page to take a listen . . .
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Bringing the U.S. Housing Market Back TOGETHER!
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Who is Doing it Right? A Best Practice Interview with Successful Top Producer
When looking at local websites in real estate that demonstrate great marketing strategies, SellingSaskatoon.com is a great example of real estate best practices. I caught up with the man behind it, Cam Bird, for an in depth Q&A session – to talk about marketing, selling homes, and everything in between. So without further ado…let’s get started!
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Part 2: Build a Mountain of Compliments!
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The Queue: Live from the Keller Williams Family Reunion
I have to say that the Keller Williams Family Reunion conference was a blast. In this week's episode of The Queue I was able to interview several industry thought leaders and get the inside scoop on some innovative new technology solutions. This week I cover Ben Kinney, Stefan Swanepoel, eEdge, Tiger Leads, Howard Tager and more.
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Secrets to Making Market Analytics Work For You
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Google SEO Guru Interview
If you have a website, and have been discouraged by how far down on Google searches your website gets listed...consider learning about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). This technology separates the pile of agent websites, pulling the most SEO savvy to the top! Don't be left out! The guru of SEO is Google. If you want to learn about SEO, follow Google. More specifically, learn from Google's SEO expert software engineer Matt Cutts. Cutts is known as the face to Google's SEO and is someone you want to pay attention to. Stone Temple's Eric Enge recently interviewed Matt Cutts and made this interview available online. Continue to read the full interview transcript, and learn why SEO matters and how it works...
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Twitter… Facebook, Not Just for Kids
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