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Friday Freebie: Take a 5-Minute Survey on Listing Strategy, Get Rewards
How's your brand recognition in the area you serve? Do consumers think of you first when they think of real estate? Whether you're a branding superstar or a rookie, realtor.com wants to hear from you via a short survey— and, bonus, they want to give you a bunch of cool, free things in exchange for your time. Read on to learn how you can participate and claim your free goodies.
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Tips and Tricks for Hosting the Perfect Real Estate Webinar
Webinars are a relatively easy way to reach and educate a wide audience. With no geographical barriers, webinars provide the perfect platform for you to reach attendees from around the world. To start with, here are just a few benefits of hosting a webinar, and the top reasons why webinars are leading the way:
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5 Strategies to Generate Seller Leads and Build Better Relationships
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Top 10 Roadblocks: Clearing the Path to Success
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM PDT There are plenty of reasons why leads may start to pull-back when you reach out to them. Get one step ahead by understanding common roadblocks and how to clear the path. In this session, we'll share the top 10 challenges in connecting, converting and establishing value with online leads and how to overcome them. Examples of what we cover: Just wanted more info on the property Not ready to talk to an agent The listing is under contract Register now!
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Reducing Objections and Real Estate Buyers Remorse Before Showings
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Open House Sign-in Sheet Sales Funnel for Real Estate Agents
Open house sign-in sheets are a common practice among agents conducting open houses in their local area. Many real estate marketing coaches have their own version of the "perfect open house sign-in sheet" alongside follow-up strategies and more. However, we believe that these strategies are somewhat obsolete and do not work in today's digital age. Please understand that we are not taking a jab at these real estate coaches. Instead, we are giving you a proven, battle-tested funnel that top agents have been using to successfully convert open house attendees into lifelong customers.
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7 Secrets to Owning Your Area
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To Find a Lead, Think Like a Lead
Leads are the lifeblood of the real estate industry, yet being a lead can often times feel like the life is being sucked out of you. For those on the receiving end of dialing-for-dollars tactics, endless mailers, and social media advertising, it can really fatigue their perception of the industry. However, there is hope! Before we talk further, I am not advocating dumping drip campaigns and (dare I say) door knocking, but I instead intend to promote the benefits of consumer-oriented marketing, using social media as a means to provide content to the world (not just ads), and re-thinking lead qualification.
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7 Ways to Win More Listings Regardless of Market Conditions
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Hosting Events to Build Your Real Estate Business
A party with a purpose... You need many different lead generation sources to create a dependable stream of new leads. Online leads and referrals are dependable, go-to options for the first two, but if you're still looking for another reliable lead source, hosting lead generation events may be a good option.
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Word of Mouth Marketing: How to Turn Happy Home Buyers into Lead Generators
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How to Automate a Google Sheets Lead Capture Form
One of the questions we often receive is how to automate lead capture using RPR reports. Essentially, how can an agent create a process that uses an RPR report to generate leads? Although RPR doesn't have a system to do this out of the box, with a little creativity, it's possible with Google Forms, your own Gmail and Zapier (yes, the free plan). This article will walk users through the step-by-step of creating a report, building a form with Google, and automating the follow-up with Zapier and Gmail. There will be a manual step of copying the report URL to Zapier, but the report can be used for multiple submissions. Let us explain…
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Generating Leads on a Budget
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Tips for Turning Real Estate Client Referrals into Recurring Business
In an era of online reputation and reviews, all businesses are impacted, making customer satisfaction and differentiation all the more important It's no secret--your clients are online and, more often than not, that's where they find your business. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the home search now begins online 95% of the time. Where does that process begin, where does it end, and what are the steps in between? Throughout this journey, there are many points where agents can find the opportunity to be an asset for the information they seek and offer brand differentiation.
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Key Findings from Our Third Annual Referral Report
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How to Market to Expireds the Right Way
Part One: What, Why, and Where There's no doubt that expired listings can be a profitable and worthy lead generation mechanism for agents new and old. These days, with the proliferation of both agents and tools available to discover expireds, competition is gnawing at returns. Perhaps most importantly, however, is the effect calling on expired listings has to the reputation of the real estate industry. The most common techniques rely on finding or buying contact information for expired listings and calling on them. As Edward Zorn notes, his statement below is an average experience for a seller with an expired listing: "She had received more than a dozen telephone calls, the vast majority being robocalls, since her property had expired form the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) earlier that morning. The few telephone calls that she'd decided to answer resulted in awkward conversations with agents who clearly knew nothing about her property..." In this guide, we explain the reasons why expireds can be high ROI lead opportunities, but describe methods in which agents can stand apart and better deliver value when dealing with expired listings as well as introduce a better overall marketing strategy that still fits with an expireds strategy.
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Elevate Your Content with High-Converting Guides
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Mission Focused: Behind the Scenes of a Top Team
The Nick Shivers Team is mission-driven, dynamic and red hot. What's their secret? Peek behind the curtain of one of the most successful teams in the Pacific Northwest. Nick Shivers Team, Keller Williams Realty Portland Central Building a Culture In real estate, we talk a lot about culture — and culture seems especially important when it comes to building, growing and sustaining a team. How would you describe the culture of the Nick Shivers team? Our team culture is about giving back, through our Sell a Home, Save a Child initiative. So at the core of it, we all believe in trying to help people; that's the basis of the team and the business. But as the team leader, I know that if my agents don't have business opportunities, they can't help clients or give back. So, we recruit with a combination of making sure the culture fits, but also by feeding them high-quality business opportunities and leads so they can better jumpstart their businesses. Extending Your Brand Online and Listings Statistically, sellers list with someone they know and trust. How do you carry your brand over to online to start building trust with those who don't know you and your team? The Local Expert™ product from realtor.com® really helps us in our listing presentations. It's an online ads solution that targets buyers and sellers with ads on realtor.com® and Facebook. And I know it works because my agents are using it to win the listing. The biggest thing that I've seen my agents do there is show sellers, "When people click in your area, you can have your open house advertised right there." It's massive exposure and I know that sellers, who are really interested in their house being seen by as many buyers as possible, are impressed. I can tell without having a lot of data (because we're in the early stages), that it is working right now. We also have our rocket listing, which is our instant buy program that I run on radio and billboards and advertise on realtor.com®. Lead Nurture, Persistence and Conversion If you meet a potential seller online, they may be months away from making a decision to sell. How do you keep the relationship fresh? To be successful, you need to be structurally able to follow up immediately. We offer new agents a 90-day ramp up where they're trained on scripts, dialogue and follow-ups for leads. The key is the follow-up and how they can use our technology to do that. We also focus a lot on staying the course. When I started in the business, I was really good at working with the leads who were interested in transacting in the next 30 to 60 days. I was not so good at the longer-term prospects and that's where the gold is. The sale might come after seven, eight or nine follow-ups. That is where you're going to get a lot of those deals, but it is in those repeat contacts that a lot of agents will give up. So we are laser-focused on training our agents not to give up too soon. Retention Once your agents "get it" and start using these guidelines, do they stick around? If I get my agents on the system, my retention improves. I suggest agents stick with me for a minimum of three years and then if they decide to start their own team, that is completely all right with me. I had an example in 2018, my number one producer decided to go out on his own. We are really good friends and I said, Great, go for it. He made less money this year and admitted that it's a lot easier to think about it and talk about it than to actually do it. Final Thoughts from Nick What defines your company? What are the main reasons that should someone consider joining your brokerage? Our big mission statement is about serving people — saving kids by selling real estate. Everything that we do is based on how we can give back to underprivileged children around the world, so that's number one. If that strikes a chord with you, then you're going to get past the first layer. The second thing is we love the underdog. I don't care where you have been. I want to see that you've had success, but I also believe that it doesn't matter where you start, it's where you're going. Last, it's about our systems and our lead generation and solutions and their long-lasting impact. And from this, we've built a tribe of loyal clients. In today's market, that's so important for agents. And of course, a big part of that is that our followers and clients know what we stand for. Because when you can literally say that your industry has helped — our Sell a home, Save a Child movement has raised over a million dollars to help kids — I think that makes a point where people go, "Wow, I'm not going anywhere else but with these guys and gals."    
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Real Agent Story: Online Branding Key to Winning New and Past Clients
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What to Look for When Buying Online Marketing and Lead Generation Tools
There are three flavors of online marketing and lead generation solutions: some that work great, some that are okay, and those that over promise and under deliver. Doing your research will not only help you sort between the good and the bad, but also enable you to understand which solutions are matched up well to your personality. Begin your research by talking to your broker and/or franchise, and MLS and/or association of REALTORS. Nobody wants to help you sell more real estate than your broker who lives off of a portion of your commission. Brokers are highly focused on helping you by offering effective tools and providing training and support to make sure that you know how to use them. Your MLS and association are also great places to start. Like your broker, they have your best interest at heart. One of the drawbacks to tools offered by your brokerage or MLS is that they offer them to all agents in your office or market area. You can find yourself using a tool that is used by everyone in your area, which may undermine your ability to create an online marketing and lead generation plan that differentiates you. Look at the methods used by top producing agents and teams in your area. Again, these are likely to be tools that have a proven track record of being effective. Another great tactic is to look outside of your area to see what top producers are doing. Look at the Real Trends top 1000 list to find successful agents and go online and search for homes in their area like a consumer would. Test the experience. Moreover, feel free to call them. Read RE Technology every day. We are constantly highlighting stories of solutions that work in the industry. Pay close attention to our Webinar section. We are constantly hosting online meetings that allow you to learn about new tactics and trends. And do not forget to attend industry conferences. These offer a great way to learn and talk to vendors and fellow agents to discover opportunities to make the right choices. Want to learn more about online marketing and lead generation? Download our latest Success Guide today!    
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Trends in Online Marketing and Lead Generation
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If You Are Not Generating Massive Sales from Your Email List, Try This
The riches are in the niches. Someone famous said that, and people repeat it all the time because it rhymes and it's true. Now more than ever, your ability to segment your market and deliver meaningful messages will determine the level of your success. Most people interpret this to mean that you can only serve a small segment of the market and ignore everyone else. But really, I think you can serve all the people in your database--you just need to be able to give them each what they find valuable.
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5 Tips for Winning More Listings with Your Property Data Tool
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How to Find a Fantastic Niche
Niche marketing is the practice of targeting a group based on a shared trait, need, or interest. This can be anything from single parents to wine lovers, and each month we'll uncover a new niche to help you learn to identify, target, and market to different niches to attract buyers and sellers with specific needs.
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The Key to Real Estate Lead Generation: Custom Landing Pages
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5 Lead Generation Mistakes to Avoid in Real Estate
Generate more business (and save a few headaches) by avoiding these common lead generation mistakes! Whatever your lead generation strategies are, you've likely fallen into a few of these common traps. Fear not! Trial and error is part of what makes any business thrive. We've put together a list of the top five mistakes we see agents make when it comes to lead generation. If you can avoid these missteps, you'll save yourself a lot of wasted energy!
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3 Steps to Attract Real Estate Clients You Love
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Take Control of Your Lead Generation
Nearly every agent has experienced the frustration of dealing with third-party/online leads. While they can be an incredible source of business, there's no denying that online lead generation is out of control.
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Ask Your Way to More Listings
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How Real Estate Agents Can Use Social Media to Generate Leads
There are few businesses that the internet and social media have changed more than that of real estate. As soon as it's time to move, the first thing home buyers and sellers do is hop on the web. They look at homes, or find out sale prices in their area. They can look for real estate agents to list their house or help them find a new one. Of course, none of this is news. What might be is how much the web, especially social media, can affect a home buyer or seller's decisions. The web and social media give instant access to resources and information that normally take a lot of time and effort.
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Busted! 7 Myths About Real Estate Leads We Can Finally Put to Rest
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5 Ways to Generate Higher Quality Real Estate Leads
"Hello, may I please speak to Seymour Butz?" Let's be frank about lead quality. At the end of the day, it's important for agents to remember that just because a lead isn't ready to buy right now, or even if they say "No," this does not mean that they are a dead-end or "trash" lead. Leads take time. Especially cold, online leads. So keep in mind if you've already taken steps to improve lead quality, and you're still complaining about lead quality issues – it may be an agent problem, and not a lead problem. However! There are some simple ways to assure that you're avoiding the true trash leads (ex: fake or out-of-service numbers, or fake names like Seymour Butz or Mickey Mouse), and also funneling leads into your pipeline strategically for higher conversions. Let's take a look at a few ways to get started. 1. Verify Your Leads Is there anything worse than spending an hour of your day cold-calling, only to sift through a handful of fake names, and then dial 20 out-of-service numbers? You can't force a lead to input accurate information, which is why it's beneficial to have some sort of lead verification process. Otherwise, you're the one spending hours sifting through a mystery list, when you could (and should!) be spending that time working with real leads. So, what are some options for verifying leads? Hire an assistant or Inside Sales Agent: While this doesn't fully alleviate the problem (because you are still paying someone to spend the time nixing trash leads) it at least allows agents to focus their energy on what they do best – working their hot leads and closing more deals. Partner with a CRM that verifies leads for you: BoomTown's system verifies leads who register on your site, by validating a phone number (mobile/landline/VOIP) and cross-checking to see if the name matches the data source. So when you're ready to reach out, you know you have verified information that will lead to real conversations. Use a lead generation service that provides verified leads: If you are paying for one (or several) lead generation services, make sure your dollar is going as far as possible. Shop different services, read reviews, and avoid using services who don't verify leads. 2. Qualify Your Leads When a lead registers on your site, what are they prompted to answer? More than likely they're only answering: First Name, Last Name, Email. Consider this: What if you asked just a few more questions to start qualifying your lead right out of the gate? For example: What is their timeline for purchase? Or, have they been pre-approved for a mortgage? Pre-qualifying a lead means that agents are getting more than just, "Ann – 843-555-2989." They're getting insights right off the bat to get a higher quality conversation going. Putting a qualification system in place will vary depending on the technology that you're using. If you've used a third party service to build your website, reach out to them and ask if it's possible to add more questions upfront when a lead registers. 3. Start Texting The "quality" of a lead can be dependent on when they're contacted. If you contact a lead within the first few minutes, they're more likely to want to talk to you. They're still in "home-search" mode, and they're likely still by their computer or phone. If you wait three hours, or even a day... chances are higher that they're focused on something else, or they may have already spoken to another agent. A great way to boost response rates is with texting. It's a quick and easy way to make contact, and leads feel a little more at ease. A 2018 Ellie May Study showed that texting is on the rise as a preferred method of communication from consumers. You can quickly shoot an introduction text to a new lead, like this one: Hi Andrew, this is Joanna with Cobblestone Real Estate Group. I'd like to email you a few listings. Any specific neighborhoods you'd like to browse? 4. Improve Your Content Marketing Real estate is a very personal business. Purchasing a home is a big decision, and not one that clients are willing to trust with just anyone. This is why the best real estate professionals have a brand that is client-forward and customer-service focused. One way to set yourself apart from the rest is to put strategic thought behind your content marketing. What are you sharing on social media and in your advertisements? What information is on your website? For example: if a lead lands on your website from a Facebook ad and all they see is a list of properties, they'll probably either (A) move on, or (B) enter their email and then move on, without giving your brand much thought. Consider adding your photo or a team photo to your homepage. Having a clear and visible mission statement or value proposition helps as well to differentiate your business. Check out The Bob Lucido Team's homepage for a great example. We see home as more than a house. So we approach real estate as more than a transaction. Whether you're ready to move in to your first home or move on to the next one, Bob Lucido Team is there with you at every important moment along the way. Delivering the ultimate real estate experience has driven us to be the #1 team with the largest real estate company in the world. It's how we sell a home every 4 hours, and how we've been able to sell over 35,000 homes over the past four decades. 5. Be Patient and Strategic. (And do the work.) Oftentimes with real estate, it's just about being in the right place at the right time. The way to maximize your chances of that is to have a rock solid follow-up plan. Aside from the real trash leads (fake numbers and dead ends), there is a wealth of "cold" leads that may seem impossible to convert. But the truth is — they're not. These are leads that have the potential of converting two weeks, two months, or even two years down the road. With a long-game nurture plan in place, you can capitalize on those opportunities year after year. To view the original article, visit the BoomTown blog.
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Door Knocking: Opening the Door to Your Next FSBO Client
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4 Essential Landing Page Features to Improve and Convert Leads
Nothing drives away a potential customer like an unclear homepage that leaves them digging through various tabs and web pages to find what they need—and that's if they even take the time to browse past the landing page. Make sure your landing page has these key features to improve lead capturing.
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Did You Make Your Broker's Naughty or Nice List This Year?
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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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Win Quality Leads by Building Awareness and an Online Presence
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Do Online Real Estate Leads Really Suck? Here's the Bottom Line
Online leads are a totally different ball game. You wouldn't play soccer with a baseball bat, right? Here's how to start working your leads the right way and finally see a return on your investment. Online leads are what you might call the "black sheep" when it comes to real estate lead generation. Some agents write them off as "trash" and don't even bother investing a dime. Some swear that it's a worthy investment that can generate 10-40+ percent of their business. So what's the bottom line?
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3 Reasons Real Estate Agents Should Keep Marketing Through Winter
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Get More Leads by Posting Content Followers Want to See
Creating content for your social channels can sometimes feel like a challenge. Between selecting the right image for your posts and thoroughly considering the text that goes with it, you are left wondering how to get your content maximum exposure and engagement. With this social media guide, selecting the optimal message type, number of characters, hashtags, and emojis for each social network is going to feel like a breeze.
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Find Your Next Listing with These Geographic Farming Tactics
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Last-minute Ad Blitz for Open House Nets 200+ Leads
Are open houses useful? That depends on what you mean by 'useful.' If you mean attracting the eventual buyer of a home, that's debatable. But if you mean, Are open houses useful for filling my sales funnel? then yes, absolutely. That's what Steve Ford, a Keller Williams agent, discovered when he was assigned to hold an open house for another agent's property at the last minute. With just 24 hours before the event, Ford had to think fast in order to generate interest—and ensure that anyone showed up at all. He turned to the Open House Toolkit from Listings-to-Leads, which lets agents quickly market their open house with Facebook ads, landing pages, single property websites, and more. Ford ran the ad below for the 24-hour period leading up to the open house to impressive results. So what can a Facebook ad do in just a day? Here are Ford's results: Over 230 leads captured from his Listings-to-Leads open house landing page (here's an example), which were then funneled into his CRM and assigned to a drip campaign. Six new pre-approved clients who responded by email and gave Ford their phone number Six more families who came to the open house after seeing the ad Ford ran the ad in four different locations: his Facebook business page, a Facebook community page for his area, Facebook Marketplace, and as a shared post on his personal Facebook profile. Here's a breakdown of how each performed: Facebook community page: drove 70 percent of leads from ad Facebook business profile: drove 20 percent of leads from ad Facebook Marketplace and Ford's personal profile: drove 10 percent of leads from ad Ford paid paid $50 to run the ad on the community page, $25 on his business profile, and nothing on Marketplace or his personal profile. That's $75 for more than 230 leads--or a very impressive (and budget-friendly) 33 cents per lead. Tip: Notice in the ad above how Ford doesn't mention the listing price? Instead, he holds back this information in order to encourage lead conversion. On his landing page, leads can get the price, property photos, and more in return for their contact information. Test this technique out for yourself to see if it earns you more conversions. So next time an open house is looming, don't panic. Just turn to Facebook for an efficient, affordable, and very effective way to capture new leads and drive traffic to your event. Brokers, arm your agents with the tools they need to win more commissions. Learn more about Listings-to-Leads today.    
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A Real Estate Lead Generation Strategy for Out-of-Area Buyers that Works
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Using Your Personal Sphere of Influence for Referrals
In real estate, referrals are the name of the game. Sometimes, however, determining the best way to market to your personal sphere can be challenging. Social media strategist and author Katie Lance and ReferralExchange recently discussed tips, tools and strategies for how to effectively leverage your personal sphere of influence to increase your referral business. Here are some key takeaways from the webinar.
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5 Common Mistakes Agents Make When Farming -- and How to Avoid Them
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How Reverse Prospecting Can Work for You
Your MLS is one of your most valuable marketing tools as a real estate agent because it allows prospects to use your real estate website to search listings based on their unique preferences and find the right match for their needs. In other words, MLS search helps the right client find the right home. But wouldn't it be nice if you could also help the right house find the right client?
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Farming and Facebook: Getting It Right
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Advanced Lead Generation: Hosting a Seminar
Hosting a real estate webinar or seminar is one of the best lead generation techniques, but it's one that most agents and brokers overlook. This is because of the time and planning that setting one up generally takes. However, the rewards of hosting a well-attended educational session can be immense since you know anyone attending has a strong enough interest in your topic to sit though your discussion. Here are some things to keep in mind if you're considering hosting an educational session. Seminar vs. Webinar The primary difference between a seminar and a webinar is whether it's held online (a webinar) or in person (a seminar). Because seminars take place in person, it can be easier to make a personal connection and gauge your audience's interest and engagement. Seminars also don't require much technological know-how, just your classic sales techniques with some free information added in. On the other hand, a webinar can have many people or just a few attend without affecting proceedings. You don't have to worry about finding or renting space, setting up chairs, or brewing coffee for anyone but yourself. You can also invite guest speakers to join your webinar and present their topic from anywhere in the world. You may miss out on some of the relationship building that happens when you're face to face with someone, however. Partners Real estate agents aren't the only ones who earn business from real estate transactions. Builders, mortgage companies, movers, and home security companies are just a few of the people and industries who also benefit. Ask someone from one (or several) of these industries to team up with you to host your educational session. They can help with expenses as well as supply valuable information about what a home buyer or seller should expect to switch on their utilities, qualify for a mortgage, etc. Before you approach a potential partner, think about what sort of things they may be able to share. You don't want your educational session to turn into a sales pitch. You and your partners should make usefulness the first priority; if you do that, the leads will follow. Attendance Promoting your educational session in the right place and with the right people is critical. You can't convert leads that never materialize. Leverage past clients to spread the word with shareable social media posts and emails. Your partners should have a list of people they can invite to the session, and HOAs can help spread the word about seminars targeted toward homeowners. Other options include buying radio ads or leaving flyers around town at places like apartment complexes. Create a landing page on your website with information about your session and a registration form. Once you collect someone's information, be sure to send them follow-up emails reminding them there's a week, day, and few hours until the session begins. Tip: Remember to collect your attendees' contact information. Without it, you have no way to follow up and convert your leads. Types of Educational Sessions: Before you start advertising anything, you need to figure out who your target audience is. To do that, determine what type of leads you want. Do you want to connect with buyers? Sellers? Are you trying to reach more people who want to do both? Or are you looking for people in search of a vacation home or thinking about buying an investment property? Do you want to host a seminar for FSBOs? Go for it! Find tips and sample outlines to target various types of leads below. First-Time Buyer First-time buyers need a lot of guidance. Be the one to offer it to them and there's a good chance they'll want to work with you. Just remember to let your session guests know they aren't obligated to work with you or your partners, but that you would be glad to help them find a home. Your first-time buyer seminar or webinar could look something like this: Sign-in/Welcome/Introduction Is buying a home right for you? Renting vs. buying Cost of homeownership How much can you afford? Are you ready to buy a home? (A mortgage partner could cover these topics) Different types of mortgage Qualifying for a mortgage What not to do before you close on your house The home buying process First-time home buyer programs What to look for in a home The importance of homeowners insurance (another great topic for a partner) FSBO In an ideal world, your FSBO session will convince attending homeowners to list their properties with you. However, you should build your session around helping them do it themselves. Be sure to give plenty of genuinely helpful advice and build your CTA around the idea that real estate is a tough business, so if they have any family or friends who don't want to go it alone, please send them your way. Figuring out how much your home is worth Repairs/upgrades with the best ROI Staging basics Listing photo tips Listing and marketing your home Showing tips/working with the buyer's agent How to determine if you have a legitimate offer Negotiating an offer/counter offer Closing on your home Liability issues (you could partner with an insurance agent for this) Investment Property People don't always look for the same things in an investment property that they do for a home they're planning to live in. Value and easy upkeep are typically higher on their list of must-have features than granite countertops or a certain number of square feet. Focus on helping attendees figure out how to spot a good buy, what they should expect from the transaction, and how to turn their investment into a profit. Why invest in real estate How buying an investment property is different than buying a home Down payment Property taxes Interest/insurance How to finance your investment Single family vs. multi-family vs. townhouse/duplex How to identify a profitable investment Value Location Condition Rental history What to do with your investment: flipping vs. renting Tip: Be sure to make a slideshow presentation for your attendees to follow along with. Check out our article on creating a custom theme in Google Slides here. Turning Your Attendees into Clients After spending a couple of hours in their company, whether online or in person, you should have had a chance to build rapport and a foundation of trust with your attendees. Now it's time to start converting. Some people will be ready to work with you right away. Have a copy of your calendar with you so you can schedule a meeting or listing appointment for those leads as soon as possible. Other attendees may still have steps to take before they're ready to commit to a specific agent. Try taking polls throughout your session to determine what each attendee's transaction timeline looks like. In a webinar format, have them type in their answers and keep a written record to refer back to. In a seminar, you may just have to remember or set aside a few minutes to go through it with each person and help them figure it out. Once you know when they'll be transacting, you can set up an appropriate follow-up plan (this can be anything: phone calls, text messages, social media outreach, emails, direct mail). Keep in touch with each of your attendees, even the ones who may be farther from a transaction than they (or you) may have hoped. You can also consider making branded parting gifts for your attendees. If you make it something they'll actually keep around, they'll have your contact info easily available for when they are ready to transact. There you go! You're ready to start planning your first educational session to generate leads. To view the original article, visit the Homes.com blog.
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5 Social Media Tips to Launch Your Real Estate Brand and Win Clients
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Filling Your Pipeline: Origination vs. Order Taking
Many sales agents have a love/hate relationship with their database. Often it is because they have never mastered the art of origination. They are still managing their pipeline like they are taking short cook orders at a diner, just processing the customers that are in front of them. Even experienced pros can struggle with walking the fine line between generating business and managing the existing business that they have. Where can one find a healthy balance? The proof is in learning how to originate a steady stream of customers to network with. Defining Origination Origination at its core is creating new relationships for your business. It can come in two forms: building new relationships with people that already have a connection with you but have never used your services, or creating entirely new relationships. People Who Know You But Have Never Used Your Services If there are individuals in your Sphere of Influence (SOI) that you have not worked with yet, there are three things to consider. Are you sure they know you are licensed and where you work? If they are working with a different agent, do you know why? Have you offered them anything of value? You would be surprised how many family members, friends, and former coworkers are confused about how licensing, commission, and referrals work. They might think you only work with buyers, sellers, or in a specific area. They may also think you are too busy to help them, based on what your narrative is in your marketing. If you want your SOI to take you seriously, you need to show them that you are an educated agent with the skill set to help them. People Who Have No Idea Who You Are Take a moment and think about how busy your daily life is. How many emails, texts, phone calls, letters, flyers, memos, and commercials do you think you absorb during your day? In September of 2017, The Business Journal reported that the average American could be subjected to up to 4,000 advertisements a day. Let that sink in. Remember that one postcard you sent out a few months ago and never received any leads from? The postcard did not fail, but the way you interacted with the prospect did. If your marketing systems have failed in the past, you need to consider three things: How are you conversion/follow-up skills? Does your audience know that you are trying to reach them? When they are contacting you, are they contacting you from a specific call to action? Advertising is becoming more challenging every day. Consumers do not wish to be bothered with countless flyers and advertisements. Time is a priceless commodity. If they identify your message as something that WASTES their time, instead of saving it, your message will fail. We live in an instant gratification culture. People want their goods quickly, effortlessly, and to be able to review and hold the seller/service provider accountable for their personal experience. Can you offer a smooth and efficient transaction? The Two Biggest Mistakes Agents Make with Origination Assumption and vanity. Do you assume that everyone knows how great or professional you are? Is your message one of vanity? And the worst combination of these two mistakes: Do you believe because someone hired you once, that they will hire you again? Keep these errors top of mind when you are building any part of your business plan that deals with customer interaction. Wrapping Up If you have decided to make a full-time career in real estate, origination tasks will need to be part of your schedule every day. Your pipeline (stream of business) will not remain full if origination is not a primary focus. Origination is an art form. You will need to study, practice, fail and then start the cycle over again to figure out what works. Keep working, keep evolving, stop being a short order cook, and become a master at building relationships for the long term. To view the original article, visit the Realtor.com Hub.
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Real estate is filled with lead and referral opportunities but finding the right ones that work for your business can be challenging. In April, social media expert Katie Lance and our VP of Marketing Lisa Fettner hosted a webinar to discuss how to track your lead gen, focus your referral efforts and create content that attracts the clients you want to work with. Follow these simple steps to identify referral sources that will help you create and sustain a business you love. Track and manage your lead generation. It's important to implement a CRM or system that helps track who you've worked with, who you want to work with, what you're going to say to them, where that business is coming from and how you are going to connect and keep in touch with them. As an agent, you're often working with a variety of different people at the same time – so it's critical to stay organized and track everything. Reflect on last year. Look back at 2017 and ask yourself: Who was your favorite closing? Why? What was your best source of business? What was one "great idea" a trusted colleague had? What were your total number of referrals? Assessing your previous year of business will help you understand what worked, what didn't and where you should focus your time. Think about what messaging and topics you talked about that had the best response and resonated with your network. Lisa advised to make a 30-day plan of active communication, take a rest and then follow-up in 60 days, and then follow up with another touch point in 120 days if you don't hear from them. Your most active conversations will likely be with those who you connect with in those initial 30 days. The home buying and selling process can take a while, however, so it's important to continue to touch base for several months after the initial contact. When marketing yourself, make sure to communicate and highlight your expertise and experience to your clients and prospects in a way that make it about them. If you specialize in single family homes in the suburbs, you could share that you've helped five families move into their target neighborhood. Choose your channels wisely. Today, social media gives us endless opportunities to communicate and connect with clients and prospects. It's important to choose your social media channels based on what your clients and future clients are using and create content that attracts who you want to work with. Katie suggested asking or surveying your database to find out their preferred platforms and what they like to see when putting together a social media strategy. With all the competing noise on social media, it's about quality over quantity. LinkedIn for example, is a great way to connect with new and old contacts. Katie recommended keeping an updated bio, publishing new content and giving/asking for recommendations to generate new business. Take the referral challenge. Think about how many referrals you did in the past year, and then increase that number by 50 percent to set your new goal. Download and fill out our Referral Planner to help determine where you can generate that new business – e.g., through friends/family, associations, partnerships, etc. Mapping out these different, everyday contacts you interact with will open the door for new referral business. Create the right content. The specific type of content you create and share will inevitably attract a specific group of people/person. Katie shared a content grid that can help you get started and brainstorm 30+ ideas of what to post – e.g., local real estate info, local & community news, personal interest, home and design. Good content = good referrals and leads. When you put content out on a consistent basis that has your voice, opinion and personality, people start to recognize and remember you. Video is a great way to help you achieve that, given most people retain 95 percent of the message in a video vs. 10 percent of what they read in a text. Additionally, people spend 5x more time with video than any other type of content on Facebook – even more reason to Facebook Live your open house tour! Lisa emphasized how powerful storytelling, being relevant and adapting content through customizable templates can be when attracting new clients. For example, if you're known for your "best restaurants list," considering creating one for families with kids and one for empty nesters looking for a perfect date night spot. Don't be afraid to repurpose content and share it everywhere. Watch the full webinar here and download our free Referral Planner.    
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For Massive Real Estate Leads, Think Like Every Page Is a Landing Page
Take a tour through your website pages and articles. Hopefully, you'll be seeing articles and content for buyers, sellers, and others on topics that you believe your site visitors want information and answers on. Whether you, others in your brokerage or hired writers created this content, the goal is to educate visitors and maybe generate some leads. As you view each page, use a quick checklist to see if: +30 pts. The content is created around a single topic or idea and stays on topic. +30 pts. All of the remaining content reinforces the main idea/topic and adds valuable information. +20 pts. There is at least one strong call-to-action and a form to capture lead information. +10 pts. The page/article title is an attention-grabbing headline. +10 pts. The first paragraph gets that single idea/topic across in a way that draws in the viewer.
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Thanks to record setting low inventories, today's REALTORS are taking the reins, knowing they must create their own success by digging deep into solid, sustainable marketing campaigns that generate new business and position them as long-term market experts. Real estate farming is possibly the most proactive position an agent can take to build inventory. The method includes a series of steps that analyze a given neighborhood, ZIP code or market area to determine how many homes are most likely to sell, at what price range, and how long they will be on the market. A good farming strategy involves working through a set of five exercises to determine the area's viability:
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When you're looking to highlight the uniqueness of a neighborhood, community-focused content can be your best friend. Community content is used to showcase the most attractive features and benefits of a local community, while also displaying your personal knowledge of the area's history and amenities. But how can you build community pages that truly sell? What is it that prospective buyers are really looking for?
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Looking for new places to find listing leads in this low inventory market? Realtor Loida Velasquez shares her top five places to find seller leads, along with two ways to find buyer leads, in this video. Check it out above to learn more about where to find and how to engage these seven types of leads: Seller Leads FSBO - These first two lead types are the obvious place to start, but good news--these are typically motivated sellers. Find FSBOs on Zillow or Craigslist, or on many other free sites. Expireds - Loida recommends getting their address from the MLS and going door knock them. Check out the video for more advice. Make Me Moves - You can find these leads live on Zillow. Loida recommends thinking of them as "pre-FSBOs." Notice of Default - You purchase info on these next two lead types to identify them. Divorced Buyer Leads Open houses - While mostly buyers show up to open houses, you can meet seller leads in neighbors who may be thinking of selling soon. Preview homes - Dedicate a set time to find a vacant home with lockbox, preview it, and door knock around that area to chat up the neighbors and cultivate potential leads. What are your favorite methods to unearth new buyer and seller leads? Let us know on our Facebook page!    
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[Video] Out Closing the Competition with Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most exciting topics in real estate today. In fact, we may one day come to regard it as an advancement as important as the internet. Despite that, there's a lot of worry and misunderstanding about what AI is and what it can do. Don't worry--it's not an army of robots that will eventually replace agents. Instead, artificial intelligence is a technology that helps processes of all types become more cost-effective and more efficient. With its help, real estate agents can provide better service, better support, and forge better connections with their clients and prospects. In a webinar this week, we explored just what AI is, what it's not, and what it can do for your business. We saw a live demo of artificial intelligence at work in real estate, and learned the essentials of AI for attracting and nurturing leads. Did you miss the webinar? Check out the recording below for a replay:
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If you've paid even a little bit of attention to technology or real estate industry news, you've heard this term a lot lately: Artificial Intelligence, or AI. So why the sudden interest in this topic, and what exactly do people mean when they say artificial intelligence? Machines that think? Cars that drive themselves? And what does all of this mean for my real estate business? Those are just some of the AI-related questions that we'll be answering next Tuesday. Join us on April 10 for a FREE, live webinar that explores what AI is, where it's going, and how it can benefit your real estate team. Here's a peek at the agenda: The Basics: What AI is, and what it is NOT The varying degrees of AI, from simple to advanced Real examples inside real estate How to get started with AI LIVE demo of AI used for real estate Will your business suffer if your competition is using it and you aren't? Artificial Intelligence 101 If you've ever wondered about artificial intelligence, Tuesday's webinar is like a freshman survey course on the topic. Here's a quick summary of the more in-depth information we'll be covering: What is AI? There are about as many definitions of AI as researchers developing the technology, according to Inside Real Estate, our webinar co-hosts. It's part of now-familiar digital assistants like Siri and Google Home. It includes Spotify's ability to learn your music preferences, and Amazon's uncanny ability to suggest just the product you need. At its heart, AI is a machine-based intelligence that learns patterns from data inputs and actions. Like all intelligence, artificial intelligence exists on a spectrum. There are simple AIs, like smart thermostats, and advanced AIs like Alexa, Siri, and the broader Internet of Things (IoT). AI is not a type of software, nor feature of software (like automate marketing). It is not something like automated marketing or drip campaigns, which is based on scheduled or triggered events. It's not here to take over the world. (It's true. Just ask "Okay Google, are you Skynet?" and see what happens.) And it's not going to go away. "...strategic use of data and artificial intelligence are not fads," according Steve Murray, President of REAL Trends. "That would be like saying that Billy Beane and Paul DePodesta of Moneyball fame were just data geeks. Except, they showed how using data could change an entire industry forever." AI and Real Estate Now that we understand AI in a broad sense, let's focus in on how artificial intelligence is used in real estate. Here are a few examples: Chatbots helping buyers search for homes on your website A CRM that rates and scores leads, then suggests which to follow up with Predicting which leads that are most likely to transact soon Intelligent lead follow-up that takes action on your behalf In addition, artificial intelligence can help you map out sales goals and evaluate the effectiveness of your lead generation and nurturing strategy. Want to learn more? Register for Out-closing the Competition with Artificial Intelligence, a FREE, live webinar coming next Tuesday, April 10 at 1pm ET/10am PT.    
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