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Top Digital Marketing Tips of 2021
Last month, we invited real estate agents to try the Amarki 30-Day Digital Marketing Challenge. We challenged agents to "up their game" when it came to online marketing of themselves and their properties and follow the schedule that a top producer would use. (See original challenge: Amarki 30-Day Digital Marketing Challenge) Hundreds of agents took the challenge, and below are some of the key learnings found by Amarki: Focus on promoting you the agent: In today's landscape of fast-moving properties, agents are focusing more of their marketing efforts advertising themselves in an effort to get more listings in an attempt to be the first agent a prospective seller sees. Plan in advance: Top producing agents are putting an hour a week aside strictly for pre-planning marketing efforts for the week. This includes curating or creating the content and planning when it will be sent. Automate what you can: Using a tool like Amarki to schedule deployment of email, text and social campaigns was the biggest time saver allowing people to post to social media or launch email campaigns at peak hours when they were out and about. Templates: Taking the time to find or create a template you like for your emails, social posts and flyers becomes a massive time saver for future campaigns. The added benefit is you create brand constancy which helps people remember your personal brand. Text messaging is the new email: Agents who embraced bulk text messaging experienced a much higher engagement rate and had their messages viewed much quicker. More Is More The final big takeaway Amarki is seeing from the challenge… more IS more. We are finding the agents that carve out a small amount of time to plan their marketing for the week and then keep it going are getting more traction. More digital marketing grows your audience slowly, but at the same time incubates them with your messaging. So, when the time comes, you are the first agent they see. It is not something that happens overnight, but just like investing, grows over time. If you haven't tried the Amarki 30-Day Digital Marketing Challenge yet, you can start anytime. More information can be found HERE. About Amarki: Amarki was built by real estate experts for Brokerages and Agents based on years of industry experience and firsthand feedback. We developed a marketing tool accessible to anyone, no matter the experience or marketing budget. By providing an intuitive tool that works "for" the agent, Amarki is able to remove the complexity of marketing tasks making agents more active. Check us out at HERE.
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The REAL Problem with Buying Online Leads that No One Wants to Talk About
If agents buy leads and grow their business through advertising, then they become transactional. If agents are transactional, then they become a commodity. If agents are a commodity, then they can be replaced by technology. THIS is the REAL problem with buying online leads and any kind of advertising. And here's the thing—the companies who sell you leads and advertising are definitely not going to talk about it. It's not in their best interests. But the good news is that the data says you shouldn't buy online leads or any kind of advertising! And here's the punchline: if you don't, then you will stay relevant and not be replaced by technology companies like Redfin and Zillow, and iBuyers like Opendoor. Now let's dig into the facts… How do homeowners find their agent? According to the 2021 NARS Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report, upwards of 75% of home sellers used a referral or agent they knew from the past to list their house. In addition, 36% of sellers recommended their agent three times post-sale of their own home. Conversely, 1% of sellers used advertising to choose an agent and 1% used direct mail. ...so why are real estate agents and brokers spending so much on these platforms? The loose answer is, because that's what they are told. When a new agent starts their business, they are willing to go along with the status quo. As for brokers, they too have been led down the garden path, so to speak. They can only provide so many tools for their teams before they become antiquated or ineffective. What do homeowners care about? The three most important factors in choosing a real estate agent to sell, by level of service, according to the 2021 NAR report, are: Reputation of Agent: 31% Honesty and integrity: 26% Knowledge of Neighborhood: 15% So, it stands to reason that if people choose their agents based on the factors above, wouldn't buying leads and paying for bus bench advertising be unnecessary? Simple answer: Yes. The three factors listed above clearly have little to do with the actions of buying leads or advertising. What they all have in common is human connection. It's been proven time and again that people work with people they "know, like and trust." So how are real estate agents supposed to create this loyalty so they can build a business instead of being transactional? The primary objective of real estate agents should be to become more relevant by their clients and become indispensable to their community. Additional problem: The Covid pandemic Advertising has often been referred to as "merely a connection of strangers." Now, consider what being a consumer, during a pandemic, while trying to buy or sell your house with a stranger really entails? Not sold on the idea? The pandemic has far reaching effects as it has created a lot of fear-based behavior. We no longer want to meet strangers face-to-face for fear of getting sick. We have created "safe" bubbles and are intentional with whom we "let in." These are people we know, like and, most importantly, TRUST. Combine this with the fact that homeowners have had over five years of experiencing poor service from agents who attest they are the local market expert, only to find out they flash fancy numbers and show comparisons of other listed houses and call it a day. With a 30% decline in conversion from advertising, evidence is now indicating a massive shift towards using agents that people know, like and trust or who were referred to them by people they trust. "The data speaks for itself. Advertising is working less and relationships are working more. Whether an agent uses my company's solution or not, the key to growing your business in this new normal is to spend less time and money on buying leads in all the various ways, shapes and forms you can, and shift that time and money towards adding value to people," explains Grant Findlay-Shirras, Co-Founder and CEO of Parkbench.com, a leading online website that helps real estate agents connect with their community and foster relationships with homeowners and business owners. Real estate agents who fundamentally understand these concepts can consistently generate new business. This can be accomplished using various techniques and implementing them into one's daily business routine. Some concepts include, but are not limited to, the following: Create a website and post local news and events (helps with SEO) List the businesses in your community, and post their deals, sales and specials (helps with SEO) Blog about local schools, parks, events, etc. (helps with SEO) This list is endless, but the work isn't. "A referral system can be grown organically through providing value upfront and then cultivating your database," says Rick Aurora, a broker of Royal LePage Infinity Realty in Toronto, Canada. "The best referral in life is a personal referral from someone you know." Rick and many other business-conscious real estate brokers are turning to companies, like Parkbench, for alternate solutions to help their agents in this fast-paced and highly competitive industry. "How can I help you?" These are five simple words, but they can have a huge impact on and can change your business forever. These words can help you separate your real estate business from your competition. These words can lead you to become the go-to person in your community. Service first By serving people first, by investing your time and energy into others outside of yourself and creating relationships that will last a lifetime, you become that person people will know, like and trust. As you refer people and businesses to each other, they will naturally want to refer business to you! It's the Law of Reciprocity! Now understanding the "Law of Reciprocity" is one thing; implementing it is another. Rick Aurora believes this wholeheartedly. His company, Royal LePage Infinity Realty, reached out to Grant Findlay-Shirras when he saw what the Parkbench platform could do for his team. They have since formed a partnership that allows real estate agents to use the platform on a pay-as-you-go basis. "Grant has offered us to 'try before you buy' his services. That takes TRUST!" Rick states. How does it work? The Parkbench system has client acquisition down to a science. It is a systematic and predictable process to help real estate agents give value to their community. "The average agent who uses Parkbench grows their income by 25% year over year and they profit more since it's built on relationships and referrals vs advertising. Aligning with brokers across North America strengthens our position for long-term growth and offers them [brokerages] the ability to create business differentiation," Grant says. Do you want to do more relationship based, community-driven marketing? If you're an agent in The GTA, contact Rick to get access to Parkbench at no upfront cost to you, and use it to help you get more listings and referrals! If you're an agent in any other part of the world and you want to become the local market expert and increase your exposure within your geo farm community, reach out to Grant Findlay-Shirras to learn how. If you're a broker owner or team leader who wants to give their agents a systematic and predictable way to create high quality leads in their geo farm that doesn't cost you any money, then contact [email protected] to learn more about "the local broker program." Free resource Do you want to know the top 30 local professionals who refer the most business to agents? Download this free ebook and learn who they are and how you can connect with them. Also, you will learn how to add value to business owners so that you can build referral generating relationships with them.
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Digital Curb Appeal Matters
When you're showing a property face-to-face, curb appeal is indispensable. There are many different aspects to curb appeal, but it all adds up to that essential first impression. From the moment potential buyers lay eyes on the home, right before walking through the door for the first time, they are primed for a memorable experience — and ready to find the home that's "the one." No doubt, your mind whirls into action to improve curb appeal whenever you look at a property. You might think of things like: The exterior paint job, how fresh it looks, and how well it matches the rest of the neighborhood The roof — its style, colors, and materials, and whether or not it looks ready for another 10 years Landscaping and lawn care appropriate to the season, with no yard waste or other obstructions Presentation — how well the all-important walk to the front door is framed, and the door itself When care is taken with curb appeal, it really can be a case of love at first sight! It might surprise you to know that the exact same effect is at work in the digital world. Yes, digital curb appeal is real. And it makes a winning difference for your sellers. Digital Curb Appeal Sets Properties Apart in 2021 and Beyond Digital curb appeal is a simple concept, but it takes creativity and hard work to master. In short, it means: Making your online home listing as appealing as it can look Ensuring it has a powerful preview in-home search results Even though online home listings are extraordinarily common — most home searches now start online — not everyone has gotten the message about digital curb appeal. Look at condo listings, for example, and you're very likely to see a preview photo that only consists of a community's sign out front. What a missed opportunity! Similar problems can crop up with a single-family residence. If a photo is blurry, distorted, or shows only one tiny part of what the home has to offer, it won't seize the attention of would-be buyers browsing through dozens of listings. As the listing gets little attention, it ends up at the bottom of results, even less likely to be found. First, remember what a listing preview usually shows: A feature photo along with the option to scroll through all the home's photos The asking price The number of bedrooms and bathrooms, including half and quarter baths Total square footage The address Special identifiers like "Hot!" or "Video tour" are also added to listings automatically. So, getting familiar with the different identifiers and how your listing can qualify is a terrific way to craft your strategy. People are far more likely to check a listing they know others are interested in! Four Ways to Help a Listing Excel with Digital Curb Appeal When it comes to digital curb appeal, you'll need to find new and exciting ways to help your listing tell a story. Luckily, it's not all undiscovered territory: many of the things you would normally do to prepare and stage a home are also helpful. Combine trusted techniques with new technologies and you'll stand out! Here are our four biggest tips for digital curb appeal: Collaborate on Pre-Listing Home Improvement - Minor cosmetic issues can sour buyers and sap a listing's mojo. In your early walkthrough of a property, make notes on anything that can be solved with a little elbow grease before your listing goes live. Major renovations should take a back seat to simple fixes, like a splash of exterior paint or new bathroom fixtures. Invest in Exceptional Real Estate Photography - The digital world is extraordinarily visual. These days, even the best phone photos won't do — professional real estate photography is a huge advantage. Photos should be taken of every room and every exterior angle, ideally at different times of day. Aerial photos snapped by drones are especially captivating for some buyers. Add a 3D Walkthrough and a Video Tour - These two features are highly in demand for today's savvy buyers. They also happen to be ideal ways to perk up your listings with two special identifiers buyers can see at a glance. Time spent on a 3D walkthrough is one of the biggest indicators of sincere interest in a home, so don't pass up the chance to stoke a buyer's imagination. Stage Each Home as "Move-In Ready" - Staging for your digital listing doesn't require fresh cookies in the oven, but there are still plenty of techniques that work. Clean up, declutter, and use natural light to your advantage, giving rooms a sense of size with mirrors where necessary. And, as always, hide the cat box and any other tell-tale signs of pets. Contact us to learn more about digital marketing for real estate, or try DeltaNET 6 free for 30 days. To view the original article, visit the Delta Media Group blog.
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The New Google Screened Badge is Changing Digital Advertising: Here's Why
Every real estate agent should make it a priority to get their Google Screened badge as soon as possible. Here, we'll cover the top questions real estate agents have about the Google Screened badge. Google has slowly been adjusting its search results pages – specifically the first page — over the last few years to make itself a bigger competitor for top-of-the-funnel advertising tactics. Instead of sending people away to other websites, Google wants its users to find the info they need without very much clicking or scrolling. Just take a look at how Google has evolved its strategy recently: First, you could only run a paid search ad that appeared at the top of search results. Then, Google introduced the Google business profile to give relevant businesses prime real estate at the top of Google. Then you could connect your search ad to your Google business profile to unlock a Google Maps ad. There have also been adjustments so searches are hyperlocal (two people across the country searching "top real estate agents" will see different results), and the introduction of "snippets" so searchers can instantly see answers to common questions related to their search without ever clicking into a website. Now, real estate agents can run Local Services Ads, which appear at the very top of the search results page — even above paid search ads — and deliver live phone call leads. They can also include a powerful endorsement from the search giant itself: the coveted Google Screened badge. Unlike a traditional ad, the Google Screened badge can't be obtained in just a couple clicks, and Google won't endorse just anyone. The badge is tougher to get because you have to go through a screening process, but it's worth it because Google rewards badge owners with more live phone call leads. This gives savvy digital advertisers a huge advantage, because they can unlock a clear path to better ROI without paying anything extra, except a tiny bit more of their time to push some digital paperwork through. If Google has taught us anything, it's that its users adapt fast to these interface and experience changes, and quickly alter their search behavior accordingly. As the Google Screened badge continues to expand into other industries, users will only grow more and more likely to call Google Screened businesses that are right at the top of the page. That's why, even though it takes a little effort, claiming your Google Screened badge right now is worth it. What is a Google Screened badge? The Google Screened badge is a green checkmark and designation applied to Google's new Local Services Ads. Right now, the badge is only available to a few professional service providers: those in law, financial planning, and real estate. Each ad prominently displays the advertiser's headshot, star rating, and review count, as well as a click-to-call feature that drives direct phone call leads to businesses. Not all Local Services Ads receive the badge, and that's because you need to apply for it and get approved. It's an involved process that requires agents to allow Google to conduct business-level and business-owner background checks. This is how Google does its due diligence to ensure that its most esteemed advertisers are, in fact, licensed real estate agents. Once the vetting process is complete, you'll automatically be ranked over every non-screened agent in your market. Why do I need a Google Screened badge? Google continues to adapt its platforms to give users the most relevant search results higher and higher on the page. You've seen traditional SEO continue to evolve (just look at the organic featured snippets and FAQs that now appear near the top of search results), and that's because users expect the best information to appear first. By placing its Local Services Ads at the very top — the most sought-after placement — Google is telling consumers that these are worth paying attention to. And, Google is telling advertisers that this is where it's investing its time and resources. As such, Local Services Ads provide one of the lowest-friction experiences available today. Its prime placement makes it easily seen and accessible, and it offers a hassle-free click-to-call feature. The addition of the Google Screened badge not only boosts trust in the eyes of consumers — like a digital referral — but Google really does prioritize vetted advertisers above those who do not have the badge. Local Services Ads combined with the Google Screened badge create a one-of-a-kind ad unit. It's essentially a combination of a top-of-the-funnel ad (when consumers first become aware of your business) and a bottom-of-the-funnel ad (when consumers are ready to take action). That's because someone could search for "real estate agents in Seattle" instead of a specific agent, get served a list of Google Screened results — seeing these specific agents and their five-star ratings for the first time — and then tap an ad to call one of the verified agents. Within a single search experience, you can be discovered for the first time and immediately contacted, thanks to the high level of trust that users have in Google to screen and recommend businesses. This new ad type presents real estate agents with a unique opportunity to get in on the ground floor of what will undoubtedly become an important and highly competitive advertising space across industries. How can a Google Screened badge help me get more live phone call leads than my competitors? The Google Screened badge is exclusive. Since you need to go through a traditional background check process to get approved, it puts you on a different level from other agents. This requires more effort, but it also gives you a competitive advantage when you're trying to win new business because Google sends more leads to agents with a Google Screened badge. Our data also show that the leads generated from Google's Local Services Ads are highly qualified. For instance, one in two leads is an actual buyer or seller, and one in 10 leads is a seller lead. Plus, you can dispute bad leads with Google and win that budget back, creating a more efficient advertising strategy and ROI than your competitors. Agents who get in early will outpace their competition, as they'll have a head start in building trust with Google. The company rewards advertisers who invest in its products and provide a good client experience. When you already have good reviews and a high star rating and then also earn the Google Screened badge, it's a signal to consumers that you are trustworthy, which Google knows will lead to more live phone calls. The more phone calls you answer, the happier Google is with the experience you're providing to consumers. As a result, the search giant will optimize your ad for more phone calls. This creates a merit-based system where agents control their own destiny, so other agents can't simply outbid you for exposure. If you get screened and earn a Google Screened badge, consistently get five-star Google reviews, and answer when those leads call, you'll quickly outpace your competition. How do I apply for a Google Screened badge? We mentioned earlier that the application process is more involved than any other advertising product on the market. But that should not deter you at all. As one of the only professional service sectors that can apply right now, real estate agents should be running—not walking—to earn the Google Screened badge. THIS is the ground floor if you act quickly, like buying Amazon stock decades ago for $10. Navigating the application process on your own can feel intimidating. Homesnap Concierge makes it easier for real estate agents as one of Google's only trusted third-party partners. When you work with us, you're assigned a dedicated success manager who will coach you through the process, letting you know what information to provide, which specific documents to submit, and when to take the next step. Your success manager will ensure you don't miss a beat and are able to earn the badge as soon as possible. Another important part of the process that real estate agents should be aware of is the requirement of having a verified Google business profile with at least one review. Details from your profile are linked to your Local Services Ads and badge, and Google also uses that information to determine when to serve your ad in search results. As a Google preferred partner, Homesnap Concierge is able to expedite Google business profile verification process for our agents — which can otherwise add weeks to the process. And finally, our Concierge specialists vet every phone call lead and dispute bad leads on your behalf — so you can be sure your ad budget is always being invested in quality leads. It's bound to be a hot summer for residential real estate. Home-buying demand remains strong and inventory could expand as states loosen COVID restrictions and give us a glimpse of a return to normal on the horizon. Now is the time to invest on an advertising strategy that will bring you high-intent, qualified leads by phone. To view the original article, visit the Homesnap blog.
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25 Real Estate Video Marketing Ideas
Lights, camera, action! Today's article is a simple one. We give you 25 ideas to give your on-camera personality some inspiration. We have also included a free download of our Guide to Online Video for Real Estate Agents. We discuss video editing, video platforms, camera options, and everything you need to get started. Here are 25 video marketing ideas for real estate agents: About You Introduce yourself to your leads Explain any specialties or niche markets you focus on Reveal three traits that help you stand out from other agents Read some of your client testimonials Explain any unique marketing or real estate services you provide About the Community Provide a visual tour of local hotspots in your neighborhood Discuss highlights of the community Highlight independently owned small businesses in the area Explain why your town is worth living in compared to others nearby Discuss benefits of each neighborhood in your area in detail Have an interview with long-time residents Illustrate popular architectural styles in your area Discuss median cost and advise buyers on where to look for properties that fit their budget Explain market trends and provide timing advice Create seasonal videos to highlight the best events and places to visit throughout the year Videos About Real Estate Provide tips and best practices for first-time home buyers or sellers Announce an upcoming open house and highlight features of the property Offer advice to leads considering selling on what home improvements provide the best ROI Do a video walk-through of a newly listed property Ask past clients to submit questions and explain the answers in your videos Discuss mortgage prequalification and home loan opportunities Offer advice on how to identify serious issues vs. cosmetic damage on home tours Talk about the foreclosure market in your area Discuss the timeline of a traditional sale Provide advice on how to prioritize needs to land on the perfect neighborhood (school district vs. commute time, etc.) Need advice on online video marketing? Download our guide for real estate agents! To view the original article, visit the Zurple blog.
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How to Write the Perfect Real Estate Agent Bio
Making a good first impression online is far more difficult than doing so in-person. When you're face-to-face, your countenance and body language can express friendliness and confidence while you verbally make a connection and communicate your local market knowledge and overall expertise. Conversely, conveying all those points through a written real estate agent bio takes some wordsmithing. Luckily, you don't need to be a creative writing major to craft the perfect real estate agent bio. If you follow our suggestions, you'll be able to make a great first impression with anyone who reads about you online. Define your voice The first thing you need to do for your real estate agent bio—and any other content you plan to write, like ads, blog posts and social media posts—is to nail down your voice. This refers to your style of writing, and it's what will make your content unique. If you aren't sure what your voice is like, start by writing a note to a friend. In it, tell that person about an experience you recently had. You won't ultimately share the note with anyone, but after writing it, you'll be able to see the type of words you typically use and the style in which you use them. Take this same approach when you write your bio. And keep these three points in mind: Be authentic – Use your words, not the words you think people want to hear. Your tone should match your personality. Don't eliminate contractions if you typically use them. Don't use formal language if you speak casually. Be confident – Stop yourself from reading anyone else's bio before writing your own. Comparing your background and accomplishments to other real estate agents won't help you write about yourself. If you're confident enough to do your job, then you should also be confident in your experience. That's why we're not sharing any examples of other bios. Putting ideas in your head is the perfect way to ensure you won't be writing with authenticity. Share your passion – Why does your work excite you? Weave your enthusiasm for your job into your bio. No one wants to work with a two-dimensional agent. Showing passion will make others feel eager to work with you. Cover the necessary details Although you're writing your real estate agent bio in your own voice, there are still important points you need to address along the way. Here is a list to get you started. It's not exhaustive because, well, everyone is unique. If you have other tidbits of information you want to share with potential leads and prospects, you shouldn't hesitate to add it in! Your name (for example, don't write Michael if everyone calls you Mike) Your title Your specialty (first-time buyers, luxury homes, investment properties, working with veterans) Your standout skills (great negotiator, highly responsive, in-depth knowledge of the market) Current track record and accolades Trainings, certifications, education Market specialities (specific neighborhoods, housing types) A friendly photo Social proof, such as testimonials (place these at the end) Other things to consider including: Elevator pitch about why clients choose you Your approach to every client relationship and the overall transaction Relatable stories that show you understand the needs of buyers and/or sellers Personal details (share information like how many kids you have, your pet's name, your hobbies, likes and dislikes) If you're part of a team, talk about the people who clients might interact with or who support you behind the scenes, like an admin, marketer, stagers, et al. Don't forget that people often skim when they are reading online. If you really want to grab their attention, make every sentence engaging and worth the read. Start with a strong opening. That could be a story about why you got into real estate, how you work with clients or what sets you apart from your competition. Finally, consider whether you want your bio to be in the first or third person. There's no right answer, and you may consider writing it both ways to see which you like better. Proofread It goes without saying that you should proofread your real estate agent bio after you write it. But you may also want to read it aloud to see if it sounds natural and authentic. Then send it to a few people, including colleagues, who will give you honest feedback. When you ask them to read it, be specific in what type of feedback you'd like to receive. For example, you may want to ask whether it is engaging, makes you sound like a trusted agent, conveys your expertise well enough or is too long. Determine where to publish your real estate agent bio Consider your real estate agent bio as a piece of marketing. You should spread it far and wide so that buyers and sellers face no hurdles when they try to learn more about you. Here's a starting point for where you should publish your bio: Your brokerage's website Your personal agent website Your Google business profile Your Facebook business page Printed collateral displayed at open houses and elsewhere To view the original article, visit the Homesnap blog.
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Friday Freebie: 200 Real Estate Flyer Templates
You know how people like to say, "Less is more"? Well, throw that out the window (just for now), because in this week's Friday Freebie, more is definitely more. We're sharing with you a whopping 200 flyer templates that you can download, customize, and market with to your heart's content. Read on to learn more. 200 Real Estate Flyer Templates, courtesy of TORCHx Listing inventory is low, so agents can use all the help they can get in drumming up new seller leads. TORCHx is offering RE Technology readers 200 free flyer templates that you can print and mail or share online. You get: 50 For Sale Flyer templates 50 Just Sold Flyer templates 50 Recently Sold Homes Flyer templates 50 Testimonial Flyer templates All flyers are beautifully and professionally designed and 100% customizable. Add your name, contact info, listing photos and other custom fields for a flyer that is perfectly suited to your marketing needs. Flyers are available as PowerPoint files and come with full instructions on how to customize and edit the templates. Ready to dive in? Download 200 FREE real estate flyer templates here!
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Build New Business with Google My Business
Google My Business is one of the fastest and easiest ways that real estate agents can increase their presence online. That's because unless you are a major advertiser with Google -- or have invested in an ongoing, professional Search Engine Optimization (SEO) program -- most real estate searches typically will not include a local agent website on the first page of the results. Unless, of course, you have a completed and frequently updated Google My Business profile. About five years ago, Google introduced this free way to increase local businesses' presence in search. When someone searches for your name and occupation on Google – such as Jane Smith, real estate agent – Google returns results to include your GMB profile. Best of all, your GMB profile appears at the top right of the search results. It features your contact information, your business hours, photos you have uploaded, a map of your business location, and more. If you are an agent who tried to use GMB several years ago, you may have been challenged by Google, at the time, not allowing multiple businesses to share one physical address. That prevented many real estate agents from completing a GMB profile when trying to list their home office as their primary address. Google has fixed this quirk for real estate agents. Now agents assigned to one office may use that same address for their GMB profile. Make sure you do use the same physical address for all of your online use. Today, Google My Business is also connected to Google Maps, meaning a search result in Google Maps may also display your Google My Business profile. First, you need to create a Google My Business profile. Next, you need to fill out all of the fields in your profile. The more complete it is, the better your chances Google will include your profile in search results. Finally, you need to add images to your profile initially and later add them regularly. These can be photos of your most recent listing, your business location, and even infographics. Google loves to feature GMB profiles that frequently are updated with posts. These updates can include information about your events (e.g., an open house or Zoom meeting available to the community to answer real estate questions) or local community events. You also can post any special offers or a "what's new" update on your business. Google also has made several improvements to GMB to make it even more robust. You can now add to your profile new Health & Safety Attributes. These are specifics related to your business health standards, such as "Appointments required, Masks required, Staff wears masks, Staff gets temperatures checked," and more. New attributes for Online Services allow you to promote your "Online Appointments" within your GMB profile. Now more than ever, it is essential for agents to ramp up online visibility. GMB is one of the best free online services that can help you promote your business and website. GMB also displays buttons that link to your website, directions (to your office), and a Call button to connect the person searching directly to you by phone. GMB also prominently features your reviews on Google and offers an "Ask a question" button – another call-to-action feature that can help you connect with potential buyers and sellers. It's easy to create a Google My Business profile. You will need a Google account, but if you have a Gmail email address or a YouTube account, you already have the access you need. Go to google.com/business to get started. Do make sure you add photos, as they are essential to raising your GMB profile. The Search Engine Journal reports, "Businesses with photos on their listings receive 42% more requests for driving directions on Google Maps and 35% more click-throughs to their websites than businesses without photos." Keep in mind that Google search is the king of internet traffic. As the world's largest search engine, over 3.5 billion searches occur on Google every day. If you want to tap into this massive traffic, you need to leverage your Google My Business Profile. If you have any challenges with your Google My Business profile, reach out to Tech Helpline and an analyst can assist you. To view the original article, visit the Tech Helpline blog.
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With the ability to talk to thousands of past and current clients for a few dollars a month, email scales with your practice better than any other digital marketing technique. Sophisticated email drip campaigns that use data directly from your Customer Relationship Management suite can run 24 hours a day with little intervention. Still, email has a learning curve to conquer before you'll be able to make the most of it! There are two significant challenges when it comes to a flourishing subscriber list: Getting leads to consent to join your list Providing useful and informative content Excited to get started? Don't forget: Before anyone gets to see your carefully crafted messages, they have to opt-in. Federal laws prohibit sending unsolicited commercial email, and many U.S. businesses strive to comply with the standard set by the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, which is even more strict. Luckily, there are plenty of ways for real estate pros to give leads a chance to opt-in. 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Keep in mind, though, an effective email list is a game of averages. You don't have to appeal to every subscriber every time. Your focus should be on maintaining a precise list, while your content also remains valuable enough for new subscribers to outpace occasional losses. As long as you're moving in the right direction, you're crafting a powerful asset! An email list with hundreds or thousands of followers is a competitive advantage few can match. It allows you to draw attention to new listings or vital market trends at any time. And email subscribers are even more likely than social media followers to read your message and click through to your website. THE BIG QUESTION IS THIS: What are the "DOS AND DON'TS" of email marketing that will keep you growing? Based on years of work with thousands of real estate experts, here are our answers:  DO Share Valuable, Informative Content Aligned with Your Brand Every piece of content is written for someone, so be sure you know who your best customers are and what matters to them. Content that's useful to a Millennial buying a first home might be meaningless to an empty nester downsizing for retirement. All content should showcase your knowledge and essential "brand promise."  DO Segment Client Types and Send Different Content to Each One Segmenting your list is the easiest way to be sure the Millennial and the Boomer both get the content they want. A segment is like a mini-list where subscribers are further divided based on their interests and is a great way to appeal to a broad range of customers.  DO Personalize Your Messages as Much as You Realistically Can First-name personalization – "Hi, Joe!" – is used everywhere because it's personable and effective. But in today's marketing world, it's only the beginning. Personalization can draw on data in ways that make content more convenient—for example, highlighting listings that are in a buyer's target area and price range.  DO Leverage Your CRM to Get More Data for Personalization A Customer Relationship Management system provides total visibility into who your leads and customers are, how you met, and where they stand in their home-buying process. A CRM centralizes all the information that leads volunteer, so utilize it to look for meaningful ways to both request and use data as the situation warrants.  DO Automate the Process with Relevant Drip Email Campaigns A drip campaign is an ongoing series of targeted emails made to inform subscribers, foster rapport, and move them toward the next step in their journey. Drip campaigns can be automated using your CRM's storehouse of data, providing a completely personalized experience based on user behavior and buyer persona.  DO Track Your Results and Continuously Improve Your Work Each email you send yields an enormous amount of data in real-time. You will know how well your subject line worked by the number of people who clicked your message and whether the hook resonated by how many visited your site. Use data like this to send more of the messages your subscribers really respond to.  DON'T Talk All About Yourself in Every Email You Send Out Email can equip you with many "soft" ways to remind people who you are, what you know, and what you can do for them. Every email should offer opportunities to move forward, but a hard sell betrays a lack of confidence. Use your emails to demonstrate your insights. Let your leads do the rest for you.  DON'T Scare People Off with Your Email Autoresponder Every once in a while, people actually will respond to your emails. It doesn't mean they think every message is written especially for them – most realize this isn't the case – but they do expect a personal response. This is a terrific opportunity to start a conversation, so don't set up an automatic response that might turn readers away.  DON'T Get Stuck in the Spam Filter (Especially with Attachments) These days, most people are aware of the risks posed by hackers and phishing scams. Networks are cracking down on dangerous or suspicious behavior, and that includes the big email and internet service providers used by your subscribers. Never use file attachments, as they are likely to get your message marked as spam. Also, avoid words like "free," "millions," and "deal" in subject lines.  DON'T Forget to Use a Mobile-Friendly Email Marketing Template The total amount of internet traffic that originates from smartphones is trending toward 51%, with only a slight bump downwards due to a very unusual 2020. The majority of your emails will probably be read on the phone, so be sure you select an email template that looks great on phones, tablets, and laptops as well as desktops. Done right, email marketing is the ultimate complement to your real estate website. While your website helps you attract potential customers, it's your email list that plays the biggest role in converting them into first-time callers eager to discuss your services. Put these two resources together, and you get a powerhouse: The ability to generate and convert leads any time of the day or night while you stay focused on what you do best. 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Forms should never come with an "accept text messages" box pre-ticked, and your text should let subscribers know how often they can expect to hear from you before they commit. Likewise, anyone on your list should be able to withdraw consent at any time by texting back. Sending unwanted texts after an unsubscribe request could expose you to fines. Luckily, many of these issues are automated for you with the right software. How to Use Text Messages to Convert More Leads Texting has a tremendous amount of potential. But how do you tap into it? Luckily, there are a few powerful formulas for effective real estate text messages: Text Important Property Listings and Updates - In 2017, the National Association of REALTORS® found that 62% of all buyers prefer having property info sent to them via text message. You can start this process even before you speak to a prospect, based on the listings they've spent the most time on while browsing your website. Once the relationship develops, a text is a great way to send leads info about a weekly spotlight property. Start New Conversations With a Question - It's important to talk with prospects, not at them. Text messages should provide an opening for conversation––and a question is very difficult to ignore. Keep it short, simple, and personalized: "What's the #1 thing you're looking for in a home, Bob?" will get Bob thinking about his ideal next home and give you details to start narrowing down his interests. Follow Up From Live Events Like Open Houses - Open house attendees are active leads, but they can still take months to make a decision. Follow up with your event attendees by text – right away and again if you don't hear from them in three to five days. The property they saw might not have inspired them, but the text can keep the fires burning. If they're still interested, roll out those property listings! Rekindle Cold Leads with Follow-Up Texts - Since it only takes a few seconds to read and respond to a text, most people don't mind getting them even if they've fallen off the radar. Again, a question works well: "Hi, Joan. Are you still interested in a home here in Walnut Creek?" In most cases, the worst thing that can happen is nothing at all. But now and then, you could open the way to another great sale. A Quick Text Can Move Mountains In a service-oriented field like real estate, the key to marketing is to be where the customers are. It only takes a quick look around at a store or restaurant to see most of them are on their phones! Phones are now an intimate part of our lives, shaping our daily experiences. And even the most important professional relationships, like yours with your clients, can start and develop there. Sure, you won't do all your marketing by text message. 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While many of us are aware that Instagram is a rapidly growing social media platform, many real estate professionals have not figured out the best ways to make an investment in Instagram be a profitable venture. Michael Tomasetti and Michael Glazer from Back At You Media delivered a fascinating Coffee Chat, breaking down the mysteries of Instagram into plain English. They showed us how Instagram can help build your brand AND become a way to capture leads, especially among younger homebuyers. Here are their three suggestions for winning on Instagram: 1. Set up an Instagram BUSINESS account If you have a personal Instagram account and would like to get more serious about using Instagram as a lead gen source, convert your account to a business account. Here's a guide from Instagram on how to set up a business account. With a business account, you will receive analytics and better ways to target your local audience. 2. Use video Videos receive 38% more engagement than image posts and 2.1x the amount of comments on Instagram. There are ways for you to post a one-minute video, and using IGTV, you can post a FULL 3D virtual tour as well. 3. Use hashtags Instagram posts with at least one hashtag got 70% more likes and 392% more comments than those without hashtags (source: Augorapulse). Although you can post up to 30 hashtags per Instagram post, data shows that seven hashtags generate the most engagement, while more than nine are perceived as spam. The best types of hashtags are localized, but not TOO specific. Here's a good example: #RealEstateMilwaukee. 4. What content should I post on Instagram? Teasers to new listings and posts Behind-the-scenes! Q&A Prompts Invitations to virtual tours Design and home maintenance tips Watch the entire recording below to get a 101 course on the best ways to use Instagram: More Resources If you would like to learn more about how Back At You can help you win on Instagram and other social media channels, click here. Don't Miss These Upcoming Coffee Chats! Thursday, May 21 Earn a Client for Life by Taking Credit for the Listing Exposure and Leads You Are Generating with Trent Gardner of ListTrac Friday, May 22 Learn How to Capitalize on the Pent-Up Demand with Jack Markham of Zurple If you would like us to sign you up for all upcoming coffee chats, email [email protected] and he will get you signed up. If you would like to get notifications every time a Coffee Chat recording is published, subscribe to our YouTube channel, RETechnologyInc. Then hit the bell next to the Subscribe button and receive notifications every time we publish new educational videos. Get Recordings of All Coffee Chats If you would like to binge watch all of the Coffee Chat recordings, click here. If you would like a FREE 3-month trial of RE Technology, go to retechnology.com, click Create Account and then use one of these coupon codes: COVID-19A COVID-19B COVID-19M
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Every agent and broker knows that to maximize profitability, you have to use every tool and technology you pay for to its fullest. The MLS system, while available to every active agent in America today, is a just example of one of those tools. The MLS system is chock-full of ways to engage more deeply with your sphere and to generate interest on your listings with agents in your own brokerage, local market and even interested consumers! That's exactly what we talked about in a recent Coffee Chat with special guest Brian Tepfer of Rapattoni. If you haven't done any training on your local MLS system lately, it's time you logged into your MLS and registered for some online training. Some MLSs even provide CE credit for technology training courses these days! Here are three key takeaways from our Coffee Chat: 1. Don't forget to talk about the MLS in your listing presentations! Your local MLS is THE best place to expose new listings to ALL of the most experienced and well-educated agents in your local market that are connected to THE most active buyers! Every MLS system has ways to promote your listings to trusted real estate professionals. They will help you attract qualified buyers. Go to your local MLS and look for training on the best ways to expose your listings to fellow real estate pros. 2. The MLS is a great place to ENGAGE with your prospects and past clients. All MLS systems have a way for you to share listings that match your clients' interests and criteria. You can engage them regularly with two-way conversations without ever leaving the MLS. Again, contact your local MLS for training on these important features. 3. The MLS is a TREASURE of insights you can share! Some agents struggle with coming up with topics to use for conversation starters for phone calls, emails and texts. Every MLS has ways for you to pull out market performance for a neighborhood, zip code and even a custom-drawn region where you do business. Reports can be pulled to share pricing trends, new listing trends, transaction trends and a whole bunch more. Training can help you unleash the marketing power of all of the property insights inside the MLS system. Watch the recording here: Don't Miss These Upcoming Coffee Chats! Tuesday, May 12 Look No Further than Your Local MLS to Generate a Ton of Business FREE! with Amy Gorce, Principal Business Development of CoreLogic Wednesday, May 13 Learn How to Become a Social Media Expert Without Doing All the Work! with Michael Glazer and Michael Tomasetti of BackatYou Media Thursday, May 14 A Multi-Channel Marketing Approach That Gets Prospects Chasing You (Instead of You Chasing Them) with Ryan Hartman, VP Advertising at Inside Real Estate If you would like us to sign you up for all upcoming coffee chats, email [email protected] and he will get you signed up. If you would like to get notifications every time a Coffee Chat recording is published, subscribe to our YouTube channel, RETechnologyInc. Then hit the bell next to the Subscribe button and receive notifications every time we publish new educational videos. Get Recordings of All Coffee Chats If you would like to binge watch all of the Coffee Chat recordings, click here. If you would like a FREE 3-month trial of RE Technology, go to retechnology.com, click Create Account and then use one of these coupon codes: COVID-19A COVID-19B COVID-19M
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As human beings, we crave connection and collaboration. And as a real estate professional, it is critical to interact with a large quantity of people consistently. But the health and safety precautions being enacted by millions of our citizens creates a void for personal interaction and community. In the meantime, Netflix is reporting record streams. Facebook is reporting record engagement times and logins. The bottom line is that people are self-isolating and relying on social media to stay entertained, connected, and informed. This reality creates an incredible opportunity for us to become the centerpiece, facilitator, moderator, and conduit and for our communities to stay engaged and up-to-date with the latest, most relevant lifestyle information. Here are a few ideas to help you leverage the opportunities created by this potential health crisis: 1. Assess your social media channels, connections and automation capabilities. Are they up to par for you to communicate with your online community? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube 2. Assess your blog posting capabilities and syndication across social channels. Make sure your online community knows that you are providing lots of great, helpful content on all of your communication channels. 3. Content strategy: Be the source of relevant and timely local, lifestyle information (not necessarily real estate related). Pre-market open houses and do them as Facebook Live events. Market to your connections via social media announcing an upcoming open house. Customers are unlikely to attend, but you can go to your open house and use your phone or tablet to do Facebook or Instagram Live and walk through the home and talk about the benefits of purchasing the home, not JUST the home's features. Offer to drop off supplies for the elderly or residents that are restricted from getting around. You can deliver much needed supplies at the front door without physically interacting with people that want to stay isolated but need help. Write a small note and/or leave your card for people. Connect to the CDC website, Covid-19 virus government site, local government and schools, etc. and provide helpful links and resources across your social channels. Connect with your lender partner and provide refinance opportunity information. Many people are at home with lots of free time and they may be interested in doing the due diligence associated with refinancing and taking advantage of record low interest rates. Ask questions, lots of questions, so your social spheres can respond with opinions and answers. Ask about restaurants providing free deliveries and any/all businesses offering free deliveries. Ask about business closings. Ask for people to respond if they are available for independent contract work from home to supplement their income and become a solution center for businesses that may need extra help or that are willing to provide people with additional work opportunities. Connect with local businesses (restaurants, shops, etc) and offer to promote coupons or discounts through your marketing channels for people interested or willing to venture out. Offer to run errands for people that need help. Research and offer DIY recipes for hand-sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and different ways to improvise with common household items. Need help with your social media and other online communication channels? Connect with an Elevate Success Coach to learn how we can help: tryelevate.com/get-started, 844-792-0260.
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3 Things Every Agent Needs in Their 2020 Marketing Arsenal
It's amazing how many companies are vying for the real estate agent's dollar. From trying to sell you leads to showing off the latest shiny object guaranteed to boost your marketing power, it seems like everyone wants to stick their fingers into your pocketbook. What good do these wonder tools do, though, if you lack the systems to put them to work? What is the benefit of marketing to attract new clients if the chances are really good that they'll fall through a crack in your system? If you don't have the basics of your arsenal in place, it's time to concentrate on doing so. 1. A cleaned-up, organized CRM New agents often ask what tools they'll need when they first hit the ground in the real estate world. Aside from a smart phone and a mentor, a robust customer relationship management system (CRM) is a must. Established agents understand the value of a CRM but many allow theirs to become cluttered, disorganized and, very often, ineffective. "Garbage in, garbage out" is what they end up with. Take the time to thoroughly clean up your CRM. This includes: Categorizing the entries in a way that makes sense to you. This may be something as simple as categorizing each entry by their location within the sales funnel (lead, prospect or client) and whether the lead or prospect is cold, warm or hot. Sellers and buyers should be segmented as well. Checking for duplicate entries and then merging or deleting them. Removing contacts that are impossible to contact. These are the ones who submitted a phony email address or phone number, have been in your database for some time and there is no hope of ever contacting them. Ensuring that every contact is on an appropriate touch campaign. 2. A powerful, lead-generating website While the NAR doesn't tell us how many of their members own a website, they do let on that 51 percent have had a website for at least five years. That's a rather paltry number, considering that a website should be one of the main tools in an agent's marketing arsenal. A real estate website can be a giant lead magnet, if done right. By blogging consistently and promoting your posts on social media, you drive traffic back to your site where you can employ additional magnets to capture those leads. But there are other bonuses offered by an agent website: A website offers a place to showcase your testimonials. It helps build awareness of your brand. A website provides a place for potential clients to get to know and trust you. It offers a spot for you to demonstrate authority. Agent websites offer value by providing information that real estate consumers are seeking. Your website can be a tool to help build a targeted mailing list to stay in touch with your sphere of influence. 3. In-depth knowledge of your target market If your target market is "likely buyers and sellers," we feel for you. "Everyone" isn't a target audience and appealing to "everyone" is almost impossible. For marketing to be successful, you simply must know who you are trying to reach. And this determination must be the result of a carefully thought-out process. There are many ways to choose a target market. The easiest is to target the type of client you've most enjoyed working with over the past year or two. Are they members of the military or landlords looking to sell? Maybe they were the first-time homebuyers or downsizing baby boomers. Add to your knowledge of this group of real estate consumers. What is the market like for them right now? Look for pain points that you can address and solve. Where do they hang out online? These are advertising mediums that present an ideal way to reach your audience. Even if you choose only one of the three aforementioned tips, you'll be ahead of your marketing game in 2020.
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As a real estate professional, a meaningful connection to your community is vital to the success of your business. But we know you've heard the same advice on the subject over and over--host events, be a source of community information, volunteer, etc. Today, however, we're going to introduce you to a high-tech way to connect to your local market--and, bonus, it's sure to dazzle and engage consumers in your area. That strategy? Capturing community spaces in 3D walk-throughs. Not only does this help relocating buyers become more familiar (not to mention creating sight-unseen opportunities) with your community, but it also adds confidence and comfort to the home search through knowledge of local establishments, helping real estate consumers decide which neighborhood suits them best. "Increasingly, especially when we're talking about suburban redevelopment, you're not only choosing the house, you're choosing the neighborhood and the places that are part of that neighborhood," says Charles Nitschke, Chief Integration Officer, Sotheby's Tomlinson Group. Nitschke is part of a growing group of savvy real estate professionals around the country who are tapping into the power of Matterport's technology to capture three-dimensional models, or "digital twins," of various community establishments and businesses in their market areas. Here are examples of six local spaces you can capture in your community to boost consumer engagement, lead generation and awareness of your real estate brand. Schools So you've got school ratings, school district zoning, and other information on your real estate website. That's a great start, but you can take things to a whole other level by including 3D walk throughs of those schools where people can virtually experience and learn about the facility for themselves. Nitschke finds that this is especially useful for markets with colleges or universities. "[Institutions] are tremendously interested in being able to show off their space to attract students, to be able to walk the parents and students through the facility, to get comfortable with it before they start travelling to narrow down their final school selection." After scanning their first school, Nitschke's brokerage, Sotheby's Tomlinson Group, approached another. Next summer, they will scan Idaho College's athletic department and then scale out into dorms, classrooms, and eventually the whole college. The 3D scan will be available on the college's website and on their brokerage's site, said Nitschke. "It's a big part of becoming that digital mayor, becoming that tour guide for the community." Local art galleries Lisa Larkin is the designated broker for RE/MAX Select in Tucson, Ariz., and she has long understood the power of co-branding with influential local figures. For years, her team has worked with Diana Madaras, a high-profile local artist, to host client appreciation events at her gallery, license her art on their marketing materials, and more. When Larkin and her team discovered Matterport, they offered to scan a new gallery space she had just purchased so that she could put it on her website. It's now featured prominently on her site's front page. They put the scan on their website too, under a relocation tab where people new to Tucson could see different places and businesses around town. The result is mutually beneficial: real estate consumers learn of an important local artist, and art consumers learn about a local real estate company that's differentiating themselves through the use of innovative technology. Event and recreational spaces Microbreweries are a big trend across the country, and they tend to attract a savvy, upwardly mobile clientele—an ideal real estate customer. A new agent at Sotheby's Tomlinson Group captured a local brewery as a way to break into the market and to introduce himself to the owner of the brewery. That introduction led him to listing the owner's house when the owner decided it was time to downsize. Theaters, concert venues, gyms, and other similar spaces are also excellent candidates for 3D reality capture. These popular locations service what equates to a large audience every year, many of whom will visit their website where your Matterport scan is located. That means this untapped audience will have the chance to see your 3D digital twin on a consistent basis and the opportunity to learn about your real estate business. Places of worship Sotheby's Tomlinson Group parlayed their digital twins of local schools into an opportunity to scan a 60,000 sq. ft. mega church and its 60,000 sq. ft. athletic facility. Along with building awareness for their brand, the scan is also connecting their community to church-facilitated services that they may not have otherwise known existed, such as substance abuse and domestic violence programs. "If you were to walk into this large church, try to figure out where to go to find those services, to familiarize yourself with what's available, or even to get the process started, it would be an intimidating process to go down that road," says Nitschke. The digital twins of the church helps community members understand what's offered, where to go within the church, and how to reach out. The church is even leveraging Matterport "Mattertags," to embed digital media (in this case video) into their digital twins. Every week, they add their sermons in a Mattertag for people who missed the service or want to listen again. Your office While creating 3D digital twins of local spaces is a great form of passive marketing, let's not forget one very important space you should also capture—your office. "It's fantastic to send out to clients so that they know where they're going to be going, where they're going to be meeting and take some of the apprehension out of that process," says Nitschke. Unlike your office, the digital twin is available 24/7, and it can help current and potential clients feel more comfortable with your business. Sotheby's Tomlinson Group has also scanned their title company and has future plans to scan their mortgage vendor's office, too. "When the consumer is getting ready to go to closing day, they're able to navigate the building where the title company is so they know where to go from the parking garage to the title company, what the reception desk looks like, what the conference room that they're going to be signing in looks like. It just takes a lot of that stress out of an already stressful situation by being able to walk them through," says Nitschke. How Can I Get Started? We've talked about capturing some very big, important spaces in your community. If that seems intimidating, it isn't. Starting with local businesses you're already familiar with will streamline the partnering process, but creating the digital twin itself is really quite simple. It's a natural step in building relationships for an industry that relies on that ability. "I'm finding the more that we get involved in these community spaces that are incredibly important to how and why and where people choose to live, the relationships start to build on one another," says Nitschke. "Shooting this facility ends up leading to an introduction to somebody to shoot another facility, and so we're kind of growing very naturally through collecting these spaces." Once you've captured your first community space, be sure to put it on your website and promote it wherever you can. Lisa Larkin's brokerage, RE/MAX Select, has even created a website dedicated solely to 3D tours of local spaces, as well as a Facebook page for that website. An easily accessible collection of 3D digital twins of community spaces also helps real estate consumers get a better sense of what a neighborhood's all about—far better than traditional real estate tools and MLS data can. Traditional tools offer "no depth to what a community is all about, and this allows us to give them a much better idea of what the difference is between some of these neighborhoods," says Nitschke. For more in-depth information about capturing community spaces, including marketing strategies, check out our recent webinar here. And try Matterport yourself with your free Matterport account to get started with 3D differentiation.
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