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5 Tips [and a Freebie] to Up Your Social Media Marketing
We all know that social media is a necessary part of a comprehensive marketing strategy, but with its ever-evolving algorithms and "cancel culture" mentality, if you make a misstep, keeping up can prove challenging and overwhelming to many real estate professionals. When it comes to social media marketing, we believe in QUALITY over QUANTITY. Read on for our easy-to-implement marketing tips that even the busiest real estate professional can put into play! 1. Take the "Mixed Bag" Approach to Creating Content Creating good social content can be time consuming, but it doesn't have to be if you take a "mixed bag" approach. Some of the highest engagement content is nothing more than capturing a moment in your life and sharing it, or taking a shot of the hottest new coffee shop in your neighborhood and giving a shout-out regarding the most delicious latte that's walking distance from that hot new listing you just landed. Other types of content require more thought and effort, like a video interview with your favorite mortgage lender, writing a detailed blog post about a residential community, or editing a video tour of your latest listing. 2. Focus on Quality Over Quantity Posting for the sake of posting isn't necessary. Although we DO recommend that you create some sort of consistent posting schedule in order to train your followers (and yourself) to look for and engage with your content, you want to ask yourself two important questions for creating awesome content: Does my content provide VALUE to my audience (information, interest, local, relatable)? Does my content ENGAGE my audience (shares, clicks, comments, likes, etc.)? Always keep in mind the reason that you create content in the first place is to provide value to your audience, initiate conversations, and ultimately build and nurture your sphere to lead to business (and personal) opportunities in your life. 3. Focus on the Platforms that Support Your Audience (and Opportunities) There are a lot of great social media channels, but some are more popular than others with certain segments of your audience—and some are going to feel more natural and intuitive for you as well! The average American spends three hours per day on social networks and online messaging and the numbers are impressive: 90% of Millennials, 78% of Gen-X and 48% of Baby Boomers all are active social consumers, and the numbers have continued to grow over the past year of "COVID living." Millennial audiences are going to prefer highly visual, short form channels like Instagram, YouTube and TikTok, while Gen Xers and Boomers are more open to platforms such as Facebook, email marketing and long-form blog content. 4. Different Channels = Different Content Be sure that you adjust your content to fit the channel, even if it's the same content being repurposed. For example, you've got a hot new listing to showcase, Instagram and Facebook are where you are going to be very visual with big, gorgeous graphics and expanded description. YouTube is going to promote that listing with a gorgeous walk-through video, and your blog is going to be all of the above, along with an SEO-friendly long-form description of the listing and the surrounding community. 5. Be Yourself One of the things that's made social media so popular is that it's a way for people to easily tap into other's day-to-day without the "invasiveness" of a telephone call or text. In its best sense, social media gives us the opportunity to cheer on each other's successes, explore lives and stories that interest us, and support people and initiatives that we care about. The most important thing to do is be yourself. Being authentically you is what makes following your story online interesting to your audience. All the rest will fall into place! Schedule Your FREE Social Media Review Spend 15-minute with an Elevate Success Coach to take a look at your current social media marketing strategy and receive tips, tricks and insight into what you are doing well and what you can improve. We'll review your current website, blog and social channels—no strings attached! [ SCHEDULE SOCIAL MEDIA REVIEW ]
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Facebook Turns the Table on Lead Gen: You don't go after leads -- leads come to you
Online lead generation has created new business for many real estate agents for more than a decade. The major portals alone have collected hundreds of millions of dollars in annual ad revenue selling online leads to agents. Early on, agents who bought leads from the portals generated big business. But buying online leads from portals has become more and more expensive and can cost $200 per lead. And the national average conversion rate for internet leads is widely reported at only 2-3 percent. Social media sites, like Facebook, are turning the tables on traditional sources of online lead generation or lead gen. The old model of lead gen captures a lead, and then you go to them. With a social media channel like Facebook, your future leads are already checking you out, and when they are ready, they come to you. This shifts the focus from targeting people you don't know – online leads – to people who know and like you. The concept isn't new: historically, most agents generate the majority of their business from referrals, most often from past clients, friends and family, and others in their sphere of influence. Facebook makes this process possible online. Facebook and real estate According to the National Association of Realtors, 76 percent of members are on Facebook for professional use, and 78 percent use Facebook for personal use. However, NAR says only about one-in-five agents use Facebook to market their listings. Yet, the opportunity to generate leads from Facebook is enormous. Facebook continues its reign as the number one social media site. Nearly two billion people use Facebook every day worldwide. And the average time spent on Facebook exceeds any other social site, a whopping 58.5 minutes per user per day. Engagement on Facebook remains off the charts. Every minute, Facebook users create four million likes, and every second, more than six people sign up for Facebook. More importantly, for agents, 35 million people update their statuses on Facebook every day. Agents are attracted to Facebook, as it is the easiest and most efficient way to stay visible with their clients, friends, family, and community. The fact is most, if not all of them, are on Facebook. There is no more cost-effective way to use sphere marketing to reach clients and future ones than on Facebook. Facebook also meets HUD fair housing requirements for advertising as real estate agents must mark boosted posts as a "Special Ad Category" and select "Housing" from the pull-down menu. Facebook won't approve a real estate ad or boosted post without it. This makes certain agents are complying with fair housing rules that prevent specific geographic and demographic targeting. Turning the tables Perhaps the best part of using Facebook as an agent to generate leads is that in the long run, it is easier. Agents who are most successful in generating leads from Facebook do more than drive-by "liking" of other people's posts. The key is to share relevant comments and content. It's also essential for you to be you. Agents attract customers who are like them, as chemistry is vital in any business relationship. Through Facebook, people in your community get to know you, while your sphere gets to know you better. It's also important to be consistent. As a busy agent, it's sometimes hard to find a way to post to Facebook regularly. One of the best ways to be consistent is to use Facebook to market your listings. This includes paying for "boosted" posts. Paying Facebook to expose your listing post to more people helps your exposure in the market. More importantly, you are delivering value to your sellers by increasing exposure to more potential buyers. What changes is the way you generate leads. Using Facebook to promote your listings and expose your sphere to you and your business, you maintain top-of-mind awareness. When someone in your sphere is ready to buy or sell, they are more likely to contact you because of your Facebook activity. That turns the tables because instead of paying someone to send you an online lead and tracking them down to see if they are interested in working with you, Facebook leads are people who already know you. And they contact you, instead of the other way around. Isn't that the kind of lead every agent wants? Final advice: if your MLS or association offers Tech Helpline from Florida Realtors as a member benefit, you can get technical assistance with Facebook. If your MLS or association doesn't provide Tech Helpline, encourage them to contact Tech Helpline at [email protected] Tricia Stamper is Director of Technology at Florida Realtors®, which owns and operates Tech Helpline and Form Simplicity.
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The Golden Rule for Your Real Estate Social Media Strategy
In 2021, your digital presence is more important than ever. Consumers begin (and often end) their search process online and if they're going to choose to work with you as their real estate agent, your social media, website, and business pages need to be executed flawlessly. You have to build trust, respect, brand recognition, and rapport with your leads. So, as you're building your brand following on your website, social media, and business pages, remember the following – content is king, but consistency is key. When you're building and executing your social strategy, remember to be consistent in these three specific ways:
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4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Real Estate Facebook Page
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Where to Post Social Video for Real Estate Agents
So you've discovered that the camera on your phone isn't just for still photos. It takes decent quality video, too! Some agents might not be taking advantage of this as they should. Video is a great way to show off your personality and build likability before meeting your future clients. But where on social media should you post your videos? Here are the social networks that real estate agents should post video to:
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The Newest Tool for Your Real Estate Business: Clubhouse
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How to Create Real Estate Facebook Ads that Work
Facebook is a powerful platform to advertise on. Not only are you guaranteed an engaged audience--nearly three-quarters of U.S. users scroll their news feed daily--but, if you know what you're doing, you can take complete control over your ads' content, budget, placement and delivery. But control has its downsides, too. When you run your own ads, you're accountable for their performance. To ensure they do well and that you don't waste money, you really need to learn the ins and outs of Facebook's advertising platform. Then once your ads are live, it's important to monitor them and make adjustments as needed. This, of course, takes time away from your other responsibilities, like working with clients or prepping for things like listing presentations and showings.
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How to Leverage Instagram Reels for Real Estate
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The Social Realtor: How to Grow Your Facebook Audience
As a Realtor, growing your social media presence can be a powerful tool for growing your client base. Growing your reach and engagement through Facebook is a great way to get started. Facebook is the largest social platform, with 2.45 billion users and 1.6 million people using their account on a daily basis. Today, we'll lay out how to reach Facebook users organically without the use of paid advertising. This will also help increase your engagement through likes, shares and comments.
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How to Build Your LinkedIn Profile in 5 Easy Steps
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Real Estate Content Marketing: 5 Easy Tips to Follow
When you're investing in content, you're focusing on providing value to your potential clients. This makes content marketing one of the most effective ways to generate seller and buyer leads. Wondering how to make real estate content marketing right? Check out the five tips below. They will focus on the most effective content types to give you a headstart.
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Direct Message Marketing on Social Media Is Wrong
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Social Media for Real Estate Agents: Do's and Don'ts
It's no secret that a killer social media game should be an an important part of every real estate agent's marketing strategy. But the thought of posting on social media can make even savvy real estate agents start to sweat. There's lot of social media platforms and each is a little bit different, but some similar rules should govern your interaction with all of them. Get started on your social media strategy with confidence using these do's and don'ts of social media for real estate agents.
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The Social Realtor: How to Grow Your Instagram Audience
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[Best of 2020] 5 Social Media Habits Agents Should Leave Behind in 2020
We're continuing an annual tradition of counting down our top 10 articles of the year. The following article was originally published in March and is #7 in our countdown. See #8 here. Social media algorithms are placing greater emphasis on personal, meaningful content over vanity metrics like numbers of followers and likes. Make those algorithms work harder for you this year by ditching these five detrimental social media habits.
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40 Post Ideas for Real Estate Social Media
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Creating Social Content to Get Engagement
A successful social media presence has to have content that will bolster engagement. To create content that is engaging, you first need to understand what exactly engagement is. What is Engagement? If someone has engaged with your social content, this means that your followers have done something like: Retweeting or mentioning your content if using Twitter. Commenting or liking your content on your social media channels. Clicking your links if you're running ads. Using your branded hashtags.
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How Real Estate Agents Can Use Facebook's CTA Button
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What to Post During COVID? Do's and Don'ts for Social Media Right Now
It's no secret that a killer social media game should be an important part of every real estate agent's marketing strategy. However, as COVID-19 continues to sweep through the United States and in-person lead generation is cancelled, a robust social media presence is a must-have for real estate agents. There are a lot of social media platforms, and each is a little bit different. However, some similar rules should govern your interaction with all. Get started on a social media strategy that's appropriate for current conditions with confidence using these do's and don'ts.
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9 Ways to Use Social Media to Make Your Website a Better Lead Engine
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Navigating Today's Political Climate on Social Media as a Real Estate Agent
Woooo... to say the world has changed would be an understatement. Things that should not be a polarizing issue have had a clear line drawn between them. You want to join in on the conversation because you have strong feelings, but how do you go about doing it without getting "cancelled"? Here are some good practices to follow when it comes to posting on social media as a real estate agent.
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How to Share an RPR Report on Facebook
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7 Mistakes Agents Make on Twitter: Social Media for Real Estate Agents
Social media should be a crucial part of every real estate agent's marketing strategy, but posting can feel high-pressure for even the most seasoned agents. Twitter is a great social media platform to post content that your clients and fellow real estate agents will appreciate--and a great place to interact with other agents and clients. Not sure where to start your Twitter journey and how to master social media for real estate agents? Check out these seven mistakes that real estate agents make on Twitter, and get ready to create a professional account that dodges these common pitfalls.
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Which Marketing Channel Is Right for Your Goals?
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11 Ways to Increase Facebook Likes as a Real Estate Agent
Consider this: 68 percent of all adults in the U.S. are on Facebook. Of those, 74 percent use Facebook daily. That is some 140 million people logging into the same site everyday--liking pages, commenting on stuff, etc. As a real estate agent, you might be asking, "How can I get more of the action on my page?" Any great networker will tell you it takes effort and strategy to build a robust Rolodex. Increasing your Facebook likes is no different. But as a real estate agent, you have an advantage. You have highly valuable information about the housing market and you have great visual content that is easily shared on social networks. Increasing your Facebook likes involves utilizing this information in clever ways. To get you started, we've listed below 11 ways to increase Facebook likes as a real estate agent.
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How to Easily Share Matterport Videos on TikTok
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5 Important Tips for Posting on Your Real Estate Social Media Accounts
Chances are, if you have been in real estate for years, or are even new to real estate, you know that social media is paramount. When it comes to marketing, there are endless opportunities to showcase your real estate business, with email marketing, text marketing, drip campaigns, agent websites, etc. However, social media has come to be one of the most dominant and effective marketing tools used by real estate agents, especially when it comes to gaining leads.
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Win More Listing Appointments with Facebook Ads
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Should Real Estate Agents Be on Instagram? The Pros, Cons and How to Get Started
Even if you're active on social media for marketing, you might still wonder if real estate agents can use Instagram to help promote their business. On one hand, Instagram seems like a perfect fit considering that it's image-based. What better way to show off your latest listing than photos? But Instagram isn't quite like other social media marketing platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, and it can take real estate agents a little getting used to before they get the hang of putting it to work for their marketing.
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Instagram 101: How to Successfully Build Your Business in 20 Minutes a Week
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7 Ways Real Estate Agents Can Use Facebook Groups
Have you ever thought about how real estate agents can use Facebook groups? You might already be part of a Facebook group for your high school graduating class or your favorite hobby, but think about adding a few groups for real estate agents to your roster! There's a whole bunch of Facebook groups dedicated to helping real estate agents succeed, get up to date with recent technology (and even reducing stress and generating some well-needed community). Scroll down to see seven ways real estate agents can use Facebook groups.
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Social Media Marketing 101 Guide [FREE Download]
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The Ultimate Guide to Facebook Lead Ads for Realtors
Ever wonder how your colleagues and competitors are scooping up warm leads in the digital world? One answer is Facebook lead ads. This article will break down the ad type, with step by step instructions.
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Social Media Ideas Certain to Bring Love to Your Website
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How to Run Instagram Ads for Your Real Estate Business
Promoting your real estate business on social media is a solid part of online marketing campaigns. The abundance of platforms, however, creates a paradox of choice for real estate professionals. They often have to spend a lot of money advertising on various social media until they can find the most efficient one. Despite the fact that, ultimately, there are no perfect options, Facebook and Instagram are viable choices since they have a huge amount of ad features and a great audience. In this guide, we will take a look at how we can run Instagram ads for real estate. But first, let's talk about why we should post ads on Instagram.
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Do You Know How to Communicate with Gen Y?
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Is TikTok a Good Social Media Platform for Realtors?
TikTok is a social media channel that has become very popular recently. Many business owners who want to take their business to the next level are on TikTok now. Even Realtors have started using the social media platform to get noticed and target certain market segments. But how and why should you use TikTok for real estate? In this article, we will provide you with some examples and arguments.
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How to Use RPR and Canva to Make Shareable Market Charts for Social Media
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Let Listing Pictures and Video Do the Talking on Instagram
Are you searching for a new and exciting way to connect with potential buyers in your market? Instagram is a perfect resource for real estate agents and brokerages. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Instagram is a treasure chest. Imagine showing your target market every delightful property in your portfolio without seeming intrusive or overly "sales-y." Sharing great listing images on Instagram isn't difficult. In fact, developing this type of content and seamlessly integrating it into your current marketing strategy is easier than you'd believe.
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It's Not About Luck: 6 Ways to Maximize Leads and Entice Buyers
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Use Live Video to Communicate with Real Estate Clients
Strengthen Your Real Estate Brand on Social Media with Video With recent world events, customer communication has become even more important. Keeping in touch with past clients, leads, and supporters is essential given recent world events. These audiences are attuned to live video. With live video on social media, you can speak to hundreds and maintain the personal touch. Savvy real estate agents often use multiple social platforms. Each has its own features that help you showcase your value. Likewise, each one has enabled experts like you to reach the world through shareable video. Let's look at today's three main social video platforms:
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8 Great Facebook and Instagram Hacks
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The Newest Tool for Your Virtual Real Estate Business: Facebook Messenger Rooms
Facebook, the leading social media platform in the world, has come out with a new video tool available to members of the Facebook community: Facebook Messenger Rooms. These "Rooms" were made to increase the usage of the Facebook platform and engage community video discussions. Available through Facebook Messenger, these "Rooms" can hold a maximum of 50 guests per chat. The best part is that this is a free tool that can be used directly on Facebook. Now, you are probably wondering how you can use it for your real estate business.
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Back 2 Biz: Social Media and Online Communication Tools
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When Should You Use Instagram for Your Real Estate Marketing?
Note: The COVID-19 pandemic has made marketing on Instagram cheaper than ever. If you're considering advertising on the social media platform, now is an opportune time. More than one billion people use Instagram every month. However, the appeal of the network isn't so much its outsized user base, as impressive as it is, but rather how well the platform lends itself to marketing, and in particular, real estate marketing. Consider:
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Back 2 Biz: Maintaining and Building Your Sphere of Influence
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How to Use Virtual Selling on Social Media to Get Clients to Chase You (Instead of You Chasing Them)
We had a great chat with Ryan Hartman, VP of Marketplace at Engagement at Inside Real Estate during a recent Coffee Chat. He showed us all the best ways to create "surround sound" marketing so that your prospects and clients see your ads everywhere they go via a concept called retargeting. Take 30 minutes and hear from one of the most experienced social media marketing experts about the right way to succeed with virtual selling. Here are three key takeaways from Ryan's Coffee Chat: 1. Most agents only follow up with their hottest, "most ready to move" opportunities, and forget about the other 90% or so. When these people are ready to buy or sell, they end up working with another agent (usually a top producer who is taking a longer term view of things). If you're going to succeed with virtual selling, you need to nurture relationships with your local sphere regularly—and long before and after they want to buy or sell a home. 2. It's 2020, not 2012. If you're registering people on your website and then signing them for a generic email marketing campaign with recipes and non-specific articles, you are not going to be able to breakt hrough. Instead, you have to think about more effective and unique ways to differentiate yourself. Using a "multi-channel" approach to build top-of-mind status is where it's at today. They have to see you everywhere so they believe you are THE most well-connected local agent they can work with. 3. Animated, property-specific ads on Facebook and Instagram, complete with a way for the reader to ask for more information about the property, is the way to go right now. Click on the image below to see a highly effective animated social media ad. 4. An effective "multi-channel" online marketing effort includes many of the following components: Facebook / Instagram "Lead" Ads Google PPC Ads YouTube, Facebook and Instagram Video Retargeting Branded Google Display Retargeting Voicemail Drops Personalized Video Follow-Up (BombBomb) Automated Search Alerts Watch the Coffee Chat recording below: If you would like to learn more about being a smart broker and enabling success for your agents' team, check out the following FREE resources: Virtual Training Summit (lots of FREE training) Inside Real Estate Success Strategies Facebook Group If you want to be a great virtual seller, but would like to outsource the effort to a company proven to nurture success for its customers, click here to schedule a demo. Don't Miss These Upcoming Coffee Chats! Friday, May 22 Learn How to Capitalize on the Pent-Up Demand with Jack Markham of Zurple Tuesday, May 26 Things You Should Be Doing in Your CRM During Quarantine with Brandon Wise of Wise Agent Wednesday, May 27 Get More Done by Leveraging Virtual Assistants with Bryan Bowles of Transactly 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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How to Conquer Instagram for Virtual Selling for Real Estate
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Build a Social Media Calendar for Your Real Estate Business
Social media is an essential part of any real estate pro's lead generation efforts. Like other forms of content marketing, social media builds trust with your followers. That's especially vital for the many people you meet who aren't ready to buy or sell a home but will be soon. Without a clear strategy, though, social media often disappoints.
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A TikTok Guide for Real Estate Agents
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How Many Hashtags to Use and 6 Other Instagram Tips for Real Estate Agents
Social media isn't just for high-schoolers, celebrities, or big businesses. Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram are all free, easy-to-use tools that, when managed correctly, can be a powerful way to build your brand and create a reliable source of new rental leads. Social media is especially important for the "digital natives" — all the Millennials entering the housing market — but 69% of all US adults have a social media account. A lot of agents probably are already using social media, so we all probably recognize its potential, but don't know what to post, when to post, and what tools are at their disposal. Don't worry. Rental Beast is here to help. We've developed a guide to Instagram tips for real estate agents.
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How to Set Up Facebook Instant Replies to Convert Real Estate Leads
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Analysis: Agents Should Double Down on Facebook and Instagram Ads as Advertising Costs Drop
As agents feel the effects of the novel coronavirus on their business, they'll instinctually want to cut spending on digital advertising--but our latest analysis implores worried agents to do the opposite. In our latest whitepaper, Agents Need Online Advertising Now More Than Ever and They Should Double Down on Facebook and Instagram, we analyzed recent advertising data on four online advertising platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Google and Waze. It makes sense that online advertising would become more lucrative as consumers are spending more time at home to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus – but what digital advertising networks can move the needle for real estate agents who need quick strategies for keeping their business running? Our biggest takeaways:
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So You Want to Generate Leads...
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Real Estate Marketing Best Practices in a COVID-19 Society
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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New Social Advertising Tool Lets Realtor Expand Her Reach from Coast to Coast
Realtor Ariana Loucas has long used social media as a tool for connecting with her sphere, but she was unhappy with her options for advertising on social networks. You see, Ariana operates in Washington, D.C., a market with a lot of relocating real estate consumers, but her social advertising options didn't let her cast as wide of a net as she needed. "They'd offer a 15 to 25 mile radius, and certainly not an option that could go coast-to-coast or globally," she says. That all changed recently when Ariana signed up for realtor.com's new marketing program, Market Reach. "They've been able to put my listings in front of someone coming from Minnesota or currently in California who want to move to the DC area." In the interview below, Ariana shares the success she's had in reaching out of area real estate prospects. From video ads to impressing sellers during listing presentations, read on to find how you, too, can increase the reach of your business. Some use social media successfully to generate leads – others have tried it but did not keep it going. What's been your experience? I use social media and I actively communicate through it. I find it very effective so I haven't abandoned it as a business tool. But I did stop the ads as a lead source until recently. What is your social media lead source now? I started using realtor.com®'s new program Market Reach. It's very easy to initiate. Also, I like that realtor.com has already targeted the audience. Realtor.com is very good at just reaching the people who have been to their site so we know it's for a true audience of people looking at real estate. It's a much wider audience than what I could have done on my own. I'm casting a net for people interested in moving to the area where I'm working, even if they are coming from another city or state. I could only get so many people within my local area when I did the ads myself. They've been able to put my listings in front of someone coming from Minnesota or currently in California who want to move to the DC area. How does this compare to the ads you stopped doing? In the past I've tried making my own ads on social media and picking a range—it would give me so many miles out of where I'm located that I can advertise in. The same thing with follow-me ads that exist out there with various companies. They'd offer a 15 to 25 mile radius, and certainly not an option that could go coast-to-coast or globally in front of an audience that I can now do with the realtor.com product. They are now combing the country and beyond to have those people that are searching for real estate matching exactly where I'm marketing. They're showing them the house or my video or the community; whatever it is that I have put into that slot or my audience. Why do you feel compelled to reach buyers coming from out of the area? I'm in a transient area with people moving in and out all the time all year long with military and federal government and contractors. This allows me to tell the seller that no matter where the person is moving from—whether they're being relocated here from Germany, whether they're being relocated here from Texas—I'm going to be one of the few agents that's going to be able to have their home front and center. Do you use this on listing presentations? Yes, I can tell my sellers that because I invest in the marketing specific to their home's location it really will give them more clicks, more views, and that all drives more foot traffic and tours to the home to generate offers. You mentioned that realtor.com can assist in preparing and placing a video. Why use that particular form of content? In today's world, everyone is scrolling quickly through social media, whether it's Instagram or Facebook or Twitter. Images capture their attention. Moving images such as video will capture it even more. The eyes are drawn to those videos first, and they're going to produce more clicks and more interest. Plus the seller now gets to see how you market your listings. I use the realtor.com video content. It helps me be able to talk about how many homes are on a market in a particular neighborhood or what the community offers for amenities and commute time and restaurants, and all of those things are part of this video they provide. It takes the guesswork out of it for me and simplifies it, and then I can get back to doing what it is I need to do—and that is to sell more homes. Learn more about Market Reach here.
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5 Social Media Habits Agents Should Leave Behind in 2020
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Instagram for Real Estate Agents: Top Accounts to Follow Today
As a real estate agent, you are always on your phone. Answering calls, replying to emails and then all of your other time gets occupied by social media. If you have Instagram already, we have compiled a list of a few top real estate accounts to follow today. Whether you are looking for inspiration, motivational quotes, interesting photography, or humor, these real estate accounts are key to starting you off on the right foot for the day:
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How to Actually Generate Good Quality Leads on Facebook
What started out as a project inside a Harvard dorm room has exploded to a cultural phenomenon, reinventing the way we connect with each other around the globe. Facebook is a social media giant that people use to connect with friends and family, watch videos, get news updates, and maybe even do some networking. The latest stats from November 2019 show there are approximately 2.41 billion monthly users on Facebook. Now, what if you started to look at Facebook as a whole new marketing tool? As an inbound marketing channel that can pull in leads for you – good, quality leads. Would you invest more time in it?
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Before I get into social media exposure, let's take a look at usage of our phones. Starting with Android, you can find your usage stats by going to Settings > Batteries. Next, tap the three-dot menu > Battery Usage. Then, tap the three dots again and Show Full Device Usage. Android users study that for a minute until I'm done with Apple users. Apple users go to Settings > Screen Time > See All Activity.
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Personal branding can undoubtedly be challenging. And in the real estate game, it is entirely a relationship building business, meaning that people want to get to know you, not the business version of you--the real you. They can cut through all the marketing speak and know when your content is genuine or not. Especially if you want to have an artery to the Millennial generation, you need to have fun on social media and show your personality. Don't look at personal branding as a chore, but rather use it as an opportunity to let your personality shine to reflect who you really are.
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Chances are, if you have been in real estate for years, or are even new to real estate, you know that social media is paramount. When it comes to marketing, there are endless opportunities to showcase your real estate business, with email marketing, text marketing, drip campaigns, agent websites, etc. However, social media has come to be one of the most dominant and effective marketing tools used by real estate agents, especially when it comes to gaining leads. In fact, according to an article published by the National Association of Realtors, social media has been regarded as one of the top three tech tools that have given REALTORS® the highest quality leads with an astounding 47% of leads coming through social media. Since social media platforms are so popular in the real estate community, we have compiled some tips for you to consider when you are posting on your social media platforms. These tips are often disregarded or overlooked, but may benefit you in the long run.
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5 Reasons Every Real Estate Professional Needs to Be Advertising on Facebook
Tell us if this sounds familiar: you created a Facebook page for your property management or real estate business and posted a few times a month. But as time passed, you did not feel like the page was boosting your lead generation. As more people use Facebook to post content, there is exponentially more competition for your target's attention. It is not enough to write a post on your page and hope people find it. Facebook ads ensure that your content reaches the right people at the right time. Below, you will find five reasons why you need to be using Facebook advertisements and several great services to make the most out of your investment.
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Real Estate Hashtags: Solving the Mystery!
You know about real estate hashtags, but if you're like many real estate agents, you're still a bit fuzzy about how to use them on social media. If you want to increase your online visibility, get more entries for your real estate CRM, and more home showing feedback for your listings, you need to solve the mystery of how to use hashtags. Read on to learn more.
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Facebook Makes Changes to Buying Ads for Housing, Credit and Employment
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Elevate Your Real Estate Marketing Success with an Elevate Educational Boot Camp
It's no secret that brokers and agents need to continually self-educate in order to stay competitive and tackle new technology, but not all education is made equal. Busy real estate professionals can easily waste time and money on "educational" training programs that are nothing more than thinly masked sales initiatives that provide little actionable takeaways. Luckily, there's the educational field team of Elevate to save the day and ensure that brokers and agents walk away with tips, tricks and strategies that can easily be implemented the moment they walk out of the room. What started with a single Social Media Boot Camp has grown into a nationwide phenomenon due to the Elevate Field Team's high-energy, interactive educational style. Brokers and agents alike are treated to an experience designed to inspire and empower, led by a group of industry professionals who help turn marketing "toys" into "tools." Although the Elevate name may be fairly new to the real estate space, the founders and stakeholders behind the company are seasoned professionals coming from top technology companies, franchise organizations, and investment firms who've joined together to develop Elevate, the highly anticipated CRM and digital marketing solution that recently hit the real estate market. But no technology can succeed without strong education, training and understanding, which is where the Elevate Boot Camp series enters. Collaborating with MLSs, mortgage companies and brokerages across the country, Elevate's Boot Camp series has evolved to include a variety of one-hour, two-hour and half day educational sessions, including the ever-popular Social Media Boot Camp, Secrets of Lead Generation Boot Camp, and the hot NEW Broker-Only Mastermind. Custom deep dives are also available on such hot topics as Facebook intensives, developing engaging content for consumer audiences, agent recruitment and retention strategies, and developing a website designed to capture and convert. Want to see if a boot camp is coming to your area? Visit tryelevate.com/events for the upcoming schedule, or call 844-812-8914 to inquire about booking a boot camp in your office or MLS. Bondilyn Jolly is the Managing Partner at 3sixtyfive.agency. You can contact her at [email protected]
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5 Simple Steps to Share Your RPR Market Activity Report on Facebook
RPR's Market Activity report is an ideal option for agents who want to create enduring and results-oriented relationships through social media. The report presents a snapshot of changes in a local real estate market based on listing and MLS information, and includes active, pending, sold, expired, distressed, new for lease, and recently leased properties, as well as recent price changes and upcoming open houses for a period of up to six months. Here's a quick tutorial on how to post your RPR Market Activity Report to Facebook.
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6 Real Estate Marketing Lessons from Kim Kardashian
Love her or leave her, there is no argument that Kim Kardashian is a powerhouse marketer. With 146 million Instagram followers and 61.7 million Twitter followers (the highest in the world), Kim's international social prowess makes her one of the largest brand influencers out there. Whether or not you follow or tune in for the latest in Kardashian/Jenner/West drama, there are definitely lessons to be learned from her marketing expertise. As Kanye told GQ magazine, "In order to win at life, you need some Kim K skills, period." So... here you go:
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How to Boost Your Real Estate Website Traffic 10x with Pinterest
Every single real estate agent should be obsessed with finding new ways to funnel traffic to their site. More traffic means more potential leads, which in the long term, means more clients. The question is, "What is the best way for a real estate professional to drive traffic to their website?" The Top Methods for Driving Real Estate Traffic If you are striving to become one of the top agents in your area, you need to funnel a large amount of the search engine traffic to your brand. Some of the typical ways agents accomplish this are: Real estate blogging Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, etc) Video Marketing (Vimeo or YouTube) Paid Advertising (i.e., Google Adwords and Facebook Ads) Email marketing These are all extremely effective ways to increase the amount of traffic you are receiving. So what else can you do? The Forgotten Platform that Homebuyers Are Using We know from our lessons in SEO that the forgotten areas of content are often the places where it is easiest to quickly stand out. There is a social media tool that most real estate agents have forgotten. Bypassing this platform is a big mistake if you are looking for new website traffic sources. The forgotten social media tool we are referring to is… Pinterest. When most people think of Pinterest, they conjure mental images of DIY crafts and delicious cupcake recipes. Pinterest is a great place for finding new craft ideas, but it can also be a powerful tool for real estate agents. Why Real Estate Agents Should Consider Pinterest If your go-to social media platform is Twitter, you may be surprised to learn that a "pin" is 100 times more spreadable than a tweet. What about Facebook? A pin has a half-life or is active 1,600X longer than your average Facebook post. What does this mean for you as an agent? A well-crafted piece of content on Pinterest may be highly visible online for a week whereas a Facebook post has about 90 minutes to gain traction. Pinterest Statistic for Agents to Consider Pinterest has about 175 million active users that use the social media platform at least once a month. 81% of all Pinterest users are females, with the median age of 40. We know what you are thinking, "But how much do they make?" Thirty percent of Pinterest users earn over $50,000 per year, while 10% of users have a household income of $125,000 or greater. That sounds like a large group of social media users who could easily qualify for a mortgage to us. First Things First: Sign Up for a Business Account If you are not active on Pinterest right now, simply signing up for a business account and regularly submitting content on the platform should give your traffic a massive bump. However, if you already have a personal account that you wish to use for your real estate business, be sure to switch to a business account. This will give you access to Pinterest analytics so you can see which pins are the most popular and who is viewing those pieces of content. Make Your Real Estate Pictures Pinterest Perfect There is an art to creating pictures and other forms of media for Pinterest. First of all, your image has to be the correct size. Pinterest is all about vertical imagery due to the fact that over 80% of Pinterest users browse their feed on their smartphone. Aim for an aspect ratio of 4:5 or 2:3. Example of Pinterest Image What does this mean in terms of height and width? Let's say you took a picture of a "dream home" to share with your followers. If the width of this picture is 500, the length should be 750 to achieve the 2:3 ratio. As a general rule of thumb on Pinterest, longer is better. Why? When a user is scrolling through their feed, a longer image will be on the screen longer, increasing the chances that they notice it. Pinterest Picture Tips for Agents If you are new to the platform, here are a couple of tips to keep in mind: Use the highest quality images you can find. If possible, work with a professional photographer or invest in a full-frame DSLR camera. Utilize text on your images. This attracts the user and helps them instantly understand what your pin is about. Not comfortable with Photoshop? Find a designer in your hometown! Don't show your face. Images without visible human faces tend to receive about 20% more repins. Make the background exciting. A pin of an object floating on a plain white background will receive less attention than the same object on an aged wood table. Regardless of your political opinions, red is better than blue. On average, images that utilize red tones get twice as many repins than those that use blue on Pinterest. Use Pinterest as a Funnel for Prospects As a real estate agent on Pinterest, you have two main objectives. First, you want to attract the attention of Pinterest users who are interested in buying or selling their homes. Your second objective is to take this attention and funnel it back to your website. There are many ways to achieve this, but the most common method is linking to your site in your pin descriptions. If you have created a valuable piece of content such as an infographic, offer further related content if a user decides to visit your site. For example, your infographic might be about the top five mistakes first time homebuyers make when selecting a home. At the bottom of your infographic, link to a blog post where you explain 10 further mistakes that a new homebuyer should avoid. Attention Is the Currency of Real Estate Pinterest is a valuable tool, but it is just as complex as the other social media platforms. Don't get discouraged if you don't have success immediately. 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Whether you're a personal Facebook fanatic or prefer to keep things strictly business, there's no doubt that the platform is a valuable place to exchange ideas with like-minded people. REALTORS have much to gain from engaging through Facebook--and we're not just talking about social media marketing. Facebook Groups for real estate are excellent places to trade tips, speak with other pros, and catch up on the hottest trends in the real estate industry. Now it's simply a matter of finding the right Facebook Group for you, and there are loads of great options to choose from. Start your search with our guide to five Facebook groups that REALTORS® should join today.
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