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Tips to Making Your Seller’s Home More Photogenic

Let’s face it, unless you’ve won the luxury home marketing lottery, chances are your latest listing is facing some presentation challenges. Bric-a-brac explosions, dated décor, and even cluttered, dirty surfaces are all par for the course in the listing photos game.

Unfortunately these photo flops can quickly turn would-be buyers off. Is there any way to work around the norm and find a magical solution to better photos for video usage in real estate marketing?

Tips to Creating a Picture Perfect Home:

• Get the seller in on the gig.
If sellers want top-dollar (and who doesn’t?), explain to them the importance of letting go of a few things momentarily and putting in a little elbow grease so they can make the most of their sale (and upcoming home purchase). Ask them to bring in an honest friend to point out things they’re ‘not seeing’ anymore.

• Cut clutter.
70% of surface items should be hidden (where the camera won’t capture), including family photos and knickknacks, fridge magnets – even paper goods and small appliances. Consider ditching many small items for a large centerpiece or trio.

• Let the light shine in.
Natural lighting creates a high-end look, adding depth and highlights. (This includes lit fireplaces!)

• Brighten up the boudoir.
Use a handheld steamer, add pillows and throws, and make the bed look as neat as possible. Secret tip: Soft textures and muted colors work far better than TV-test-pattern spreads.

• Lower artwork.
Hang art lower, emphasizing more horizontal pieces, to camouflage low ceilings, or show off high ceilings with huge vertical art.

• Boost curb appeal.
Move cars, rake, mow, and especially prune trees that obscure the home. Take covers off everything (like grills) unless hopelessly damaged.

• Treat pets like kids.
Remembering you love your own most – leave them out of photos.

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How to Optimize Tags as Keywords in YouTube to Boost Search Rankings

Increase Youtube Target Keywords

Seeing lackluster results from video usage in real estate marketing? It may be tag optimization issues. Does that sound Greek to you? No worries. We’ll cover it here…

What are Tags?
The term ‘tag’ can be confusing, because it refers to two types:

1. Public tagging.
This is how viewers label, organize, and manage their YouTube content. ‘Crafts,’ ‘Recipes,’ ‘Workouts,’ or ‘Homes to See,’ for example. (Viewers create their own.)

2. Publisher tagging of keywords.
These describe your video so YouTube’s search algorithm can understand what it’s about. ‘Realty Tips,’ ‘How to Stage a Home,’ and ‘Home Staging Tips,’ for example. With this info, YouTube can rank your video based on search terms (ranking = more views), and pop it up as a recommended video for those searching similar snippets.

Finding & Optimizing Tags
Unfortunately, there’s no magic tag solution for every realtor. Each is unique. But you can develop your own system for boosting views:

• Brainstorm
A good place to start is considering terms you might search if you were looking for a similar video. Develop 5 possible searches/keywords (limit 500 characters/per).

• Widen Your View
After narrowing your search down, think broader, looking for at least 3 more general keywords. Think: ‘Real Estate + Area/County/State’ or ‘Find a Realtor.’

• Narrow Things Down
On the flipside, consider very specific keywords, maybe a goal of 3. For example, ‘Fix and Flip in City/Neighborhood,’ or ‘3 Miles from Area Elementary’.

• Research Competitors
See what tags they’re using – but don’t copy them exactly. You can uncover professional tags with browser extension VidIQ and TubeBuddy.

• Try a Tool
Like Keywordtool.io and Ubersuggest.

• Ensure Maximum Searchability
Use singular and plural, varying word order, video suggestions that come-up next to your search, and even common misspellings.

• Don’t Neglect Your Title/Description
Tags are only part of the SEO puzzle.

Ready… Set… Go play ‘tag’ with these tips for video usage in real estate marketing from Properties Online today!

Throwback: Why Classic Communication Skills Give You a Marketing Edge

Stand Out From The Crowd

Hate the constant texting, tweeting, posting, and annoying constant digital interruptions in today’s real estate marketing world? Be true to yourself – and your customers – by taking a few steps back to your snail mail roots. Really. It can work for you. #DigitalFatigue

Yes, Tech Can Better Your Biz, But Its’s Not the End-All, Be-All
Because clients yearn to work with someone genuine, honest, and authentic, some of your favored forms of dated communication can make you memorable and unique, giving you an edge against a flock of smartphone sheep. While staying up on industry trends in tech is advisable, getting back to basics and flaunting your social skills (while today’s internet encrusted generation rapidly sheds theirs), can help you become a big bad business wolf.

Hello? Is there Anybody Out There?
Lost in a sea of emojis and hashtags, and hiding behind digital screens rather than engaging in up-front conversations, society’s social skills are waning. People skills, such as impersonal, typo-ridden texts, common courtesy, and stellar customer service seem to be living in the past. (Let’s face it folks, great people skills are on the endangered list.)

Fostering Etiquette & People Skills
In a crowded industry with strong competition, rise above the digital detritus with:

• Listening
As in – more than you speak. This will net you sales-winning client goals/motivations.

• Common Courtesy
Call/text if you’re running late or canceling a listing showing. (Busy, tired people are working to structure their day around you.) Use phone and digital auto-responders to denote absences. Don’t respond in haste or anger. And always be kind.

• Authenticity
Only empathize if you ‘get it.’ Be honest and unafraid of ‘I don’t knows’(and research).

• Send Thank You Notes
For everything. Old-fashioned courtesy and communication will get-it everytime. (Wow! You know cursive!)

Do you have the right blend of digital and old-school real estate marketing flair to stand out in the crowd? Get ahead with Properties Online today.

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Why Cheaping Out on Videos Will/Could Cost You

Are you afraid that video usage in real estate marketing will cost you dearly? Are you resorting to budget video ‘solutions’ like the ones you send to friends and family from your iPhone? Sending videos using popular messaging mediums could cause your reputation to self-destruct. Luckily, there are ways to produce affordable, quality videos without the need for an over-the-top budget.

Quality Caveats
Too often, brokerages and agents mix up the importance of quality with quantity. Longer does not equate to better. This mistake could hit you in the wallet (or career) and today’s grab-and-go generation will look elsewhere.

Worse, poor quality hits your brand in the bread basket. 62% of consumers get negative impressions of a brand after a low-quality video experience. Professional video outperforms user-generated content by 60% in vital metrics (views, clicks, shares, likes, etc.).

Social Misapprehensions
Agents/brokers also commonly underestimate the importance of quality video use in real estate marketing when they’re posting on social media. Social doesn’t mean you can get away with the video production equivalent of breaking out the sweatpants.

Professional video boasts a 1200% increase in engagement on social media compared to text/images alone. That’s why social giant Facebook figured out the importance of video so quickly and has heavily invested in video – what about you?

Affordable Solutions
True custom video can be pricey, ranging in the $500-10,000+ range, and is obviously not an option for everyone. However semi-custom is an affordable solution, offering quality video at a scale with prices in the $10-30+ range. They also make production easy: Inject content and personalize it with branding and a call-to-action, and you’re done!

Also, the return-on-investment is amazing: boosting lead conversion with email campaign compatibility, digital marketing on YouTube, social, websites and blogs, and more.

Looking for an affordable solution to producing quality real estate videos? PropertiesOnline has you covered. Learn more about our effective and easy-to-use video builder tool today.

Do's and Don'ts for Real Estate Video Marketing!

Learn the Top Mistakes to Avoid Before Beginning with Real Estate Video

Beginning the journey into video use in real estate marketing may seem like a daunting endeavor. But with the latest video builder tool from Properties Online it can be easier than you think – provided you avoid these common video creation mistakes…

Don’t Go Viral for the Wrong Reasons – Know Before You Go
Before you “go live” with your first video, ensure production success by learning from the mistakes of others:

• Winging It
Videos, particularly bios done on-the-fly, are bad ideas numero uno. This represents you. If you’re going to do it, do it well. Write a script, dress the part, and practice before engaging.

• Lackluster Prep
Not prepping a listing before shooting is like showing up to an open house unshaven, in an old wrinkled tee-shirt, with poop on your shoe and papers hanging out of your briefcase. You’re investing time and money – this disregard will cost sellers.

• Letting it Grow Mold
Typically the local MLS makes it anything but easy to share your marketing videos. Luckily Properties Online Virtuets make it super-easy, with a non-branded IDX-compliant version to add to your local MLS and automatic YouTube syndication for boosting exposure.

• Not Branching Out
You’ll miss out on a massive chunk of potential clients if you never branch-out beyond simple listing videos for your website and MLS. Buyers watch community videos more – and agent finder searches on YouTube increase annually.

• DIY Endeavors
Data undeniably shows professionally produced videos far outperform their DIY counterparts. To maximize marketing effectiveness, you need the help of skilled video production, such as Virtuets video builder tool. Not only can it ensure professional results – it can cut your time investment significantly. The bonus: It’s free with any of the Properties Online family of products.

Get seen for the right reasons with the professional help and guidance of Properties Online, and ensure successful video use in real estate marketing today.