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Social Marketing Tips Clients ‘Like’

Marketing on social media sites is integral for agents, yet many have only scratched the surface of their social media potential. In today’s real estate marketing tips, we’ll take a look at maximizing this potential, and how to get potential customers to ‘like’ you… Before they ‘swipe left’ on your brand.

Seven Ways to Step-Up Your Social Marketing Game

– Make Sharing Simpler
With a responsive layout, clear photography, easy to find/use buttons including favorites and links to other social sharing sites.

– Take Advantage of Facebook Groups
Link Facebook Groups to your FB page, using them to boost networking and offer additional client services. Monitor questions buying/selling clients are looking for help on in the group, and show off your expertise!

– Share More, with Reviews & Services
Enable both reviews and services to gain referrals (the best kind of marketing collateral), allowing clients to make appointments or message you with questions and simplifying the ‘connection’ process.

– Add a Cover Video
Facebook promotional videos far surpass page cover photos, instantly grabbing visitor attention. (Don’t forget a matching call-to-action button, such as ‘book now’ for free consultations.)

– Go Live
At a property, promoting a behind-the-scenes, unedited ‘scoop’ on new listings.

– Get Chatty
Building a Facebook Messenger chatbot through Sprout Social to answer common questions, offer impressive turnaround on inquiries, and cut down on your workload. Include closest listings by zip code, listings by price range, how to prep a home for sale, and more.

– Build Trust
With frequent posts, infographics, how-to videos, and other free real estate marketing tips. These are some of the easiest ways to build rapport without openly ‘pushing’ your services.

Eighty-four-percent of boomers and 94% of millennials rely on the Internet to search for their future home. How big a slice might you be missing out on with lackluster, behind-the-times marketing schemes? Step things up with the help of these and other real estate marketing tips from Properties Online today.

Easy Steps to Creating Your First Real Estate Interview Video for Marketing

Real Estate Video & Marketing Go Hand-In-Hand

Despite being ‘mature’ technology, email is the longest lasting, most private social network venue available. And video usage in real estate marketing can help you make the most of this effective – and cost effective – marketing channel.

Achieving Top Video Newsletter Marketing Results
Closed, targeted, and permission-based, email makes the ultimate marketing ‘channel’ for clients, with 18.48% open rates. 98% of top-producing agents lean on such video emails for converting leads. Providing complete communication, video usage in real estate marketing newsletters gives your message a face, personality and voice that establishes the emotional connection customers crave and successful agents rely upon. Just ensure you’re using the right techniques to reach your potential client base.

What are the Key Steps to Video Email Marketing Success?

Labeling
Video newsletter sent from a person (i.e. JaneSmith@email.com) net better open rates than those from a company (RealEstateCity.com). Generic does not do well, and frequently sees the trash bin.

Segmenting
Instead of sending out one email to a massive list of prospects, targeting newsletter mails to 2-6 smaller lists can increase open rates by 27%.

Timing
Recent subscribers see higher open rates and increased activity compared to those receiving their fourth or fifth email – working to generate new subscribers and engaging new leads is key. Wednesday and Thursday offer the best open rates – but testing different days of the week may yield better results.

Tracking
Tracking open rates and reviewing who’s receiving which emails can give substantial insight into prospect engagement: Where are clients looking? What videos were watched? Which messages generated the most interest?

Function
Newsletters and videos must look and function well on a variety of devices, as 36% of all opens are on mobile devices, 33% on desktop, and 31% webmail.

Ready to Increase Your Viewing Audience?
Forge a smoother path to putting video usage in real estate marketing to work for you with the help of PropertiesOnline today.

Should Your Real Estate Video Try to Go Viral?

Should Your Real Estate Video Try to Go Viral?

Taking center stage in today’s video usage in real estate marketing tips and tricks: Viral real estate videos. Done correctly, viral videos can help you reach your target audience in a different way, drawing in clientele through an uptick in shares, and building your brand and reputation.

Coming Up with a Theme
Viral videos take common topics, but apply an amusing or funny perspective to addressing them, such as…

• A song parody.

• A short movie of a luxury property.

Animated videos of property/area history.

• Neighborhood tours made interesting.

• Celebrity client testimonials.

• Funny web video series, such as ‘A Day in the Life of…’

• Hideous property montage (you’ve listed and sold).

Re-enactment of funny/memorable/uncomfortable situations.

• Provocative commercials that entice potential clientele to see a property or use your services.

Feel ‘Viral Fever’ Coming On – Not So Fast
With video usage in real estate marketing, always remember to use good judgement when creating your video. Offensive or off-color video can give a bad impression of you and your brand – which as expected, will spread like wildfire – and backfire. If you’re not sure of your idea, ask a colleague you can trust. Remember: The goal is to create business, gaining the most out of your video investment.

Remember, the Best Viral Real Estate Videos Are…

Funny
The easiest way to go viral – albeit with the right style of language, content and humor.

Creative
The most respected way to get attention, creative titles (optimized for quick retrieval) make your competition wish they’d dreamed-up the idea first.

Short
Less than 5 minutes. Your company’s branding and logo should likewise make a short, subtle appearance.

Provocative
Yet with the industry’s conservative persona in-mind.

Memorable
Like the viral video, “Gangnam Style.”

Sick of the same old, same old? Create a marketing epidemic. Take advantage of viral video usage in real estate marketing with the help of Properties Online today.

Does the Real Estate Sales Need an Update?

Is the 6% Real Estate Sales Commission Outdated?

The Internet is changing the real estate business, continually drawing into question the current commission regime: typically 6% of the average home sales. With buyers doing a lot of the legwork, seeking out properties and neighborhood stats online, this is leading many to question whether that $18,000 chunk of change (6% of the average $300,000 home) is a worthwhile investment.

Why the 6%, Anyway?
Back in the day (the 40s-50s), the National Association of Realtors (NAR) required its members to set commissions at a certain level, either working full-time, or holding enough customers to earn a living in order to join and get access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

A 1950s Supreme Court ruling deemed these ‘certain rates’ illegal. So the NAR changed them to ‘suggested’ rates. How it originally became 6% remains unknown. But since federal tracking of rates began in 1991, it has fallen from 6.1% to 5.18% in 2014.

Should Your Rates Be Dropping?
Real estate selling services are typically bundled, sometimes requiring consumers to opt-in for options they don’t need. On the…

Seller’s Side
Marketing, advertising, open houses, and price negotiation.

Buyer’s Side
Listings, showings, market research/knowledge, navigating the purchase process.

As consumers seek to ‘unbundle’ these services in the increasingly DIY Internet world, they are turning to services such as Redfin and ListingDoor, asking for/actively seeking agents outside of the traditional commission structure.

Rate Reductions & A La Carte Services
With this ‘get what you pay for’ mentality in mind, consumers and agents are looking for rate reductions in exchange for a reduction in services rendered, as a $300,000 home doesn’t necessarily cost twice what a $150,000 home does to sell (though it nets double the commission). As the market changes and grows increasingly competitive, such tactics may be worth a second-look.

Do you have the real estate selling tips you need to roll with the times? Stay ahead with the help of Properties Online.

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Real Estate Video: a High Return for Your Investment

Why is video usage in real estate marketing so popular? It offers an unbelievable return on investment. Don’t let worries over added expense get in your way. This affordable marketing medium delivers amazing bang for the buck, delivering:

• Four-times the inquiries as home listings marketed without video.

• Double the click-through rate when included in emails.

• 75% less opt-outs.

• Business – 85% of buyers/sellers want to work with agents utilizing video marketing strategies – giving you an added edge over area competitors.

How Can You Improve Return on Investment?
Produce the right videos to cash in on prospects looking for video in their home/realtor search. Of those taking advantage of video in real estate:

• 86% use video to research a particular community – allowing you to create ‘evergreen’ content that can be used time-after-time.

• 70% use it to tour inside homes.

• Many use it to ‘find an agent,’ with such YouTube searches increasing 46% year-over-year.

Reap Huge Dividends with the Right Marketing Tactics

Take Advantage of Tools.
Tools like Virtuets make video production fast and affordable, providing a polished look that delivers more views than lackluster material.

Cozy-Up to YouTube.
With 51% marketing share, YouTube is a must for video marketing success. Now the top destination for house hunters – even over listing websites – set up your own channel and make YouTube your default upload location. Organize by playlist and optimize with search-friendly keywords, descriptions, and tags to boost your rankings.

Share, Share Alike
Now is the time to take advantage of boosting visibility on social mediums, while competition is minimal. The more places you post your video content (your website, the local MLS, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat), the more likely you’ll be to get noticed. Paste links to automatically embed videos (or look to site instructions).

You can’t afford to miss out on video usage in real estate marketing! Get started with the help of Properties Online today.