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Tips for Putting Together Great Marketing Photos

How to Get Those Home Photos That Sell a Property Fast

If you’re a fan of reality TV and those fix-it-and-flip-it shows, you’ve probably noticed that in addition to the show’s host(s), there’s typically one constant: The photographer. And there’s good reason for this. Those skilled in real estate selling know photography can make or break a potential buyer’s attraction to the property, limiting showings and potential offers.

First Impressions are Everything

While it may not be easy to figure out what makes a good photo, identifying bad ones is pretty easy. So how can the average agent ensure better shots? Consider:

What do you want the viewer to see?

Draw the viewer’s eye to what you want them to remember: A stunning fireplace; industrial appliances; a massive pool… When taking shots, focus on this feature, omitting surrounding unnecessary and distracting objects.

Have you lost the bigger picture?

While ‘zooming in’ on key features, be careful not to literally lose the bigger picture. In focusing on those industrial kitchen appliances, did you fail to reveal the kitchen size and layout? Wider shots help buyers make sense of what they’re seeing. Figure out what angle works best, and take lots of photos, zooming in/out.

Are photos too dark?

Brighter is better. That being said, lean toward natural light over light fixtures, allowing a space’s charm to shine through. Clear days are ideal. If lighting washes out shots in rooms with large windows, consider timing: Maybe a morning/afternoon shot or cloudier day could improve the outcome.

Did you skip prep work?

Eradicate clutter, ugly stains, magnet-covered fridges and unmade beds pre-session. Tidy = clean and low-maintenance in the buyer’s eye.

Are your photos tech-poor?

Skip the smartphone for a high-def digital camera – or hire a pro.

Real estate selling can be a tricky business – but photography doesn’t have to be. Get the tips and tricks you need to ensure success with the help of Properties Online today.

Your brand, more than a logo.

Video Usage in Real Estate, the Stats Are In

The stats are in on real estate video marketing – and they’re shocking, to say the least. What do the numbers reveal?

– 85% of buyers and sellers want to work with a real estate pro who uses real estate video marketing.
– Homes with listing videos get 4-times the inquiries of those without.
– Adding a video to emails doubles click-through rates and drops opt-outs 75%.

How to Cash-In
It’s easy and affordable to take your listing photos and turn them into a video – or take your own video footage as part of listing photography services. Whether you have limited time or are on a limited budget, Properties Online has you covered. Free with your Single Property Website subscription from Properties Online, take advantage of our free video builder tool, creating video marketing collateral online in just minutes.

– Property Videos
70% of home shoppers rely on listing videos to tour the inside of homes.

– Community Videos
86% of buyers look to video marketing collateral to research the features and benefits of a particular community. ‘Evergreen content,’ once created, these community videos can be put to use again-and-again.

– Combination Listing & Community Videos
Short on funds? This combination will gain the attention of buyers – and snag those on the lookout for area details. A marketing 2-for-1!

Agent Videos
Find an agent searches are increasing 46% year-over-year.

BOGO Specials

– Syndication
With Properties Online video builder services, your footage automatically syndicates to YouTube, the top video research destination for home buyers. A primary factor in Google search rankings, this syndication earns you a top spot in search results when optimized with search friendly keywords and tags on your YouTube channel.

– MLS Compatibility
Non-branded, IDX-compliant version included!

– Share Potential
Post on social media or embed on your website/blog with ease.

Lights! Camera! Action! Real estate video marketing puts your skills under the spotlight. Put it to work for you with the help of PropertiesOnline today.

How to Creatively Get More Seller Leads with Video

Want Your Video to Go Viral? Here’s How.

One of the best ways to make an emotional connection with clients, despite the fact there’s no actual one-on-one contact, real estate video marketing is a great way to romance buyers and sellers. Since poor video marketing can backfire like a bad blind date, it’s important to keep in mind the key to attracting customers is in presentation. How can you up your popularity factor by ‘going viral’?

Forget Dancing Cats

We’re not talking wobbly, amateur videos. Some of today’s most popular viral videos have been professionally produced by major corporations seeking to reach-out to their audience in a different, yet memorable way. In the case of real estate video marketing, this entails creating content to promote your services or the sale of a property in such an attention-getting way that viewers can’t help but share it with others.

You Can Create a Viral Real Estate Video

Viral videos center on your uniqueness and creativity. Brainstorm possibilities with trusted colleagues, aiming for video content that is:

Short
Under 5-minutes is the sweet spot that keeps videos digestible and easily replayed.

Funny
Carefully consider your target audience and what they might find funny. Reveal your fun-side, but keep it on-point to prevent offending clients (and damaging your reputation). Share it on social media, getting the ball rolling.

Original
Make competitors say, “Wish I’d thought of that!” Creativity is respected. Optimize search results with such a distinctive, memorable title that it’s easy to find, driving traffic.

Provocative
Though the industry maintains a conservative persona, sex sells. Albeit in moderation.

Memorable
Videos that help clients emotionally connect yet showcase your success keep your brand at the forefront.

Catchy
The best viral videos are the ones you can’t get out of your head.

Ready to create a buzz of epidemic proportion? Go viral with the help of these and other real estate video marketing tips from Properties Online today.

How to Become a Social Marketing Expert for Real Estate

Tips on What to Include in Your Real Estate Agent Website Privacy Policy

Who’d have thought real estate agent marketing would be fraught with such peril? Post-Facebook election snafu, privacy policy updates are bombarding customer emails nationwide. Aside from thanking Mr. Zuckerberg for adding to your endless to-do list, you must also ensure the compliancy of your agent website with an updated policy.

What Should You Include in Your Updated Agent Website Privacy Policy?

In real estate agent marketing, in light of recent events, it’s imperative that your privacy policy be easy to read and understand, including the following general facets:

– A general introduction noting how strongly you value and respect client privacy and safeguard data.

– A listing of the information you will collect, including:
Personal information provided by the client
Registration information
Email/phone information
Website use information (cookies)

– A section on how you will use client information (marketing, promotion, payment processing, to improve content/services, etc.)

– What information, if any, you share with third parties

– A section disassociating your business from websites linked to yours

– How you will protect information (physical/electronic/managerial measures)

– It’s also useful to provide clients a sort of technical dictionary post-policy. Information that defines cookies, dynamic ads, retargeting, etc.

– Opt-in/out procedures

– How you’ll handle privacy policy changes (email, post-to-site)

– Consent for use of website (that lovely box everyone has to check)

I’m No Shakespeare – Where Can I Find a Good Example?

A great example of a privacy policy that includes this information can be found here. Or if you prefer an easier approach, check out this free privacy policy tool. With about 15-minutes, give or take a few questions, you can ensure an understandable policy that safeguards you against liability, and adheres to most state/federal privacy laws and third party initiatives.

Changing Internet privacy policy laws have you ducking your head? Properties Online has your back with the latest real estate agent marketing tools and tips.

What Makes Buyers Walk a Sale?

What’s The Biggest Mistake That Makes Potential Buyers Walk?

You’ve listed and helped potential buyers tour countless homes. So many so that over the years you’ve become desensitized to the features that can quickly cost a sale – the ones that leave shoppers cringing and slinking away in horror. Could your next listing suffer an abrupt death by these sinister saboteurs? In today’s real estate sales tips, we’ll look at the features on a house that can make buyers bail faster than getting ambushed by a crazy ex on a blind date…

What Baggage are Your Listings Holding?

– Run-Down Kitchens
The heart of the home, small, outdated features and ancient appliances are a huge deal-breaker. A fresh coat of paint and upgrading outdated appliances offers the best bang-for-the-buck here.

– Gross Bathrooms
Put this among your top real estate sales tips for home sellers: button-up the bath. Dirty bathrooms, specifically tubs, and floors outfitted with carpet (which most buyers will outright refuse) are top offenders here. Pull the rug, snap in some inexpensive vinyl laminate, refinish the tub, and keep things clean!

– Dark Rooms
Dungeon-like rooms can reflect on the entire home, making it feel dark and uninviting. Open blinds/curtains, bright (and updated) lighting, light wall colors and mirrors can go a long way to adding a feel of spaciousness and brightness.

– Empty Rooms
A room devoid of furniture can leave buyers scratching their heads. It’s much easier to help them envision themselves in a space when outfitted (even temporarily) as a guest bedroom or office.

– Cluttered Playrooms
On the flipside, toy-explosions make homes look unkempt.

– Cluttered Closets
Lack of storage space is a real killer. Cut clothing avalanches and increase the feel of space by removing at least two-thirds of closet detritus.

Don’t let your next home showing end up like a bad blind date. Keep things on the right track with the latest real estate sales technology and tips from Properties Online today.