Published by Kartik Subramaniam
One of the best ways to ensure success as a real estate agent is to be an active and contributing member of your local community. Being a recognizable face provides you with a sustainable stream of prospects. It also gives you a chance to show your community that you care. Hosting community events allows you to connect with neighbors, build new connections, and highlight the vibrant culture of your local area.
There are many types of events you can organize to give something back to your community. The right ones for you will depend on your interests, talents, and what works best with the community around you. A few great examples:
holiday events. During the summer months, consider 4th of July outdoor concerts, picnics, and other fun in the sun. Spring provides opportunities for Easter Egg hunts. Get creative with charitable drives at Thanksgiving or Christmas.
professional workshops. These types of events can bring together groups who are interested in subjects like real estate investing or home improvement.
game nights. Choose a local charity to support with raffles or bingo, then invite everyone to have fun.
A community event can be a lot of work, but it provides great rewards for you and your community. Some of the benefits you can see from hosting an event:
awareness of your brand. This is a chance to get face to face with members of
your community. Hosting regular events helps you solidify your role as the real
estate agent local people think of first.
networking. People typically find a real estate agent by either approaching one they already know, or talking to someone in the community who they trust. By hosting events, you get a chance to meet new people and make valuable connections.
goodwill. Hosting a memorable evening or contributing to a local cause is something people remember.
Putting together a successful event takes a lot of work and organization. Think about what you will need for your event to work.
First, set a budget. This sets the stage for everything else that follows and allows you to determine the scope of your event.
Who is the optimal audience for your event? Think of the types of people you represent as a real estate agent and what would interest them most. If you mostly work with people who have small children, a child-oriented event like meeting Santa can be a great fit. An agent who works with retirees may decide to host a lecture or a classic rock music night.
Will you provide food and drinks at the event? Are there going to be giveaways or gift bags? See who you can connect with in the community for this. For instance, you can hire a local caterer for food, or source gifts and prizes from local businesses.
Partnering with other local businesses can help defray costs and share the benefits. For instance, you can reach out to a local event space for donated space for a charity event. Local radio stations may be amenable to interviewing you before the event or hosting a show from your location. Ask businesses in the community to put up posters and flyers to promote the event.
Determine how you will collect contact information from attendees. For small events, pre-registering or having a sign in sheet is a great way to get names, phone numbers and emails. for larger events, consider options like drawings where people share their contact info on either their business cards or a printed entry.
Once you have a concept and a place to host, it's time to start working out the details. Will you need event insurance? Do you need to set up a schedule and fill it with speakers? Do you need materials like signs, agendas, or worksheets?
A successful event can provide returns for weeks and months afterward. Create an event hashtag and encourage people to post their photos from the occasion. Take quality pictures of your own and print them to display in your office.
After your event, reach out and thank everyone who contributed. This sort of appreciation can cement the good will you generated by bringing everyone together.
If an event works well, consider making it an annual occasion. The more years you are able to host this event, the deeper your connections to your community, and your influence in it become.
Over time, you become the person people think of first when they are ready to buy or sell a local home. You'll be recognized as someone friendly and helpful, and just the sort of person they want in their corner when it comes to this important transaction.
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