Published by Kartik Subramaniam
Lots of people ask me how I find time to write as much content as I do and record as much video content as I have over the last many years. A lot of people have viewed our YouTube channel at my real estate education company and want tips on how to create video content and podcasts. I decided to write an article about this from the perspective of the real estate salesperson. Since the vast majority of people reading my blog or watching my videos aren't really looking to start an education company, rather they are looking to get into the real estate brokerage business.
It's important to remember that real estate sales is just that - it’s sales! The more customers and clients you have the more money you’ll ultimately make. But how many potential clients can you reach a day by cold calling and door knocking? No matter your answer, podcasts can increase that number exponentially and expand your reach.
Consider the facts:
• Over a quarter of Americans listen to a Podcast monthly.
• In 2018, over 50 billion episodes were downloaded and/or streamed.
• Podcast listeners are wealthy, educated and loyal.
• The average podcast listener tunes in to seven episodes per week.
• California has the highest number of podcast subscribers of any U.S. state.
Recording a branded podcast is a distinctive and effective way to tap into this potential market — even more than paid advertising. Your podcast will put your voice and message in the homes and cars of potential clients in a way no other tool can. Podcasts position you as an expert in a given field.
Choose Your Topic and Message
You have something unique to offer listeners: your real estate experience and expertise. Buying and selling a home or building can be stressful, and most people see high-end real estate as daunting, too difficult to manage or something "other people" do. Your podcast can bring transparency to the process and clients to your doorstep.Choose a topic for your show that is specific to you and sounds great. A narrative or talk-show format can work well. It should be something you can discuss for 100+ episodes. Once your podcast becomes popular, you can broaden your topic. To get started, however, a frame to work within will help you stay focused.Your topic should also support the underlying message you are trying to convey. Always ask yourself what you want your listeners to leave your show knowing or wanting.
Find Your Voice
There are lots of different styles of podcasting. Choose one that aligns with you. Will you interview guests on your show? Maybe interview past clients or your broker? Converse with your co-host about real estate trends? Take your audience on audio tours of designer homes? Talk about investing in real estate? Regardless of what you decide to go with, it should sound natural and practiced.
Give It a Name
Listeners will decide whether to listen (or not!) by your name. It should be something that captures the topic as well as the message you are trying to send. A clever or witty name will grab your audience's attention. Is there a word or phrase that captures your mission? A regional phrase that is recognizable to potential local clients?Avoid names that are too specific. Instead, select something that is memorable, searchable and available as a domain. Your listeners will want to engage in your content across platforms. Your Podcast can drive your listeners to your YouTube channel, your Instagram or other platforms. If you don’t have these created - do it now! These will provide additional ways for you to attract clients and listeners and give you more credibility and provide additional ways for your audience to connect with you.
Respect your audience
Podcasts convey your message directly to your subscriber. They are intimate and create a connection between listener and host. Treat this relationship as though each listener is a client. Hopefully they will be! Practice, practice, practice. Just hitting record isn't enough to make your show worth turning in to hear. You may find that writing a script gives structure to your recordings. Or, if a more informal style is what you are after, try to stay on topic.Your audience will expect consistency. If you are going to produce a weekly podcast, don't skip a week! Choose a format and schedule that works for you. On the ADHI Schools’ YouTube channel, sometimes I will record 3-6 videos per week and leave these stacked away in a Google drive. This way, I always have content to bring to the community.
Invest the Time and Money
Buy proper recording equipment. This doesn’t have to be a big expense, and it's worth it in the long run. Nobody wants to listen to a muddied recording. You will need to edit your podcast for long pauses, errors or content that isn't relevant. One of the affordable and easy to use software options on the market will help. I recorded a Podcast about the audio equipment we use, but your setup doesn’t have to be this elaborate.
Join the Community
The podcasting community is tight-knit and supportive. Listen to other podcasts. These shows aren't your competition — they're your biggest resource. Inviting guests from other podcasts onto your show can help you make connections to potential listeners or clients.
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