Published by Kartik Subramaniam
Ways to Market in the Real Estate Business
It's impossible to build a successful real estate business without developing and maintaining a healthy sales pipeline. One obvious way to drive sales is to have a deliberate marketing effort, but with so many ways to market yourself as an agent, it can be daunting having to choose between so many marketing channels.
In this post, I’ll go over a few of the most effective to help build your marketing roadmap.
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One of the easiest and least expensive ways to market and raise awareness about you and your business is to start networking. In the physical world, this could be something as simple as handing out your real estate business card to people you meet and letting them know what you do. Although the person to whom you gave your card many not have an immediate real estate need, consistent networking can lead to a long line of referrals. The best part: This word-of-mouth promotion is free, and you never know who they will meet with real estate needs. You can also participate in local community events, particularly if you are in residential real estate. Whether you hang out at the farmers market or have a booth at a street festival, being involved in the area in which you sell will make people more inclined to work with you. Set a goal to recognize as a resource for local real estate. But what about networking in the digital world? This could mean maintaining social media accounts on popular platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. There are different ways to reach people once you're signed in. Don’t forget to post helpful and interesting content (like I do with our blog *cough* *cough*) adding friends, liking other people's posts, sending direct messages and more. After you meet someone in person, don’t be shy about asking to connect on Facebook, or following one another on Instagram. Make a conscious effort to reach out online, especially after making a personal contact.
Setting a Marketing Budget
While not a law, realtor.com says that you should be spending 10 percent of your commission income on marketing. Overall, have your spending match the caliber of what you're trying to sell. Compare the marketing associated with a starter home and a luxury mansion - they are totally different. If you’re interested in learning more about the luxury real estate market, check out my YouTube video. In most real estate markets nationally, the starter home is going to get plenty of interest solely based on price, so you may just need to create a listing in the MLS to get interest and have a few nice photos up. The luxury market, however, can be more competitive and particular, so save your money for extravagant and decadent open houses, professional photography/videography and promotions you will do throughout the listing period.
While on the subject of a marketing budget, there are plenty of ways to promote yourself that are worth the investment. Here are just a few ways to use your marketing budget to the max.
Boost your SEO
According to the National Association of Realtors, 90 percent of people searched for their home online. Increase your online search rankings in a local home search.
◦ Consider pay-per-click Google Ads to get your page higher in the paid search results.
◦ Hire someone with SEO knowledge to make your website organically rank higher.
◦ Increase your presence online by paying for premium memberships on listing sites like Zillow and Realtor.com. You can gain more visibility as potential buyers browse what's available because your profile will be featured while they are swiping through.
• Pay to boost your social media posts to reach people outside of your normal friends list on platforms like Facebook.
• When it comes to direct mail, utilize the services of a professional postcard marketing company like www.farming.cards to get your name and message into the homes of potential customers.
Great marketing that is consistent will keep you fresh in the minds of your leads and contacts. When you are out there promoting your business and winning the trust of your sales pipeline, guess who your contacts are going to call when they have real estate needs?
Don’t Neglect the Direct Sales Approach Also
Marketing is great, but don’t forget direct sales. Work the phones, door knock and directly engage your customer. All of the aforementioned are totally F-R-E-E. =)
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