What do you think of when you hear the word “brand?” Ford? Amazon? Coca-Cola? These are massive brands — juggernauts in the world of advertising. And you know their names because of brand awareness. As a real estate agent or broker, you are a brand, too. And the same awareness marketing tactics can work for […] Read more
Real estate agents really do like to help each other out. It’s what makes this such a unique industry. This past month, at Inman Connect in San Francisco, we sat down with some of today’s leaders in real estate, including Nicole Beauchamp, Jeff Lobb, Kelly Mitchell and Mark Spain. These are folks who have been around […] Read more
Many real estate agents have used Facebook Profiles when they should be using Facebook Pages instead. Read on to learn what the difference is and why we prefer Facebook Pages for realtors.
But first, what’s the difference between Facebook Profiles and Pages?
The first thing you need to know is that you can’t have a Facebook Page without having a Profile first. When you sign up for Facebook, you create a personal profile and add your family and friends to your network. We repeat: that’s where your family and friends are going to be; therefore, it is not the appropriate place to talk about business stuff like new listings or how many houses you’ve sold this month.
Real estate agents work harder than folks in almost any other industry. And they totally understand the need for marketing and advertising. We talk to dozens of agents each month about how to market homes, how to reach audiences and how to best use technology for all of that. Last time, we discussed the hardware […] Read more
This month’s “From the Trenches” post comes from Lisa Archer, co-founder of The Geeky Girls. Lisa is a licensed realtor in Charlotte, NC, where she is the Chief Opportunity Officer at Live Love Realty. Live Love Realty currently operates out of seven locations, with two more opening soon. The Charlotte office alone had $50 million in sales last year.
Lisa has spoken at multiple real estate conferences, including Inman Connect, Agent Reboot, and Keller Williams Mega Camp. She was also voted one of the Inman 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate for 2013 and 2014, and one of the Swanepoel Power 200 for Social Media. We’re excited to have her share some of her expertise!
Have you been trying out different marketing strategies for your real estate business, but are having trouble seeing the fruit of your labor? Have your marketing efforts increased traffic to your website, but do you continue to struggle to convert that traffic to new leads? The problem could be your landing page.
Your landing page is one of the most important factors in determining whether or not a page visitor becomes a lead. Your landing page needs to be a different than your homepage. For each new marketing or ad campaign you run, you should be driving traffic to a correlating page. You could have all the traffic in the world, and it would mean absolutely nothing if your landing page doesn’t inspire them to contact you. You see, traffic does not equal leads. So, what do you do with all that traffic? We’ve got some tips that will help you turn those page views into home buyers!
It’s now a fact: mobile technology has become an inevitable part of our daily lives. It’s crazy to think that the first smartphone came out only seven years ago, but by of the end of 2013, the amount of mobile devices on earth outnumbered the human population. Now, you not only have to incorporate online marketing into your business strategies, but you also have to think about how mobile-friendly your efforts are. Think about it: if most of your target audience primarily uses mobile devices, but your website isn’t mobile optimized, potential clients are likely to hit the ‘back’ button and head to a competing agent’s site that they can easily navigate on their phone.
Over the past few months, we’ve discussed many of the popular social media platforms and how they can be leveraged for the real estate industry. Today, we’ll give the FreeAgent treatement to LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is actually one of my personal favorite social platforms. Not only can you connect and share, but you can also paint yourself as the expert in your field. As opposed to being a place where you share fun or personal things with your friends and family, LinkedIn is the place where you disseminate expert information to past and present colleagues, professionals, and industry gurus. Additionally, it’s one of the best places to get current and relevant information regarding your field from the top names in the industry! I cannot say enough great things about LinkedIn.
There is no longer any doubt that real estate agents need to keep up to date with technology in order to thrive in the industry. It’s not a suggestion—it’s something that needs to be done to be able to give your potential customers what they are looking for. With the advent of easy-to-use technology such as tablets and smartphones, consumers are looking for speed, efficiency, and convenience. As a real estate agent, if you’re not offering them these things, there is a definite chance you will lose those clients to competitors.
We recently compiled a list of what we think are the most essential apps for real estate agents in 2014. You may have noticed that one seemingly obvious application was missing: Evernote. Evernote is more than an application; it is a portable personal assistant. Not only does this handy little app work on smart phones and tablets, it is also available on PCs and Macs. You can sync up every piece of technology you have, and never again have to worry about leaving a document on your work computer. There is no way we can cover all of the magic of Evernote in one blog post, so we’re going to just scratch the surface. If you want an amazing and in depth overview of how Evernote works specifically for real estate, this webinar from Agent Mastermind is fantastic.