It’s always a good idea to change out your Facebook cover. It brings attention to your profile and generates more likes and connections. A great time to do this is on Holidays. A couple days prior to the Holiday you should change out your cover. After the Holiday change it back or perhaps to a new one as well. 4th Of July, Independance Day is here and below are a few Timeline Covers you can use to change out your Facebook. It’s simple to do. Instruction on How To Change Out Your Facebook Timeline Cover can be found here
I have recently been asked to share more about Mega Open Houses. Last Spring in our Spring Into Action MEC event I spoke about this hot new marketing strategy Mega Open House. Since then I continue to get questions about the best practices for hosting a Mega Open House. There really is no secret. However, there are a few must do’s to give yourself the best possible chance at a highly successful open house.
According to NAR’s 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers open houses are a great way to find top tier prospects.
- 44 percent of all buyers used an open house as a source in their home search process.
- 68% of all buyers and sellers say they used the first agent they met!
- Buyers with a median income between $175,000 and $199,000 are more likely to find their home through an open house compared to those in other income brackets.
- Repeat buyers are more likely to find their home from an open house than first-time buyers
- and repeat buyers use open houses more frequently.
Knowing that Open Houses are the single best practice to pick up a buyer and potentially if you’re really good a seller. You should be hosting open houses every chance you get. Here are my 10 steps to a successful Mega Open House.
1.Knock out a quick video to promote the open
Using video apps like Videolicious are the easiest way to generate a quick video about your open house. You simply download the app, take a few pictures of the home you plan to host open, click start and start talking. This app is so easy you’ll have a video up and on Facebook within minutes.
2.Post video throughout social networks
Social media is the most cost effective medium for advertising listings and open houses. Post your video on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and of course YouTube. YouTube is super important because you then get the SEO value of indexing the property address on Google and YouTube. You will always be found as long as the video stays online.
3.Boost your video on Facebook
Boosting ads on Facebook is a must to promote your Mega Open House. For approximately $60.00 you can run a Facebook boosted ad for three days and reach thousands of impressions, get hundreds of clicks and drive traffic right to the very video you made posted on YouTube or your website.
4.Mail or hand out personal invites to neighbors
Grab a handful of flyers and or invitations to your Mega Open House and hit the streets, Target the neighbors within walking distance of the home you will be holding open. Door knocking is a wonderful way to find your next listing. Walking door to door inviting the neighbors to come early and see the home is a great way to discover a listing as well as set the stage for you Mega Open House.
5.Host a private Neighbor only event 1 hour prior
In conjunction with the above door knocking you’ll want to host a one hour neighbor only pre open house. This is a great way to get to know the neighbors and find those potential sellers before other agents working the area get a shot at the listing. Make sure you have snacks and beverages on hand.
6.Use a minimum 20 directional signs
Signs, signs, everywhere signs… So goes the song. The more the better. Frank Liu a RE/MAX Gold agent in San jose uses 0ver 40 signs all directing traffic to his Mega Open Houses, This not only gets more traffic to your open house but it sends a strong message to the neighbors that you mean business when selling a home.
7.Use flags, banners, balloons, etc to attract attention
Here again the more the merrier. Use the tall flags that plop in the ground. Banners, the RE/MAX 7ft air balloon is an awesome tool for Mega Open Houses. You basically want to create a ton of attention for your open house and demonstrate to the neighbors that you will go above and beyond to sell their home.
8.Roll out red carpet and serve refreshments
You read right. Red carpet is a must! Go to your local fabric store and ask for a giant roll of red material. Roll it our from the front door to the street. This is a great way of welcoming guests to your open house .
9.Post notice “Seller’s require all attnedees sign in on door”
Many agents bring their iPad, tablet or even laptop to the open house and have a snazzy little app that capture buyers information. Nothing works as good as a simple hand written notice taped to the front door that simply says “The sellers have requested that all attendees sign in”. Works everytime and you will walk away with everyone’s email and phone number.
10.Set up a sign in table at the front door.
Don’t forget this essential. If you do the above you’ll need a small table with a sign in book.
That’s it. No magic formula. Like most marketing efforts it only requires you get out of bed and make it happen. If you follow these 10 steps outlined for hosting your next open house you will master the Mega Open House and win more listings.
Deck the halls with lots of lights, fa-la-la-la, oh whatever. To celebrate the holiday season, we’re gifting you with a selection of five holiday light fails, so you can feel better about the light choices your neighbors make.
Let us know if you find some fun or messed up lighting displays in your neighborhood.
It’s always a great idea to change up your Timeline covers for the holidays. It’s great way to gain exposure throughout your sphere. Jan in our marketing department has done am amazing job of designing a handful of new Timeline Covers just in time for Christmas and New Years.
To use one of these covers for your Facebook page. simply right click on the image and save to your computer. Then upload it to your Facebook. Enjoy!
Don't think of prospecting for leads as just another routine task. Instead, think of prospecting as a gateway to endless income possibilities and an essential part of growing a thriving real estate business.
To truly benefit from prospecting you must be willing to put yourself out there and try new things. If you're ready to make more money and prospect for leads in a whole new way, here are 117 lead generating activities you should try
1 Open houses
2 Floor duty
3 Door knocking
4 Pop by’s (individual & business)
5 Direct mail
8 Phone calls
9 Face-to-face meetings &
10 Hand written notes
12 Expireds & Withdrawns
13 Client Appreciation Party
15 Networking Events
16 Coach your kid’s soccer team, etc.
17 Annual updates (CMA’s)
18 Circle prospecting (5x5’s)
19 Meetings w/Human Resource Directors
20 Relocation opportunities/tours
21 Print advertising (newspaper or magazines) 22
Social media—pulling & pushing info
24 Hand out business cards
25 Email drip campaigns
26 8x8 campaigns
27 REO/HUD/bank listings
28 Attend the public trustee sale
29 Send notes to homes “for rent” as possible
30 Trade shows/homes shows
31 Host an informational seminar/talk
32 Network with affiliate providers
(CPA’s, attorneys, insurance agent)
33 Put your nametag on or logowear and
go somewhere where there are people to talk to!34
Preview properties (know the
inventory) — leave your business card
for the Seller
35 Work short sales and pre-foreclosure properties
36 Enroll in a class or a new hobby to meet people
37 Join a book club
38 Target renters (non-owner occupied)
39 Mail home anniversary cards
40 Send letters to out of town rental owners to
check up on their property (take photos) & do a
41 Write an informational article for the newspaper
43 Bus benches, grocery carts, and billboards (can
44 Create and hand out a personal brochure
45 Radio campaigns—see if you can be a guest on a
46 Attend a “meet-up” (meetup.com)
47 Give your vendors your business cards
to hand out (hair dresser, nail salon)
48 Learn a new part of this business
(commercial, vacant land, new construction) —
look for referral opportunities with other agents in
attendance & share business leads
50 Interview people you want to meet to broaden
your sphere of influence
51 Go to charity events and meet new people
52 Mail sports cards/calendars
53 Do a drawing to capture names
54 Create and maintain your website profile;
create a customized website
55 Capture and follow up with internet leads
(follow-up is the key!)
56 Host a networking group yourself (lunch for
57 Maintain your mailing list — always look for
who you can legitimately add to your list!
58 Farm a neighborhood
59 Work out of state referrals
60 Take care of your current clients—ask them
61 MySite (automated search program through
MLS) for everyone!
62 Schedule a public speaking opportunity at a
63 Adopt a school—take them treats and pop
64 Prospect in laundromats—usually tenants are
“hanging out” there!
65 Wedding announcements — are they
interested in buying a home?
66 Baby announcements—do they need more
67 Work with attorneys to prospect for divorce
and estate transactions
68 Send holiday cards (not just the “usual” ones
— do “odd” ones)
69 Get a wrap or magnetic sign for your car
70 Create videos — use to highlight the area or
yourself (link to internet)
71 Host a “house warming” party for your client
after closing — get their friends’ names for your
81 Give your business card to your waitress when
you eat out (tip well)
83 Work with people who are retiring or
downsizing (investment advisor or assisted living
84 Pay for the person behind you at the drive
through—give them your card
85 Sponsor something and ask if you can attend
or have a table at the event!
86 Visit with marriage counselors— perhaps they
have clients who can’t reconcile and need to sell?
87 Make a float and participate in the 4th of July
or Christmas parade
88 Host an educational/information session (i.e.
redecorating tips,landscaping ideas, etc.)—”show
& tell” for your clients
89 Walk a neighborhood and put up door hangers
90 Send out a time change postcard
91 Send a Just Listed postcard to a move up
neighborhood (if you don’t have a listing, “borrow
92 Facebook ads
93 Target a niche — condo buyers, horse
property, veterans, 1st time home buyers, etc.
94 Hand out notepads or other “schwag” at a
large open air event like the Arts
Picnic or Farmer’s Market
95 Ask for referrals!
96 Gather testimonials & send to your clients
97 Ask a “busy” agent if you can put your rider on
one of their signs or advertising some of their
98 Buyer “needs” — send postcard to the area
asking for listings
99 Call out-of-area listing agents and see if they
would like some showing help for a referral fee
100 Send “Just Solds” postcard (multiple homes)
to an area to solicit listings
101 Get names from the Chamber and send an erelocation
102 Work garage sales (they’re cleaning up, do
they want to move?)
103 Purchase tickets to an event & offer to your
104 Host a tour of homes (multiple open houses)
105 Teach a class on buying rental property with
a property management company
106 Target kiddie-condo investors @ UNC/
107 Call capture programs (800 numbers)
108 Craigslist leads
109 Talk to car dealers—people qualifying to buy
a car may also qualify to buy a home!
110 Contact HOA management companies for
111 Visit with new construction representatives—
sometimes they don’t want to take listings
112 Courts could be a place to prospect—
evictions, probate, divorce, tax liens, and code
113 Partner with a local business and send a
coupon to your sphere of influence
114 Put up information on bulletin boards at
coffee shops or grocery stores
115 Talk to your newspaper or postal carriers
about vacant homes
116 Work in a coffee shop and put up a tent card
that you’ll buy customers a cup of coffee!
117 Meet other Realtors at classes or conventions
and ask for their referrals
Have you noticed a drop in your Facebook engagement?
Wondering how you can better engage with your fans?
Making small changes to what and how you post can help your Facebook updates generate clicks, likes, and comments. In this article, you’ll discover 11 tips for boosting Facebook engagement.
#1: Pose a Question
One of the simplest and most effective ways to kickstart a dialogue with your Facebook fans is to ask them a question. Basically, you’re inviting a response. If fans can relate to the question and you find a way to leverage people’s interests or needs, they’ll find it hard not to answer.
Here are some questions to ask:
- Specific: What’s your favorite…?
- Tips: How do you…?
- Experiences: What’s your favorite moment from experience/memory…?
- Edgy: Do you think…? (controversial question)
- Direct: Why do you…?
- Events: Who is going/Who attended…?
- Timely: Today is…, so what are you…?
#2: Share Relevant Images
A picture can say a lot more than a text post. A visually striking image can bring the rapid thumb-scroller to a halt. Images have proven time and again to improve engagement, especially when they tell a story or connect with the audience on a personal or emotional level.
According to BuzzSumo, Facebook posts with images see more than double the engagement of basic text posts.
#3: Crowdsource Feedback
People love giving feedback. When you ask for input the right way, your audience will jump on board and be quick to respond. The added benefit is you can uncover opportunities to improve your business and delight your customers.
Imagine the potential boost to customer loyalty (and future engagement) if you make changes to your business based on the input you receive? Give this tactic a try. It’s a much more personal approach than surveys and you can respond to people directly to address their feedback.
#4: Include a Call to Action
The standing rule for any kind of marketing is that if you want your audience to do something, you have to tell them to do it. Use a call to action in every post, whether it’s to prompt a comment, share, opt in, like, RSVP, or any other action.
Always tell your audience what you want them to do to encourage engagement.
#5: Boost Your Best Posts
If you have a Open House or a New Listing, post it to your Facebook page and boost that post. You don’t need to throw hundreds of dollars at it; give it a modest boost of $25 – $50 and target the people in the city you do business in and who like your page and their friends.
You won’t necessarily see thousands of shares, but a boosted post can help get your best content in front of your target audience and spark some engagement. The more people engage, the greater the organic reach to their networks. This tactic can be especially effective with Open Houses and sharing the results with the owners. Often this method is far less expensive than advertising in the newspaper.
#6: Share Industry News and Hot Topics
Even your most loyal fans are interested in more than just your business. Sharing big news from your industry will show your fans that you’re not focused solely on promoting your business; you want to keep them informed about current topics. They’ll appreciate and respond to that.
Curate industry news from a trusted source and ask your fans what they think. Ask people to contribute their thoughts and share the post. I often share resources from other marketing sources in order to ensure our agents have every opportunity to thrive! Sharing news, articles of interest from other trusted sources to your sphere makes you more credible and likable!
#7: Adjust Your Post Frequency
If your Facebook engagement is slipping, it might have something to do with your post frequency. Posting too little (say a few times a week) won’t help you establish relevance with Facebook’s algorithm and you’ll be fighting for space in your audience’s feed.
On the other hand, posting too often can hurt you, too. Facebook tries to show users the most interesting and relevant content from everyone they follow. If you’re posting a half-dozen times each day over a short period, expect a lot of your content to be missed.
To find a sweet spot, try posting a few times each day at the times your fans are most likely to engage. Check out Facebook Insights for specific audience data you can use to target your fans.
#8: Give People a Giggle
We all love a good laugh in our news feed. Lighten the mood for your fans and show them that you have some personality. Don’t overthink it; just do something to give your fans a chuckle. Keep their interests in mind and make sure the humor is relevant to your audience.
obviously make sure no one knows the people or who’s home you are giggling over. We work in one of the best industries for finding things to laugh at. A great source for Bad MLS Photos etc is this awesome Facebook Group “Really Bad MLS Photos” https://www.facebook.com/groups/146553387152 Join the group and prepare for a laugh.
#9: Respond to Everyone
If you receive comments from your fans but fail to respond or acknowledge them, they’ll notice and stop engaging with you. It only takes a few minutes throughout the day to monitor your social activity and make a few quick or witty responses to fans who comment.
Consistent responses make fans feel valued and they’ll be more likely to engage with future posts from your page.
#10: Make an Emotional Connection
If you want to elicit a big response from your fans, publish a post that appeals to your audience on an emotional level. Share content and tell stories that pull at people’s interests, emotions, fears, and even their dislikes. Brand loyalty doesn’t come from a product; it comes from a customer’s joy at experiencing a shared sentiment or finding a solution that works.
#11: Provide Value
Anytime you share or post content to your Facebook page, ask yourself what kind of value you’re providing to your fans. The best way to get their attention is to make sure there’s a takeaway or something in it for them. At the very least, give them a good chuckle. At best,teach people how to do something, inspire them to take action, and add value to their life.
This exhaustive list of ideas should help you fill your calendar with a good mix of content types that are likely to promote engagement among your Facebook followers. Keep your Facebook posts short for maximum effect. The ideal character count is about 50 or fewer.
Also keep in mind that if you want engagement, you need to post and respond to your fans every day. While Front Porch Report is an awesome tool to automate the lifestyle articles for your social network. Go for the human connection and provide value, and you’ll see your engagement rise.
Was this helpful? If so, I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.
This guest post was written by Bill Gassett, a Realtor with Re/Max Executive Realty who has been helping people move in and out of the MetroWest Massachusetts area for the past 26 years. Connect with him on Google Plus.
If you are just getting your feet wet with Pinterest for your real estate business, you may not know just how good the site can be as a marketing tool! You might also not realize that you need to have a variety of boards posted that are about a lot more than just the homes you have for sale. Using Pinterest for real estate well entails having a variety of useful boards.
A common mistake that is prevalent among many real estate agents is the natural instinct just to share real estate listings, which to most people is really boring. Have no fear — here are 25 ideas for real estate boards that you can create to bring your Pinterest strategy to the next level and drive tons of traffic in the process back to your blog or website.
Before getting into the creative ideas, here’s a quick recap on ways to make your Pinterest pins reach their full potential:
- Only pin interesting and high-quality images or videos. Blurry or boring pictures/videos have about a zero percent chance of getting repinned. Some of the best photos for pinning are of the long and skinny variety. They just stand out better in a sea full of pictures. There are times you will see a photo that has been pinned that is too small. You want to avoid this at all costs, as it will generate little activity.
- Apply for rich pins. Rich pins look much better than a standard pin. When you are on Pinterest the difference between a rich pin and non-rich pin is night and day. The rich pin will have a bold title and an enhanced Web link. You can get rich pins by following a few steps. First you need to mark up your site with Web coding known as schema. There are numerous plug-ins you can add to your site that will do this for you. Once you have done that, you apply for rich pins at Pinterest. Once approved, your pins will look beautiful.
- Keep descriptions short and sweet. People are on Pinterest to look at pictures, not read a novel. Make your descriptions keyword-rich but still short. You can even ask a question to get emotions involved and encourage comments (example: Can you picture yourself in this home?).
- Add your website to the description. Adding your website to the description will provide a link to your website on every person’s board who repins your article. While the link is “no followed,” it is still a link and makes it easier for the reader to have something easy to click to get to your site.
- Make hashtags your friend. They aren’t just for Twitter anymore. Pick two or three keywords or phrases that people would search to find your pins, add a hashtag to the front of them, and add them to your pin (example: #realestate #Boston homes, #dream home, #home inspiration, #home improvement, etc.).
OK, now that that’s covered, let’s get onto the Pinterest real estate board ideas:
Boards to attract buyers
- Home Decorating and Inspiration. Put together a board with a collection of rooms designed by famous designers.
- My Dream Home. Almost everyone on Pinterest has a “Dream Home” board, and your job is to find pictures that your followers will want to add to theirs. Think massive walk-in closets, stunning built-in pools, and homes with curb appeal to leave anyone drooling.
- Best Kid Room Ideas. A simple concept to find and an even easier one to gain you some repins.
- Outdoor Living. Photos of lush waterfalls, stellar decks, and anything that would make a potential buyer jealous.
- Style-themed boards. Make one with contemporary decor, another with traditional, and another with country living.
Boards to attract sellers
- Capitalizing on Small Spaces. Ideas for people to make the most of their space, like multipurpose furniture ideas, and tips and tricks to using color.
- DIY Weekend or Home Improvement Projects. Like adding a built-in bookshelf to the office or tips for repainting a bedroom.
- Organizing Inspiration. Pinterest fans love creative organization ideas, so why not make a board about it?
- Repurposing Ideas. Another popular theme on Pinterest: People love to make new things from old things and then brag about it.
- Tips for Staging. Pin images that show the ideal way to stage a home for sale.
- Community Boards. Most real estate agents have a territory they cover that includes at least a few cities or towns. Promote everything about the real estate communities you cover. Start first by having city or town pages on your website that have interesting and unique photos that people will want to pin. Now take this concept and create a board for each of the towns you provide real estate services for and highlight all the best landmarks including schools, parks, restaurants, lakes and others that would be interesting to visitors. Remember, you want to get the point across that you are the local real estate market expert!
This is a 7 part series of all the slides used for the APPetite For Success MEC’s with Don McDonald. Please right click and download the ones you wish to review. If you do not have Powerpoint installed on your computer you can download the Microsoft Powerpoint Viewer for FREE and watch all these presentations. I hope you enjoy these and as always feel free to post a comment and tell us what tool you are using to grow your business.
PART ONE: Using Cloud CMA as a Home Value Landing Page and Generating Leads
PART TWO: Boosting Your Cloud CMA Post on Facebook
PART THREE: Using Cloud CMA at Your Next Open House
PART FOUR: Getting Your Business On Google
PART FIVE: Using Tweet Deck to Generate FREE Leads
PART SIX: Using SkySlope to Protect Your _ _ _
PART SEVEN: Sending a Private Message Through Gold Connect
Great article from Claire Wiese, Social Media Marketing Manager at HSA Home Warranty
Today’s buyer will search online at some point during the buying process. When they do, it’s crucial that your business and contact information show up at the top of the search results. Many people think that this can cost thousands of dollars, but you can do a lot of the work yourself through social media. Here are a few tips to get you started on the major social networks.
Setting up a Facebook page for your business is an excellent way to reach out to clients and their friends and family. To keep them interested, be sure to feature lifestyle content, in addition to your listings. Show your expertise by posting photos and information about the neighborhood schools, new cafes and upcoming events. Ask questions, run local promotions, do all you can to engage readers and build a connection. By reaching out and sharing your knowledge about the community, you can become the go-to real estate professional in the area.
Twitter lets you communicate quickly and keeps you connected. Just like Facebook, your listings should not take up your whole feed. Tweet links to helpful articles about securing a mortgage or renovation tips. Offer incentives for visiting your open houses, encourage others to post pictures, make comments and share your tweets. Use hashtags so your tweets will be found by more than your followers, and make every word count. Remember, you’ve only got 140 characters to engage readers.
YouTube videos are a smart way to promote yourself and the properties you represent. Have someone with a steady hand shoot short videos of you showcasing your listings and the neighborhood sites that appeal to potential buyers. Be sure to identify yourself in each video with your name and contact information.
As the most visual of the social media sites, Pinterest lets you set up colorful boards with images of the neighborhood, decorating trends, renovation tips, your personal interests and listings. Your clients can engage by saving pins to their own boards, or liking and commenting on the images. With Pinterest, you can draw clients in by using visuals to paint a more complete picture of what you can offer them along with your listings.
From time to time I get asked about all the various platforms agents can conduct business on and build their sphere. Social Media has quickly become “A Must Use” in real estate if agents are to remain successful and wish to grow their business. The challenge is where to start? which platforms should you use? How often should you post, share, comment, like, wink, send, receive, upload, pass, create, play, email etc… The list is endless when it comes to the many different ways you can engage. The key word here is “Engage”!
Remember, as I have said in previous MEC events. Using Social Media as a way to mine for engagement is the key to success. Finding ways on social platforms to engage is how you should be using social media at all times. It’s important you balance work and play. Sharing your personal information is far more engaging than sharing your work related stuff. Your sphere is more excited about the day your having with friends, sharing food, playing a game, visiting a city etc., than they are about your new listing. Go with the 75/25 Rule. 75% of everything you post should be about you, your life, the things you enjoy, your hobbies, special interests, etc. Mix in inspiring quotes, funny posts, a cat or two and BAM! You are going to find people liking your posts over and over. (I am kidding about the cat or two part). 25% should be about your business. Do not post things like “Just listed, 4 bedroom, 2 bath home in the Roaring Springs subdivision, if you know of someone interested in buying call me” This is boring and will illicit ZERO engagement. Instead post things like ” New listing, Roaring Springs, you have to see this kitchen.. Simply amazing. (Then attach a spectacular photo of the kitchen and link it to the homes single page website). Now you have a strong call to action that will not only find a buyer, but get you noticed since more people are interested in seeing this “Amazing Kitchen” than just buyers looking for homes. Those in your sphere that are not in the market will still click the link and want to see what it is you are so excited about. This drives traffic and when you print your analytical report for the home owners you look like a ROCK STAR!
Finding Ways To Engage: What you should be spending most of your time on Social Media doing is looking for ways to build relationships and get referrals. You do this by scanning your wall for reasons to reach out to your sphere. Let’s say Janice is in your sphere and you sold her and John a house three years ago. It’s Saturday and Janice just posted a picture of her daughter Alyssa kicking in a field goal for her soccer team. Janice is excited and posts the picture to Facebook with the description “Woot, woot, Alyssa’s first field goal for her soccer team… Go Alyssa” You see this post and like most in Janice’s sphere you like it, you might even be savvy enough to comment on the post. However, the real ROCK STAR Agent goes one step further. You pull out a note card, you write a hand written message that reads “Congrats on your first field goal Alyssa, we at RE/MAX are all super proud of your accomplishments” The you mail it to Janice and Alyssa. Now who do you think Janice cares more, those who liked an commented or the one person who just took time to recognize a special moment in her life? This is what I talk about all the time. You have to spend time finding ways to connect, not just like, share or comment but a reason to send a note, pop by, Buffini them!
Now that we have the basics out of the way, let’s talk Best Practices. Below is a one sheet you can use as a reference tool for setting up any social media platform as well as a mini guide an how to best use the particular social platform for success. If you have suggestion bring them on. Leave them in the comments box below and happy mining…
Social One Sheets. Right Click and save or print.
Here’s a special one-sheet on Best Practices when it comes to posting.