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What are you doing right now to offer exceptional service to your clients? Perhaps you respond to their inquiries right away, provide them with excellent advice, are proactive in showing them homes they may be interested in and anticipating their needs, and more. But are there other things you can be doing? Maybe you could be leveraging technology more to bring the service you provide from good to great. Or great to extraordinary.
IXACT Contact is the only real estate CRM that comes with Email Campaign Reporting; a feature that helps you to identify your hot leads and gives you key insight into how many people opened and forwarded your email and clicked on its links. It also tells you which emails hard bounced and which ones soft bounced so you can clean up the email addresses in your database if necessary. A common question we get asked is “What’s the difference between hard and soft bounces?”
Here’s the deal…
Real estate leads expect you to be biased but they trust that other buyers and sellers will tell it like it is. That’s why testimonials are so powerful; a bunch of great ones on your website can easily sway a lead to pick up the phone and give you a call.
But a steady stream of great testimonials doesn’t “just happen.” Even if you’re providing top-notch service, some clients don’t think to give you testimonials/ don’t realize how important they are to your business success. You need to be proactive. Here are three fantastic ways to get more testimonials:
When someone meets you for the first time and asks what you do for a living, what do you say? Simply that you’re REALTOR®? As a real estate agent, it’s important you have a “12 second real estate marketing message”; a brief overview of what you do and what sets you apart. If you don’t, you’re missing a big opportunity to leave a lasting impression of yourself as a real estate expert – someone worth using for their real estate needs or referring to others.
You meet two potential contractors.
The first greets you wearing jeans and a dirty t-shirt. The brochures he shows you are dog eared. His truck is old and caked in dirt. Although he may be a skilled contractor, he doesn’t look like he cares about details or is a particularly successful businessperson.
The second contractor, by contrast, looks like the picture of success. He’s well groomed and friendly. His truck is tidy and has a professional-looking sign on the door. The brochures, samples and other materials he shows you look impressive.
Today we’re reblogging an article written by Pamela Cendejas, a real estate virtual assistant and IXACT Contact affiliate. In this article, Pamela shares some awesome tips that’ll take your real estate marketing from good to great.
Not all real estate marketing emails are created equal so next time you sit down to write one, take these tips into consideration. Pamela’s right when says, “Email marketing is one of the most powerful things you can do for your business.” Remember that if you’re too busy to write your own marketing emails, IXACT Contact’s real estate contact management system comes with email templates and drip marketing plans created for you that follow all of the advice Pamela outlines in this article.
Your clients and referral sources will often ask other people they meet in the “home industry” for their opinion of you. Your clients will even ask your competition!
So it pays to be respected by your peers.
Now that doesn’t mean you should become so friendly with your competition that you share leads or let them in on your real estate marketing plans. But, you should be cultivating good working relationships with other real estate agents — especially those who work in the same market or with similar profile clients as you.
To be a great agent, you need to excel in real estate marketing and personal branding. This informative infographic explains how to build a personal brand – which is absolutely key to getting more referrals and repeat business.
A real estate contact management system is so important here because if you’re not properly keeping in touch with your sphere of influence (SOI) and building strong relationships with them, it will be very difficult to create a strong brand for yourself.
To create a personal brand, you need to ask yourself these questions/ do these things:
- Who are you?
“Marketing copy” is key to your overall real estate marketing plan. It’s the most important element of your website, e-mails, letters, ads, and other sales materials. The words you choose speak to your real estate leads and clients – on your behalf – when you’re not there to do it in person.
Copywriting is a big topic in the real estate marketing world. There are entire books devoted to the subject. But the basics are relatively straightforward.
Here are the essential tips for writing compelling advertising, sales and marketing communications:
A good REALTOR® also needs to be a good marketer. And just like using a real estate contact management software, email marketing should be an important component of every agent’s marketing plan. If you’re not sending an e-Newsletter, taking advantage of drip marketing campaigns, or sending out Just Listed/ Just Sold e-Flyers, you’re missing great opportunities to stay in touch with past clients, convert leads into clients, and get more referrals.
Take the quiz below to learn your real estate email marketing aptitude. If you’re not too email marketing-savvy, or you aren’t doing much of it at this point, this quiz will help you learn best practices so you can get started on the right track.