Social media has become a go-to resource for buyers and sellers during their home search, so it comes to no surprise that 9 in 10 Realtors are marketing their business there (NAR). Furthermore, just over three-quarters of real estate professionals say that they are comfortable with their use of these social networks (NAR). As your competition continues to become more socially savvy, it’s becoming even more difficult to capture and retain the attention of your audience on these networks.
So how do you set your business apart in the noisy world of social media? The answer is consistent online branding. Continue reading
Convenience may be the single most important quality that customers look for in a business in 2014. Today’s on-the-go consumer demands that they be able to find information exactly when they need it, and if a business is unable meet this demand, they’ll likely lose their competitive edge. With that being said, real estate professionals must ensure that they provide a one stop shop for clients and prospects that helps them through every step of the home buying process.
Over the past several weeks, Homes.com has discussed consumer trends that may affect the way you market your business to clients and prospects. This time around, we will be looking into another one of these consumer trends known as “Helpfull.” According to a study performed by Trendwatching.com, people have become accustomed to services online that preempt and fulfill their needs before they ask for it. What’s more is that they are starting to carry this need for real time information into the physical world. This means that you should continually improve what your business has to offer, so that when a client or prospect starts searching for information, you will have already provided the resources to help. Not only will this help you grow your reputation as the local expert, but it will also help create and strengthen your relationships.
Patience is a virtue that “Helpfull” consumers lack, so you must provide a service that keeps up with their fast-paced demands. Your website should provide tools and resources that cover even the most minuscule details of the home buying process. On the off chance that your website doesn’t have what they’re looking for, you can expect a phone call shortly after and you must make yourself available when this happens. Be sure to provide prompt responses to “Helpfull” consumers, because the likelihood of them waiting around to hear back from you is slim-to-none; instead they will find someone else that can meet their expectations.
Humanizing your brand is another important thing to consider when working with “Helpfulls,” as they are sick and tired of dealing with voicemails and automated systems! Think about it: how frustrating is it when you are trying to find information and you can’t talk to a real person? “Press one for this.” Or “press two for that.” While these operational strategies can be cost-efficient, it can completely change a person’s opinion of a business. Not only does it waste their time, but quite frankly, it’s downright annoying. Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest financial decisions a person will make in their lifetime, so make sure that YOU are there to help them along every step of the way. This one-on-one interaction is crucial for building relationships and connecting with local buyers and sellers, as it demonstrates your dedication and that you value their business.“Helpfulls” are all about the here and now, so you must position yourself as a resource they can rely on to strealine the home buying process. Try adding widgets to your website that address frequently asked questions, helpful resources like the Mortgage Checklist and House Hunting Checklist from Homes.com, or even try something as simple as providing them with a phone number for contacting you past normal working hours. In short, make the home buying process as easy and stress-free as possible while adding a little personal touch, because it will go a long way when working with “Helpfulls”! [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf]
Looking for a unique way to stay top of mind? Well “keep calm” because Homes.com has you covered! Add some flair to your proposals and real estate marketing materials while capitalizing on the latest catch phrase by downloading and customizing Homes.com’s ‘Keep Calm’ graphics!
As a real estate professional, you know the home buying process can be stressful for buyers and sellers. These handy materials serve as a friendly reminder that they can ‘Keep Calm’ and rely on you, the local expert, to help them with all of their real estate needs. Continue reading
Like this, pin that, tweet what? If you are feeling overwhelmed, and need a social media solution, take comfort that you are not alone and we can help! As a trusted marketing and technology partner to the real estate industry, Homes.com has created a social media solution that will make branding your business easy and keep your business socially relevant.
Homes.com Social is a comprehensive social media suite designed to help you engage with more prospects, protect your online reputation, control the conversation and drive leads. It’s composed of three main areas to effectively manage all aspects of your online presence from Facebook posts to online reviews. Continue reading
“Pinning” images is the key to success with Pinterest; if you are not pinning interesting content, then it’s unlikely you will ever benefit from using this social network. This doesn’t mean to pin everything you see – it’s important to create boards that people will want to follow by including content that appeals to them. Continue reading
As an agent, you can never have too many real estate lead generation sources. Your MyHomes profile is your FREE resource for connecting with the highest quality leads in the industry. It is so much more than just a name and a phone number. In these five quick steps, you can greatly increase the real estate lead generation potential through your MyHomes profile.
Step 1: Create a MyHomes profile or login to access your account.
Step 2: Add your photo and update your basic information
First things first. In the digital age, no one is going to do business with the faceless agent. Upload your head shot. If you don’t have one, make an investment with a professional photographer to ensure that you are putting your best foot forward on all of your online profiles. Then add your contact information, personal bio, coverage areas, and professional designations. Continue reading
Homes.com has been keeping an eye on consumer trends that may affect what your clients and prospects look for in a home. We’ve already discussed how status seekers are looking for guilt-free products that reduce their impact on the environment, and this time around, we want to shed some light on another trend called “YOUniverse.”
The key thing to remember about society’s YOUniverse trend is that everything’s about them! These types of consumers expect a high level of customization, involvement, personalization, and instant gratification, more than any other type of consumer. Continue reading