Keeping Up with Consumer Trends: YOUniverse

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

Experts Agree That Mobile is Taking Over

Mobile devices have become the preferred way of accessing the Internet and it’s more important than ever for real estate professionals to adjust their business strategies accordingly. Investing in this mobile trend has jumped to the top of almost every business’s “to-do” list, all searching for the best way to connect with today’s on-the-go consumer.

Jenn Williams, Digital Marketing Manager for Homes.com, recently attended the semi-annual Mobile Insider Summit along with mobile technology directors from major companies like Hotels.com, Retailmenot.com, and Volkswagen. This discussion panel of experts shared their thoughts on the evolution of the mobile industry, where it’s expected to go, and the driving forces behind it. Continue reading

Marketing So Useful, People Would Pay For It- Part One: Self-Serve Information
What’s one of the greatest misconceptions about marketing? It’s the idea that the louder you shout, the better. But in today’s world, effective marketing is about help, not hype. While spreading your message to customers is important, the real key to success is the type of content that you’re creating, sharing, etc.? Jay Baer, one of the nation’s leading social media experts and author of Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is About Help Not Hype, visited Dominion EnterprisesHomes.com’s parent company, to share his content marketing expertise and tips on how to build a stronger social media following. Youtility is the concept of creating marketing that’s so useful, people would pay for it. While this concept can be applied to any industry, it can be especially useful to real estate professionals for creating and implementing a strong marketing strategy. Baer highlighted three aspects of  the Youtility concept during his exciting presentation: Self-Serve Information, Radical Transparency and Real-Time Relevancy.  We have broken topics into a three part blog series, in this edition we will be discussing how to incorporate Self-Serve Information into your marketing strategy. Continue reading