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3 Steps for WINNING Local Traffic to YOUR Website

By Rebecca Chandler

This is the second in a series of conversations around practical tips to building your personal brand locally.

happy trophyWinning a Google war with a listing aggregate site with 20 million or so unique users is probably a long shot, but you CAN win more local buyer and seller traffic to your website by following these 3 steps.

Step 1 – Start with a good website. What should that include?

  • An IDX feed that puts the entire MLS on your site. That way, home shoppers won’t need to shop other websites once they’ve gotten used to yours. All the data is there.
  • Make sure your website displays well on a tablet and a phone. More and more consumers are using their tablets and phones to shop for homes – especially on the weekends when they are out looking. If the visitor has to “pinch and stretch” the screen or can’t navigate the tiny buttons, even if they find your site, they will leave your site – forever.

Step 2 – Go to where your prospects are and connect with them, physically. No, I don’t mean a group hug. (Where was your mind?) Instead, make sure they bump into your web address, not just virtually, but on the real streets of your real town. Here’s how.

  • Look for the places your ideal prospect lives, eats, works, shops and plays. Look for opportunities to advertise to reach them in those places. Use local advertising, local real estate magazines, direct mail, open house flyers, yard signs. Take out an ad in the high school football program. Sponsor an event and get your name and web address in the program. Bus stops. Billboards. You get the picture. Go where they are. Physically.

Step 3 – Be bold. Use text codes. Big brands like AMC, Costco, Kohl’s, Office Depot, Sonic and others are now using text codes to drive traffic and reminders to their clients. They place specific codes around the stores and in their ad campaigns to drive traffic to their mobile sites and apps – and ultimately sales. How do you do it?

  • Use a service like LocalSmartMobile offered by The Real Estate Book® to assign a specific code to every listing. Put that code on all advertising for that listing with a strong call to action. “To see inside this home, text T312634 to 85377.” When the consumer does, they will receive a text with a link to that property – on YOUR website (and you get a text with their phone number so you can follow up right away).
  • Use GPS enabled yard signs with text codes. LocalSmartMobile includes a yard sign with the call to action – “Text HOMES to 85377.” When the consumer does, they get a link to that listing on YOUR website, and you get a text with their phone number – so you can follow up while they are standing in front of the home.
  • Use a vanity code (Try texting SUPER to 85377) to drive traffic to YOUR mobile business card and website. Consumers can save your contact information and then go to your website to search for homes.

Taking these 3 steps will help you win more local traffic – on the real streets of your real town.

Want to learn more? Click here to watch a 2 minute video or contact your local Real Estate Book representative.

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Build Your Real Estate Brand. Build Your Real Estate Business.

By Rebecca Chandler

This is the first in a series of conversations around practical tips to building your personal brand locally.

Let’s say that you were buying or selling your most highly valued personal possession and wanted to hire someone to help you. Would you just put your name in a hat and hire whomever pulled it out randomly? Certainly not. Then, why would you think a home buyer or seller would?  Real estate is way too valuable to base a home purchase or home sale on a random selection of a real estate agent.

Several home search websites do just that. They require that the consumer register in exchange for information, so they can pass along the name to a real estate agent who has paid them for the lead. This method may generate leads, but rarely wins new clients. Why? Consumers today choose with whom they want to do business, not the other way around.

The process is frustrating for the consumer. They want the information, but would probably rather choose their real estate professional themselves. Home sellers and buyers want someone knowledgeable about not just real estate, and not just real estate in their town, but real estate in their local neighborhood. And, they know that to find that perfect agent, registering on a listing aggregation site just won’t do it. And, the agents who work these leads may be wasting time, money, and energy following up with prospects who are not open to being contacted at all.

So, what to do instead?

Create a marketing campaign for you and your brand that builds not only top-of-mind awareness among local consumers, but that also makes them want to contact you and makes them open to you contacting them. How?

Think about how big brands drive demand. They create an expectation of what it is like to do business with them, to walk into their store, shop on their website, or call them for assistance. They tell the consumer what to expect. No surprises. Before you ever walked in to a Target®, McDonald’s, or Macy’s, you had an idea of what the experience would be like.

Those with strong personal brands do this very well. Think about Oprah, Jimmy Buffet, Rachael Ray, or Barbara Corcoran. If you were to meet them on the street, you already have an expectation of what that experience would be like – and most likely, it’s a positive one. They place a high priority on their personal brands – and it shows.

Shouldn’t that be part of your marketing program for your brand? Placing your listings on a listing aggregate site (while a good thing to do), doesn’t sufficiently build your brand with local buyers and sellers. Instead, look for ways to let your prospective customers know why they should be calling you to help them through the transaction for the most highly valued possession they own.

Looking for guidance? Contact your local Real Estate Book representative. Go to Store.RealEstateBook.com to find your local representative.

This is the first in a series of conversations around practical tips to building your personal brand locally. Next week: Top tips for building local traffic to YOUR website.

For more on building your brand, read this post and download “Your Personal Brand Workbook.”

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Over 1,000 agents sign up for LocalSmartMobile Integrated Media Marketing Packages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 29, 2014

New offering from The Real Estate Book expands personal branding packages, includes web, mobile, and social media tools and gives real estate agents and brokers tools to rival national listing sites.

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – A new marketing product suite is rapidly gaining momentum as more agents and brokers are realizing the value of a multi-media marketing campaign for their brands.

“Big brands like Coca-Cola, Delta or Home Depot don’t invest their advertising budgets in a single media,” said Scott Dixon, CEO of NewPointMediaGroup, parent company of The Real Estate Book® brand. “They know they need both digital and traditional media to deliver their advertising messages most effectively. We think real estate agents and brokers should do the same. We’ve just made it really easy and affordable.”

The new marketing suite, called “LocalSmartMobile,” includes –

  • A printed ad in a locally distributed real estate magazine
  • Agent branded website with IDX – (allows them to display all the available listings currently on the market.)
  • Agent branded tablet site with IDX
  • Agent branded mobile site with IDX
  • Mobile business card
  • Branded gateway app for iPhone or Android
  • Vanity text codes
  • Mobile lead generation tools – text for info and QR codes
  • Custom single property mobile, tablet and web sites
  • One-click digital ad creation for email campaigns and web postings
  • Printable PDF property brochures with mobile lead generation
  • GPS-enabled yard signs
  • Lead management, tracking and analytics
  • Simple dashboard management

“We’ve combined new tools with our powerful local print offering to synchronize the agent’s marketing efforts and create what we think is the most effective way to promote the agent locally, generate more buyer leads, and to help the agent gain more listings,” adds Rebecca Chandler, Vice President of Marketing for the brand. “The total package is also very, very affordable since we combine all the tools into one. Paying for them individually would be much more expensive, so it’s really a cost-savings for the agent.”

So far, over 1,000 agents agree. The new offer, launched mid-April, also allows them to compete with large home listing aggregation websites for local traffic.

“A lot of real estate marketing companies are really good at branding themselves. We tell agents that we want to be really good at branding you,” said Adam Brown, Senior Vice President of The Real Estate Book. “That’s something we’ve always believed in. Our job is to brand the agent.”

The new offering allows agents to easily create IDX-fed web, tablet, and mobile sites so that home shopping consumers can search the entire MLS from the agent’s own branded site.

“IDX-fed sites are not new to the industry,” Brown added, “but the features of this offering are very unique and an extremely powerful tools for agents and brokers building their brand in their local market. The experience rivals any national listing site so the consumer never needs to shop anywhere else.”

For home shoppers, the experience is easy since most are shopping while out and about – from their phones. “Mobile browsing stats sky rocket on the weekends when most home shopping takes place, so it’s absolutely critical that agents today have all the mobile tools necessary to engage their prospective clients – at the exact time and place they are shopping,” Brown said. “Anything less than a satisfying mobile experience for the user will send them on to the next site or app and the agent loses the opportunity.”

“The Real Estate Book knows local advertising better than any of our competitors,” Brown said. We’ve been distributing local real estate magazines on the streets of North America for the last 30 years – successfully, and our local distributors know their markets better than any telesales rep in another state ever could.”

“This local advantage means that agents and brokers are working with a local expert to distribute their advertising in places where their prospective clients actually live, work, shop, and play versus waiting, wishing and hoping to be found in a Google search online,” Chandler added.

Click here to view a video overview of the program.

To learn more about the LocalSmartMobile advantage, contact a local Real Estate Book representative. Find them at Store.RealEstateBook.com.

 

About The Real Estate Book/RealEsateBook.com

The Real Estate Book offers print, web, mobile, direct mail and social media tools to deliver leads and result s to real estate professionals. With local print publications in over 300 markets across the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean, and approximately 300 additional markets displaying online content, RealEstateBook.com is a top-rated real estate website with over 1.5 million listings updated daily.

 

About NewPoint Media Group

NewPoint Media Group, LLC ™ specializes in targeted media solutions that include both print and digital distribution to create integrated advertising and marketing services that amplify overall effectiveness and results. Leading brands include The Real Estate Book, Mature Living Choices, Senior Living Choices, New Home Finder, New Homes & Ideas, and New Homes Journal. In addition, the Company’s Publications Print Division provides these services to a variety of industries. The Company specializes in integrating print and digital media to effectively reach and engage a targeted consumer audience through local print distribution, web, mobile, direct mail, and social outlets. For more information, visit NewPointMediaGroup.com.

 

Contacts:

Rebecca Chandler, VP, Marketing

NewPointMedia Group , 770-962-7220 ext. 24672, rchandler@NewPointMediaGroup.com

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