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As a real estate marketer, you want to be at a competitive advantage. To sell properties faster, here are six digital marketing strategies to get your properties in front of your competitors.
When it comes to real estate marketing, the same concepts apply. Everybody wants to know what the competition is doing differently. To drive sales, you have to look at your performance and make changes where necessary.
The trick is to look at key performance indicators (KPIs) such as website traffic, conversion rate, market share growth, purchaser rate, and social media engagement as benchmarks to measure your progress. But there is more to real estate digital marketing than just looking at your website traffic.
Here are six of the top digital approaches that work for real estate.
1. Optimize your website
As of July 2019, there are 4.33 billion active internet users, most of whom come from the United States. This means almost everyone, including those searching for luxury developments, is using the internet to do research and find properties to purchase. Therefore, the importance of having a professional website cannot be emphasized enough. In fact, many luxury real estate firms are using digital media to show their properties online.
Recent data from the National Association of Realtors backs this up:
- 90% of real estate firms have websites to show their property listings.
- Over 50% of home buyers looked online for properties in 2018
With the traditional real estate market increasing its online presence, optimizing your website is crucial to get ahead of the competition and reach more potential buyers. The result? More sales.
2. Be easy to reach
With a professional and well-optimized website, users will want to reach you. Make sure you include all your contacts on social media pages, website, and emails. Your contact information should remain consistent whether it’s on a business card or social media accounts — you’d be surprised how often this is not the case!
3. Have a video marketing campaign
Of all the digital formats, videos have the highest engagement rate, making video marketing one of the most effective digital marketing strategies to showcase your services, increase brand awareness, and lower cost per lead.
Videos on Twitter get an average of more than six retweets, while Facebook users view 100 million hours of video content daily. Video content can drive organic search traffic by 157%.
4. Start blogging
Do you want more prospective visitors to your website? Then start a blog or breathe new life into that dormant one on your site. A business blog is an essential and inexpensive marketing tool for driving traffic to your web pages and improving search engine ranking.
However, did you know only 44% of people update their blogs, yet there are over 329 million monthly readers? So, while other companies are relying on traditional marketing strategies, you can capitalize on this competitive advantage and use a blog to provide value to customers and build trust.
5. Use social media as part of your digital marketing strategy
You need to be where your prospects are. That means you need to build a strong presence on social media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and many others. The easiest way to promote your brand is to through your social media account. According to Forbes, having a LinkedIn company page increases brand awareness and helps to promote your services to potential clients. With over 500 million users, LinkedIn is also the most effective social media platform for securing professional audience engagement. You can also use all the other social media accounts to communicate with your followers and boost your online presence directly.
6. Optimize for local SEO
Even after optimizing your website to reach a broad audience, you should also focus on local traffic. A targeted approach allows those looking for properties nearby — let’s say in Boston or surrounding areas — to get the luxury development listings that match their needs and goals. Use Google Analytics to find out if locals are visiting your site and add your company to local directories. Other ways to optimize for local SEO is to use a local number, encourage customers to leave reviews, and having geo-targeted content.
As of 2019, there are more options to market real estate business than ever. Whichever digital marketing strategy you prefer, you should be branching out and using the most effective ones for your business. Remember, your real estate digital marketing goals should be tailored to maximize your visibility online, bring in new businesses, and keep you ahead of the competition.
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Social media is a valuable tool for real estate brands, but only if they use it to their best advantage and avoid these three common mistakes.
- Social media is one of the most effective ways to increase brand awareness and generate leads.
- All social media channels have a differentiating quality that makes them appealing to specific audiences. Don’t try to tackle every platform, focus on where your target audience is spending time.
- Real estate brands that succeed on social media are finding innovative and creative ways to engage and connect with their users.
91% of real estate professionals use social media. And we all understand why. By 2019, it is estimated that there will be around 2.77 billion social media users around the globe. That’s a lot of potential customers.
So it’s easy to understand why real estate brands are using social channels to boost their marketing efforts. Social media is an easy and effective way to increase your properties visibility and reach new audiences, but only if you use it correctly.
Top three social media mistakes real estate brands make
Mistake #1: Using objectives
Marketers need to use strategy to effectively utilize social channels. With the constant updates and changes to social platforms, real estate brands need to plan out content, frequency of posts, and pillar topics. Instead of posting with objectives in mind — like increasing leads — try to create posts that reflect your brand, follow your style guidelines, and reflect your brand’s tone.
A clear strategy can also help improve ROI. Almost two-thirds of marketers still struggle to prove their marketing efforts on social platforms are working. With a defined social media strategy, you can create specific goals, track and measure your efforts, and make changes when needed.
Mistake #2: Popularity contest
It’s easy to think that posting on all the most popular social channels is the best idea. Think again. Social media platforms have specific qualities that make them popular among audiences. Real estate marketers need to identify their target audience and find out what social channels they are using.
The next step is to create content that aligns with those platforms. As marketers, we know how easy it is to post the same content across all platforms. The success behind social media is authenticity and engagement, so it’s important your posts reflect this. Create content, like video, that caters to social channels to help build brand awareness and loyalty.
Mistake #3: Sales pitch
Being overly “salesy” will make prospects run – maybe right into your competition. The best way to win buyers on social media is through engagement. Content that helps prospective buyers envision themselves in your property is what will increase your organic reach. Create innovative and informative content that stands out on social channels by telling your brand’s story. This unique perspective will help create an emotional connection will have a long-lasting impact on viewers and drive brand loyalty.
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Using emotion in your real estate marketing to appeal to buyers can help you sell homes more easily and effectively.
- Emotions often strongly influence buying decisions when the time comes to purchase a property.
- There’s a big difference between listing facts about a property and using an emotion-driven, storytelling style that will appeal to potential buyers.
- If you want to take your real estate marketing efforts from dry to extraordinary, using emotion is the most effective tactic for connecting with potential buyers.
Real estate marketing comes in a number of forms. As a marketer, you may go out of your way to create a stunning website, maintain social media pages across a range of accounts, and even send out advertisements to help drum up interest in your available properties. If you want truly spectacular marketing for your available properties, however, there’s one key way to take your efforts to the next level: get personal.
Appealing to the Emotions
Buying a home is a very personal decision. Many people are eager to make a move: to find the perfect home for raising a family or start a new life with a partner. Emotions often strongly influence buying decisions when the time comes to purchase a property — and as a real estate agent, your marketing should take advantage of that. By appealing to your buyers’ emotions, you can often sell houses faster.
Try some of these strategies:
Take a look at the property from an emotional perspective.
Imagine who might be seeking to live there. Is the property a single-family home? An apartment building? The perfect space for a business just starting out? Once you have a good idea of who might want to purchase the property, create a clear buyer persona. Imagine what is important to those individuals and how they could be influenced to fall in love with the property.
Include the appeal to emotion in your ads.
This is especially effective on your social media ads and emails, but it can be used anywhere. Use your imagination and encourage potential buyers to picture themselves in the property. Include imagery that can help buyers imagine what it might be like to live there. This might be as simple as taking a walk down the convenient sidewalks out front or watching the kids play in the backyard.
Use the right language.
You have a good idea of what buyers want to know about the house: the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the size of the garage, and whether it has a fireplace, for example. There’s a big difference, however, between listing those things as facts and using an emotion-driven, storytelling style that will appeal to potential buyers.
Effective Marketing: Appealing Through Others
Your marketing efforts help you connect more effectively with your buyers. But it isn’t just your advertisements that will showcase your properties. Take time to get to know the neighbors around your properties. Often, they can be your most effective tools. Do they have a friend or family member looking for a place to live and who would consider one of your listings?
The neighbors are also an incredible source of information. What makes them love living here? By chatting with the neighbors, you don’t just encourage them to share information about the property with potential buyers, you also glean valuable information from the exchange, which helps you market more effectively.
If you want to take your real estate marketing efforts from dry to extraordinary, using emotion is the most effective tactic for connecting with potential buyers. Buying a home, in particular, is a very emotional decision for most buyers so take advantage of that emotion as you create your marketing campaigns to help them fall in love with your listings.
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As of September 1, a new Facebook ad policy surrounding housing ads is in effect. Will these changes mean an end to real estate marketing on the social platform? Here’s what you need to know.
Facebook is no stranger to the limelight these days. From Cambridge Analytica and other confidence-shaking scandals to major changes to business pages, the only constant is … change. But this month’s new ad policies for special categories — including housing, employment, and credit — is set to have a major impact on real estate marketers.
To understand the changes and how they’ll impact marketers, we need to start from the beginning. On March 19, 2019, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), Communications Workers of America (CWA), and several regional fair housing organizations settled civil rights claims against Facebook. The NFHA and other organizations claimed that policies “unlawfully enabled advertisers to target housing, employment, and credit ads to Facebook users based on race, color, gender, age, national origin, family status, and disability.”
Changes from the settlement
The following rules are in place for housing (and employment and credit) ads as of September:
- Facebook will establish a separate advertising portal for creating housing, employment, and credit ads on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger that will have limited targeting options to prevent discrimination.
- Facebook now has a separate page where users can search and view all housing ads, regardless of whether users have received the housing ads in their News Feeds.
- All advertisers will be required to certify that they are complying with Facebook’s policies prohibiting discrimination.
- Facebook will no longer allow ZIP code targeting. All ads must have a minimum 15-mile radius of a specific location.
- Facebook’s Lookalike Audience tool will no longer consider gender, age, religion, location or Facebook groups.
What the new Facebook ad policy means for real estate marketers
Time to put on our thinking caps! While we believe real estate marketers weren’t intentionally discriminating against anyone, microtargeting has become a major asset in Facebook’s paid digital advertising. Microtargeting allowed real estate marketers to segment potential customers, helping decide who marketers should target and create personalized ads for those leads. Without the ability to microtarget audiences, real estate markets will have to shift their ad strategy.
A flicker of hope
There could actually be some benefits from these new policy changes for real estate marketers. Facebook is creating a new tool that allows users to search all housing ads for rentals or sales (or finance of housing or for real estate-related transactions, such as appraisals and insurance). This tool could help boost brand awareness by making ads more widely available to audiences and increase organic reach for brands.
The jury is still out
Though Facebook is still a powerhouse for digital marketers (don’t forget the platform has over 2 billion active monthly users), time will tell how these Facebook ad policy changes will impact real estate marketing. In an age when customers are demanding more personalized, custom content, off-target ads seem like a step in the wrong direction. Tick, tock.
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From security and privacy measures to wellness amenities, here are six luxury real estate trends for marketers to take note of.
Smart home technology, high-level amenities, and emphasis on security — those are just some of the luxury real estate trends that will shape the market this year and beyond.
Here’s what you need to know, boiled down to a 5-minute read.
Overview of the luxury real estate market trends in Boston
The luxury real estate market is changing rapidly due to technology that allows for increased consumer mobility. More and more buyers are able to tour homes virtually, giving them access to properties around the clock. Affluent buyers have started to expand the ownership of property beyond their historical locations, branching into new areas and even across state lines.
And let’s not forgot about millennials. While Baby Boomers still possess more current wealth, younger buyers continue to grow tremendous spending potential. That is why they have become a crucial market segment for luxury real estate agents.
Luxury real estate trends to look for
Similar to other industries, the real estate world is driven by demand. In fact, the nationwide average selling price for luxury properties increased towards the end of 2018 despite increased mortgage rates. But several factors remain constant: the trends and features that come with high-end homes. Here are the most popular trends.
1. Smart homes
Connectivity and convenience go hand in hand in luxury real estate. A home equipped with the latest in digital technology is a statement of wealth and modernity. The smart home does not only benefit the environment but deliver financial benefits to the owner as well. For all the developments with smart locks, smart thermostats, and more, we are only seeing the beginning of the smart home revolution.
2. Advanced security
The affluent home buyers spare no expense to ensure their lives and items remain secure. From hiring architects who conceal houses to scraping their properties off the grid, this market segment invests heavily in security. And more advanced features and products will hit the market in the next few months.
3. Focus on privacy
In addition to security, buyers at this price point also value privacy — and they are willing to spend big bucks to achieve that sense of complete seclusion. If you acquire a home for $5 million, you do not expect it to be visible to neighbors or have anyone from the street walk to your front door. Buyers want homes with gates, hedges, and walls, but not that big chain link fence. Aesthetically pleasing privacy features add a different layer to it.
4. Guest suites
Most luxury buyers are embracing the trend of guest suites. The suite does not have to be detached. It can sit right off the garage downstairs or be equipped with an en-suite bathroom to be used by visiting family or friends, as well as the live-in maid or nanny. Buyers also prefer extra space and rooms for home offices, workout rooms, or a gym.
5. Swimming pools, particularly smaller ones
A pool is one of the key expectations in any luxury property. However, few people want the pool to take up the entire backyard. Instead, home buyers may opt for a smaller plunge pool or a “glorified jacuzzi.” With the construction of big homes on small lots, the trend makes perfect sense.
6. Amenity-rich homes
Customized libraries, wine cellars, yoga roof decks, serenity spaces — affluent buyers have moved beyond private gyms. And developers are responding accordingly, adding wellness amenities to new projects. Eco-friendly features have also begun to play a more significant role with buyers specifically searching for LEED–certified buildings.
What trends have you noticed in luxury real estate?
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Real estate marketers can use marketing automation to drive efficiency and be more successful in earning and converting leads.
As your real estate brand grows, more and more tasks fall on your plate and digital marketing can seem daunting and time consuming. But marketers know the importance of a digital marketing strategy, so how to juggle these demands? The answer is automation.
HubSpot recently reported that businesses using marketing automation to nurture leads received a whopping 451% increase in qualified leads. So how can you reap these benefits? Let’s take a quick look at marketing automation for real estate.
What is marketing automation?
Marketing automation is the process of automating certain repetitive marketing tasks. It’s designed to support multiple channels, so your marketing efforts (and your brand) stay consistent across the board.
More and more people searching for apartments and condos are looking for a personalized experience. This makes marketers’ jobs increasingly more difficult as they have to produce relevant and informative content mixed with personalized messages. Marketing automation can help provide custom lead-nurturing content that helps convert prospects to buyers.
Examples of marketing automation for real estate
Automation can be used in a variety of ways throughout the buyer’s journey. Start with a documented strategy to outline exactly what outcome you’re hoping to produce. What do you want your marketing automation efforts to accomplish for your real estate brand? Top marketing goals for content marketers include converting contacts/leads to sales, growing website traffic, and increasing revenue.
After you identify your goals, you can find marketing automation tools that align. Here are some examples:
- Social media scheduling tools
- Thank-you, welcome, and other triggered-by-an-event emails
- Event reminders
- Email workflows
Benefits of marketing automation
One of the most obvious benefits of marketing automation is saving time. Having the ability to schedule social posts, automate email workflows, and answer questions on your website via chatbot allows real estate marketers to stay relevant without sacrificing other responsibilities.
Build brand awareness
It’s important for customers to recognize your real estate brand. Brand awareness builds confidence in your properties and what you’re selling. Using marketing automation can get your brand in front of new audiences, as well as keep you on the forefront of prospects you’ve already engaged with. Through emails, social media posts, and paid advertising your brand can continue to build brand awareness while you’re focusing on other aspects of the business (or having lunch!).
Most marketing automation tools offer data to track your marketing efforts. This data can determine which marketing efforts are working and which aren’t. From workflow emails to push notifications, marketing automation software can streamline your strategies and make them more efficient.
Marketing automation can provide your leads with more personalized experiences. That will increase the chances that they’ll buy (or lease). But it won’t take up more of your time. In fact, it will free you up to provide value in other areas that can’t be automated (like content creation). It’s really a win-win.
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