How Facebook changed real estate marketing for better or worse

By Tiana Baur

Facebook is definitely not everyone’s favorite topic right now, especially when it comes to politics. That may not be our scene, but the Book has affected the real estate industry fairly heavily as well. It has changed the way we look at digital marketing and the way brokerages and agents alike view social media as a business tool.

In our industry, there are now specific tasks that are expected. Creating a business page and implementing property ads to your marketing campaigns are now the status quo. If you’re not doing them, you’re falling behind, and if you don’t at least update your page 2-4 times a week, you’re not doing nearly enough.

It has also become one of the hot topics to write about – every update, newsfeed changes, ad creation, features, etc. There are millions of blogs and articles giving tips of how to use the channel to its fullest (we have quite a few in our repertoire as well). It’s all due to the fact that Facebook has become the ultimate channel across all forms of social media – it’s where the world hangs out… or at least 2 billion people do. Therefore, it’s where all your prospects and clients are hanging out. So, whether we like it or not, the Book is still king, and therefore is a channel no one can ignore. Not the agents, or the brokerages, or even companies like Moxi. We’re all slaves to the Facebook Machine.

It’s also why we completely transformed our Moxi Marketing suite. Although agents know they need to be active on it, they don’t necessarily know where to start, or how to effectively advertise their listings or themselves. With over two billion active people on Facebook, we felt it was important, no, vital for agents to showcase themselves and their business on the channel in every way possible. Plus, we also wanted to take some of the pain out of Facebook, so agents can spend more time focusing on their precious spheres.

Our Facebook Ad tools, Advertise Your Listings and Advertise Your Services, are some of our absolute favorites. We’re especially excited about Advertise Your Services, the latest installment of the Moxi Marketing suite, since it has all the juicy goodness that is Advertise Your Listings, only this time it’s for agents’ personal brand and business. Like previously done in Advertise Your Listing, you can link to your personal Facebook Business Page, and if you don’t have one you can still use it. Even if you have no personal profile, even if you never ever want to have to type facebook.com into your navigation bar, you can use Advertise Your Services (and Advertise Your Listing). Talk about leveraging the Book with very little effort!

We try to not only focus on trends, but what we’re hearing from our clients. That’s why Moxi Marketing was created and why we’re rooting it on and celebrating its successes. If we can put just a few more hours back into an agent’s week – we’re happy. At Moxi, we’re only as good as our tools and we stand by calling them the best-in-class. Try these time-saving tools out today – won’t regret it.

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 3:54 pm
Tam Nguyen | Category: MoxiWorks, Productivity, Tips and Tricks | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

5 Tips to Generating More Leads on Facebook

lead generation on facebookBy Maddie Jostol

Homeowners now expect social media and digital marketing to be a part of an agent’s marketing plan. Yes, expect. We live in a digital world and with tools like social media, agents can up their marketing game and expose a listing to a massive audience with the click of a button. Digital marketing, particularly on Facebook, is now often a cornerstone to lead generation for real estate agents.

Here’s the deal: we understand that Facebook advertising can be a huge pain. It’s a tedious, time consuming process that feels like a burden to manage. The team here at MoxiWorks has become very familiar with the benefits and challenges of Facebook lead generation for agents with the launch of Advertise Your Listing, so we compiled a handful of tips to help you generate more leads on Facebook.

1. Target

Reach the right people at the right time. When setting up your ad (through Facebook or through Advertise Your Listing), you have the option to select your audience, targeting specific groups of people. When it comes to real estate, geography and income are the two most important parameters. Select a geographic area where you’ll reach your indented audience – both those looking to purchase the home, and those who might share the post because it’s in their neighborhood. Similarly, selecting an income range will help to reach an audience applicable for the listed home.

2. Select imagery

Think about what your audience is looking for and display those features in the imagery. The more eye-catching the better. These ads will be seen as people scroll quickly through their Facebook feeds, so the imagery should speak for itself and prompt people to stop and learn more.

3. Report

Deliver on and exceed client expectations by showing them the effort you’re putting in through reports. Offering reports display your effort and give your client something tangible to remind them of the level of service they’re receiving. You don’t need to show them how much you spent, just that you got thousands of eyes on their listing. The goal here is to win more listings down the road by marketing your current listings. When you impress your clients, you grow your repeat and referral business.

4. Engage

This one is for those of you who advertise under your personal Facebook account (which isn’t necessary when you use Advertise Your Listing). When people engage with your ad, keep that momentum going. When your ads get comments, like those comments or respond. Begin a dialogue and get your audience engaged.

5. Automate

The good news is that the frustration and time commitment that typically accompanies digital marketing doesn’t have to apply to you. Try using a system like Advertise Your Listing, which will do the heavy lifting for you. All you need to do is select your budget and adjust the auto-filled parameters as necessary. Automate these efforts and put your marketing on autopilot, so you can impress your clients and generate leads without the hassle.

Interested in taking your marketing efforts up a notch? Advertise Your Listing allows agents to advertise a listing on Facebook in just three easy steps, directly from their MoxiWorks account. Learn more about Advertise Your Listing here.

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 4:20 pm
Tam Nguyen | Category: Real Estate Marketing | Tagged , , , , , ,

Five Steps to Ultimate Success in 2018

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By Tiana Baur

It’s the first quarter of 2018, which means it’s time to #GetShitDone (did you know that’s MoxiWorks’ company motto?!). Right here and now is the time to check off all the items that will soar you into your most successful and self-fulfilling year yet. And let’s face it, the one thing on everyone’s mind in Q1, is getting listings lined up to sell in Q2. Everyone is working as diligently and quickly as humanly possible but working hard and working smart can be two very different things. Because of that, we’ve put together a list of the five steps you need to take that will pay more dividends this year than anything else.

One: Do something that makes you feel good about yourself at least once a week

Maybe it’s standing in front of the mirror each morning and giving yourself a pep talk. Maybe it’s getting your nails done to look more polished in front of your clients. Maybe it’s taking language lessons to broaden your prospect scope. Little things can make a world of difference and it’s important you feel good about yourself, because you are your business. Mental health is incredibly important, don’t let yourself slip to the bottom of the priority list.

Two: Know who you are targeting with Moxi Insights

If you don’t know who you’re targeting, you’re basically taking shots in the dark. Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was some magic tool out there that could tell you who would be likely to list soon? Well, there is! If you haven’t heard, we have a new tool called Moxi Insights that is part of our Moxi Marketing suite. It aggregates public data for your entire sphere and auto-updates it for you too. There are even badges that identify those in your sphere that are likely to list and the reasons why they are likely to list.

Check it out – you won’t regret it.

Three: Prepare for those pesky taxes with QuickBooks

The worst part about tax season is being a 1099 independent contractor. It makes everything ten times more complicated. Finding all the receipts from the entire year and trying to ballpark your mileage is enough to drive someone mad. And even then, it’s easy to forget all the other stuff you can deduct, so by the end of it, after pure exhaustion and frustration, you throw your hands up and say, “whatever.” Well, it’s time to take the stress out of your taxes!!! QuickBooks Self-Employed was created just for independent contractors like real estate agents. It simplifies everything and does most of the heavy lifting, PLUS it saves people an average of $4,340 on their taxes. What’s not to love? More on QuickBooks Self-Employed and try it for cheap here.

Four: Try something new

Einstein’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If you’re not happy with your current results and the shape your business is in, it’s time to try something new. It can be scary and nerve-racking to take the first step, you’ll hit roadblocks and some things will go smoothly while others won’t. Whether it’s as simple as trying a new marketing method or hosting your first party, it’ll be worth it!

Five: Get as many eyes on your listing as possible with Advertise Your Listing

It’s a digital age and if you’re not advertising on Facebook, are you really getting the most optimal reach for your listing? The answer is no. But I do realize not everyone is a Facebook pro and not everyone has the time to create and analyze their Facebook Ads, let alone have enough time to even eat lunch. That’s why we created Advertise Your Listing. It’s all the Facebook goods and glory you need to show your clients (including automagically sent client reports *cough cough*) that you’re a marketing genius and you deserve their repeat business. Also, it only takes you five minutes to set up, and we do all the heavy lifting.

Find out more about Advertise Your Listing here.

If you do these five steps, we promise you your success will be much greater than if you hadn’t. Whether you do these because your resolutions are calling your name or you’re always looking for ways to grow, these will make you more productive and increase your repeat and referral business. Regardless of the reason, it’s a #GetShitDone kind of attitude that lights the fire within and turns the mediocre into real estate legends. What are you doing today to help yourself tomorrow?

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 5:02 pm
Tam Nguyen | Category: Productivity | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Why Agents Are Loving Advertise Your Listing

By Tiana Baur

Advertise Your Listing is a newly launched Facebook Ad tool from MoxiWorks that allows agents who just won a listing to create a Facebook ad for said listing with ease. By ease, we mean in three steps and typically in less than five minutes. Advertise Your Listing helps you impress your clients, stay competitive, win more business, and generate more repeat and referral business.

Advertise Your Listing also sends reports directly to your clients. These reports are automatic and help in showcasing you as the trusted advisors you are, without taking up more hours in the day. The best part? Agents don’t need a Facebook Page to run ads. Tie your business page or keep your personal, personal. Either way you can use Advertise Your Listing and win more listing presentations, prove value to your client, and make yourself visible to your farm.

Here’s a quick list of some of the many reasons Advertise Your Listing can up your marketing game:

  • It helps you win listings by showing potential sellers how you’ll be promoting their home
  • Demonstrates to potential sellers your digital savviness
  • Can automatically send a report to your seller showing how many people have seen the ad for their home
  • By increasing client satisfaction, you earn more repeat and referral business
  • Makes you visible in the neighborhood, potentially generating leads for you
  • Each ad is typically seen by thousands of people
  • Shows the people in your area you have active listings
  • Proves to your seller you are working hard for them to earn your commission
  • By showing past ad campaign performances in your listing presentation, you can demonstrate that you can promote their home to thousands of people
  • The ads include your Facebook business page, potentially driving many people to your page

 

We’ve been hearing feedback from agents and thought we’d share one of our favorites from Frankie Hagan, a stellar agent based out of the Fonville Morisey (a Long & Foster Company) office in Raleigh, North Carolina. Here’s what he had to say about it:

 

Agents love Advertise Your Listing because it gets more eyes on their listings, positions them as marketing pros, and allows them to spend more time on doing what they do best: sell.

You can now start reaching more of the 2 billion people on Facebook (that’s more people than the population of China by the way) and impress your clients at the same time right from the Moxi account you already have. Showcasing listings on Facebook will make you look like a digital marketing superstar and add to the reasons why you deserve more repeat and referral business. Start today.

Have you heard about our Halloween Promo? Today, October 31, is your LAST chance to get 25% off and enter to win the new iPhone X! Each time you choose to advertise your listings using this tool, you’re entered to win. Click here to start.

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Posted on October 31, 2017 at 4:35 pm
Tam Nguyen | Category: Productivity | Tagged , , , ,

You Don’t Need to be a Facebook Expert: The #1 Way to Reap the Benefits

The #1 way to reap the benefits of Facebook Ads

By Tiana Baur

The Facebook community has more people in it than the population of China. The sheer amount of people on the social network make it hard to ignore – even for our industry. When compared to other small businesses, 79% of real estate businesses have Facebook accounts. Which to be honest, is a pretty surprising number if you ask us.

And yet, most are making mistakes – so much so in fact, that there many articles being published about the common social media mistakes real estate agents make. Like focusing on the amount of likes they have or treating their page like some sort of brochure.

The reality is, agents no longer need to keep trying so hard. There are certain things you can’t know without having the proper experience, but no one should expect agents to become social media gurus overnight – especially since others are spending their entire careers doing so. The new best way to take full advantage of social media is to take a step back and let the pros do it for you. Period.

The #1 way to reap the benefits of Facebook is to use tools that do the heavy lifting for you. It might sound obvious, but so many agents try to be the social media maven for their own business and end up dropping the ball or making a plethora of common mistakes that are narrated out in the articles we mentioned above. There are companies that have entire teams dedicated to helping agents get the most out of social media channels, especially Facebook. It’s time to use them. Here are our favorite tools to use right now:

1. Flipt – Predicative Real Estate Ads

Flipt connects home sellers to top real estate professionals on the web and mobile by using housing and social data. They are predictive real estate display ads to empty nesters, people moving into retirement and homeowners going through life-changing events. Flipt lets you claim your zip codes and within a few minutes launches your locally targeted campaign with their easy-to-use ad builder. Within 24 hours your ads are online, where motivated sellers click and request your information from your free Flipt landing page. 

2. Advertise Your Listing – Attention Grabbing Ads in Five Minutes or Less

Advertise Your Listing allows agents who just won a listing to create a Facebook ad for said listing with ease, built directly into the Moxi Engage CRM. The best part? Agents do not need a Facebook Page to run ads. Not only that, but it sends reports directly to their clients with the click of a button. Advertise Your Listing helps agents show clients that they are willing to go the extra mile for them, and keep up with the competition by improving their marketing strategy.

3. Offrs – Get Your Own Territory

Agents want… no they need leads. At Offrs, they identify over 70% of the homes that will sell in the coming year using predictive analytics. They conduct an in-depth analysis of the data that then predicts when people will sell. This data is then presented to the agent via their “Territory.” Each agent chooses a Territory which includes details on every property or property owner, including mailing address, email, phone number, and a predictive seller score that is updated each month based on thousands of data points.

 

There are more and more tools coming out every day, especially when it comes to social media and Facebook ads, but it’s important to pick one that you can depend on to get the job done. We’ve carefully vetted all of these tools and can guarantee they do exactly what they promise. Using tools like these are the very best way to get what you can out of the largest social media network in the world.

Posted on September 22, 2017 at 3:29 pm
Tam Nguyen | Category: Real Estate Marketing | Tagged , , , , , ,

How Much Do You Know About Facebook Ads?

With 1.94 billion active users on Facebook, it’s not hard to believe that 93% of buying decisions are influenced by social media. Facebook is only growing, which means more and more clients and leads will take action from things they see on their feeds. In fact, five new profiles are created every single minute. But how familiar are you with Facebook Ads or Facebook in general? Do you have a Facebook Business Page or have you stuck with your personal profile? How do you take advantage of the largest social network in the entire world? 

Social media advertising has become a major player in real estate marketing, especially given how visual of an industry it is. Since the system was built for digital marketers, a significant number of agents find social media marketing intimidating and cumbersome, and therefore never get around to trying it. Although they are expected to be doing great and consistent social media marketing, rarely do they find time in their busy days to do so.

The other problem is that although many agents want to run ads, they can’t do so because ads can only be created from a Facebook business page, not a profile. Real estate is emotional. And very personal. People feel fear and excitement all at once when making such a large transaction. That’s why many agents use their personal profiles as opposed to pages for their business and why many brokerages advise their agents to do just that.

So, although smart agents desperately want to get in the Facebook Ads game, there’s a large barrier to entry and even when they have the time and gather the information needed, they might not feel like a Facebook Page is in the best interest of their clients.

This needed to be fixed. That’s why Moxi Works stepped in.

 

Advertise Your Listing Allows Agents to Create Facebook Ads in Under Five Minutes

Advertise Your Listing allows agents who just won a listing to create a Facebook ad for said listing with ease. The best part? Agents do not need a Facebook Page to run ads. Agents can keep their personal profiles to stay on that intimate level with clients or never have to create a profile at all. Agents can start reaching more of the 1.94 billion people on Facebook and impress their clients at the same time starting today!

Not only that, but Advertise Your Listing sends reports directly to their clients with the click of a button. These reports help in showcasing agents as the trusted advisors they are and doesn’t take up more hours of their day.

Find out more about Advertise Your Listing, other products, and the Moxi Work’s open platform known as the Moxi Cloud.

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 5:02 pm
Tam Nguyen | Category: Real Estate Marketing, Sphere Marketing | Tagged , , , , , ,

New CRM Feature: Facebook Ads Made Easy for Agents

Advertise Your Listing Allows Agents to Create Facebook Ads in Under Five Minutes

 

Social media advertising has become a major player in real estate marketing. With over 1.94 billion active users on Facebook, it’s a channel that consumers expect agents to capitalize on.

The problem is, there’s a big barrier to entry. Since the system was built for digital marketers, a significant number of agents find it intimidating and cumbersome, and therefore never get around to trying it. And although they are expected to be doing great and consistent social media marketing, rarely do they find time in their busy days to do so. That’s why Moxi Works stepped in.

Advertise Your Listing allows agents who just won a listing to create a Facebook ad for said listing in under five minutes. Not only that, but it sends reports directly to their clients with the click of a button.

Facebook Ads

Greg Sundberg, VP of Marketing, said, “It’s important to be a digital savvy agent to compete and win business. Facebook is an obvious choice for us to help agents to do that. We believe this is the absolute easiest way to advertise online.”

By simplifying the ad creation process, we are able to offer an easier, better way for agents to delve into Facebook ads. “We have high quality brokers as our clients and they get a disproportionate share of listings, but in an ever-competitive environment it’s critical that they demonstrate value to their sellers. Advertise Your Listing helps them do that, while also being a big agent convenience,” said York Baur, CEO of Moxi Works. “The Moxi Cloud already has all of the info we need – listing info, brokerage info and brand, agent info, photos and a landing page, all of which are automatically created in the Moxi Cloud – so literally with the click of a button and a credit card, an agent can deliver value back to their seller.”

Homeowners want to know that you’re taking a competitive approach and actively reaching new prospects. Advertise Your Listing helps agents show clients that they are willing to go the extra mile for them, and can be another reason for referral and repeat business.

Here’s the thing. We know that many professionals are hesitant to use their personal Facebook profile, we would be too. That’s why we made sure they wouldn’t need to. Any agent can use Advertise Your Listing, regardless if they have a Facebook account or not. So now, there’s nothing standing in their way! 

Advertise Your Listing is set to launch next month, July 2017.

Find out more about Advertise Your Listing, other products, and the Moxi Work’s open platform known as the Moxi Cloud, here & watch the video below!

 

 

 
Posted on June 19, 2017 at 4:47 pm
Tam Nguyen | Category: In The News, MoxiWorks | Tagged , , , , , , ,