By Maddie Jostol, Marketing Manager
Agents are looking for support from their brokerage to help them grow their business. Brokerages have to weigh where their support is most needed and best utilized. The competition to recruit agents is heating up, which puts pressure on your brokerage to deliver on agent’s needs. You strive to offer your agents best-in-class tools and services but want to ensure your investments will be impactful. We recommend giving your agents the gift of easy marketing.
Marketing can be daunting for agents. After all, marketing has the unfortunate reputation of being time-consuming and expensive, both of which agents rightfully try to avoid. Meanwhile, consumer expectations are rising, and home sellers want to know that their agent is a competent and motivated marketer. Agents are pressured to market listings in a way that meets client expectations, without necessarily having the expertise or bandwidth.
This is where your brokerage comes in. When vetting marketing tools for your agents, focus on these three things:
Ease of use – As with any technology, it’s all about convenience. If it isn’t easy to use, it won’t get used at all. In addition, you don’t want to have to require extensive training with the onboarding of a new system. Choose marketing tools that simplify complicated marketing efforts for your clients.
Time-savings – As independent contractors, real estate agents are running their own business, in a way. This means they’re juggling a lot on a day-to-day basis, so any tool that is going to save them time is going to be a winning solution.
Integration – The fewer login credentials they have to remember and the less data they have to manually enter, the better. If you choose marketing tools that are integrated with systems your agents already use, adoption will be much higher. With adoption comes home sales and happy clients.
We’re operating in a market where recruiting and retaining agents is increasingly difficult. Brokerages are offering everything from over-the-top perks to six-figure signing bonuses. How do you compete with that?
What it comes down to is the support you offer an agent in running their business. Agents are busy – generally, they feel overwhelmed by their to-do list and discover it’s difficult to find a good work/life balance. If you can find more time for your agents, you’ve hit a goldmine. When this happens, their able to grow their business, contributing to their own success as well as your bottom line.
Interested in learning more about the Moxi Marketing suite? Check it out here.
By Tiana Baur
We recently added another best-in-class tool to the Moxi Cloud! CallAction instantly responds, engages, and tracks all inbound leads for agents. With CallAction, agents never have to miss another call or email lead ever again.
CallAction is the only marketing automation service that can be used with your offline or online lead generation efforts to respond to inquiries from phone calls, emails and texts. Their powerful integrations bridge the gap between agents’ top of the funnel lead generation and their existing lead nurturing CRM systems for increased productivity.
Here is how it works:
Answer every call
Agents no longer need to worry about rushing to the phone or nervously watching a call come in during a meeting they can’t step out of. With CallAction, agents can ensure they keep ALL of their inbound leads engaged with automated responses through SMS and email.
Building agent databases
Every inbound call is saved to a secure cloud-hosted database and appended in real-time with caller information aggregated from the world’s largest consumer profile databases. It is also passed into Moxi Engage, so the leads go directly into their sales flow. From there, they can nurture the lead and show their new prospect why they are the best in the business.
Track every inbound call
Agents can instantly create a local or toll-free phone number for each of their marketing channels to automatically track every inbound call that is seamlessly routed to their phone.
“50% of buyers choose the vendor or service that responds first, according to the InsideSales.com 2014 Lead Response Report,” mentioned Mike McHenry, VP of Channels and Partnerships at MoxiWorks. “In a perfect world, every call is answered right away, the first time a lead calls an agent. But with CallAction, all missed calls are automatically responded to with CallAction’s SMS responses to guarantee the lead stays engaged. All the responses are fully customizable so the agent can keep their own voice and style.”
We’re super excited to have this company in the Moxi Cloud! When we say we only let the best-in-class tools and services into the Moxi Cloud, we mean it.
For more information on CallAction, visit callaction.co.
By Tiana Baur
Some brokerages just get it. They embrace change. They prepare; they future-proof their brokerage. And they totally rock agent onboarding. William Raveis is a shining example of just that.
William Raveis was founded in 1974, and is the No. 1 family-owned real estate company in the Northeast, and No. 9 real estate company in the country, according to REAL trends. They have 120 offices in nine states, with 4,000 agents that account for $9 billion in sales volume annually.
We recently held a webinar with RE Technology and were lucky to have a special guest, Bill Gamelli, COO at William Raveis. We asked him what drove him to MoxiWorks and he answered by saying, “When we started looking at MoxiWorks, one of the things that got me really excited and got my team really excited, was the simplicity and the open platform that MoxiWorks provided as well.” He went on to say, “The simplicity and the focus on SOI were things that were really, really important to us. And increasing the agents’ productivity.”
From our end, Daniel Bailey, Senior Account Manager at MoxiWorks, added, “The Moxi rollout at Raveis was by far one of the best rollouts I’ve participated in. The team followed the success recipe in our engagement cookbook to a tee, but really made it their own. They went the extra mile to make sure agents were prepped for launch by getting started with engage materials to build excitement though constant communication. They understood agents need extra help adopting new technology, so the rollout team lead by the COO himself visited every office in their org to make sure agents were trained and ready to go! Not only that, they invested in other tech to help agents get their databases into Engage without the headache.”
The Raveis launch was carefully coordinated on both ends, but what made it so smooth, was their step-by-step training program. Brokerages can give their agents tools, but if they don’t train them, the adoption rate is low and the ROI is nonexistent. We’re lucky at MoxiWorks to have clients like Raveis that understand the importance of onboarding their agents the right way.
So, did the simplicity factor of Moxi and training agents pay off? Bill said, “Getting agents to understand the power and simplicity of what MoxiWorks does, creates an adoption rate that far surpasses our expectations. As of September, we had already reached our adoption rate that we had hoped for by year end. The simplicity factor is critically important.”
Raveis also understands the importance of keeping up with technology and embracing technology that has an open platform with an API that allows the pieces of their ecosystem to share data with one another. Bill said, “When you talk about the future, much of what we’re doing now is to look at how we can integrate other technologies as well. Let’s face it, we have suffered in this industry with disbarred data sets.”
If you’d like to hear more about William Raveis and their MoxiWorks onboarding journey, you can watch the recorded webinar below.
By Tiana Baur
Keller Williams recently announced that they have a one-billion-dollar budget to set aside for their technology. You read that correctly, a BILLION. The idea that a smaller brokerage could be able to invest that kind of money to create and maintain their own technology is absurd. Not every brokerage is a Keller Williams and we bet that billion they’re investing in their technology is just the beginning. How does any other brokerage compete with that? You can’t, not at this level of investment. However, you don’t have to sit back and let them bring you to a slow and painful death either.
What is the Keller Cloud?
The Keller Cloud is a fully-integrated cloud solution. That means it is a single platform for agents to run their entire business. Like most brokerages, they felt their agents were getting fatigue from constantly having to switch tools, so they took matters into their own hands. The Keller Cloud integrates all of their tools, CRM, lead generation, transaction management, etc. streamlining work for their agents. They have truly made technology their number one investment. If you’re curious or terrified (which you should be) or both, you can find out more about the Keller Cloud here.
Recruiting & Market Share
If you’ve been following Keller Williams at all lately then you also know they are growing their agent count like crazy by focusing a lot of their efforts on recruiting. In fact, we encourage you to look at the market share in your area. Chances are they have more than the last time you looked. Like a quiet cougar sneaking up on their prey. It’s really quite impressive what they’ve accomplished and the moves they continue to make in our industry. They get it, they embrace technology and change, and are better for it.
How you survive and thrive – open platform integration
So, how do you compete with this? How do you compete with their level of investment and their striking growth rate? Easy. You can future-proof your brokerage with an open platform.
The Moxi Cloud, for instance, is also a fully-integrated solution that can be modified to fit your unique brokerage, all for a much smaller price. The Moxi Cloud open platform keeps all your tools in one place, including data from your agent roster, property data from your MLS, brokerage assets, brokerage data, consumer data, agent CRM contacts, and an API that allows any tools you want to plug in and play nicely. Your CRM, lead generation, transaction management, literally everything.
There is so much change in our industry and the rate at which change occurs is only going to speed up. It’s the open platform integration that gives a brokerage business the flexibility to evolve and live on. Brokerages that ignore it or choose to go a traditional route won’t survive beyond 2020. Let the technology geeks handle the technology, stay competitive, and don’t let the Keller Cloud kill you.
It’s quite simple really, embrace the change and become stronger for it, or drown in a sea of tech-savvy brokerages.
With advancements in technologies, brokers are finding that they need to advance their brokerages as well in order to keep up. This doesn’t have to be a drastic, impromptu change, though. We’re challenging brokers to take a step back and think about how they can put systems in place within their brokerage that will align with the changing technological environment of the industry.
Data is power
“More data has been created in the past two years than in the entire previous history of the human race.” – AnalyticsWeek.com
Data is the currency that will give you an ROI on your technology. Data exchange improves productivity and optimizes operations acrossorganizations in all industries. Real estate is no exception, and we’re already seeing that those brokerages who adopt technologies with consideration for the future, are making significant advancements as a business. Data exchange is what enables an agent to auto-fill MLS information into their presentation, managers to see how for their agents are to their unique GCI goals, brokerages to manage their organization’s roster, and financial success.
Open platform allows fast integrations
The ‘plug and play’ concept is great (we clearly live by it), but only if the plugging and playing can be done quickly. Changing technologies can be incredibly painful and costly for businesses and it’s a major pain point for brokerages in today’s world. The reason brokerages are opting for an open platform API is to hedge against these problems in the future, as the solution enables fast integration of new technologies.
The API (Application Programming Interface) is the key to the open platform. It allows brokerages to plug and play the tools they need into one platform. It means that you have the exact technology solutions you need, when you need them. We integrated 12 tool and service providers within two months. That means within just a couple of months, our brokerage clients had a dozen more technology solutions at their fingertips and they’re able to use what they’d like and forget what they don’t.
From the partner’s perspective, it means they’re able to easily integrate with the Moxi Works platform, sharing critical data and improving the user’s workflow. Interested in learning a little more about how the technical integration works? Check out this interview with Melissa Kwan, CEO of Spacio, about how they launched Spacio to a major brokerage in just 2 days with the Moxi Cloud. From the brokers perspective, it means you can easily onboard new tools to your entire brokerage quickly and easily.
A changing environment
Change isn’t somewhere off in the future, it’s happening now. The real estate industry is faced with the opportunity to adapt, embracing technology that will make brokerages more efficient, winning back higher profit margins. Flexibility is vital, as brokerages that stay nimble and adopt the tools that fit their needs, culture, and process, will find success in providing their agents with tools and services that address their pain points. We like to call this flexibility ‘future-proofing.’ Those who strive to be industry leaders (big or small) will advance along with the changing environment.
We’re happy to announce another service that has been added to our open platform ecosystem! MoveEasy is a comprehensive moving concierge service offered to clients directly from your website while saving you valuable time on researching post transaction tasks for them. Basically, MoveEasy does all the legwork while the agent can focus on creating happy memories for their client.
York Baur, CEO of Moxi Works said, “We’re delighted to have MoveEasy on the Moxi Cloud. They provide a unique solution to a common problem in the industry. It’s not an agent productivity app, but rather, a great app for agents to extend to their sphere of influence – keeping the agent in-flow and valued.”
How It Works
1. Help organize the move. Clients can organize their move with a personalized moving dashboard, assign tasks, and get weekly email reminders, with your branding included!
2. Assist in completing moving tasks. From updating utilities and changing their address, to finding storage options and shipping their car. They manage this all in the same place!
3. Connect them with your favorite vendors. Add all your preferred cleaners, painters, and other vendors that you know will get the job done. Clients can find them easily without having to call you. Everything is accessible from the unique dashboard.
4. Stay on top of your client’s mind throughout the entire move. With the entire service branded for you, it’s easy to stay top of mind, even after the transaction has closed.
Moxi Engage CRM Integration
MoveEasy is integrated into the Moxi Engage CRM. When a transaction moves from active to pending, MoveEasy pulls all the necessary details from Moxi Engage into the MoveEasy dashboard. The client can access the dashboard and keep up to date with everything going on and organize schedules for tasks. Everything done on the dashboard is sent back to Moxi Engage, within the activity section.
While the client can access everything on the MoveEasy dashboard, the agent can access everything they need right in their CRM.
Venkatesh Ganapathy, CEO of MoveEasy said, “We are extremely excited to be part of the Moxi Cloud. With so many different tools available for the real estate agents to help their clients, they have to constantly keep learning different systems. Our integration allows agents to continue using Moxi Engage CRM as they normally would, while MoveEasy operates in the background, guiding their clients through the stressful moving process.”
Discover more from MoveEasy and how it can keep your agents consistently top of mind, while saving them precious time when they need it most, by clicking here.