By Maddie Jostol
The market is heating up, and agents are getting busier, which means you need to take the necessary actions to make sure your marketing efforts go as far as they possibly can. Sphere selling is the key to success in today’s market because it grows an agent’s business on repeat and referral business. Everyone is thirsty for leads and the competition is so hot that relying solely on purchased leads just doesn’t cut it. You see, it’s all about human connection. We always recommend you use technology to your advantage, so you can automate the busy work and open up more time to build real, human connections.
1. Showcase your personal brand
As far as we’re concerned, there is nothing wrong with showing your personality as long as things remain professional. In fact, it will work to your advantage and make your marketing efforts more effective. Your personal brand is how you present yourself to the world – this should include your unique personality, style, and values.
People want to work with people. The reason homeowners work with a real estate agent is to have someone to guide them through the stresses of the home selling or buying process. As you write content, create ads, and go about your typical marketing activities, don’t forget to make sure your personal brand is shining through.
2. Make it personal
When it comes to social media, don’t just actively post, but truly engage with your audience. Many of us focus so much on just posting regularly, that we forget that social media is a two-way street. Putting content out there is certainly important, but make that content go further by engaging with those who react to it.
When you respond to inquiries via social media, email, or other channels, respond with care. Even if the request doesn’t directly earn business, being nice and offering a quick, personal reply, uplifts your brand’s reputation.
3. Make it in-person
Don’t get us wrong, digital marketing has never been more important. However, there is still something particularly special about gathering people. Particularly if you work in a small community, try hosting an event (think: pancake breakfast or wine tasting). You can make it a community gathering or a charity benefit, but the idea is that you’re bringing people together. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to get back in touch with old prospects or clients and for you to showcase your commitment to the local community.
4. Keep in touch
The better your sphere knows you, the more effective your marketing efforts are going to be. Think about it this way: if you’ve had light, relative touchpoints with someone in your sphere over the past year, it creates familiarity, which means they’ll be much more responsive to your marketing efforts. It builds brand recognition and loyalty, meaning those people are much more likely to comment on your posts, forward your content, and share your information. This expands your sphere of influence, and in turn, means your marketing efforts get more bang for your buck.
By Tiana Baur
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Zestimates are the bane of being in the real estate business. They’re the unfortunate misfire in a consumer lead industry and that bell can’t be un-wrung. When reports came out that a Zestimate for a home was 700 percent off, it wasn’t surprising; we have learned to expect it.
The thing is, data integrity will be an issue for the foreseeable future. You can get upset about that fact or you can see the data for what it is really is: a starting point. That’s what Zestimates are. No more, no less. The world of real estate might not be able to pretend they have ceased to exist, but as consumers, we can all be smarter about the information they provide to us.
Pick up the phone and call your agent.
Some fun facts for you: The median error rate of Zestimates is five percent. That may sound menial as a percentage, but when computed with the median home sales prices, it can be tens of thousands of dollars lost to the bottom line, and that’s if you’re lucky. According to the Washington Post, “Zestimates are within 5 percent of the sale price 53.9 percent of the time, within 10 percent 75.6 percent of the time and within 20 percent 89.7 percent of the time, Zillow claims.” And people wonder why agents bristle when this topic is brought up.
Agents, of course, have access to information that no algorithm can. Zestimates can’t know what makes a home and neighborhood awesome. So, wouldn’t it be nice to find out what your home is really worth? A thoughtful, agent expertise-driven valuation is the only way to truly understand what your home is worth.
Pick up the phone and call your agent.
It’s not a revolutionary idea, just one that is way undervalued and underutilized. As you can imagine, MoxiWorks CEO, York Baur, had some words on the topic this morning, saying, “We have more than 100,000 agents that can provide you with a thoughtful hand-built evaluation for your home. If you don’t have access to one of those 100,000 agents, find someone that does.” He went on to say that, “As a man of tech, I don’t say this lightly: there is no replacement for hyper-local knowledge that your agent, your trusted advisor can give you. No algorithm will ever replace that vital, human piece of the puzzle.”
That home evaluation tool is called Moxi Present and you’ve likely seen a presentation built on it before. There were over 300,000 Moxi Present interactive presentations that went out in 2017. They showcase what the Zestimate was on all selected comparable properties to your current listing versus what they actually sold for. Want more info?
Pick up the phone and call your agent.
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.