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Real Estate Resolutions: 7 Good Motivators for 2011 - 12/30/10 05:15 PM
I don't know about you, but I absolutely love making new year's resolutions. As the self-diagnosed Motivational Book Addict, making New Years Resolutions is probably the highlight of my year. This is when I can sit myself down, reflect on the past year, and re-evaluate what I can do differently to make the next year AMAZING. Although I highly recommend making a personal New Year's Resolution list, this blog is about your Real Estate Resolutions to jump start your marketing plan for 2011.So get a pen and paper and get ready to motivate yourself. These are just a few ideas to (7 comments)
A Call to Lights, Camera and ACTION in 2011! - 12/28/10 05:38 PM
If you’re looking for something new and fresh to change up your website or blog for the new year, delving into videos may be just the thing! Now, before you begin to think that, while you are pretty technologically savvy, there is no way that you could make videos to put on your sites... read further. Videos open up a whole new realm of marketing, but maybe being in front of a camera, knowing exactly what to say, creating a well made video and posting it on your sites just seems a bit too overwhelming. We understand!Not all of us enjoy (3 comments)
Calling All Real Estate Agents: Turn Off Your Cell Phones and Step Away from Your Computer - 12/23/10 03:44 PM
A new study from Xobni found that more than half of adult workers check their email while on holiday. Even worse is that 55 percent check it every day and 28 percent check it multiple times each day. As someone who works with real estate agents on a regular basis, I am very aware of your die-hard work ethics. Since you are your own boss, your car is your office, your personal cell phone is how clients reach you, and your job is to be there for your buyers or sellers 24/7, I can see how it is a little difficult (2 comments)
Turn Online Contacts into Clients in 2011! - 12/21/10 06:06 PM
We’re gearing up for 2011 and are sure you’re doing the same! What are some of your goals for the coming year? The slower winter months are a great time to strategize and build your marketing plan and begin implementing it as soon as possible. You’ve probably embarked on boosting your online presence over the past year and may have mixed emotions on how it’s going. From social media and blogging to a great custom website; you’ve put in the time, energy and money but may not be seeing the results you anticipated. One of the trickiest things we run into (0 comments)
The New Kid on the Block: eMerge Email Marketing - 12/17/10 03:07 PM
Email marketing campaigns are becoming more and more popular for real estate agents. They are a great automated way to stay in touch with your SOI, without spending the time to send out individual emails to each and every potential or past client.By now, you probably have all heard of Constant Contact and iContact. But you may have not heard about the new kid on the block - eMerge. eMerge is a little different than the typical email campaign service because there are a lot more features that come along with it that the other email campaigns do not offer. The (2 comments)
Top 10 Elements Visitors Want to See on Your Website! - 12/16/10 05:52 PM
Have you ever wondered what those visiting your website are actually looking for? I’m sure you’ve experienced the frustration of going to a site and not being able to find the information you need. You’ll look for maybe a minute or two, but when you can’t find it; you’re onto the next site to find exactly what you want to know. We all know your website can be a powerful tool and you want to keep people on your site as long as possible. The more they click around, the more they can see who you are and what you (13 comments)
Introduce Your Blog To Your Network With NetworkedBlogs - 12/16/10 10:38 AM
One of the biggest concerns that our clients have when we maintain their social networking presence is how their blogs are feeding to Facebook and whether or not their blogs are feeding to their Facebook business page. After all, your blog is essential to your business. It gets you leads and shows your knowledge about both your community and your profession as a real estate agent, so it’s understandable that you’d want that content directly on your Facebook page. It can be frustrating when the service you’re using to feed your blog breaks or isn’t reliable, but recently, our team has (8 comments)
Using Your Real Estate Tools to Their Full Potential: Notes from a Zillow Webinar - 12/16/10 10:17 AM
A few of the RealSupport virtual assistants had the pleasure of participating in a Zillow Webinar this week called "The Top 10 Power Tools of Zillow." As an avid user of Zillow, there were a lot of features pointed out that I was already awared of. However, sometimes even though you know something is there, doesn't mean that you are using it to its full potential. Attending this webinar allowed me to see Zillow in a new way. As soon as I finished, I spent a good half hour perusing Zillow and discovering new ways to use it that I never (4 comments)
Raving Reviews! - 12/14/10 04:26 PM
Ever wonder how clients would rate you? You may feel that you’ve given great service throughout the years and would love to let potential clients know! A great way to do this, of course, is on a testimonial page on your website. The only down side is that visitors to your site know these testimonials are hand picked and you’re not going to put poor reviews on your site. So, how can clients get a true picture of who you are as an agent? Zillow. Now, you may think that Zillow is basically for getting a “zestimate” of a home (which (2 comments)
Two Heads Are Better Than One: Stimulating Ideas with Monthly Meetings - 12/09/10 03:39 PM
If you've read my blogs before, you know that I work for a virtual assistant company called RealSupport. Although we are "Virtual" Assistants, we do have a physical office. This allows us to bring a lot of talent and real estate marketing experience together under one roof and use tried-and-true procedures that no other virtual assistant can claim to have. RealSupport has something we began about a year back called the Learning Luncheon. It's an opportunity for us to all come together and learn something new from each other. In our line of work (we eat, sleep and breathe real estate (2 comments)
Get Engaged This Holiday Season! - 12/09/10 02:01 PM
It comes as no surprise that the holidays tend to produce many engagement rings as it seems an ideal, and romantic, time to pop the question! The twinkling lights, cozy evenings around the fireplace and a spirit of celebration set the stage for a resounding “YES!”. I’m one such girl who got engaged last Christmas Eve, and with a June wedding and 6 months under my belt; I can say that it was a decision that I’m still very glad I made! Now, before you leave this seemingly sappy blog post, I’ll reassure you there is a Real Estate point in (5 comments)
Drive Traffic to Your Facebook Page AND Your Open Houses! - 12/09/10 12:36 PM
The most successful real estate professionals are embracing social media as a way to not just advertise themselves and their brand, but also as a way to encourage interactivity between business and consumer and the consumers amongst themselves. Sometimes, in order to be successful at getting interaction, you need to think outside of the box. Instead of doing your typical question posts or discussions, why don’t you try a social media campaign that will allow your consumers to interact with you, each other, and maybe even get them to come to your open houses? Sound crazy? We have an idea that (6 comments)
Blogging Beyond the SEO - 12/07/10 06:29 PM
We get it and we’re right there with you! SEO is a big deal and something that we’re constantly working at enhancing for our clients. We get excited when we hear the success stories of our clients who use us for their real estate blogging and get to page #1 in the search engines. We know it takes dedication, consistency and good content to get to that level!But, what if we looked at blogging from a different angle? What if we saw blogging beyond the SEO? In today’s marketing culture, with the many real estate blogs out there; the way to (9 comments)
Lessons from London on Real Estate: A Virtual Assistant's Travelogue - 12/07/10 12:02 PM
I recently had the pleasure of traveling to London for a two week vacation. My days were filled with trips to iconic buildings and structures, long walks through the streets of London, and lots and lots of tea and biscuits. I had the time of my life. There is nothing like leaving the country to expand your horizons and discover a different way of living.As a real estate virtual assistant, I can't help but be attuned to anything real estate related - even on vacation. With the obsessive nature of most real estate agents, I'm sure many of you feel the (4 comments)
How Well Do You Know Your Social Media Audience? - 12/06/10 01:27 PM
It’s apparent that the key to having a successfulsocial media presence is by having a strong following. It sounds simple enough, but this is something that several agents struggle with when they start their social media marketing campaign. Agents with large followings and a successful online following don’t have any special secret or trick that they use to obtain success, they just know the golden tip for building up your following: you have to know your audience. The reason that social media is successful as a marketing tool is because it allows businesses to interact with their consumers. The only way, however, (0 comments)
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood - 12/06/10 12:21 PM
While we all may have fond memories of our childhood wonderment with Mr. Rogers and his magical world of make believe, his tactics for discovering this perfect community doesn’t really work for real life. You can’t very well sing your way into the hearts of your neighbors or show your clients how to close their eyes and wish their way into their ideal neighborhood. And, while it’d be entertaining to see someone try; there are more effective ways for being the "Mr. Rogers of Real Estate" for your clients. Imagine what this endlessly optimistic man could’ve done with today’s technology! Tricia (0 comments)
Jumpstart Your Action Plan for 2011! - 12/01/10 11:05 AM
With 2011 just around the corner, now may be the perfect time to consider your marketing plans for the next year if you haven’t already started. Thanksgiving has just ended and, while there’s shopping to do and parties to attend; Christmas isn’t here yet, so you have a few weeks to really process what changes you’ll make or strategies you’ll keep for ’11. Now is also a great time to establish your marketing plans as we all know the holidays tend to slow down business. Think of this as a two week break to reflect over the past year and consider (6 comments)
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