So how exactly DO you reach the goal of converting a lead? In my last post, I said I would give you some tips and tricks. Actually, it's pretty basic. The 'tips and tricks' are in the follow up, not the strategy. Sometimes an oldie REALLY is a goody.
Let's focus on buyers, since they are not in any hurry and can take such a long time to convert from Lead to Closing. In some markets, this process can take up to 6 months or more! You've got to have a strategy in place!
Yes, it's that simple. Call. If they are a lead from an ad, you've got to call in the same day. If they are someone who is capable of referring business to you due to their past experience with you or network they are in, call them monthly. You are calling to CONVERT! How? Well, this is where a real estate coach with a great script comes in handy, but here are some pointers: Tell them something GOOD about the market, or about their specific situation. If you know they want a home within a certain school district, call them about a hot new listing that you know would meet their exact needs. Or tell them about an upcoming event near that community. Give them information on a cool new tool that you offer that applies to their situation (a home finder tool, if they are possible sellers, a new marketing tool). Personalization IS KEY. Drip campaigns are nice, but only if they can be personalized as well (Eneighborhoods is a fabulous tool for personalization). I know many of you are calling your leads on a monthly basis, but just as many of you ARE NOT. Get on the phone!! It's 100% necessary!
Thank You. I don't think a hand-written thank you is sufficient or the right touch at this point. A form letter which thanks them AND highlights your best features is the way to go. Now when I say form letter, this DOES NOT mean I'm referring to your 'yearbook description' in which you paste all your designations and accomplishments and your 'Million Dollar Producer' information, but a real life attribute that turns you from salesperson to human. What could this be? Again, real estate coach script could help tremendously, but let's look at some examples:
- Your ties to the area; if you've lived there a long time, say so! Give them examples of how well you know communities (I watched neighborhood xyz be built from the ground up) etc etc.
- Your personal experience if it is similar to theirs; if you have relocated from another state and you did the same thing, highlight the points that will enable you to empathize
- In summary, find something in common, and run with it. If it's simply a phone call prospect, and you happen to have their address, write something about yourself that no one else can claim! It's up to you to find out what that is...
Email Drip. Believe it or not, some of you are not doing this for buyer prospects on a regular basis! They should be receiving valuable, up to date market information from you bi-weekly at the minimum. YOU are positioning yourself as the expert in their mind!! Even if they don't open them, they will still have you in the back of their mind because YOU are in their inbox and you do not give up! Now, if they DO open your email, then you know which buyers are going to be moving up to your A list!
So what is different about this plan, from others you've heard of? I would say that Personalization is the key. Buyers are probably being recruited by more than one agent these days, and merely sending them canned emails isn't going to cut it anymore. You've got to find something in COMMON, whether they are a lead or a source of referrals, and CONNECT. Wine lovers? I bet you can find a series of postcards that speak to the wine connoisseur. Kids? Find out info from the Chamber of Commerce on free events for kids and get this information to them.
The season of a hot buyer calling us from our yard sign is OVER. It's time to cultivate and plant seeds, so that you are not struggling in 2011 the way you did in 2010. If you are not struggling, kudos to you! Now please share with us what you did that felt 'right' in converting your leads!