SEO Dollars Spend Differently Than Real Estate Marketing Dollars

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I decided to join this contest because.... well, I love a challenge, I love the points and heck, it's a chance for and extra $500 and who would turn that down!?how would I spend marketing dollars?

But my marketing dollars are spent differently than real estate marketing in that we haven't spent more than $50 on marketing since we opened our business in 2005 and that was for business cards and a domain. Since then, we have trademarked our name "Personal SEO" but I don't consider that an advertising expense. I joined ActiveRain to benefit our clients and give them more exposure with back links and articles and surprisingly and obviously found a great target audience for our own business. So while the original intent was for clients it has morphed into a combination of both advertising our clients and us. I guess you can take AS as now marketing for our business but other than than, almost 100% of our budget goes into innovative and creative ways to market our clients. We thrive on referrals! We spend money on servers to host our clients,  photo sites to buy images for our clients, and press releases to expose our client's and their business.

So how would I spend $500?

If given an EXTRA $500 this month this is the breakdown:

           $85 - Server hosting for dozens of client websites - Love GreenGeeks and MediaTemple

           $30 - ActiveRain Subscription - Self-explanatory

           $50 - Photodune subscription and monthly image websites - /

           $285 - Paid press releases for our clients - Massive hits and exposure on paid PR /            

           $50 - Traffic/Ranking/Tracking software

We really don't advertise. Our business lunches are over dinner at home and expenses are practically nil other than cell phone and internet which we would need anyway. Seems to me, this is the best kind of advertising - Not for ourselves, but for our customers. - THEY ROCK!

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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Tammy -  Looks like you're a marketing guru with a plan my friend.  Best of luck in the contest!

Jul 05, 2012 03:01 AM #1
James Locklear
Online Marketing Advertising Consultant - Seattle, WA
Social Media Training , Virtual Services, Search Engine Optimization Lattitude - SEOL

Tammy ~

As ever your content is illustrative, informative and intuitive.  Gotta love it.  Hope your move is easy!
Regards and respect,


Jul 05, 2012 03:16 AM #2
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Tammy: Your approach makes perfect sense for your business model.  I have enjoyed this challenge as it has provided a snapshot into what others are/would spend marketing dollars on.

Jul 05, 2012 03:19 AM #3
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Thanks John!!

Thank you James! :) Me too

Thanks Anita, it IS Fun and a little shocking to see how much money marketing actually costs.

Jul 05, 2012 03:48 AM #4
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Tammy- Can you imagine what would happen if you were to adertise? You've outlined a great plan for your marketing here, good luck to you.

Jul 05, 2012 04:57 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good luck in the contest.  Best wishes for continued success.

Jul 05, 2012 05:48 AM #6
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Hi Tammy,

Looks like you have it all planned! Good Luck!


Jul 05, 2012 07:33 AM #7
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


How effective are the paid press releases?  Have you checked your statistics for that service?  Sounds interesting.

Jul 05, 2012 08:28 AM #8
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good luck with the contest.

Jul 05, 2012 08:46 AM #9
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