Have you pondered the question: "Should I use Gmail for my real estate business?" Some people think its a great idea, others oppose it. I've decided its not the way to go, and I'll share some reasons why I made that decision. I hope many of you will get involved in this thread and post your feelings.
The main attraction for most people is that Gmail is "Free". We who have been around for many generations know that nothing is truly free. Everything has a cost, though it may not be apparent. However, most people jump on this bandwagon to get a free service. Here is why I avoided that decision.
- My email address should contain my branding: I want every piece of mail I send to reference my website. I want people to be curious about what I offer, and they see my site as part of my correspondence to them. Gmail advertises Google, but "Tim4Homes" advertises me ! I'm all about selling my services, and that means constant impressions of who I am.
- My email address should show my professionalism: Gmail is free. To many people, if that's my address, I'm sending the message that I want to cut corners on my email expense. Is that significant ? Doesn't it also plant the seed that if I'm doing it on a very simple item, then perhaps I'm also going to cut corners when providing services to them ?
Please don't take this as some type of negative about Gmail or Google. That's not the point at all. As agents, seeking clients, I believe we need to do everything we can to enhance the image we share, and to promote our brand. I'm thankful that consumers have an opportunity to enjoy email if they can't afford the cost of a private service.
Maybe you came to some different conclusions about the Gmail question. I'd love to hear what you think.