5 Ways to Improve Your Social Media Approach

Social Media

1. Focus on People

Real estate is about promoting properties, but social media is for connecting with people. Use these platforms as a way to build & nourish your relationships with clients. This type of prospecting is the key to finding success with social media, therefore it should take up about 80% of your social media time.

2. Produce Content on a Regular Basis

One of the first things clients do when they hear your name is search it on Google, which then leads them to your social media accounts. By having fresh content available on these pages, you show them that you’re both informed and engaged. You don’t need to post every day, just enough to show you’re current. Think of producing content as about 20% of your social media activity.

3. Treat Each Outlet as its Own Platform

From Facebook to newspapers and everywhere in between, each social media platform is beneficial in its own way. Spending X amount of dollars on Facebook will translate very differently when spent on ads in your local newspaper. Invest your finances based on the results they will produce.

4. Implement a Strategy for Time Management

Posting frequently is important, but it doesn’t mean you can’t cheat a little. By utilizing the scheduling function on Facebook & using tools like Hootsuite and Buffer, you can schedule posts in advance. Try and schedule weekly so that you save time, but still share current information.

5. Make a Plan & Stick to it

Your social media approach should be rooted in strategy. Develop goals you’d like to accomplish and make it happen. Try creating a schedule to ensure you don’t duplicate posts, remember the best hashtags to use, and keep up with events that mean a lot to you and your clients.

Videolicious Offers New Features for Real Estate Agents

By now, you may have heard about the digital business tool Videolicious. This convenient platform provides users with the ability to quickly and efficiently create quality videos that not only help grow their business, but also connect them with their customers.

To the benefit of real estate agents, this tool now offers the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices “Luxury Collection” mark. This mark is an easy way of letting customers know that the property at hand is recognized as a luxury collection property.

What about if you’re interested in adding your video to a listing in the MLS, but need to remove all of its branding? This tool can help you with that in just a few basic steps. Plus, it even offers an on-screen teleprompter to assist with scripted recordings.

Watch this video to learn how to utilize these simple, yet useful tools:

 

Do’s and don’ts for social media in today’s market

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There has rightly been a lot of focus on social media marketing among real estate professionals in recent years. It’s relatively simple to use and a great way to connect with potential clients, so agents love it. However, industry experts also caution that there are some ways to go overboard when it comes to social marketing, and these missteps are best avoided.

As every agent knows, there are only so many hours in the day, and while it may not feel as though using social media throughout their work hours takes a lot of time, the minutes spent on it can really add up, according to a report from marketing firm Howard Barker. In a lot of ways, the social media process for real estate agents should be something akin to “set it and forget it.” That is to say, agents would be wise to spend plenty of time up front making sure their pages on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other platforms look as good as possible. But after those initial efforts, keeping social use to a minimum is probably a good idea.

Overcoming temptation?
When using social media, it can be tempting to scroll a timeline for a few minutes here and there. And while doing so can sometimes be valuable – especially when agents follow industry experts who provide important tips and tricks – there are still other things to attend to at work. As such, it’s important to take some key marketing ideas and move along. For instance, some experts recommend paying nominal fees for targeted advertising that will reach the most interested parties, but agents may find their mileage varies when it comes to converting those ads to real estate sales.

In general, when marketing on social media, experts say it’s wise to make sure all posts have attractive pictures for listings, and links back to an agency’s social page or website. It might be easier to spend a few hours each week creating these postings and scheduling them to be sent out rather than trying to create engaging messages individually over the course of a few days.

Know your audience
The misstep some real estate agents make on social media is assuming that everyone using the site is a millennial. It can be easy to pitch all marketing on Facebook, for example, to a younger audience, but agents should keep in mind that pretty much everyone is on some form of social media nowadays. Some platforms are more popular with certain demographics than others, but almost every demographic group uses Facebook.

With this in mind, it might also be wise to market to older people on these sites, according to Buildium. Typically, reaching baby boomers or late Gen Xers means marketing in the traditional way and having a plan to do so via social. In addition, it would be wise for agents to make sure they know what older people tend to want in homes – security, smaller sizes, etc. – and market those features in certain listings. In addition, it’s also vital to consider that LinkedIn is extremely popular among older social users, so reaching them through that platform is a good idea as well.

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October 2016 Marketing & Tech Stat

This month’s Marketing & Tech Stat features key facts from various homeowner ages and how they view real estate. This is great content to help better relate to and connect with clients whether they are Millennials or Baby Boomers.

 

Click the links below to access the corresponding items:markettechgraphic-october2016

PDF Version: If you have issues viewing the flyer, save it to your computer first.  This can be printed and then mailed with your business card.

JPG Version – You could use this graphic by saving it to your phone and uploading directly to instagram and other social media sites.

Click here to easily share this as a blog article on your social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). You’ll be redirected to AskHomesale.com where you can simply scroll to the bottom of the article and select the social network you want to share it to.

You can also access the ecard template on the Market REsource by selecting ecards and searching for “Market and Tech Stat – October 2016.”

Buffini and Company: Social Media Survival Guide

What You’ll Learn…

Welcome to your social media survival guide! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just jumping on Buffini & Company is here to help navigate the different channels and get a plan in place to you can feel confident about each social network.

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Click Here to Download the Full Buffini Social Media Guide

 

 

Marketing and Tech Report 2013 Q4

Prudential Homesale values its’ Realtors and wants nothing but the best for you. To promote your success, we make sure to provide growth in our online presence and help you reach more consumers with our full service agent resources. We want our agents to be aware of mobile technology and its relation to the real estate industry. With that in mind, Prudential Homesale’s full-time Agent Services and IT Team can identify, diagnose, and fix any issues that our Homesale agents may face. We are constantly expanding efforts to supply our Homesale agents with sufficient and reliable information in order to succeed.

Check out our 2013 4th Quarter Marketing & Technology Report below!
(see instructions at the bottom for how to share this on your social media)

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Front page of the Marketing and Tech Report 2013 Q4

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