Here’s the thing… If you’re not driving traffic to your own real estate website and social media to build your own brand, you’ll soon be facing the problems and expense that go with buying your own leads to compete for market share.
And just in case you haven’t noticed, some heavy hitters with deep pockets are going direct to consumers to profile and promote agents who give them the most money. Think RateMyAgent, RealEstate.com.au and Zillow just for starters
Right now, the vast majority of agents face the risk of being held ransom to third party marketers who won’t hesitate to raise their fees once they get you addicted to their ‘lead heroin’
So how do you promote your brand and reach out to potential clients in your area?
How can you guarantee a big fat future pipeline of business in a world of increasing competition from other agents and smart start ups marketing directly to consumers?
And how do you personally own the essential digital tools and automated follow up programs that work for you twenty-four hours a day without relying on ridiculously expensive outside help?
Well, the shortcut to success is beating them at their own game by building and maintaining local connections in your personal sphere of influence.
Let me run through a few great examples.
On a good day, Toronto real estate agent Melanie Piche speaks with ten plus potential clients who come directly from her website which, last time I asked, is getting more than 2000 unique visitors a day!
She doesn’t pay for these leads because she controls the traffic and the response. Every day she’s building her list of potential clients which is obviously the most valuable business asset she owns.
She posts quality content and key word rich articles to her website GetWhatYouWant.ca and she’s smashing it!
Each article or blog is working around the clock to help potential clients with every aspect of buying or selling real estate in Canada’s biggest city
Melanie is part of a new breed of digitally devoted, tech savvy agents who understand the raw power of online marketing.
Yes, she uses Facebook and other social media but her website is the main event because that’s something she can own and control.
For more info, listen to my interviews with Mel here
Queensland agent Scott Lachmund is killing it on the Sunshine Coast!
Take a look at his website, 4510tv.com and you’ll see how he’s making connections with locals in his market by videoing short interviews then posting them to YouTube.com and his site.
And while you’re at Scott’s site, click DIRECTORY in the nav bar and you’ll find a list of local business people sharing a profile of their business and contact info. Bloody Brilliant!
And he doesn’t even need to add this info himself because he’s set up a submission form where the business owners can do it themselves. This is automatically sent to Scott for approval. All he needs to do is send them the link and boom… he’s got fresh content and a new friend and potential business referrer in his community.
Which agent do you think all the business owners on Scott’s site are going to promote and recommend to their customers?
Local groups in the area now approach Scott when they’re looking to promote an event or fundraiser. Can you see how he’s quickly become a vital sphere of influence to people in his community by NOT being real estatey? I love this! Only question I have is why aren’t more agents doing it?
Check out my interview with Scott here
Have you ever been to Mount Barker in South Australia’s Barossa Valley?
The landscape, colors and light are so beautiful it could make you weep.
It’s also home to extraordinary agent James Sexton and what makes him extraordinary is his unique approach to marketing.
Like most agents on the planet, he started a Facebook Page called James Sexton Real Estate.
But like most agents on the planet he struggled to get any traction.
James is a popular and well known personality in his area (and the real estate industry nationally) so he got a few likes and follows from friends, family other agents and a handful of loyal clients but it was harder than herding cats.
Then he came up with a very cool idea that cost him nothing:
He started a Facebook Community page called We Love The Adelaide Hills and started posting iPhone images of his beloved town and surrounds.
Then a funny thing happened.
The good folk of Mount Barker started to like and follow his new community page and also began sharing the images to their own Facebook pages.
With confidence boosted by the discovery of this awesome idea, James approached professional photographers in town and invited them to post a few photos each week.
In no time at all, followers cruised past 4000 and continue to grow. Not bad considering the population of Mount Barker is only 10,000!
Check out my interview with James here
So what are agents like Melanie, Scott and James doing differently?
Did you notice their websites or Facebook pages don’t include their names or the names of their businesses?
They’ve done a one-eighty and turned the focus (and cameras) on their community not themselves.
They’ve become skilled online marketers.
They’ve set their egos aside and got creative.
They’re making the whole conversation about their target market, not themselves and giving people and businesses a voice and a valuable marketing connection they never had.
Could any agent do this? Of course!
It’s amazing what happens when you think differently.
If you’re looking to grow your brand and build an ever-growing number of contacts in your local area, I want to encourage you to get started today.
In fact, I’ve got a program and resources in place to help you build the online marketing tools you need and replicate the success of Mel, Scott and James.
This way YOU own the contacts, not some company looking to sell you leads or charge you a monthly fee to maybe get you noticed.
And wouldn’t this make your ever-growing database of people the most valuable asset you’ve ever owned? Could you actually put a price on a private list of highly prized contacts that constantly fill your new business pipeline with referral business?
Right now I’m working with a small group of agents to help them build these tools and customize everything to their local area.
I’m helping them ‘massage’ their personal brand to reach out and connect with the influencers in their community.
We’re looking at the best ways to build their authority as the agent of choice and carefully position their brand to get noticed as a very clear alternative to other agents in their area who all look the same.
We’re making sure their websites are working hard to deliver excellent value and connect with more potential clients.
If you’d like to know more, why don’t you send me a message and tell me a bit about yourself and your business?
To get started I’ve set up this link. Take a look today and let’s see if we’re a match.