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10 Must-Follow Blogs for Real Estate Marketers

10 Must-Follow Blogs for Real Estate Marketers

We recommend these blogs for real estate marketers who want to learn more about content marketing, social media, the real estate industry, and more.

One of the most exciting aspects of real estate marketing is that there’s always something new to learn. As technologies constantly evolve, there is an ever-growing field of ideas being generated and discussed—and every real estate marketer should be a part of it!

We’ve compiled this list, letting you in on 10 of our favorite blogs that we think you should be following, too. You’ll find information and ideas about overall best practices, social media use, writing effective content, and more.

10 must-follow blogs for real estate marketers

1) HubSpot Marketing

HubSpot Marketing is a phenomenal resource for all content marketers, including real estate marketers. It covers everything you need to know to become a marketing whiz. Topics include SEO, blogging, social media, lead generation, email marketing, lead management, analytics, and more.

2) Social Media Today

Social Media Today is a great go-to resource for all things social media. The blog frequently features insights from leaders in the field. And SMT’s team of influencers covers topics including social media developments, trending, social marketing, digital strategy, and content marketing.

3) Propmodo Real Estate

Propmodo Real Estate is the place for cutting-edge insights into how technology is changing the way commercial real estate is acquired, managed, and used. This multimedia site follows people, practices, and tools that are shaping the business of real estate.

4) RIS Media

RIS Media’s blog is a good resource for practical, actionable marketing tips. You can find articles that guide you through things like landing pages and community pages, as well as wider insights and market reports.

5) BombBomb

Another real estate-specific site, BombBomb’s blog is dedicated to building relationships through video to create more opportunities in email, text, and social media. It’s particularly strong on email marketing, which is still the most profitable form of marketing online.

6) Quicksprout

While he doesn’t focus specifically on real estate, Quicksprout writer Neil Patel shares excellent advice for getting and converting traffic. It’s not difficult to find actionable ideas and apply them to real estate marketing.

7) Geek Estate

Another good choice for the tech-savvy marketer, Geek Estate focuses on what’s happening in real estate technology — for example, the changes happening with Zillow and Trulia. This is a great resource for being on the cutting-edge of upcoming trends.

8) OutBound Engine

A good resource for the nuts and bolts of lead generation tactics, OutBound Engine has practical tips and catchy, readable material.

9) Backlinko

Backlinko is your new go-to for all things SEO. Since real estate marketers often struggle with search engine ranking, Backlinko offers real estate-specific SEO articles chock full of great advice.

10) Get Vero

GetVero is another great choice for email marketing ideas. While not real estate-specific, this blog details newsletters, drip sequences, follow-ups, and more.

What blogs for real estate do you follow?

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A Visual Guide to Social Media Posting Frequency for Real Estate

A Visual Guide to Social Media Posting Frequency for Real Estate

Our infographic breaks down the ideal social media posting frequency for properties and real estate companies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

“Content is king, but distribution is queen and she wears the pants.”

These are wise words from BuzzFeed’s Jonathan Perelman, indicating that creating interesting and pertinent content is just half the battle. To reach your target buyer or tenant, raise brand awareness for your property, and drive sales, your content needs to be delivered consistently over time, at the right time, and on the right platform.

But keeping pace with where to distribute content, let alone how often, is no easy task. With social media networks changing daily, and countless studies trying to solve the social-media-frequency equation, things can seem hopelessly confusing.

To help you navigate these murky waters, we’ve assembled this infographic, based on our assessment of best practices. Of course, audiences vary widely across price points and regions, but we hope this resource will give you some general guidelines.

Social media posting frequency for real estate: An infographic

A few points to consider

Here’s a little more information on why we came to these conclusions for social media posting frequency for each platform.

Twitter

After looking at various statistics from other brands, which suggested an ideal frequency far lower than our own, we conducted an experiment, using our supply chain brand, Fronetics. After dropping our post frequency for a month, we confirmed that our engagement, web traffic, lead generation, and other key performance indicators are at optimal levels when we tweet 40 times per day.

Facebook

Facebook’s algorithm favors quality over quantity. This means that the more engaged your followers are with your content, the more likely they are to see your posts. So posting content that doesn’t facilitate engagement can actually decrease the likelihood that your audience will see your posts.

It’s also important to remember that the lifespan of a Facebook post is about 5 hours — much longer than that of a tweet. We’ve determined that for optimal Facebook engagement, you don’t need to provide a constant stream of content to get your audience’s attention. Instead, your focus should be distributing the most relevant, interesting content you can, at a time when most of your audience will be on Facebook.

Instagram

We’re in agreement with most Instagram experts in that we find that, as with Facebook, it’s best not to overwhelm your audience with a constant stream of content.

Additionally, your posts have a long lifespan on Instagram. A Union Metrics study found that many Instagram posts continue to receive engagement for days — even weeks — after posting. We’ve found that focusing on compelling images with strategic messages, posted at a low but consistent frequency, you’ll get the most bang for your buck on Instagram.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is generally acknowledged to be the elder statesman of social networks. A more formal and technical social media network, it’s a platform for serious business-related content. It’s a place where users seek information about potential investments, as well as market information — and that’s a goldmine of opportunity for you.

We’ve found that posting just once per workday, or even less, and posting content that’s less promotional and more heavily focused on market trends and insights is the best practice for LinkedIn. Your goal is for followers to come to consider your company or property as a go-to resource about the real estate market, local amenities and attractions, and investment opportunities.

Conclusion

The numbers you see in our infographic reflect what we’ve found works best for us and our clients in terms of social media posting frequency. Your company, or your marketing partner, should conduct due-diligence and determine what the right social media posting frequency is for your business.

Experimenting with different social media networks and posting frequencies will give you greater insight into your ideal distribution approach. Maintaining a dynamic and fluid posting strategy will ensure that your social efforts drive followers to action, rather than drive them away.

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4 Types of Content You Need to Sell Real Estate (Besides Listings)

4 Types of Content You Need to Sell Real Estate (Besides Listings)

Newspaper ads won’t cut it any longer. You need to be publishing educational, branded, email, and entrepreneurial content to sell real estate.

There’s something reassuring about the tried and true. Traditional marketing methods have worked for generations — why not trust that they will continue to be all you need? But, in today’s digital world, you can’t afford to just create a listing, place an ad in a magazine, and hope all your units sell.

The good news is that content marketing opens up interesting, innovative, and exciting possibilities, not only for spreading awareness about your properties, but for shaping your company’s brand and corporate personality. We think that once you embrace content marketing, you won’t look back.

As you start experimenting with this type of marketing, here are 4 types of content you need to sell real estate.

4 types of content you need to sell real estate

1) Educational content

One of the fundamental principals of content marketing in the real estate industry is that your most valuable commodity is not your properties, but your expertise and thought leadership. We often hear our clients worry that publishing educational content is “giving away trade secrets.” While this is an understandable fear, it’s time to abandon it.

Creating content that educates your audience. For example, a piece about finding investment opportunities for your target client base establishes you as a trusted source of useful information. And it means your readers are far more likely to become your clients.

2) Branded content

Creating effective branded content is all about ensuring that your audience is “consistently seeing your name, style, and thoughts,” while avoiding “being too promotional and one of those spammy real estate-types,” writes Forbes contributor Steve Olenski.

James Becker, CEO and founder of Fusion Growth Partners, suggests that the “story” of a brand should be at the root of all content and marketing efforts: “The story can create an almost tangible expectation for the reader to the level of service and authentic connection they will receive as a client.”

3) Email content

Getting email content marketing right can be tricky. Of course, step one is gathering an email list. Olenski suggests that “when you think about your email marketing strategy, your first thought should be: ‘What content or experience can I create that will make someone give me their email?’”

Once you’ve established a list of emails, you can experiment with different copy, and refine your list, segmenting it into different buyer types. Email marketing is a great place to experiment with automation.

4) Entrepreneurial content

“Real estate is similar to entrepreneurship in that it requires sourcing projects and adding value through the process,” writes Olenski. For example, According to Joe Pierson, CEO of BigKeyRealestate, “[Brands] should try to tap into the huge income potential of people who work in tech by framing real estate as an entrepreneurial endeavor suitable for their backgrounds. This … could open up a wealth of new buyers to work with.”

The bottom line is that content marketing is about generating value for customers and telling the kind of story that cements your reputation as a trusted knowledge source.

How do you use content to sell real estate?

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How to Use Social Media Hashtags in Real Estate Marketing

How to Use Social Media Hashtags in Real Estate Marketing

Strategic use of social media hashtags can help increase your property’s visibility and grow organic reach on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

You’re likely to be vaguely aware of hashtags, at least in your personal social media life. But perhaps you’re not intimately familiar with how they can play into your real estate marketing strategy. Whether you #lol at it or not, using social media hashtags wisely can actually be a major boon to your social media marketing efforts.

What is a social media hashtag?

Before we dive into too much detail, let’s take a moment to establish what exactly a hashtag is.

While you may remember it as a pound sign (or “sharp” sign, or number sign), this symbol’s meaning has radically changed in the past 15 years. In fact, its new definition has even been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

A hashtag, according to the OED’s American counterpart, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that classifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a tweet).”

Essentially, the hashtag has two concurrent functions: It places content within a specific area of interest or keyword, and it facilitates a search for it.

How to use hashtags in social media marketing

You may already see how using hashtags can help your social media content’s visibility.

Hashtags automatically function as links. For example, if a user interested in San Diego real estate clicks on #sdhomesforsale, all public posts labeled with that hashtag will show up. This is true of Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Using hashtags in your social media content allows you to:

  • Categorize your content
  • Draw attention quickly and easily
  • Drive conversions
  • Harness the power of topics on social media
  • Increase visibility
  • Grow organic reach

Hashtag dos and don’ts

As you start experimenting with adding hashtags to your social media posts, here are a few dos and don’ts to think about:

Do:

  • Use relevant terms
  • Research trending topics as you chose your content
  • Create your own hashtags to match your brand
  • Make sure the audience setting on your posts is “public”

Don’t:

  • Use too many hashtags per post. Too many hashtags make your post look unpleasant and difficult for your followers to read.
  • Repeat your hashtag multiple times in the same post
  • Use hashtags that are too long or confusing to for readers (Tip: if you have a long hashtag, try capitalizing the first letter of each word)
  • Put spaces in between words within a single hashtag

To help get you started, here are a few hashtags that real estate marketers might want to use. These are just a jumping off point! Getting creative can be fun.

  • #photooftheday
  • #realestate
  • #properties
  • #househunting
  • #homesearch
  • #justlisted
  • #broker
  • #realtor
  • #igers (short for Instagrammers)
  • #throwbackthursday and/or #TBT
  • #transformationtuesday
  • #behindthescenes
  • #photoshoot
  • #videogram
  • #videooftheday
  • #interiordesigns

Which social media hashtags are you using in your real estate marketing?

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4 Real Estate Marketing Trends 2018

4 Real Estate Marketing Trends 2018

These 4 takeaways from Placester’s 2018 Real Estate Marketing Survey give us an idea of real estate marketing trends to keep an eye on.

Digital marketing platform Placester recently published the results of its 2018 Real Estate Marketing Survey. The survey, which collected data from hundreds of real estate professionals nationwide, contains valuable information for benchmarking your marketing efforts in “an industry ready to invest more time, money, and energy toward online marketing and generating more leads.”

We’ve pulled out the top 4 takeaways from the survey here. Interestingly, these real estate marketing trends align with those we are seeing with our clients as well.

In general, real estate marketers are focused on leads: acquiring valid potential buyers and then turning them into sales. It makes sense, then, that many are turning to content marketing as a strategy, as it can be a highly effective lead-generation engine. Read on for more.

4 real estate marketing trends to watch

1) A focus on lead generation, nurturing, and conversion.

You can learn a lot from looking at the aggregate goals for the industry.

When asked about their top objective for 2018, 40.3% of survey respondents name generating more new leads than in 2017. Additionally, 23% look to improve on last year’s client conversion rate, 21.8% cited focus on the quality of leads earned, and 14.9% are aiming to learn how to better nurture and qualify prospects.

The bottom line: real estate professionals are focusing on generating, nurturing, and converting leads.

2) Challenges

As with looking at objectives, having an understanding of industry-wide challenges also offers valuable insight.

46.4% of survey respondents said that generating enough high-quality leads is the biggest marketing challenge they face in 2018. Rounding out the list, 24.9% are concerned about finding the right marketing tools to use; 23.4% cite converting leads into new business; and 5.3% are worried about analyzing their marketing performance.

Just as lead generation is a top priority for the majority of respondents, it’s also the top concern for real estate professionals.

3) Video

One of the most popular marketing tactics for greater exposure in 2018 is video.

When asked what part video will play in overall marketing strategy, 49.5% of respondents indicated that it would be a focal point. 43.7% said they would use it some of the time, while only 6.8% indicated that video didn’t interest them at all.

The real estate industry is embracing the power of video marketing. And the good news is, you don’t need expensive camera, lighting, or a production studio — your smartphone can be just as effective for creating video content for your social media outlets.

4) Social media

Which brings us to social media.

When asked which social media network they will use most, a whopping 84.6% of respondents pointed to Facebook, with 11.9% saying Instagram, 1.6% saying Twitter, and 1% respectively for Pinterest and Snapchat.

Facebook is ideal for real estate marketing in many ways. Its large user base makes it a go-to network, as well as its robust mobile presence, with location-specific advertising and sophisticated algorithms to help you reach your target audience.

What real estate marketing trends are you keeping an eye on this year?

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Why You Should Always Respond to User Reviews

Why You Should Always Respond to User Reviews

A new study shows companies that respond to user reviews get better ratings overall.

It’s not really news to point out that buyers and renters are likely to consider online reviews when making decisions about properties. In fact, more than 80% of Americans seek a recommendation when making a purchase of any kind.

All this is great for real estate — when the reviews are good. But stay in business long enough, and a few bad reviews are inevitable.

So what do you do when reviews go bad?

A brand new study from Harvard Business Review (HBR) shows that businesses that respond to reviews get better ratings overall. This means that bad reviews don’t necessarily spell disaster — but they do mean that you should incorporate a response plan into your overall marketing strategy.

Replying to reviews is a important part of online reputation management, which is especially crucial in the real estate world, where companies live and die by their reputation.

How does responding to reviews improve your online reputation?

To examine this question, Assistant Professor of Marketing at University of Southern California Marshall School of Business Davide Proserpio and Assistant Professor of Marketing at Boston University Questrom School of Business Giorgos Zervas looked at tens of thousands of hotel reviews and responses from TripAdvisor.

What they found was that “when hotels start responding, they receive 12% more reviews and their ratings increase, on average, by 0.12 stars.” While 0.12 may not seem like a lot, in the scale of TripAdvisor’s 5 star system, where ratings are rounded to the nearest half star, it has a significant impact on customers’ perceptions.

Proserpio and Zervas found that “approximately one-third of the hotels we studied increased their rounded ratings by half a star or more within six months of their first management response.”

Why is it that the hotels started to get more and better reviews when management started responding?

The researchers examined every facet of the data to rule out other factors that would undermine causality, and found that, in fact, “improved ratings can be directly linked to management responses,” rather than improvements made to facilities or services.

To explain it, the researchers make the analogy of eating at your favorite restaurant, and your meal arrives late. You complain to your dinner companions, but when the manager checks in seconds later and asks how everything is, “for a moment, you consider complaining, but instead choose to avoid confrontation and focus on enjoying the rest of your meal.” Essentially, by humanizing your presence on review sites, you discourage potentially awkward online interactions.

The researchers conclude, “While negative reviews are unavoidable, our work shows that managers can actively participate in shaping their firms’ online reputations. By monitoring and responding to reviews, a manager can make sure that when negative reviews come in — as they inevitably will — they can respond constructively and maybe even raise their firm’s rating along the way.”

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