Most advertising and marketing is horrible.
That’s because it doesn’t do the job it’s supposed to do. It doesn’t matter what industry that advertiser is in or how big of a company they are. Usually, they miss the mark.
I don’t want you to miss the mark, too.
You are a real estate agent and I know that you do not have millions of dollars to sink into “brand awareness.” You don’t have time to waste waiting for “image advertising” to take hold in consumers’ minds. You don’t have teams of people doing your twitter and facebook and pinterest and instagram for you.
You are a small business and every penny and every second must be used to their maximum potential.
I know that you need only one thing: buyer and seller leads. Right? So, remember this:
Advertising has only one goal: TO SELL.
The one thing every one of your real estate marketing/advertising efforts should do is to get people into your sales funnel.
Every ad you place MUST have a goal of making someone take a specific action. Preferably, this action involves them giving you their contact information so you can follow up with them with valuable insight and help.
If your advertising is not asking your audience to take some type of action to get them into your sales loop, then stop the advertising in that medium. For example:
- If you are advertising in the local grocery store on the back of receipts or on the carts, STOP.
- If you are in the local newspaper or magazine with your picture saying nothing more than “call me for all your real estate needs,” STOP.
- If you are sending out farming postcards that say nothing but “I’m #1,” STOP.
- If you are buying Trulia or Zillow leads without an automated follow-up sequence that goes on for more than a year, STOP.
I know agents who have had gotten leads with the things I just said not to do. Maybe even a deal here or there. But that “success” is sporadic at best.
However, with targeted ads that make a specific request, you’ll have a much better chance at getting a lead that is serious and has potential to turn into real cash in your pocket as a closed transaction.
I don’t mean to imply that your ad’s goal is to get a complete stranger to instantly trust you with the biggest financial asset of their life. That’s just not going to happen.
But, you can get them to the point of using you as their agent in tiny baby steps over time. Each ad you run should help guide them to taking an action towards the first – or next – baby step in the process.
Do that consistently and your advertising will actually start to work.