Flip through the weekend newspaper in your city and pay close
attention to the condo advertisements. You will no doubt see the same thing time and time again – diagrams, numbers and renderings on ads full of technical dry information. Most of it is totally boring.
95% of the realtor ads in the newspaper you will find a large photograph that features the exterior image of a building. They are trying to connect with us logically, when what they need to do is connect with us emotionally.
Selling on emotion is the key Look at some of the great car companies who do not sell us on horsepower or the steering, but try to sell us on the feeling of driving their car. If they want to sell a convertible they will create an ad in one of those beautiful spots in the word where the driver is whipping around corners with the top down, the sun is shining brightly and the driver’s hair is blowing in the breeze.
It’s a classic advertising technique – don’t advertise the car, advertise how they will feel using the car. The same thing happens with beer, razor or cologne ads that make it seem as if by using their product, gorgeous women will fall at your feet or your life will improve in some unrealistic way.
Or maybe it’s a shower gel that is going to transport you a thousand
miles from all of your stress, or a diet soda that will make you feel 15 years younger. How do people feel when they use these products? They feel great.
Therefore, especially in real estate, the advertising approach should sell the feeling of using the product, rather than the nuts and bolts of the product itself.
Expecting people to buy a condo on their first visit to a sales office is like proposing marriage on a first date and expecting the person to say yes.
Only 1% of people who walk into a sales office will make that big purchase commitment in the first visit – which means that 99% of the time your potential buyers are slipping away. They come in, hear a pitch and then they leave.
The sales process cannot end there. Studies have shown that it takes between 6 and 17 touch points to convert a prospect into a buyer, depending on market conditions. Up to 17 touch points!
How can you create an effective TouchPoint plan?
Begin by creating an actual plan that covers off at least 17 different
ways that a potential buyer’s interest can be maintained.
It is time to familiarize yourself with its true power of Google in the world of real estate marketing. Google has transformed into more than just a search engine. Today, you can buy much of your traditional media through Google, including radio and television spots. In many ways Google is a virtual one‐stop shop for advertising dollars.
However because most of us do not have time to become Google experts I recommend hiring one. Hiring a skilled Google expert is probably the best investment you can make – and it is an investment that should be made, considering the fact that the Internet drives 80 to 90% of all real estate sales, despite being allocated only 2% of the average marketing budget. A great way to lower your cost per lead
Let me give you an example of how Google marketing can pay off:
Lets say your price per lead is $660 from all traditional print marketing Your online cost per lead can be in the $100 range – but of all of our online advertising, the least expensive and most valuable investment was Google. It cost just $13 per lead.
Today every marketing initiate you do should drive people to the one, central marketing hub you have – your website.
There is no denying it -The pace of change in our modern world is dizzying. Just close your eyes and think about life just ten years ago and consider how different things were then. A decade ago nobody had high speed Internet or HTML interfaces. There were no iPods, iPhones or BlackBerrys. Google was just coming out of Stanford and had yet to revolutionize the way the world shares access to information.
Back then nobody was tweeting or had a Facebook profile. And although cell phones were available, they were not everywhere the way they are now, and had only a fraction of their current capabilities. Ten years ago these tools were literally not available and certainly were not an integral part of the real estate marketing landscape. They are most certainly available now – and the challenge is that most developers are still not even using them.
The painful truth is that what sold your property a decade ago is terribly outdated now. Today, smart, skilled builders and developers are trying to market everything from multi‐million dollar developments to singlefamily residences using antiquated methods from the dinosaur age.
It is almost life altering when we present our results – our clients cannot believe that the things they thought were working best were not working at all, and the things they thought worked the least were actually generating 80% of their current business.
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