People Buy Real Estate When They See Others Buying

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Topics: Roman Bodnarchuk, real estate marketing, How to Sell in 2011, real estate, n5r

3 Reasons Why Google+ Might Just be the Next Best Thing

Google+ is a social networking platform, but there are so many faces to it. You can say it's like Facebook, except it’s more fresh. You could say it’s like Twitter, but more appealing. You can even separate who views your information by sharing it with particular Circles, or groups of people.
What’s more, be aware that Google+ is the largest directory backed by the biggest search engine in the universe. You may have heard of them; Google. How could Googlebe wrong? Google+ has a ton of additional features, including Google Places for location and an unbelievable potential for integrating even more of Google's services in the future. So why exactly am I making such a bold statement? Why do I feel it might be the next best thing? Let us count the ways.
  • It Can Help Your Business. Social networks are designed to imitate and copy real-world connectivity and information-sharing. They're designed to add to, but not replace social functions where people get to know each other. Google+ allows you to share media and data with everyone, or simply with your chosen Circles.
  • It’s Different. Everything you do inside stays inside. Second, Facebook and LinkedIn both adopt more of an "elite" model, which means that you have to know people to gain knowledge. That's why so many companies are pushing for "likes”, retweets, and shares.
  • Get In Now. Now’s the time to start! Simply put, it's important to take action on Google+ right now. Get familiar with the features, start building and nurturing connections and learn how to share and you'll be ahead of the pack.
I’m not often one for making such bold, out there statements, but I think Google+ warrants it. How are you using Google+ for business and personally? Let us know in the comments section.

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Topics: Google, 3 Reasons Why Google+ Might Just be the Next Best, social networking platform, n5r

Google Analytics launches in Real-Time

In the coming weeks, Google Analytics in Real-Timewill make it easier to track your site traffic than ever before. I'd like to share with you some of my favourite features of this program.
  • Measuring social media impact. One method of using these reports is to gauge the instant impact of social media. Whenever a new blog is posted, a tweet is sent out. With Real-Time, we see the immediate impact to site traffic.
  • Campaign measurement
    Another way to use Real-Time is to make sure campaign tracking is accurately implemented before launching a campaign. When preparing to launch a campaign it’s crucial to make sure your measurement plan is working before you start driving visitors to the page. With the Real-Time reports you learn almost instantly whether you’re getting the data you want in Google Analytics.
  • Accessing Real-Time. You’ll find the Real-Time reports only in the new version of Google Analytics. If you’re not already using the new version, you can start by clicking the “New Version” link in the top right of the screen. Real-Time reports are in the Dashboards tab (though they will move to the Home tab in the updated interface next week). You will have access to Real-Time reports if you are an Administrator on your Analytics account, or if you have access to a profile without profile filters. Real-Time does not support profile filters.

    Currently, the lucky few have access to Google Analytics in Real-Time, however in the coming weeks everyone will have access. For the next few weeks, the remainder of us will just have to be patient. We’d love to hear about how you are using (or planning to use) Real-Time, so tell us about it in the comments section!

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Topics: Google Analytics launches in Real-Time, measuring social media impact, campaign measurement, n5r

The Real Estate Market & Social Media

There are so many reasons to use social media if you’re in the real estate industry. The greatest one of all is simple. Your current and potential clients are already there, and some of them may already be shopping. A social media presence makes it easy for people to be in touch with you on their terms, “opting-in” to your messaging by liking your Facebook page, following you on Twitter, or subscribing to your blog.

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Topics: social communities, interactions, social media, real estate, n5r

New Statistics on Mobile Phone Access

Up-to-the-minute numbers prove mobile marketing isn't falling to the wayside, and won't be any time soon. And where inbound marketing is concerned, some of the key mobile data is central to how people are using their phones to gain new information. Recent studies shows that people are gradually using their mobile phones to access content on browsers, apps, and social networks:

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Topics: mobile marketing, n5r, twitter, New Statistics on Mobile Phone Access

The Mechanics of Building a Following on Social Media

So, how do you establish a meaningful following on social media platforms?  The following list is not an exhaustive one, but certainly will help as you try to engage with your audience and discover your buyer personas.
  • Start with a plan:  It’s so simplistic, isn’t it? But it’s so important to map out how you’re going to entice your target audience on social media.  Why are you engaging, who are you engaging with and, what value do you bring to the proverbial table?
  • Choose a handle. Choose wisely: This is key since it is how people will know you on social media. This handle is most often connected to a business.  It’s best to avoid using your personal account, since the information you would share with a friend probably differs to what you would share in a business relationship. 
  • Once you get started, don’t stop:  By planning what you will share in advance, it considerably speeds up your process of publishing content and reduces the quantity of work you need to do.  Writing posts, finding links and building tweets happens a whole lot quicker if you focus on your chosen subject.  When do you plan to post? You’ll keep your customers happy if you blog every day. Be reliable.
  • Create a value-added relationship: Your followers are following you for a reason, and that reason is because you bring them informative posts which they want to read. Test posts to verify what “value” is, but a starting point is something with a link to useful content.  Bring your followers useful content and they will remain loyal.  A “no post without a link” rule is a sensible starting point.
  • Be open and approachable:  If people reach out to you directly, answer them. Be cordial. It’s easy.  Thank them for retweets and sharing your posts.  They repost your information, because they find it valuable.  Appreciate that and respect it.
  • Limit the selling – It’s not about you, it’s about them. Talk about your product when applicable, but be very sure to balance that with other information which is not central to your product.
  • Install social sharing icons: Making it easy for visitors to your website to share your content can significantly increase how far and fast your content reaches the masses.
Social media is about forming and (keeping) relationships.  Always remember to add value to whatever you’re sharing. Steer clear of shortcuts, spend your time wisely and you’ll see success. 

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Topics: buyer personas, n5r, The Mechanics of Building a Following on Social Me

Study Shows Longer Tweets Get More Clicks

If you’re seeking higher click-throughs on the links shared in your tweets, a recent study from Dan Zarrella at Hubspot will help access how you may be able to up these numbers.

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Topics: Hubspot, n5r, tudy Shows Longer Tweets Get More Clicks

Canada has the best reputation in the entire world!

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Topics: n5r, best reputation, economy, Canada has the best reputation in the world!

How to Add QR Codes to your Marketing Strategy

A Google search for “QR code” is all it takes to find many websites you can go to generate your own QR code. Below you’ll find some useful links to help you build your first QR code.
Kaywa: QR code generator is the most effortless way to generate a QR code. Choose your preference, enter the content you want, specify size and click “Generate.” Save the code or grab the HTML to embed it online.
iCandy: helps you track scans and you can even view analytics on generated QR codes. Additionally, you have the ability to print codes through partner services.
Stickybits : (my personal favourite!) makes it easy to create stickers for your codes, as well as inspire collective content creation from people who scan your codes. This one has it all.
Apps that can scan codes are available for most smartphones. Search your app store for “barcode reader,” or “QR code scanner,” and you’ll find several to choose from.
Really the only limit you have as to where to use QR codes, is your imagination. So run wild!
  • Business cards: Generate a barcode that directs scanners to your online resume, small business Facebook Page or your website to help new contacts find you or your business faster.
  • Marketing materials: Add QR codes to send viewers to a particular how-to video, send them to a Flickr account, get them to follow you on Twitter, or point them to a landing page that promotes a new campaign.
  • Storefront windows: Generate your own QR code to place in your window. You can use this code to get Foursquare check-ins, point scanners to your Yelp profile, or invite customers to share memories in photo, video or text form via Stickybits.
  • For freebies: Everybody loves free! Why not reward your customers with 10% off their next purchase? Give them something small to thank them for their business. Create a custom QR code for the freebie you want to offer. You could even get creative and hide the QR code offers online, like on your Facebook page or website, or somewhere inside your store.
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Topics: n5r, QR Codes, stickybits, kaywa, icandy, how-to guide

4 Simple Steps to Creating a Million-Dollar Idea

Sounds too good to be true, right? You might be surprised! Author Tim Ferris walks us through 4 simple steps that every budding business owners can use to come up with a potential money-making machine!

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Topics: marketing, n5r, buyer persona, 4 Simple Steps to Creating a Millon-Dollar Idea


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