Maximize Response to Real Estate Prospecting Letters

Sending out real estate prospecting letters to your farming area can be an exercise in frustration if you do not do everything possible to maximize two things:

  1. Your “open rate” and
  2. Your response rate.

Appearances Are Everything (Almost)

The percentage of prospects who open your envelopes and pay attention to the message inside can be disappointingly low if your marketing letter looks like a typical mass mailing — especially one that does not appear to offer the recipient any benefits or value. Although the curiosity factor can sometimes cause people to open your letter, many may dismiss it, right away, if it looks like a sales pitch or advertisement.

If you stop and think about the overwhelming number of marketing messages we are all inundated with, every day, it’s no wonder that your real estate prospects (and you and I) automatically filter out the vast majority of them.

 

Overcome The First Hurdle Of Prospecting Letters

One solution to marketing letters that don’t get read is to enclose something of value inside the envelope and, if possible, make reference to it on the outside of the envelope.

 

 

 

Here are a few examples and ideas:

  1. A small calendar with your photo and contact information
  2. A packet of imprinted garden seeds
  3. An informative article or flyer containing helpful tips for homeowners on saving money, enhancing home security, home staging, reducing energy bills, lowering grocery bills, property maintenance, landscaping tips, or an invitation to a complimentary real estate seminar. (By the way, if you need ready-made content for your direct mail campaigns or real estate newsletters, you can get 260 professionally written real estate-oriented articles* on topics that grab the attention of home owners, house hunters, and property sellers. It’s part of a marketing kit for real estate agents and Realtors that can help put you two steps ahead of the competition. Get the details, here. [As a side note, I'm available to write unique, customized content for your blog, real estate newsletter, or website. Contact me for more details.]
  4. A free news letter about real estate trends, real estate resources for home buyers and sellers, news about real estate market conditions, and so on. You can also include “just listed” or “just sold” properties in your real estate news letter.

Increasing your marketing letter’s “open rate” can depend on a lot of factors, but it helps if you can give your prospects a reason to look inside. A short blurb on the outside of the envelope about there being valuable information inside, a free gift, the latest real estate news, or money-saving tips for homeowners can often be the “nudge” that’s needed to get your marketing message seen by more prospective clients. And since real estate marketing is essentially a “numbers game,” the more prospects you successfully make contact with, the better your chances for making more sales and commissions.

Ingredients of an Effective Prospecting Letter

Remembering that most people have short attention spans, so it’s a good idea to make sure your real estate prospecting letter is well organized, visually appealing, and engaging. One way to make it visually appealing is break up the text with a lot of paragraphs (white space) and “bullet points,” like in the list below.

Here are a few ideas for engaging prospects who receive your real estate farming letters:

  • Introduction to Letter: Start your letter with a compelling question, statistic, or problem that you can solve.
  • Unique Selling Proposition (USP): While there’s a thin line between bragging and proactively marketing yourself, it is important to distinguish yourself from other real estate agents and Realtors in your area. In other words, your prospecting letter will have more impact if it includes a few sentences or bullet points about your qualifications, your successful track record, your experience, specialized training, credentials, connection to the area, familiarity with your farming area, and — last, but not least — your commitment to being available, results oriented, and responsive to client needs and priorities.
  • Contact Information: Give your prospects a lot of options for contacting you. Different people have different communication preferences. Some may prefer to talk to you directly, while others feel more comfortable using email, text messaging, or a website inquiry form. Cater to people’s individual communication styles and comfort zones by offering choices for reaching out to you and/or learning more about your services.
  • Top Of Mind Awareness: Invite your prospects to follow up or learn more about your services by subscribing to your monthly real estate newsletter … visiting your website to peruse your newest listings and video tours … or check out your latest blog post on home staging tips, how to reduce household expenses, tips on family safety, increasing the value of your prospects’ home, strategies for keeping their basement dry, and other topics of interest to your target groups.
  • And by the way: Include a “P.S.” at the end because it catches people’s attention and is frequently read.

Other factors that can help make real estate prospecting letters more effective include a clear “call to action,” an offer of a free comparative analysis of their home, and a followup letter or postcard within the next month. As you know, it’s often necessary to contact prospects a few times before they seriously consider doing business with you. But as a wise man once said: “Persistence breaks down resistance!” (unless, of course, you’re trying to sell ice to an Eskimo.)

Real Estate Marketing Tools to Consider*

  • Real estate prospecting letter templates: Visit this site* to download or learn more about a real estate marketing kit consisting of the following time-saving and lead-generating tools: 320 proven real estate marketing letters for farming a neighborhood, approaching FSBO sellers, offering your services to expired listing prospects, generating referrals, approaching first-time home buyers, and positioning yourself as a a trustworthy real estate advisor and credible source of real estate information. This marketing kit* also provides you with 260 relevant articles for homeowners, house hunters, and house sellers that you can use in your own real estate newsletter, real estate blog, email marketing campaigns, or real estate farming letters. The website also contains a free example of an expired listing prospecting letter that you can adapt to your own marketing needs.
  • Real estate flyer templates: Easily create professional-looking real estate flyers* for new listings, open houses, and marketing campaigns. Get access to 53 Templates that you can customize, print, and distribute in minutes. You can also download a free sample of an easy-to-use, professionally designed real estate marketing flyer.
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Articles on Real Estate Marketing

The following articles on various aspects of real estate marketing will provide you with actionable ideas for increasing engagement with your target audience, expanding name recognition, maintaining Top of Mind Awareness in your farm area,  generating leads, and converting more prospects into real estate clients.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on how to get the most mileage out of your real estate prospecting letters, farming letters, real estate newsletters, and marketing campaigns.

Stay tuned for more real estate marketing tips in the near future!

Feel free to contact me if you need help developing a real estate blog to increase engagement, rank higher in the search engines, and attract more prospective clients to your website. (I can provide you with original content to help keep your blog relevant, fresh, and “search engine friendly”!)

 

Best of luck in all your real estate marketing endeavors

–Joel
Freelance writer, business blogger, marketing consultant

Email address: prowriter30years@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate for the real estate marketing tools, Web-based email marketing software, and informational products featured in this blog.
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Improve the Response Rate of Your Real Estate Letters

In spite of the multitude of online marketing options available to real estate agents, prospecting letters are still a tried-and-proven method of generating leads, increasing name recognition, and standing out from the competition.

As is the case with any kind of real estate marketing, there are a few hurdles to clear before you can arrive at the “finish line”. Whether your sending your marketing letters via email or the postal service, the potential obstacles to producing a response from your target audience are the same:

  • Getting Your Letter Opened: When you consider how inundated people are with emails, sales pitches, ads, and special offers of every description, it’s no wonder that a percentage of emails and real estate marketing letters and are never opened. You can reduce that number to a bare minimum by taking a few extra minutes to compose an intriguing subject line for your email marketing letters… or printing a brief blurb on the outside of your postal envelopes, one that would evoke curiosity or interest in what’s inside. It might take a little experimentation to discover what works best, but once you get in the flow of writing effective real estate marketing headlines, it should soon become second nature.
  • Engaging the Prospect: Once you get the prospect to open the envelope or email, you have a few short seconds to spark their interest and draw them into the message. There are a variety of ways to do this, such as asking them a question they can relate to, making a statement that establishes the need for your services, or quoting a compelling statistic or trend in the real estate market that might affect them.
  • Getting the Prospect to Take Action: One missing element in some real estate marketing letters and new agent introduction letters is a “call to action”. A good place for a second call to action is in the “P.S.” at the end of your real estate prospecting letter or email. Keep in mind that some people are more comfortable using email, rather than the telephone, to make an initial inquiry. Other real estate prospects may prefer to check out your website first, your latest blog post (if you mention it), or even your Facebook page before picking up the phone. So, in your farming letter or real estate introduction letter, make sure to give your prospects plenty of choices for contacting you, following up, learning more about you, joining your email list, or checking out your latest real estate listings. Make it easy and comfortable for them to respond to your “calls for action.”

That’s a quick overview of some of the potential sales hurdles you may face when sending out real estate farming letters, introduction letters, FSBO prospecting letters, and expired listing letters.

By the way, if you need an example to follow for composing a professional-sounding expired listing prospecting letter, visit a website called “My Marketing Letters” and click on the yellow “Sample Letters” button.

The website features a free sample of an expired listing letter, which you can use immediately to offer your services to potential clients in that target market. (Just add a few personal touches to the prospecting letter template, including the prospect’s name, your real estate designation, and your contact information.

BTW… Don’t forget to add a “P.S.” at the end of the prospecting letter to either promote your latest blog post, reiterate your interest in scheduling an appointment, or to encourage them to visit your website — preferable directing them to a webpage that features glowing testimonials from satisfied clients and/or photos of you (and clients) standing in front of “sold” signs. Testimonials, third-party recommendations, client success stories, and photos can have a lot of impact when trying to gain the confidence of new clients



Stay tuned to this blog for more insights into real estate marketing, lead generation strategies, and email marketing techniques for real estate agents.

Thanks for checking out my latest post!

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

–Joel
Freelance writer, business blogger, marketing consultant
Email: prowriter30years@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: My real estate marketing blog posts feature links to digital products, templates, marketing services, and websites for which I am a compensated affiliate.

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Generate Leads With Real Estate Farming Letters

Depending on who you talk to, real estate farming letters are either a guaranteed way to generate leads or a complete waste of time and money.

In reality, the truth lies somewhere between those two statements, and your degree of success depends largely on factors within your control.

One of the cornerstones of a successful real estate marketing strategy is the realization that client acquisition, effective networking, relationship development, and building name recognition in your farming area is a process, rather than the result of a few sporadic direct mail campaigns.

Well-written real estate farming letters CAN produce a flurry of phone calls, email inquiries, and qualified leads, but, as the old expression goes: It’s better not to put all your eggs in one basket!

 

 

 

 

 

But getting back to the topic of real estate farming

Marketing Tips for Real Estate Agents

Here are three strategies for increasing the response rate to your real estate farming letters:

  1. Go into it with a positive attitude! Whether you’re sending out real estate prospecting letters, press releases, a postcard mailing , open house flyers, real estate referral letters, newsletters, or an update to your email subscribers, it’s beneficial to infuse your message with a feeling of optimism, enthusiasm, and confidence in your abilities. The slightest hint of negativity, self doubt, or pessimism can easily seep into your marketing message and weaken its impact.
  2. Consider using real estate templates* to save time, reduce frustration, and target your audience more effectively. Real estate letter templates can increase your productivity, improve time management, and help you avoid trying to “reinvent the wheel.” You’ll feel much more in control of your time and resources when you do not have to start from scratch when you compose FSBO prospecting letters, short sale prospecting letters, referral requests, thank you notes, new agent introduction letters, real estate farming letters, and expired listing prospecting letters. Speaking of expired listing prospecting letters, you can get a free sample of a professionally written one at a site I’m affiliated with called My Real Estate Letters.* In addition to featuring real estate marketing ideas for both new and seasoned real estate agents, the website also offers a marketing kit* of real estate prospecting letters, ready to use content for your newsletter, templates of real estate thank you letters, and dozens of different strategies for marketing your services to potential real estate clients in your farming area. Another marketing tool worth mentioning is real estate listing flyers. If you’re looking for real estate flyer templates, there’s a kit of 53 templates you can download at Turkey Flyers*. Samples of professionally designed real estate open house flyers are featured on the website.
  3. Remember the basics: Whether you’re writing a real estate farming letter, a referral request letter, or a professional networking letter, make sure to thoroughly proofread and edit your message two or three times to make sure you’ve caught all typos, awkward sentences, inaccuracies, hints of negativity, or opportunities to promote yourself. For example, if you’re holding an open house next weekend or planning to attend a local community event, invite people to stop by and introduce themselves or join you for a cup of coffee. Effective real estate farming letters also include as much contact information as possible and a few “calls for action,” encouraging your prospects to respond in some way, such as calling or emailing you, visiting your website, checking out your latest blog post, scheduling an appointment, requesting a free comparative market analysis, or whatever it is that you want them to do. One final tip I want to mention for today is the importance of using “white space,” paragraphs, bullet points, and other design elements to help make your real estate marketing letters look more visually appealing. If the page looks too cluttered or verbose, it could make your prospecting letter a strong candidate for the recycling bin!

Thanks for checking out my latest thoughts on real estate marketing, letter writing, and crafting an effective advertising message. Stay tuned for more tips and strategies on topics like lead generation and the ingredients of a real estate agent marketing plan.

–Joel
Real estate marketing blogger, freelance writer, marketing strategist
email: prowriter30years@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: My blog posts feature links to real estate marketing tools, templates, and websites for which I am a compensated affiliate.

 

Marketing Tools for Real Estate Agents and Realtors

The cornerstones of a successful real estate sales career include superior knowledge, expertise, an outgoing personality, and a strong motivation to help people (and be financially rewarded for it).

Although that comprises the foundation of a vibrant real estate business, being a top producer also hinges on the ability to consistently attract clients and generate a steady stream of qualified leads. Accomplishing that feat often involves the use of specific real estate marketing tools and proven lead generation strategies.

Real Estate Online Marketing

In the same way that a carpenter or mechanic doesn’t always use every tool they have in their kit, certain real estate marketing tools will be used more frequently than others. A lot depends on your personality and your comfort level with Internet marketing methods.

For example, some real estate agents have a more natural on-camera presence than others, and may be especially good at appearing in real estate marketing videos and commercials. Real estate video marketing can be a powerful tool for some, and an exercise in frustration for others. (It’s simply a matter of leveraging your strengths and steering away your limitations.)

As the Internet evolves and consumers become more Internet savvy, posting online real estate videos can be an effective way to engage prospects, increase your visibility, and brand yourself. Some real estate agents who have a high comfort level with Internet technology may also take advantage of other  marketing opportunities like conducting Webinars online for first-time home buyers.

The use of social media also has the potential, over time, to engage prospects, cultivate client relationships, and generate leads, but — as is the case with blogging — it requires persistence, fresh content every few days, and some basic knowledge about real estate online marketing techniques.

In some cases, it makes sense to delegate the task of social media marketing to a freelancer, a part-time employee, or even a college student who’s social media savvy. (I haven’t been a college student since before the Internet Age, but I’d make an educated guess that most college students ARE social media savvy.)

In addition to the real estate marketing tools and tactics I mentioned above, here’s a handful of additional ideas worth considering:

Marketing Tools for Real Estate Agents

  1. Real estate marketing letter templates: For more than a decade, I’ve been affiliated with a company that offers one of the most comprehensive collections of professionally written real estate letters for virtually every situation. By downloading this collection of relationship-building and real estate marketing letters, you can have immediate access to persuasive marketing messages that only require a little tweaking and customization. This indispensable collection of 320 letters includes a variety of templates for the following types of real estate marketing situations: new agent announcements, expired listing prospecting letters, FSBO prospecting letters, real estate thank you letters, referral requests, converting renters to homeowners, open house invitations, short sale prospecting letters, home staging tips (advice on “getting your home ready to sell”), moving tips, the advantages of using a professional Realtor, and letters offering a free competitive market analysis. This handy real estate marketing kit also includes 260 relevant articles you can use in your real estate newsletters (both print and email), your website, blog, introductory information packets, and other marketing tools. Visit this website for three free samples of real estate marketing letters and more information about the complete real estate marketing kit described above.
  2. Email marketing services: You can’t send out a professional email message, newsletter, or announcement to your subscribers unless you’re tapped in to a good email marketing service. There’s a wide selection to choose from, including, Constant Contact, AWeber, GetResponse, Mail Chimp, FlutterMail*, and a handful of others. Features to look for include competitive pricing, ease of use, the ability to send out autoresponder messages, features that enable you to keep track of every message you send out, the ability to resend emails to specific subscribers if you so choose, opt-in features to make sure your mailing list consists only of people who really want to receive your announcements or newsletter, and the ability to segment your client list.
  3. Real estate marketing postcards: Among the advantages of sending out real estate marketing postcards is the fact that a postcard campaign can be less expensive and more effective than sending out marketing letters enclosed in an envelope. While the objectives of a postcard marketing campaign are sometimes different than a letter mailing campaign, postcard messages are immediately visible to the recipient and can be more cost-effective. A necessary first step to launching a successful real estate postcard marketing campaign is knowing what strategies work and which ones do not work, as far as postcard design, messaging, mailing methods, and overall presentation. This e-book* provides helpful tips, examples, and tactics for getting the most return from you postcard marketing campaigns.
  4. Real estate flyers: Professional-looking real estate flyers are an old-fashioned, yet necessary real estate marketing tool for agents and Realtors. Not only are they a must-have marketing tool for open houses and brochure dispensers, but they can also be emailed, postal mailed, tacked up on community bulletin boards, and efficiently distributed in a variety of other ways. One of the keys to effectively using real estate flyers to attract clients and generate business is to have access to a user-friendly set of real estate flyer templates to streamline the process, save time, and help ensure consistent quality. To preview a collection of 53 professionally designed real estate flyer templates, visit this website.*

That’s a snapshot of some of the traditional and Internet based real estate marketing tools that can help you generate leads, produce more inquiries, and help you build your client list and real estate business.

Stay tuned to this blog for more real estate marketing ideas, tools, and strategies!

Thanks for checking out my latest ideas and marketing tips, regarding real estate direct mail marketing, real estate video marketing, and online marketing ideas for real estate agents.

 

Best of luck in all your real estate marketing campaigns!

–Joel
Real estate marketing blogger, freelance journalist, website content writer
email: prowriter30years@yahoo.com

 

 

 

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*Disclaimer: My blog posts often feature links to real estate marketing tools, templates, ebooks, software, and services for which I am a compensated affiliate.