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.
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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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Getting Results From Real Estate Prospecting Letters

In order to be successful, Realtors and real estate agents need to be experts on the art and science of marketing — not only marketing their clients’ real estate listings, but also marketing themselves.

When you market yourself, which is an ongoing process, it’s necessary to keep three things in mind:

  1. In many cases, your prospective clients will choose a real estate agent on the basis of trust, familiarity, and likability. As Dale Carnegie and many other thought leaders in sales and marketing have stated countless times: “People tend to do business with other people they know, like, and trust.” Getting people to know, like, and trust you is a multi-step process that encompasses everything from the quality and quantity of your website content to traditional marketing methods, such as sending out real estate prospecting letters and doing face-to-face networking and making phone calls.
  2. “Persistence breaks down resistance.” I’m not sure who originally coined that phrase, but it was one of my father’s favorite aphorisms, and one I enjoy passing along to others.
  3. Success in real estate marketing begins with the creation and implementation of a cost-effective real estate marketing plan. While your real estate marketing plan does not have to be a 25-page document consisting of elaborate charts, diagrams, case studies, and market data, it’s very beneficial to create a working document that lists your marketing strategies, your goals, and a concise SWOT analysis. When you’ve identified your “Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats,” you’re in a much stronger position to capitalize on your strengths and opportunities (and create a strategy for counteracting your weakness and competitive or economic threats.)

What Role Do Real Estate Marketing Letters Play?

Marketing letters, which can run the gamut from letters of introduction to expired listing prospecting letters, can be an important building block in the success of your marketing campaigns.

In a nutshell, here are some of the key elements of a well-rounded real estate marketing strategy — including real estate prospecting letters.

  • Real estate marketing letters, including — but not limited to — real estate farming letters, thank you letters, real estate expired listing letters, requests for referrals, and real estate introduction letters, can be a valuable lead generation tool. (There’s also FSBO prospecting letters, prospective first-time home owner letters, new agent announcement letters, and letters offering a free comparative market analysis to prospective clients.)
  • A strong online presence includes a professional-looking, easy-to-navigate website providing valuable, useful, and relevant information to property sellers, home owners, and house hunters. One thing that keeps coming up in my research on successful real estate marketing techniques is the importance of maintaining an active real estate blog — usually as part of your real estate agent website. Creating and developing an active blog helps attract prospective clients to your website, gives you a good reason to send out tweets and post announcements on Facebook, and presents you as a source of credible and useful information. NOTE: If you don’t have the time, inclination, or writing ability to update your blog on a regular basis, here are two alternatives: 1) Contact me about ghost-writing weekly 500-word blog posts for your web site. I have a lot of experience with this and would be happy to show you samples of the many real estate agent blogs I’ve contributed to. In addition to that, you’d also want to post your own blog posts about your new listings, ‘just sold’ properties, and other updates. 2) Another option is to download an already-written collection of 260 blog articles that would be of interest to homeowners, house hunters, and home sellers. These real estate-oriented articles for blogs and newsletters cover a variety of topics, including home buying, home selling, gardening, home maintenance, real estate financing, home security, holiday preparation, and much more. This collection of ready-to-use articles is part of a real estate marketing kit*  that consists of 320 real estate agent marketing letter templates and the 260 articles I mentioned. More info here. [Other aspects of a strong online presence can include elements like an active social media marketing plan, a video marketing strategy, and listings in leading directories and real estate marketing websites.]
  • The creation and distribution of timely real estate newsletters can help you achieve name recognition, credibility, ‘Top of Mind Awareness’, and a reputation as a knowledgeable source or information on local market conditions, real estate marketing, and the process of buying and selling a home. Real estate newsletters can be published on a monthly or quarterly basis, and can be an effective accompaniment to a real estate farming letter campaign. Perhaps the most cost effective method of delivering real estate newsletters is through e-mail distribution. You can even automate this process by using any of a number of different autoresponders and list management services. [One web-based email marketing service to consider is Fluttermail*.]

Those are a few of the elements of an integrated marketing plan which you may want to incorporate into your real estate marketing strategy. Stay tuned to this blog for more real estate prospecting ideas, marketing tools, and success philosophies!

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need help with blogging or website content development.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post!

–Joel (prowriter30years@yahoo.com)
Freelance writer, business blogger, marketing consultant

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate
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Marketing Letters for Real Estate Agents and Realtors

Real estate marketing letters can serve many purposes beyond just staying in touch with prospects in your farming area. As an example, you can tailor your marketing letters to generate leads and forge relationships with specific segments of your target groups, such as FSBO prospects, expired listing prospects, and first-time home buyers.

 

In all cases, however, your real estate marketing letter needs to communicate key four points, in order to be optimally effective:

 

 

  1. The fact that you are a licensed, trained, and qualified real estate agent or Realtor
  2. Your priorities: Your prospecting letter needs to emphasize the fact that your top priorities include providing exceptional service, making yourself available on an as-needed basis, and producing the best possible results for your clients.
  3. Nothing succeeds like success: If you’ve recently sold properties in your farming area, it can help lower sales resistance and boost your marketability to mention your recent successes — especially if you sold houses at or above the asking price. Demonstrating the ability to sell homes quickly also carries a lot of weight in the minds of potential real estate clients. As a side note, there are a variety of ways to establish yourself as an authority on the subject of real estate marketing and the local real estate market, including blogging, distributing a monthly real estate newsletter (via email or postal mail), and being featured, quoted, or mentioned in media interviews, news stories, or popular local blogs.

Real Estate Agent Marketing Plan

There are several different kinds of real estate marketing letters — including Realtor introduction letters, real estate thank you letters, and real estate farming letters — and they are all important elements of a well executed real estate marketing plan.

The benefits of incorporating letter writing, email marketing, and direct mail marketing into your real estate marketing plan include the following:

  • Top of Mind Awareness: If your prospects hear from you on a regular basis, then there’s a greater chance they’ll think of you when they’re ready to sell their home. (If “you’re out of sight, you’re out of mind”, as the expression goes.)
  • Credibility: Distributing marketing letters, helpful homeowner and home seller tips, and real estate newsletters to your farming area (and your email subscriber list) can help establish you as a source of timely information, relevant insights, and important updates about the local real estate market, as well as the process of selling and buying homes.
  • Establishing and reinforcing an image of professionalism: Real estate marketing letters and news letter sent out on a regular basis can help cultivate a reputation for you as a proactive, resourceful, and dedicated real estate professional.

When it comes to making real estate marketing letters an active part of your marketing strategy, success is often determined by your ability to catch people’s attention, present your message in clear and persuasive way, and motivate them to take action.


Marketing Letters for Real Estate Agents

If writing real estate marketing letters seems too labor intensive or time consuming, then you’ll be relieved to know that there is an alternative. By downloading a collection of ready-to-use real estate marketing letter templates to your computer, you can save countless hours of time, boost your mailing campaign response rate, and generate more leads. Visit this website* to learn more about the wide assortment of marketing letters for real estate agents that are available for immediate use.

They include the following types of lead generation letters:

  • Real estate agent introduction letters
  • Expired listing prospecting letters
  • Real estate prospecting letters
  • Short sale prospecting letter
  • Real estate agent farming letters
  • FSBO prospecting letters
  • Open house invitations/announcements
  • Real estate marketing letters targeting first-time home buyers
  • Referral letters
  • Real estate thank you letters

Real estate marketing letters sent to your farming area and your email subscriber list can be an effective way to maintain contact, reinforce awareness, and keep your name in front of your target audience.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on real estate marketing tips and techniques for writing effective letters — including prospecting letters, introduction letters, farming letters, and real estate agent marketing letters.

Stay tuned for more marketing strategies, prospecting tips, and ideas for real estate agents and Realtors.

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

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: In addition to my main blog topics — namely, how to write more effective real estate marketing letters, how to compose well-written new real estate agent introduction letters, and the art of crafting persuasive real estate agent prospecting letters, I will take a look at other aspects of real estate marketing, including email marketing, email marketing services, public relations and media relations tactics, lead generation strategies, real estate marketing tools, staying motivated, how to gain a competitive advantage over other real estate agents in your area, the psychology of successful sales and marketing, real estate blogging tips, content marketing, real estate newsletter marketing, and ideas for effectively using real estate marketing flyers.

Stay tuned.

*Disclaimer: My real estate marketing blog contains links to marketing letter templates for real estate agents, Web-based email marketing services, and digital products for which I am a compensated affiliate.

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Ingredients of an Effective Real Estate Prospecting Letter

One of the secrets of success in any aspect of sales, business, or human relations is establishing rapport. When you make a connection with another person, whether it’s through a shared experience, a mutual interest, or a similar background, layers of sales resistance, distrust, and skepticism melt away.

Beginning a real estate prospecting letters with some sort of “ice breaker” can be more effective than immediately talking about yourself and the fact that you’re available to meet your prospects’ real estate sales needs. In the same way that you probably wouldn’t instantly go into a sales pitch in the first few minutes of a face-to-face meeting, real estate marketing letters tend to be more engaging when there’s a sentence or two that warms them up, catches their attention, and eases them into the letter.

There are countless ways you can approach the introductory paragraph to a real estate prospecting letter, but here are a few ideas that will help get your creative juices flowing.

Keep in mind, that a real estate prospecting letter should always reflect your personality, express a genuine desire to serve your clients’ needs, and emphasize your commitment to producing the best possible results within the shortest period of time.

Here’s an example of some introductory text you could use in the opening lines of a well crafted real estate prospecting letter or email marketing letter. It establishes a need for your services and positions you as a qualified and dedicated real estate advisor. While it’s important to use your own “voice” in writing real estate introduction letters and prospecting letters, you’re welcome to adapt and use the following text in your next real estate marketing letter.

Sample Introductory Text

“Buying or selling a home in today’s market can be a confusing process unless you have a knowledgeable and proactive real estate agent working on your behalf. As a licensed, local real estate professional with expertise in marketing and negotiating, I can can help you successfully navigate through your next real estate transaction. You can also count on me to be available on an as-needed basis to help assist you in getting optimal value for your current or future home.”


More Real Estate Letter Writing Tips

Making reference to local events, local real estate trends, or topics that are on the minds of residents in your area are among the many ways you can make a connection with your prospects and draw them into your letter. When reaching out to individuals or sometimes small groups, making reference to mutual friends, acquaintances, or anything else you have in common, like colleges, memberships in organizations, involvement in fundraising drives, recovery from natural disasters, or shared enthusiasm for sports teams (hometown, collegiate, or national), can often lower barriers and begin the process of establishing rapport. People almost always feel more receptive to and comfortable with other people who share similar interests, backgrounds, values, and challenges.

Stay tuned to this real estate marketing blog for more insights into writing effective prospecting letters and establishing rapport with prospective clients and others with whom you  can create mutually beneficial relationships.

Thanks for checking out my latest post on real estate marketing strategies, letter writing tactics, and salesmanship.

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

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: Many of my blog posts feature links to digital products, marketing templates, and services for which I am a compensated affiliate.