Give Your Real Estate Prospecting Letters a Tune-Up

The good news about real estate prospecting letters is that they can be a cost-effective marketing tool for generating leads in and around your farming area. The potentially bad news about using prospecting letters is that the results they produce often fall short of expectations.

There are a lot of reasons for real estate marketing letters performing poorly, but the thing to keep in mind is that many of those flaws are correctable. In other words, if you take a close look at the content and appearance of your real estate letters, there are frequently changes, edits, and improvements you can make that will enhance your response rate and help you produce better results.

 

Here are a few often-overlooked tweaks you can make that can strengthen your marketing message and help you produce more responses from prospective clients in your farming area.

 

Tips For Improving Your Real Estate Prospecting Letters

  1. As an example: Real estate agent introduction letters often begin by saying something like this:  “Hello. My name is John Q. Farmer, and I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and my real estate marketing services to you.” While that wording may occasionally work to generate a real estate lead or two, a more engaging way to get your prospects to read your letter is by either starting out with a thought-provoking question or a statistic that potential clients will relate to. A strategy that does not occur to many real estate agents — but that can be more effective — is to introduce yourself in the second paragraph, instead of in the first sentence. That way, you’ve used a strategy to catch their attention and get them thinking about things like the potential pitfalls of choosing the wrong real estate agent or attempting to sell their home on their own. The next logical step in your real estate prospecting letter (or introduction letter) would be to spell out the reasons you are the best choice for helping them achieve their real estate goals in the most efficient and effective way possible.
  2. Prospecting letter tips: Avoid the temptation to throw together and send out a boilerplate prospecting letter that looks cluttered, poorly organized, impersonal, and unedited. Taking the time to carefully proofread and review your marketing message can have a positive impact on your response rate. Another fatal flaw of many real estate farming letters is a failure to include a persuasive “call to action.” In addition to urging prospects to contact you for a free comparative market analysis of their home, you might also want to encourage them to visit your blog or subscribe online to your free real estate newsletter featuring articles on home staging strategies, household energy saving tips, the latest real estate market trends, home security tactics, and/or how to choose a real estate agent who will best serve their needs. Note: If you’d like to have access to a collection of professionally written real estate articles on topics like home selling, home buying, home staging, and real estate financing, then check out this real estate marketing kit.* It features 260 relevant articles you can use in your own blog, newsletter, or web site. The kit also includes 320 real estate prospecting templates and marketing letters you can easily customize and send out to your farming area or email subscriber list. One resource that can be of immediate benefit to you and your real estate marketing efforts is the free sample of an expired listing prospecting letter that is featured on the website. More details, here.

By the way, if you need professional, easy-to-use real estate flyer templates (for open houses, direct mail campaigns, new listings, and real estate flyer dispensers), you can request a free sample or purchase an entire set of open house/real estate listing flyers at Turnkey Flyers.*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for letting me share my latest thoughts on marketing strategies, real estate prospecting letters, email marketing, and direct mail techniques.

Stay tuned for more real estate marketing ideas!

–Joel
Freelance writer, business blogger, marketing consultant
Feel free to email me if you have any questions, comments, or inquiries.

Key Takeaways and additional points about real estate prospecting letters:

  • One formula for writing an effective real estate prospecting letter is to begin the message with an intriguing statistic, engaging question, or a statement that makes people sit up and take notice. The type of psychological response you want to elicit is something along the lines of “I didn’t know that!” or “Yes, that IS a concern of mine!” or “I can relate to what you’re saying!” or “Yes, that describes our situation perfectly!” From a sales standpoint, it’s beneficial to create a feeling of connection, agreement, or engagement as soon as possible in your message — whether it’s in an introductory letter, a real estate farming letter, or a expired listing prospecting letter.
  • One strategy for increasing interest in your real estate marketing letter is to enclose a brief real estate newsletter and print a short blurb about it on the outside of the envelop to arouse curiosity or trigger interest.
  • In addition to including the usual “call to action” in your real estate prospecting letter, such as “Contact me for a free comparative market analysis,” or “Call me if you’re thinking about putting your home on the market,” a good way to create more engagement and top-of-mind awareness is to encourage them to check out your latest blog post on a topic of interest to homeowners, such as home security tips, how to save money on energy costs, or “ten tips for selling your home faster”.
  • Make your real estate prospecting letter as visually appealing as possible by breaking it up into several paragraphs and including as much “white space” as you can. Including several “bullet points,” like the ones in this list you’re reading, will also help pull in the attention of your prospects and enable them to digest your message more easily. If your letter looks too cluttered and long, then many people won’t have the patience or time to sift through all those words!

I invite you to visit this real estate marketing blog again for more tips, strategies, and techniques for creating effective real estate prospecting letters, farming letters, and agent introduction letters. I’ll also include helpful sales and marketing tips, email marketing ideas, and strategies for creating an effective integrated marketing campaign in your real estate farming area.

If you’re interested in downloading a set of already-written real estate marketing letter templates and articles for your newsletter or blog, then visit “My Real Estate Letters.”

Contact me if you have any questions and/or need engaging blog posts written for your real estate website, newsletter, or blog. I’d be happy to provide you with links to samples of my writing that are now appearing on dozens of real estate agent websites.

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Tips For Improving Your Real Estate Marketing Letters

Email marketing and direct mail marketing can be two viable ways to generate real estate leads, but — like any aspect of sales and marketing — results are impacted by several things, including the effectiveness of your message, the image you project to prospective clients, and the visibility you establish through networking, online marketing, and advertising.

Developing and implementing a cost-effective real estate marketing plan may seem like a tall order, but if you approach it in a methodical and proactive way, your pipeline of prospects, sales leads, and active clients will grow.

Real Estate Prospecting and Farming Letters

Are you planning on sending out real estate prospecting letters to your farming area in the near future? If so, here are several tips to help improve your results and generate more real estate leads.

  1. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Unless one of your strengths is writing compelling, results-oriented prospecting letters, then there’s a distinct advantage to using professionally written real estate letter templates. It can help save an immense amount of time and significantly increase your productivity. Having access to real estate letters that are already 90-95% done can streamline your marketing efforts and conserve energy for other sales activities. There’s an online kit of real estate marketing letters* you can download that includes real estate introduction letters, prospecting letters, new agent announcement letters, appointment reminder letters, referral requests, home staging letters, real estate thank you letters, open house announcements, short sale prospecting letters, expired listing prospecting letters, FSBO real estate prospecting letters, and holiday greeting letters. This collection of real estate marketing letters contains over 300 easy-to-use templates for almost any occasion and purpose. Whether or not you decide to purchase the 320 real estate letters (and 260 articles for your blog or real estate newsletter), this website offers dozens of prospecting ideas for real estate agents, brokers, and Realtors. Check out the variety of marketing letters available. The site also features a free example of an expired listing prospecting letter that you can adapt to your own own needs.
  2. Know your strengths and weaknesses. One of the cornerstones of an effective real estate marketing plan is taking the time to do a “SWOT” analysis. Identifying your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats is the first step toward developing a successful real estate marketing strategy. Once you know your competitive advantages, your Unique Selling Proposition (USP), and any weaknesses or threats you need to address, you’re in a strong position to make the best possible impression on your prospects and clients..
  3. Details make the difference: You can increase the probability that your real estate letters will be read, taken seriously, and responded to by proofreading them carefully — especially after making last-minute edits and revisions. Liberal use of paragraphs (white space) can help make your marketing letters look more inviting, organized, and easier on the eyes. Numbered lists — like the one you’re reading — and/or the use of bullets points also serve the same purpose.
  4. Increase your “open rate”: The somewhat discouraging aspect of mailing out real estate prospecting letters is that a certain percentage of them do not get opened or read. If it has the look and feel of a “mass mailing” (which it basically is), then some of your recipients will dismiss it as “junk mail” — even those who could potentially benefit from your services.There are a number of strategies for reducing the “throw away rate,” such as enclosing something free like an imprinted packet of garden seeds, a real estate newsletter, or a free calendar for their refrigerator. Printing a short blurb on the outside of the envelope about the free gift or valuable information inside can be another way to prompt recipients to look inside — and, very often, that can be the first hurdle to getting your message read by prospective clients. One strategy that some real estate agents use to arouse curiosity and increase the “open rate”  is to simply print their name and return address on the envelope, rather than making it obvious that the letter is from a real estate agent, Realtor, or agency. Experimenting with different approaches, such as using a font that resembles handwriting, can often lead to a higher response rate.
  5. Cultivate a positive attitude. The quality of your thoughts, attitudes, daily habits, and expectations can have a direct impact on the impression you make on people. (You know what they say about only having one chance to make a great first impression!) Attitudes, both positive and negative, have a way of seeping into every aspect of your communication — including sales letters, emails, and telephone contacts.

Sending out real estate marketing letters to your farm area can and often does result in inquiries, referrals, visits to your website or real estate blog, and increased name recognition.

Since effective time management is such an important aspect of real estate marketing, it makes sense to streamline the communication process, whenever possible, by using templates for real estate marketing letters*, open house flyers*, and email marketing campaigns.*

Visit this website for a free example of an expired listing prospecting letter

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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 real estate marketing strategies.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions, comments, or inquiries about this real estate marketing blog, my new blog on ideas for starting a business, or my blog-writing services.

 

–Joel
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The Ingredients of a Successful Real Estate Prospecting Letter

In many ways, the real estate prospecting letter is one of the most basic, yet powerful marketing tools available to real estate agents and Realtors. Unfortunately, this marketing tool is not always used to its fullest potential . The effectiveness of real estate prospecting letters is often directly proportional to these five variables and how well they’re applied:

  1. How engaging is the letter? The extent to which you’ve caught and held your prospects attention — starting from the first sentence of the letter — is crucial.
  2. Key features to include: How well does the prospecting letter flow from one idea to the next, establish a need for your services, highlight your unique qualifications and availability, and mention relevant market conditions that make it a favorable time for home owners or house hunters to take action now on their real estate goals (rather than waiting for conditions to improve or change)
  3. Call to action: The inclusion of more than one “call to action” (telling your prospects what to do when they finish reading your letter) can help boost your response rate.
  4. First Impressions: Is your real estate prospecting letter visually inviting…  or cluttered-looking and verbose? The answer to that question will impact the response rate to your marketing letter.
  5. Incentives and Curiosity Factor: Have you immediately aroused curiosity, grabbed attention, or given your prospects any incentive to open the envelope or click on the subject-line of your marketing email? If not, many of your prospecting letters will not see the light of day!

Maximizing the Impact of Your Real Estate Prospecting Letter

What else can you do to increase the response rate to your prospecting letters? Here are a few quick ideas that can help you generate more inquiries, leads, and clients:

  • Realize that sending out prospecting letters is an ongoing process, in which success can be defined in more than one way. Obviously, the intention of any real estate marketing strategy is to acquire more clients and generate additional income. However, if your real estate prospecting letter results in more visits to your blog, subscriptions to your email newsletter, or enhanced name recognition in your farming area, then your mailing campaign has achieved a degree of success. Of course, if the marketing letter produces phone calls, email inquiries, referrals, or additional visits to your next open house, then all the better!
  • Real estate prospecting letter templates are a good starting point for crafting a well-written marketing message to prospective clients in your farming area. If you’re looking for an extensive collection of professional real estate marketing letters for virtually any purpose — including relationship building — then visit this site*. Whether or not you decide to download the complete kit of 320 real estate marketing letters, the website features a free sample of an expired listing prospecting letter, which can provide both guidance, usable content, and structure to your letter-writing efforts. To view the sample marketing letter template*, click on the yellow “sample letters” button” on the website.



Thanks for checking out my latest thoughts and ideas on real estate prospecting tools and lead generation strategies. Stay tuned for updates in the near future!

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

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: My real estate marketing blog features links to prospecting templates, real estate marketing letters, email marketing services, and digital products for which I am a compensated affiliate.

 

 

New Real Estate Agent Introduction Letter Tips

Whether you’re new to the real estate profession or just new to a particular real estate farming area, introducing yourself is a key element to generating leads and attracting new clients. Real estate agent introduction letters have been a staple of real estate marketing plans since time immemorial (well, maybe not THAT long), and will continue to be a valuable marketing tool for the foreseeable future.

If real estate agent introduction letters are such a great way to kick-start a real estate career, you might wonder, then why do they produce such inconsistent results — sometimes bringing in just a small trickle of inquiries and responses?

 Boosting Response to Your Agent Intro Letters

There are a variety of reasons that some direct mail campaigns are more successful than others:

  • A common barrier to a successful marketing letter campaign is the envelope. When some people in your farming area sort through their mail, every day, they may not even open a letter that looks like it might fall under the category of contain so-called “junk mail.” In many cases, it will go straight to the recycling pile. Thanks, in part, to all those unwanted credit card offers we’re all inundated with, people are becoming increasingly resistant to unsolicited offers and commercial messages of almost any kind. (Okay, maybe that was a little bit of an editorial comment, there!). But, the important thing to keep in mind is that there are ways to circumvent the problem. One way is to avoid using printed envelopes emblazoned with your real estate logo or even revealing the fact that the letter is coming from a real estate agent. Obviously, you’re going to make that perfectly clear in the introductory letter, itself, but you don’t necessarily want to give people the opportunity to prejudge the value of the letter and dismiss it before even opening the envelope. Other tactics for getting prospects to actually look at your introductory letter is to print, stamp, or write some sort of attention-catching blurb on the outside of the envelope (Actually, writing anything on hundreds of envelopes would probably induce a major case of “writers’ cramp!”) What you say on the outside of the envelope is only limited by your creativity and imagination, but it should either arouse curiosity, mention a free enclosure inside such as a calendar or packet of garden seeds, or make reference to updates or developments in the neighborhood or local real estate market. Enclosing a one-page real estate newsletter can also be a value-added approach to getting prospects to open your envelope. Developing an email list through your real estate website or blog is yet another way to potentially increase the “open rate” of your new agent introduction letter. When you switch to email marketing, though,  you’re faced with a new challenge: writing an attention-grabbing “subject line” that will entice people to click on and open your email message! The bottom line, however, is this: It’s all doable, and it only takes a few extra minutes to implement strategies that will get your real estate marketing letters read and responded to. (Note: These so-called obstacles are only small hurdles on your way to the “finish line.”)
  • Another possible reason for a marketing letter or new real estate agent announcement letter to get a low response rate is a lack of engagement. In other words, is your real estate introduction letter engaging your recipients by either asking a question, citing a relevant statistic, or making a thought-provoking statement that would draw people into your message?
  • Thirdly, all effective real estate agent introduction letters need to include more than one “call to action.” As you probably know, a call to action is a clear suggestion, request, or invitation to contact you  — to either make an appointment to discuss their real estate needs or to simply “pick your brain” about the local real estate market, the process of putting a house up for sale, or to find out what they need to do to prepare their house for sale. A “call for action” can also be an invitation to check out your latest listings on your website, Facebook page, or real estate blog. Another strategy is to offer prospects a free comparative market analysis. As I’ve mentioned in other blog posts, a great place to reiterate your call to action — especially if it’s a time-sensitive offer or invitation — is a “P.S.” at the end of your real estate introduction letter. Whether your prospects are reading your letter word-for-word or just scanning it, their eyes will typically be drawn to a P.S., because there’s the perception that it contains an important reminder or afterthought.

 

 

 

 

 

Marketing Letter Templates, Ideas, and Samples

If you’re at a loss of what to say in an introductory letter, you can download 12 variations of new agent introduction letters at this website*. The real estate marketing website also features a free sample of an expired listing prospecting letter. By the way, there are several elements of that sample letter that can be adopted for use in a neighborhood letter introducing you as a new real estate agent in your farming area. Visit the site* for an array of useful real estate agent marketing tools and prospecting letter templates for agents and Realtors. The marketing kit includes the following templates, marketing materials, and relationship-building content:

  • Introduction letters
  • New real estate agent announcement letters
  • Farm area prospecting letters
  • 22 different marketing letter templates for FSBO prospects
  • Real estate prospecting letter targeting renters
  • Short sale prospecting letters
  • Home staging letters
  • Referral letters
  • Real estate agent thank you letters
  • Buyer letters and seller letters
  • Networking letters to other real estate agents, Realtors, brokers, and other professionals

This extensive marketing kit of real estate letter templates and marketing strategies also includes a collection of 260 professionally written articles to catch the interest of homeowners in your farming area, other prospective clients, and your real estate newsletter subscribers. Get more information, here.


 

Thanks for checking out my latest thoughts on real estate marketing, direct mail strategies, email marketing, and — more specifically — ideas for improving the response rate of your new real estate agent introduction letters.

Stay tuned to this blog for more new real estate agent tips, marketing ideas, and prospecting strategies.

–Joel
Freelance writer, business blogger, marketing consultant
Email: prowriter30years@yahoo.com
Visit my website: Marketing Survival Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Why Use Prospecting Letters For Real Estate Marketing?

Some real estate agents produce successful results with real estate marketing letters, while others find it to be an exercise in futility. So if it’s not the marketing method itself that fails to generate the desired results, then why do some marketing letter campaigns produce a much higher response rate than others?

First of all, let’s put the topic of real estate marketing letters in context. Like any form of advertising or marketing, it’s not a guaranteed ticket to an “avalanche” of  inquiries, sales leads, or new clients. For example, if the email message or postal envelope isn’t opened,  then the real estate marketing letter won’t even see the light of day, so to speak!


 

Maximize Your Results From Real Estate Marketing Letters

So, how can you can you increase your chances of a successful outcome with your next real estate marketing letter campaign? Here are a few ideas to consider:

  • Start out with professionally written real estate marketing letter templates* to save time, avoid reinventing the wheel, and increase the probability that your farming letters and prospecting letters will generate leads and help you establish a connection with prospective clients.
  • Make use of simple, but effective graphic design elements, such as paragraph breaks, text bullets (like I’m using in this list), and the selective use of bold lettering, underlining, headlines and subheads, italics, highlighting, and other devices (when appropriate) to call attention to key points. It’s crucial to make your prospecting or real estate introduction letters look visually appealing — as opposed to cluttered, verbose, and uninviting.
  • Email marketing tip: If you’re sending a real estate marketing letter to your email subscribers, give some extra thought to creating an attention-catching, intriguing, or curiosity-triggering subject line. It also pays to include the recipient’s first name in the subject line, which can generally be accomplished with the use of web-based email marketing software.*
  • Include a clear “call to action” in your farming letters, email blasts, and real estate agent introduction letters. Tell your prospects what you’d like them to do — such as call you,  check out your latest listings online, stop by and say hello at an upcoming open house, visit your blog (mention the topic and make it enticing), and/or invite them to sign up online to receive your monthly real estate newsletter. Also, consider adding another call-to-action in a “P.S.” (strategically) located at the end of your marketing letter.
  • Don’t email or postal mail your real estate marketing letters until you’ve proofread them at least twice and made doubly sure your message flows smoothly and that it speaks directly to the prospects’ needs, objectives, and desires. Although you do want to make mention of your qualifications, experience, and marketing skills, the emphasis of your marketing/prospecting letter should be the advantages and benefits you can provide them as a trained, knowledgeable, and service-oriented real estate agent or Realtor.

There are a lot of variables, when it comes to launching any kind of real estate advertising or marketing campaign, but by keeping certain tactics in mind and avoiding common pitfalls of sending out prospecting letters, emails, and real estate introduction letters, you’ll enhance both the quality and quantity of your sales leads and inquiries.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on real estate marketing strategies, prospecting letters, and direct mail techniques. Stay tuned for more tips and tactics for marketing real estate.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Templates and Prospecting Letters for Real Estate Agents

Although the cliche “Time is money” is a hackneyed one, there is more than a grain of truth in that saying. Productivity and success in the real estate business are the direct result of careful time management, a positive mindset, and a commitment to continually honing your skills and knowledge.

Having immediate access to a collection of professionally written real estate prospecting letters* doesn’t hurt, either!


 

Free sample letter: If you’d like to get some free tips (in the form of an example) on how to write a professional real estate expired listing lettervisit this site* and click on the yellow button that says “sample letters.” You’ll also have the option to purchase and download an extensive marketing kit for real estate agents, consisting of 320 real estate marketing letters and 260 articles you can use in direct mail campaigns, email newsletters, and real estate farming letter mailings. The articles can add value to your prospecting letter campaigns, and, if you reference them on the outside of the envelope, it can help increase the percentage of letters that are opened, read, and acted on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Generate Leads From Your Real Estate Marketing Letters

In addition to printing, stamping, or writing (well, maybe not writing!) some sort of blurb or “teaser” on the outside of the envelope, here are a few ideas to help you increase the response rate to your real estate farming letters:

  1. A prospecting or marketing letter can often be more engaging if you start it off with a relevant question directed at your prospect– ideally one that elicits a “Yes” response.
  2. Another approach to drawing your prospect into the main body of the message is to make a dramatic statement about either the real estate market, the typical amount of time that a house remains on the market, or the pitfalls of a FSBO approach to selling a home.
  3. A real estate prospecting letter that is visually interesting will stand a much better chance of being read than one that consists of a big block of boring, disorganized text that doesn’t enable the reader to easily scan the message and pick out important points. Breaking up your marketing letter into several paragraphs is one way to accomplish that, but it also helps to use short bulleted lists and the selective use of elements like bold letters, underlined words, yellow highlighting, subheads, and italics. One word of caution: It’s really easy to overdo it with all those attention-catching devices I just mentioned, so a good rule-of-thumb to keep in mind is “less is more.”
  4. The cardinal rule of writing any sales letter or marketing material is to always include a clear “call to action” in your message and give your prospects several ways to contact you. (Different people have different preferences and “comfort zones.”)
  5. Another principle of increasing the response rate of your real estate marketing letters is to include a “P.S.” at the end of the letter. Even when people aren’t reading a farming letter word for word, their eyes will usually be drawn to the P.S toward the bottom. It’s a proven attention-catching device, and can often be a good place to reiterate or include another call to action.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for checking out my latest marketing ideas for real estate agents and Realtors.

Stay tuned to this blog for more tips and strategies for everything from real estate email marketing strategies to video marketing, real estate flyers, and postcard marketing.

Best of luck in all your real estate marketing campaigns!

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

BTW… If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to take a look at the free sample of an expired listing real estate prospecting letter at the website “My Real Estate Letters.” (When you get there, click on the yellow button that says, “Sample Letters.”

One more thing before I wrap up this blog post…

More Real Estate Agent Marketing Tools*

If you’re looking for other marketing templates, prospecting ideas, or real estate marketing materials to support your sales efforts, these items* might be exactly what you need:

 

Until next time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Prospecting Letters that Generate Real Estate Leads

The ideal scenario in real estate sales is to have one or more marketing campaigns in place that cause qualified prospects to contact you, rather than vice versa.

Imagine a steady stream of home owners and house hunters inquiring about your services, every day, in response to real estate postcard mailings, prospecting letters sent to your farming area, real estate listings on your web site, your monthly real estate email newsletter, referrals, a series of engaging blog posts you wrote and promoted, and other real estate marketing strategies.

Direct Mail Marketing Tips For Real Estate Agents

While it may take some time, legwork, and organization to get a productive pipeline like that working for you, sending out real estate prospecting letters can be one of several effective methods for “priming the pump” and generating real estate leads. In addition to mailing general marketing letters to your farming area, you can also focus on reaching out to specific segments of the marketplace by doing these kinds of targeted mailings:

  • FSBO real estate prospects
  • Expired listing prospects (View free sample letter here)
  • Short sale prospects
  • Apartment, condo, or house renters considering home ownership
  • Growing families (new parents) realizing the need for more bedrooms, bigger back yard, or a better school district
  • Retirees either looking to downsize OR to buy a vacation home
  • Executives or other professionals relocating to a new community
  • Past clients who might be ready to move or who might know someone looking to buy or sell real estate
  • Real estate investors or landlords in the market for income-producing property

By targeting your audience as much as possible and tailoring the prospecting letter message to the needs and wants of specific demographics, you’ll be increasing the likelihood of generating more qualified leads.

Real estate marketing tip: Experiment with different subject lines for your email promotions to increase your percentage of emails that are actually opened and read. The same thing applies to the “open rate” of your direct mail campaigns and farming letter mailing, which can often be improved by printing, rubber stamping, or even writing blurbs (“teasers”) on the outside of your envelopes.

By the way. . . When you use email marketing services, such as Mail Chimp, Constant Contact, AWeber, GetResponse, and Fluttermail, it’s usually possible to insert the recipient’s name in the subject line, a tactic that frequently results in a higher open rate.

Real Estate Marketing Tools*

There is a variety of real estate marketing templates, prospecting letter kits, email marketing software, real estate flyer template kits, and real estate postcard marketing ebooks you can download to help you improve your lead generation results, save time, and present a more professional image to your prospective clients.


Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on real estate marketing tools*, direct mail strategies for real estate agents, and email marketing tactics.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Tips and Examples for Writing Effective Real Estate Introduction Letters

One of the main reasons that many real estate prospecting and marketing letters fail to generate the maximum number of responses and inquiries is that the first sentence doesn’t engage the reader.

For example, if you’re writing a real estate agent introduction letter, you’re probably not going to catch your prospects’ attention by using the first sentence to introduce yourself. In most cases, it would be more engaging to ask a question, cite a statistic, or make a compelling statement in the very beginning of your introduction letter. Here are a few examples to consider for your next real estate farming letter:

  • Sample introductory paragraph: “If you’re considering selling your home in the near future, here’s a statistic you might want to keep in mind: Houses sold in March stayed on the market for an average of 47 days, according to the National Association of Realtors. Although there are dozens of variables that can affect how long it takes to find a buyer for your home, the one factor you have the most control over is the real estate agent you choose. When you enlist the help of a real estate professional who will hit the ground running and create a proactive marketing plan for your house, your chances of selling your home quickly increase dramatically. [Then, in the second paragraph, you can introduce yourself and list the reasons why you're the best real estate agent with whom to list their house.]
  • Sample introduction #2: Have you been thinking about putting your house on the market, but are petrified by the thought of choosing the wrong real estate agent — one who is all talk and no action, for example? While there are quite a few qualified real estate agents in this area, randomly choosing one can be a risky proposition. It’s a lot like the “box of chocolates” metaphor in the movie Forrest Gump: “You never know what you’re going to get.” [You can use paragraph two to introduce yourself and explain why your approach to real estate marketing is the one that would best serve their needs.]
  • Sample introductory sentence #3: There are a lot of potential pitfalls to selling a home in today’s real estate market, so it pays to choose a real estate agent who is both dedicated and knowledgeable.

While I’m not recommending that you use the exact wording of those sample openers — especially if they don’t reflect your personality or the current market conditions — I did want to give you some creative ideas on how to engage your audience with questions, thought-provoking statements, and even references to popular culture or quotes.

Marketing Templates for Real Estate Agents

If writing real estate marketing letters appeals to you about as much as sitting in the dentist’s chair for the next hour or two, then there IS an alternative. Visit the website “My Real Estate Letters” for a collection of prospecting letters, introduction letters, and networking letters that will save you both time and aggravation. Even if you’re not interested in downloading the real estate marketing kit they offer, the website provides a free look at two professionally written real estate sample letters, including an expired listing prospecting letter. Check it out, here.*

Thanks for stopping by my real estate marketing blog. Stay tuned for more prospecting ideas, real estate marketing strategies, and examples of creative ways to write real estate farming letters and other types of agent-to-prospect communications.

Contact me if you have any questions.

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

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: My blog posts feature links to websites and digital products for which I am a compensated affiliate.

 

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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10 Real Estate Marketing Ideas for Agents and Realtors

Aside from the need to be self motivated, extremely knowledgeable, and service oriented, likability and credibility are two key catalysts that determine success for real estate agents. There is a formula for real estate marketing success, and a fundamental part of that formula is the public’s perception of you.

Real Estate Marketing Strategies

There’s a well known saying in the sales and marketing world, which I’ve adapted to the real estate profession:

Your chances of winning over prospective real estate clients is strongly influenced by whether those prospects know you, like you, and trust you.

Being “known, liked, and trusted” are of such paramount importance that those priorities should be focal points of any real estate marketing strategy.

Expanding your visibility and establishing credibility are two branches of that strategy, which can help you create momentum and be more effective in all your marketing efforts. Visibility is crucial for creating top-of-mind awareness, and credibility is a necessary component of trust.

Elements of a Real Estate Marketing Plan

Here are 10 real estate marketing ideas and strategies for creating and reinforcing visibility, name recognition, and credibility in your farming area and local community.

  1. Create an active real estate blog: “Active” is the operative word, because a frequently updated blog is seen as being more timely, relevant, and meaningful to prospects, your client base, and potential blog followers. If you don’t have the time or inclination to be a blogger, then perhaps you can find someone who can “ghostwrite” blog posts for you. Obviously, that person would need to be a good writer and have the ability to create short, but informative articles on a regular basis. (BTW… Feel free to contact me at prowriter30years@yahoo.com if you’re in the market for a freelance writer.)
  2. Be a local columnist: Many local periodicals, weeklies, and daily newspapers will welcome the opportunity to have a knowledgeable real estate expert provide them with informative and well thought-out articles, columns, editorials, or blog posts. This can be an opportunity to increase your local visibility, boost your credibility, and expand your name recognition, without having to tap into your marketing budget. Public relations strategies are among the most overlooked approaches to building the reputation, visibility, and credibility of Realtors and real estate agents. And speaking of public relations…
  3. Distribute press releases: I used to be employed in the public relations field, so I have a relatively high comfort level using marketing tools like press releases and media advisories. Submitting press releases to local media outlets is actually simpler than you might think. First of all, the press announcements have to be considered somewhat “newsworthy” and not blatantly self promotional. Press releases can be either e-mailed or postal mailed, and should answer the journalistic questions of “Who? What? Where? When? Why? and How?” The information in a press release should generally be organized in order of descending importance, and include a headline, the date, who to contact for more details, and a boilerplate paragraph at the end of the announcement about you or your agency.
  4. Publish an email newsletter: There are several email marketing services available, including Fluttermail*, which can provide you with easy-to-use email marketing templates, email list management tools, autoresponder capabilities, and much more. By inserting a small subscription box (form) on your website or blog, you can collect the email addresses of interested prospects. You have many options when it comes to providing subscribers with worthwhile content, including writing your own newsletter content, hiring a freelance writer, or purchasing a collection of professionally written articles that target the interests of homeowners, property sellers, and first-time property buyers. Get more information here.*
  5. Mail out real estate prospecting letters: Professionally written marketing letters can be an integral part of a well orchestrated real estate marketing plan. Whether you’re sending out a real estate agent introduction letter to your entire farming area or targeting a specific group of prospects, such as expired listing home owners or FSBO prospects, reaching out to people, via email or postal mail, is a proven lead generation technique. If you’d like to save time and maximize the effectiveness of your real estate prospecting letters, check out a professionally created kit of real estate marketing letters for agents and Realtors that I’ve been featuring on my blogs and website for years*.
  6. Real estate postcard marketing: Postcard marketing is a time-tested method for generating leads, getting your name and photo out there, and increasing your visibility in a real estate farming area. According to Jeff Charlton, the author of Real Estate Postcard Marketing’s Best Kept Secrets*, the reasons many postcard marketing campaigns produce disappointing results are a lack of originality, a failure to create high perceived value, and mediocre postcard designs.
  7. Real estate video marketing: As your clients, prospects, and other real estate agents continue to become more Internet savvy, real estate websites that feature video presentations will have a decided competitive edge, in terms of being more engaging, captivating, and professional looking. Posting real estate marketing videos on video sharing websites, such as Youtube, can also help you generate more website traffic, sales leads, and online visibility. Appearing in a real estate video — assuming you’re comfortable in front of the camera — can also increase your recognition factor, personal branding efforts, enhance your credibility, and reduce sales resistance when you meet prospects in person. In some cases, it will have the effect of turning a cold call into a “warm call,” because if they’ve seen you in a video, you won’t be perceived as a complete stranger.
  8. Real estate marketing flyers: Being able to quickly design, print out, and distribute professional-looking real estate marketing flyers can help you cost-effectively spread the word about an upcoming open house, new property listing, a price reduction, a real estate investment opportunity, or a short sale. Real estate marketing flyers can be distributed in a variety of ways, including email, postal mail, front-yard brochure holders, community bulletin boards, open houses, or through cooperative relationships with other businesses and professionals. Visit this website for examples of professionally designed real estate flyer templates.*
  9. Real estate business cards: Perhaps the cheapest, yet most valuable real estate agent marketing tool you’ll every use is your business card. It pays to hand them out liberally and make sure they’re always professional looking and up to date.
  10. Real estate marketing materials: In addition to business cards real estate marketing flyer templates, there are other cost-effective ways to market yourself, such as real estate door hangers, brochures, mini calendars, greeting cards, exhibits at trade shows and community fairs, and first-time home buyer kits.

Thanks for checking out my latest marketing ideas for real estate agents, including real estate prospecting letters, blogs, newsletters, public relations methods, and other cost-effective real estate marketing strategies.

Stay tuned for more real estate marketing tips over the next few days.

–Joel
Freelance blogger, writer, marketing strategist
email me at prowriter30years@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

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