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

Request a free sample of real estate open house flyer*

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
Freelance writer, blogger, marketing strategist

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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What Makes Real Estate Marketing Letters Effective?

If you’re about to sit down in front of a computer screen and write a real estate marketing letter from scratch, I have good news: There is no need to reinvent the wheel!

Instead of wasting hours of unproductive time writing prospecting letters, you can download an entire collection of 320 marketing letters, client prospecting letters, and farming letters that can be used for a wide variety of marketing and networking purposes.

 

There’s also a free example of an expired listing prospecting letter, which provides you with the basic ingredients for communicating with prospective clients and generating inquiries, leads, and new client relationships. Although this marketing letter example is geared to expired listing prospects, it also contains a lot of verbiage that can be used in real estate prospecting letters, real estate agent introduction letters, and other types of marketing letters for real estate.

In addition to the sample real estate letters available on the website “My Real Estate Letters,” you also have the option of downloading some user-friendly real estate marketing software that can streamline virtually every aspect of writing effective real estate marketing letters. The marketing kit also contains a wide selection of ready-to-use real estate thank you letters, requests for referrals and testimonials, new agent announcements, new Realtor introduction letters, and prospecting letters targeting FSBO prospects, short sale prospects, and apartment renters.

Visit this site for the free real estate marketing letter sample (expired listing prospecting letter template). You’ll also find other marketing tools for real estate, including 260 client-oriented articles you can use in your real estate news letters, direct mail campaigns, and other real estate prospecting activities.

Effective Real Estate Marketing

Perhaps the most important element of effective real estate marketing is your level of personal commitment, motivation, and mental focus. Two books I’d recommend reading (and then rereading) are Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, and The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

One of the best pieces of success advice I every read was in a book, called The Confidence Gap, A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt, by Russ Harris. In the bookwhich I’m due to reread, myself –  he advises readers to clarify your personal values and then live by them. This relatively simple mental exercise can help strengthen confidence, motivation, and resolve. The author provides a free worksheet and guidelines for clarifying your values at his website.

Tips For Writing Effective Real Estate Marketing Letters

An effective real estate marketing letter should do at least three things: catch the attention of your prospects, establish the need for your services, and include a “call for action” that prompts the reader to call you, email you for more information, check out your latest blog post, subscribe to your email real estate news letter, or visit your website to peruse your latest real estate listings. One of the key ingredients to an effective real estate marketing letter is engagement.

Here are some tried and proven methods of increasing the number of prospects who actually open the envelope, look at the contents, and pay attention to the message in your real estate prospecting letter:

  1. Enclose a small, free gift inside the envelope, such as an imprinted packet of garden seeds or a small calendar displaying your photo and contact information. Recipients will be much more likely to open the envelope and read the message if it’s obvious that there’s more inside than just a sales letter. Printing or stamping a short blurb on the envelope about the free gift, neighborhood news, real estate market update, or important information inside can also help increase the response rate of your mailing.
  2. There are different schools of thought when it comes to the return address on the envelope and what information to include in it. However you decide to handle it, one thing appears to be certain: A return address that identifies the letter as being from a real estate agent, agency, or Realtor will tend to reduce the number of prospecting letters that are actually opened, read, and responded to.
  3. One way to help catch your prospects’ interest at the beginning of your real estate marketing letter is to ask a relevant or intriguing question. Other introductory “hooks” can include compelling statistics, updates about the real estate market, or a statement that underscores the solid advantages of working with a licensed real estate agent or Realtor when buying or selling a house.
  4. Adding a “P.S.” at the end of your real estate farming letter can often be an effective way to grab attention, reiterate your “call to action,” and increase your response rate.

Drafting a Real Estate Marketing Plan

Developing a real estate marketing plan is also a recommended idea. When you’ve taken the time to plan your marketing strategy and clarify your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT), you’ll become more confident, proactive, and effective in building your business. A real estate marketing plan will help give you a competitive edge in the marketplace, improve your time management, and increase your productivity and momentum.

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

Stay tuned to this blog for more tips on real estate marketing letters, staying motivated, and maximizing your productivity as a real estate agent or Realtor.

Reminder: As a starting point to writing more effective real estate prospecting letters, take a look at the free sample of an expired listing prospecting letter* that I mentioned earlier. Although it’s geared to expired listing prospects, the template can be modified and used as the basis for a variety of other real estate marketing letters.

Best of luck in all your real estate marketing campaigns!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: Many of my blog posts on real estate marketing tips and tools feature links to digital products, email marketing services, and real estate marketing templates for which I am a compensated affiliate. As a side note, some of the links I post are provided solely for informational purposes and as a helpful resource.

 

Boost the Effectiveness of Your Real Estate Marketing Letters

Sending out real estate marketing letters are not just a one-dimensional technique for generating leads and staying in touch with homeowners in your farming area. Direct mail techniques and email marketing can work in concert with other online and traditional strategies to increase your visibility, strengthen your name recognition in your farming area, reactivate old client relationships, build your reputation as a source of credible advice and information, and help brand you as consummate real estate professional — one that clients can trust and depend on for outstanding service. Here are a few tips for creating a cost-effective integrated marketing strategy, in which one technique tends to support and reinforce others.

Marketing Tips for Real Estate Agents

  • Quarterly real estate marketing newsletters: Information-laden bulletins sent out through the postal mail and/or email can be a great way to maintain “top of mind awareness” among your farming area, email subscriber list, and professional network. In order for it to be an effective real estate marketing tool, it should contain information, announcements, and updates that are useful, relevant, and timely. You might also want to experiment with the effectiveness of distributing newsletters on a monthly, rather than quarterly basis — perhaps in a more “capsulized” form. It all depends on your time and inclination, your ability to streamline the process, and the responsiveness of your mailing list. Using email marketing services, such as Constant Contact, Mail Chimp, GetResponse, AWeber, or Fluttermail* can help you automate the process of building a subscriber list, managing the list, and staying in touch with your real estate prospects and clients. If you need relevant content or article ideas for your newsletter, there’s a real estate marketing kit* you can download that includes 260 newsletter articles and 320 real estate marketing letter templates for creating real estate thank you letters, referral requests, agent introduction letters, open house invitations, letters to new parents with growing families, FSBO prospecting letters, short sale prospecting letters, expired listing prospecting letters, and other real estate marketing templates for generating leads, networking, and cultivating client relationships.
  • Developing a real estate blog and adding new posts and information to it twice a week can help you generate more visitors to your real estate website, and increase the number of inquiries and prospects in your pipeline. As is the case with publishing a real estate marketing newsletter, mentioned above, a real estate agent blog can position you as an expert in the local real estate market and help brand you as a credible source of information and advice. That can be a big step toward earning trust and credibility in your farming area. Blogs also have the potential to achieve high rankings on Google and the other search engines, which can potentially lead to a steady stream of Internet visitors to your website. (A rudimentary knowledge of search engine optimization (SEO) can help you achieve visibility on the major search engines, although the most important things you need to know about SEO are how to identify and use relevant, searched for “keywords” in your content and how (and why) to get other websites to link to your real estate blog and/or website.)
  • Real estate marketing postcards: Real estate postcard marketing tends to be an effective way to call attention to your “just listed” and “just sold” properties, and can also reinforce your name and face recognition in your real estate farming area. Real estate postcards are effective from a visibility standpoint, because there’s no envelope to open or “subject line” to click on. Prospects are going to at least take a quick look at your postcard when they’re shuffling through their mail, and if it’s a well-designed, well written direct mail piece, then interested prospects will take a closer look at it and contact you if they’re thinking of buying or selling a home. For helpful tips on marketing with postcards, check out a series of postcard marketing articles I posted on this website.
  • Real estate marketing flyers are also a component of a well-orchestrated real estate marketing campaign. In addition to the most obvious uses of real estate flyers (handing them out at open houses and making them available in brochure dispensers/flyer boxes), real estate listing flyers can also be distributed via email and can accompany your marketing letters and real estate agent introduction announcements. If you sponsor workshops and seminars for first-time homeowners — which can often be an effective marketing strategy — there’s a good chance that your attendees will be interested in your current property listings. For more information on real estate open house flyers, visit this page on my website for marketing tips and real estate flyer templates.
  • Public relations/media relations strategies for real estate agents: As someone who used to be actively involved in the public relations profession, I’d venture an educated guess that most people do not really know exactly what public relations is and what it entails. It’s true that one aspect of public relations for real estate agents is being seen at community events, shaking hands, schmoozing, and networking. However, an equally, if not more important, facet of public relations involves developing a relationship with the media and generating positive publicity for newsworthy announcements and the agent’s knowledge and expertise about the local real estate market. Two strategies for generating publicity are sending press releases to local news outlets — but only when you have something newsworthy to announce — and making it known to reporters, editors, and bloggers that you are an authoritative source of information on the real estate market (if that’s true) and are available for interviews, updates on the local real estate market, background information, and quotes for feature articles and news stories. Media relations is an underused, sometimes misunderstood real estate marketing strategy, and if you incorporate it into your overall real estate marketing plan, it can give you a competitive edge over real estate agents and Realtors who do not leverage the media to get free publicity and instant credibility.
  • Real estate video marketing is another marketing tool that is not being used to its fullest potential — or at all — buy many real estate agents. Whether you post real estate videos on YouTube, your website, or both, you’re going to attract and engage more prospective clients to your listings and your real estate services. Although a picture may be “worth a thousand words”, an online video has even more impact. If you take advantage of the power of real estate video marketing, you will have a decided advantage over other real estate agents who do not know how to do it or are unaware of its potential as a lead generation marketing tool.

So getting back to my original topic, which was how to get more mileage from your real estate farming letters and prospecting emails, there can be a lot of value in a well-planned integrated marketing strategy:

When your real estate marketing plan includes a variety of complementary strategies, you tend to create a synergistic effect, in which the momentum of the campaign can be greater than the sum of the individual parts.

In relationship to real estate prospecting letters: When people in your farming area have already heard about you in the media, through advertising, from direct mail, or via word of mouth, then they’ll have more of a tendency to pay attention and respond to your marketing messages than if you were unfamiliar to them.

This ties in with the sales principle that Dale Carnegie may have popularized decades ago, although it’s often attributed to other people. Although it’s logical and intuitive, we often forget that people tend to do business with other people who they know, like, and trust. So it pays to be known in the community and to be perceived as a real estate agent who is a not only an expert in their field, but is also trustworthy and likable (It sounds like a tall order to be all those things at once!) Personally, I think that the likability factor carries the most weight and comprises well over 33% of the equation.

As a side note, it can also be beneficial, from a public relations standpoint, to be associated with charitable events, fundraising drives, worthwhile causes, and volunteerism. Not only will you solidify relationships and enhance your image in the community, but the charitable cause you volunteered for benefits, too. (a win-win proposition!)

Marketing Tips for Real Estate Prospecting Letters

Many of my previous blog posts have focused on strategies for generating leads and producing more results from real estate marketing letters. However, I would like reiterate and elaborate on some of those key points:

  • Include lots of contact information in your marketing and prospecting letters, since different people prefer different modes of communication. Some prospects will feel more comfortable emailing or texting you, while others would rather visit your website, blog, Facebook page, Linkedin profile, or Google Plus page, first, instead of plunging right into a conversation. (They need to be “warmed up” a little bit.) My point is this: In general, people like a lot of different options, when it comes to contacting you or learning about you. While it’s not always necessary or advisable to spend a lot of time on social media marketing, it IS a good idea to have a social media “presence.”
  • Make your prospect the focus of your letter: In your real estate prospecting letters, try to avoid the temptation to make the letter all about you. The ideal farming letter strikes a balance between introducing yourself and focusing on how you can help your prospects sell their home and/or find another property that better suits their needs.
  • An essential ingredient: One thing that can render a real estate marketing letter ineffective is to forget to include one or more “calls to action.” Tell people what you would like them to do to respond to your letter, and make it as easy as possible for them to do so. An excellent place in your farming letter to reiterate your call to action is at the very end, too. If you include a “P.S.” or even a “BTW…”, there’s a good chance your prospects will notice it and read it.
  • First impressions count! Make your real estate prospecting letter visually appealing by breaking up your message into plenty of paragraphs and using bullet points to organize your information and call attention to individual points. Nobody likes to look at, let alone read, a page of continuous text that doesn’t have “white space,” bullet points, and a logical flow of information.
  • Edit and proofread… Avoid anything in your marketing letter that could look unprofessional or “annoying”, such as typos, factual errors, or excessive use of exclamation points (!!!!), bold words, italics, hard-to-read fonts, or too much underlining. Another cardinal sin of written communication is using ALL CAPS, except on a very limited basis. In emails, real estate letters, and websites, for example, ALL CAPS is the equivalent of SHOUTING at your audience! And speaking of alienating potential clients in your farming area, you may want to “tread lightly” or avoid making reference to things like political affiliation, religious affiliation, or even sports team favorites. Although it could work in your favor, depending on the target group, it could potentially backfire, too. When marketing your services to a heterogeneous group, you generally don’t want to risk alienating individuals or saying anything which could make them feel excluded. Of course, every target group or audience is different, so it’s best to approach things on a case-by-case basis and use your best judgement.

Thanks for checking out my latest opinions, thoughts, and observations on real estate farming letters, marketing tools, public relations, and real estate lead generation. I invite you to stay tuned to this blog for more information and insights on everything from real estate postcard marketing to online lead generation.

By the way, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop me a line at prowriter30years@yahoo.com.

Best of luck in all your real estate marketing campaigns — both large and small!

–Joel
Freelance writer, business blogger, marketing consultant

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Generate Leads With Real Estate Prospecting Letters

While I do not believe real estate prospecting letters are the be-all and end-all of real estate marketing tools, I do view them as a vital ingredient in a well-rounded real estate marketing plan. Although I’m a big believer in the power of the written word, I’ve seen a lot of sales letters that are anything but powerful! By keeping in mind the following marketing tips, your real estate farming letters will have a much stronger chance of being responded to.

 

 

 

 

Success Tips for Real Estate Prospecting Letters

  1. First of all, consider printing a short slogan, “teaser”, or curiosity-triggering blurb on the outside of the envelope to encourage your prospects to open it and look inside. If you’re distributing your real estate prospecting letters via an email marketing service, then take a few extra minutes to write an attention-catching subject line to the e-mail. The process of infusing prospects with enthusiasm and interest begins from the moment they begin sorting through their postal mail or email in-box. Always keep in mind the “AIDA” principle of marketing, which is one of the core concepts of advertising, marketing, and sales. Here’s an overview of the sales process: Your first objective is to attract your prospects’ ATTENTION. Once you’ve cleared that initial hurdle, you’re in a good position to produce the next two desired responses, both of which happen on a psychological or emotional level: INTEREST and DESIRE. Your ultimate goal, of course, is to inspire ACTION, which can run the gamut from having them call, email, or text you… to motivating them to visit your blog, website, or open house event. In writing your real estate prospecting letter or e-mail marketing letter, always remember that your prospect has one question in their mind as they read your message: “What’s in it for ME?!” (If you fail to answer that question to their satisfaction, you’ll probably fail to inspire them to follow up with you on your letter.)
  2. The appearance of your marketing letter will fall into one of two categories. It will either be inviting or off-putting (and I’m not talking about a golf outing). If your real estate prospecting letter is cluttered, full of typos and bad grammar, or accentuated by too many exclamation points!!!!… an preponderance of  underlined phrases, an excessive use of bold lettering, or –and this is the worst offense of all– AN EXCESSIVE USE OF ALL CAPS (which looks like you’re shouting at them), then there’s a good chance your farming letter will be tossed in the recycling bin before they’ve gotten past the first paragraph!
  3. Don’t forget to leverage the “P.S.” in your real estate prospecting letter! Many people have a tendency to notice and read post scripts at the end of a letter — especially if they’re just visually scanning the message — so don’t miss out on the opportunity to reiterate a key benefits,  include a “call to action,” or introduce an element of urgency, scarcity, or future uncertainty.

By incorporating those three core concepts into your marketing strategy, your real estate prospecting letters will tend to be more results oriented and effective.

 

 

Thanks for checking out my latest marketing strategy ideas, relative to real estate prospecting letters, farming letters, and real estate email marketing.

Stay tuned to this blog for more marketing tips, marketing templates, and lead generation ideas for real estate agents and Realtors.

–Joel
Real estate marketing blogger, freelance writer, marketing strategist
email: prowriter30years@yahoo.com
Visit my website: Marketing Survival Kit, today!


 

*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of the real estate agent prospecting letter templates and other digital products and services mentioned in this blog.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Are Real Estate Prospecting Letters Obsolete?

Although the way people communicate and gather information has changed dramatically over the past couple decades, real estate prospecting letters are not at all obsolete — especially when you consider how they can be used in email marketing, website content development, and real estate blogs.

Sending real estate marketing letters to prospects the “old fashioned way” (using the postal service) is still a viable way to generate leads, produce inquiries, get referrals, and maintain “top of mind” awareness in your farming area.

Real estate agent marketing letters, when used correctly, can be a valuable part of an overall integrated marketing plan. By creating a marketing plan that consists of a combination of cost-effective strategies, then one method will tend to reinforce other marketing avenues and work together in a synergistic way.

Developing a Real Estate Marketing Plan

In a nutshell, marketing real estate effectively is the result of several factors all coming together in a cohesive way. Some of the main ingredients of a successful real estate marketing strategy include the following:

  1. Impeccable knowledge about real estate marketing (both “old school” and “new school”), superior communication skills (aka “people skills”), an excellent understanding of how real estate transactions work (from start to finish), and a high level of motivation to produce results for your clients and generate income for you and your family.
  2. Establishing goals and creating a real estate marketing plan that encompasses several different techniques, including Web-based marketing, the use of real estate prospecting letters, selective advertising (based on your budget and the value of the advertising medium, itself.), and, of course, plenty of face-to-face networking and phone calling. Those aren’t all the components of a real estate marketing plan, but it represents a snapshot of many of the key elements.

 

 

 

 
Thanks for checking out my latest thoughts about real estate marketing, prospecting letters, and marketing tools.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: Many of my blog posts about marketing for real estate agents contain links to websites, services, and digital products for which I am a compensated affiliate.

 

Prospecting Letters and Real Estate Marketing Ideas

So let’s say you’re a new real estate agent or you’re an established Realtor looking to increase the number of inquiries, leads, and referrals — not to mention sales — in your pipeline. From a real estate marketing standpoint, your objective is two-fold, at least in the beginning:

  1. First of all, you want to cost-effectively gain as much visibility, name recognition, and exposure to your target audience as you can.
  2. Secondly, you want to brand yourself as a knowledgeable, proactive real estate agent who delivers exceptional client service, superior value, and optimal results to clients. Although projecting that type of image may sound like a tall order, all the pieces should organically fall together when you focus your attention on self motivation, establishing successful daily habits, and enthusiastically going above and beyond client expectations.

Real Estate Marketing Tools and Strategies

One helpful starting point for launching a successful real estate marketing campaign  is to take inventory of your available marketing tools, and then develop a realistic action plan. There are literally dozens of real estate marketing ideas you could pursue to raise your visibility and fill up your pipeline, but if you spread yourself too thin, then your results will probably be diluted and lackluster. You need to determine — based on personal experience, observation, and self assessment — what real estate marketing strategies would be the best for your personality, marketing budget, competitive environment, communication skills, knowledge of Internet marketing techniques, social media marketing savvy, and so on.

Elements of a Real Estate Marketing Plan

As you develop your real estate marketing plan, here are some tools, resources, and techniques to consider using:

  • Real estate marketing letters: Whether you’re targeting first-time home buyers, expired listing prospects, or FSBO prospects, a customized, well-written real estate prospecting letter can help. If you need an example of an expired listing prospecting letter or download an entire collection of real estate marketing letters, visit this site.* Real estate marketing letters can be used for a variety of purposes, including introducing yourself, staying in touch, providing useful information, offering solutions to homeowners and home sellers, and asking for real estate referrals.
  • Real estate postcard marketing: Distributing postcards to your farming area can be an effective method for generating leads, phone calls, and email inquiries. When you mail out “just sold” or “just listed” postcards, for example, you have a lot of factors working in your favor, such as the “curiosity factor,” instant visibility (your prospects don’t have to open an envelope or even click on an email message in their in box), and the postage is more economical than doing a full-blown real estate letter mailing campaign. If you’re interested in postcard marketing tips, check out this series of articles on my website. Although the articles were written 12 years ago, many of the marketing ideas are as valid today as they were in the early years of the Internet. By the way… If you’re planning a real estate postcard marketing campaign in the next month or two, find out how to get the best possible results by reading Real Estate Postcard Marketing’s Best Kept Secrets.”*
  • Real estate marketing flyers: Virtually any real estate marketing strategy should include the selective distribution of attractive-looking real estate marketing flyers. In addition to putting them in brochure holders, community bulletin boards, and display areas at open houses, real estate flyers can also be emailed to your subscriber list and used in conjunction with real estate prospecting letters, newsletter mailings, and other real estate marketing materials at trade show booths and local festivals. If you need design ideas or easy-to-use real estate flyer templates, visit this website*.
  • Online real estate marketing: The Internet is an amazing real estate marketing vehicle, one which barely existed just a generation ago. In addition to social media marketing channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin, real estate agents have a variety of online marketing options, including email marketing, blogging, and website optimization. One of the many advantages of blogging is that it’s another way to share your knowledge, expertise, and helpful suggestions with current and prospective clients. It also helps position you as an credible source of information in the eyes of home sellers, buyers, and property owners.
  • Real estate business cards: Probably the cheapest, yet most important real estate marketing tool of all is your business card. That calling card should be eye-catching, unique, easy to read, and contain the most up-to-date contact information. If a standard business card can’t contain all the information, websites, and other information you want to pass along, there’s always the option of getting “tent” or fold-over business cards.
  • Miscellaneous real estate marketing tools: As I alluded to earlier, having a viable real estate marketing plan requires that you have a pretty clear idea of the various marketing tools available to you, and which ones would be the most productive and cost effective. In closing… here are a few more real estate marketing ideas, which may or may not be appropriate for you at this time: real estate marketing newsletters, brochures, door hangers, real estate text message marketing, pay-per-click advertising, Facebook advertising, Youtube advertising, real estate video marketing, newsletters, press releases, newspaper advertising, radio and TV advertising, billboards, a distinctive voice mail message, seminars for first-time home buyers, personalized calendars, and a free competitive market analysis.

Thanks for checking out my latest ideas and thoughts on real estate postcard marketing, real estate prospecting letters, online real estate marketing, and other strategies for drumming up more client business and increasing your pipeline of sales leads.

 

Stay tuned to this blog for more real estate marketing ideas and tips in the very near future.

Best of luck in all your real estate marketing campaigns, both large and small!

–Joel
Real estate marketing blogger, freelance writer, Internet entrepreneur

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Real Estate Letters Can Serve Many Purposes

As someone with a background in integrated marketing communications, I have no doubt that real estate marketing letters can be an important element of a successful marketing campaign. Not only can a well-written real estate letter help introduce you to your farming area, but it can also facilitate client referrals, business relationships, and create top-of-mind awareness.

Creating top-of-mind awareness is one of your most important real estate marketing strategies, for the simple reason that you want your prospects and professional contacts to think of you first when the services of a good real estate agent are needed. That’s why it pays to develop a cost-effective marketing plan that includes everything from developing a Web presence to distributing prospecting letters, real estate marketing postcards, email newsletters, or even press releases. One of the first steps to launching a successful real estate marketing campaign is to develop a marketing plan.  A real estate marketing plan can  include some or all of the following components, as well as other strategies and techniques I’ll mention in future blog posts.

  • Networking with other professionals: When you stop and think about it, there are a lot of potential contacts in your community who can help steer real estate business in your direction. Some real estate agents find it productive to send networking letters to other professionals, such as loan officers, mortgage brokers, CPA’s, title company reps, insurance agents, financial planners, apartment managers, property managers, landscapers, contractors, and anyone else you can think of who provides services to home owners, sellers, and/or buyers. (Face-to-face networking is also a crucial ingredient to any successful real estate agent marketing plan.)
  • Marketing real estate with newsletters: Although email newsletters can be a more cost-effective way to stay in touch with your contacts — as compared to distributing printed newsletter copies through the postal service — an occasional “special edition” mailed to your farming area can help enhance your image, increase name recognition, and build your reputation as a source of helpful, authoritative information. Topics in a real estate letter could include energy saving tips, home safety reminders, property maintenance, cost reduction ideas, home staging tips, moving and relocation checklists, security tips, and other snippets of helpful information for home owners, sellers, and others on your mailing list. If you need professionally written articles that you can easily insert into real estate newsletters, blogs, websites, and emails, there’s a software product you can download that includes 260 ready-to-use real estate agent articles and 320 real estate marketing letters. Having access to this user-friendly real estate marketing kit can streamline the process of lead generation, real estate prospecting, sending out real estate thank you letters, handling client followup, and cultivating professional relationships. More details here.*
  • Offer workshops for first-time home buyers: Buying a new home, arranging financing, and handling the countless choices and decisions required can be pretty intimidating for first-time home buyers. By offering educational workshops for a small, targeted group of potential clients, you can not only offer a valuable free introductory class on home buying, but you can also get an inside track on becoming their real estate agent of choice. Workshops can be offered either at your office, a local community room, or even remotely, as a webinar. By the way, you can publicize home buyer workshops through a variety of means, including press releases, blog posts, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, email blasts, flyers, postcards, word of mouth, cost-effective advertising, and other marketing tactics.

Stay tuned to this blog for more real estate prospecting tips, marketing plan ideas, client communication tools, and marketing strategies.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post.

Wishing you the best of luck in all your real estate marketing campaigns!

–Joel
Marketing blogger, freelance writer, journalist
email: prowriter30years@yahoo.com

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

 

 

 

How to Generate Leads Through Web-based Real Estate Marketing

Successful web-based marketing typically focuses on four things:

  1. Generating qualified leads
  2. Achieving high visibility on the search engine results pages of Google, Yahoo!, and Bing
  3. Building your recognition factor and credibility
  4. Maintaining Top of Mind Awareness by staying in touch with your list of real estate leads

By developing an integrated marketing campaign, you’ll find that one aspect of your real estate marketing plan works in concert with other aspects of your real estate marketing program. A real estate marketing tool that can be extremely helpful, if not essential, for generating leads online, staying in touch with your leads, and managing your list of online prospects is an e-mail marketing program like Constant Contact, Mail Chimp, GetResponse, AWeber, MyEmma, FlutterMail, and several others. Most of these e-mail marketing programs enable you to place a sign-up form on your website, create newsletters or real estate marketing letters that can be emailed to your list at predesignated intervals (once a week, for instance), and you can send a special announcement or “email blast” to your list whenever you choose to do so. If you devote a few hours to staying in touch with your prospect list, every week, an email marketing program, such as the ones mentioned above, can be an indispensable real estate marketing tool. It’s worth it to gain a working knowledge of how to use an auto-responder and cultivate client relationships through the emailing of real estate newsletters, informative articles, and professionally written real estate marketing letters.

Other Web Based Real Estate Marketing Ideas

  1. Write a real estate blog: If you’re a halfway-decent writer and provide your audience with relevant information on a regular basis, it can help you reach more prospective clients, generate real estate leads, and build credibility and name recognition.
  2. Become a regular on Linkedin: If you haven’t established a profile and a presence on Linkedin, consider getting involved. It can be a great way to network with people in your your community and beyond. Some people think it’s a more effective way of social networking than Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
  3. Media relations=free publicity. Reporters, editors, and bloggers are always looking for ideas for articles, news stories, news features, and new angles to old topics. Consider developing your own “media relations program” by periodically contacting local real estate/business reporters and let them know you’re available for interviews, background information about a real estate news story, or comments. Being quoted in the media increases your name recognition, credibility, and positions you as a local expert in the real estate field. This is a real estate marketing idea that does not occur to many agents and Realtors, so if you do it, then it could help give you a competitive edge and help you stand out among the crowd.