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.

 

 

 

Boost the Response Rate to Your Real Estate Prospecting Letters

Whether you’re a new real estate agent or a seasoned Realtor, one of your primary objectives is generating new leads, real estate referrals, and inquiries. Over the past couple decades, the Internet has created a growing number of opportunities for connecting with clients, generating leads, and increasing your visibility, locally, regionally, and beyond.

Although effective real estate marketing can consist of dozens of techniques ranging from postcard mailing campaigns to social media marketing strategies, one thing that will never go out of style is a well-written real estate prospecting letter or email message. Letters to targeted prospects, existing clients, or business contacts you can network with can be a valuable tactic for keeping your pipeline active. There are many opportunities — many of which are often missed — to use a well-written real estate marketing letter or relationship-building letter to generate more business. Here are a few examples:

  1. Real estate expired listing letters
  2. FSBO real estate prospecting letters
  3. Short sale prospecting letters
  4. Home staging letters
  5. Real estate introduction letters
  6. Free comparative market analysis
  7. Open house letters
  8. Real estate thank you letters
  9. Letters to other agents and brokers
  10. Real estate referral letters
  11. Holiday and seasonal reminder letters
  12. Congratulatory letter to new parents
  13. Invitation to home buying seminar
  14. New office or agent announcement letters
  15. Just sold/just listed letters/postcards

With a little imagination and planning, you can identify many opportunities to use both email marketing and old-fashioned direct mail marketing to raise your visibility, cultivate business relationships, and generate inquiries, leads, and new real estate listings.

How to Write Effective Real Estate Prospecting Letters

What separates an “effective” real estate marketing letter from one that immediately gets relegated to the recycling bin? There are a lot of strategies to catching people’s interest and getting them to take action, but here are a few tips, observations, and pointers to help boost your response rates:

  • At the risk of stating the obvious: Envelopes that display the words “current resident” (or anything similar to that) will most likely produce a much lower response rate than mailings have a more personalized address on them.
  • You can often increase the percentage of mailings that will be opened (and read) by making reference to something valuable on the inside, such as [brainstorming here] “free calendar” … “money-saving tips inside” … “the latest neighborhood news” … “important update on property values” … “free comparative market analysis” … “I’ll spring for the coffee!”
  • In email marketing letters, announcements, or invitations, it’s the subject line, of course, that will entice the recipient to read the message. Using the prospect’s first name in the subject line is one effective way to maximize the number of people who open and read your message. Arousing their curiosity is another.
  • While real estate marketing letter templates can be an excellent starting point, it’s usually advisable to customize and personalize your letters as much as possible. By doing your best to infuse the letter with your personality and avoid empty-sounding promises or tired sales cliches, your letter will stand a stronger chance of being noticed and responded to.
  • In the real estate letter, itself, make sure to include two or three “calls to action.” In other words, invite the reader to take one (or more) of the following actions:
  1. Call you
  2. Email you
  3. Inquire with a text message
  4. Visit your website or Facebook page
  5. Check out your latest blog post on [some intriguing, timely, or attention-grabbing topic]
  6. Stop by at your office, a trade show booth you’re manning, a a fund-raising or community event you’ll be attending, or an upcoming open house
  7. Connect with you on Linkedin
  8. Subscribe to your email list, real estate newsletter, Twitter announcements, YouTube channel, or Instagram updates

As a side note, a good place to insert one of your “calls to action” is in the P.S. at the end of the letter. Many people tend to visually scan a letter, rather then read it word for word, so if you have a P.S., bullet points, plenty of “white space,” and maybe a sprinkling of bold, underlined, or highlighted words, you can make it easy to get your main points across without inundating your clients, prospective clients, and associates with TMI (too much information)!

By the way, if you love writing and blogging (like I do), then a blog can be an excellent way to connect with your target audience, raise your stature as a source of authoritative information, and increase your “search engine visibility.” Contact me, if you need an experienced “ghost writer” to create original and relevant content for your blog. You can also get already written content for use in your real estate newsletter, website, emails, real estate letters, and blogs from a website called “My Real Estate Letters.*”

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on real estate marketing strategies, prospecting letters, and lead generation ideas.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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