REAL ESTATE POSTCARDS WORK!

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*from geographicfarm.com

In today’s device-based world, it seems smart to focus on social media and search-based internet ads for marketing. While these arenas are certainly important, old school tricks like real estate postcards still have a place in the well-rounded agent’s arsenal, especially when dealing with real estate farming.

Real estate agent postcards are a proven and affordable marketing tool for real estate professionals. A carefully designed postcard will yield both immediate and long-term results. At minimum, you’ll see an increase in emails and website registrations, perhaps even the same day your postcards are delivered. In a best case scenario, you’ll receive higher call volume with requests for both buying and selling in your real estate farm.

Agent postcards and real estate farming
While postcards are effective within any real estate marketing tactic, agents focusing on a real estate farm will have the best ratio of effort to results. If you’re focusing on a certain geographic area, you won’t even need a mailing list for your postcards; you’ll simply need your defined real estate farm boundaries!

Remember that the best results from direct mail comes from consistency. One mailing will not boost your business enough to make the tactic stand out; however, after a couple mailings, your brand will have found its home in your leads’ minds, and you’ll soon find yourself the go-to agent of your farming area.

Getting the most out of direct mailing
Real estate postcards are especially useful when used in conjunction with a door-to-door strategy. You can either bring a postcard (or flier, magnet, pen, business card, etc.) to hand to people personally, or you can plan a mailing for immediately after you go door-to-door. Either way, people will remember personally meeting you, with the reinforcement of the physical material to make sure you stay on their minds for their future real estate needs.

Aside from using agent postcards to introduce yourself or solidify your name in people’s minds, you can also send literature when you receive a new listing, when you sell a house in the neighborhood, or when you’re hosting an open house. Keeping your postcards topical will make sure people don’t feel “spammed” but will also serve as a consistent reminder of who you are and how you can serve the neighborhood.

A major benefit of real estate postcards is return on investment. Because they are fairly simple and inexpensive to design and print, even mildly effective campaigns will yield a return of at least four times the cost, while most campaigns will yield eight to 12 times the investment.

Perfecting your postcards
One of the main keys to a successful postcard campaign is creating the perfect card design. Potential leads won’t take a second glance at your postcard if it’s messy, missing critical information, or just plain boring. Here are a few things to focus on:

  • Consistent branding with your logo, a consistent color scheme, fonts, and layout
  • Photos of recently sold homes, or homes for sale
  • Your photo on both sides of the card
  • A specific and concise message to your market
  • Calls to action

Perfecting these key elements in each of your postcards will create a clear picture of who you are and what you do. Combined with consistent mailings, a well-designed postcard will ensure that your name becomes synonymous with “real estate” in the minds of your real estate farm leads.

WIIFT
Before you stamp those cards, remember WIIFT: what’s in it for them? Put yourself in the shoes of your future clients, and give each campaign a unique spin based on what’s happening in the market or your real estate farm. Are your leads concerned or excited about the housing market? Is local employment affecting the neighborhood’s view or buying or selling? How can you offer them something different to meet their needs?

Sending out an individualized campaign focused on what’s in it for them will all but boost your return on investment. If nothing else, speaking to the hearts of your target audience will help them feel heard and understood, which are two excellent things to be remembered for.

Let the results speak for themselves
Even with years of proven success, new agents are often uncertain about using a “dinosaur marketing” tactic like direct mailing postcards. After all, isn’t this the digital age? It’s true that postcards will never take over the importance of an online presence, but the fact remains that direct mail yields results.

If you’ve never used a postcard campaign before, it’s time to give it a try and let the results speak for themselves. Be sure to take five minutes or so a day to record the responses you receive as a direct result of your mailing, whether it’s an email, website registration, or phone call to discuss buying or selling.

After a postcard campaign, you’ll certainly see some immediate results, but the big payoff comes slowly over time as you continue to see leads responding to campaigns that happened weeks or even months ago. It’s helpful to ask all new leads how they heard of you, and keep track of the marketing that’s working best for you. Chances are you’ll be surprised by how many leads reached out due to your real estate postcards.

How To Make Just Listed and Just Sold Postcards That Work In Any Area

*from jigglar.com

Are your agents considering using a Just Listed or Just Sold postcards? Before they do, you and your agents should read this! If your agents want to know how to make Just Listed and Just Sold postcards work in any area, you’ll need to cover five points.

Just Listed and Just Sold postcards are proven to be one of the best new business lead generators for real estate agents, but making mailers that work well and give a return on investment may be hard.

It’s important to make sure your agents:

  1. Stand out from the crowd
  2. Show how successful they have been in their area; and
  3. Give buyers and sellers confidence that they can do the same for them

Postcards That Work

There are 5 key attributes that your agents need in their mailers for them to have maximum impact.

The things needed are:

  1. Great photography
  2. Show what the properties were sold for or are on the market for
  3. Include testimonials
  4. The agent’s contact information
  5. A clear call to action

Let’s touch on each of those points in a bit more detail so your agents can win themselves more leads.

1. Great Photography

One of the most important ways to ensure your agents have a postcard mailer that grabs people’s attention is by including amazing photographs.

The old saying of images conveying 1000 words is probably more like 10,000 words when it comes to real estate photography.

There’s so much that a photograph conveys to buyers and sellers, and that goes the same for using the property photos of their previous sales to capture new sellers.

Long frontal shots that show off the best aspect work great for these mailers because they’re simple and can show similarities that resonate with other sellers.

2. Show What The Properties Were Sold For Or Are On The Market For

It is really important to be upfront about what kind of result your agents have achieved for their previous sellers.

Agents should include prices on their postcards. It gives buyers and sellers a reasonable idea about what they might be able to achieve for their homes, too.

If your agents are mailing this marketing piece to the same area, then this pricing information might be enough to get them over the line if they’re on the fence about selling.

Agents may also include additional wording here surrounding the prices to show whether it was a high price record for the area/street or how many days it was or has been on the market. Whatever is impressive, this is where agents may boast about it to new buyers and sellers coming on board.

3. Include Testimonials

Testimonials remain one of the most powerful motivators.

There’s something about hearing about other people’s success that makes you think “that could be me too”. For an agent, this is like gold.

Agents shouldn’t cover the back of their postcard in irrelevant fluff. If your agents want it to work well as a lead generator, they should include testimonials about what it’s like to work with them. Let their clients boast about the experience of working with them.

Make sure your agents also include names and photographs where possible and also comply with any local regulations about showing testimonials.

4. Your Contact Information

Obviously, agents need to include their contact information somewhere on the postcard. But, did you know that the placement and way an agent presents that information can make a massive difference?

Here’s what your agents need to include in order of importance:

  1. His/Her name
  2. His/Her direct mobile/cell phone number
  3. Personal headshot
  4. His/Her company logo
  5. His/Her website

It’s important that your agents include all of these if they can, but if they’re limited on space, just make sure that they at least get the top 3.

Also, pay attention closely to the readability of these items as that can affect the performance of your mailer.

Studies have shown that readability is decreased with light colored text on dark backgrounds, so if you are using a template with light text on a dark background you should look at increasing the point size of the font a little bit to help readability.

For templates where the color scheme is dark text on a light background, your agents won’t have so much trouble with readability.

5. A Clear Call To Action

Finally, let’s talk about a call to action – the most important piece of your agents’ Just Listed or Just Sold postcard.

This can take many forms, from the tried and true “free appraisal/price evaluation” through to more creative ones like “I have a list of pre-qualified buyers looking for properties in your suburb. Call me to arrange a chat today.”

Sometimes it can also help to offer a lead magnet, some type of brochure or flyer or report that will get sellers interested to know more about their local area’s real estate performance.

Can your agents put something together that will showcase the latest sales in their area with some interesting statistics? Could your agents put together a checklist of to-do items buyers and sellers may need to work their way through in order to prepare their home for sale?

This information is really interesting to people that are looking to sell and it is a good way to differentiate your agents’ just sold flyers from all the other similar mail people receive every day.

Regardless of how your agents word it, or what they are promising people, just make sure they don’t leave it out.

For more information on Just Listed postcards, contact the PAAR Marketing Center for a quote!

THE KEY TO GETTING SELLER LISTINGS: JUST LISTED AND JUST SOLD REAL ESTATE POSTCARDS

The Key to Effective Real Estate Postcards

*from quantumdigital.com

Learn how to use postcards to get the word out about open houses, new listings, and sold homes

When it comes to promoting your business, you’ve probably heard this advice: “just be out there!” Everybody seems to have plenty of ideas of how business owners should grow and succeed, but actually putting those ideas to practice in a well thought out way can be challenging. Since there is an increasingly large number of businesses out there, it’s growing more difficult for realtors and other small business owners to stand out and thrive. One must try to be as creative as possible.

In order to get the desired outcome from a marketing strategy, you must get to know your clients and have them recognize and trust your brand. In the real estate business, there are specific best practices to follow for more successful listings and closings.

Smart realtors have learned how to use just listed and just sold real estate postcards to frequently reach out to their farming areas. So, before you start sending just listed, just sold, or open house real estate postcards, there are certain steps to follow in your campaign in order to become the new go-to neighborhood real estate agent.

This comprehensive guide will teach you how to use just listed and just sold real estate postcards to reach out to targeted prospects.

Focus on a Specific Neighborhood 

First and foremost, you must choose the right neighborhood in which your real estate business has the most potential to grow. Your efforts might be in vain if the neighborhood you choose to mail real estate postcards to is not the best one in which to invest your attention and resources.

Be sure to carefully research the options out there and, according to your interests and budget, choose a neighborhood that best fits your goals. Be careful to consider the fact that direct mail is a long-term marketing technique. If you don’t see success immediately, the issue may not be that there are not enough transactions out there, but that buying or selling may not be on people’s radar yet for them to think of choosing you. Therefore, the neighborhood you choose should be one that has the potential to satisfy your long-term entrepreneurial goals.

Become a Good Neighbor

People are usually more comfortable with things that are familiar. It makes people feel safe, connected, and offers a certain amount of reassurance. Putting a family home for sale or considering a home purchase is usually one of the most intimate and life defining moments. Beyond the success of buying or selling, people seek the feeling of comfort, trust, and support throughout the whole process. As a realtor, this should be an objective in your business. The real estate business involves connecting with people in their homes, where clients have made large investments and seek your advice to ensure a stable future. To establish that kind of trust and closeness with members of a neighborhood, work to become a great neighbor. Being professional, honorable, and friendly can grow trust among those in your sphere of influence, and you can accomplish that by simply being a good neighbor.

Be Consistent In Your Postcard Marketing Technique

Once you have decided on a target neighborhood, it is time to commit and invest. You’ll get the most out of your investment in postcard marketing if you commit to being consistent. Simply sending a few postcards every once in awhile is typically not going to be enough to move the needle. Given that people receive many promotional materials all the time, you need to commit to sending postcards on a very regular basis to be recognized and remembered. Getting seller listings is a process that takes time to show results, which requires patience and persistence. A regular, trickling schedule of mail showcasing your success through new listings and sold homes will gain trust, build familiarity, and leave an impression for when that prospect needs your services. According to RISmedia, when a house goes up for sale in a given neighborhood, within the next six months there will most probably be two or three going up for sale as well. Real estate postcard marketing is without a doubt a long-term strategy.

Invest in Great Design

While it might be tempting to stick with the same old design you’ve been using for years, investing in great visual postcard design will help to establish your brand long-term and and make the most of your marketing investment. People sift through their mail on a regular basis, weeding out the “junk mail” from the marketing materials that grab their attention. Design can make the difference between someone simply throwing that postcard straight to the garbage or actually reading it and having an interest in it. Visuals are a great way to instantly get a prospect’s attention, and great design will steer them to take action.

Consider trying a clean and professional design. Postcards and other printed materials are a direct representation of you and your real estate business, and you want to always put your best foot forward. Include a nice head-shot, logo, and clean text to communicate your message. Investing in a great layout will be of benefit, particularly if you are showcasing big, expensive listings.

Perfecting Your Message

Spending time thinking through your messaging is an important step to be sure your call to action and main headline align with your goals. However, the balance is in keeping the message concise as well. People want to read something short and to the point, so do not go overboard with the details on the postcard. Your website is a better platform for paragraphs of information, so use the postcard to send them online for more information. Utilize the front and back of the card, but keep in mind to repeat your message on both sides to ensure they know what you do, no matter what side they look at first.

Consider establishing a slogan to use along with your real estate logo to leave an impression and communicate your service. Research other slogans for inspiration and get as creative as possible while still being informative. Adapt the slogan and the rest of the text to the audience you are addressing, and keep the writing style friendly, professional, and informative.

Use All Types of Postcards

  • The Open House Postcard – According to Examiner.com, the best way to promote an open house is by sending open house postcards. There is something about receiving a printed invitation to an event that makes the event seem more formal and also more personal. By using customizable postcards, you can make the recipient feel special. It’s also an opportunity for them to bring a friend that may be looking to buy a home nearby. People expect an open house to be a professional, yet friendly encounter, so make sure the postcard communicates this message. Don’t forget to state clearly why your guests should come to the open house event and mention any additional attractions the event might have to draw visitors. One creative idea is to organize a raffle or drawing, where every guest arriving can enter by simply showing their postcard invitation.
  • The Just Listed Postcard – Its main purpose, beyond the utility of promoting a new listing, is to make your business known in the neighborhood. So do not hesitate to send them to your farming area, even if many of them might not even hold an interest in buying a property at that moment. What is important in this process is that people get to see you are active and successful, which ultimately translates into long term confidence. Make sure to include the best pictures of the property. Pictures can speak for themselves, allowing you to keep the writing to a minimum.
  • The Just Sold Real Estate Postcard – Some might wonder about the purpose behind sending just sold postcards, given that the property is already sold. Celebrating your victory and making this a community event is a great way of promoting your real estate business. It shows people that the market is hot and you’re selling properties. Just sold real estate postcards can be also be viewed as an indirect testimonial from the owners who chose you as their realtor. Since you and the seller are celebrating, try to communicate that feeling in the postcard, making it an important announcement for everyone.

Go Old School: Printed Postcards Are In

In an era where much of our communication is virtual, it’s refreshing to put your hands on a written letter or a beautiful postcard. If enough attention has been put into choosing the right design to represent your brand, you can optimize the quality with the paper selection. Based on what budget is appropriate, you can either choose a more luxurious printing paper or a more understated one. Considering the materials your target audience receives can help you decide how much you should invest in paper quality. If your business mainly focuses on luxury listings, stepping up in printing quality and selecting a high-end matte or gloss may be best.

After all of your postcards are professionally printed, the next step would be to mail them to the recipients or hand deliver a group of them to VIPs.

Share Through Email and Social Media

When developing a postcard campaign, leverage your digital channels as well. Simply sharing your postcard design is a simple way to get your message out to your social media network or email newsletter subscribers. Depending on your technology knowledge and budget, you could even consider incorporating other visual effects such as a listing video. People love eye-catching visuals that are quick and interactive. Explore ways to differentiate yourself creatively to make the most of your postcard campaign.

Consistency is Key

Again, being consistent is not only important in real estate postcard marketing, but also in making your business seen and recognized by all members of the community. Given that clients who choose you as their realtor trust you to handle a very personal and important life event, you will have difficulty thriving if you operate from a distance. Use automated real estate marketing technology to keep your postcard campaigns running while you spend time on the face-to-face communications that foster long-term buyer and seller relationships.

3 Reasons for Agents to Send out Just Listed Postcards

*from continuityprograms.com

shutterstock_247058125After giving yourself a well-deserved pat on the back for securing your latest listing, the next step should be to immediately send out your “Just Listed” postcards. Some agents question if they’re still worth the trouble of sending, and the answer is a resounding yes!

Just Listed postcards are an effective and economical way to help you reach your business goals and their ROI is proven. Not simply a means of reporting on your success, the postcards may be just the encouragement other sellers and buyers need to make a move of their own. Here are three of the benefits of sending out just listed postcards.

“The Ask” as a Call to Action

Make your postcard an offer to help others with their real estate needs. Use a Just Listed postcard to attract and motivate potential new listings by including a small CTA paragraph at the bottom which offers your assistance to all sellers and buyers in the neighborhood of the listed home. Use wording along the lines of “If you’re thinking of selling your home, or looking to buy, I would love to work with you. Give me a call!” Or, put a different twist on it and offer a “Not For Sale” complimentary market analysis to determine the value of their home and start a relationship.

Stay Visible

Even if people are not buying or selling right now, seeing your branded Just Listed postcards shows potential clients that you are busy and successful. That’s always an image worth promoting to those on your mailing list. You’ll also increase the chance of your information being shared with others, and as you know, word-of-mouth marketing is vital to an agent’s business.

Show Them Your Success

Use Just Listed postcards to raise your brand awareness and generate new leads. Potential buyers will welcome an additional option, other agents will show your listing to their own buyers, and on-the-fence sellers may be encouraged to list with you based on the way you are marketing this listing.

Contact the PAAR Marketing Center to set up your MLS Auto Just Listed Postcards today!