Saturday, October 21, 2017

And More Sage Advice from Creative Agent Randi Giles

By Julie Escobar

Our team is having a lot of fun seeing the creativity some contestants are putting into their entries for the 10K Realtor Contest. Randi Giles is just one of them. I caught up with her to get some perspective on what she’s doing to stay top of mind, top of market, and in touch with the VIPs in her sphere to keep those referrals coming in.

Here’s what she shared…

Q:  Thanks for sharing your ideas with us! Can you first tell our readers a little about yourself?

A: I am a native Rhode Islander, hailing from the gorgeous seaside town of Bristol and working as a realtor in Warren RI. Recently I moved to Providence and enjoy all the art, culture, restaurants and business that the state capital has to offer.

Q:  From your Master Marketing Schedule entry – you look like you have a sense of humor as well as a keen eye for marketing. What do you like about having a tool such as the Schedule to help springboard ideas and keep agents on track?  

A: I am a super visual person. So, having a large format poster to look at reminding me to take action is very helpful.

Q:  You said you liked the Kiss the Landlord Goodbye tip. That’s a popular series with agents. Do you work with a lot of first time home buyers – and do you have any tips for that niche for our readers?  

A: I love working with first time home buyers. The tip I have for agents working with them is to make sure you go through every aspect of the process with them and manage their expectations.

Q:  I know you’re a fan of our Automated system of Just Listed/Just Sold postcards, www.mlsmailings.com. What do you like about that system?

A: The automated system is so easy to use. It takes a matter of minutes to order and I don’t have to worry about copy, design, printing, or mailing!

Q: What are some of your favorite ways to stay in touch with the VIPs in your sphere of influence?

A: I like to send out handwritten cards to my “Top 50” at least twice a year.

Q: What makes you unique in your market?

A: I am lucky enough to work for a great private brokerage that handles a lot of specialty properties. The Link Agency specializes in finding solutions for clients with unique property needs or with unique situations.

Q:  Prospecting is a tough subject for a lot of agents—and sage advice?

A: Never give up.

Q:  What’s one outside-the-box idea that you think agents would benefit from in today’s competitive market?

A: I think being true to yourself and being a genuine person will go a long way. Finding something that you’re interested in. If you already do well in an area, try to find a way to fold that into your Real Estate work can help a lot. An example off the top of my head is photography. If you have a great camera and an eye for composition, you can offer your clients something maybe other agents don’t have.

Q:  If agents have a referral for you, how can they reach you?

A: Sure, I can be reached via phone at (401) 301-9703 or email at Randi@thelinkagency.com

Thanks, Randi! You’re awesome. If you’d like to learn more about the products and services that are helping make Randi’s business easier (and thousands of other agents as well) – visit our site at www.prospectsplus.com or call our team at 866.405.3638.

Be like Randi! Jump into the contest!  

CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW YOU CAN WIN $10,000.

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With Just 100+ Days Left in the Year…Timing is Everything

By Julie Escobar

It’s funny to think that what you do today – this week – this month will affect whether you and your family will celebrate a stress-free holiday season and finish the year strong, or whether you’ll be worried and hurried and wind up with more year left than budget!   With just over 100 days left in the year – let’s take some ideas from the top producers and look at the five things they continuously put into place to guarantee a great fourth quarter.

  1. Know your numbers.  Savvy entrepreneurs already know how much business they need to  bring in before year’s end.  They also think ahead – and know what they need to do to head into the new year with momentum.  Don’t wait another day to get a handle these numbers if you haven’t already.  Figure out what you want and need to make and how many listings you want to have heading into the year then work the math to see how many contacts you need to make to get the number of appointments you need based on your closing ratio to achieve the number of listings you need to realize your goals.Happy Halloween Card  Make yourself a daily chart to ensure that you stay on track.
  2. Leverage the opportunities to connect.  The fourth quarter is filled with holiday gatherings and neighborhood invites.  The holidays create an amazing reason to reach out and connect with your customer base.  Don’t wait for Christmas either! Be the agent that connects all season long with a postcard and a call.  Call every existing customer you have and wish them a happy holiday season ahead.  Let them know that with all the chatter in the national news and even local headlines, you’ve found that many people have questions about how this will affect their family, their investments and their future.  Be sure they know that you’re on top if it all and there to answer any questions they might have.Thanksgiving card
  3. Ask for referrals.  Before you hang up – be sure to ask your clients if they know of anyone who might need some help.  There’s plenty of people struggling and unsure of what their options are in today’s market. Let them know you are a resource they can turn to – whatever their situation.  If you don’ t have the immediate answers –you’re your clients know that  you’ll be first in line to get them.  On the reverse side of your holiday cards, make an offer for something of value. A free Comparative Market Analysis, or one of our great free reports such as 5 Ways to Build Equity in Your Home. 5 ways to build equity
  4. Don’t leave your marketing to chance.  Life gets in the way sometime – no doubt.  We get busy, over-scheduled and over-committed – especially as we make our way toward the fall and winter holidays.  That’s when things like marketing and prospecting fall through the cracks or take a back seat.  Put a plan in place today to make sure that you have all systems “go” to make sure you are staying top-of-mind and that your listings are being showcased and syndicated in all the ways that matter for great exposure and results. Set aside 20-30 minutes at the beginning of each month or each week to set your marketing in motion by ordering your holiday postcards, and your Just Listed/Just Sold or Open House postcards. Knocking out your marketing in under half an hour gives you a lot more time to prospect, present and close – the three things closest to your bottom line.  It also helps you make up for larger than normal volume of downtime you’ll spend at holiday activities.  Spend guilt-free time with friends and family, attend winter recitals and holiday concerts without worrying so much about what’s not getting done in the office.  If you need help – call the terrific folks in our client care center at 866.405.3638 – they’ll help you get everything all lined up this month so you slide into the home stretch of this year without stress.
  5. Commit to the extra mile.  I love the Wayne Dyer quote, “It’s never crowded along the extra mile.”  Commit to 10 extra calls a day over the next 17 weeks.  Commit to adding just ONE new person to your prospect list each day.  That’s 109 more folks that can and will bring you new business and referrals in the coming year if you stay top of mind.  Do you think that could be worth a commission or three…or more?

The truth is that the bottom 80% of the salespeople in our industry won’t be doing any of these five things over the next quarter.  Many will look at how far behind they already are from their goal, throw their hands up and give up.  Many will do the basics – no more and no less and continue to live commission check to commission check.  It will be those of you who strike out, step up and stay laser-focused who will be out on top this year, crushing their goals and kick starting 2017 with a fiery passion.

Where do you want to be in four months?  Top 20 or bottom 80?  What you do this month will make all the difference.10 percent

If you need help – call us.  Our team has been helping eager agents get to the next level and top producers stay on top for more than 20 years.  We can do the same for you, call 866.405.3638 today! Head over to our Specials Page to see what’s new and get the latest budget saving promo codes! 

 

Get Your Game On! Man drawing a game strategy

By Julie Escobar

Hitting the fall market with all you have and playing to win for the long game means starting early for savvy real estate professionals.  While much of your competition will work hard this month and some of October, many will then fall into cruise control, as the holidays begin to approach. Not you! You’re in it to win it – and here are six strategies you can implement to stay top-of-mind and ahead of the curve through the end of the year — without burnout or breaking the budget.

1. Prospect, Promote and Prosper.  In changing markets, many agents stop advertising, re-direct their marketing dollars to the year ahead and put their prospecting in park until after the holidays.  Stay forward of the competition by continuing to market yourself with creative, consistent, targeted marketing.

2. Spread the Holiday Cheer.  Start now planning out the rest of your year.  Take your top 50+ clients and make it a point to not only send holiday cards each month from now through January, but also calendar time to reach out to your client base with face-to-face visits.  What may seem like a lot of time, can really be broken down into 10 or so contacts per week.  Would that be worth a sale or two?  Sure it would.  Make the calls.  Shake hands, bring a card and thank these very important people for their contribution to your career.  For those really special clients, bring along a treat for their family table and you’ll find yourself more than their REALTOR® you become a friend.   

3. Clean Out Your Client Base.  Most agents wait until January to truly wade through their client base.  Getting an early start means momentum as you head into the New Year when most are still putting away party hats and streamers.  If you don’t currently have a means of tracking your clients, click here to check out our free BusinessBASE™ client management system.  Getting to know your prospects, their families, their needs and their personalities will help you build long term, solid relationships that bring you current listings and sales as well as referrals that will build your book of business throughout your career.  Ditch the people that you DON’T want to work with, clean out old addresses (both email and snail mail), and update phone records now so that you’ve got a clean start for the first of the year. 

4. Live and Learn.  What a tremendous time to be a professional salesperson.  Never before in history has education, skill-building and growth as an agent or as a person been more simple or accessible.  How fortunate we are to have internet, 24/7 that allows us to tap in, download, read, discuss and explore ways to improve our life skills personally and professionally.  Maybe gift YOURSELF (and in turn your career and financial security) with some skill building courses, great business books and valuable audio downloads this season to help you fine tune your mad skills before the new year rolls in. 

5. Implement Systems for Success.  New agents run on adrenaline, nerve and sheer exhaustive energy.  Experience gives us the insight to set systems in place to plan now for a successful year ahead.  Calendar your direct marketing for the months to come, implement your BusinessBASE™ to insure ongoing, automated contact with your clients, and employ creative campaigns throughout the year that will differentiate you from your competition.  In a shifting market, systems simplify your life, keep you on track and maximize your market share through consistent, results producing planning. They allow you to focus on the revenue based activities that are your strength, prospecting, presenting and closing without expending energy on deciding each day, each week what your course of action should be.

When you are putting your business plan in place for the new year – choose to focus on your core – the customers and clients that know you, like you and trust you – and expand on that core as you move through the year.  Social media not your thing?  Delegate it.  Direct mail too hard to create?  Use ready-to-go and done-for-you solutions to consistently reach your sphere every month such as postcard campaigns and monthly newsletters.   Just Listed & Just Sold marketing too much to task yourself with?  Automate it with MLSmailings and not have to worry about it!  Paperwork getting the best of you?  Hire a Virtual Assistant.  There are some amazing ones out there that are affordable and talented and allow you to focus on what you do best! Next – make it a point to ADD to your core each month.  Can you add 10 new prospects per week to your list?  Absolutely.  Might it be worth an extra deal or three (or more) throughout the year?  DEFINITELY.  

6. Fall in Love With What You Do.  The secret of success is historically based in finding your niche and enjoying every minute of it.  Whatever your passion, whatever demographic of the industry lights your fire, run with it, own it and allow it to empower your prospecting with determination and enthusiasm.  This season, take stock in the incredible opportunity you have to set your own pace, create your own calendar and charter your own course for financial freedom.

Inevitably, there will be down time as the holidays roll in. You’ll have days strung together to re-charge, re-connect and realize your strength as you approach the fourth quarter and the year ahead.  Make it magical.  Take this time to set your sights on new goals, family dreams and incredible new opportunities.  Whether it is a much needed vacation, new family car or boat, include your family’s goals when creating your budget and marketing plan, so they not only know why you are negotiating into the evening and weekends, they support you.  Your goals are their goals.  Their goals are yours.

Balancing success, life and market twists and turns takes practice to be sure.  With the right systems, tools and training, you can and will find your stride.  We’re here if you need us!

For more ideas on how you can continuously impact your market area, visit our website at www.prospectsplus.com and our Master Marketing Schedule page which allows you to drop our action item tips right into your Google, Apple, or Outlook calendars!  If you have questions or need help putting together some systems for your plan – call us at 866.405.3638.  Our marketing team is awesome about helping you find the right solutions for you. 

And while you’re online…please take a moment to like our page on Facebook.  We’re always sharing new ideas, strategies and dialogues with industry experts and terrific real estate professionals just like you!  Click here to see our page!

Results Are In For Our Facebook Contest! winners are

by Julie Escobar

Wow!  Great shares from so many of you on what you’re doing that’s WORKING and smart strategies for the year ahead.  From our entire team, I’d like to thank everyone who participated in this fun contest!

Now, without further ado — our winners and their top insights for the new year!

First prize and the winner of an all new iPad Mini — Qabbani Goodwyn – who was quite prolific and specific — wrote:

THE CHALLENGE: Had a rare listing around $500k on which I received multiple offers and sold it in less than a week. Potential buyers kept asking me, “Do you have anymore listings like this one??” I wished so hard that I did, but didn’t know how I would get a similar listing or when that would happen.

THE ROUSE: I heard about the GettingListingsSold.com program right about the time this listing went to settlement. I wondered if all the testimonials on the site were true, and more importantly, could I achieve similar results. To be able to click a few places online and have these postcards canvassed to the area with no additional time consumption on my part was very alluring. If I got just one listing out of it, the ROI would be incredible!

PULLING THE TRIGGER: Instead of sending 100, I took a leap of faith and decided to send 275 postcards, jumbo size, not standard. I did this 11 days ago, with a positive expectation of success, even though I was leery as to if sellers between $500k and $1 million would respond to this type of marketing.

SUCCESS!: Within one week I received two calls – one from a neighbor a few doors down from my sold listing, and another from a homeowner facing foreclosure to needed to short-sale her home (larger than my original listing). I met with both homeowners immediately. The results – I am exploring foreclosure alternatives with homeowner #1 who will list with me if they can’t refinance, and the big news is that I secured a listing with homeowner #2 last night. It was a little uncanny that way that the postcard established “credibility” for me before I even walked in the door with these homeowners. They both were immediately very warm to me and were ready to get right down to business.

THE STRATEGIES: 
1. Made sure that I put “Short Sale Specialist” next to “Realtor” in my contact info, and also had a link to my CDPE website for distressed homeowners.
2. I included my personal statement/slogan on the back of the card, and added a call to action specifically with my phone number largely printed.
3. Rather than saying “Just Sold, yadda-yadda”, I highlighted how quickly I sold the previous listing and attributed it to my “12-point Social Media & Internet Marketing Plan”, and added “Let us get amazing results for you!”
4. It didn’t hurt that I’m with RE/MAX and our brand has top of consciousness with both buyers and sellers – so I showcased our “RE/MAX #1” logo.

I hope this testimonial is helpful to others 🙂 I plan to use the entire GLS program with every listing. I’m most excited by the Multi-Channel Direct Response Postcard. I will send out a minimum of 100 cards at the time of listing, and then another minimum 100 when it’s sold. I still need to buy an IPad or IPad Mini so that I can enhance the way I present at my listing appointments.

Thanks ProspectsPLUS!

Our second place winner who will receive $150 in free postcard marketing is…Maggie Dokic who shared her powerful experience from this year: 

The best tip I can give anyone wanting to maximize their marketing dollars is to use Every Door Direct Mail. For the same cost as traditional mail, you get to hit THREE times the household! I was able to bump up my mailings from roughly 300 pieces up to 1,000 by using EDDM instead of a mailing list. I sat down and picked out my routes. I even chose routes to add to those initial ones once I start seeing results (I want to reinvest as soon as I can!). I started out with 1,002 households for a mailing cost of about $146 (plus the postcards) and have my plan in place to add carrier routes systematically, until I am touching roughly 12,000 households in my chosen area. Yes, we know consumers are online and we have all that covered. But they also get their mail daily and we want them to see us there too. ProspectsPLUS! and EDDM both ROCK!

Our third prize winner of $50 in free postcard marketing is…Steven Laidley who shared:  

Since our office has been using MLS mailings ( about 6 months ago) our listings have increased about 30%. Our office is located in a condominium complex of approximately 150 units and the postcard mailings ,that your company has been sending out on our behalf, has many of our neighbors commenting about receiving them and how professional our new appearance is. We can attribute about a 30% increase in listings coming directly from unit owners that have received them. We have reasoned that this is the best advertising money we have ever spent, with results we can gauge definitively.

And our fourth place winner of $25 in postcard marketing is Gary Brand who was kind enough to share…

An e-marketing fellow recently told a group of Realtors that print advertising was a thing of the past. About a week later I put out a Prospect Plus Just Sold post card in the neighborhood around a home I had just sold. I printed it at home and it cost me $40.00 to mail it out. Got a call from a neighbor down the street to list his home and it SOLD quickly and I made $17,000 I think I’ll stick with my print marketing thank you very much! It’s just another important piece of my overall marketing program.

We had many, many great shares – all of which are worth reading as you set your sights on a new year ahead and what marketing strategies and solutions you’ll put into place.  Read them all by visiting our Facebook page!  Hit LIKE and read away – your fellow agents have been very generous in sharing the solutions that are working best for them!

Need help with your marketing plan for 2013?  Contact our team today at 866.405.3638 to discover which of the powerful tools, resources and strategies our winners and all our contestants share might work best for you!  We’re getting exciting about the new year and hope you are too!  

 

 

Tips from Our Valued Customers!great ideas

By Julie Escobar

We’re having a great time reading all the tips, strategies and ideas being shared by our valued customers during out holiday contest!  I’ve found that agents are always eager to learn what’s working and what’s not from their colleagues.  And it’s terrific to see that despite everyone coming from different cultures, companies and market areas – there are always common denominators amongst producers in this business and our customer responses spotlight just that!

Let’s take a look at some of what they’ve shared!

From Mildred Jones-King :  “I’m getting ready to order the Just Sold postcards. It’s a great way to let neighbors know that a house had been sold in their area.” 

Cara McLean Rolfes: “I have started using the just sold and just listed and it got me a listing the day after they went out!”

Jim Dobson:  The Just Listed/Just Sold postcards do the job! They are high quality and effortless to produce.

Kimberly Bouchey:  I like to use the Just Listed postcard to inform the neighbors and other prospective buyers what is available in their market. I usually follow this up with an Open House.

Tina’s Orlando Paradise Homes:   Just listed/sold postcards are great. I get calls from neighbors who find me with the cards in the mail. I love the system, (MLSmailings.com) –  I don’t have to do anything, it’s just done. Thank you.

Pat Taylor Bogenn:  Got a new listing from the “just sold” postcards with a few weeks of starting the program! Absolutely great, affordable marketing!

Jenny Hellman: I love the Just Listed and Just Sold cards. It’s a great way to get your name out in different neighborhoods. I have acquired 3 new listings so far as a direct result from the mailings. WOW!

Tina Chiles Herrmann:  I received several listings from your cards. Thanks for the ease of doing business.

Janet Buff:  Just Sold / Just Listed Postcards are my favorite marketing tools to use!

Eleonore Gerstenfeld:   The sale and sold cards are a great tool. I like the idea that neighbors know and send referrals.

Mark Miller:   Just Listed/Just Sold postcards are a valuable and affordable tool.

Farah Chowhdury:  Just wanted to let you all know I have collected 2 or 3 future leads by using just listed cards through prospect plus.  It was wonderful!

Diane Wilson:  I had used the Just Listed/Just Sold postcards for several years a few years ago I decided to stop. This summer I sold a condo for someone that had saved my Just Sold postcard for 3 years and they also bought a new home. Needless to say I signed back up for the system because it works! Thanks ProspectsPLUS!

Lori Spanbauer – Blazek Muller:   We have great success using Craigslist ads (from GettingListingsSold.com) for our properties this year. Just listed/Just sold cards are a great return on investment…every Realtor should use them.

Tricia Christlieb Yocum:  Just started an investor campaign since I have a few listings in that price range…expecting great success.

Maggie Dokic: The best tip I can give anyone wanting to maximize their marketing dollars is to use Every Door Direct Mail. For the same cost as traditional mail, you get to hit THREE times the household! I was able to bump up my mailings from roughly 300 pieces up to 1,000 by using EDDM instead of a mailing list. I sat down and picked out my routes. I even chose routes to add to those initial ones once I start seeing results (I want to reinvest as soon as I can!). I started out with 1,002 households for a mailing cost of about $146 (plus the postcards – cheaper in bulk!) and have my plan in place to add carrier routes systematically, until I am touching roughly 12,000 households in my chosen area. Yes, we know consumers are online and we have all that covered. But they also get their mail daily and we want them to see us there too. Prospects Plus and EDDM both ROCK!

Catherine Hallock:  All the products are wonderful. I really like the FSBO brochures; I always have a supply of them in my car so I can just leave them in people’s mailboxes. Works great!

Susan Kravick:  Refrigerator magnets are great. We mail them out now and then give them in the Chamber Welcome bags. I love seeing them in homes that I list or show. Great way to keep my name visible all year.

Cynthia Ferreira Fleming:  My service strategy is to go door to door with doorhangers and other marketing pieces. This allows me to make face-to-face contact with customers. Once people have a ‘real’ face to the name for the materials they are receiving in the mail, they generally feel more comfortable calling you!

Christine Rubin:  I plan to mail to my targeted areas more frequently in 2013, and follow-up with a phone call and door knock.  I also plan to integrate a custom mailer to be eye catching and even actionable.

Great shares from everyone!  THANKS so much!  If you’d like to learn more about our automated Just Listed/Just Sold postcards call Becky at 866.999.MLSM or visit us online at www.MLSmailings.com.  They’re easy, effortless, affordable and give you peace of mind because they go out without your having to lift a finger – so you ALWAYS know it’s done!

If you’d like to learn more about our all-inclusive Ultimate Marketing Toolkit that includes Craigslist Ads, Just Listed postcards, lead generation cards, single property websites and more – visit us online at www.GettingListingsSold.com or call our office at 866.405.3638.

If Every Door Direct Mail is something you would like to include in your marketing strategy in 2013 – visit us at www.ProspectsPLUS.com/EDDM2 or call us at 866.405.3638. Our team will be happy to help you choose your carrier routes, create your mailing piece and determine the frequency of mailings that will work best for you!

Just want to stay in touch with your sphere or farm with direct mail marketing?  Visit www.ProspectsPLUS.com or call our team to help you choose the postcard campaign that most resonates with your business, your market and your customers.

Phew! Can’t wait to see more ideas and suggestions in the coming weeks!  Now you could win– if you HAVEN’T entered the contest to win a free iPad Mini by sharing YOUR ideas, insights and best strategies  — what are you waiting for?  Get in on the action and you could be cruising the net on your all new iPad by the end of the year!

Click here to learn the details and get started – or just head on over to our Facebook Page and share your best marketing tools and advice with your fellow agents across North America!  Ready?  Set?  GO!   And remember – if you need help – we’re just a call away at 866.405.3638.