Saturday, July 22, 2017

Was YOUR Name Drawn?

Wow! Big thanks to all our amazing contestants this past month! We had some terrific entries – and we thank you all so much for sharing your ProspectPLUS.com experiences! If your name wasn’t drawn – no worries! We’re kicking off our newest contest starting today! 

Our $250 winner is Cindy Larussa who shared, “I’ve been using ProspectsPLUS! for about three months now for all my marketing needs. They are always very professional and quick to get my orders out. I’m more than pleased with the work they do for me and I love the ease of their website. I feel their prices are great! I won’t go anywhere else!”

Our $100 winner is Pam Saunders who shared, “ProspectsPLUS! offers not only exceptional service (Ramona is always knowledgeable and helpful), but, the quality and professional content on their products are outstanding… I highly recommend them for all your marketing needs.”

Our $50 winner is Shaunda Howerton who shared,  “I am very pleased with my experience using ProspectsPLUS for the first time. My postcards look great and I found a template that I can call my own! I certainly will use them again and budget them into my marketing expenses for years to come!”

Ready to throw your hat in the ring? This month, we’re changing it up again! First prize for our July contest will be an Amazon Echo Show (A $229 value)! The Echo Show is everything people love about the Amazon Echo – but now features video and images! We will also be giving away two $100 ProspectsPLUS! gift cards. 

Entering is easy!  Leave your review of your ProspectsPLUS.com product or service on our Google+ Page or our Facebook Page today! Our next drawing is August 1st. 

We’d also like to invite you to join us in our goal to raise $30,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®! We are matching every donation this year, dollar-for-dollar! Learn more at blog.prospectsplus.com/st-jude. For the month of July, we will give 10% of every order of the all new Football series of postcards (excluding tax and shipping charges) to help the families and kids at St. Jude!

See this year’s designs here.  Your customers will love them!

Need help? Contact our team at 866.405.3638 today. 

Left in the Year — How Will You Spend Them?

by Julie Escobar

We are more than halfway through the year. Just better than two hundred days left. What you do now will determine what kind of holidays you’ll have. Whether you’ll hit those goals you set in January. Whether you’ll finish strong and kick off the new year with ease. So, what’s it going to be? Let’s take a look at some ways you can get back on track or keep on track:

  1. Review your SMART goals weekly. Create a means to measure where you are in relation to your goal. Use a chart, a checklist, or an integrity partnership to review your progress. When you wait months or an entire year to review – it’s impossible to know whether you are on track or off. Top agents always know their numbers, always have a visual of the goals that they are passionate about and are always re-calibrating their time, tools, training and activities to ensure they achieve the goals they set.
    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Achievable
    • Relevant 
    • Time bound
  2. Get out of stealth mode. The idea that the business will just come to you in today’s market is false. There is considerable competition so get out from behind the desk or computer and get out into the markets in which you want to build market share. Knock on doors. Meet the neighbors. Leave branded collateral pieces at local professional offices and waiting rooms where possible. (Think doctor’s offices, car dealerships, etc.)  Host events. Ask questions. Sponsor sports teams. Donate the bounce house at the neighborhood event. Show that you are the face of real estate in your area.
  3. Reach out to your sphere. If you’re not touching base with everyone in your sphere at least twice a year, then you are leaving money on the table. We know statistically that one in twelve will result in business or referral every year. But NOT if you don’t stay in touch. Many agents use holiday cards every month with a message on the back to keep connected. Others choose newsletters or content cards as a monthly “touch”. Whatever you choose, be sure you are consistent. It’s one of the best things you can do to build and grow your referral base.
  4. Never neglect your neighborhood farm.  Your competition won’t be and they’ll take market share wherever they can find it.  If you’ve got an area that you want to dominate in, consider our Market Dominator system, or using the Listing Inventory Series to stay in touch every month. Top of mind awareness is crucial in today’s market. Attend every neighborhood function and be sure you are walking your farm with content-rich collateral at least twice per year.
  5. Add at least five people to your marketing list per week.  Always be in networking mode and always look for ways to grow your database and sphere. Committing to adding five people per week means you’ll add 260 to your sphere. To help you put that in context, I used our SOI calculator to show you what that looks like. I entered $200,000 as an annual goal, and an average commission of $6,000 – which told me that to realize that goal I’d need 33 transactions. Using the national stats that 66% of business comes from an agent’s SOI, I calculated that I needed 264 people in my SOI to realize my goal.  You can calculate how many you need here. 
  6. Be consistent. I can’t stress this one enough. One and done marketing has never, ever earned anyone a good living. If you’re not touching base monthly or at least quarterly, you are leaving the door open for your competition to create the top of mind awareness that you could be earning. That’s like handing away future commissions to other agents. To succeed at high levels, you’ve got to stay on top of your marketing game and stay present in your market place. Using smart time management and done-for-you marketing tools can help.

Remember we are here to help. Our company is steeped in real estate experience and we train our marketing team to know exactly what agents just like you need to succeed and excel. We want to help you make the most of the last 200 days of the year — and every day after that as well. Visit www.prospectsplus.com today or call our team at 866.405.3638 to learn more.