Thursday, March 23, 2017

It’s Not Too Soon to Create Your Plan

by Julie Escobar

Planning on sending season’s greetings out to your sphere and farm over the next few months?  Great idea! thanksgiving2016v6thumbsstndStaying in touch and top of mind never goes out of season.  Before you buy a card, stick a stamp of figure out where your mailing list is — consider these eight holiday tips!

  1. Be clear about your message.  Even when you’re sending holiday postcards, you can use the reverse side to send a great message to your customer base.  If you are sending to both your sphere and farm, you may want to consider altering the message slightly for each. Make it personal and heart-felt, with a note of thanks for allowing you the opportunity to serve them as customers — or in the case of your farm – the community.
  2. Serve two purposes.  Are you having a holiday open house? Customer event?  Charity drive?  Looking for a good time to stop by with a small gift? You can include that information on the cards as well.
  3. Don’t be salesy.  Holiday greetings are not about the sale – they are about the connection.  Keep it warm and personable.
  4. Don’t wait for just Christmas.  Many top agents send a holiday message once a month to their sphere.
    Thanksgiving, New Year’s, Valentine’s, Easter and beyond. There’s something to celebrate all
    year round, and it’s a fun way to stay connected and stand out as someone who is “there” more than just in the month of December.
  5. Have some fun with it.  Got a great team? Or just a great personality?  Take some fun pictures and opt for a photocard rather than a more traditional card and don’t be afraid to get a little creative with your photos.
  6. Don’t leave anyone out! You know all those mailing photo-cards-16lists you’ve been collecting throughout the year? For Just Listed postcards, or the stack of business cards that have been sitting on the corner of your desk collecting dust?
  7. Order early.  We suggest sending your holiday cards out at LEAST two weeks in advance of the holiday every month — and sending first class as opposed to standard-class to ensure timely delivery.holiday-cards-16
  8. Follow up.  Sending cards is a great way to easily stay in touch.  Pick a postcard, edit your message, add a list – and you’re done!  In a matter of minutes you’ve created a connection.  However to really get the full impact of ANY mailing (holiday and otherwise) — be sure to follow up – at least with the top 25% of your list.  There is no substitution for this step.  Imagine if you made it a point each year, every year, to speak with every single person in your sphere at least twice a year?  Touch base, see if they have questions, thank them for being great customers, and say hello.  Here’s what happens when you do:  they remember you.  They don’t list with another agent because your name wasn’t on the radar.  They are grateful that you take the time to call.  And one out of 12? Statistically will do business with you or refer business to you.

Here’s to a great holiday season ahead – and to staying in touch with your sphere and farm!  We’re even going to make that a little easier on your budget! From now until January 5th, we’re donating 10% of our holiday postcard orders, (excluding postage, tax and shipping) to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Need help?  We’re here for you!  Call our team at 866.405.3638 today.  We’ll help get your holidays started and save you money at the same time! Have a great one!  

How to Stay Top of Mind All Season Long

By Julie Escobar

Fall is in the air and the holidays will be in full swing before you know it.  We’ve entered the season of Pumpkin Spice everything and parties and plans are already in the works.  While many agents send Christmas, New Year’s and Calendar cards come December, why not beat the competition to the mailbox and thumbhalloweenv7stndstart with our adorable Halloween postcards. They’re fun, charming and perfect for kicking off your fall well wishes to your sphere of influence.

You can then follow up with Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday postcards and stay top of mind all season long.

AWESOME AGENT IDEA:  Use the reverse side of the postcard to make special offers to your VIP clients.  Here are some ideas that we’ve heard from agents for holiday time:

  • Invite to a holiday open house or customer appreciation event
  • Many agents give away pumpkins or pies during October and November, share where you clients can thanksgivingget theirs.  (One agent we talked to gets her pies and pumpkins from charity organizations so she’s contributing to good causes and connecting with her sphere.)
  • Order trick-or-treat bags and let customers know where they can get hold of theirs
  • Let them know how much you appreciate them and that you are there if they, or someone they know have questions!

Be sure to have some fun this last quarter of the year.  Head over to our Master Marketing Schedule to see all the fun and creative ways you can touch base with your sphere and farm this season and make the kind of connections that will get you noticed — and earn you business.

PLUS — From now until October 15th, we will donate 10% of EVERY holiday postcard order (excluding taxes, postage and handling) to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!  Help us help the kids — and stay top of mind all season long! Get started today.

Meet Gideon!  Baby Gideon is a handsome little guy with a ready smile. Just three days after it was found Gideon had stage 4, high-risk neuroblastoma, he was receiving his first dose of chemotherapy at St. Jude little gideonChildren’s Research Hospital®. His long and intensive cancer treatment plan involves surgery, antibody therapy and a bone marrow transplant – but his smile has never waned.

Gideon’s dad said, “As soon as we got here, it was abundantly clear that St. Jude was by far the best place to be in a terrible, terrible situation.”

Gideon’s great-grandmother has been giving faithfully to St. Jude for over 25 years, never expecting she would personally know anyone who needed St. Jude – much less be a member of a St. Jude family herself. Like all families at St. Jude, Gideon’s will never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. “Those concerns evaporate when you’re here, because of the supporters,” said Gideon’s mom.

If you’d like to help us help kids just like Gideon, please donate today.  We will match your donations dollar for dollar!  Learn more at blog.prospectsplus.com/st-jude/.

By the way – for EVERY football schedule postcard order through September 15th, we’re also donating 10% (less postage, tax and shipping) to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Get started today.

Real Estate Door Hangers Saint Jude Donation
REAL ESTATE AGENTS WHO WANT TO HELP DONATE TO ST. JUDE CAN NOW DO SO BY SIMPLY PURCHASING DOOR HANGERS ON OUR WEBSITE. 

During the Entire Month of June we will be DONATING 10% of Every Single Door Hanger that is Ordered to the Kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (excluding tax and shipping charges)

This Includes Over 50 Pre-Designed Templates to Choose From:
– Just Listed
– Listing Inventory
– Open House
– FSBO
– Expired Listings
– Call to Action and more! 
Also, You Can Easily Find the Perfect Tool for Canvassing Your Local Neighborhoods and Help a Very Good Cause in the Process!

From Your Desktop Computer You Can Browse All Our Door Hanger Templates by Visiting: Prospectsplus.com/DoorHangers 
Questions? Call our Support Team at 866.405.3638 Today.

Introducing 8 Year Old Leland

As proud supporters of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, we would like to introduce you to their patient of the month: Eight year old Leland!

His story:

In 2014, Leland started having headaches. His parents were concerned but not alarmed, because migraines run in the family. But then more symptoms appeared. Leland’s grandmother noticed he was holding his left arm funny. His mother, Marisa, noticed his smile was off kilter in a photograph. Soon, a series of tests revealed Leland suffered from an aggressive brain cancer known as an atypical teratoid/ rhabdoid tumor, or simply ATRT.

When considering treatment options, Marisa sought her doctor’s recommendation. “My doctor said, ‘If it was my child, I would be going to St. Jude,’” Marisa recalled. After receiving a referral, Leland and Marisa were on their way to Memphis.

At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, Leland’s treatment has included surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. “St. Jude is amazing,” said Marisa. “Not just all the leaps and bounds they’re taking medically, and how many children they save, but how they don’t just treat his diagnosis. Kids can be kids here, and I think that helps a lot with their healing.”

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.

Leland loves to make people laugh. He says silly things and never lets anything get him down. “He’s strong and amazing,” Marisa said. “I draw my strength from Leland, because he amazes me every day.” Some of Leland’s favorite things are tacos, baseball, kittens and the beach.  Watch a video about Leland here.

Here at ProspectsPLUS! we’ve committed to helping kids just like Leland and their families get the help, support, and medical attention they need. We’d love to have you join us in effort! 

ProspectsPLUS! Charitable Donations

To Donate, please visit www.prospectsplus.com/StJude