The Easiest Path to Success
What if I told you that sending out 200 postcards could potentially net you five new listings?
Barbara Todaro, a Franklin, MA agent, sent 200 Just Listed postcards to a farm that surrounded her new listing. And, her mailing resulted in just that number – five new listings.
“Everyone reads their mail”, she added.
Yes, real estate postcard marketing has been around for a while. And, no, it’s not as innovative as digital marketing, but clearly – IT WORKS.
Left in the dust
We have to hand it to the real estate elders – who have been in the industry since before the “New Internet Age” of the 1990s. These agents have risen to the challenges of an ever-changing set of real estate tools.
From an AOL dial-up connection on an Apple computer system that took up an entire corner of a room, to using artificial intelligence to laser-target real estate prospects.
We’ve definitely come a long way.
It was a steep learning curve, but like most things in life, as agents became more tech-proficient, the demand for high-tech grew.
Faster load times, jet-propelled search engine rankings and the availability of real-time information instilled in everyone a need for speed.
This sort-of-new-fangled idea that listing generation and conversion should be quick, painless and effortless came at a price, though.
Old, yet highly effective marketing methods, were left in the dust.
Of course, consistency is the key, but we absolutely know that postcard marketing works wonders for a real estate business.
Snail mail? Guess again!
Direct mail outperforms email, social media and all digital forms of marketing by 700 percent, according to research from the Data and Marketing Association (DMA).
Targeting millennials? Studies show that 92 percent of millennials surveyed say they were influenced by direct mail.
Only 78 percent of millennials surveyed were swayed by emails, according to a Nielsen survey. If you’re interested in targeting this growing demographic, take a look at our Millennial Postcard Series.
In addition, the Marketing Sherpa survey showed that, overall, direct mail ads were the third most trusted form of marketing (behind print ads in magazines/newspapers and TV ads).
For comparison, search engine ads came in sixth and, at the bottom of the list? Online pop-up ads.
Old McAgent had a farm
In the past, most agents chose farm areas to target their best potential customers and direct mail marketing was the best way for them to reach these people. Guess what?
IT STILL IS.
Neighborhoods that are ripe for the picking include those that haven’t turned over in a while. And, at least in 2018, those with a large Gen X and/or baby boomer population.
The experts recommend that you start with an area you know best – such as your own neighborhood, or those surrounding it. If you are planning to go after the move-up market? Our Move-up Market Postcard Series is the perfect marketing solution.
Your research into the right farm doesn’t stop with choosing your neighborhood; learning the area’s demographics (especially the average age and income of the residents) is vital to a successful campaign. The easiest way to ensure you are targeting the right demographic is to use our targeted mailing list tools.
The postcard winners
So, which are the most effective postcards for real estate? By far, the agents we’ve spoken with choose Just Listed/Just Sold postcards.
But, cards with a compelling message do just as well. A great example is our Call to Action Postcard Series, with effective consumer offers that generate a response from your targeted audience.
“We host monthly events at our office and invite local businesses and residents. When we send a Just Sold Postcard, it includes an invitation message to the party,” states Laurie Laykish, Engle & Volkers.
Though the invite isn’t the focus of the card (the just-sold home is), “we have had at least 2 people from each drop of 200 cards that attend an event and sign up to buy or sell with us,” Laykish concludes.
Nearly 15 percent of direct mail recipients who responded to the Marketing Sherpa survey say they often discard consumer services-oriented mail pieces when they are “too focused on the company’s needs and not enough on my needs.”
This is why it’s important to keep the postcard’s focus on the recipient and not on you or your business. Telling—or hinting—at what’s in it for them will appeal to them far more than blatant self-promotion.
A successful real estate marketing plan is multi-pronged, across different platforms. If a year-round direct mail marketing strategy isn’t currently part of your plan – the time to change this is now.
Start with sending the Doesn’t Take a Crystal Ball Postcards from the Fence-Sitter Series to at least 100 new prospects in an area where you want more listings.
For help creating the perfect, targeted mailing list start here.
Need assistance taking your marketing to the next level? Call our support team at 866.405.3638 today!
PLUS: Whenever you have a moment…here are 3 things to check out that will help you CRUSH IT in 2018!
1. The Free 2018 Real Estate Business Plan
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2. The Online ROI Calculator
Consistency and automation are the keys to success. Discover how effective direct mail marketing can dramatically increase your bottom line. Enter your statistics in our Free online ROI Calculator and click the ‘CALCULATE MY ROI’ button to see your results instantly! – Click Here
3. The 12 Month Done-For-You Strategic Marketing Plan
The Real Estate Marketing Planner is a powerful 12-Month-Guide that strategically defines what marketing to do when. Four key market segments are included, Niche Marketing, Listing Inventory, Geographic Farming, and Sphere of Influence – Click Here
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