Your Facebook business page is useless for lead generation if you insist on using your posts to sell listings and advertise open houses to the exclusion of being, well, social.
Rule number one: Be of value
Use “value” as your cornerstone. Here’s an example.
I love LinkedIn for real estate agent marketing. Its users fall under the ideal demographics for the average home buyer and seller. But it’s one place you do NOT want to be salesy. People use the platform to network, not be sold to.
Which is why I stopped following a certain virtual assistant service. Everything she posted was an ad for her company. And, I mean, everything.
Ads aren’t of value to me. At least not at LinkedIn. Not at Facebook, either, come to think of it.
To be of value to a Facebook follower, your posts need to be, above all, social.
They don’t need to always be real estate-related, just interesting, surprising or helpful.
Chicago’s Dream Town Realty nails it in the “interesting” and “helpful” categories. All posts (at least the ones we saw) are locally-oriented and full of pride for their city. The recently had a post on “Where to Go Sledding in Chicago” with a great photo of kids sledding at a local hill. This is a post that’s highly shareable and ultra-local.
Yes, they share open houses and the occasional listing, but “occasional” is the operative word. And, they don’t use the typical “salesy” jargon when they do share these items.
Where do you find these hot social media topics? Start with your hometown newspaper, your city’s magazine (such as Dream Town Realty did), or another local source.
Scour the internet to see if your town or city made it onto the many “best places to retire,” “best places to raise kids,” or “best places to live” lists. Just enter into Google, with the quotation marks, “best places,” “best neighborhoods or “best cities.”
Trulia recently put out a list of the “best” neighborhoods in the country, broken down as best for kids, best for friendliness, etc. Maybe your market made it onto the list.
Compile your own, like the Dream Town Realty list. Here are some ideas:
- The best yoga studios
- Top spots to watch the sun set
- The best dog parks
- Best restaurant patio dining
- Top hiking, biking, walking trails
- Do a series on day trips from your town
- Best restaurants for date night
- Top staycation ideas
The list of local topics is just about endless when you start brainstorming. And, people love local topics.
Rule number two: Engagement is key
Real estate pros, by and large, do an admirable job posting to Facebook. Sadly, most aren’t engaging their followers.
So, why do non-profits on Facebook have such a high rate of engagement with their posts? This is just my opinion, but non-profits, because they aren’t selling anything, are non-threatening. But, the top organizations are also posting the right content.
The number one non-profit on Facebook is Ted, an organization “devoted to spreading ideas”. It’s a place you can find answers to your most burning questions.
Which makes for excellent Facebook fodder. A recent Ted Talk video post showing ‘how to do math in your head’ received a decent amount of engagement (nearly 700 comments, so far), it was shared more than 3,000 times. It was viewed 387,000 times.
Who knew so many people wanted to learn how to add and subtract in their heads?
When you’re stuck for content, share a post from Ted, or NPR, number 3 on the list of most popular non-profit Facebook pages.
Don’t make every post all about you. Nobody cares that you’re willing to help them “buy or sell a home.” Few care that you’re holding an open house or that you took a new listing.
Think about what makes you interact with a Facebook post and head in that direction with your real estate page.
Engage your audience by sending at least 100 Demand High, Inventory Low postcards from the Content Card Series to an area where you want more listings.
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