Saturday, July 13, 2024

geographic farming

    So, what are your business marketing plans for spring 2024 real estate marketing? Sure, a lot of the decision-making will center around what’s happening with the economy. 

    Market soothsayers are hedging their bets when predicting what the Fed will come up with during the March meeting. The latest jobs numbers seem to be the fly in the ointment at this point.

    “But Fed officials have repeatedly indicated that they want to be sure that inflation is coming down sustainably before they’ll consider cutting rates, and a more balanced labor market is part of that,” says Molly Grace at BusinessInsider.com.

    If you want to play it safe, fall back on the tried-and-true marketing methods. One of the best of these is farming.

    Let’s take a look at three farms that we think are worthy of your consideration.

    Baby boomers in highly rated school districts

    Baby boomers turn 60 to 78 years old this year. Last year, the National Association of REALTORS’ surveys found that baby boomers now make up the largest share of both homebuyers and sellers.

    In fact, this cohort makes “… up 39% of home buyers – the most of any generation – an increase from 29% last year.” That’s an astounding statistic. A 10% jump in real estate activity in one year? From a group of people who have been stubbornly sitting on the home they’ve lived in for 15 to 20 years?

    They’re moving, and you should be at the forefront of your market to capture this business.

    Then, there are the Gen Xers and Millennial moms and dads who are still in the child-rearing phases, longing to get junior into a good school district.

    That’s the perfect starting point for an agent looking for a new marketing method: farm those baby boomers living in decently ranked school districts. I would market to all of them, but most particularly, those who live in multi-story homes.

    Stairs are hard on the knees and we’re betting they can’t wait to get into a home without the climb.

    The Absentee Owner Series is shown above. To learn more, Click Here.

    Absentee owners

    While being a landlord isn’t quite as painful now as it was during the pandemic, the economy still isn’t where it should be and many Americans are pinching pennies.

    Because of this, many landlords are thinking about cashing out. This is such an easy audience to market to because most of it is done via direct mail. 

    It’s somewhat quick and easy to set up and landlords (most of them anyway) are eager to learn about the market and what their rentals might be worth right now.

    This one requires consistency in nurturing, however. Consistent mailings will keep you top-of-mind but don’t neglect the Just Listed and Just Sold postcards that are pertinent to the landlord’s property.

    Spring will be here before we know it, so let’s get ready!


    When you have time…below are some marketing tools to help support your success.

    1. Put Your Real Estate Business a Step Above with Your Own Branded Magazin

    Homes & Life Magazine is a customizable magazine with rich, full-color content and a sharp, professional aesthetic. It includes compelling, direct, response-driven articles written by real estate industry experts and engaging lifestyle content. Send out Homes & Life Magazine in Just Minutes – No Minimums Required. Or we’ll ship it to you. Homes & Life Magazine is the ultimate “Coffee Table Lingerer”! …and it costs less than sending a greeting card!Click Here

    2. The Free 6-Month Done-For-You Strategic Marketing Planner

    The Real Estate Marketing Planner is a powerful 6-Month Guide that strategically defines what marketing to do and when. Four key market segments include niche Markets, geographic farming, sphere of influence, and past clients. – Click Here

    3. The Free Online Real Estate Business Plan

    The Real Estate Business Plan allows you to enter your business goals for the year and get a breakdown of how many prospects, listings, closings, and so on are needed to reach your financial goals.   – Click Here

    4. The Become a Listing Legend Free eBook 

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    Ready to take a vertical leap in your real estate career? If you’re looking for inspiration…and the tools and methods to dominate a market and go to the top in real estate…you’ll find them in this free book. – Click Here


      “A recent poll revealed 66% of Americans aren’t friends with their neighbors,” according to Susan Meyer at thezebra.com. More than one-fourth of those surveyed, however, took part in neighborhood groups online.

      While the internet has whittled away many Americans ‘real-life relationships, all it takes is one person to rally neighbors into turning a neighborhood into a community. 

      Your position in the community as a facilitator in home purchases and sales makes you the perfect person to get the ball rolling.

      Did we also mention that it’s an amazing lead-generation strategy as well?

      Getting to know the neighbors

      There are plenty of ways to get to know your neighbors. If you like to walk, make it a point when folks are out and about, working in the yard or the garage. Stop and say hi, introduce yourself, and ensure that you remember their names. 

      If this tactic doesn’t expose you to enough neighbors, try door knocking, leaving postcards, or door hangers introducing yourself on the doors unanswered.


      The Photo Introduction Series is shown above. To learn more, Click HERE.


      Become a one-person welcome wagon

      Visiting new neighbors with a housewarming gift in hand not only makes them feel a sense of community but it’s something they won’t forget. You’ll be forever memorable. 

      The gift can be as simple as a list including contact information for:

      • Utility companies they’ll need to call
      • Pool service providers
      • Handyman/woman 
      • Highly rated doctors, dentists, and veterinarians
      • Child care options
      • Any other mentions you think someone new to the neighborhood may appreciate
      Create an event to bring everyone together

      This idea can be used later in your relationship with neighbors or as a first step instead of visiting each one individually.

      The type of event you create depends on how many neighbors you expect to show up and your budget. 

      It could be as simple as a barbecue at your home, a neighborhood cleanup event, or the ever-popular movie-in-the-park. 

      Whatever you choose to do, ensure you take lots of photos and then follow up with each attendee.


      PLUS: When you have time…below are some marketing tools to help support your success.

      1. Put Your Real Estate Business a Step Above with Your Own Branded Magazine

      Homes & Life Magazine is a customizable magazine with rich, full-color content and a sharp, professional aesthetic. It includes compelling, direct response-driven articles written by real estate industry experts combined with engaging lifestyle content. Send out Homes & Life Magazine in Just Minutes – No Minimums Required. Or we’ll ship it to you.

      Homes & Life Magazine is the ultimate “Coffee Table Lingerer”! …and it costs less than sending a greeting card!Click Here


      2. The Free 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 and when. Four key market segments include niche Markets, geographic farming, sphere of influence, and past clients. – Click Here

      3. The BusinessBase, SOI building system

      The most effective thing you can do to build a real estate business is to become more visible, more likable, and remembered more often. The BusinessBASE™ not only checks these boxes but is also a business-building machine. In two easy steps, you can begin to build a robust sphere of influence that will provide you a lifetime of repeat business and referrals. – Click Here

      4. The Free Interactive Real Estate Business Plan

      The Free Interactive Real Estate Business Plan allows you to enter your business goals for this year and get a breakdown of how many prospects, listings, closing, and so on are needed to reach your goals.  – Click Here

      5. The Become a Listing Legend Free eBook 

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      Ready to take a vertical leap in your real estate career? If you’re looking for inspiration…and the tools and methods to dominate a market and go to the top in real estate…you’ll find them in this free book. – Click Here


        It takes more than a statement on your website or business card to truly be considered a neighborhood expert.

        There are many agents using this title as a marketing tool, while not doing the necessary work to make the title a reality.

        Let’s consider some ways to prove to potential clients that you are what you say you are.

        1. Prove it in your marketing materials

        True neighborhood experts, by and large, market to farm areas.

        Whether that is a condo community, a specific zip code, or by subdivision, focusing on a smaller pool of homeowners is a brilliant way to become known as the expert in a community.

        The best way to reach these homeowners or tenants or whomever you are targeting is via direct mail. It’s quick, it’s inexpensive and it works.


        Shown above, FARM, Get More Listings postcard campaign. Learn more, HERE

        Geographic Farm marketing

        Here’s an idea of what to send to your chosen neighborhood: the Get More Listings postcard campaign.

        Be sure to include on the back of the postcards an offer for a free “local market stats” report, that details home listings and sales in that area.

        It shows them that you know your stuff and are on top of what’s happening in their area.

        And, when homeowners reach out for this report, ensure that your explanation is in plain English. Unless you explain the meaning, avoid insider jargon, such as:

        • “absorption rate”
        • “months’ supply of real estate inventory” (what does months’ supply and “inventory” mean?),
        • “the median price range” (explain median vs. average)
        • “time on market” or “days on market” (why is this important to the average homeowner thinking of selling?)
        We found lots of other examples online of what to AVOID in your Market Stats or CMA reports, such as:

        “During this quarter, sales dollar volume increased year over year by 3% to $599,080,374. New listings rose 22% to 2,820, active listings increased 21% to 5,840 and pending sales increased 11% to 2,452. Monthly housing inventory increased by 0.4 months to 2.3 months.”

        “Sales dollar volume” is meaningless to a homeowner. We would reword the paragraph to read more like a narrative than a dry list of statistics:

        During this quarter, 22 percent more homeowners put their homes on the market here in Any town than in October. As quickly as they’re listed, however, buyers snap them up. One indication of that is the increase in pending sales, which were up 11 percent more than pending sales during the previous quarter of 2021.”

        Since potential home sellers are your primary audience when farming, leave out the increase in inventory unless it’s significant (0.4 months isn’t). And, if you must express inventory in “months,” do the readers a solid and explain what that means.

        Additional effective farming pieces include:

        • Just listed and just sold postcards (even if you haven’t sold or listed the property, if the agent in question has chosen not to announce this news, use their loss as your gain and send these postcards out).
        • A Just Sold Follow Up Campaign
        • The Market Dominator, an automated mega-newsletter that’s sent to an exclusive carrier route monthly through the use of EDDM.
        2. Prove your neighborhood expertise on your website

        Your website provides the ideal platform to strut your neighborhood expertise. Start by ensuring it’s localized.

        So many agents pay the big bucks for a professional website and fail to remove or change the template text that comes with it.

        Add your market area everywhere possible, starting with the above-the-fold area on your home page. Don’t make visitors wonder where on earth you sell real estate.

        Create a neighborhoods section on your site and fill it with valuable, hyper-local content. In-depth neighborhood descriptions, quotes from folks who live in the neighborhood about why they love it, links to listings, and lots of photos are the bare necessities for neighborhood pages.

        Finally, if you don’t have a blog, start one. It’s the ideal place to post local content and, if promoted across your social media platforms, it will help drive traffic back to your site.


        Related: Ramp Up Your Website’s Neighborhood Page


        3. Prove it in person

        Get your face known around your chosen neighborhood(s). There are many ways to accomplish creating visibility. Here are a few:

        • Hold home seller seminars in the area.
        • Join the PTA.
        • Sponsor a community sports team and, in exchange, ask that your banner be displayed at games. And, do attend the games.
        • Join the neighborhood YMCA or gym.
        • Attend the HOA meetings.
        • Host a monthly coffee-and-pastry or happy hour event at the neighborhood café or watering hole.
        • Patronize neighborhood merchants and introduce yourself. Become a repeat customer.

        Your aim is for people to think that they see you everywhere they go. Talk to folks, hand out your business card.

        If you are truly the neighborhood expert, you need to prove it. It’s a brilliant way to stand out among the pretenders.


        Ready to prove You’re the REAL DEAL When it Comes to Neighborhood Expertise?

        Get Started by Creating Your Geographic Farm Prospects List While They’re on Sale 15% 0ff!


        Why Build Your Geographic Farm List Now?
        Because You Want The Following Things to Happen in 2022?
        • Strategic focus – Centralized sales in one area. No more driving across town for a listing.
          To become a neighborhood expert – You’re committed to a specific neighborhood where you will become known as the expert.
        • Increased growth – You’re building toward the future instead of “just getting by” working on whatever comes your way.
        • A branded business – You’re branding yourself and your business within a community and building relationships over time with the people who live there.
        • Increased demand for your service – Sellers and buyers want to work with real estate agents who are experts in the community where they are buying and selling, and that’s YOU.

        Build a geographic farm list (from a desktop or laptop computer) using the MapMyMail tool.

        Hit the “CLICK HERE” link, below (from a desktop or laptop computer) and choose the MapMyMail listing building tool.

        USE PROMO CODE: FARM15 to get 15% off of your geographic farm list.

        Get started building your geographic farm list now, CLICK HERE!


        For Help Creating Your Geographic Farm List, Watch This Video Below.


        This sale expires on 12/25/21. Please reach out to our support team at 866.405.3638 with questions or if there is anything we can do to help you with your success.


        PLUS: When you have time…below are some helpful tools to support your success.

        1. The Free 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 Markets, geographic farming, sphere of influence, and past clients. – Click Here

        2. The Free Interactive Real Estate Business Plan

        The Free Interactive Real Estate Business Plan allows you to enter your business goals for this year and get a breakdown of how many prospects, listings, closing, and so on are needed to reach your goals.  – Click Here

        3. The Automated Way to Become a Neighborhood Brand

        Become branded in a specific neighborhood with a 12X15 marketing piece sent automatically each month to an exclusive carrier route. Watch this video to learn more or Click Here.

        4. The Free Real Estate Mailing List Guide

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        The Real Estate Mailing List Guide outlines the top tools for generating targeted prospecting lists including Baby Boomers, Empty Nesters, Investors, Lifestyle Interests, High-Income Renters, Move-Up Markets, and more. The Guide also defines done-for-you marketing campaigns to match these markets. –Click Here

        5. The Become a Listing Legend Free eBook 

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        Ready to take a vertical leap in your real estate career? If you’re looking for inspiration…and the tools and methods to dominate a market and go to the top in real estate…you’ll find them in this free book. – Click Here

        6. The Free Online ROI Calculator

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        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

        7. The Free Real Estate Marketing Guide “CRUSH IT” 

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        The “Crush It” Guide includes easy steps to launching an effective direct mail marketing campaign, how to create a targeted prospect list, the perfect way to layout marketing materials for success, seven opportunities available to target in your area right now. –Click Here

        While you’re online scheduling your Holiday postcards to go out, consider launching an annual Holiday scheduled campaign.

          Sure, you can continue to throw stuff against the wall to see what sticks. It’s a common practice among real estate agents.

          If you want to make more money, however, consider narrowing your focus to owning a specific real estate market or niche.

          A real estate niche can be plucked from a number of categories. Take home type for example. According to a study by the folks at McKissock, a real estate education and professional development firm, agents who specialize in luxury homes are among the highest earners in the industry.

          Aside from property type, there’s the location niche, type-of-client niche (first-time buyers, veterans, etc.), and others.

          There are a lot of specialties from which to choose. Let’s take a look at the potential of older Americans, aka “empty nesters & baby boomers.”

          Especially if you list and sell real estate in an area popular for retirees (Georgia, the Carolinas, and Florida, for instance), read on.

          Empty Nest Campaign shown above. See more under FARM Campaigns, HERE
          Why empty nesters & baby boomers?

          Age 58 to 76 in 2022, older Americans spent much of the past two years reevaluating their priorities.

          “We’re now seeing the ‘Great Retirement,’ a tsunami of Baby Boomers leaving the workforce,” according to Jack Kelly, the senior contributor at Forbes.com.

          In fact, “3.2 million more of them retired in the third quarter of 2020 than did in the same quarter of 2019,” said Kathy Gurchiek with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

          Most who want to sell, want to remain in close proximity to their adult children, but not necessarily in the same, large home in which they raised them.

          Another reason to consider older Americans is they currently hold the most real estate wealth, owning 44% of homes in the U.S.

          But, are they ready to sell?

          Not all of them. Some became so freaked out over the inventory shortage that they decided to keep the home, renovate it, and age in place.

          But, overall, those “… aged 65 to 73 … sold their homes at a higher rate than any other age group in 2020,” according to Natalie Campisi, a member of the Forbes Advisory staff.

          And your association agrees. The 2021 National Association of REALTORS® “Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report” finds that baby boomers and empty-nesters make up the largest share of home sellers and second-largest share of buyers.

          Millennials once again took the top spot in the buyers’ category.

          Another area to give your attention is geographic farming

          If you haven’t chosen a geographic farm to concentrate on yet, here are a few reasons to get started now,

          • Provides strategic marketing – You’re centralizing your sales into one area. No more driving across town for a listing.
          • Creates focus You’re committing to becoming the neighborhood expert in a specific area.
          • Contributes to future growth – You’re building toward the future instead of “just getting by” working on whatever comes your way.
          • Brands you within a community – You’re branding yourself within a community and building relationships over time with the people who live there.
          • Increases demand for your service – Sellers and buyers want to work with real estate agents who are experts in the community where they are buying and selling.

          And, right now, Farm Campaigns are on sale 10% off the first month!

          Shown above: Get More Listings postcard campaign, available in the FARM Campaign section. Learn More, HERE.

          To Launch a Farm Campaign Hit the “CLICK HERE” link, below (from a desktop or laptop computer).

          USE PROMO CODE: FARM10 to get 10% off the first month of a FARM Campaign.

          Start now, CLICK HERE!

          Details: Take 10% off the first month of a FARM Campaign for a limited time (excluding tax, postage, data, EDDM. Sale ends at midnight Saturday, 12/18/21).

          Please reach out to our support team at 866.405.3638 with questions or if there is anything we can do to help you with your success.


          PLUS: When you have time…below are some helpful tools to support your success.

          1. The Free 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 Markets, geographic farming, sphere of influence, and past clients. – Click Here

          2. The Free Interactive Real Estate Business Plan

          The Free Interactive Real Estate Business Plan allows you to enter your business goals for this year and get a breakdown of how many prospects, listings, closing, and so on are needed to reach your goals.  – Click Here

          3. The Automated Way to Become a Neighborhood Brand

          Become branded in a specific neighborhood with a 12X15 marketing piece sent automatically each month to an exclusive carrier route. Watch this video to learn more or Click Here.

          4. The Free Real Estate Mailing List Guide

          This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Real-Estate-Mailing-List-Guide2-3-D-999x1024.jpg

          The Real Estate Mailing List Guide outlines the top tools for generating targeted prospecting lists including Baby Boomers, Empty Nesters, Investors, Lifestyle Interests, High-Income Renters, Move-Up Markets, and more. The Guide also defines done-for-you marketing campaigns to match these markets. –Click Here

          5. The Become a Listing Legend Free eBook 

          This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Become-A-Listing-Legend-3D-Book-White-274x300.jpg

          Ready to take a vertical leap in your real estate career? If you’re looking for inspiration…and the tools and methods to dominate a market and go to the top in real estate…you’ll find them in this free book. – Click Here

          6. The Free Online ROI Calculator

          This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is ROI-calculator-b-233x300.jpg

          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

          7. The Free Real Estate Marketing Guide “CRUSH IT” 

          This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is CRUSH-IT-Guide-3-d-298x300.jpg

          The “Crush It” Guide includes easy steps to launching an effective direct mail marketing campaign, how to create a targeted prospect list, the perfect way to layout marketing materials for success, seven opportunities available to target in your area right now. –Click Here

          While you’re online scheduling your Holiday postcards to go out, consider launching an annual Holiday scheduled campaign.