Make an Unforgettable Impression with your Real Estate Website

    According to a study by Nielsen Norman Group, your website visitors will leave your homepage within 10 to 20 seconds unless you give them a reason to stay. 

    “To gain several minutes of user attention, you must clearly communicate your value proposition within 10 seconds.”

    Lose visitors here, where they land, and you’ve lost them forever. This page is your curb appeal – your first chance to make such an unforgettable impression that they will register and return.

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    Who is landing on your site’s homepage?

    Knowing your audience is marketing 101, and figuring out who comprises your site’s audience is a no-brainer: a real estate consumer, either a buyer or a seller. 

    Naturally, a homebuyer wants to see listings, but that’s not all your visitors are searching for. A NAR study found that these visitors also crave information on the purchase process, from getting a loan to closing on the purchase. 

    Homeowners thinking of selling want information about that process, and many visitors will want to learn more about you, your services, and what you’re like to work with.

    To keep these people on your site long enough to convert them to a lead requires making your home page the best it can be. Let’s look at one of the most important fixes you can perform on your real estate website.

    Customize your homepage

    The area that shows up before you begin scrolling down the page is known as “above the fold.” It’s your homepage’s most valuable real estate, so not one inch of space should be disregarded.

    The most common mistake agents make on this part of the page is not mentioning their location. Most of the sites we viewed before writing this included the name of the brokerage, the agent’s name, and his or her phone number and email address.

    Aside from a handful of agents, all sites lacked any mention (above the fold) of where the agent works. None of them mention a city, a community, or even the state that the agent serves. 

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    Let visitors know, above the fold, that they’ve landed in the right place. The best way to do this is to localize the text that came with your site. 

    Something as simple as changing “YOUR DREAM HOME AWAITS” to “YOUR DREAM HOME IN ANYWHEREVILLE AWAITS” will let visitors know they’ve found a local real estate site, and it will help search engines get that too.

    Scroll down your homepage, and you’ll find plenty of other localizing opportunities on the homepage. For instance, “SEARCH FOR HOMES” can be “SEARCH FOR HOMES IN ANYWHEREVILLE” and transform “Selling your Home” to  “Selling your Anywhereville Home.”

    Aside from posting your best and most flattering review above the fold, customizing and localizing the first page a potential client might see will help visitors and SEO.

    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

    Lisa is an accomplished marketer with years of expertise in direct response marketing, digital marketing, data analytics and business development working with both B2C and B2B.