Benefits of Social Media Marketing

Social media provides a way for businesses to increase their “word of mouth” advertising. Word of mouth has always been a powerful method of promoting products and services. Think about it – when you need a new mechanic for your car, do you trust the advertisements in the newspaper or your friend who tells you how great their mechanic is?

Social networking makes it possible to establish relationships and build trust online, which allows businesses to indirectly market their products and services to people who are more receptive to the marketing messages you are sending out. Generally, people are more trusting of social media sites than they are of more traditional websites selling products or services directly, because the users of social media websites feel that there are fewer people who would have something to gain by reviewing and recommending another’s product or service.

Social media marketing offers a number of benefits you would be hard pressed to find in other forms of marketing, including:

  • Ability to create brand awareness. As more people see your business name and the link to your site, your logo, and other details found in social media profiles, you establish more brand awareness among your potential client base.

  • Trust is established through natural connections and relationships that develop in online communities.

  • Your main website will gain traffic from niche conversations had through social networking websites, discussions, groups, and through blog comments.

  • Search engine optimization is increased through the increasing number of high quality links to your site and/or blog as other community members link to you and as you link to yourself from various social media sites.

  • Increased visibility in search engines will boost the number of visitors who find your website when searching keywords related to your industry.

  • Having a following on various social sites will decrease your dependence on search engines in general, since you’ll have a number of other websites helping to drive traffic to your site or blog.

  • Your participation in social media discussions and groups helps you see what is going on within your niche and find out what people want to see in the products and services you offer simply by listening to what people say to one another.

  • When you are actively involved in social media, you have the opportunity to manage your reputation. You can respond to complaints in a timely manner, encourage people to talk about their good experiences with your company, and keep an eye on what is being said about you in general by your client base.
  • You can discover more about the needs, desires and trends that encourage your market niche to spend money, and use that information to fuel your marketing efforts.

Advantages of Social Media Linking

It’s possible to obtain links to your website from a few different sources online – including companies who sell links to your site. One of the primary advantages of using social media marketing is that you obtain numerous links to your website and blog from multiple sources. When you publish a new blog post or an article on your website, you can automatically update each of your social media profiles across multiple websites to reflect the new post – and include a link back to your site. If your followers, fans, or connections appreciate the information in your blog posts or article, you’ll see them announcing these to their followers, fans or connections, quickly growing the number of incoming links through social media. You end up with links to your site strategically placed everywhere your potential client base is already visiting online, which means the people who are clicking those links are already your targeted prospects, and have already established somewhat of a relationship with you through their connection on these social media sites.

Social Media Marketing – What Does It Mean to Poke Someone On Facebook?

Facebook has a function called poking. You will find it on the left hand side underneath the picture of the friend you wish to poke. You simply need to click on the word “Poke FirstName”. Facebook will let you know what you have done just in case you clicked the button by accident.

You are about to poke Donald. He will be informed of this on his home page.

What is poking and what does it mean? Remember when you were a kid and you used to poke someone to get their attention? Well there are two points of view about poking on Facebook. Of course those who like and those who don’t!

Facebook poking can be just a simple hello, Hi I was thinking about you and just wanted to let you know. The person who dropped by your house when you were not home, but left a note to say they came by. Sometimes when we have absolutely no contact with someone we believe they have forgotten about us or even worse, don’t care. The Facebook poke can simply let someone know they are remembered.

It can also be to remind someone of something. Perhaps they were going to send you something or do something for you or even the other way around. You simply want to let them know they are still on your radar and that you remember or to jog their memory.

Like that tap on the shoulder you receive in a crowd; you turn around wondering who in the heck would do that to you and lo and behold there is an old friend!

Facebook allows you to poke someone who is not your friend. Perhaps you are wondering if they would say yes to a friend request, maybe you can give them a little poke to see if they would go over to your wall and send you a friend request.

Just for fun, I love to poke my young niece just to let her know that I am thinking of her.

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Then there is the insistent poking. Remember when your children were young and they would be on ya for something, “can I Please, Please Please??” They would not give up or give in until they got what they wanted.

Remember back to when you were a teenager and just to bug someone you would just keep poking them with your finger? “Did Ya? Did Ya? Did Ya?”. I personally remember when this happened between two boys and it would end up in an argument or a fight. These memories are quite unpleasant.

How and what you think about poking will have an impact on whether or not you will use the Facebook Poke.

Essentials Of Marketing, Sales, And Selling Real Estate

Some people, appear to believe, the only thing needed, to successfully, sell one’s home, is making the decision to do so, and, offering it, for sale, advertising it, etc. Statistics indicate, in the vast number of instances, when homeowners use a professional, to sell their houses, they benefit, by receiving, a higher selling price, with less stress/ hassle/ inconvenience, and doing so, in a shorter period of time. Professional real estate agents understand the market, nuances, methods/ techniques, and serve, and represent their client’s best interests. With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, some of the essentials of marketing, sales, and selling real estate.

1. Marketing: The process should begin, with client, and agent, being on the same – page, and agreeing to how to proceed, to achieve the homeowner’s objectives and priorities. One should hire an agent, who perceives and conceives of, creates, develops, explains thoroughly (to client’s satisfaction, and understanding), the components of his marketing plan, and the reasoning, and rationale, which makes it make sense, and achieve the primary objectives. Marketing must include: determining the home’s niche; prioritizing approaches; determining the best options and alternatives, etc; considering media choices, and deciding, which ones, might make the most sense, for the particular property; a marketing budget; and; fully explaining the reasoning behind the listing price, and the essentials of making price adjustments, if necessary.

2. Sales: Many, falsely, believe, sales, and selling, are the same! Sales, is a process, and approach, using the tried – and – proven approaches, without thinking, outside – the – box! It means creating a plan of action, in order to maximize the results, which a client, might achieve, and receive.

3. Selling: Unlike sales, selling is a consistent, proactive, activity, which emphasizes, closing – the – deal! It is, when performed properly, and effectively, both, an art, and a science. The art is the technique, which includes: attracting buyers, and other agents; articulating an inspiring, motivating, message, which is responsive to the potential buyers needs, goals, and priorities; matching up, the right buyer, with the right house; asking for the sale; and closing the deal. Obviously, this is not, a one – step, simplistic activity, but, rather, a well – considered, effectively trained, experience – focused, tried – and – proven, method, for achieving the goal!

If you hope to sell your home, begin by hiring the right, real estate agent, for you, who will, be able to, professionally, handle the marketing, sales, and selling of your house. Take the time, to interview agents, and hire the one, who is best for you!

Mobile Text Marketing Strategies For the Real Estate Professional!

The Jan 2010 Realtors Confidence Report (a survey of realtors experience with current market conditions) sums up the mood in the real estate industry with the following observations:

• “Due to the high unemployment rate it is very difficult for buyers to have any hopes of purchasing a home for 2-5 years”

• “11 percent unemployment and increasing gas prices are killing our market.”

While several real estate brokers and professionals have been forced to leave the industry as a result of the current economic crisis, many are still hanging on and a few are thriving even in these economic recessionary times.

So how do you as a real estate broker or agent survive and even thrive in this brutal market? The few brokers and/or agents who are thriving in this market are doing the following:

• Assured of getting the most return on their marketing dollars

• Ability to gather high quality leads without spending too much

• Assured of a 24/7 dynamic lead capture process

• Ability to follow up instantly their prospect calls

• Ability to create ongoing conversations with their prospects or customers

• Customize their messages and talk to their customers when they need to, knowing that the broker’s message is accurately presented on their customer’s mobile devices

• Automate the process of managing campaigns

• Create and view campaign analytics

• Build a database of prospective opt-in customers

Increasingly, real estate agencies across the country are using mobile text marketing strategies to quickly inform their clients with personal messages on new listings or information on closing deals. They are integrating mobile marketing into their traditional advertising strategies and they are improving their response rates as a result!

The New York Times has described mobile text marketing as “The most powerful advertising media ever invented”.

Mobile text marketing offers unique targeting abilities that are incomparable to traditional promotion and advertising media. With the appropriate mobile marketing provider, your prospective buyers will be able to get detailed information about the property on their mobile phone with detailed specs, pricing, virtual tours, and your contact information.

Here’s how it works: You choose a primary keyword (eg: JOESREALTY). This entitles you to an unlimited number of additional sub-keywords. You will then assign each property a specific sub-keyword. If you have 10 properties, your sub-keywords will range from JOESREALTY_1 to 10.

When anyone responds to your ad and sends a text message:

Step 1. A potential buyer sends a TEXT MESSAGE with the property’s KEYWORD to our SHORT CODE.

Step 2. The system generates an SMS to the buyer with the property’s description and details.

Step 3. The system can also generates another SMS – with a lead qualifying question.

Step 4. The system sends the agent an SMS with details on the lead.

Step 5. The system captures the sender’s contact info for follow-up campaigns or contact

Choosing A Competent Provider:

• Make sure you choose a provider with a trusted and reliable web-based platform to manage mobile marketing and alert programs over short codes.

• Your provider must also have packaged, ‘ready-to-go’ solutions that provide you the reliability, real-time compliance, and flexibility you need to implement.

• The appropriate package must include one or more “Keywords” you can use to build your permission-based marketing database and to market your products and services. Simply choose the keyword(s) you want to represent your company products, services or campaign and use it in all your marketing ads.

• The system must have a database control center where you will capture the opt-in contact information and send out follow-up or other marketing campaign information.

• Finally, the prospective provider must have a proven, easy to use system and a proven list of existing national and local businesses on board.

• You must be able to test “real time” with existing real estate client how the system works for them.

It’s no surprise in this market that the real estate industry is relatively concerned with gathering high quality leads. If an agent doesn’t have good leads, after all, he or she won’t make sales – there won’t be any prospects to sell to and puts his or her company at risk of failure.

In the current recessionary environment, it is critical that real estate professionals quickly incorporate new, more cost effective lead generation strategies into their ongoing marketing efforts.

Mobile text marketing technology is helping Real estate agencies across the country to quickly inform their clients with personal messages on new listings or information on closing deals.

Find out more about how mobile text marketing could help your business.

How to Utilize Facebook in Your Real Estate Marketing Efforts

The internet lends real estate professionals more opportunities than ever before when it comes to advertising both their services and the properties that they are currently working with. While many are already familiar with the concept of hosting a website that contains listings for people to view, social media is something that a large number of agents are currently not taking advantage of.

There are a number of platforms that are useful for advertising your services, with Facebook perhaps being the most popular. With almost 1.5 billion active users in 2015, the importance of the platform should not be underestimated, so here are a few ways that you can use it to your advantage.

Customer Interaction

One of the biggest benefits Facebook offers is the ability to interact directly with potential customers and find out what they are looking for from your service. You can conduct polls and ask direct questions to your followers before using the collected information to further improve the service that you provide and thus ensure you are giving people what they want.

It is also an excellent customer service tool that offers people the opportunity to ask you questions from the comfort of their own home. By taking a little bit of time to answer them, you demonstrate that you are showing an interest in their business and are thus somebody who would likely maintain communication if they worked with you.

Using Advertising

Facebook as a general service is completely free to use, which makes it an attractive proposition right off the bat. You can create a page and start gathering followers in no time at all, though some people may find this to be a little slow in the beginning, especially if they are new to the industry and have yet to build a client base.

This is where Facebook advertising comes in. These ads can be targeted to local areas and age groups, allowing you to only pay for highlighting your services to people who are most likely to use them. This offers you the chance to build more followers on your page, to whom you can then advertise your services more directly.

Making Offers

Facebook is the perfect place to make offers that you might not wish to make directly on your website. You can give your followers a reason to stay on the page if you offer them something that they can only get through checking out your social media accounts, instead of simply heading over to the website.

For example, you could run an offer where you state that customers coming to your from Facebook get a small discount on the percentage of commission they pay when they sell a property through you if they use a code that you provide on the page. Not only can that draw more interest from your current followers, but it also encourages them to recommend the page to friends, thus increasing your follower count and ensuring that the messages that you send out in the future are able to reach an even wider audience.