It’s been raining gloom and drops of attitude acid for some time. We can stoop, wait and see if the stimulus sun will begin to burn peep holes through the malaise and hang over haze, or WE can take matters into our own capable hands.
In this post I’m sharing action ideas. Embrace these idea embers and burn through your barriers.
Let’s begin with 3 questions.
1. What is “Marketing?”
2. Does it Suck or Shine?
3. What are you going to do about it?
1. What is Marketing?
In the real estate business, everything is a marketing message. Everything we see, hear, feel, touch, sense and smell is marketing. Our marketing Attracts (Yea!), Repels (Ut-Oh) or Does Nothing (Double Ut-Oh).
Sadly, I’m going bald. Some would say I’m already bald. Choosing to cut my hair short, choosing a comb over or choosing a hair hat, all are marketing messages. Enough said?
If my shoes are un-shined and my heels worn, that’s marketing – the clueless kind.
The perfume you wear is marketing. So are your earrings and eyeshadow. Scent and sight are signals.
Responsibly returning calls is marketing. I care, I’m too important to care or I’m an unreliable dufus.
The words I choose when writing my blog posts is marketing. Word selection matters. Seriously, watch this video – The Story Of A Sign. It’s 5 minutes long and worth every second. Go ahead, I’ll wait for you.
My bio and picture at the bottom of this page and in all our on-line bio pages is marketing.
Telling people you’re not very tech savvy, that’s a mental midget marketing message.
The colors we wear screams, whimpers or whispers a marketing message. See us, pity us or trust us.
The crew we hang with, that’s marketing too. Birds of a feather and all…quack, waddle, quack or soaring eagle?
The print quality of our fliers is marketing. I’m a PRO, I’m an amateur or I’m brain dead.
Showing up on time is marketing. Showing up late is rude and marketing too.
Egoism, ill temper, impatience, intolerance, small mindedness = Misfit Marketing Message.
Our eMail signature is marketing. Are we including links for Facebook, Youtube, Flickr, Linkedn and our blog? Why not? If we do and others don’t, is that good, sad or bad?
When chatting or on appointments, do you interrupt your conversation to take calls? That’s Marketing Fail 101.
Spitting excuses is marketing. Nobody I know likes to be spit on. How about you?
Smiling and encouraging others is positive marketing. Engaging in destructive gossip is negative marketing.
A disheveled desk, dress or attitude is dullard marketing.
In most markets, sellers and buyers can choose from 100’s of agents, maybe 1,000’s. People choose to pay handsome fees to attractive people, not attractive as in good looking, attractive as in positive, enthusiastic and savvy. People they like and people they trust. Ask yourself, “Self, do my marketing messages SUCK or SHINE?”
Here’s a Q & A ”Does it Suck or Shine” checklist.
2. Does It Suck or Shine?
Marketing sucks when a business card photo is all glammed up and was taken years ago. Be real, it’s better.
Marketing sucks if you don’t wear a name badge during working hours. If you will, it makes you magnetically approachable. Something unexpectedly fantastic can happen. If you won’t, it can’t.
Marketing sucks if you’re not on Facebook. There are 175 million people on facebook. NAR sez there are around 1.2 million card carrying REALTORS. What percentage of the 1.2 million is on Facebook? Let’s be wildly optomistic, let’s say 10%. That would be 102 thousand REALTORS connecting and networking with 174.88 million civilians. Run don’t walk. Let’s be FB friends? Let’s be Twitter friends?
Marketing sucks if your MLS pictures don’t sparkle and inspire, as in ” Wow! I’m going to call the listing agent to get more information.” Listen, we know more pictures and better pictures attract more views and caffeinate lead generation. I’d refer you to the statistical studies, but that’s a waste of our time. It’s common sense. This is important. Do it right, do it well. Pay someone if you have too.
Marketing sucks if you don’t send handwritten notes after conversations with friends, past clients, suspects or prospects. How many hunks of junk mail cram your mail box in a week? How many lovely handwritten note cards do you receive in a week? Handwritten notes are remarkable. ”Remarkable” is the indelible ink that tattoos your Top Of Mind Awareness onto memories. Your Mom, Tom Peters, Seth Godin, Scott Geinsberg, Brian Buffani and Your Intuition and all recommend this, why don’t we do it? Let’s get to it!
Marketing sucks if you send direct mail and you don’t follow-up with personal contact. When’s the last time you gave a stranger $27,000 because they sent you a lame post card? They don’t and you wouldn’t either. ”Direct Mail” should be renamed ”Reason To Call Mail”. People pay handsome fees to people they know personally, not direct mail strangers. I have three words for you: Send, Call, See. Not: Send, hope, pray.
Marketing sucks if your MLS property descriptions, advertising, marketing and promotional copy is tarted up with lame ass ad speak or bloated with cottage-cheese-cliche cellulite. You gotta make “magic” not “monotone”. Here’s an example of crap copy and great copy.
Marketing sucks if you’re burning cash money on marketing and you don’t know what your financial returns are. Stop, evaluate, reallocate. Don’t spend more. Maybe taking a gaggle of friends to a movie would shine more fun, deepen relationships and yippee your referral business. Try it.
What Are We Going To Do About It?
See anything here you can implement post haste? Again, embracing these ideas is damn near free. You can stoop, wait and hope for natural sunlight and rescue or you can generate your own brand of blazing Serendipity Sunshine.
If you have some idea embers you would recommend to others, let’s share them in comments below. I know we’d all appreciate hearing from you.
“Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.”
– Tom Robbins