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Want to make phones ring? Bring the demand to your buyers



Oakwood HomesIt’s Black Friday, and Cyber Monday in retail, but bargain basement prices are also very real in real estate right now- I wonder if you’ve gone about the business of marketing this effectively in your market places?

“4% Interest Rates & Zero Down while grant lasts- call now!”

Fire sale new home pricing in Los Pines while inventory lasts, agents standing by…

I made this up… or did I? I’m sure with a little homework in your market and the right neighborhood with really great inventory, you could package and deliver a strategic marketing plan for yourself, team, and/or boutique brokerage.

With a title like that, you’ve obviously got the target in mind, so put into your plan what they’ll need- credit and financing partner, an appropriate list of inventory, and a few hours with your best camera. You’ll need to cover where you’ll target for real time reaction.

Here’s the short list:

  • Craigslist: be consistent in the message and focus on the target. Ask yourself what these folks need to hear to act now? Deliver your consumer to a special landing page linked to your blog, and watch your metrics.
  • Your blog: don’t be a blast salesman, instead, think like a retail merchandiser. For example, Prices as low as _____ (and show the image for that asking price) and up to ______ (and illustrate that home). Also, writing supportive articles about financing in this marketplace as well as buyer tips on foreclosures or short sales could really build your value in the eye of the consumer as you pull them in.
  • Banner space on your website? Again, think like a retailer, name your sale. “Los Pines Year End Event? Fire sale prices starting at? “
  • Facebook ad? same thing but link to special landing page for your event, and remember your target.
  • Twitter? same thing but make it a grassroots word of mouth campaign
  • Word of mouth: take it to the neighborhood with a simple business card and get those listings too.
  • Bandit signage: I hate bandit signs, but something new and creative could bring them to life.

The above list is not a complete list of targets but a short list to get you inspired. Let us know in comments what other methods you would add to the list or feel free to ask questions. Also, keep in mind your area rules and C.O.E..

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Don’t forget to give your promotion an end date because yes, it should end. Also, if your broker is not in control of the listings in this neighborhood, promote the ones that are or find a local new home builder that might like the attention and cooperate. Don’t get yourself bound up in a giant campaign with other Realtor partners, this is designed to turn on in an hour, not a month of planning- so keep it simple.

Put a text for info sign in your craigslist ad, put your text number beside every image you place, on every ad, and on your bandit signs. Create a fast and easy list they can pick up or you can text, email or fax to them, and if you must for your buyers representation agreement, set it specifically for these homes- remember, we want to make this easy.

Watch your metrics, and try different headlines where you can in real time. Obviously, you can’t change a bandit sign, but you could change your headline on Craigslist until you get one that hits, and you can measure that by where they came from, and/or the text for more info feature you’re using.

So let’s have a serious chat here…

Do you love this business? Are you in the dumps about how the world is changing and the housing market sucks and it’s winter so nothing is going to sell anyway? Then you should quit the business today. However, if you want remain in this business, you’d better begin thinking differently. Try this headline on for size: “Built in 2010 but priced at 1990 prices?” There are great opportunities in this market for your buyers and sellers and you should be marketing those opportunities!

The phones can ring in December, and in January, and in February, you might just have to warm people up with great prices and targeted marketing.

Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network for tech and entrepreneurs, proudly celebrating 10 years in publishing, recently ranked as the #5 startup in Austin. Before founding AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation and also acquired several other firms. His resume prior includes roles at Apple and Kroger Foods, specializing in marketing, communications, and technology integration. He is a recipient of the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), has built partnerships and bridges between tech recruiters and the best tech talent in the industry, and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular monthly networking events. Benn does not venture into the spotlight often, rather believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits, develops, and gives all credit to those he's empowered.

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  1. Kelsey Teel

    November 29, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Great article, Benn! The slow winter months provide a great opportunity for Realtors to test out different marketing strategies.

    Putting the extra time to use now drives business and gives a head-start for the busier months by finding out what works.

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Tired of “link in bio”? Here is a solution for Instagram linking

(MARKETING) The days of only one link in your Instagram bio are over. Alls.Link not only lets you link more, it gives you options for marketing and analytics too.



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If you’re like me, you’ve probably swapped out the link in your Instagram bio 100 times. Do I share my website? A link to a product? A recent publication? Well, now you don’t have to choose!

Alls.Link is a subscription-based program that allows you to, among other things, have multiple links in your bio. I’m obsessed with the Instagram add-ons that are helping business owners to expand the platform to further engage their audiences – and this is NEEDED one.

With the basic membership ($8/month), you get up to 10 customizable Biolink Pages with shortened links (and you’ll be able to choose your own backend). You also get access to Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel for your pages. With the basic membership, you will have Alls.Link advertising on your Biolink Page. Plus, you’ll be allotted a total of 10 projects, and Biolink Pages with 20 customizable domains.

With the premium membership ($15/month), you get link scheduling for product drops and article releases, SEO and UTM parameters, and you’ll have the ability to link more socials on the Biolink Page. With this membership, you’re allotted 20 projects and Biolink Pages with 60 customizable domains.

If you’re unsure about whether or not Alls.Link is worth it (or which membership is best for you), there is a free trial option in which you’ll be granted all the premium membership capabilities.

Overall – premium membership or not – I have to say, the background colors and font choices are really fun and will take your Biolink Page to the next level. Alls.Link is definitely a program to consider if your business has a substantial Insta following and you have a lot of external material you want to share with your followers.

The day-by-day statistics are a great tool for knowing what your audience is interested in and what links are getting the most clicks. Also, the ability to incorporate Google Analytics into the mix is a big plus, especially if you’re serious about metrics.

If you have a big team (or manage multiple pages), I would suggest going premium just for the sheer quantity of domains you can customize and link, though there are various other reasons I’d also suggest to do so. Take a look and see what works for you!

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Business Marketing

Use the ‘Blemish Effect’ to skyrocket your sales

(MARKETING) The Blemish Effect dictates that small, adjacent flaws in a product can make it that much more interesting—is perfection out?



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Presenting a product or service in its most immaculate, polished state has been the strategy for virtually all organizations, and overselling items with known flaws is a practice as old as time. According to marketing researchers, however, this approach may not be the only way to achieve optimal results due to something known as the “Blemish Effect.”

The Blemish Effect isn’t quite the inverse of the perfectionist product pitch; rather, it builds on the theory that small problems with a product or service can actually throw into relief its good qualities. For example, a small scratch on the back of an otherwise pristine iPhone might draw one’s eye to the glossy finish, while an objectively perfect housing might not be appreciated in the same way.

The same goes for mildly bad press or a customer’s pros and cons list. If someone has absolutely no complaints or desires for whatever you’re marketing, the end result can look flat and lacking in nuance. Having the slightest bit of longing associated with an aspect (or lack thereof) of your business means that you have room to grow, which can be tantalizing for the eager consumer.

A Stanford study indicates that small doses of mildly negative information may actually strengthen a consumer’s positive impression of a product or service. Interesting.

Another beneficial aspect of the Blemish Effect is that it helps consumers focus their negativity. “Too good to be true” often means exactly that, and we’re eager to criticize where possible. If your product or service has a noticeable flaw which doesn’t harm the item’s use, your audience might settle for lamenting the minor flaw and favoring the rest of the product rather than looking for problems which don’t exist.

This concept also applies to expectation management. Absent an obvious blemish, it can be all to easy for consumers to envision your product or service on an unattainable level.

When they’re invariably disappointed that their unrealistic expectations weren’t fulfilled, your reputation might take a hit, or consumers might lose interest after the initial wave.

The takeaway is that consumers trust transparency, so in describing your offering, tossing in a negative boosts the perception that you’re being honest and transparent, so a graphic artist could note that while their skills are superior and their pricing reasonable, they take their time with intricate projects. The time expectation is a potentially negative aspect of their service, but expressing anything negative improves sales as it builds trust.

It should be noted that the Blemish Effect applies to minor impairments in cosmetic or adjacent qualities, not in the product or service itself. Delivering an item which is inherently flawed won’t make anyone happy.

In an age where less truly is more, the Blemish Effect stands to dictate a new wave of honesty in marketing.

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Business Marketing

Google Chrome will no longer allow premium extensions

(MARKETING) In banning extension payments through their own platform, Google addresses a compelling, if self-created, issue on Chrome.



Google Chrome open on a laptop on a organized desk.

Google has cracked down on various practices over the past couple of years, but their most recent target—the Google Chrome extensions store—has a few folks scratching their heads.
Over the span of the next few months, Google will phase out paid extensions completely, thus ending a bizarre and relatively negligible corner of internet economy.

This decision comes on the heels of a “temporary” ban on the publication of new premium extensions back in March. According to Engadget, all aspects of paid extension use—including free trials and in-app purchases—will be gone come February 2021.

To be clear, Google’s decision won’t prohibit extension developers from charging customers to use their products; instead, extension developers will be required to find alternative methods of requesting payment. We’ve seen this model work on a donation basis with extensions like AdBlock. But shifting to something similar on a comprehensive scale will be something else entirely.

Interestingly, Google’s angle appears to be in increasing user safety. The Verge reports that their initial suspension of paid extensions was put into place as a response to products that included “fraudulent transactions”, and Google’s subsequent responses since then have comprised more user-facing actions such as removing extensions published by different parties that accomplish replica tasks.

Review manipulation, use of hefty notifications as a part of an extension’s operation, and generally spammy techniques were also eyeballed by Google as problem points in their ongoing suspension leading up to the ban.

In banning extension payments through their own platform, Google addresses a compelling, if self-created, issue. The extension store was a relatively free market in a sense—something that, given the number of parameters being enforced as of now, is less true for the time being.

Similarly, one can only wonder about which avenues vendors will choose when seeking payment for their services in the future. It’s entirely possible that, after Google Chrome shuts down payments in February, the paid section of the extension market will crumble into oblivion, the side effects of which we can’t necessarily picture.

For now, it’s probably best to hold off on buying any premium extensions; after all, there’s at least a fighting chance that they’ll all be free come February—if we make it that far.

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