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Real Estate: Punk Rock Style



Joey Ramone would have made millions selling real estate!

It’s time to put some anti-establishment spirit into your real estate business. F@%K tradition and standout.

Throughout punk rock history, technical accessibility and a DIY spirit have been prized. In the early days of punk rock, this ethic stood in marked contrast to what those in the scene regarded as the ostentatious musical effects and technological demands of many mainstream rock bands.

You don’t need to read every book on real estate to be an All-Star Agent. Develop your own style and stand out from the crowd. Embrace your inner entrepreneur and do-it-yourself. Design your own logos, craft your own brand of service, and create a unique voice on your blog.

The Ramones stuck to what they knew and tried to perfect it. Many of their songs sound similar in beat and rhythm, but that’s their brand and it’s why they rawk! You can’t be all things to every client. Stick to what you know and perfect it.

Develop a cult following by providing a style of service that has people talking around town. Clients should want to work with you because you rock! You can only rock if you are different, otherwise you’re just like somebody else – go against the mainstream grain.

I know one agent who charges $395 for a client to get into the car before touring properties. That’s punk! What is the punkest thing you’ve done to go against the real estate grain?

Hey Ho! Let’s Go!

Chaotic Good adventurer on a quest to optimize the lives of others. Husband & Father to Wolverines. Founder of RETSO + Managing Director at Path & Post.

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  1. Benn Rosales

    July 19, 2008 at 11:04 am

    haha I love it. a post a week ago had some concerned about the word F*(k and this is exactly the message that flys over their head. It is a scary proposition to stand out, and some stand in the corner on purpose afraid of what the crowd may think- f*&k the crowd, rawk on.

  2. Dale Chumbley

    July 19, 2008 at 11:42 am


    You just blew my perception of you! I even jumped into your blog to investigate further… Social D? Nice! Great post here, got me thinking and that is a good thing. ;?) Look forward to hanging sometime and talking old days… You, Mariana & I could have a blast.

    Punks not dead!


  3. Brad Nix

    July 19, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    @Dale your comments made me think of a classic Descendants tune, which is coincidentally named ‘Suburban Home’:

    I want to be stereotyped
    I want to be classified
    I want to be a clone
    I want a suburban home

    Thanks for calling yourself out as a punk rocker. I look forward to catching up with you and Mariana one day – maybe in a mosh pit!

  4. Vicki Moore

    July 19, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    I think my ideas are creative but do they rawk? I don’t think so. Time for some re-evaluation. Hmmm.

  5. Matt Wilkins

    July 19, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Brad, I htink you have said what many of us are thinking. I think part of being successful in this business is being yourself and using that to your advantage. I see too many agent unhappy because they are trying to “follow the leader” or believe that they won’t succeed unless they follow a certain system.

  6. Eric Blackwell

    July 20, 2008 at 4:17 am

    @Matt- I agree with your point entirely. I think you have to HAVE a system,,,without the discipline to follow your plan you will get no where…but it needs to be YOUR system…I agree that ,many people think that if that plan does not come from ACME, then you are toast. The closer what you do is to the true you, the more you succeed IMO

  7. Glenn fm Naples

    July 20, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Matt – great chefs create their own recipes based upon a basic recipe – adding a little of this and little of that or taking a little something from another recipe. So take something or add something to existing recipe and create your own recipe for success. And do think outside the box.

  8. Mark Eckenrode

    July 20, 2008 at 10:27 am

    @brad – my man, we need to talk. growing up in OC, i grew up punk… high school with Social D, classmate drummed for Suicidal Tendencies, Offspring & No Doubt played our backyard parties.

    anyway, back to punk, marketing, and real estate… boring marketing never gets noticed. one of my fav examples of a Punk Agent was a fella that always wore a kilt… yeah, he was all Rob Roy styled. He wasn’t about the Tahoe and a tie.

    one way to break away from the monochrome realtor mold is to look outside the industry… what’s working elsewhere? adopt and adapt that, not what some other agent is doing because his broker did it years before and his broker years before that.

    in the words of Minor Threat: “out of step with the world”

    and a fav punk business moment of mine… consult Fortune companies while sporting a tattoo that runs down my arm and onto my hand…. and they LOVED it 😉

  9. Paula Henry

    July 20, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    I am feeling a bit old here 🙁 My kids did Punk – I know Offspring and No Doubt – but there is no doubt, I am a generation behind.

    Just driving home from my daughters, I was thinking about a post for here, In theory, it was about the same idea – what do we do to differentiate ourselves today – to stand out from the crowd.

    Like Vicki – I don’t rawk either – I’m in the process of totally re-evaluating, thinking about a new broker and disbanding my team. I do agree, we do need systems, while being creative.

  10. David Jones

    July 21, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    I hate being a “joiner”, but I’ve got to agree with you.

    A lot of being punk was not being afraid to do things your way and not listening to anyone that said you were wrong. Punk railed against the “establishment” and authoritarian dogma.

    Parts of the punk mentality will still work, but you have to be smarter than we (thought we) were back then. 30 years on the purple hair and Doc Marten’s may be gone, but that just makes it easier to slip inside the front door and do a Huntington Beach Strut around people’s preconceived notions of “how things work”.

    We don’t sell real estate (we create technology for mortgage and real estate professionals), but we get told on a daily basis that we just can’t change the way things have always been, or do what we know is right.

    F@%K Off indeed.

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Marketing amidst uncertainty: 3 considerations

(BUSINESS MARKETING) As the end of the COVID tunnel begins to brighten, marketing strategies may shift yet again – here are three thoughts to ponder going into the future.



Open business sign being held by business owner for marketing purposes.

The past year has been challenging for businesses, as operations of all sizes and types and around the country have had to modify their marketing practices in order to address the sales barriers created by the pandemic. That being said, things are beginning to look up again and cities are reopening to business as usual.

As a result, companies are looking ahead to Q3 with the awareness they need to pivot their marketing practices yet again. The only question is, how?

Pandemic Pivot 1.0: Q3 2020

When the pandemic disrupted global markets a year ago, companies looked for new ways to reach their clients where they were: At home, even in the case of B2B sales. This was the first major pivot, back when store shelves were empty care of panic shopping, and everyone still thought they would only be home for a few weeks.

How did this transition work? By building out more extensive websites, taking phone orders, and crafting targeted advertising, most companies actually survived the crisis. Some even came out ahead. With this second pivot, however, these companies will have to use what they knew before the pandemic, while making savvy predictions about how a year-long crisis may have changed customer behavior.

Think Brick And Mortar

As much as online businesses played a key role in the pandemic sales landscape, as the months wore on, people became increasingly loyal to local, brick and mortar businesses. As people return to their neighborhood for longer in-person adventures, brands should work on marketing strategies to further increase foot traffic. That may mean continuing to promote in-store safety measures, building a welcoming online presence, and developing community partnerships to benefit from other stores’ customer engagement efforts.

Reach Customers With PPC

Obviously brick and mortar marketing campaigns won’t go far for all-online businesses, but with people staying at home less, online shops may have a harder time driving sales. Luckily, they have other tools at their disposal. That includes PPC marketing, one of the most effective, trackable advertising strategies.

While almost every business already uses some degree of PPC marketing because of its overall value, but one reason it’s such a valuable tool for businesses trying to navigate the changing marketplace is how easy it is to modify. In fact, best practice is to adjust your PPC campaign weekly based on various indicators, which is what made it a powerful tool during the pandemic as well. Now, instead of using a COVID dashboard to track the impact of regulations on ad-driven sales, however, companies can use PPC marketing to see how their advertising efforts are holding up to customers’ rapidly changing shopping habits.

It’s All About The Platforms

When planning an ad campaign, what you say is often not as important as where you say it – a modern twist on “the medium is the message.” Right now, that means paying attention to the many newer platforms carrying innovative ad content, so experiment with placing ads on platforms like TikTok, Reddit, and NextDoor and see what happens.

One advantage of marketing via smaller platforms is that they tend to be less expensive than hubs like Facebook. That being said, they are all seeing substantial traffic, and most saw significant growth during the pandemic. If they don’t yield much in the way of results, losses will be minimal, but given the topical and local targeting various platforms allow for, above and beyond standard PPC targeting, they could be just what your brand needs as it navigates the next set of marketplace transitions.

The last year has been unpredictable for businesses, but Q3 2021 may be the most uncertain yet as everyone attempts to make sense of what normal means now. The phrase “new normal,” overused and awkward as it is, gets to the heart of it: we can pretend we’re returning to our pre-pandemic lives, but very little about the world before us is familiar, so marketing needs a “new normal,” too.

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Advertising overload: Let’s break it down

(BUSINESS MARKETING) A new study finds that frequent ads are actually more detrimental to a brand’s image than that same brand advertising near offensive content.



Advertising spread across many billboards in a city square.

If you haven’t noticed, ads are becoming extremely common in places that are extremely hard to ignore—your Instagram feed, for example. Advertising has certainly undergone some scrutiny for things like inappropriate placement and messaging over the years, but it turns out that sheer ad exhaustion is actually more likely to turn people off of associated brands than the aforementioned offensive content.

Marketing Dive published a report on the phenomenon last Tuesday. The report claims that, of all people surveyed, 32% of consumers said that they viewed current social media advertising to be “excessive”; only 10% said that they found advertisements to be “memorable”.

In that same group, 52% of consumers said that excessive ads were likely to affect negatively their perception of a brand, while only 32% said the same of ads appearing next to offensive or inappropriate content.

“Brand safety has become a hot item for many companies as they look to avoid associations with harmful content, but that’s not as significant a concern for consumers, who show an aversion to ad overload in larger numbers,” writes Peter Adams, author of the Marketing Dive report.

This reaction speaks to the sheer pervasiveness of ads in the current market. Certainly, many people are spending more time on their phones—specifically on social media—as a result of the pandemic. However, with 31% and 27% of surveyed people saying they found website ads either “distracting” or “intrusive”, respectively, the “why” doesn’t matter as much as the reaction itself.

It’s worth pointing out that solid ad blockers do exist for desktop website traffic, and most major browsers offer a “reader mode” feature (or add-on) that allows users to read through things like articles and the like without having to worry about dynamic ads distracting them or slowing down their page. This becomes a much more significant issue on mobile devices, especially when ads are so persistent that they impact one’s ability to read content.

Like most industries, advertisers have faced unique challenges during the pandemic. If there’s one major takeaway from the report, it’s this: Ads have to change—largely in terms of their frequency—if brands want to maintain customer retention and loyalty.

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7 simple tips to boost your customer loyalty online

(BUSINESS MARKETING) Without a brick-and-mortar store, building rapport and customer loyalty can be a challenge, but you can still build customer loyalty online.



Man and woman at kitchen table online shopping on laptop together, boosting customer loyalty.

With many businesses – both big and small – operating online, there are less opportunities for building those face-to-face relationships that exist in brick and mortar stores. According to smallbizgenius, 65% of the company’s revenue comes from existing customers.

It’s important to keep in mind the different tactics at your disposal for increasing customer loyalty. Noupe recently released a list of actionable tips for increasing this loyalty. Let’s examine these ideas and expand on the best.

  1. Keep your promises – Stay true to what you’ve agreed to, obviously contractually, but stay true to your company values as well. Even if you feel you’ve built a good loyalty where there is room to take a step back, don’t rest on your laurels and be sure to remain consistent. If you’ve provided a good experience, keep that going. The only change that should happen is in it getting better.
  2. Stay in communication – In addition to the ever-so-vital social media platforms, consider creating an email newsletter to stay in touch with your customers. Finding ways to have them keep you in mind should be at the front of your mind. By reaching out and being friendly, this will help retain their business.
  3. Be flexible with payments – No, don’t sell yourself short, but consider installment plans for pricier items or services. This will help customers feel more at ease when their wallet’s health is at stake.
  4. Reward programs – Consider allowing customers to accrue loyalty points in exchange for a freebie. The old punch card method is still an incredibly popular concept, and is a great way to keep people coming back. The cost associated with giving something away for free will be minimal in comparison to loyalty you receive in order for the customer to get to that point. Make sure that what a customer is putting in is about equal to what they’re getting out of it (i.e. don’t have a customer spend $100 in order to get $1 off their next purchase). If all of this proves successful, this can eventually be expanded by creating VIP levels.
  5. Prioritize customer service – A first impression is everything. By prioritizing customer service, you can help shape the narrative of the customer and how they view your business. This splinters off into them giving good word of mouth recommendations to friends and family. Be sure to keep positive customer service as the forefront of your mind, as giving a bad review is just as easy – or even easier – as giving a good review.
  6. Value feedback – Allow customers a space to provide their feedback, either on your website or on social media. Find out what brought them to you and gage how their experience was. Be sure to thank them for their feedback and take it into consideration. Feedback – both good and bad – can be vital in helping shape a business.
  7. Avoid laziness – Stay sharp at all times. Don’t treat all customers as nothing but currency. Include personalized touches wherever you can. This will make all of the difference.

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