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Top Nine is an easier way to market, and gain insights on Instagram

(REAL ESTATE MARKETING) An app called Top Nine is making big waves as influencers, businesses, and general users leverage the app’s capabilities for marketing campaigns.

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TopNine.co, an app that helps Instagram users identify their top 9 posts on their feed for the year, is coming in hot as influencers and daily users-alike flock to the app for marketing guidance.

As a Marketer, this app deeply interested me, so I took a few moments to download it and found that the results are not only impressive, they’re also pretty accurate. Top Nine explains their algorithm in detail on their website, stating “The algorithm selects your Top Nine Instagram photos based on a number of factors: number of likes, the content of the comments, among others.”

Using a company I work with as an example (@Exactmats/ ExactMats.com, which provides perfect-fitting, clear and black surface protection for vehicles, as well as clear protection for offices, and homes), Top Nine selected these images as the best images to leverage in the company’s marketing campaigns.

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That said, while the platform gives you exactly what they think you should be using, it doesn’t really help you do the marketing. So how should you use your Top Nine images? Let’s discover those opportunities together!

Use The Data To Your Advantage

At ExactMats, we often repost photos from other like-minded accounts, making sure to give credit to those who created the content.

Looking at the examples above, all of ExactMats’ current Top Nine images are reposts, which may give us info about what the company’s followers want to see. For instance, by cross-referencing top images from the app with our own analytics on Instagram (make sure to convert your account into a business account to see Instagram’s “Insights”) we can verify that the app chose well.

You may have noticed that we have a couple trends happening with our reposts. First, we have a couple letter board posts. Initially, we shared a letter board post as a test, to see how our followers and passersby responded. What we didn’t expect was that these types of posts would be some of the most popular we’ve shared, so we took a deeper dive into Instagram’s analytics and found that these types of posts had some of the most likes, comments, and shares. Because of this, we have continued to add letter board posts into our Instagram planners.

The second trend we noticed was in relation to color profile – rainbows. Rainbows are a huge hit within our niche. We first started reposting rainbows consistently this year and since then, noticed a large uptick in engagement. We probably could have proven how well these types of posts were doing without Top Nine, but having an app that furthers our understanding of how well certain types of posts are doing is super helpful to any Marketer.

In short, it’s important to use apps like Top Nine and Instagram’s analytics to take as deep a look as possible into how your Instagram account is preforming.

Share Your Top Nine To Leverage Relationships

If you are like us, and you use reposted images, one thing you can certainly do to leverage Top Nine is posting all of your top images for the year. You can do this by purchasing the Top Nine images from their app for $2.99, which removes the watermark. You can also opt to download it for free with the watermark.

To get the most out of your Top Nine results, which is downloaded as a single image and shares your total amount of post likes for the year, you can simply post the image as a story or a post, tagging all of the original content creators.

Again, we originally published these reposted images because our followers tend to like this type of content, but we also repost based on strategy. For instance, we work with many Professional Organizers and organizational companies – some of which we’d like to promote and others which we’d like to work with in the future – so reposting their content only makes sense. It grabs their attention and shows them that you’re as interested in their content as they may be in yours.

In our case, we’d tag all 9 creators. This would give us another great post and would allow us to remind the creators that we’ve previously tagged them, as well as call attention to our existence in the space. Our biggest tip here is to make sure you thank them for their images again, as you’re essentially reposting their image once more. You can also take this as an opportunity to personally message (DM) these Instagram accounts, thanking them for their amazing content. Depending on the size of the company, not only will you make them feel great, but you’ll also actively be beginning to network with them. If the account is one that you’d like to work with, you may consider using this as a time to talk with them about partnerships.

Be Sneaky, But Not Too Sneaky…

One more thing you can do with Top Nine’s images is hold a contest prompting followers to share their own top images. The prize and rules of the contest are completely up to you, but from our experience, you’d want to choose rules that make things easiest on you and the entrants. For instance, so you can keep track of all of the entries, you may want to have entrants tag your account and include a campaign-specific hashtag on their post to be considered “entered”.

What this may end up doing for you is two fold. First, you may end up learning quite a bit about your followers. If any companies are following you and they decide to join in (this will mostly be smaller to medium-sized businesses who focus on engagement), you’ll essentially have access to their Top Nine images, which can give you further insight into their market/niche.

Awareness is an uphill battle for new companies, especially for those like ExactMats, which works primarily with custom products and has essentially created a brand new product category within a few markets. That said, the second benefit, depending on your rules, might be as simple as getting brand attention and awareness for your company. By holding a fun and unique contest with an exciting prize (I can’t emphasize enough how important the prize is in getting attention and more entrants), where those who enter must tag you, you’re inviting people to spread the word about your company.

Get Out There And Start Posting

There’s a lot more that can be done with Top Nine’s photo collage in the ways of marketing, but the app is also looking to enhance it’s platform by adding new features and tools for its users. For example, their iOS app (sorry Android users – the app isn’t available quite yet for you guys), which is free, has an update allowing you to turn your top images into a video for Instagram Stories. This opens up even more marketing possibilities for Instagram users.

And finally, for those of you who are worried about Instagram’s newest vendetta against post likes, you needn’t worry. Top Nine has assured users that it’s algorithm is intelligent enough to identify your best posts without the need to see post likes.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start leveraging tools like Top Nine today to gain more awareness and to obtain new business partners and revenue.

Rachael Olan is a Texas-based Staff Writer at The American Genius and jack-of-many-trades. She's well known for her abilities in Marketing, Sales, and Customer Service, with a focus on SaaS and eCommerce businesses. Outside of writing, Rachael spends much of her time with her swarm of pets, including a 70 lb tortoise named Frankie.

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Proactively help clients who may be facing foreclosure due to COVID-19

(REAL ESTATE MARKETING) You may be wondering how you can proactively help your clients who might face foreclosure. We have suggestions that may help your clients more effectively.

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Current times are worrisome at best. Not only are people worried about the virus, but about losing their homes, careers, and financial stability. For many real estate professionals, job security is looking a little less secure. For real estate clients, both past and present, the worry of losing their homes is becoming increasingly imperative. In order to alleviate some of the worry surrounding COVID-19 and foreclosure, proactively emailing your clients with a list of available resources could help combat fear and the possibility of foreclosure.

There is no sense in being overly optimistic about the current situation, as none of us are certain how COVID-19 will affect everyone, but often, knowing where to turn if need be, can help relieve looming anxiety. Proactively emailing your clients a list of available resources and steps to take in the event they believe they will be facing foreclosure, will let them know you’re thinking about them and the current situation.

It will also reinforce the fact that real estate professionals are aware COVID-19 isn’t just about physical symptoms; it’s about the emotional and financial ones as well and while we’re all doing our part to help prevent the spread, there are other resources that may be needed, should the time come.

The most important thing to stress straightaway to them is the urgency of time. With any possibility of foreclosure, the quicker your client is able act, the better their chances of being able to save their home. Depending on their mortgage lender or servicer, and their agreed upon terms, the options vary. Let them know there are options, but time is of the essence. Stress to them the importance of contacting their lender and not to delay in taking the first step. There are modification available (provided they meet the requirements) for VA, FHA, Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, online mortgages, and others, so long as your clients contact their lender and discuss their options as soon as they think foreclosure might be in their future.

I have seen some sources recommending that real estate professionals recommend to their clients they curb their spending in an effort to save their homes from foreclosure; however, in these tumultuous times, I think most clients already know that spending will need to be adjusted. With the rising cost of groceries and medicine, finances should be discussed with the lender, as to not further stress the client, in my opinion.

While it may seem obvious that clients could find this information on their own, remember when you’re already under pressure, it’s difficult to think clearly. It’s easy to feel like you’re drowning and there’s nowhere to turn. Your clients already trust you. They trust that you are an expert in your field and you’ll know the most reliable sources to seek out should things turn more critical. Proactively be a trusted resource for your community during this difficult time and we can all help each other breathe a little easier.

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Airbnb host finds lemonade in the midst of COVID-19

(REAL ESTATE MARKETING) The COVID-19 outbreak has put a lot of people, and businesses in flux, but humans are adaptable. A prime example is this Airbnb host.

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It’s really hard to comprehend how each of us and businesses will be hit as it seems like each day, there’s a new revelation that will impact everyone from small business owners to larger supply chains. While many things are uncertain, and we are acutely aware that we don’t have all the answers yet, we had to share with you a brilliant Airbnb host couple who transitioned their business quickly by thinking through what people may need right now and how their locations on Airbnb might be a fit.

They are so thoughtful and while no one knows how long this will be (short term or long-term shift), we wanted to highlight the positivity of turning a tough situation in to an opportunity.

Here is the Facebook post.

From host Christa Milster Sprague:
To be honest, it still just feels like lemons right now. And by lemons, I mean losing two months of income in 72 hours. We put our heart, sweat, and soul into creating these magical spaces for guests.

That being said, we’re in Detroit – the city that never stops.

So, we had to get creative.

We’ve actually had guests reach out in the past asking if we offered day rates. Business professionals coming downtown for a meeting, dinner with partners, taking clients out to a game.

We’ve also hosted workshops, photo shoots, dinner parties, birthday celebrations, anniversaries, live music, even a proposal or two (actually, I think we’ve had at least 5).

We thought about what people might need right now…maybe their co-working space closed…working from home isn’t ideal (or not possible).

In addition to co-working, we’ve reached out to all the local hospitals and Facebook groups in case traveling nurses or traveling PT’s need a place to stay. Again, you have to get creative if you’re a small business. You don’t get a bailout!

Also, if Hosts are seeking support, be specific. “You can support me by 1) Booking a stay for this summer! 2) Sharing listings on social media 3) Spreading the word with your family and friends etc. It’s easier for people to help you when you tell them exactly how they can help.

Last piece of advice which is similar to the above – it’s better to overreact than under react. Ask for help! We’re all in this together.

With the quick move to many workers working remotely and sans daycare, this seemed like a great opportunity to offer a slight bit of serenity to people. They also decided this could be a way to help the nurses, or traveling healthcare providers, to have a clean and safe place to stay.

It doesn’t sound like day rates or day rentals had been worth their time and energy before but now it looks like it could help them recoup some lost income and help others. Christa, host, also offers great tips to how small business owners can ask for help from their networks. Lemons to lemonade indeed.

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How people are thinking creatively to make it through COVID-19

(REAL ESTATE MARKETING) People and businesses are extremely innovative and resilient in tough times – here are some examples of stuff you can now do online!

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The last couple of weeks have brought us lighting speed changes in news and information and a really abrupt adjustment to life with the pandemic of the coronavirus (COVID-19). While some of the swift cancellations of large events, travel, in person workshops or conferences, and then changes in our day to day (oh now everyone works online remotely?) has driven some of us to the liquor store or to hoard toilet paper, others have found ways to quickly provide new solutions to their clientele or adjust their business to the new reality.

A great example is of an Airbnb host in Detroit who decided that after losing 2 months of income in 72 hours that why not offer their beautiful spaces (with a desk area and coffee!) for those who may need a remote place to work and/or lost their co-working space. They quickly pulled together a way to offer day passes – but they didn’t stop there. They brainstormed other ways to promote their locations and “reached out to all the local hospitals and Facebook groups in case traveling nurses or traveling PT’s need a place to stay. Again, you have to get creative if you’re a small business. You don’t get a bailout!

Artists across the board from DJs to painters to late night talk show hosts have created content to engage those who may have children at home and/or are not ok with social isolation and need some interactivity to help lighten the mood or laugh a little bit. Many restaurants/bars/service industries moved quickly to either utilize online ordering platforms (or quickly figure out how they can take payments online) so that customers can still order food/beverages via drive-thru or stop and go pick up.

Mo Willems Is Hosting Free Online “Lunch Doodles” While Kids Are Home From School

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon has been doing 10-minute hilarious clips from home with his wife and small children helping to film and be his “design department”

Live Streams and Virtual Concerts via Billboard

Museums and world famous institutions have provided tours or live feeds for children to watch from home. Check out these penguins that got a tour of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago thanks to the coronavirus.

Tech companies have also stepped up their services to help with educators who are away from their students and parents who have lost school and daycare. Zoom announced free video services to K-12 schools and insisted this was not time to profit on this disaster. Facebook quickly pulled together information and resources for schools who will be out for a while. LinkedIn Learning selected some classes to offer free to help folks learning new skills in working remotely to stay productive and adaptable.

It may not be easy to quickly move in to being okay with this situation. It will affect and hurt many people and we all are aware that we don’t know in all the ways just yet. These are just some examples of quick movement to adjust and help some turn lemons in to lemonade (with or without vodka, your choice).

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