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No Brown Nosing Required. Your RAISE Is Ready When You Are.

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Brown Noser Be Gone

Good News!  Your Raise Is Effective As Soon As YOU Are.

No Brown-Nosing, glass ceilings, boot licking, politics, nepotism, seniority, annual performance reviews or begging for a raise.

In our real estate world, YOU are your own boss.  That’s good news for hard persistent faithful smart committed motivated workers, bad news for slackers.

Why?

Because the real estate business is pure pay-for-performance.  Want a raise?

“Your raise is effective as soon as you are.”  Marilyn Eiland

3 Questions You Have To Ask Yourself:

  1. When do you want it?
  2. What do you need to do differently? Doing nothing is not an option.
  3. When will you start?  Today?

Stuck In Stupid

Intellectually, it’s seems simple.  If we’ve created success in the past, in the present, if we do what we’ve always done, won’t we always get what we’ve always gotten?  Nope!

Why?

Because in my world, and maybe yours, everything that surrounds me is changing.  ReInvention, obsolesce, options, upgrades, choices, knowledge, value, creation, young-guns, expectations, cannibalism and Black Swans — boom, echo and ricochet — hourly.  If I stand still and things around me are vibrating with change, my comfortable position will wobble out of orbit and any success I’m currently enjoying will inevitably vanish.  It’s real estate entropy in action.

To create break away impact, the first thing I need to do is make sure I’m not “Stuck In Stupid”.  In reality, if I always do what I’ve always done, I’ll get less and less and eventually nothing.

What To Do Now

There’s a constellation of small and large changes you can make and actions you take.  The main thing is action.  We have to start…TODAY.

Behold, 15  Anti-Stuck-In Stupid, simple and mostly free or inexpensive things you can immediately do to create the raise you deserve.

  1. When someone asks you, “How’s the market?”, for the love of God, don’t go flaccid with your answer.  Consider this sort of approach.
  2. It sounds lame, it’s not, it’s profitable. Wear your name badge while you work. Don’t keep what you do a secret, a name badge is a visual reminder to your friends and attracts Q&A opportunities from strangers.  Do it.  Don’t have one, order now.
  3. Wear car-signs, not literally, but on your car. Many think this is seriously lame too.  Those that religiously do, report serendipitous listing and selling opportunities.  Ummmm….don’t speed.  Oh, don’t wear them on a listing appointment, it’s like sending a “here’s a listing opportunity Bat Signal” to the neighborhood.  When on listing appointments, go stealth mode.  Don’t have a set, no problem, order now.
  4. Take your friends to a super-cool movie. It’s less expensive than running a dumb print ad, it’s personal, it’s relevant, it’s generous and it’s a fun way to create on-purpose and in-person conversation and contact.  You wanna have fun don’t cha? Here’s how.
  5. Start wagging your tail. Log into your Facebook account between appointments, during the lull at Open House, between opportunity calls on floor duty (if you have this and it’s productive), before you go beddy-bye and at least once a working day.  See what your friends are doing, make comments, wisely status update, post photos and links.
  6. Add a dash of  ” WOW, how’d you do that?”, when sending emails.   Here’s how.
  7. Stop bashing your head against cement!   Join a club, a tribe, a team, a cause or a mob of people who are passionate about the things you are passionate about.  Psychographics is the future of your future. Get started.
  8. Clean house, Fix or Fire and kick ass.  Don’t take an over priced listing. Counsel with all your sellers this week, reduce or raise the listing price if needed, merchandise, stage, declutter and freshen as needed, double check your property marketing (broadcast, pictures, promotional copy, etc.) and fix what’s lame or fire .  This will free up your time, money and emotion and position your current inventory of the spring rush.  Do it.  If you can’t Fix It, Fire It.
  9. Stop asking your current clients for referrals after the transaction closes.  Start earning and asking for referral recommendations during the transaction. Use the Daisy Chain Reaction Technique.
  10. Stop avoiding personal contact.  Seriously, set a goal to engage in at least 5 in-person and on-purpose conversations a day (phone or live, not text, email, status update)  Think Pinball Principle.
  11. Stop shouting about YOU and start focusing on THEM. Nobody cares if you’re #1, they care that YOU treat THEM like they are #1. How to keep people from thinking your full of crap – a  few ideas.
  12. Always remember, There Are Only 3 Reasons you don’t have more listings and sales. Do something on this list today.
  13. Stop treating people the way YOU want to be treated. Start treating people they way THEY want to be treated. The Golden Rule is broken.
  14. Your old leads are your best leads. Call them all today.  Yes.  Call them all today.  Talking to people is what you do for a living.  Do it now.
  15. Fail faster, succeed sooner. Russell Shaw shares the secret to becoming a Top Listing Agent.

Will You Give Yourself A Raise?

Don’t count on others to give you a raise. You’re the boss, act like one….take action today.

Cheers and thanks for reading and if you think this article is worth a crap, forward to a friend;-)

Ken Brand - Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors. I’ve proudly worn a Realtor tattoo for over 10,957+ days, practicing our craft in San Diego, Austin, Aspen and now, The Woodlands, TX. As a life long learner, I’ve studied, read, written, taught, observed and participated in spectacular face plant failures and giddy inducing triumphs. I invite you to read my blog posts here at Agent Genius and BrandCandid.com. On the lighter side, you can follow my folly on Twitter and Facebook. Of course, you’re always to welcome to take the shortcut and call: 832-797-1779.

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26 Comments

  1. Greg Vincent

    February 1, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Great article Ken. Agents can over-complicate things & waste so much time procrastinating over what to say or what to do. And, many waste so much time working with overpriced-unmotivated sellers or don’t connect with the seller to find the real motivation before they lose the listing to an agent who does find the seller’s right motivation button.

    Tip #15 says it all. “Fail faster, succeed sooner”…. Have a go. It’s the best way to get that pay rise.

    • Ken Brand

      February 1, 2010 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks Greg. You’re right, “Fail Faster – Succeed Sooner” is what works. Doing nothing doesn’t. Cheers and thanks for the comment.

  2. Nanette Labastida

    February 1, 2010 at 8:54 am

    great great post Ken – today i was planning on getting out my work/goal journal and doing my February to do list, and look – you did it for me!!

    • Ken Brand

      February 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks for the feedback Nanette, love all serve all. Cheers.

  3. Lani Rosales

    February 1, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Ken, I love that you bridge the gap between old school and new school and I know your clients appreciate you for that. These are all actionable tips, maybe some of our readers will have a better 2010 than they did 2009? 🙂 Thanks!

  4. Ken Brand

    February 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I’m slow but steady. I’m not a smart man, but I know what works when I see it and when I see it, I try to share it. Words of encouragement are always appreciated. 2010 exciting times, eh? Cheers to you and Benn and all hardworking humands:-)

  5. Ken Brand

    February 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I’m slow but steady. I’m not a smart man, but I know what works when I see it and when I see it, I try to share it. Words of encouragement are always appreciated. 2010 exciting times, eh? Cheers to you and Benn and all hardworking humans:-)

  6. Corona Homes

    February 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Ken, you can’t make it any clearer then that, it’s all about ding the business every day whit out doing the business. Be yourself talk to people, let people know what you do.

    • Ken Brand

      February 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm

      “It’s all about doing business everyday, without doing the business…”, Corona Homes, you’ve summed it – Boom. Thanks.

  7. Benjamin Bach

    February 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    great stuff!

    • Ken Brand

      February 1, 2010 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks Benjamin. Cheers.

  8. Paula Henry

    February 2, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Ken –

    Always the voice of practical wisdom; putting into practice your years of experience and sharing with all. I know there are a few things here I can use to ramp up my 2010. Thanks!

    • Ken Brand

      February 2, 2010 at 7:09 am

      Thanks Paula, hope some of these ideas, which are not original, but as you’ve shard, “practical” and proven, help you have enjoy a fun and prosperous 2010. Cheers and thanks for your comments:-)

  9. Eric Hempler

    February 3, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    One thing I’ve been trying to study more is whether or not someone should have a Facebook Fan Page. From what I can tell it really isn’t necessary. Judging by this post and countless others it seems to make more sense to have everyone you know on your friend list and send them a Facebook message once in a while, much like you would email or call as well as comment on status, etc. One thing I have done. Instead of creating a Fan Page for my business I’ve created a few fan pages of local areas I like and have invited others to join and in turn that has gotten the attention of others on Facebook. This might be a good way for me to reach others that I may not otherwise meet. But I think I’ll have to be a little cautious of what I do since I don’t want alienate someone from a Fan Page I created since the page is really meant for that particular local place of interest.

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Jack of all trades vs. specialized expert – which are you?

(BUSINESS MARKETING) It may feel tough to decide if you want to be a jack of all trades or have an area of expertise at work. There are reasons to decide either route.

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When mulling over your career trajectory, you might ask yourself if you should be a jack of all trades or a specific expert. Well, it’s important to think about where you started. When you were eight years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? Teacher? Doctor? Lawyer? Video Game Developer? Those are common answers when you are eight years old as they are based on professionals that you probably interact with regularly (ok, maybe not lawyers but you may have watched LA Law, Law & Order or Suits and maybe played some video games – nod to Atari, Nintendo and Sega).

We eventually chose what areas of work to gain skills in and/or what major to pursue in college. To shed some light on what has changed in the last couple of decades:

Business, Engineering, Healthcare and Technology job titles have grown immensely in the last 20 years. For example, here are 9 job titles that didn’t exist 20 years ago in Business:

  1. Online Community Manager
  2. Virtual Assistant
  3. Digital Marketing Expert
  4. SEO Specialist
  5. App Developer
  6. Web Analyst
  7. Blogger
  8. Social Media Manager
  9. UX Designer

We know that job opportunities have grown to include new technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, consumer-generated content, instant gratification, gig economy and freelance, as well as many super-secret products and services that may be focused on the B2B market, government and/or military that we average consumers may not know about.

According to the 2019 Bureau of Labor Statistics after doing a survey of baby boomers, the average number of jobs in a lifetime is 12. That number is likely on the rise with generations after the Baby Boomers. Many people are moving away from hometowns and cousins they have grown up with.

The Balance Careers suggests that our careers and number of jobs we hold also vary throughout our lifetimes and our race is even a factor. “A worker’s age impacted the number of jobs that they held in any period. Workers held an average of 5.7 jobs during the six-year period when they were 18 to 24 years old. However, the number of jobs held declined with age. Workers had an average of 4.5 jobs when they were 25 to 34 years old, and 2.9 jobs when they were 35 to 44 years old. During the most established phase of many workers’ careers, ages 45 to 52, they held only an average of 1.9 jobs.”

In order to decide what you want to be, may we suggest asking yourself these questions:

  • Should you work to be an expert or a jack of all trades?
  • Where are you are at in your career and how have your skills progressed?
  • Are you happy focusing in on one area or do you find yourself bored easily?
  • What are your largest priorities today (Work? Family? Health? Caring for an aging parent or young children?)

If you take the Gallup CliftonStrengths test and are able to read the details about your top five strengths, Gallup suggests that it’s better to double down and grown your strengths versus trying to overcompensate on your weaknesses.

The thing is, usually if you work at a startup, small business or new division, you are often wearing many hats and it can force you to be a jack of all trades. If you are at a larger organization which equals more resources, there may be clearer lines of your job roles and responsibilities versus “the other departments”. This is where it seems there are skills that none of us can avoid. According to LinkedIn Learning, the top five soft skills in demand in 2020 are:

  1. Creativity
  2. Persuasion
  3. Collaboration
  4. Adaptability
  5. Emotional Intelligence

The top 10 hard skills are:

  1. Blockchain
  2. Cloud Computing
  3. Analytical Reasoning
  4. Artificial Intelligence
  5. UX Design
  6. Business Analysis
  7. Affiliate Marketing
  8. Sales
  9. Scientific Computing
  10. Video Production

There will be some folks that dive deep into certain areas that are super fascinating to them and they want to know everything about – as well as the excitement of becoming an “expert”. There are some folks that like to constantly evolve and try new things but not dig too deep and have a brief awareness of more areas. It looks safe to say that we all need to be flexible and adaptable.

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Video is necessary for your marketing strategy

(BUSINESS MARKETING) As technology and social media move forward, so do marketing opportunities. Now is the time for video content social media marketing!

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As an entrepreneur, you’ve surely heard the phrase “pivot to video” countless times over the last few years. It’s the path a lot of media companies are on, but even brands that aren’t directly talking about this pivot have increased their video production. This shift stems in part from studies showing users spend more time on pages featuring video content. Social media has also played a significant role, and recently, new social platforms have made the pivot to video even more important.

Snapchat and TikTok are leading the social video sector as emerging social media platforms, but the audiences for these platforms skew especially young. The content on these platforms also tends toward the meme-worthy and entertaining, raising the question: are these platforms a good use of your time and resources? The answer depends on your industry, but whatever your field, you can certainly learn from the pros dominating these new platforms.

The promotional angle

One of the primary ways that businesses use video content across platforms is by creating promotional content, which range widely in style, cost, and content, but there are a few strategies that can really help a promotional video succeed.

First, a great promotional video hooks the viewer within the first few seconds. Social media has shrunk everyone’s attention span, so even if your video is on a longer form platform, the beginning has to be powerful. Having a strong start also means that your video will be more flexible, allowing it to gain traction across different platforms.

Audience matters

What you’re promoting – what your business does and who it serves – plays a critical role in what kinds of video content you make and what platforms you use. TikTok is a lot of fun, and it’s playing a growing role in business, but if your entire audience is age 30 and up, there’s not much point in trying to master the form and build a viewership there. You need a sufficient youth-heavy market to make TikTok a worthwhile investment, but Snapchat, which also serves a youth-heavy market, might be a different story.

Even if you don’t intend to make heavy use of Snapchat, the platform recently made a big splash in the video sector by opening up its story tools to other platforms. That means businesses will be able to use Snapchat’s tools on platforms like Facebook and Instagram, where they may already have an audience. It will also make crossover content easier, allowing you to maintain consistent branding across all platforms. You may never download Snapchat proper, but you may soon be using their tools.

It’s all about strategy

However you choose to approach video content, the fact is that today video is a necessary part of your content marketing strategy. In part this is because, while blogs aren’t going anywhere, and short-form social media is definitely ascendant, both make use of video, but that’s not the only reason. Video is so powerful because it’s deeply personal. It makes your audience feel that much more closely connected with you and your brand, and that alone is enough to change buying patterns.

Another key advantage of video is that, consumers genuinely enjoy well-made videos. Unlike blogs, which most users will typically only seek out if they need information, there are brands out there who are known for their video content. They’ve found a way to hook viewers and make them feel like they have two products: entertainment and whatever it is they actually sell. You, too, can do this with enough creativity and today’s social media tools.

It’s critical that you don’t let your brand fall behind on video right now, because if you even stop for breath, you will be left behind. As TikTok and Snapchat have made clear, video doesn’t stop for anyone. At this point, video isn’t the future of social media or ecommerce – it’s the present.

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How a Facebook boycott ended up benefitting Snapchat and Pinterest

(MARKETING) Businesses are pulling ad spends from Facebook following “Stop Hate for Profit” social media campaign, and Snapchat and Pinterest are profiting from it.

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Phone in hand open to social media, coffee held in other hand.

In June, the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign demanded social media companies be held accountable for hate speech on their platforms and prioritize people over profit. As part of the campaign, advertisers were called to boycott Facebook in July. More than 1,000 businesses, nonprofits, and other consumers supported the movement.

But, did this movement actually do any damage to Facebook, and who, if any, benefited from their missing revenue profits?

According to The Information, “what was likely crumbs falling from the table for Facebook appears to have been a feast for its smaller rivals, Snap and Pinterest.” They reported that data from Mediaocean, an ad-tech firm, showed Snap reaped the biggest benefit of the 2 social media platforms during the ad pause. Snapchat’s app saw advertisers spending more than double from July through September compared to the same time last year. And, although not as drastic, Pinterest also saw an increase of 40% in ad sales.

As a result, Facebook said its year-over-year ad revenue growth was only up 10 percent during the first 3 weeks of July. But, the company expects its ad revenue to continue that growth rate in Q3. And, some people think that Facebook is benefitting from the boycott. Claudia Page, senior vice president, product and operations at Vivendi-owned video platform Dailymotion said, “All the boycott did was open the marketplace so SMBs could spend more heavily. It freed-up inventory.”

Even CNBC reported that Wedbush analysts said in a note that Facebook will see “minimal financial impact from the boycotts.” They said about $100 million of “near term revenue is at risk.” And for Facebook, this represents less than 1% of the growth in Q3. However, despite what analysts say, there is still a chance for both Snapchat and Pinterest to hold their ground.

Yesterday, Snap reported their surprising Q3 results. Compared to the prior year, Snap’s revenue increased to $679 million, up 52% from 2019. Its net loss decreased from $227 million to $200 million compared to last year. Daily active users increased 18% year-over-year to 249 million. Also, Snap’s stock price soared more than 22% in after-hours trading. Take that Facebook!

In a prepared statement, Chief Business Officer Jeremi Gorman said, “As brands and other organizations used this period of uncertainty as an opportunity to evaluate their advertising spend, we saw many brands look to align their marketing efforts with platforms who share their corporate values.” As in, hint, hint, Facebook’s summer boycott did positively affect their amazing Q3 results.

So, Snapchat and Pinterest have benefited from the #StopHateForProfit campaign. Snapchat’s results show promising optimism that maybe Pinterest might fare as well. But, of course, Facebook doesn’t think they will benefit much longer. Back in July, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told his employees, “[his] guess is that all these advertisers will be back on the platform soon enough.”

Facebook isn’t worried, but I guess we will see soon enough. Pinterest is set to report its Q3 results on October 28th and Facebook on the 29th.

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