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3-5 Extra Listing Leads a Week: When the Lead Generation Crowd Zigs…You Want to Zag!

Would you rather be competing with 1,000’s of agents in your area…or zero?

Simple answer, right?

It’s a lot easier to get a prospect’s attention, stimulate interest, build desire, and then prompt action if you’re the only agent the prospect is seeing, right?

The issue, with virtually every marketing source you might be considering to find and generate listing leads, is…

Virtually Everyone Else is Already Doing It!

…Facebook, Google PPC, Retargeting Ads, you name it!

With any of those sources you better have deep pockets and be a positively brilliant direct marketer.

Anymore, those sources are getting so over-crowded, that you’ve got to be a world class copywriter to have any hope of cutting through all that noise.

So with all that noise being created by all your competitors…

What’s Your Edge?

If Facebook, Google PPC, Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com are all so over-crowded and the noise is deafening…what’s your plan for how to get real estate listings and slice through all that noise to actually compete?

Frankly, I’m a fairly good copywriter, and I’ve sold over 26,000 agents our services using direct marketing sales copy, but what agents are facing in all these sources is pretty intimidating.

You can spend thousands, and even tens of thousands of dollars online and come up with a complete goose egg.

Agents are constantly telling me things like, “I’m spending $2,000…$3,000…even $4,000 a month or more for Google PPC, Facebook ads, and other online lead sources…and I’m barely breaking even.”

…the crazy part is agents saying that are the better examples.

Most of the agents I talk to are bleeding badly from those sources.

So how do you fix it…

Use the Original Walmart Strategy

In the early days of Walmart, Sam Walton made a strategic decision to “go where the competition isn’t.”

Now obviously Walmart is everywhere today, but in the early days of the company their biggest strategic advantage was building stores in small underserved markets.

That laid the foundation for massive future growth.

Well I encourage you to use a similar strategy, I call it…

“When the Crowd Zigs…You Want to Zag!

A perfect example is a strategy our agents are using to target baby boomers using…(drumroll please)…small local throw-away newspapers!

Yes…newspapers!

I know, I know.

Everyone else says, “Print is Dead!”…

Well for millennials, who make up 18% of all homes sellers, it might be dead.

However, for baby boomers, who make up 54% of the all home sellers, it’s alive and well. Boomers will pick up those “throw-away” newspapers in the morning, get a cup of coffee and browse for 5-10-15 minutes.

Then, when they see our agent’s ad, it’s the only one of its kind.

Our agent has effectively, “gone where the competition isn’t.”

There’s No Competition WhatsoeverNONE!

However, what’s as every bit as important as “having no competition” is effectively targeting potential home sellers and getting them to actually pick up their phones and call you.

That’s the key, and to accomplish that it’s a three step process…

Step #1 – ZAG!

The crowd is zigging, overusing Facebook, Google PPC, and other extremely expensive channels that are all getting overrun with competition. So…

You ZAG and “go where the competition isn’t,” like Walmart in the early days.

Step #2 – Target Home Seller’s with a Headline that “Calls Out to Them!”

Once you’ve taken the steps to get in front of potential sellers, through sources your competitors aren’t using, you have to be skillful with your message.

You can’t simply pound your chest with things like, “I’m #1” or “Multi-Million-Dollar Producer” or my personal favorite…

“I Need Listings”

Really?

You Need Listings?

If I’m a seller…should I actually care that you need listings?

If I’m a seller…I could care less about what “you need.”

In fact, who on earth cares what “you need”?

…other than maybe you or your mom!

No, sellers don’t give a rat’s fanny what a real estate agent needs!

All they care about is, “What can you do for me?”

…how can you help me sell my home for the most money

…in the least amount of time

…and with the fewest hassles and frustrations possible!

That’s all sellers care about!

What you need is of ZERO interest to them!

So keep your ad copy focused on them because…

IT’S ALL ABOUT THEM!

For example, here’s a headline from an ad in one of our listing lead generation action plans that works with amazing consistency.

“11 Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Next Home Inspection”

Now think about it…

Who would respond to this ad?

Who would care about passing a home inspection?

Yep.

You got it.

The person responding this ad is thinking about the selling process.

So you’ve effectively “called out” to that person…now what?

Step 3 – Build Interest, Desire and Then Prompt Action

This is where the rubber really meets the road, because you can get attention, but if you don’t lead them to respond to you…you’ve got nothing!

So here’s where your ad copy has to grab them by the collar and sit them straight up in their chair.

You’ve got to take that tiny spark of Attention you just generated with your headline and lead them through the Interest, Desire, and Action phases of the real estate lead generation sequence.

You ‘ve got to build up their interest, intensify their desire and have them wanting your solution so badly, that they’re willing to pick up the phone and call for an “automated message” to get their free copy of your “special free report” that explains everything.

Yes, this approach has been around for a long time.

Yes, it’s somewhat “old school.”

…and yes, if you ask 20 other agents about this right now, 19 out of 20 will tell you it doesn’t work.

However, I Can Tell You…

They’re wrong.

We’ve got agents generating good quality seller leads every single day.

What’s even better, is I’ve got some who are actually doing it for free.

Yes…FREE!

I discovered it just a few months ago, when I client of ours in an extremely HOT market, where listings are flying off the shelf with multiple offers in less than 24 hours, told me about a simple little test he did in a Penny Saver!

Whoa!?!?!?

A Penny Saver?

I thought those things were gone!

I didn’t know those free papers even existed anymore.

That’s when he told me, “I’ve been averaging 3-5 listing leads a week using Penny Savers”…

HOLY SMOKES!!!

All I could think was, “You’ve got to be kidding, really?”

That’s when he further confirmed and said, “Yeah, I’ve been running this ad for over 3 months and it keeps working. About half the leads don’t pan-out, but the other half have turned into eight great listings and counting.”

Yeah, my response was probably about the same as yours!

I Was Stunned!

…but it’s true.

It’s pulling in free seller leads for this guy.

Since then I’ve shared it with a small group of agents, and each one who’s found a Penny Saver has had similar success.

One last thing though, not everyone has access to a Penny Saver.

Those types of papers are a dying bread.

However, while they last I’d recommend getting all you can from them.

The other, more sustainable thing, is the small throw-away papers that survive through paid advertising.

If you have a paper like that in your market, you can run advertorial type ads successfully if you have:

  • A proven direct response ad
  • You negotiate a reasonable ad rate
  • You get the “jump page” upper right corner placement
  • You have a system to deliver an “automated message”
  • A well-thought-out follow up process
  • All the necessary follow up tools and resources
  • …and consistency

This simple strategy of, “going where the competitors isn’t” is extremely powerful and incredibly effective, if you have all your ducks in a row.

Use Our Complete Actions Plan FREE!

If you’d like to have a complete real estate marketing action plan, with all the necessary tools and resources to deploy this strategy successfully, it’s Action Plan #6 in our training materials.

If you’re not a client, but would like to have access to this strategy, sign up for our 14-day free trial where you can download everything you need to execute this strategy flawlessly.

No Strings Attached…

It’s a full-fledged 14-day free trial where you can download all our training, and it’s yours to keep forever, whether you continue on with us, or not.

It’s our view, that if you see all we offer, you’re going to want to stick around.

However, even on the outside chance you don’t want to stay with our service, again all those resources are yours to keep and use for as long as you like.

So, get signed up and let’s ramp up this simple “listing getter” strategy, and help you generate 3-5 solid listing leads a week from sources your competitors are completely ignoring!

…and here’s to your success!

Why Real Estate Lead Generation Stalls…and How to Easily Fix It!

If you’re not generating enough leads…

…good enough quality leads

…or you’re not converting enough of your leads

The answer may be easier than you think.

It starts by knowing exactly where buyers and sellers find their agent, which ironically begins by avoiding the deadliest mindset in real estate.

It’s a toxic thought process that leads to never-ending frustration.

…a mentality that leads to constant bouncing from one lead generation idea to the next, and never getting consistent results.

It’s a habit pattern that no agent is totally immune to because…

It’s The Dream!

We all believe, at some level, someone else must have figured it all out, and if we can just borrow their “magic formula” life and business will be great!

The “dream” is the perfect real estate transaction producing sales funnel, the completely automated listing and sales machine.

It’s like an Amazon store, and every day you just check in to see how many people bought or listed a house with you, right?

It’s The Perfect Picture.

You could go on nice vacations 3-4 times a year.

…live in the nicest home.

…even have a second home in the mountains or on a lake.

…drive the nicest cars

…send your kids to the finest schools

…and frankly it would be a living paradise, right?

It’s “the grass is always greener over there” syndrome.

Unfortunately, it’s never actually greener…

Agents relentlessly pursue the newest, latest-greatest magic pills, all while lasting success is sitting directly in front of them, just waiting to be harvested.

The challenge with success is, it takes consistent hard work, an unwavering discipline not to get pulled off task, and an unrelenting focus on fundamentals.

Those are the Real Keys to Success!

Yet, agents constantly chase the next new “shiny object” in hopes of discovering the dream!

Well, sorry to pop anyone’s bubble…

…but the automatic transaction producer DOES NOT exist.

…and the newest super-revved up website or Facebook strategy…nope!

Those things are just more of the “greener grass” hook that keeps draining agents’ pockets, and ultimately drives agents deeper into debt, frustration, and ultimately completely out of this business.

Look at the numbers put out by the NAR and you’ll see what I mean.

For example, let’s take a look at a source of business 93% of agents believe is important to their success going forward.

When asked if this source of business was part of their business plan this year, 93% said “yes” or “I will be making it a part of my plans.” So…

This is a REALLY HUGE Deal, Right?

Nearly the entire agent population believes this is VERY important.

What is it?

It’s social media, specifically Facebook, and Facebook marketing.

It’s the newest, latest RAGE in real estate marketing!

Now my question is: If social media is so important, how much business is it producing, and does it justify all this attention? See…

I’m Obsessed with Numbers!

I don’t care about opinions, everyone and their cousin Joe has one.

I’m interested in what the data, the numbers, and what the hardcore facts are telling us, because that’s what I like to base my business decisions on.

When it comes to social media and its ability to drive business through your doors, I want the smoke to clear, all the hype on the shelf, and let’s just take a good hard look at the numbers.

So, for answers I turned to the National Association of Realtor’s 2017 Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report.

Based on that report, let’s see what it says about social media and its effect of driving business through your doors.

On page 72 of that report it shows you exactly where buyers found their agent, and on page 133 it shows you exactly where sellers found their agent.

See, one thing that will change everything for you, almost overnight, is knowing exactly where all your business is coming from…

…not guessing!

…not sort of knowing!

…but KNOWING EXACTLY where all your business comes from!

If you know exactly where all your business is coming from, you can focus all of your time, energy and money on improving those sources of business, right?

It’s Basic Common Sense

So what are those sources of business?

What is it that’s really driving business through your doors?

…and specifically, how much business is social media producing?

Well the 2017 trends report gives it all to you in black and white, and answers that critical question, “Where do buyers and sellers find their agent?”

On page 72 it says…

…less than 1% of buyers

And on page 133 it says…

…less than 1% of sellers

…find their agent through social media.


Now stop.

Pause for a few seconds.

And really think about that.

…less than 1% of buyers

…and less than 1% of sellers

…find their agent through all sources of social media COMBINED!

That Means…

…99% of buyers

…and 99% of sellers

DON’T find their agent through social media!

I know.

It’s hard to believe, right?

With social media being all the rage, agents are spending BILLIONS of dollars, and countless hours every single day trying to figure it out…

Yet 99% of buyers and 99% of sellers…

…DON’T find their agent through social media!

And again, it’s all right there in in black and white on pages 72 and 133…

Now am I saying you ignore online marketing and social media?

No, you’ve got to be online, visible and easily accessible…

But That’s About It!

Where your online visibility is crucial, is after you’ve had your first conversation with a prospective client, because it’s their natural default to go online and check you out.

Once you’ve had a good conversation, they’re thinking, “Gee, Bob or Sally really seems like a great agent. I think I’ll go online and check them out.”

Well, if they can’t find you…

…that’s a problem!

Or if you’re web site looks like you’re partying and it’s 1999…

…that’s definitely a problem!

But The Real Question Is…

How much of a website, social media and online profile do you need to solidify that feeling they already have about you?

The answer is…not that much.

All it takes is a good LinkedIn profile with a dozen or so client recommendations, your Zillow profile with 15-20 five-star reviews, and then a very average Facebook fan page and your own personal website.

That’s about all you need…and all those things can be set up for a few hundred bucks and you’re good.

Beyond That…

…if you’re trying to fish from the social media lead generation lake

…you just might be fishing in the wrong lake!

…unless of course, you’ve got really really deep pockets!

Which that’s a completely different story for a different day.

Today I want to focus on those sources of business you can easily afford, that actually drive clients through your doors!

…like those on pages 72 and 133 of the Generational Trends Report.

If you focus on your most important sources of business first, the “greener grass” mindset will never get the best of you, like it does for so many agents.

Then, when you want to leverage your key sources of business and produce 3-4-5X the response, get signed up for our 14-day free trial.

We’ll show you how to drive new business through your doors predictably, consistently, and all for pennies per lead!

The decision to take our service for a test drive is a complete no-brainer.

It’s completely free-of-charge and you gain instant access to all our marketing resources, action plans, ads, scripts, follow up pieces – everything!

You’re free to download all our materials, and even if you don’t stay with us, you’re free to keep our materials and use them for as long as you like.

Then you get access to our new cloud-based MVR technology, and all the tools you’ll need to have interested new buyers and sellers CALLING YOU!

Better yet, those buyers and sellers will be calling you, before any of your competitors have even the slightest clue how you’re doing it.

So get signed up for our 14-day free trial, and take advantage of all those free resources, that again are yours to keep regardless. And…

Here’s to your continued real estate success!

How to Reach Prospects FIRST…and Close 2-3 EXTRA Deals from Every Listing You Take!

Do you feel like you’re leaving business on the table?

…you know, according to NAR stats, people driving up in front of your listings are some of the best buyer and seller leads anywhere, but the challenge is how do you reach out to them?

…how do you engage them?

…what can you do to get them to CALL YOU FIRST?

Right now, they drive up, pull up your listing on Zillow or Realtor.com, and just drive away and you’ve got NOTHING!

…a big fat ZERO!

So how can you bust out of this cycle, of the big boys stealing your prospects, and you grab that prospect’s attention and open up a real live conversation with them?

It’s not an easy answer and there are no “quick fixes”…

However, there is a way.

It’s a process that takes a little bit of effort.

It’s a system that takes thoughtful implementation.

And here’s the utterly ridiculous part, many of your uniformed real estate colleagues will tell you it doesn’t work.

They’ll say, “Why in the world would someone call or text for info, when they can just look the house up on Zillow?”

Well I’m here to tell you there is a way to beat Zillow at this game.

In fact, do you know the #1 reason prospects use Zillow, Trulia or Realtor.com?

According to page 59 of the latest NAR Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report 87% of the reason prospects use those big web sites is…

Based on the vast amounts of data NAR collects, the most compelling marketing content in real estate is…PHOTOS!!!

Photos are #1! They’re your most potent marketing resource and your hottest prospect trigger.

So how do you leverage photos to beat Zillow at their own game and at the same time generate the highest quality listing leads in your market?

It begins with 94% of all real estate searches that starting online. Both buyers and sellers start their search and research online.

However, the far more important question you need to ask is…

What Do Prospects Do Next?

The reason this is such an important question is it’s at this precise moment, when prospects are taking their next step, that you’ve got a very powerful strategic advantage over Zillow, Trulia or Realtor.com…IF…

…you know exactly what to do and how to do it.

See it’s at this one single solitary point in time that you can quickly and easily cut all the big web sites completely out of the picture.

So what do prospects do next, after they’ve gone online?

For that answer let’s look at page 47 of that same NAR report…

So the #1 thing more than 3 out of 4 prospects do after searching online is they get in their cars and go drive by homes!

Isn’t That Amazing?

After going online the very next step is driving by the home!

So more than 3 out 4 amazingly HOT prospects are jumping in their cars, and it’s right at this precise moment that you can smash Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com, like a Zika-filled mosquito, and deliver the fatal blow!

However it’s right here where…

Nearly 100% of Agents Completely BLOW IT!

It’s at this single solitary point in time that you’ve got your hand on the guillotine and can slice their lousy lead-stealing heads off…

In fact, it’s the ONLY time throughout this entire sequence of events, from initial online search, clear through to closed transaction, that you’ve got such a commanding position and can cut them off at the knees.

However, if you don’t know what to do, or how to do it, they’ll just continue stealing your leads right out from under your nose and selling them to one of your competitors.

The worst part is when agents have this phenomenal advantage, they just roll over and submit to Zillow, letting them win without putting up even the slightest bit of a fight for the prospect, as if they have no control.

Well that’s complete and utter baloney!

Because right in this moment, when these amazingly valuable prospects are in their cars, you can totally and completely kick their butts!

In fact, it’s actually quite simple…

Step #1 – Appeal to the Exact Same Desires and Motivations that They Use to Steal Your Leads!

If prospects want photos, detailed information and pricing… GIVE THEM PHOTOS, DETAILED INFO and PRICING!

However, rather than just giving away all your ammunition, use these key points of understanding to entice your prospects.

Use your prospect’s desires to trigger a response! You want to get their Attention, build Interest, amp up their Desire…and then prompt Action.

It’s the proven AIDA formula.

Then it’s onward to…

Step #2 – Make It Easier to Respond to YOU Than Zillow!

In this moment, when they’re in their car looking at homes, you’ve got to make it completely frictionless. You want to make it so easy to respond to you that they don’t even think about Zillow, Trulia or Realtor.com

And then…

Step #3 – For Pete’s Sakes Don’t Distract the Prospect!

When you’ve got their attention for a second…don’t screw it up!

All you want to do is get them on the phone, connect with them and have a good quality conversation, and then move that conversation to a face-to-face meeting as fast as possible…

Make sense?

Plus here’s another amazingly valuable EXTRA BONUS with these ready-to-do-something-right-now “drive-by” prospects…

46% of Them Have a Home to Sell!!!

YES!

YOU READ THAT RIGHT!

Again, it’s all buried in this year’s NAR Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report. That report is filled with some amazing insights!

On page 24 it says that 46% of buyers “owned their previous residence.”

In other words they “sold” it, which by direct inference means…

46% of buyers have A HOME TO SELL!!!

Here’s a screenshot of that page…

So when we’re talking about the amazing quality of these “drive-by” prospects, please understand we’re NOT just talking about buyer leads here…46% of the time these are LISTING LEADS!

Now let me show you how we do it.

Here’s a brochure done our way…

Slow down and look real close at this brochure.

Pay particularly close attention to all the subtle little details.

Notice how we put photos (87%) front and center?

Then there’s the promise of detailed information (84%)?

And then the last incredibly important psychological hook, or emotional trigger we use to real them in, is current “up-to-the-minute” pricing.

Now really consider the psychology and precise language of this brochure

We’re very quietly taking advantage of a deeper understanding of your prospect’s behavior, and our timing is absolutely perfect. We’re engaging your prospect right in the midst of their actual sales cycle.

That’s why we call these “perfectly-timed live conversations.”

Again, we know they search online, proceed to drive by homes, and then with this brochure in their hands we’re able to effortlessly set the hook.

Make sense?

So the first reason our flyer will have you beating the pants off of Zillow is we’re appealing to your prospect’s strongest desires.

The second reason our flyer will have you taking back control is your carefully crafted marketing message will fly into your prospect’s radar at the absolute perfect time.

We’ve all heard that “timing is everything” right?

Well in this invisible tooth-and-nail battle for the prospect, you’re going to deliver the knock out blow to Big Z by having the absolute perfect “sales cycle timing” on your side.

Then the third reason our flyer will have you busting up The Big Three “Lead Cartel” is it employs one of the most powerful laws of influence and sales psychology, “The Law of Scarcity.”

This is what Dr. Robert Cialdini wrote about in his groundbreaking book, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.

In that book he lays out the six universal laws of persuasion. These laws are THE primary drivers in virtually every speech, marketing campaign, or any sales message that compels people to take action.

This is one of those subtle little moves, a key psychological trigger, that over 99.9% of your competitors won’t have the slightest clue. They won’t recognize it. They won’t perceive it. And they simply will not get it.

But what our flyer does, with the words “up-to-the-minute pricing,” is it subtly implies an exclusive channel to the latest “insider information.”

…i.e. “The Law of Scarcity!”

… 🙂 I know!

It’s kind of tricky, isn’t it?

It’s like we’re playing secret little Jedi mind tricks!

Well if you’re fighting with the likes of Zillow, who wants to steal every last dime they possibly can from you, and they’re extremely smart to boot, you better bring your A-game, right?

However, we’re not done yet!

I’ve got one more golden nugget for you… 😉

This process, this “simple little brochure” that’s been through tens-of-thousands of tests, split tests, and comparisons, works like your own personal marketing Stealth Bomber because absolutely no one in your market sees it coming…no one!

Your competitors think it’s old-school. So you will have a wide open playing field to exploit this for months and years to come.

The best part is prospects respond to you over all the other “apps” out there because it’s smoother, simpler and easier for them.

And with the way we channel their response, the biggest benefit is you get to TALK with nearly every prospect RIGHT UP FRONT!

Plus, you’ve got the added benefit that these are THE BEST LISTING LEADS in real estate!

In over 20 years of working with real estate agents, I’ve never seen a more potent opportunity for you to harvest both buyer and seller leads with your curbside marketing done like this!

And candidly, if you don’t market like this, Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com will just continue to win by default, end of story.

However, right now, today you can change all of that!

Want to know how?

Attend our next webinar and we’ll show you exactly how we do it…

Together we can kick Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com’s butts…check out our webinar info and together let’s help you take back control!

All the best,
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Gary Elwood
President/CEO
Proquest Technologies, Inc.

 

Easy Listing Leads from Your Next Blog Post

This is the second in our series of free blog posts you can use to generate seller leads. Remember, blogging isn’t going to overwhelm you with leads. You’ll pick up a lead or two a month that you otherwise wouldn’t have. So I want you to be realistic. If it adds 3-4 transactions a year to your total it’s worth 10-15 minutes a week to put this source to work for you.

So here’s your next free “copy paste” blog post. Again, all we ask is that you maintain our citation as the source.

Also, if you haven’t used the previous blog post, feel free to grab that one before we take it down next week. Each time we post one of these “copy paste” articles for you to use we’re going to wait seven days and then take the previous post down.

So here’s your second free blog post for 2015…

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Why Waiting Until Spring Could Cost You Thousands of Dollars Extra When Selling Your Home!

At the risk of sounding cliché, the old adage “The early bird catches the worm” definitely applies to selling your home. Those who get started early tend to sell for more money in a shorter time.

There are three basic reasons.

Reason #1 – Buyers doing research in the winter months are generally more serious about buying soon. As the weather gets nicer, it tends to pull a lot of daydreamers into the process. On sunny days people like to drive around and “window shop.” It’s a pleasant way to pass the time, but unfortunately a lot of these folks don’t have serious intensions or can’t afford to buy anytime soon.

Reason #2 – Sellers who get started early tend to generate a higher sale price because they have more time to get their home in tip top shape for showings.

As most good agents will point out in their listing presentations, the typical home has anywhere from 5-15 items, ranging from minor issues to major improvements that need to be addressed before putting a home on the market.

So get focused on knocking these things out, because the last thing you want is to be working on your home while the best buyers are buying and being taken out of the market.

We’ve all heard, “Timing is everything.” Well, in selling a home that’s often true. The best buyers, the ones who will offer you highest sale price, tend to be drawn out of the market early.

So prepping your home for sale sooner than later, is a good idea.

Reason #3 – Getting started early allows you to research, educate yourself on market conditions, and find out who’s doing a great job of listing and selling houses in your area.

You’ll gain understanding of the market and narrow your list of potential agents, enabling you to mentally and emotionally prepare. Selling your home can be a rollercoaster ride of emotions and choosing a quality agent, someone who will be your trusted advocate, goes a long way towards smoothing out all the potential bumps in the road.

So to recap, getting started early will help you in many ways. You have time to knock out all the prep work. You give yourself time to do your research. And most important, it positions you to have the best possible chance to sell your home quickly and for the most money.

As always, if there is anything at all I can do to help you, please feel free to call me at 1-555-555-5555. The conversation is always free and you’re under no obligation of any kind. My entire objective in our conversation is always to help you in any way that I can.

Also, to help you with some of these important steps in preparing your home for sale, I’d like to invite you to receive our special free report, “11 Things You’ll Need to Know to Pass a Home Inspection.” Just call the recorded message anytime 24 hours a day and I’ll get that report out to you ASAP!

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Call and it will show you how we help you break down the voicemail barrier and actually talk with sellers while they’re actually interested and want to talk.

That said…

Feel free to use this blog post with or without the ad. If you don’t have our MVR service, just post it without the ad. If you do have our MVR service, publish this blog post with that ad and watch your blog leads pick up substantially!

Until next time here’s to your success!

All the best,
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Gary Elwood
President/CEO
Proquest Technologies, Inc.

An Easy Free Lead Source

In our last post we talked about blogging and got quite a few replies. One of the most common was, “I’d like to blog but I don’t know what to write.” and/or “I just don’t have time for something that only returns modestly.”

Well if you fall into that category I’ve got some good news. We’re planning on publishing a ready-made blog post for you right here every 2-3 weeks. The goal is to put out 20 free “copy-paste” blog posts for you right here.

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So here’s your first blog post of 2015, if you so choose…

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That said…

Feel free to use this blog post with or without the ad. If you don’t have our MVR service, just post it without the ad. If you do have our MVR service, publish this blog post with that ad and watch your blog leads pick up substantially!

Until next time Happy New Year!

All the best,
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Gary Elwood
President/CEO
Proquest Technologies, Inc.

Should You Be Blogging?

Once you’ve read this post reply and let me know if you agree or disagree with our thoughts on blogging.

Tons of people have been touting blogs as this awesome business building tool. Yet, others seem to feel blogging is a complete waste of time.

Who’s right?

After dozens of conversations, searching high and low for good information on real estate blogging, and reflecting on my own experiences, our feeling is you should probably have a blog on your web site.

However…

You need to keep it in the proper context, just like social media. Don’t get sucked into wasting tons of time on something that typically only produces a modest trickle of business.

See the vast majority real estate blogs are very poor traffic or lead generators.

However, a blog can be a solid source of quality leads if you craft relevant messages and then lead your prospects to take action.

Frankly, the idea that you should be the ultimate “community resource” with your blog is unrealistic. There are too many good community web sites who already control most of that traffic. To compete for that traffic isn’t practical.

So what’s more important is to focus all your energy on what’s relevant to those blog readers you do attract.

You’re a real estate agent and when people read your blog they are reading it for a reason. Therefor it’s okay to talk about real estate.

Keep the focus narrow and all about your visitor’s wants and needs. Again, stop trying to be all things to all people with your blog. Ask yourself…

What’s the goal?

It should be the same goal as every other marketing channel you have, to create a live conversation with someone who’s interested in buying or selling real estate, right?

So how do you do that with your blog?

Stop posting recipes, pet stories, or funny happenings from the county fair.

Sure, those things can be interesting. But the fact is most people will never bookmark your blog or see it as their go-to source for local info.

Instead, take that brief moment of opportunity, while your prospect is reading, and convey something that’s highly relevant to their buying or selling decision.

In that moment do everything you possibly can to get that prospect to respond to you, because when they leave your blog…

They are GONE!

Thinking they’re going to come back is delusional. Your mom might. Your close friends might a couple times…but the prospects of your market…nope.

The prospects of your market are hit and run artists. They hit your site, they hit you blog, and they run.

So while they’re there you’ve got to focus every ounce of marketing energy you’ve got on getting them to respond to you!

If you waste your one and only chance…well…good luck!

Quit trying to play the big content company’s game posting every day.

Forget it.

The better approach is to post highly relevant articles once every 2-3 weeks and get prospects to respond to you so you can have a live conversation. Then meet them for coffee or get them to come to your office.

The bottom line is if you don’t talk to people…they don’t do business with you!

So when you’ve got a prospect’s attention…focus all your resources on getting them to a live conversation with you.

Create a “call-to-action” that causes them to respond to you for more information, and then guide them down the path that leads to an immediate conversation.

Emailing, texting, or pinging them on social media is NOT a conversation!

You’ve got to engage prospects and lead them down the path most likely to create a live conversation immediately! If you don’t these hit and run artists, ‘er I mean prospects, are instantly lost – back into the sea of Internet noise.

There are 5 basic steps to crafting a highly effective call-to-action, regardless of your marketing source.

To help you with bring it all I’ve put together a special free report “Five Simple Steps to Successful Lead Generation,” because the fundamentals of lead generation via your blog are the same as any other marketing source.

So if you want to ramp up the number of buyers and sellers in your pipeline you can check out that report here…“Five Simple Steps to Successful Lead Generation”

Happy Holidays!
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Gary Elwood
President/CEO
Proquest Technologies, Inc.

PS Don’t forget to reply to gary@proquesttechnologies.com and give me your thoughts on blogging.