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Leveraging LinkedIn for Your Estate Agency

Leveraging LinkedIn for Your Estate Agency

With so many social media platforms to contend with, it’s not so surprising that many estate agents tend to gloss over LinkedIn, instead focusing on the more ‘traditional’ channels of Facebook and Instagram.

However, LinkedIn hosts a whole range of features that are perfect for estate agents to leverage not offered by other platforms. And more people are using it than ever before. In Q1 of 2021, LinkedIn revenue increased by over 23% year on year, and in the last quarter of 2020, the platform saw an astonishing 50% uplift in content posted on the platform.

Here’s how you can make the most of LinkedIn:

Personal account vs business page

While having a business account on LinkedIn really is a must have, the truth is that people buy into people, so making sure that your agency is making the most of personal accounts is key to a successful LinkedIn strategy.  

If you’re the owner or director of an estate agent, making sure that your personal profile is visible to your target audience will help you to be seen by potential vendors, investors and even property developers.

Ensure that your profile explains exactly who you are and what you offer. Consider your banner – is it clear and clean? Using keywords in your bio will help you to be found by the right audience.

LinkedIn Features

LinkedIn is consistently introducing new features, and many of them are particularly beneficial for estate agents.

LinkedIn Articles

You may already be familiar with the benefits of blogging for your estate agency, but using LinkedIn articles can be a fantastic way to share your knowledge and expertise with a wider audience. The LinkedIn algorithm will show your article to specific users in your network, so make sure your content is relevant. What’s more, as long as the article is public, it can show beyond your direct connections to a wider target audience who’ve expressed an interest in the topic.

LinkedIn Stories

A recent introduction to LinkedIn, Stories work in the same way they do on Instagram and Facebook. LinkedIn Stories allow you to promote short snippets of content which will remain on the feed for 24 hours.

Stories can be promoted from a personal account, or a page, and can be a brilliant way for agents to show snippets of their day. From quickly showing a property, to talking about your experience, they are a great way to share quick-fire content.

Additionally, as they are still fairly new, it’s likely that LinkedIn will “push” this content for a while, making it more likely to show up on the feeds of your connections and followers.

LinkedIn Live

While you will need to get approval to use LinkedIn Live, it’s a great tool to connect directly with your audience in real time. You can stream live content, answer questions directly, and truly connect with those who are watching.

A further benefit of LinkedIn Live is the additional visibility it can offer. When someone goes live, push notifications are sent to the devices of their followers, so it can be an ideal way to make sure your content is being seen.

We hope this helps you to generate more leads from LinkedIn. As usual, if you would like us to handle all your social media for you, as well as email campaigns and print too, get in touch below.

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3 steps to establishing trust in your estate agency

3 steps to establishing trust in your estate agency

Is this something you already consider? Do you work to establish trust with your estate agency customers?

A recent study undertaken by the home buying platform Yes Homebuyers found that just 1% of people think that estate agents are trustworthy as a profession.

The survey of 1174 individuals found that, when it comes to trust, estate agents are ranked lower than lawyers and traffic wardens.

But what is it about estate agencies that breeds this mistrust? Research carried out by CV-Library back in 2019 found that estate agents are one of the least trusted professions due to their perceived lack of morals (66.4%), greed for money (62.1%), unreliability (56.5%) and irritating nature (26.6%)!

Charming, hey.

So, how do you change this and create a trustworthy reputation?

While the statistics above may seem disheartening to say the least, it’s wise to remember that, trust them or not, buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants still usually need to engage the services of an estate agent.

How can you make sure that you are their first choice when they do?

1.     Don’t only show up when prospects are selling

 

One of the biggest mistakes many estate agents make is to only be in front of their ideal audience when they have already decided to sell. Think social media channels packed only with properties for sale and calls to action to book a valuation.

Instead, create and distribute content that helps your customers get to know you and understand more about what makes your agency different. Both before they sell and whilst they are selling. Consider showing some of your personality on your social media channels. Go behind the scenes and let your customers know more about your staff. Get involved with local Facebook groups and provide advice.

Being visible to all in the area you serve allows you to grow your reputation as an agency that provides more than just a sales service. Rather, you are part of the community.

2.     Provide added value to your audience

 

We all know buying or selling a home is one of the biggest financial decisions most people make in their lifetime. Therefore, reassuring them that they are making the right decisions along the way is important.

Add value for your purchasers and vendors by providing guides and information that helps them to best understand specific parts of the sales process. This also allows you to manage expectations so consider including content on things like typical timescales for searches in your area or how the tenant referencing process works.

The more transparent and helpful your content, the more harmonious your relationship with your customers is likely to be.

3.     Encourage and promote case studies from happy customers

 

How often have you received a card, a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine from a happy vendor? A lovely gesture, but what if those gestures could better help you to secure future business? Instead of a shelf brimming with thank you cards, you could have a suite of case studies, quotes and reviews on your website that you can promote to your next potential vendor.

60% of marketers identify case studies as one of the most trusted content pieces by audiences. Unlike reviews or quotes, case studies show your customer’s journey, their problems, and how they were solved.

So consider asking happy customers for case studies (or even reviews if they’re a little shy) that you can then share on your website, in your email marketing and on your social channels.

How BriefYourMarket helps you to win trust

 

BriefYourMarket allows you to quickly and easily send marketing campaigns – across various channels, including email, SMS and direct mail – AND TO YOUR ENTIRE DATABASE. This will enable you to disseminate your trust-building content to potential customers across a variety of platforms.

You can create nurturing content that leads a prospect through specific email campaigns designed to build trust and win new instructions.

And with our Communications Managed service, WE can send expert content that helps to keep your potential clients connected with your brand across email, social media and other digital channels FOR YOU.

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How blogging can help you win more instructions

How blogging can help you win more instructions

When it comes to marketing your estate agency, blog or article content can be a vital element that allows you to stand out from your competitors, show your expertise and WIN NEW INSTRUCTIONS.

Your blog is the one area of your website that allows you to show your company personality and truly prove your knowledge of your area, the property market, and customer needs.

Writing well crafted, valuable content that appeals to your prospective customers offers a wealth of benefits. A single blog post can provide you with a suite of content that can be repurposed across various platforms and in many ways.

We explore why blogging for your estate agency should form a significant pillar of your estate agency marketing strategy:

 

Appear before your competitors on Google

One of the biggest benefits of creating blog content is the boost it provides your website when Google decides which webpages should appear first for certain search terms. ‘Search terms’ are the phrases that your potential audience type into Google such as ‘estate agents in Derbyshire’. One of Google’s main indicators that your website is relevant for that particular search is that the phrase appears on your webpages, but it’s often difficult to weave them into your main pages. Blogging allows you to rank higher than your competitors for these searches and without compromising other pages of your website.

 

Make posting on social media easier

Writing a single, well-crafted blog piece can provide you with a breadth of content for social media, too. For example, if you create an article that includes tips, each tip can then be turned into its own social post. You then might want to thread them together to create more exciting content such as videos or stories.

You can also repurpose your blog for LinkedIn – using their native article platform to recreate what you have written but from a slightly different angle. Or consider making slides of some of the main points and using LinkedIn’s slide share features.

 

Ensure you are the go-to agency in your area

Creating blog content provides you with a real opportunity to show that you are the local expert. Whether it’s talking about specific issues or showing you understand what’s going on in the market, blogging builds trust so you are the obvious choice when prospects decide to sell.

 

Providing real value to your prospects is the key to more instructions

Blogging is one way for you to provide something of real value to your audience to better guarantee they open, read and RESPOND to your email campaigns. Whether that’s creating a monthly newsletter that keeps prospects up to date on what’s happening in their area or sending property market updates that showcase your expertise. Trial adding blog content into your emails directly or encourage recipients to visit the blog on your website. Keep your agency front of mind and prompt new instructions.

 

Let BriefYourMarket do the hard work for you

If promoting your blogs via emails, social media, even SMS and print campaigns seems time-consuming, we can help. Our Communications Managed service provides you with a digital plan that suits your business requirements and sends campaigns on your behalf. Let us take the stress out of managing your content so you can focus on progressing sales.

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Keeping momentum post stamp duty holiday

Keeping momentum post stamp duty holiday

Leading up to the end of the first Stamp Duty Holiday, we started to see some cooling in the market, with Rightmove announcing that, while prices were still rising, they were doing so at a slower pace than in previous months. Additionally, the number of properties available on estate agent’s books were at an all-time low.

While debate continue to abound about how the market will react to the end of the tax relief on purchases, research carried out by Savills shows that only 5% of purchasers will consider abandoning plans to buy a property if they miss the June deadline. Additionally, 71% of those currently in the purchase process do not expect to complete ahead of the stamp duty holiday deadline anyway. Clearly the potential stamp duty saving was not the only factor in their decision-making process, according to the survey of around 750 Savills buyers.

However, with supply starting to slow and a battle to gain instructions, it’s more vital than ever that agents provide clear and meaningful communications with potential vendors and buyers to support the momentum that has been driven over the past 12 months.

How buyers are affected by the end of the stamp duty holiday

While the full discount on up to £500,000 ended on 30th June 2021, the additional grace period on properties up to £250,000 until 30th September means that buyers can still benefit from 2% relief on Stamp Duty Land Tax.

On a practical note, for a property priced at the current UK average of £268,000 (ONS), the difference in tax due before the holiday ends, during the period up to October, and once the relief is removed is as follows:

SDLT Due – up to 30th June – £0
SDLT Due – Between 1st July – 30th September – £900
SDLT Due – After 1st October – £3400

For many buyers, the actual financial burden of stamp duty will be minimal. In addition, with more low deposit mortgages available than in previous years, upfront costs for a property purchase are still lower than we have seen in past years, despite rising property prices.

Communication is key

With headlines across the mainstream media announcing the end of the holiday, rushes to complete, and general chaos around conveyancing, it’s unsurprising that both buyers and sellers alike have felt the pressure to make a move before the relief ends.

However, agents are in an excellent position to dispel the fear around the future and reassure both vendors and purchasers alike that, for those who want to move, it’s still a good time to do so.

Since lockdown, buyer priorities have changed. People are working more flexibly, want more outside space and are looking further afield to get what they want. And these preferences are unlikely to be set aside down to upfront costs.

Our clients are seeing success with clear communication plans which outline what the end of the Stamp Duty Holiday means in real terms and continue to promote the benefits of their services and spotlight properties that meet buyer needs.

While the end of the Stamp Duty Holiday will no doubt have a small and short-term impact on the market, agents who continue to make the best use of their database and provide valuable content are likely to be the long-term winners. 

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Door 2 Door

Door 2 Door

A helping hand from BriefYourMarket.com
Preparing your next Marketing Plan

We understand the value of a consistent marketing plan in delivering brand awareness for your business.

Utilising Door to Door to distribute your mini magazine or canvassing material is a proven marketing technique utilised by a number of successful companies, ensuring you are kept at the forefront of your local marketplace. 

As with most things, timing and repeated communication is everything. It’s all about the planning ahead to make sure you target your audience. Door 2 Door requires at least six weeks notice to secure your dates for distribution. Therefore, it is vital to plan well in advance.

At BriefYourMarket we can support you in the development of your campaign and coordinate the print and distribution for you.

How frequently?
We strongly advise against sending canvassing or mini magazines as a one-off trial – your potential customers are
unlikely to recognise your brand among many others if you settle for a one-off
campaign.

Brand awareness is best built through repeated communication with your
market. Consistent, attractive
communication will have an impact and get you noticed.

What are the advantages of using
canvassing and mini magazines?
With these expertly designed canvassing,
A5 four page or A5 eight page mini
magazines you will have at your disposal
an effective brand marketing campaign
that is personalised, consistent,
compelling and cost effective.

Bespoke canvassing or mini magazines
will present your company in a high quality
format, demonstrating how you can offer
much more than your competitors.
If done properly, the complete canvassing
or mini magazine campaigns will lead to
more valuations, enquiries and enable you
to win more business.

A campaign such as this also guarantees:

• Delivery to your target households via
Royal Mail.

• Distribution during peak periods of
activity within your marketplace.

• GUARANTEED to be the only ones in
your marketplace being distributed at
that time.

QAs

Q. Why use Door to Door?

A. Utilising Door to Door is a proven marketing technique, ensuring you are kept at the forefront of your local marketplace.

Q. Can I use for a one off campaign?

A. As with most things, timing and repeated communication is everything. We strongly advise against sending canvassing or mini
magazines as a one-off trial – your potential customers are unlikely to recognise your brand among many others if you settle for a one-off campaign.

Q. What's the difference in Direct Mail and Door 2 Door?

Cost! It will be far cheaper to hit a wider audience than spend the same on targeting less houses with Direct Mail.  For example if you spend £1,000 with door-2-door you would hit roughly 10,000 houses in an area but if you spent £1,000 with direct mail you would only get roughly 1724 houses so the wider the audience the cheaper it is.

Q. How do we go about enquiring?

A. We can support you in the development of your campaign and coordinate the print and distribution for you. All we would require is
postcodes and sectors you wish to target and month/s you wish to deliver and we’ll do the rest for you. To enquire contact us using the below form.

Q. Does BriefYourMarket cover everything including print?

A. We help you target your area, schedule your distributions, organise the print and tell you how much it will cost. We do it all, you don’t have to do anything! Prices from 10p printed and delivered per door for canvassing and from 14p for mini magazines.*

Q. What is the lead time?

A. Door 2 Door requires at least six weeks notice to secure your dates for distribution. Therefore, it is vital to plan well in advance.

Q. Is the artwork printed on recycled paper?

A. Our print suppliers use FSC® certified paper, which means it is paper that has been harvested in a responsible manner and often
contains recycled paper.

Q. How often should we distribute?

A. Consistent, attractive communication will have an impact and get you noticed so we tend to suggest a printed campaign either every couple of months or every quarter. To see the best results we suggest using all elements of BriefYourMarket, online and offline.

If done properly your campaigns will lead to more valuations, enquiries and will enable you to win more business.

Q. What print options do we have?

A. You can either do A5 canvassing card or A5 4 page or A5 8 page mini magazines. BriefYourMarket will work with you to design an effective brand marketing campaign that is personalised, consistent, compelling and cost effective.  Bespoke canvassing or mini magazines will present your company in a high quality format, demonstrating how you can offer much more than your competitors.

Q. What are the benefits to using Royal Mail?

A. With Royal Mail Door 2 Door we guarantee that each household in your drop will receive your campaign. We also guarantee that you’ll be the only ones in your marketplace being distributed at that time so there is no competition.

Q. When do I have to pay for the distribution?

Once contract is confirmed you will be issued with an invoice 30 days prior to your drop to pay directly with Royal Mail. Your print invoice will be separate and raised at the end of month.

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