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VLOG - Tips From The Trainer with Chad Corbett - Direct Mail Marketing Still Has a HUGE ROI in 2019

Mail Marketing Isn’t Dead – Here’s How You Can Bring Your Direct Mail Campaign Back To Life

You Can Still Generate Listings and Investment Deals From Your Leads Through Direct Mail Campaigns!

“No one uses mail anymore.” According to https://thedma.org/marketing-insights/marketing-statistics/direct-mail-statistics/, people responded to direct mail 43% more in 2016 than the year before.  Mail marketing actually trumps the response rate of email, online search, paid search and social media!  As more realtors, investors, and agencies channel their marketing budgets to these latter options, the less effective and more expensive these channels can be.  At the same time, as more and more professionals and companies are using mail marketing less, they are creating a vacuum for you to fill.

And if you can fill that space in a way that integrates digital and social elements with your direct mailing pieces, you’ll be the one people hear about, remember, and trust when they need what you offer most.

THINK: If everyone thinks mail marketing is dead, your letters will have less competition. Take advantage of the great migration from mail to digital and fill both spaces effectively!

How Can I Maximize Response Rates and Results with the Letters/Postcards I Send to Personal Representatives (and any other seller lead)?

In our latest from our Tips From The Trainer vlog series, Chad discusses his own ROI with various direct mailing pieces he has sent to real estate and investment leads through the years – what envelopes, stamps, addresses, and sales copy have worked best time and time again –  and how to get the most out of every lead by integrating your mail marketing with your digital marketing, instead of leaving any lead untapped.

 


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Tips for Writing Effective Yellow Letters

The more technologically-advanced the world gets, the more some of us are tempted to abandon methods of communication that seem quaint and out-dated. Well, a yellow letter is a method of communicating with sellers that seems quaint on the surface but can be effective when it is crafted in the correct manner. In other words, communicating with potential sellers is never going to be out-dated. And communication – both written and oral – is a large part of what we as real estate professions do.

What Are Yellow Letters?

Yellow letters are a form of direct mail marketing utilizing yellow, lined paper in order to look more personal. As such, some of the rules governing how to effectively use other kinds of direct mail apply to yellow letters as well. Some of them do. Yellow letters can be very effective when you create them in such a manner as to stand out from the tons of other mail your prospects receive on a daily basis. Here’s a quick primer on how to add color to your real estate marketing efforts using yellow letters.

  • Know your audience: You must know something about the people you are trying to reach in order to tailor your pitch to fit their needs. Otherwise you will be taking shots in the dark and blowing your advertising budget. Do your research first.
  • Carefully draft your letter: Make a draft before composing your letter and watch things such as length and word usage. Be sure to add as much detail as you can so that interested consumers can reach you if they want.
  • Tell them what you want them to do: Never assume readers know what it is that you want them to do. Make your call to action clear and succinct.
  • Create the actual letters: After you have created a framework for your letter it will then be time to write them. If you are not confident in your writing abilities, you can hire others to do this.
  • Track your data: Just as with any advertising campaign you will need to be able to track your results so that you will have actionable data when you need it.writing

Although there are expenses involved in creating, tracking and utilizing the data gathered by yellow letters, they should still be an essential part of your overall marketing strategy. Another part of your marketing strategy that you should utilize is our probate real estate leads. These – and the education our archival phone conferences can bring you – can help give you the edge over the competition. Real estate lead generation websites are also a tool that the successful professional can use to grow his/her business.

Best Real Estate Marketing Strategies

All real estate experts know that the housing market is constantly full of fluctuations. However, savvy real estate professionals can find opportunities in even the dimmest economic conditions. How can he or she do this? He/she can buy qualified leads and ramps up his/her marketing efforts. In order to help you adapt to these changes and to the competition, we have provided you with six foolproof real estate marketing strategies that will help you excel in 2019.

  • Stay up to date on your social media accounts: Keep all your social media accounts with the big boys – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram – up to date. This will help you interact better with users and promote your properties. Instagram and Pinterest in particular good sites for sharing house pics.
  • Add social sharing to property pages: Home shoppers love to share housing picture with their friends and family. Therefore, you should always make it easy for them to share pictures and info on your sight by adding plenty of easily visible social sharing buttons.
  • Consider using a chat service on your site: Let’s face it – people have different schedules. Not everyone is able to communicate with others during normal business hours. Therefore, you should consider hiring a chat service that can take messages and respond to queries 24/7.real estate
  • Reach out to influencers: This has become a very popular way to build and grow brands. And as a real estate agent you will work with a network of professionals – mortgage brokers, general contractors, interior designers. Agree to compensate major influencers in some mutually beneficial way and you will have a partner who is willing to help you grow your business.
  • Use experiential marketing: Engage with former satisfied clients to help you promote your services. These former clients can help you by becoming referral sources and by sharing content about your business via social media.
  • Write guest blogs to earn high quality backlinks to your site: Contribute to one of your colleague’s or partner’s website by submitting informative articles to it. The link back to your website may help generate traffic if the partner or colleague’s site has a high visitation rate.

These are just a few marketing ideas you can use in 2019. We haven’t even touched upon offline marketing techniques. Of course, you can also grow your business by purchasing our real estate leads for sale and by educating yourself on probate marketing. Our site contains a video conference archive and instructional materials that will help you do just that.

5 Tips for Upping Your Social Media Marketing Game

If you’ve gotten nothing else from this blog then we hope that at least you’ve gotten the message that as a real estate professional you must utilize every tool at your disposal in order to grow your business. Several of these tools and resources we’ve already discussed at great length. For example, we’ve talked about how our probate listing leads will help you increase your profits and your success rate. We’ve also talked about how our conference call video archive can educate you further about the complex probate marketing process. In this post, we would like to talk about marketing your company via social media. Here are some social marketing tips for real estate experts.

  • Add reviews & services: If have not already posted reviews from your satisfied customers on your Facebook page you must do it now. Reviews are like gold for real estate agents. Also, make sure that your client testimonials and information about your services are clear on both your website and your social media pages. Demonstrating that you are willing to allow your prospective clients to have access to former customers lets your new clients know that you have confidence in your services.
  • Post photos on Instagram to generate leads: According to the latest social media studies, there are more than 700 million users on Instagram. Post your best photos on Instagram since it is very user friendly.
  • Tweet to promote listings: Though not as popular as Facebook or Instagram, real estate professionals can use this platform to connect with some of the strategic partners we discussed in past posts such as attorneys, clients, local business people, brands and influencers. social media
  • Have a presence on LinkedIn: This site has become the number one site for business professionals who are interested in growing their professional network. Its discussion boards, private messaging and blogging are perfect for savvy real estate professionals who desire to grow their presence.
  • Don’t forget the power of video marketing: According to a 2016 study by HubSpot, 45% of people watch more than an hour of Facebook or YouTube videos a week. And while it may be tempting to skip using YouTube in order to market your site, this would be a mistake. Real estate is a visual profession. Videos create a connection to actual places and things (such as estates, homes, etc.)

These seven sure-fire ways to market on social media should help you reach out to your target markets and consequently improve your performance. So will ordering our leads and educating yourself using the wealth of materials we have on our site.

Why We Use Greeting Card Envelopes for Probate Marketing?

Here is a fact that you may not know – mail is more likely to be opened when is wrapped inside an attractive envelope. And since it is an absolute necessity in this business that you preempt the competition and that you build a rapport with clients, the manner in which you send your message is also important. Thus, there are several advantages to using greeting cards and greeting card envelopes to reach out to clients and strategic partners, e.g. attorneys, bankers, etc.

  • Greeting cards and envelopes come in a variety of sizes and colors: Thus, you have already distinguished your correspondence to the other mail your partners and clients receive. Moreover, the texture, color and size can also be personalized to fit your needs and the content of the mail you are sending.
  • Greeting cards and envelopes are more likely to be saved: People have a habit of saving greeting cards and even the envelopes they came in. This means that they are less likely to be lost or thrown away unlike e-cards.
  • Greeting cards and envelopes are tangible: Because clients can physically touch the correspondence you send them, they are more likely to view its contents as being reliable.
  • Greeting card envelopes are personal: As we have said before on this blog, rapport building is an essential part of what you do as a real estate professional. It is a vital part of yourmailbox motivator communications with your strategic partners as well as your clients. Correspondence sent in an attractive, customized envelope is more personal and attention getting. Clients will know that you have their specific needs in mind when you send your message this way.

The Advantages of Sending Physical “or Snail Mail”

Of course, in our digital age it is fair to ask if sending a physical piece of mail to someone is even practical. We say it is for the following reasons.

  • Direct mail can extend your personal brand.
  • Direct mail can be personalized and its results measured accurately
  • Direct mail can be more cost effective than heading a digital campaign.

For these reasons, we suggest that your probate property strategy include regular mailings to clients and partners. This will make your correspondence stand out from others. We also suggest that in order to grow your listing leads that you join our program. We can help you automate your probate leads marketing program and get results quickly.

Why You Should NOT Scrub Your Probate Leads…EVER

Let me preface this post by saying we are here to serve the consumer and our Subscribers who trust us to provide probate leads to reach them, and everything we do and suggest is with that in mind first.

A common misconception is that the “deceased last known address” column is the MOST important thing we give you.  I’m here to cast it in stone that it is the LEAST important column in all of the data we give you.  The Personal Representative’s phone number is the MOST important data we give you and their address and the attorney info is close behind.

Because of this misconception, 0ne of the most common things I hear from new Subscribers who are high-analytical is “Well, we need to scrub out list first then we’ll start…” or some variation of it.  I’ve covered this on many Mastermind calls but I realize that we have so much content it sometimes gets buried in the hundreds of hours of archives so I made this video for you:

It’s ultimately up to you how you approach this campaign and how you run your business, but I’ve trained thousands of agents and brokers over the last couple of years and I’ve seen millions of dollars made by those who take our advice, so I’m set in my opinion on this.  Remember, we didn’t ask you or anyone else to sign a contract so everything we teach is to make you successful so you trust our opinion and stick around.  Now get out there and make the world a better place!

Hopefully this was helpful for you.  For more Tips from the Trainer videos click here

If you are not a subscriber but want to learn more about how many probate leads we have in your county, click Check Your County above or simply call Jim at (844) 532-3369 so he can answer any questions you have and let you know how many leads we’re gathering in your county and what the cost is.

Mailing Mistake May Miss Million$

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It’s always great when I can share a tip from a subscriber … especially when that subscriber is one of our oldest and most successful. I had the pleasure of learning this info yesterday in just such a conversation. I was speaking with this subscriber about a technical question he’d called me about. After answering his technical question, he mentioned that he was really excited to be back on track after changing brokers in the middle of last year. Based on a previous conversation, I knew that he’d been the new office’s agent of the month several times already and had enjoyed a couple of million dollar months, so I was curious about what “back on track” meant. His answer was enlightening.

He said that he’d been sending his letters out faithfully, but that he’d noticed they’d not been generating the same results as before. Initially he was concerned that maybe his new broker might have a less favorable reputation than his previous one, but that was before he noticed that several of the other agents in his office were offering homes with “estate sales” and the LIGHT BULB WENT OFF for him. When he’d changed brokers, he’d started adding the new office’s phone number to his mailings as well as his direct line. Then, he looked to see who the sellers were on the properties his officemates had listed and indeed, they were ones he’d mailed to.

Initially, he was concerned that he might have been been poached. However, he was pretty comfortable that was not the problem. Then he listened to the receptionist take a few calls and realized that if someone called the office and asked for probate and didn’t ask for him specifically, it went to whoever was available. He immediately stopped listing the office number on his letters and now, in the last 30 days, he’d taken one new listing already and had three more immediate listing appointments. I’d say he was definitely back on track!

However, be aware that when YOU are paying for your marketing, you must make sure YOU are reaping ALL THE BENEFITS the benefits. In your letters, whether we do them for you via Mailbox Motivator or you’re still doing them yourself, be sure you are driving the traffic to you, not feeding the rest of your office. List ONLY your phone number and it’s also one of the reasons we recommend using one of the special probate-focused websites we provide.  Control your lead flow and make sure your lead flow funnel points directly and ONLY INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT.