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Are Facebook Ads Worth It? Navigating the Digital Marketing World As A Real Estate Agent, Investor, Wholesaler

If you haven’t already heard, this Thursday’s (8/29/19) Live Mastermind Q&A call we will be fielding any questions related to Social Media or the parts and pieces of our Probate Marketing System (The partners are all out to sea, so myself, Jordan, Natalie, and Darci will be taking the reins!)

In anticipation for this week’s upcoming call, Renee Kische asked a few questions in our Mastermind Group she was hoping I could answer on the call.  Well, I’ve had so many points and nuggets pop in my head over the last few days! This morning, I decided writing it out would really be the best way to give a comprehensive answer.

[You can view the original conversation we had by checking out the pinned post in our Facebook Group here]

Renee is in a competitive market and looking for insight on how she can best spend her time and money as she grows her footing in the Probate niche, both as an agent and an investor.  In short, she is asking:

Are Facebook Ads Cost-Effective?

It is my opinion, generally, that the success of Facebook ad campaigns falls on a very broad spectrum, with high success and low cost-per-action existing as an extreme outlier more often than not.  Especially since Renee is in Los Angeles, one of the hottest markets for digital and social marketing agencies AND where everyone seems to want to be a real estate agent without doing much more than throwing thousands into a marketing budget (must be nice, right?), Facebook is probably one of the most saturated marketing channels for general real estate services near her.  Even in smaller markets and less-competitive niches, a successful Facebook ad campaign requires the correct targeting, intended goals, sales copy, value pitch, placement, and the list of factors goes on.

What About Becoming the “Digital Mayor” of Your Niche? Is That More Cost-Effective Than Running Ads on Facebook?

If you’re not familiar with the Digital Mayor concept, it’s something Gary Vaynerchuk coined during the 2016 Inman Connect Conference.  The idea posits that creating highly-local content, distributing and promoting that content, and engaging with your community through online channels will allow you to become a sort of expert and leader in your community, and you can in turn use that reputation in marketing your own listings and services.

You can read Gary’s own words on what it means to be a digital mayor here.

For those of you reading this that aren’t enthused about gambling away thousands of dollars into Facebook ad spend, you might be thinking this approach is a great alternative because writing is free.  While I encourage getting involved in your community and sharing your experiences through meaningful content, I see three major chokepoints people (consistently) run into when trying to become their market’s digital mayor:

1) Underestimating the time (and money) it takes.

You’re running around visiting restaurants and local businesses, trying to take the perfect pictures to use in your posts, and then you’re trying to find enough time to write about it.  When all is said and done, how much time did it take you from start to finish? Scale this up to doing this 2-3 times a week on a consistent basis.  What’s your time worth? This is in addition to the cost of anything you’re paying for in the process.  

2) Becoming “Me” focused instead of community-focused.

If you’re writing from your real estate page about your opinions, your favorite things, your itinerary etc… You have to do so with an immense amount of creativity, zest, and tact or you’ll find yourself entering “join my fanclub” territory.  The goal is to become the leader in “community expert” territory – leadership is a dynamic! Instead of visiting all these places with the purpose of writing about them later on your Facebook Page, why not immerse yourself in the moment, build rapport and focus on networking while you’re visiting new places, and write a review for the business on Yelp, Google, or that business’s Facebook page with an account branded to your business? These are the places people looking for reviews will be most likely to see your review anyway (not your personal pages) – so use that space as free digital marketing real estate AND earn the gratitude of business owners you just met at the same time.

3) The content isn’t reaching enough people, or the right people.

A major component of becoming the digital mayor is distributing and promoting the content you already spent time creating.  If you aren’t promoting and distributing your content, the time you’re spending to make the content in the first place is a waste.   To boost your content to a wide enough audience from a personalized business page will almost always require a significant budget, which defeats the whole purpose of the digital mayor strategy in the first place.

So, How Can You Use Facebook to Grow Your Business Without Spending A Ton of Time Writing Content and Money Promoting It?

The solution I’m getting at isn’t just to say “Ah, to hell with Facebook!”  It’s a powerful platform that provides you with a different type of reach door-knocking, cold-calling, and direct mail marketing simply don’t provide.  Most people have a personal facebook account, and a good amount of realtors/investors have a professional Facebook page branded with their name or their business name.

Is that enough? How do they work together? Where do I start?

There are four pieces your digital presence should include when it comes to Facebook, and while you might already know what personal profiles, business pages, and groups are, I’m going to show you how to fit all the pieces together in a way that makes the most sense for your watch and wallet.

 

Let’s go through each part’s function, potential benefits, and role in the big picture:

 

1) Personal Profile

Your personal profile is your friends, colleagues, and typically people you know personally.  This is the core of your sphere of influence.  This is where you get to be you the most.   My personal advice here? I don’t want to see you post 600 times if you know anyone looking to buy or sell, call me!!!!  But share your funny open house stories. Share pictures of the family you just helped move into a new home.  Make it about memories, laughs, and conversations here and less hard marketing.

2) Personalized Facebook Business Page

This is your “Katt Wagner – Your Guide to Space Coast Homes” page.  The title of this page AND the page description will contribute to your search visibility both in Facebook AND Google! Keywords like Real Estate, Buy, Sell, etc can go in your description.  Keep in mind that this page is really for people who are finding you through word of mouth influence.  When your friends tell THEIR friends about you because they’re looking for a service you provide, they are going to tag you or your page (or both if they’re facebook savvy), or give your name if it’s a conversation happening outside of Facebook.  This page exists as a sort of landing page for people who will be searching for your name specifically, to give them an introduction to who you are, what you do.  Make sure you have a profile picture, cover photo, description, and any other relevant profile information filled out accurately.  Since Facebook AND Google both use page descriptions in their indexing, a description is a good place to include a few “title” keywords – Realtor, Buy, Sell, Home Value, whatever you choose.  Create a few posts with valuable content just so people have a few things to scroll through when they first visit your page.  Make sure you direct people to the appropriate place(s) to learn more or take the next steps if they need your services.

The goal with this is to give people a place to find you on facebook when they are already looking for you by name, or at the recommendation of a mutual friend.  We want to provide enough content for a first time visitor to “get the idea” and get excited about how awesome what you do is and get them somewhere else to contact you or follow you permanently.  We don’t want this page to become a tedious thing to manage – There really isn’t much benefit in trying to squeeze out slightly-relevant content like “5 ways to re-use this household object!” on a page called “Katt Wagner.”  Nobody is going to pay attention.

+Bonus Tip: Facebook changed the way their recommendations work a few months back. Now, whenever someone tags your business page, Facebook counts it as a recommendation! This boosts your visibility and credibility.

3) Non-Personalized Business Page (But still has a solid purpose/brand identity).

Above, I made the argument that having a personalized Facebook Business page is important for word of mouth referrals/tagging within Facebook.  But while your Personalized Business Page can help contribute somewhat to your search visibility, the visibility of that page will be limited or next to nothing for people who aren’t searching for you by name.

Non-Personalized business pages are your gateway to connecting with people who are searching for what you do – and even moreso where you do it.  Two things I want to add here: First, most people aren’t going to go to their Facebook toolbar to search for “real estate, investor, property help, probate…” they’re probably going to look for their area; Second, people are more likely to search for those same keywords in a search engine, and because search engines give more weight to local results, your Facebook Business Page can give you an opportunity to rank in the top results.  Make sure you fill out location information on your business page or you will miss this opportunity.

These pages are pages like “Best New York Homes,” “Palm Bay Property Solutions.” “Bay Area Living.”  These titles all capture an area and will be visible to anyone searching their neighborhood name in the Facebook search bar. But people searching “Palm Bay” might not be interested in Property Solutions, and that page likely won’t get many likes from cold searches.  However, someone might come across that page who does have a need, and the likes you do get will have a higher intent to do business with you.  On the other hand, something like “Best New York Homes” might get a TON of attention because people are interested in cool architecture, interior design, luxury homes, HGTV type things.  But you’ll get a lot of likes from people that have no intention to buy.

In general, I recommend having a business page for each business entity you work under, as well as a separate page if you work in two distinct markets. A good rule of thumb: If you have a separate website or a separate business card for it, you should probably have a Facebook business page to match it.

+Bonus Tip: You can recommend/suggest each of your pages from any other page you own/manage.  If you’ve ever seen the “Suggest pages” on the right hand side while looking at a Facebook page, this is where your other pages will be shown.  You can also share content between different pages if you’d like.

 

But How Can I Keep Up With All Of These Pages?

Unless you have the time to create and curate content for a business page, business pages are best used as a sort of landing page.  People want to fill their Facebook feed with content they find interesting, and unless you have the time to post consistent valuable information from your business page (like a news or radio station Facebook page might do – and remember, they have whole teams of contributors and social content pros to do so), your goal of building a huge general audience on your Facebook business page(s) will probably end in disappointment.  Again, the function of a business page is to be found by people who already have some idea of what they’re looking for, to convey value within a few seconds of a reader landing on the business page, and to direct them on where they can go to learn more (your website, or a platform like YouTube that you consistently utilize) and what to do next if they are ready for your services.

The easiest and best use of your time is in a fourth piece – Facebook Groups.

4) Facebook Groups

This is where we turn Gary V’s “Digital Mayor” concept on its head.   Here at step 4, we have two major obstacles:

    1. What do we do to capture the audience that either 1) doesn’t know you personally, or 2) Isn’t enticed to engage with your real estate pages because, let’s be honest – how often does anyone tune into a branded business page reposting generic 3rd party blogs on “5 ways to re-use this household item”??
    2. How can we build an audience, build a brand, build a network without gambling thousands away into Facebook ad spend or becoming a full-time content creator?

My answer here is to create a Facebook group centered around your community.  Keep it general and make sure the Group Name includes the neighborhood/area people will search for to find it:

The Cocoa Beach Facebook Group
All Things Orlando
Glen Cove Neighbors
Greater Rochester Community

If your community already has a group like this, well, most people looking for groups on Facebook will join more than one, anyway.  You might even want to consider collaborating with the other group’s owner.

Unlike a Facebook Page, Facebook groups allow (and encourage!) members to post content, engage with others, and have conversations.  Groups provide the biggest opportunity for you to grow an audience, expand your network, and become a trusted expert in your community – all without having to create and curate tons of content the way a “digital mayor” would.  Instead of constantly covering community events or writing reviews of local restaurants and hoping someone finds it and follows you to keep reading your opinions, you can bring a group of people together who can start and carry these conversations on their own.

Think of it like a social Chamber of Commerce for the vendors you’ll bring on board, and a 24-hour block party/community resource group for your general audience.  It’s worth it to reach out to a few related but non-competitive vendors in your area, tell them about your group’s purpose, and ask if they’d like to take on a moderator role in exchange for bringing value to the group. Don’t forget to ask them to invite their Facebook friends to join the group as well!

There are so many ways to get a group engaged – Encourage members to ask for recommendations and post their own, share events they know are happening this weekend, etc..  Keep it light and fun.  We are always shocked at how our group members are already carrying conversations before we’ve even had a chance to get on Facebook! Group members can provide such tremendous value and experience on their own – something they wouldn’t be able to do if they only liked your business page!

+Bonus Tip: Create the group from the profile/page of your choosing and the group will highlight it! In the top right corner, it will show your audience “Group Created By: _____” and give you some bonus recognition.

+There are so many things you can do in groups: Watch parties, Live Videos, Invite Email Contacts to join, share content from other places to the group, etc…

+A good rule of thumb is if it reads like a Craigslist ad, it probably doesn’t bring value to the group.  Encourage people to share and participate without flagrant self-promotion.  Don’t be afraid to moderate – and hey, if you see someone doing some tacky marketing in the group, is there an opportunity here to build a relationship by starting a conversation with them?  Maybe they run a classic automobile restoration company and are trying to get their name out there – Could they add some curb appeal at your next open house, and could you share with the group the awesome response your guests had to Jim’s restored 1967 Ford Mustang?  Now you’re sharing great experiences and have a new friend in the neighborhood.

With the Right Approach, These Four Pieces Will Work In Harmony Without Consistent Input.

Take the time to set pieces 1-3, particularly your business pages, up properly: Fill out your basic information; add contact information; get your profile images up; and make 2-3 posts so people see some meaningful content when they first visit any of these pages.

Once you do that, you can share content you’re creating anyway to these pages, but you do not need to expend time and money playing social media content wiz.

With your digital presence established on Facebook, get focused on immersing yourself in the community, and view your Facebook group as your digital neighborhood.  This time spent will yield much greater rewards, both intrinsically and extrinsically.

Oh, and one other awesome perk?  There are all sorts of ways you can use group audiences for targeted ad campaigns (i.e. cost-effective ad targeting!) – this topic will likely become a Tips From The Trainer post on its own soon ;).

 

 

So there you have it! The Best Bang-For-Your-Buck on Facebook is To Use It To Immerse Yourself In The Community Digitally.

Thank you for your question, Renee Kische!

 


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How To Leave Voicemails when Cold-Calling Real Estate Leads - Tips From The Trainer with Chad Corbett

Should You Leave Voicemails When Cold-Calling Leads? What to Say and How Often? | Tips From The Trainer | Probate Leads Training for Real Estate Agents, Investors, and Wholesalers.

Should You Leave Voicemails When You’re Cold-Calling / Prospecting Your Probate Leads?

You’ve gotten your introduction down…

[Here is some great advice for opening your cold-calls without boxing yourself in as JUST an agent]

You know how to overcome objections….

[Here is advice on how to provide options instead of jump to one solution]

You’re ready to pick up the phone!

….

But what if you reach an answering machine?

 

Leaving voicemails can be intimidating: The recording starts quickly, the time you have to speak is limited, and only some answering machines give you the option to review and re-record your message if you mess up.  You often have one shot, and a limited time-frame, to get your message across.

 

Most people try to rush and explain everything they do in 15 seconds. This DOESN’T WORK!  Not only is this overwhelming, but it’s akin to showing all your cards in a game of poker.  Effective voicemails provide a warm introduction, leave enough room for curiosity, and provide a reason your lead should call you back.

 

What is the right voicemail to leave personal representatives/prospective sellers?
When is the right time to leave it?
How often should you leave a message if you’re calling leads more than once?

 

It seems like it’s something really simple, but it’s critical to your business to get the most out of your prospecting time…. So what’s the right way leave a voicemail???

In this video, Chad goes through the voicemail he leaves and why it has consistently been the most effective for generating call backs from leads, as well as some other best practice tips for voicemail etiquette.

Check it out!


(And don’t forget! When leaving a voicemail, make sure you remember to provide a call-back number!)

 

So there you have it! Get more call-backs, get more appointments, get more deals! Put it into practice and come back to share your results!

 

 

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Why you SHOULDN’T Open a Real Estate Conversation by Offering your Best Solution

Mastermind Highlight Summary - Handling Probate Real Estate Objections. Probate Attorney Myths

TRUTH or MYTH?? “Our Probate Attorney Said We Can’t Sell Until Probate is Closed!” Handling Objections – Mastermind Highlights

In this highlight, Chad covers the basics of the probate process and how to communicate effectively to prospective clients that they CAN move forward in selling their inherited property – even while probate is open.

 

Has A Personal Representative Ever Told You They Can’t Do Anything With Their Inherited Property Because They’re Still Going Through the Probate Process?

Maybe their attorney misspoke. Maybe they were taking in too much information at once and didn’t really understand correctly.  In any case, this is a MYTH!

The Truth Is, Probate Doesn’t Need To Be Closed In Order To Sell Property!

There are even instances where settling an estate requires property to be dealt with.

We know this is a common misconception, wherever it may originate from.  We also understand people trust their probate attorney and in order for them to be receptive to you, you’ll need to convey value and expertise confidently when you hear this kind of objection.

In this highlight, Chad covers the basics of the probate process and how to communicate effectively to prospective clients that they CAN move forward in selling their inherited property.

Call Summary

Kenneth calls in from California and asks a few questions about the probate process. How does the overbid process work? How do creditor claims work in probate and what is the window for that? How does the bill for the Broker Price Opinion (BPO) get assigned through probate? Is it true I can’t move forward with selling the property until the estate is closed?

Chad gives a great overview on the timeline of the probate process, dispels the myth that property can’t be sold until probate is closed, and offers great verbiage for handling this objection in a way that conveys value and expertise.

Don’t forget, when you are able to help a personal representative move forward when they thought they had to wait, you now have a great opportunity to build a bridge with their probate attorney! Show THEM how you can provide the same success story for their other clients.

This highlight is from Mastermind Call #238.

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SEE ALSO:
HOW TO HANDLE THE MOST COMMON PROBATE REAL ESTATE OBJECTIONS: https://youtu.be/j-OnEg_nC_A

Ask The Expert – John Erik Fraker, JD; EVERYTHING You Need To Know About Working With A Probate Attorney To Grow Your Real Estate Business.

 

 


 

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Assets That Don’t Need to Go Through Probate

 

 

 

Ask The Expert – Everything You Need To Know About Working With A Probate Attorney to Grow Your Real Estate Business, With John Erik Fraker, JD

What Should I Know About Probate and How Can I Start Getting Referrals From Attorneys?

Have you ever wondered:

How can I get deals and listings through referrals from Real Estate, Probate, and Wills and Trusts Attorneys in my market?
“What is Probate?” and how is it different from a trust?
What are the most common delays and issues in probate?
What should I know when my client has real estate that is in Probate?
How can I impress a probate attorney and win their business?

 

Which Comes First, The Probate Agent or the Lawyer?

Probate is a big ticket for BOTH attorneys and real estate professionals.  Attorneys know people that need help with real estate, and real estate professionals know people that need help with Probate, Wills and Trusts, and Estate Planning.  The truth is, Probate is a viable opportunity for both agents and lawyers, no matter who finds a client in need first.  As an agent/investor, understanding what a Lawyer does and what they might need from you will provide a solid foundation for building referral relationships and providing a higher level of expertise to your clients.

So, What’s the Best Way To Build Relationships With Probate and Estate Attorneys Near You?

We’ve worked with thousands of agents and investors in teaching how to build lasting referral networks and strong relationships with attorneys, but until now, we’ve never heard the Do’s and Do-Not’s directly from an Attorney.

John Erik Fraker joins us today not only to lend his insight on what the legal side of probate involves, but also how agents can incorporate a basic understanding of the Probate legal process in their own business to provide exceptional value.

We are excited to bring this to you, and hope you find this valuable!

Nuggets In This Video

1:58 Who is John Fraker?
3:03 Where probate real estate and law intersect
5:10 The true cost and pragmatic differences of probate vs. having an estate plan/trust
19:07 What are the most common reasons for delays in Probate?
20:51 What should agents/investors be ready for when working with Personal Representatives?
23:14 The important question to ask Personal Representatives: “Who do you feel like should be part of these conversations?”
24:13 The most common challenges for Probate Attorneys in dealing with multiple heirs/people who have a role in the decision.
26:08 How do (As an Agent/Investor) you build a referral network of probate attorneys that can bring you business?
29:49 How you can bring real value to a probate attorney?
32:22 What is the biggest mistake agents/investors make when trying to earn referrals from attorneys?
36:32 How you can help attorneys market for new clients (since Attorneys can’t prospect the way Real Estate Professionals can) 41:47 What’s the best way to meet attorneys?
45:35 The Probate Checklist as a co-marketing piece.
48:48 A story of the real value you can bring to an attorney and their client(s): Do you have an example of a realtor that really went above and beyond in their service?
54:33 What does the real estate community need to learn the most about the probate law side of things?
57:08 What’s your advice for legal clients that have real estate to deal with?

 

 


About the Expert – John Erik Fraker, JD

John Erik Fraker, JD - Probate Real Estate Attorney and Agent

 

As a Private Client Attorney since 1999, I have had the privilege of representing many of Silicon Valley’s most successful families with their Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Real Estate needs.

I am a zealous advocate for my clients, whether representing them in the buying or selling of real estate, or in the planning of their Estates.

As a Silicon Valley native, I have seen first-hand how the long-term appreciation of real estate and the financial success of my clients goes hand in hand.

 

 

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https://www.johnerikfraker.com/

https://siliconvalleyhomesandschools.com/

 

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In the latest from the All The Leads Tips From The Trainer series, Chad Corbett discusses 3 common mistakes real estate agents and investors make when they step into the field of probate real estate. By the end, you’ll understand why some of the things people often assume they should skip over can turn out to be some of the most lucrative leads.

 

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Best Home Staging Tips (Including Virtual Staging)

Even the best real estate leads are only as good as the property that is being sold. Or to put it more precisely, the best leads are made better with the proper staging of the property involved. And let’s face it – in real estate it is all about putting the best face possible on a given property. This is why we’ve boiled down five essential home staging ideas that are both easy to do and proven to bring in the money. Hopefully, these tips will add to your arsenal of education, our probate marketing courses and our vetted leads.

  • Go digital to stage on a budget: Virtual staging is the latest thing and it expands the scope of who your potential clients can be. Use one of the many real estate imaging services to create virtual furnishings that look almost impossible to differentiate from the real thing. This will help potential buyers picture themselves in the home you are trying to sell them far easier.
  • Have pictures taken of the home before you stage it: To give potential buyers a better idea of how they would decorate a space, have your photographer take pictures of the listing empty before you stage it. This will also spare you the cost that your virtual stager would charge to remove furniture and then photograph that space.home
  • Change outdated lighting fixtures: Lighting fixtures are usually such a prominent feature in most homes that it would be a huge mistake to not replace old ones as a part of the staging process. Fortunately, lighting fixtures are non-structural features of a home that can be switched out fairly easily. Moreover, a shiny new lighting fixture adds a touch of class to a home.
  • Make sure the home is cleaned inside-and-out before you stage it: Take the time and effort to make sure that the outside of the home is in tip top shape and that it has curb appeal. Make sure that the home is power-washed, that its gutters are clean, that its lawn is manicured, etc.
  • When in doubt, bring in a professional home stager: The majority of sellers and even real estate professionals have no idea to how stage a home so that it has optimal appeal. If needed add professional stagers to your network of partners.

According the National Association of Realtors, staging a home increases its value by anywhere from 6 to 10%. This is why it would be foolish to neglect this vital part of selling an estate once you have the leads and education we can offer you.

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 Psychological Tools for Power Selling

There’s no doubt about it – human beings are complex creatures. And a great part of selling anything you can imagine to other human beings takes a bit of psychological understanding. You have to be able to read people, to understand what motivates them and to integrate that into your sales strategy. For no matter how good your listing leads are, you will ultimately have to convince other members of our flawed species that your services are best suited for their needs. So, how do you do this effectively? How do you sell better, faster and more profitably from the probate lead list we can provide you with? Take a look at some of the psychological tools “power sellers” use to close the deal.

  • Give your prospect fewer options: Don’t make the decision making process overly complicated for your potential clients. You can best accomplish this by researching your prospects ahead of time in order to determine their specific needs. Also, boil your presentation down to a few specific benefits you can produce for him/her.
  • Understand the 3 types of buyers: Experts have broken down buyers into three types: spendthrifts, tightwads and average spenders. Their percentage in the general population breaks down to 15%, 24% and 61% respectively. If you are selling to tightwads be sure to bundle your services and explain why this saves them money in the long run.
  • Flaunt your expertise to build credibility: The more of an authority you are as a seller the more confidence buyers will have in you and your services. We can provide you with probate mastery training that will instill confidence in your prospects and help your business to become more profitable. With our program and our archived conference and video calls we can give more information on turning leads into prospects and prospects into clients.
  • Use urgency in a smart way: Let people know about the deadlines that exist as far as the courts are concerned. People will be more likely to choose your services if you let them know that you are prepared to act quickly on their behalf in order to put them at the greatest advantage.selling
  • Ask hesitant prospects to explain their reasoning: One effective way to poke holes in a prospect’s objections to using your services is to ask them to explain why they are hesitant. People like to appear to be consistent and logical even when they are not. Use this. Take this opportunity to chip away at their defenses and to further promote your service, explain your qualifications and to state your expertise in the field.

In short, great leads + a power seller = great profits. Great leads + a poor salesperson = poor sales. By pulling back the curtain and looking at what motivates people you can stand among the world’s most effective sales people, marketers and politicians. This – along with our quality leads and the education we can provide – will boost your sales and response rates to the next level.

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.

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Myths about Wills and Probate

At All the Leads, we’ve long contended that knowledge is power. If you browse the blog posts on our site and learn a little about the education we offer via our conference call video archive, you will see this principle in action. As a real estate professional you will be called upon to delve into a number of areas and interact with professionals in many different fields. So that you will not have to deal with the topic and professionals in the field, e.g., probate attorneys, from a position of ignorance, we are going to debunk the following myths about probate and wills in general.

  • If someone dies without a will, the state gets everything: This is a very common belief among a lot of people and one that is totally wrong. Although inheritance laws vary somewhat by state, when someone dies the spouse and children are usually the first in line to inherit the deceased person’s estate. Usually assets only go to the state when no relatives can be found. It is still a good idea to have a will to clear up any confusion.
  • It takes a lifetime to probate an estate: Usually the probate process is delayed only for a period of time as to allow creditors to file a claim. This period varies from state to state but is generally not very long.
  • The costs associated with probate will deplete the estate’s assets: For most estates, probate isn’t even required in the first place. If an estate does need a formal probate, then the cost of probate is usually less than 5% of the estate’s total value. Sure, survivors are likely to face attorney’s fees but in some states attorneys charge a percentage of the estate’s value rather than a flat or hourly fee. This fee is usually less than if those same survivors were to pay a flat out hourly fee to a probate attorney.probate
  • The oldest child is entitled to be the executor of a parent’s estate: Birth order does not hold any water when it comes to who will be the executor of an estate. The court usually goes with whoever is named in the will regardless of whether or not they are the eldest sibling. The only exception to the court respecting the wishes of the deceased in these cases is when there is a compelling reason to not have the person named in the will be the executor.

Now that you’ve learned about some of the common misconceptions and misunderstandings regarding wills and probate, you can start the probate real estate investing process with accurate information and with confidence. This knowledge will also help you when you purchase listing leads from us. Don’t let probate be the one area that you are lacking knowledge.