Social Media For Real Estate
As a Realtor, you will do whatever it takes to sell a home as fast as possible. After all, who doesn’t love satisfied clients and a quicker commission? But if you haven’t integrated social media into your home selling strategy, you are doing yourself (and your clients) a great disservice. When you combine social media with your traditional methods of selling a home, you can reach a larger audience at a faster pace.
Social media is one of the fastest growing methods of communication. Everyday literally thousands upon thousands of people join one of the major social media communities such as Google Plus, Facebook or Twitter among others. Using social media is the perfect opportunity for a Realtor to market to those that are interested in Real Estate. Here’s what you need to know to get started and become a winner with social media marketing.
Social Media in General
The secret to successfully using any social media platform is to keep in mind that it is not like your website, meaning it’s sole purpose is not to sell homes or gain clients. Of course, that is the end goal, but social media is all about building trust and creating engagement. In order to have any of your postings about a listing be successful, you must first prove that you are on the site to get to know your followers and give them valuable information. Even after you have gained their trust, you need to keep it by remembering that social media is about being social, not making sales.
Use Google Plus for Search Results
The main reason you need an active profile on Google Plus is because it can directly relate to how your website and blog posts are showing up in Google’s search ranks. Like it or not, it is possible that Google ranks pages that contain links associated with Google Plus profiles higher. Plus, if you set it up right, you can get your picture next to your blog posts in the rankings, which means your click through rate will likely be higher. It is estimated that the amount of people who will click a search result with a persons picture can be increased by 30 percent or more!
Just make sure you follow the guidelines for the Authorship program, and make all of your posts (on Google Plus and your blog/website) keyword rich.
Use Facebook for the Biggest Audience
Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past five years, you probably already use Facebook for your personal life. All of your friends and family are there, and so is everybody else’s. What this means for you is a large audience that can view your home listing, and with Facebook’s “share” feature, it is easier than ever for them to pass on something they think a loved one will find interesting.
Before you can reap the benefits, all you need to do is set up a Business Page. It’s pretty straight forward, and you can start posting right away. Facebook will be the most effective for selling homes if you can remember these few key details:
You only want to post about something you are selling about once a week. The rest of the time should be about interesting quotes, funny anecdotes, or links to articles you think your audience will find interesting and useful.
When you do post about your listing, use photos. They rank higher in Facebook’s algorithm and are more likely to get shared.
If anyone comments on your post, make sure you interact with him or her. Facebook is a two-way street, and not doing so may harm you instead of help you.
Use hashtags to make your post searchable by interested parties.
Use Twitter as a Teaser
Twitter is a very powerful business tool and can be a great way to lead people directly to your home listings, as well as other creative and helpful content you or someone else has written. After you set up your Twitter account, you can start tweeting to the world about how great your listing is as well as other helpful Real Estate tips.
Some key tips to follow for Twitter are:
Each tweet only gets 140 characters, which has to include the link to your listing. You can use a URL converter to make your link short so you have more room for the part that will actually entice readers to click it.
Get creative. Send out a tweet about interesting tidbits of information from the listing, followed by the link to the listing. A simple, “Check out this beautiful home for sale!” will get you nowhere really fast. You constantly need to engage with your readers in order to be successful with social media.
The Twitter feed does move along much faster than other social media platforms, so you can post several times per week about your listing, but make sure you are tweeting about unrelated, interesting topics as well. If all you do is share your listing your followers will quickly lose interest and it will be a complete waste of your time. Frankly nobody is going to really care unless you have established yourself with other helpful and interesting content. Always keep in mind that social media is about building relationships and not selling.
Hashtags are very relevant in Twitter, so make sure to leave some room to add them into your tweet to make it searchable.
Remember a seller is going to be looking for what distinguishes one Realtor from the next so if you are not using social media as a means of marketing and the next guy is, you could be out of luck! Having a social media strategy is the kind of thing that can be the difference maker in landing a listing and ultimately your next sale!