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Great Pop-By Ideas for Summer

Summer Pop By Ideas

The weather is warm, the flowers are blooming, and people are outside. It’s the perfect time to prospect door to door! When you meet people at their home in their neighborhood, you have an opportunity to connect with them more deeply than you do on social media and email. There’s just nothing that replaces face-to-face interaction.

To encourage you all to reach out by doing pop-bys, I thought I would share a roundup of my favorite pop-by ideas for summer. Grab one of these or let the ideas spur your own creativity. As long as you get out there and meet folks, you win!

Summer BBQ Pop-By

This is one of my favorite ideas. You can buy a small BBQ set that includes that includes a spatula and a grilling fork for just a few dollars. Combine that with a free BBQ sauce recipe and your business card, and you’ve got the perfect way to start a conversation!

Just a quick tip in case it comes up – if you run into someone who does not eat meat, I’ve heard that romaine lettuce is incredible on the grill. As long as you hand out a BBQ sauce recipe, it can be used on anything, vegetables or meat! Don’t let anyone turn you down.

Get the Scoop!

Another extremely fun pop-by idea involves passing out ice cream scoops with a note attached. The note can say, “Want the scoop on the real estate market?” You can use a business card label to affix your business information to the back.

If you wanted to take it a step further, you can even hand out a printed real estate market report with the gift. Ice cream scoops are always handy, and they won’t get thrown away. It will give the homeowner a smile and give you a reason to talk about a bit more than the weather.

Stay Cool This Summer!

If there’s one thing that’s perfect for an area with kids, it’s popsicles. Even better are ice pops, the kind that you buy liquid in the package and then you freeze them. You can hand these out without fear that they will melt on you. With a tag that says, “Stay cool the summer!” and your business card label on the back, it’s a great way to connect.

You can buy enormous boxes of ice pops at warehouse stores or even Walmart, and once you divided it up with 2 – 4 pops per house, it’s a very affordable pop-by gift! If your farm area has a lot of families, this could be the perfect summer pop-by.

Just Planting a Seed!

This pop-by gift is a fun and playful way of reminding folks to send referrals your way. You can get a small garden tool or two or some inexpensive gardening gloves. Combine this with a seed packet of flowers that are easy to care for and a small note. The note can say, “Just planting a seed… let me know if you or your friends need help with real estate this summer!” On the back, place a business card label.

This pop-by idea does not need to be expensive or complex. You could even just do a packet of seeds with the note. However, the more unique and fun you make it, the more memorable you will be. And that fun memory will help them think of you when someone needs to buy or sell a home!

As you can see, pop-bys can be simple and lighthearted. We all get nervous meeting people in an area we don’t know very well, but if you do pop-bys every season you will get to know the residents in the neighborhood. After a couple of seasons, they might be excited to see you and invite you in!

If you’re ready to move forward with a fun pop-by idea, don’t forget to get some business card labels. These stickers make it easy to include your business card with any note that you hand out. Visit our site to choose yours today!

How to Find a Farm Area That’s Right for You

Finding a Farm Area

Real estate farming involves making your presence known in a particular area. You choose a neighborhood and send regular postcards and fliers. You may target the area with Every Door Direct Mail, or go door-knocking there. You may drive through the neighborhood looking for FSBO signs and give them a call.

In short, you’re building your brand and your business in a particular geographic location. But how do you choose the right geographic area? Most real estate agents operate in cities with many, many available options. Here’s how to narrow it down.

Is it Close to Where You Live?

You may not want to farm a neighborhood next door to your own home, but you probably also don’t want to drive two hours to do an afternoon of door-to-door visiting. Finding someplace close enough that you are motivated to spend time there is essential.

You won’t be a successful agent in a neighborhood you never want to visit. Find a farm area that’s within a comfortable distance from where you already live.

Does Another Agent Already Dominate the Neighborhood?

Every neighborhood will have some kind of competition, but if there is another Realtor® who already dominates that market, you probably want to find a different area. Check the MLS and see who has sold the homes in that area in the last year. If 80% of them are the same agent, you’ve found a successful farm. It just isn’t your successful farm.

If someone already seems to own a neighborhood, you’ll spend a lot of time and money going head-to-head with them. Instead, move into an area with a less clear go-to agent.

Is There Enough Activity at a Good Price Point?

For once, Zillow can work for you. Check the market conditions in the neighborhoods you are considering. How many homes are currently listed? What are they listed for? How many have sold in the last year, and at what price point?

There may be regions near you that have beautiful homes that you could sell for an excellent price, except that no one ever moves in or out of the area. Make sure you understand the volume of home sales, the prices, and the time on the market.

Do You LIKE the Neighborhood?

A friend made me laugh one day when she said, “If you hate your target market, you’re probably in the wrong business.” So, think about the area and who lives there. Are the residents folks you can relate to? Are they the type of people and homes you would enjoy working with?

If you hate working with first-time home sellers and buyers, you want to avoid an entry-level neighborhood. If elderly clients drive you crazy, keep that in mind when choosing a farm area. Every Realtor® has these types of preferences, even if you don’t ever voice them. Be sure to choose a farm you’ll be excited to go into.

When you select a farm, you’re making a long-term commitment. Do the research to make sure you’re happy with your choice. After you pick a neighborhood, make a marketing plan. It should include getting to know people, attending community events in that area, sending farming postcards, and more.

Are you ready to make your farming and marketing more consistent? We’re here to help. Check out our large selection of farming postcards today!

How to Build a Real Estate Direct Mailing List

Build a Real Estate Direct Mailing List

Spring is one of the BEST times of year! Not only is it finally warmer and sunnier in much of the US, but it’s also the ramp-up to the most productive and fun time of year in real estate.

One thing you should be thinking about – ALL year, but especially now – is how to market to your target real estate market. People are thinking about buying and selling, and YOU want to be on their radar!

Many Realtors® purchase a real estate direct mail list, and that’s certainly one avenue. But this article is specifically about how to reach out through the mail outside of purchasing a list.

Build Your List with Freebies

Most business owners, including Realtors®, are very familiar with the idea of building an email list by offering a free resource. In a nutshell, here’s how it works:

  • You create a high-value free report or giveaway
  • You offer it in return for a prospect’s email address
  • The enter their email address, it goes on your list, and they get the free report

You can use this same technique to build a physical mailing list. The key is to offer a physical freebie. It can be a physical copy of a report, a small book, a CD of useful information, and more.

You could also go a different direction and hold a contest to give away a physical prize. When the prize has to be mailed or delivered, it makes sense for you to ask for everyone’s address!

Build Your List with Known Contacts

Realtors® can always start with a mailing list based on who they already know. Reach out to your circle of influence with a simple, “Hey I’m updating my address book. Can you please send me your physical address?”

You can also ask for referrals, including addresses, of folks they know from work/school/the gym that have talked about moving lately. Don’t just ask “Do you know anyone,” because that’s too broad. Add a location, and you’ll get better results.

Of course, if you post this on social media, ask for them to use a direct message so the information doesn’t go to people they don’t know.

Skip the List and Use EDDM

Every Door Direct Mail, or EDDM, is a great workaround when it comes to list building. Because people move so often, it may be hard to keep your direct mail list “clean” unless you spend time on it every year.

A great alternative is to let the post office do it for you. With specialized EDDM postcards, you can reach out to an entire zip code or geographical area with your marketing. This can be done very inexpensively, and you don’t need any addresses!

I’ve talked before about how incredible EDDM is for Realtors®, and the price as of April 2017 is only 17.7¢ per piece!

Take Advantage of Direct Mail Marketing

However you choose to build your list, it’s vital to take advantage of direct mail marketing. There’s a lot of focus right now on email marketing and social media marketing, and I’m not opposed to either one of those.

However, you stand out a LOT more in the mailbox than in the inbox.

 I can’t even tell you how much email spam I get every day. But I promise I get less direct mail marketing in a day than I do email marketing in a single hour. Use this to your advantage by building a high-quality direct mail marketing list and using it!

If you’re ready to get consistent about your farming and outreach, take a look at our farming postcards and EDDM postcards. Both can help you connect with your target market on a regular basis.

Don’t have time to mail them? We get it! At Printerbees, we can take care of mailing it for you for a small additional fee. No more money wasted on postcards that just sit around your office! Contact us today for more information.

How to Nurture Your Real Estate Farm on Foot

Farm neighborhood on foot

There are so many ways to farm an area – that is, to build up your brand and credibility in specific neighborhoods. At Printerbees, we often advocate using farming postcards and other in-the-mail outreach.

Postal mail is far less crowded than email marketing, so it can be a great way to stand out about above the crowd. But you know what’s even less crowded than direct mail?

In-person communication.

In this age of email and social media, very few people take the time to make personal connections anymore. As a Realtor®, you can have a big impact if you take some time to nurture your farm on foot. Here are some ideas on how to do it.

Walk a Dog (Or Cat, Or Lizard, Or…)

If you have a pet, take it to your target neighborhood and go for a walk. Pets make a great conversation starter, and you can introduce yourself and get to know residents of the area.

If you have an unusual pet, you can do even better. While I wouldn’t recommend a snake, almost any other animal would help you catch people’s attention and build relationships even faster.

Don’t have a pet? No problem! Folks with pets are almost always looking for a break, so offer to walk someone’s puppy, cat, or other leash-trained animal. You can tell the local residents you meet that you’re helping a friend by taking his or her pet for a walk in your favorite neighborhood!

Of course, be a good neighbor – pick up after any pets that you take walking, and dispose of any waste properly. No leaving it in a yard or dumping it in a home’s trash bin!

Door Knock and Drop Off Goodies

Creating some kind of goodie bag gives you a perfect reason to knock on people’s door and introduce yourself. It doesn’t have to be food, either. You can create something seasonal or even go door to door giving each resident a single carnation.

No matter what you choose, you should have a business card and a door hanger to leave with your goodie bag in case no one answers.

Handing out fun gifts door to door is a great way to build goodwill and help the local residents get to know you and your business.

Take a Walk

Even without a pet, being present in the neighborhood is a good way to meet people and learn about their needs. You can take simple walk through the area, offer to help people where you can, and introduce yourself.

Weekends are the best time to walk through, of course, and evenings can be good as well. Choose days with good weather – not only is it more comfortable for you, but people are more likely to be out and about as well.

Attend Community Events

Community events, such as garage sales, neighborhood fairs, or other local activities is another great way to make in-person connections in your farm area. When you’re at a social gathering, people are already looking to chat so it’s easy to make connections.

When you meet someone, don’t immediately launch into a real estate sales pitch. Instead, focus on common interests and ask a lot of questions. You don’t want to push people away before you’ve even met them!

Get Out There!

These ideas are just a starting point, of course. You can come up with a variety of creative ways to make in-person connections. The basic thought is that when you get out of your office and meet people personally, they’ll remember you. You’ll create a great first impression, and be able to build your relationship from there.

Do you need new business cards or door hangers to get you started on your in-person marketing? We’d love to help. Contact us today!

Drive New Business with Car Door Magnets

Car Door Magnets

As real estate agents, we drive a lot!

The good news is, so do everyday people. I found out recently that the average American drives 36 miles per day, every day!

That’s incredible. It also means that using our cars as advertising can have fantastic results.

I don’t know about you, but every time I see a car with magnets on the side I just have to read them. Maybe I’m strange that way, but I think I’m not the only one who’s curious!

Here are some ways that having car magnets can benefit your real estate business. (And check out the end for a special deal on magnets that ends Saturday 3/25!)

Car Door Magnets Multiply Exposure

Depending on who you ask, it takes between six and 13 touches to generate a qualified lead. A “touch” is anytime someone sees your information or interacts with you.

With a car door magnet, you can get your name and information in front of hundreds of people every day. If you spend time in specific areas (like your farm – hint, hint!), you can quickly build up your brand.

You drive far, far more than 36 miles a day. Let your car be a mobile marketing billboard to help people become familiar with you!

Boost Marketing Without Extra Work

One of the best things about car door magnets is that they build your brand without any extra effort on your part. With an inexpensive investment, you can get tens of thousands of new marketing impressions – without any extra legwork!

Car door magnets continue to advertise your brand even when you’re not present. Consider a day at the mall. You park your car and shop for a couple of hours, have dinner, and then head home.  During those two hours, even if you didn’t talk to anyone about your business, hundreds of new people found out about you!

Car Door Magnets are Durable and Transferrable

High-quality car door magnets are durable, weatherproof, and extremely easy to transfer to a new vehicle. Unlike costly car wraps or a new paint job, if you change cars you can simply take your magnet off your old car and move it over to the new one.

This also makes it easy to modify the design if you decide to update your business cards, change agencies, or rebrand your business. You can order a new car door magnet and replace your old one for a fraction of the cost of getting a new wrap.

Ready for a GREAT DEAL?

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, Printerbees has a special for our car door magnets right now. But you have to act quickly – it expires Saturday, March 25th!

Here are the quick-and-dirty details:

  • We offer over a dozen different car magnet designs, or you can have a custom magnet created to match your business card.
  • If you order by Saturday, March 25th, you will get free shipping and no sales tax. That’s a savings of approximately $15!
  • All you need to do is use the promo code
  • This applies only to new orders and cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Savings vary based on shipping location and purchase amount. Offer expires March 25, 2017.

So what are you waiting for? Jump over to our selection of car door magnets and get yours ordered today!

Remember – you’ll gain thousands of marketing impressions without any more work… don’t miss out!

Three Tips for a Great Farming Postcard

Farming Postcard

As we move toward the spring selling season, what are you doing to stay visible and relevant in your target neighborhoods?

Hopefully, you’re using farming postcards to stay in touch with prospects in the neighborhood. You don’t even need a mailing list – Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) allows you to mail to every home on a postal route, and it costs less than regular postage!

To make sure your farming postcards get the results you’re looking for, follow these tips to create a great mailer.

Get Attention!

One of the great qualities of a postcard is that the recipient sees it immediately. There’s no envelope to open, so the number of people who at least glance it over is almost 100%.

That doesn’t mean attention is guaranteed! You still have to have something on the postcard that will grab their interest in those first few seconds. Some ideas include:

  • A funny picture or saying that piques curiosity. Humor is a great tool!
  • Ask a question that triggers a desire or fear in your prospect. Desire and fear are powerful emotions for getting and keeping interest.
  • Give useful information. Sharing a recipe or a home-related tip can ensure your postcard gets more attention.

Once you’ve gotten their attention, your postcard will get a closer look. It may even be kept for future reference.

Target Your Message

A useful or attention-getting postcard is a great start, but if you don’t follow up with a relevant message to the recipient, you’ll lose your momentum.

Remember that marketing is always about the client, not about you. You may be tempted to fill a postcard with your certifications and awards, but that doesn’t help the client understand why they should care.

Instead, address the client’s needs in your postcard immediately. If you’re focusing on families, try a headline like, “Need to buy a new home before school starts in the fall?” Or, if you’ve got retirees looking to downsize, a message like “An empty nest can be cozy. Let me help,” may work well.

Tell the Reader What’s Next

Once you’ve gotten attention and delivered a relevant message, what’s next? You need to make sure to answer that on your postcard. Otherwise, you’ve taken an interested prospect and left them hanging!

A powerful call-to-action is a great way to continue the conversation. It doesn’t have to be a direct “Call me for an assessment of your home,” although it could be. You could also use these ideas:

  • Provide the link to a relevant post on your website and ask them to comment
  • Ask them to share the postcard with friends
  • Invite them to interact on your social media page
  • Invite them to an event or open house

Whatever you do, don’t forget to have a call-to-action. You want to keep the relationship building, so let them know what’s next!

Consistency is Key

Once you’ve created a great farming postcard and sent it, you’ve started the conversation. However, consistency is key if you want to see real results. Try to send farming postcards at least six times a year – in fact, 9 – 12 is best.

Your highest-value market should get the highest frequency, and other markets can get fewer. Remember, it’s about getting your message, name, and face in front of prospects enough times that they feel like they can trust you with a major purchase. That takes time!

Ready to get your farming postcards ready for spring? We can help. Take a look at our templates and contact us to customize them today!

Making an Impact With Real Estate Postcards

Making an Impact With Real Estate Postcards

Effective real estate marketing never focuses on a single channel. While having online marketing strategies is great, it will be far more powerful if combined with print marketing and in-person outreach as well.

Real estate postcard marketing is a vital way to farm a neighborhood, introduce new listings, and share useful information with prospects. There are so many ways to reach out with postcards, and there’s far less competition in the mailbox than the inbox!

Real Estate Postcard Marketing With EDDM

Every Door Direct Mail, or EDDM, is a huge benefit for Realtors® because it allows you to use postcard marketing without having to buy a mailing list. You also save a significant amount of money on postage using EDDM – so really, it’s a win-win!

The best use for EDDM is for farming outreach and for advertising new listings. You can target the zip codes and postal routes in your desired area and reach every home on the route, without needing names and addresses.

Consistent EDDM is a great way to send useful information to help others know, like, and trust you, without having to pay a fortune for mailing lists and postage.

The Just Listed – Just Sold Postcard Campaign

Some Realtors® have the unfortunate habit of simply mailing postcards occasionally and never making a real system of it. While some mailings are better than none, the reality is you have to be consistent to build your brand.

The Just ListedJust Sold sequence is an excellent way to advertise a listing with several postcard mailings in a row. The way it works is:

  • Coming Soon. You send a coming soon postcard to just the neighborhood around the new listing, to generate buzz and let them know that you’re active in the area.
  • Just Listed. When the listing is official, you may want to buy a mailing list so that you can cast a wider net during your marketing phase. You can choose lists based on age, location, family size, and more.
  • Open House. Using the same list as before, advertise the open house with a simple postcard. This helps remind your prospects that the home is available and invites them to see it.
  • Just Sold. Done! Let everyone, both the neighborhood and your prospects, know that you have successfully sold the house. This will build your brand as well as let potential buyers know they should act quickly next time.

Use Postcards to Drive Traffic to Your Website

Raise your hand if you get way too much email. Oh yes, that’s everyone. Thank you.

Instead of using email as the only way to encourage customers to visit your website, include your website and other contact information on a postcard that you use in your marketing. Make the postcards informative and entertaining, and they’re more likely to be kept.

You can also drive traffic to your website by using postcards to promote a drawing or contest that recipients can enter online. Don’t make the mistake of only mailing once, though – sending one or two reminders is an important way to maximize participation.

Just Have Fun With Real Estate Postcards

Another avenue you can take with real estate postcards is simply to have fun. Celebrate a holiday, send a recipe, or simply share an interesting and less-known fact.

If you can make these postcards especially relevant to your target neighborhood, that is even better. Share a fact about the history of the city, or the anniversary of an important sports win or local event. If your area tends toward a certain demographic, consider sharing something they would find particularly interesting.

The reality is it takes multiple contacts before someone feels like they know you well enough to work with you. Focus on a small area, like one or two target neighborhoods, to maximize your budget. Don’t just choose one of these postcard ideas, mix them up. Keep things interesting by providing a variety of information to your prospects.

If you’re ready to get started with a real estate postcard campaign, we’d love to help! We can work with you to map out a strategy, set up EDDM, and even make sure your postcards are mailed according to your schedule. Contact us today!

Is Print Marketing in Real Estate Still Effective?

Print Marketing for Real Estate

In today’s digital world, it can be tempting to write off real estate print marketing and other “old school” farming and outreach tactics as being outdated.

Surely everyone wants to receive things via email and text these days, right? And social media is surely the best way to reach your audience?

Actually, no.

Now, we’re not against email, text messaging, or social media marketing. But print marketing for real estate is far from dead.

Surprising Statistics About Print Marketing in Real Estate

Good marketing has several characteristics. It is focused on the right people, has the right message, and comes at the right time.

To be well received, it must seem personal. The person who receives it should feel like it applies specifically to them.

Finally, it should stand out. Your message must get noticed.

What you may not realize is that “snail mail”, or direct print marketing, checks all these boxes. Here are some statistics that may surprise you.

  • 70% of Americans say that direct mail is more personal than email. The impression is that direct mail takes more effort and that email can more easily be “spammed”.
  • 39% of customers try a new business for the first time because of direct mail.
  • A full 50% of US consumers prefer direct mail over email. I mean really, who needs more email?
  • A USPS study showed that over 60% of direct mail recipients were influenced to visit a promoted website.
  • 70% – 80% of consumers polled in 2014 say they open most of their direct mail, including “junk mail”.
  • A whopping 92% of young shoppers say that they prefer direct mail for making purchase decisions.

Direct mail is far from dead. It’s still being opened and read, and recipients are taking action based on the contents.

In fact, when you use real estate marketing postcards for your direct mail marketing, they don’t even have to open an envelope! Your message is front and center right away.

The fact is, everyone is overwhelmed with emails. There is far less competition in the mailbox than there ever has been. Use direct mail to get noticed in your real estate focus area!

How to Effectively Use Print Marketing for Real Estate

Sorry if this rains on your parade, but direct mail requires persistence and consistency, like all other forms of marketing.

The good news is, effective print marketing for real estate is relatively simple. And if you have trouble keeping up with the mailing schedule, you can outsource it easily without spending a fortune.

Here are some ideas for print marketing with real estate. Feel free to mix and match!

  • Once a month “New in the Neighborhood” postcard. This postcard can highlight community events, news, and upcoming holidays.
  • Once a month “Neighborhood Property Values” postcard. This postcard would highlight market activity and improvements/declines in property values. There would be a clear invitation for them to contact you for a personal home assessment.
  • The “Just Listed/Just Sold” series. We wrote a few months ago about a four-postcard series that helps you highlight and brag about your listings. You can use Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) to blanket the area.
    • Coming Soon
    • Just Listed
    • Open House
    • Just Sold
  • Seasonal and Holiday Postcards. You can choose to send a postcard a month with a seasonal, fun message, or you can just choose one holiday a quarter to feature. You can even just send one holiday postcard per year. It’s up to you!

The key with making print marketing for real estate effective is that you choose a schedule and stick to it. Like I said before, I know the mailings take time. If you don’t have the time, Printerbees is here to help!

Not only can we print the postcards for you to mail, we can print them and mail them for you. You’ll never wake up in the middle of the night realizing you missed your mailing target date again!

Print marketing is still effective and there’s far less competition than there is on social media or email. If you’re ready to start your postcard marketing strategy, let us help! We have dozens of templates to choose from.

How do you execute print marketing? Share in the comments!

How to Get Responses to Real Estate Postcards

Postcard Marketing

Sending out real estate postcards can be a great way to boost your real estate leads by casually connecting with potential clients within your community.

However, just randomly sending out postcards without much thought or strategy does not work very well – unsurprisingly.

People might not always respond to your postcards as well as you would like them to. So how can you get the most ‘bang for your buck’ when sending out real estate postcards? Try following these postcard best practices – you might just be surprised how well they work!

Send out Real Estate Postcards Consistently

No marketing strategy yields instant, overnight results. The number one thing you can do to ensure that you see success with your Real Estate Postcards is to send them out on a consistent basis. You never know when people might be interested in selling their home but by sending out postcards regularly, you’ll be much more likely to catch them during a selling season.

Always Use a Personalized Layout

Whenever you send a postcard, it should be as personalized and specific as possible. Did you just list a home in a certain neighborhood? Great! Now send ‘Just Listed’ postcards out to the homes in that neighborhood, letting people know about the listing. Keep things relevant by only sending your materials to people whom you already know might be interested in them.

Establish Authenticity and Trust

If your potential clients can’t trust you, then there’s no way that they will ever be upgraded to actual clients. The key is to establish trust early on in the relationship by always being authentic and honest. Be honest in your promotions, your listings and in every other type of mailing you send, and people will slowly begin to trust you and your services.

Use Real Estate Postcards for Special Promotions

Using Real Estate Postcards to advertise special promotions you might have running during a particular month or season. Everyone loves a good deal, and a special rate or exclusive discount might be just the push someone needs to get their house ready to sell. One thing to keep in mind though – don’t overdo it with the promotions, as there really can be too much of a good thing.

Include Testimonies or References

If you have a great testimonial or reference from a satisfied past client, definitely include that in your postcard! Positive reviews are so helpful when it comes to convincing others to enlist your services, so whenever and wherever you can throw these in, the better that certain piece of marketing material is going to do. There’s nothing better than a little social proof!

Always Aim to Elicit an Emotional Response

Finally, if your postcard can create an emotional response within your reader, you are definitely going to see a lot better return on your investment. And it really doesn’t matter what the emotion is (as long as it’s not annoyance!). Happy, sad, joyful, shock and awe – whatever you think will work best within your target audience, make sure that your postcard elicits that response.

Sending out real estate postcards isn’t rocket science – it all just comes down to practice, a little bit of trial and error, and gaining a good understanding of your target audience. Why not get started with your own real estate postcards today?

Real Estate Marketing – Farming for Fun and Profit!

Real Estate Farming for Fun and Profit

Real estate marketing can be tough, and determining which marketing techniques work best can be even tougher. And in an increasingly digital world, are old-school real estate marketing methods still relevant and useful?

Do people still pay attention to non-digital marketing and advertising?

We’re talking specifically about postal mail farming for new leads, and yes, this strategy absolutely still works in today’s world.

Why?

Because there’s just something about direct mail campaigns that will always be effective.

What is Farming in Real Estate Marketing?

Farming essentially involves selecting one specific target area or neighborhood at a time and hitting that area hard with various mailers and promotions. Then, once you’ve generated a steady presence and ongoing leads in one area, you can move on and focus on another neighborhood full of new potential leads.

Farming is a key way to build your visibility in desired neighborhoods. You can do anything from advertising just listed or just sold properties to sending a monthly newsletter full of interesting information and upcoming events. You’re only limited by your imagination!

Why Does Farming Work?

What is it about postal mail that really gets through to potential clients? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons farming really works:

  1. Leaves a Tangible Message – While digital messages such as email, texts, online advertisements and social media postings work well, they are gone as soon as you shut down your computer. And generally the old saying “out of sight, out of mind” begins to kick in. But, with a physical mailer – like a postcard or flyer – you’re giving potential leads something tangible to remember you by, keeping your business in the forefront of their minds.
  2. Specifically Targeted – By choosing to send targeted mailers based on location, you have the unique opportunity to customize your advertisements in a way that you might not be able to do online (where generally you are appealing to a much larger audience). Farming allows you to take your real estate marketing to the next level by giving you the opportunity to touch on very specific pain points, struggles and needs of your immediate audience.
  3. Opportunity for You to Sell Well – A postcard or flyer gives you as a realtor quite a bit of blank space to really let your marketing skills shine. Take the opportunity to create something really eye-catching that appeals to your target area. Just remember not to be too over the top – you don’t want potential clients to think you’re too unprofessional to work with. Aim for a balance and always promote yourself as a qualified real estate expert.

Getting Started is Simple and Easy!

Interested in incorporating farming into your own real estate marketing plan? Getting started is simple, easy and quicker than you might imagine.

Locate specific areas and neighborhoods in your region that could be targeted. Think about areas where the real estate market is doing well, and figure out what might motivate someone to buy or sell. Once you have the specifics in order, it’s time to actually create your farming mailers like postcards and flyers.

This is where you get to be creative and really help your business stand out from the crowd. And if you need any help creating the perfect real estate postcards or flyers, we have a large selection of unique options for you to choose from and customize!

Remember, even though digital media seems to be dominating the real estate marketing field, direct mail is far from obsolete. Don’t neglect farming in your market!