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Every Door Direct Mail

Are you nervous to try Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) because you’re not sure how to handle it? Let me put you at ease – it’s so simple!

You can get your EDDM campaign moving with this simple three-point checklist.

1. Choose Your Mail Route

The best part of EDDM is that you don’t need a mailing list. You simply choose your focus based on mailing route.

It’s easy to do with the USPS mapping tool. You can enter an address, city, or zip code. It will zoom in and show you a variety of postal routes. You can choose one or more to target!

This makes EDDM perfect for real estate agents. Realtors® do their best when they focus their efforts on a target neighborhood. EDDM gives you the ability to focus geographically without paying a bunch of money for mailing lists.

2. Choose Your Postcards

At Printerbees, we make it easy to select the perfect Every Door Direct Mail piece. You simply choose your category, your template, and your specifications.

We print your postcards on thick card stock, with glossy or matte finish available and UV coating is no additional charge.

You can edit any part of the postcard you’d like, including text, images, color scheme, and more. Or, you can use the postcards as-is.

We’ll work with you to make sure that your postcards meet all the EDDM specifications. These include:

  • Specific paper thickness and weight limits
  • Specific dimensions for each mailing piece
  • Must include at least 200 pieces per zip code (unless route is less than 200 stops) and can be up to 5,000 pieces per zip code
  • The orientation and location of the mailing label

Having a large-sized, full-color postcard going to everyone along a mail route is an incredible way to build your brand and stay in touch with your prospects. It’s affordable and easy to boot!

3. Get Your Pieces Mailed

Mailing EDDM has to be done in a specific way. You have to create bundles with specific USPS forms and drop them off at the post office.

If that sounds like a lot of work, we get it. That’s why we offer EDDM mailing. What’s easier than having us take care of all the labor for you?

If you’d prefer to drop off your own EDDM mailing, USPS provides a handy guide to ensure that you can easily ace the requirements.

Once you drop off the mailing, it’s on its way! You can send EDDM several times a year to build your brand within your farm area. You’ll save money, time, and hassle by using postal routes instead of mailing lists.

It’s simple. Three steps and done. There’s no reason to lose touch with your farm area!

 

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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.

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!

Best Practices for Just Sold and Just Listed Postcards

Just Sold and Just Listed Postcards

Today’s savvy Realtor® doesn’t just put the Just Sold sign from the lawn, they also put it in every mailbox in the surrounding area. Does this actually work?

Yes. A lot of Realtors® have seen great success and used these Just Sold or Just Listed cards as a new way to generate leads. But like any marketing tactic, you need to be smart and systematic in how you roll it out.

Here’s a 4-point plan to follow:

Just Sold and Just Listed Postcards Phase 1: Coming Soon

Get your list and send out a postcard to create a buzz before the property is actually listed.

Where do you get this list? Simple. Use the US Postal Service’s Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) service. This lets you target the mailing route/ area that you’re about to list this house in – without a mailing list!

This is your introduction to everyone in the area, and it’s the first step in establishing you as an expert on the neighborhood. Real estate is always going to be a trust-based transaction. So it’s good to build your name in the community as soon as possible.

Just Sold and Just Listed Postcards Phase 2: Just Listed

Let’s face it, people are nosy. So let’s play on this a bit. A postcard that shows you inside your neighbor’s home is going to get more attention than a pizza coupon.

And when you tell neighbors what this house is listed at, that’s going to do more than get their interest– it’s going to get them thinking. They will wonder how much they could get for their home and whether or not the time is right to sell.

If someone is considering selling their home, seeing this postcard may knock them off the fence.

Just Sold and Just Listed Postcards Phase 3: Open House

Next, send them a postcard to announce your open house. This does more than satisfy their curiosity of what color carpet this family has. It shows them the incredible hard work you’re doing to sell this home.

It also gives them a glimpse into what a professional home staging can do. It also gets them thinking “Man, this place looks amazing. It didn’t look like this 3 weeks ago. I wonder what they can do to my home? I wonder how much I could get for it?”

Just Sold and Just Listed Postcards Phase 4: Just Sold

You’ve showed them the hype and the procedure, now show them the results.

This isn’t the time to be shy or modest. You just sold a home in this neighborhood and everyone should know you can do the exact same thing for them.

Make sure this card has a compelling call to action to give your audience a clear idea of the next step, and why they want to take it. “For more information” is boring and won’t get anyone to pick up their phone. But, something like “Let me tell you how we sold the Peterman’s home, and how I can sell yours” will get people thinking and wondering.

Stay consistent and try this approach every time. Start with a Coming Soon card, then quickly follow up with a Just Listed card to get people thinking. Next, showcase your great work with the Open House card and, of course, the Just Sold card.

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How to Create Effective Local Real Estate Marketing

Local Real Estate Marketing

You know that marketing your real estate business is critical to success – but what about local marketing? How should you go about marketing within your local neighborhoods? And does local marketing even really matter?

According to the statistics, it does matter.

  • It’s been reported that 18% of local searches done via a mobile phone lead to a completed sale within the day.
  • Local searches are what drive 50% of mobile users to visit a particular store or business within one day of the search.
  • When searching for local products, 97% of consumers use the Internet to search, as oppose to a phone book.

If you haven’t thought about investing in local marketing efforts for your real estate business, it’s time to start considering the facts – local is the way of the future (and the present for that matter).

So how do you do it? How can you create an effective local marketing strategy? Take a look at these 5 tips below and give them a try within your own business:

  1. List Your Business on Google

With the majority of web searches happening on Google and an increasing number of people using the Internet as a method for finding local businesses, it’s more important than ever before to get your business listed on Google locally. It’s actually a really simple process – all you have to do is follow these instructions for verifying a local business on Google, and you’re home free.

  1. Blog About Your Local Neighborhoods

The content you put on your blog and the keywords you choose to target matter a great deal, so be sure to choose wisely. For your local real estate blog, it would be a great idea to target specific neighborhoods and areas that you serve within your community by creating individual blogs posts about each one. For example, if you serve the greater area of Dallas, Texas, but you want to drive business in a specific suburb, write a blog post using that suburb as a keyword. Discuss all the fun things to do in that neighborhood and detail why someone might want to move to that area. If you target your keyword correctly and bring up lots of interesting facts, people will be much more likely to choose you when looking to buy or sell a home in that specific area.

  1. Use Local Mailing, Including EDDM

EDDM, or Every Door Direct Mail, is an incredible way to blanket an entire local area with information about your services. The cost is very affordable, you don’t need a special mailing permit, and you can mail oversized postcards that get immediate attention. You don’t need a mailing list, either – you can simply choose a postal route and every address on that route will receive your mailing. With so many people focusing exclusively on digital marketing, there’s less competition in the mailbox than ever. EDDM mailings are a slam-dunk for local marketing.

  1. Connect with Local Service Providers

You probably already have a network of local service providers in your area that you call on when you need work done at a house you’re selling. If so, then you’re already a step ahead of the game. Reach out to these providers and interview them about their services. Write up a review of their business on your website, including the location of their services. For example – this way, if people are looking for a general contractor in your local area, they might just stumble upon your website when doing a Google search. And while they might not need your services right away, if you can provide them with a good referral, they’ll be much more likely to come back when the time is right for them to buy or sell.

  1. Optimize Your Website for a Specific Location

If you haven’t already listed your address and the surrounding areas that you serve somewhere on your website, you should definitely do this as soon as possible. Not only will this help your website pull up in local searches, but potential clients will be much more likely to use your real estate services if they know exactly where you are located. Win-win, really.

In conclusion, local marketing is extremely important to your real estate business, and it’s really not too difficult to implement. Give some of the above ideas a try today and watch your local business start to improve!

How to Blanket Your Farm for 18.3¢ Per Piece

EDDM Every Door Direct MailA few years ago, the US Postal Service was spending a lot of energy advertising a service that is absolutely perfect for Realtors®. The service, called Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM), allows you to blanket an entire carrier route with postcards for only 18.3¢ per piece – without a mailing list!

Since it’s been awhile, EDDM has fallen off of many Realtors®’ radar. That’s a shame, considering how affordable and helpful the program is!!

Benefits of EDDM

Real estate is a business where you want to target whole neighborhoods. Your target market is defined not by demographics, but by location. As a result, a carrier route mailing is absolutely perfect for Realtors®.

Generally in order to do business mailings, you have to get an expensive postage permit. With EDDM, you only need a small indica, or stamp that indicates it’s a bulk mailing. These are included when you order EDDM mailings.

The benefits of getting to farm your area for far less money seems obvious, but don’t just take it from me. A few years ago Hubspot published a blog post claiming that direct mail was a sham and inbound marketing was the only way to go. Here’s what one commenter said in response:

Garland

3/22/2012, 9:52:05 AM

I have to agree to disagree on this blog. As a small business (photography studio), the largest percentage of our customers come from our direct mail. With most business jumping on the digital band wagon, a well done piece received in the mail at a time when the only other “junk mail” received are credit card applications, will not just generate leads but actual customers that pay for our services. A lead is good, a paying client is better.

Notice what she said – because so many businesses are going digital, EDDM actually works BETTER! If that’s how it works for a photography studio, can you imagine how it can work for Realtors®? Actually, you don’t have to imagine. See what these Realtors® have said about EDDM on a popular real estate blogging site, ActiveRain:

mteam01, Arlington, TX Real Estate Agent

We have been using every door direct for several months now and have had great results. Cost is very affordable. We send out just listed and just sold through every door direct. We have had great results. We are able to reach a lot more homes due to the cost being a lot less than having a company do them for us. We are starting to use them even more with newsletters and whatever else we can send to stay in front of people. It is a little time consuming going to each area post office but well worth with the end results.

Housepat, Washington, DC Real Estate Agent

I started using Every Door Direct Mail earlier this year for delivery of my monthly newsletter to my farm. It is hyper-local and I write it myself. It deals with issues and events of concern to this one neighborhood. It’s been a huge success. The best part of all, it almost always arrives within a day or two of my dropping it off at the post office. I am a raving fan of this service.

If you’re interested in ordering well-designed EDDM mailings that are guaranteed to match the USPS specifications, Printerbees would be happy to help. Check out our selection of customizable EDDM mailings!

How to Take Advantage of EDDM

EDDM is a great way to make sure your entire farm area receives mailings from you regularly. You select your carrier routes using the USPS Every Door Direct Mail route search online. Enter a zip code, then use your mouse to roll over each route. The top of the viewer window will give you the statistics of the route, and you can click to select it.

Once you have selected your routes, log in to your USPS account (or create one for free – it only takes a couple minutes). You’ll select the date you’ll drop off your mailings at the post office and choose your payment options. You’ll need to mail a minimum of 200 pieces, but no more than 5,000, per day.

It’s important to note that the postcard mailings must be within a certain size range. Fortunately, this range is large – up to 15 inches long and 12 inches high, as long as it doesn’t weigh more than 3.3 ounces. The paper must at least be as thick as card-stock, and no thicker than 0.75 inches.

You’ll need to print out the mailing statement that USPS gives you once you select your routes and finalize payment. You’ll also need to bundle your mailing – bundles of 50 to 100 are recommended – with facing slips on each bundle which you can print for free online.

Either drop off or mail them to the post office local to the route, which will be listed on your mailing statement. Make your payment if you didn’t already, and you’re done!

Using EDDM is a no-brainer for Realtors®. It’s the most cost-effective farming method available, and you have a lot of flexibility in terms of what you send. Whether you want to send a large postcard or a neighborhood newsletter, EDDM lets you stay front-of-mind in your farm with much lower costs than other methods. Let us help you get your first mailing out today!

Do you use EDDM? Why or why not? Share in the comments!

I’ve Been Keeping Secrets…It’s Time You Knew…

Secrets With Friends Book CoverFor the last two years, I’ve been writing a book, just for you…with all my small business secrets!  The book is titled The Secrets I Share With My Friends, Everything I Know About Building A Small Business.  I’m  excited to announce it’s been published and is now available on Amazon.

Why this book is for you, as a Realtor®:

Whether you realize it or not, you ARE a small business owner and seeing your real estate business as a small business will help you to build it up as such.  There’s a big difference between having a real estate business and being a Realtor®.  The real estate business owner has a business that’s of value to someone else, where the Realtor® who didn’t build a business just quits selling real estate one day.  Done, THE END.  There’s nothing beyond the last day of work to show for it, other than years of dedication to helping the people helped along the way.  The name just fades away in to nothingness the day the Realtor® stops serving…the business owner can sell his/her business, has systems, a valuable database, a solid marketing plan and it lives on without her providing income long past the days worked.

There are very few books available (that I’ve been able to find) on how to build up and market a real estate business, that’s why I wrote this book!

I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way, like the time I showed up to a really important business meeting with a business card I had printed from my computer ink-jet printer.  I’ve included that super embarrassing story in the book along with many other mistakes I’ve made along the way to success as a small business owner.  My personal stories of bumps and bruises received from attending The School Of Hard Knocks can save you from taking the same path.  A path all too common with entrepreneurs and small business owners…and yes, Realtors® too!  If you’ve been in real estate for a while, your story isn’t likely much different than mine when the real estate market crashed and everything when to…ummm…hell!  I’m not sure about you, but I found myself in line at the food bank to make sure I had groceries to feed the kids while trying to meet my financial obligations (1.5M. in debt), with NO income!  Rough times!

The book is filled with an abundance of easy to understand, easy to follow and easy to read information on how to build your real estate business, build a team, hire the right people, delegate what should be delegated, market your brand of real estate, managing business finances, building your prospect list, where to get a list, and everything in between… all the way to retirement.

Reading this book will completely change the way you see your real estate business and the possibilities that exist with some simple planning and thinking ahead.

As a Realtor® maybe retiring and selling your real estate business at some point isn’t something you’re thinking about, right now.  After all,  your clients are doing business with you, versus your business/brokerage.  Changing your thinking around this could be the difference between a comfortable retirement that includes passive income from your real estate business and just deciding to stop selling real estate when you retire with no passive income.  Which path sounds better to you?

As you build up your real estate business, if you build it up with the end in mind, you have the ability to set yourself up for a nice retirement and create a business that pays you even when you’re done and not working any in it longer.  Creating a successful real estate business that can live on without you is easy with some direction on how to do it and I’ve included all of my secrets on how to do that in the book!

The book is getting rave reviews from top thought leaders and coaches like Steve Hardison “The Ultimate Coach” as a blue print for small business owners, like yourself, that’s easy to read because it’s not a boring text book, it’s a memoir that’s interesting, funny and filled with secrets throughout.  Here’s what Steve had to say about the book after reading it in one sitting.

Nadine Larder’s part memoir, part “how to,” and part textbook, “The Secrets I Share With My Friends…,” meets with trumpets of success from world-renowned personal, relationship and business coach Steven Hardison.

“I met Nadine today in the parking garage after attending #ICON 14.  It was my great privilege to be given her first copy of the book, “The Secrets I Share With My Friends: Everything I Know About Building a Small Business.”  After I completed my afternoon with a client, I sat down to thumb through the book she had given me.  I could not simply thumb through it. It was too compelling.

“As I read her book I was amazed at the passion that came through the pages, and I was even more astonished at the content of the information.  It is extraordinary! I can hardly wait to speak with her to tell her what I thought of her masterpiece.  It is beyond brilliant.

“I particularly love her Pssst… comments throughout the book. I will be giving this copy to my daughter who, like Nadine, has the desire to build a small business from the ground up. This book is a brilliant blueprint.

“I do not know Nadine, other than the 5-10 minute encounter in the parking garage, AND I am totally moved by her contribution to me as I have consumed her writing. I can only imagine the impact it will have on readers who are building their own business. My hat is off to this powerful and dynamic woman. Thanks, Nadine. Be blessed.”

Visit www.SmbSmarts.net for more information on the book, Nadine and lots of small business secrets!  You can get the book on Amazon…Grab your copy now!  They’re first edition and we plan do to a reprint soon!

 

Why you NEED to send out open house invites to the neighbors…More Secrets I Share With Friends

real estate listing flier sampleMy next door neighbor recently listed her home for sale and this Saturday it was held open for the first time. What a spectacular home! Over 5000 sq. ft. of pure beauty, and the agent who has the home listed had really nice marketing materials to match the elegance of the home.  Trust me when I tell you, my photos of his marketing materials don’t do them justice, but it is a 11X17 folded brochure, printed on 14 pt. cover stock and it’s beautiful.  This listing flier is so eye-catching that as my children passed by it on the kitchen counter, they all stopped and took note of it.  Each of them said “Wow, this is one of the nicest marketing pieces I’ve seen in a long time,”  and they see a lot of marketing pieces.  His business card is printed on a 16pt. matte finish with gold foil printing and they definitely stand out.

Here’s my one problem with his approach to marketing this house.  He didn’t let any of us (the neighbors) know it would be open on Saturday. This agent clearly understands that marketing is a necessary investment with the look of his marketing materials. They’re stunning!

My thoughts are that those marketing materials would impress a lot of the people in this neighborhood if they were invited to stop by. Open houses are “nosy neighbor magnets!” Nosy neighbors who are many times interested in home values, the market and in many cases trying to determine if it’s a good time to sell. Neighbors are like low hanging fruit on the tree of real estate agent leads, you just need to harvest them by inviting them to stop by.

Here’s some ideas on how to invite the neighbors:

  • Go door knocking and personally invite them, provide them with a listing flyer in the event they can’t make it.  Make sure to ask them if they have any questions about the market.
  • Use services like Cole Information Systems to get a current mailing list of the surrounding homes and call those that have phone numbers, invite them to stop by. (Mention this magazine/PrinterBees when contacting Cole and receive a 25% discount!)
  • Send out Just Listed/Open House postcards with an invitation to stop by. (Cole Information Systems provides the needed mailing list)
  • Use door hangers as you walk the neighborhood and become a familiar face.
  • Include a sign rider on your for sale sign saying “open this weekend.”
  • Hire some teenagers to hand out “Open House Fliers” to advertise the upcoming event and so they know they’re invited.

Activity breeds activity and people like doing business with someone they view as successful and busy. You’re missing out on a tremendous opportunity to grow real estate business if you’re not exploiting the opportunities you have to be in front of people, while you have the activity of a listing.

5 Secrets To Having A Killer Database

real-estate-mailing-listNo matter the economic conditions, you work hard to buy and sell the homes for every single buyer and seller you come into contact with. Since so much of your time is spent on the phone, negotiating contracts and taking care of your needy clients, many times your marketing lead list may suffer.

The United States Postal Service says 45 million Americans move each year. That’s roughly one out of every six families moving into a new neighborhood. Therefore, to be successful with your marketing efforts and see a high return on investment, it’s critical to have accurate contact information of prospects as well as former clients.

When done right, direct mail is 30 times more effective than email marketing. In addition, list cleansing will help you find qualified leads and open new doors on people in need of your services right now.

So how can you ensure the highest return on your next direct mail campaign? Here are five tips:

  1. Use a fresh list for every campaign: Customer contact information decays 2 percent each month, so it’s important to always use the most up-to-date information possible to maximize your brand power. In addition to regular maintenance of your own list, it’s a good idea to partner with a mailing list provider that offers unlimited downloads or a subscription-based service to boost lead generation and provide fresh business data. (Real Estate Marketing Magazine Subscribers save 30% at Cole Realty Source)
  2. Personalize to grab more attention. Using a person’s name and spelling it correctly is just scratching the surface. The mailer copy also needs to be personalized based on the type of prospecting you’re targeting. For example, if it’s a just listed/just sold campaign and you’re talking to the neighbors, be sure to convey that information in your copy.
  3. Mail postcards rather than envelopes. Doing so can be more cost effective, not to mention, attention-grabbing. And don’t forget, postcard size matters! In addition to maximize your efforts, be sure to use creative, concise copy, effective colors and compelling calls to action.
  4. Speaking of CTA’s, spend time crafting them. Calls to action must include a sense of urgency, be a specific action and be memorable. This involves using action words and phrases like “stop”, “click” or “call” and a hard deadline.
  5. Test to make sure your message is on track. Randomly choose 10 percent of your mail leads list and divide it in half. Send one half a version of the collateral and the other half an alternative piece to compare the response rate. Some worthwhile areas to test include: color, size, copy and CTA of the postcard. The version that creates the highest response rate is then sent to entire direct marketing list. Each new campaign should include a test to ensure you’re sending the right message.

While the above tips may require more time and effort, the results will be higher, qualified leads that turn into new customers.

 

 

 

Little Known Secrets For Saving Big Bucks On Real Estate Marketing

EDDM-printer - what is EDDM?One of the biggest challenges many Realtors® face with lead generation is finding the budget necessary to do a good job at marketing their real estate businesses.  This article is all about how to get more marketing for your money.  There are easy ways to extend your marketing budget with these little known secrets.

Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM):  I can’t speak enough about this great program from the Unites States Postal Service.  It’s almost as if it was created for Realtors® who want to farm specific neighborhoods and save big while doing so.  EDDM offers a postage rate of .16 cents per piece, meaning you can mail 200 postcards (which is the minimum) for less than $35.  With EDDM there is no mailing list required, no addressing, no database, no permit or any of the other things that stop you from mailing.  Learn everything you need to know about EDDM here: Make sure to read this…it will save you big!

Print in volume:  The most expensive part of any printing job isn’t the materials, it’s the set up of the print job.  When you can, order in volume, it will reduce your expenses substantially.  The cost per piece (6X11 double sided color, designed and delivered pricing example below) when you order 5,000 is .08 cents ea. vs. .64 cents ea when you order only 250.   The savings is substantial and will get you more marketing for your money.  When you print in volume and use EDDM as your method of delivery, each 6X11  marketing piece is only .24 DELIVERED!  It’s also important to point out that it is completely okay and encouraged to keep mailing the same piece.  Mailing the same marketing piece over and over creates recognition and familiarity, repetitive marketing is extremely effective in building a brand.  Corporate marketing campaigns funded by millions of dollars repeat the same ads over and over and over so they become familiar.  Pepsi, Coca-cola, Geico, or any other popular brand you can think of with rich marketing budgets don’t recreate a new marketing piece every-time they put something out.  They create effective marketing pieces and flood the market with them over and over, because it works.
Real Estate Marketing Postcard Prices

Get involved in social media:  Social media is a way to network and make yourself available that’s totally free, doesn’t even require leaving your home or office.  There is no easier way to network yourself and become known than to get out there and get involved with social media.  There’s no fee to have a Facebook account, a Twitter account, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc.  It’s all completely free and it’s an easy way to connect with people and offer your expertise in real estate, provide market updates and be present.  Being involved in social media is an absolutely effective way to market your services.   Important Note:  It is possible to go overboard in social media, turning people off to you and your brand of real estate sales, approach social media as if you were running for Mayer, always considering how you’re presenting yourself publicly.

Get blogging:  When people are looking for information, no matter what the subject, they “Google it“.  Blogs are typically highly optimized in the search engines and will help you be found on the Internet.  Blogging is free and highlights your expertise in real estate, blogging shows people your active in real estate and that you are up-to-date on the happenings in the real estate market.  When you make sure you’re always posting your blog updates on your social media channels, it too shows you as active in real estate.

Door Knocking: Totally free!  If you really want to get to know the people in the neighborhood you farm, you need to get out there and “meet and greet the people”, shake some hands and kiss some babies!   Building a successful real estate practice can be compared to the building a successful political campaign.  When you do a great job “campaigning for neighborhood Realtor®”, you’re top of mind and the first person people think of when they have needs for a real estate professional, the “go-to” person for anything real estate related.

Adding any of the above real estate marketing tips to your current marketing plans will improve your effectiveness and your lead generation efforts.  Just make sure you do a great job at following-up.  That article coming soon, so make sure you register for your free subscription, so you don’t miss it.  Fail-proof follow-up, it’s what every Realtor® needs.