3 Proven Real Estate Marketing Ideas that will Make You Money!

Posted by Reamark Marketing on Jul 31st, 2017

While many real estate agents and brokers experiment with unproven digital marketing techniques to improve market share, there are still solid, proven real estate ideas that will make you money. Here are three of them.

Real Estate Marketing Postcards

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With over 400 card designs and 10 styles to choose from, real estate postcards are versatile and customizable. They also have been a proven way to farm a neighborhood and build your brand. Some agents have built loyalty through years of sending recipe postcards that clients look forward to receiving. Others build their brands by sending motivational postcards or home maintenance tips. Still others use postcards to educate their target market by sending “Just Listed” or “Just Sold” postcards. Right now, you can order five postcards from ReaMark and get the sixth free, or order ten postcards and get two free. We even have clearance postcards on sale for as little as 8 cents each. Keep in mind, 63% of people will end up choosing the first agent they call, so get to the top of the mind with monthly or bi-monthly postcards from ReaMark.

Real Estate Marketing Calendars

A long-time staple in real estate marketing, calendars work because they are used. They are also extremely cost-effective. When calendars are the first-in-home, each can bring you 13 or 14 months of exposure. Calendars can be selected that are magnetic or to hang on walls. There are options for desk calendars and wallet size calendars. Select the theme and style of your choice. Our team will even help you customize your calendar to suit your personality. Right now, you can save 20%, 30%, and even 35% off some calendar designs from ReaMark. Order early and save. Discover why so many agents and brokers have built their business, in part, through real estate marketing calendars.

Quarterly Newsletters

You may be surprised how much attention a local or neighborhood focused newsletter will bring to your real estate business. A newsletter can not only include practical homeowner and real estate tips but can include a calendar of local events. You can discuss homes that recently sold in the neighborhood or include new listings. A newsletter places you in a position of being the area’s real estate professional and can even help you promote your website and social media. ReaMark offers a variety of choices in real estate newsletters. If you are ready to reach out in a new yet proven way, consider using a quarterly newsletter to your marketing agenda for 2018.

Contact the professionals at ReaMark for proven marketing tactics and strategies including postcards, calendars, and newsletters. Let us help take your business to new levels in 2018.

The Secret to Knowing the ROI of a Real Estate Marketing Postcard

Posted by Reamark Marketing on Jul 14th, 2017

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one:

“I can’t tell if my direct mail marketing is working!”

Well, now we have a way for you to track the success of all of your individual print campaigns with branded short links. The result will be a link similar to rea.mark/roi that you can customize for each piece of marketing that you send out. You can then track how many people went to your website for more details on the property or offer! Sounds great, right? Follow these steps to combine the power of direct marketing with your website.

Warning: This post is not for the faint of heart when it comes to technology, BUT it is very effective. Proceed at your own risk.*

What you will need:

  • A website with Google Analytics installed
  • A spare domain name
  • A free Rebrandly account
  • A few great print marketing ideas

Part 1: Purchase a short Domain Name

The first thing you will need is a domain name that is different from your regular website.

Why?

In order to create customized links, we have to have a separate domain to add to a link shortening service, like Rebrandly.

To get a short domain, go to a domain registrar such as GoDaddy and search for your desired domain. Or, to make things really easy, you can go straight to Rebrandly, login, and click “Domains” > “New Domain.”

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The goal of this new domain is to try for something as short as possible that is a variation of your brand name.

Here’s an Example:

Say your firm name is The A Team (and kudos to you for having such a cool name!) you could search for one of these variations:

TheA.team      A.Team       ATeam.RE       TheATeam.RE

Notice that these don’t end in .com? That’s because we are no longer confined to a .com .net world! Not all variations are available just yet, but there are a lot of great ones out there. Play around with it, but make sure you keep the goal in mind: keep it short and on brand.

Once you’ve found the perfect short domain, go ahead and purchase it. It should be less than $20 per year and many are as low as $4.99 per year. Don’t get bamboozled into spending $10k on a domain when there are plenty of variations out there to choose from.

Part 2: Set up your Branded Short link

There are a bunch of URL shortener services out there, but we are going to show you how to do this in Rebrandly for a few reasons: they’ve been around for a while, they have a convenient Chrome browser plugin, and, best of all, it is free.

If you haven’t already, open an account at Rebrandly.com and go to “Domains.” If you purchased your domain on another website, you will need to click on “Set Up DNS (for experts only)” then follow the instructions on getting your branded domain set up.

Not an expert? Go ahead and call your registrar’s support line and have THOSE experts set this part up for you.

Part 3: Use your Branded URL to Track ROI

Now you’re ready to start tracking visitors from your postcards!

The Rebrandly Chrome extension makes this really easy.

  1. Navigate to your website page to which you want to track visits.
  2. Click on the Rebrandly icon in the top right of your browser window. A pop-up window will appear with your link.
  3. Click on the sprocket icon to expand settings.
  4. Click on “UTM Brander.” (This allows you to track visits in Google Analytics Campaigns)
    1. You want to fill out these three fields:
      1. Campaign Source = postcard (or EDDM or newsletter, which ever type you will be sending.)
      2. Campaign Medium = print
      3. Campaign Name = select one or two words specific to this marketing piece
        1. Example: cherry-lane, q4-update, or seapoint-estates
  5. Next, from the drop down box, make sure your shortened branded domain is selected. Then – and this is the best part – you can customize the end of the URL!
    1. Example: A.Team/Q4
  6. Make sure “Copy to Clipboard” is selected (it will be green) and click “Save.”

 

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How easy is that to include on your print marketing?!

NOTE: You must be sure that this EXACT URL is in your marketing materials. We would also recommend testing it out yourself to make sure that everything is working properly before sending out any marketing campaigns.

Part 4: Order Your ReaMark Print Marketing Material

At this point, you’ve probably already selected a postcard or marketing piece from our website that you’d like to send. You can either order online or give us a call and we will make sure that your short, trackable URL is included in your design by our professional designers.

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Part 5: Track Your Website Visits

You didn’t think you were done, did you? Now you have to see how many people actually visited your website! You can see how many clicks you got right in your Rebrandly dashboard OR you can dig deeper with Google Analytics (GA). That’s the whole reason we used the URL builder, right?

To see how many visits you got in GA, log into your account and click on Acquisition > All Campaigns. There in the first column, you will see the name of your campaign, how many visits came to the website, how long they stayed, and much more!

Do this consistently for all of your real estate marketing materials and you will really see what is working for you and what needs improvement.

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*Because of the sensitive nature of domain registrars and third party applications, the Reamark team will not be able to set the short domains up for you. Please have your short URL ready when you place your order with us. We will be happy to add the shortened, trackable links to your professional print marketing materials!

This article is intended as a suggestion and we make no guarantees about the functionality of third party websites. We also assume no financial or legal responsibility for results of following the advice given here.

New Real Estate Marketing Product Designs

Posted by Reamark Marketing on Jun 22nd, 2017

If you’ve never ordered real estate marketing products from ReaMark, or if it has been a while, now is a terrific time. We are getting into the heat of real estate season, we are debuting some new designs AND we have some specials for you to take advantage of!

Just Listed/Just Sold Real Estate Postcards

Show your prospects you are active in their neighborhood and that houses are being listed and sold! Our Just Listed/Just Sold customizable postcards are perfect for Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) and for farming a particular area. Choose a design that fits your brand and personality. Choose standard or attention-getting jumbo postcards in a choice of black and white or color printed backs. You can order postcards in minimum quantities of 300 but be sure to check out our generous discounts for larger orders!

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Recipe Postcards

Our recipe postcards have an amazing shelf life and often get shared to extend their reach. Many agents send these out monthly to build their reputation and groom their farm. We have more designs than ever! Choose from over 250 designs with full color fronts and a choice of color or black and white reverse sides. Your target market will love and appreciate these useful recipe postcards.

Door Hangers

Looking for better marketing on a budget? Try our “no postage required” door hangers to reach targeted homeowners. These attractive door hangers come in a choice of designs with no minimums!

You’ll be glad to know our on-going special continues for our postcard selections. Buy 5 postcard designs and you’ll get one free, or buy 10 postcard designs and get two free.

A Wide-Range of Marketing Products for Real Estate Professionals

ReaMark specializes in products designed specifically for real estate professionals. Our products have been proven effective for agents and brokers throughout the United States. Choose from calendars, sports schedules, informative newsletters, seed packets, notepads and more. Most of our products are customizable and come with free design assistance. Whether you are new to the business looking to build a solid brand for yourself or a seasoned veteran keeping the pump primed, talk to one of our professionals who knows and understands real estate marketing and promotion. Contact ReaMark today!

How to Turn One Great Listing into New Business

Posted by Reamark Marketing on May 3rd, 2017

If you work in a competitive real estate market (and who doesn’t!), you have to make the most of your resources. You should try to get the most out of each lead, every prospect, and each listing. Sure, you would like to turn a listing into a sale, but with the right real estate marketing products, you can also turn a great listing into new business. At ReaMark, we can help! Here some some terrific, proven ways to maximize a single listing and turn it into more business.

“Just Listed” postcards – These build your brand in a target area using some of your best photos of the listing. Promote learning more on the website or encourage contacting the listing agent. It also demonstrates both the agent and the market are active.

Quarterly Newsletter – By highlighting the property in a quarterly newsletter, you can draw attention to an area you are farming and encourage readers to get a free market update. It is also a good place to include testimonials.

Door Hangers – Door hangers are a cost effective way to show off a special listing. Remember, like so many of our products, our door hangers are customizable!

Even after a property is sold, you can still use it to build business with the following ReaMark products:

“Just Sold” postcards – Highlight just how quickly a property sold and include a testimonial from the seller. Include a call to action inviting readers to find out more about recently sold homes in the area by visiting your website or calling the agent for a free home evaluation.

Thank You Cards – Send thank you cards to the seller with the additional mission of asking them for a testimonial and referrals of friends or family who might be thinking of buying or selling.

Contact ReaMark today and talk with with a customer service rep and one of our professional designers. We’ll help you select powerful real estate marketing products that will work to build leads, listings and sales! Effective real estate marketing and promotion is what we do! Real estate season is upon us and now is the time to make the most of it at ReaMark.

Get Ahead of the Game: Secure Clients at the Start of Real Estate Season with Real Estate Postcards

Posted by Reamark Marketing on Apr 11th, 2017

Real estate season is just kicking off, and you can be ahead of the game with targeted real estate postcards sent right to the neighborhood of your choice! Early in real estate season, promotional postcards keep you top of mind and position you as the local expert. Bright images, relevant stats, and key messaging such as “just listed,” “just sold,” and “free home evaluation” are just right for this time of year, and show that you understand what your potential customers are looking for, and where they are in the listing or buying process.

Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) is a service that allows you to stand out to your farm with timely postcards delivered only to the specific zip code(s) of your choice! Using EDDM allows you to market to a highly-targeted audience, even to a specific subdivision or neighborhood. As real estate season begins, send a neighborhood marketing postcard to ensure that you are the first person thought of when homeowners are ready to sell their home, or begin the search for a new home.

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Additional options for Spring include images of colorful flowers, fun humor, recipes, and adorable animals. Postcards like these keep you connected with your community and provide great options for staying in touch with prospects, leads, and previous customers – who just may be ready to be new customers again.

You can make your marketing even more effective by following up your postcard with a door hanger or magnet. Door hangers are personalized, highly-visible twists on classic messaging, while sports fans will surely appreciate magnetic baseball schedules, which showcase your services each time someone visits the fridge!

Sending postcards is a fantastic way to get a jump on the competition, too! Let your prospects and customers know you’re there when they need you, and that you understand their needs and can help them meet their home buying and selling goals. Right now, you can buy 5 designs, get 1 free or buy 10, get 2 free. Start your season the right way, and keep it going strong with monthly messaging that provides guidance and takes your leads through the conversion process.

Earth Friendly Real Estate Marketing Products

Posted by Reamark Marketing on Mar 28th, 2017

April is the month of showers, spring planting, the start of real estate season and Earth Day. It is also the time to gather prospects, leads, listings and sales. This year, let ReaMark help take your efforts to a new level with earth friendly real estate marketing products that offer real value and appeal.

Earth friendly real estate marketing products help position you as the “green” real estate professional and as environmentally conscious. This is a very appealing position that can put you in a better position for greater visibility and ROI.

Here are three earth friendly real estate marketing products to help propel your business this spring:

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  1. Seed Packets – Choose from a selection of seed packets that are sure to garner the attention of your prospects. Packets include attention getting messages like “Where Memories Grow”, “Put Down Your Roots” and more. Seed packets can be personalized with labels, photos, logos and others. Hand them out as they are or direct mail them in available envelopes. Watch your own listings grow with these timely, earth friendly real estate marketing products.
  2. Newsletters with “Green” IdeasNewsletters have long been a popular and proven real estate marketing tool, and including “green” ideas for homeowners and families in the spring can add to that power. Select from tips to improve gas mileage, recycling tips, beneficial plants and more. Be sure to ask about free customization and our “buy three designs and get one free” promotion!
  3. Recipe Cards – Our recipe postcards have a lengthy shelf life and are a terrific marketing tool for real estate. These cards provide short term visibility and serve your long-term branding needs. To help you get started, take advantage of our “buy five designs, get one free” or “buy 10 designs and get two free” promotion.

 

The Long-Standing Leader in Real Estate Marketing Products

ReaMark is a long-standing leader in real state advertising and promotional marketing to help agents and brokers get more leads, listings and sales. Direct mail is a powerful tool, especially when farming specific areas and neighborhoods. Let our professionals help! Contact us today and let your prospects know you care about their environment with green marketing products from ReaMark.

Supercharge Your Real Estate Marketing Plan with Timely Marketing Postcards

Posted by Reamark Marketing on Mar 24th, 2017

It varies across the country, but generally, recent signs indicate that this could be a very lucrative “real estate season.” Buyers and sellers may have been hibernating for months, but they are about to become active with the spring weather and the recent news of increasing interest rates. This is going to move many prospects into the market on their own. How will you know they will come to you? A creative and timely real estate marketing plan may be your ticket to a supercharged real estate season. ReaMark is here to help!

Products Designed for You and Your Market

Let your prospects know you understand what they’re thinking with postcards that show “Recently Listed” and “Recently Sold” properties. Offer them something they may perceive as value like “Get Your Free Property Evaluation”. You can even make them aware of trends like “Property Values are Rising Rapidly.”

Your Spring postcard real estate marketing plan may also include helpful and timely items like magnetic baseball season schedules, gardening and home maintenance and improvement tips. You can provide reminders about holidays like Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day. The opportunities are almost endless, and our professionals can help.

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A real estate marketing plan that includes Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) can be a powerful tool in farming desired areas. At ReaMark, we can not only help you choose a marketing program and materials, but can assist you with free custom design. We then can print and even mail your items. This is touching your prospects literally where they live and it has been proven to generate leads, listings and sales. Perhaps best of all, you now have an opportunity to get one free postcard for every five you purchase, and two for every ten. This can set you up for success for a complete year!

Contact Us for Help With Your Real Estate Marketing Plan Today!

Contact ReaMark today and talk to one of our customer service specialists. Tell them what’s going on in your market and ask for suggestions. They can help you design your entire plan. Feeling confident? Make your own selections from our wide selection of marketing and promotional products right online. Reach out more efficiently and effectively than your competition this real estate season with the help of ReaMark!

Why Newsletters Need to Be Part of Your Marketing Plan

Posted by Reamark Marketing on Feb 28th, 2017

Have you mailed real estate newsletters to your farm lately? With our great selection of newsletter designs, the process has never been easier! If you haven’t yet included these mailings in your real estate marketing, now is the perfect time to add them to your marketing plan for a few reasons.

Become the Local Expert

Newsletters help you show your farm that you’re the authority in the area. Highlighting community events, local businesses, and attractions illustrates to potential real estate clients that you have intimate knowledge of the area. After you’ve established your authority, clients will be contacting you for your expert home evaluation.

In addition to the included recipes and helpful articles that already come with the newsletters, you can use the two large customizable areas to offer a free home evaluation or discuss current financing options that are available. You could also have a list of local resources for the neighborhood, like plumbers, landscapers and popular restaurants. Finally, make sure to include all your credentials and just sold properties, so your readers can see all that you’ve achieved. By incorporating elements like these, you establish yourself as the local real estate thought leader.
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Build Trust

When you send marketing newsletters on a consistent basis, your farm will see that you’re a real player in the local real estate market. When you send out your quarterly mailing, you help your recipients connect with you and your business. After a time, they will expect to find your newsletter in their mailbox. If you’ve made sure the content is timely and relevant, your readers will eagerly look forward to receiving and reading your mailing each time. This build up of trust helps you form a bond with your readers, and makes your name more memorable when it comes time for them to buy or sell property.

Become a Presence in Their Home

When you have an interesting newsletter, your recipients will look forward to sitting down and reading it. In the meantime, you become a presence in the home, sitting on the coffee table or kitchen table while they relax or have a meal. This helps to keep your name in front of your potential clients in a similar way to calendars and sports schedules. Providing great resources might even spark family conversation about an upcoming event or home tip you’ve provided.

Newsletters are a tried and true method of marketing that really work. Why not get started now with your newsletter marketing plan? There has never been a better time!

4 Things to Include on Your Marketing Postcard

Posted by Reamark Marketing on Feb 21st, 2017

If you haven’t yet ordered your print marketing postcards for your real estate business, get ready to. EDDM (Every Door Direct Mail) postcards can generate mountains of customer leads for you and your agency. Your biggest challenge will be how to organize your new call list.

EDDM is a service provided by the USPS where you can have your postcards delivered to every door on a route without having to put a name or address on it. When you combine this service with ReaMark’s print marketing postcards, that’s a winning combination too good to pass up. When you order your custom postcards or pre-designed postcards at ReaMark, be sure to include the following for best results.

1. Your Professional Photo

Homebuyers and sellers like to see whom they will be spending their time with. When you include your professional photo on your postcard, new customers will be able to see that you’re professional and friendly looking. For the best photos, hire a professional photographer. Selfies won’t deliver the professional lighting and other effects you’ll need.

2. Knowledge About the Area

Buyers and sellers like to know they’re working with someone who is familiar with the area. Prove that you’re a “local” by including some pertinent information about the neighborhood, such as information about a local house that just sold, or trends in the local real estate market.

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3. A Line About Your Expertise

Don’t forget to include something about what makes you the expert. Under your name, mention how many years you’ve been in the real estate business or any certifications or awards you have. This will tell buyers and sellers that when they work with you, they’re working with an expert.

3. Lots of Color

Your postcard should be bright and colorful. Remember that it won’t be the only thing your potential customers receive in the mail that day, so you want it to really stand out. Use images with lots of color and positive imagery to entice recipients to read it.

4. All the Ways to Contact You

Be sure to include all your contact information; not just your phone number. Remember that different people prefer different ways to contact professionals. Some may prefer text, others email and still others like calling on the phone. Let your customer decide by including all the ways they can get in touch with you.

Print marketing postcards and real estate newsletters are made even better when you remember these essential elements to include. Get your postcards today at RealMark.

New Real Estate Licensee? Business Building Tips You Cannot Afford to Ignore

Posted by Reamark Marketing on Jan 31st, 2017

Successful New Real Estate Agent As a new real estate licensee, you already know that obtaining the license is just the first step in building a professional career that can be both personally and financially rewarding. But you also know that you need to have a plan for gaining market recognition and establishing yourself as the trusted real estate professional in your area and the use of well-chosen real estate promotional materials should be part of that plan.

How Real Estate Promotional Materials Can Help New Agents

For most Americans today, the family home is likely to be the most expensive investment they will make in their lifetime. Because buying or selling a home represents such a significant portion of a family’s overall net worth, buyers and sellers want to be sure they are working with an agent they know and trust to take care of their interests. As a new agent, building this type of bond with the prospective clients you want to serve begins with making sure that your name becomes recognized and associated with real estate services throughout your market area.

A good way to build this type of name recognition is through the use of quality real estate promotional materials capable of offering 24/7 exposure. Items like calendars, postcards, and notepads allows the new agent to easily place their name and contact information in front of each potential buyer and seller in their farming area. Unlike email drip campaigns and phone calls that have no real staying power and risk annoying potential clients, hand-delivering small, but useful items to each home in your farm is a great way to introduce yourself and make a positive, no-pressure first impression. Since these are items that most households will find useful, your name and contact information is likely to remain in their home, boosting your name recognition each time they use the item.

Getting Maximum Impact from the Use of Real Estate Promotional Materials

Building name recognition is not an overnight process. Instead, it requires a continued effort to make sure that new agents see maximum benefits. To do this effectively, new agents should devise a workable plan to visit each home in their market area, introduce themselves to the occupant, and offer a small gift, such as a notepad or memo board. While this may sound like a huge undertaking, setting aside just an hour or two each day for walking your farm area is an easy way to achieve your goal.

Once new agents have initially canvassed their entire farm area, it is important to continue to remain in contact with each household. This can be done in an affordable, efficient way by setting up a monthly or quarterly postcard mailing. Reamark, a leading supplier of high-quality real estate promotional materials, offers specially trained order consultants to answer questions about using real estate promotional materials and help new real estate agents design an automatic, customized postcard mailing program that can be scaled to fit most any budget.

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