Online leads are a hot topic for many real estate agents who
want to grow their business. Over the next few weeks I will explain how you can
generate online leads, the technology you need, how to outsource it, and how
much you need to invest.
A Strategy to Break Out of Your Sphere
If you rely exclusively on your sphere of influence for
referrals you probably sell $2 or $3 million, each year. That’s not bad.
But after your splits with the broker and paying taxes you
end up with less than $50,000 – hardly enough to support the lifestyle you
envisioned when you got your license.
To expand your business beyond your sphere you have to
market to people you don’t know, yet. You either prospect, cold-call, door
knock or network, activities which do not cost you much money, or you invest in
The Benefits of Inbound Marketing
I am a strong believer in inbound marketing. This means you invest money to “advertise” so that prospects contact you.
We’ve built our real estate business that way, and we are
doing it consistently. So, I know from personal experience that it works.
There are many benefits to inbound marketing:
No need for cold-calling or door knocking
No need to stalk friends and family for referrals
You can leverage your time
Easy to systematize and expand
Why Agents Like Facebook Advertising
When it comes to “marketing”, many agents are
attracted to online and social strategies. As you can imagine the gurus figured
that out, as well, and they are ready to sell you their systems.
No other strategy is more popular than Facebook advertising.
It is way less expensive than Zillow, Realtor.com or even Boomtown or any of
the marketing platforms that sell you $100 leads.
Most solo agents can’t pay thousands a month for these
platforms, so Facebook advertising seems the best solution.
If you want to learn how to set up your own Facebook campaigns,
simply google terms like “Facebook advertising for real estate”. You
will find countless services that help you run your own Facebook ads.
The Process of Generating Online Leads
There are 3 steps to generate online leads:
1. Online Ads You create an ad on Facebook, Instagram, Google or anywhere on the Internet to capture the attention of the viewer. The goal of the ad is to get the viewer to click a link.
2. Landing Page After they click the link, the prospect ends up on a landing
page that offers something of value in exchange for their name, email and phone
number. You could offer a home valuation, a list of properties with specific
criteria, or a report on how to get your home sold quickly.
3. Follow Up System Now that a lead has been captured you try to contact them
and stay in touch for a long time. This system is probably the most critical if
you want to have success with online leads.
In 2019 I noticed a paradigm shift in online lead generation which mostly affects the follow up systems.
More on it next week …
Don’t hesitate to contact me with your marketing questions at (614) 395-7375. I wish you a wonderful week!
I implore you to make plans now so you are ready to deal with the 3 major challenges you will face in 2019:
Shrinking Home Sales
Home sales were down by 2.2% in 2018 over the previous year.
That’s not too bad.
What’s more concerning is that in December closings
plummeted by 9.2%, pending contracts were down by 5.8%, and new listings fell
This means the pie is shrinking. There are not enough homes
to sell, and it does not look like this situation will improve in 2019.
The Columbus Association of Realtors has now 8,404 Realtors,
an all-time high. There’s more competition for fewer transactions.
Top producing agents will have an edge on part timers and
new licensees. It will become harder for inexperienced agents to find new
business. Both buyers and sellers will demand experience and impeccable
All full-time agents I know claim they are not
“discounting” their commissions.
However, closing statements reveal a different truth. Even
large, well-known teams are listing for less than 3% – they just don’t
advertise it on the radio.
Technology creates some efficiencies in the office. But if
you help desperate buyers find a home you will spend a lot of time showing
houses, writing offers, and negotiating contracts.
I suggest you attack these
challenges head-on. Here’s how you will win in 2019:
(1) You must commit to become a full-time Realtor. It’s getting
increasingly harder for part timers to deliver the experience and quality of
service clients expect and deserve.
(2) You need the backing
of an experienced broker or team leader. If you are just a
number in a mega office and can’t get instant support when need it, you should
switch to another office.
(3) Provide a memorable, exceptional experience to get more referrals
from your clients. You must be on top of your game and constantly learn and
(4) Market like crazy! Personal branding on social media is not
enough to generate business. You have to be pro-active whether you invest in
advertising or knock on doors.
(5) The best way to thrive in a challenging market is to find a niche and be the
best (and maybe the only) agent to serve this niche.
My Offer for You
If you don’t have your business plan ready for 2019, I invite you
to schedule a FREE Breakthrough Strategy Session.
During this 30-minute session I will help you:
Uncover the critical challenges that hold you back.
Set business and income goals for 2019.
Show you how to overcome the challenges above.
Develop action steps to create a consistent income.
Being from Austria I love skiing. It’s our national sport.
Skiing is very expensive in the US. That’s why we try to
combine it with business whenever possible and deduct travel expenses from our
Last week we attended the Executive Ski Workshop of the Self-Storage Association in Aspen, Colorado. We enjoyed great skiing with a little subsidy from Uncle Sam.
Why You Should Attend Conventions
I love to attend conventions and seminars. Here are 6
reasons why you should attend, too.
Travel Tax Free –Attending conventions is business travel, so you can deduct most expenses from your income (check with your accountant or tax adviser & watch the video below).
Combine Business & Pleasure – Many conventions are scheduled so you can spend an extra weekend and still qualify for business travel. You only need to spend 4 hours per day doing business. That leaves plenty of time for leisure.
Places You Want to Visit Pick – conventions at locations you would like to visit. Orlando is a popular destination for seminars in spring.
Education – You will learn something new to improve your business. It’s worth the registration fee.
Networking –You always meet interesting and successful people when you attend conventions. They will inspire you to succeed in your own business.
Getting Away From the Daily Grind –Sometimes you just need to get away from the daily hustle. Working with buyers and sellers is stressful. When you get away for a week you’ll refuel and come back with new energy to tackle your challenges.
Are you looking for conventions and meetings to attend? Reply
to this for suggestions.
Travel Tax Free
In order to qualify for travel deductions your trip needs to
benefit your business. It’s important to plan ahead.
Watch this short video from the Bradford Tax Institute about
deducting travel expenses. It will open your eyes to what’s possible.
I purchased their course after their CE class at Columbus
Realtors in November. It’s an invaluable resource which I share with our agents
to help them reduce their tax bill.
The Boy Scouts have a training program called Wood Badge. It is an advanced course for adult scout leaders, based on leadership principles taught by some of the best-known business coaches in the world.
I completed Wood Badge in 2005. It was an excellent
The course consists of 6 days (and nights) of live training at a scout camp, then you have to “work your ticket” before you earn the coveted Wood Badge Beads.
The “ticket” is 5 goals you set for yourself. You
have to accomplish them over the next 18 months to complete the training.
The “ticket” is 5 goals you set for yourself. You have to accomplish them over the next 18 months to complete the training.
The term “working your ticket” comes for the founder of the World Scouting Movement – Sir Robert Baden-Powell. He was a British Army officer in the late 1800’s. That being said, when British soldiers finished their term of duty in a far-away county, they had to work their ticket to get home.
Create Your Ticket to Success
The beginning of the New Year is the perfect time for
Here are my thoughts on the goals you should set and tips on
how to accomplish them, so you can “work your ticket” to a successful
real estate business.
Setting SMART Goals
There’s more to setting goals than putting your dreams on
paper. Goals must be S.M.A.R.T.:
Specific – Describe the goal in detail so that you know exactly what needs to be done and how it will impact your business.
Measurable – Describe how you will measure success.
Attainable – Ask yourself if the goal can be accomplished.
Relevant – Describe how this goal relates to your business.
Timely – When does the goal need to be completed, because “A Goal Without a Deadline is Only a Dream!”
Five Goals for 2019
I suggest you set goals for both your business and your personal life. Here are 5 examples:
Business Goal Complete 2 transactions each month for a total monthly gross commission of $10,000.
Marketing Goal Send out a monthly market update to your sphere by email and in print.
Financial Goal Save $2,000 each month for a down payment to buy a rental property at the end of the year.
Family Goal Take your spouse and kids on an out-of-town trip every other month.
Personal Goal Exercise 4 times a week and lose 10 pounds by July 2019.
3 Tips to Help You Achieve Your Goals
Now that your goals are on paper you have to ensure they
will be accomplished. Use these 3 tips to stay on track:
Action Items for 1st Week You need to get started and take action right away. Write down exactly what you will do in the coming week to get you closer to your goals. At the end of the week commit to the action items for the following week.
Vision Board It’s not enough to write down your goals. You actually need to visualize the results. Create a Vision Board with pictures showing what it would be like when your goals are accomplished and hang it on the wall in your office.
Accountability Someone should check your progress and help you stay on track. Holding yourself accountable does not work too well. Pick an accountability partner, maybe another agent, your broker, your coach or your spouse.
Finally, I hope this short summary will get you motivated to start setting goals and make 2019 your most successful year ever.
Have a fantastic week and start “working your ticket”!
If you’d like to discuss your 2019 goals and how to grow your real estate business this year please give Kurt Novak a call at (614) 395-7375.
Now that Thanksgiving is behind us and the Buckeyes beat the team up north again, you are probably ready for the Christmas Holidays.
This is a time when many agents step back from their business, take a vacation and enjoy the profits they earned in 2018.
If you are reading this email you are probably NOT one of them.
That’s great, because December is the perfect month for business planning to make 2019 your best year ever.
It’s also a good time to take inventory of the highs and lows of this year. You may reflect on the value of your brokerage, the money you paid them, and what you got in return.
Shiny Objects & Tempting Offers
I bet you received a few tempting offers from other brokers to join their office. What got your attention? Low fees, 100% commissions, profit splits, stock options, new technology?
Brokerages will tangle all kinds of shiny objects in front of you to get your attention. But at the end of the day it’s all about you. It’s about the profit you earn to support the lifestyle you desire.
7 Critical Questions You Must Ask
To help you determine if a new brokerage will improve your life and your business, I put together a list of 7 questions you need to ask before you make a move.
Click the button below to download the PDF with the 7 Critical Questions you Must Ask. There’s no opt-in required.