It can be nerve-wracking and a little embarrassing to be out with a client, spot a house for sale sign but not have any data on it. Perhaps the lawn sign just went out after you prepared for your showing appointment.
Do you risk looking unprepared? Homesnap can help you maintain your composure and professional image by giving you data on homes that are and are not in the MLS with just a photo snap.
“Homesnap is fun because with this app, not only are you able to see what’s on the market around you, but also what’s off market and the estimated value,” said Bernadette Coates of Coldwell Banker in Maryland.
Coates continued, “When I was having coffee downtown Annapolis one morning, I got into a conversation about Annapolis and shared the [Homesnap] app with the tourist. They thought it was awesome that they could walk past any home and get the price or estimated value, especially the historic homes.
“I constantly receive notices that I have a new client on Homesnap.
“If you want details on a home, there is no logging in. Just pull up the address through Homesnap, and there it is.”
Save face and gain leads with Homesnap. Those are definitely irresistible qualities every real estate agent wants.
Here is another one for Gmail users.
If you have ever been burned by giving a team member or an assistant your login information to only have them quit, leave or just be tech-challenged, then Hiver is especially for you.
In Gmail, you can easily manage and make assignments for your team.
Boomerang allows you to finally clean out your inbox.
Write emails now that will be sent later. Archive emails today that can pop back up in the future at a point when you are able to deal with them.
Get instant help on what words should be removed or added to your email to convert sales leads with the feature called Respondable.
And if you are a Salesforce CRM aficionado, Boomerang integrates with it.
Boomerang has price points for everyone, ranging from free to $50 per month.
For the past several years, Matterport has brought the look, feel and comfort of using Google Street View to the inside of your listings.
In the rapidly changing world of technology, this might be considered by some an “oldie,” but it is still a mainstay goodie.
“I use 3-D virtual tours for both domestic and global millennials. I find the tours give a better feel than just photos and for buyers in other countries — sometimes it can drastically reduce the number of properties they visit when they arrive,” explained Rich Dun a NYS Associate Real Estate broker working at the American Homes Group.
If you have a WordPress site, then another tantalizing technology is WP3DModels, which helps give your Matterport tour a personalized and information-packed look.
Combine that with being MLS-compliant and throw in lead capturing call-to-actions, and this is a tech tool that has Matterport-lovers salivating.
This is truly the year of live video. There is nothing worse than broadcasting live to the world a listing or open house and seeing comments that undermine your client’s negotiations.
“Realync has enabled us to host live virtual showings or create and share video tours for our prospects. This has greatly increased our conversion rates and touring efficiency.
“In many ways, Realync has changed the way we connect and interact with prospects,” said Matt Mehon, regional marketing manager of Waterton Associates (Chicago).
If 3-D tours are currently out of your marketing budget, do not feel relegated to the same basic slide shows. SpeakingPhoto.com allows you to tell a story with each room and photo of your listings and marketing.
Prospective homebuyers might not yet feel comfortable calling you, but SpeakingPhoto.com is a great way to remove their walls of discomfort and help them establish a connection. Stories help turn a house into a home, so start narrating with this handy mobile app.
“I can’t run my business without Realtyzam,” said Nikolas Allen, a Realtor in Mt. Shasta, California.
He further expressed, “Realtyzam is a financial tracker that allows you to enter listings, buyers, expenses and income.
“It’s easy and fun to use — not overly complicated like some apps — and it has a one-click P&L statement [profit and loss] that you can print and hand over to your accountant. At $8 per month, it’s a tiny investment for a great reward.”
Why would I include Facebook, which is such a well-known tech tool?
Well, have you yet to see a lead for your business from Facebook?
If your answer is no, I want to encourage you to tweak your Facebook lead generation methods. Facebook is currently one of the most inexpensive ad platforms that can generate bona fide sales leads.
Want those results in your business? First, be sure to have a Facebook personal page (that’s standard and free when you create an account) so that you can stay in touch with everyone you know from the various walks of your life.
Liane Jamason, a Smith & Associates Real Estate agent in the top 1 percent of Tampa pros, affirmed that she received a listing just from connecting to a contact on Facebook:
“There was a guy who I put in my CRM two years ago when he had two of his investment properties expire on the MLS. I called him and emailed him — no answer. Then I found him on Facebook and sent him a friend request and a message.
“He didn’t respond to my message but friended me.
“Two years later, last week, he sends me a message on Facebook and says, ‘Please call me.’ I did, and he explained he’d had a falling out with his prior long-time Realtor, and he wanted to use me because he loved everything I was posting on Facebook and said the quality of my listings’ marketing was superb. I got a $550,000 listing from Facebook!”
Second, having a Facebook business page for your real estate business will allow you to find your ideal clients, whether buyers or sellers, among strangers and friends alike.
If you want to work with a specific price-point and neighborhood, or just want to know those who are “most likely to move” (this is tracked by Facebook), Facebook can help you target each demographic (because it tracks everything everyone posts).
You cannot do this detailed level of targeting by just clicking the “boost post” button while you are creating a routine post.
Instead, become a guru (or hire a guru) at using the Facebook Ads Manager and Power Editor (you must have a business page to use these features).
Leads from those whom you do not know are very much attainable from Facebook, so do not give up.
The images on Spotless’ website were all incredibly realistic. They were so good that many of the people we showed the images to had a hard time telling they were virtually staged.
For most of the images on Padstyler’s website, realism was very good, but in many images, the furniture looked a little bit, well, fake. Since the images in a creative companies portfolio are generally examples of their best work, this means Padstyler either needs to update their portfolio or some of their work is not quite up to the standards of Spotless or Virtual Staging LLC.
Like Spotless, the images on Virtual Staging LLC’s site were all very realistic.
Real estate professionals are always on the move, and the nature of the job means that being stagnant in technological developments just is not an option. Fortunately, tech developers are staying just as busy as real estate pros, ensuring that new tools come out regularly. With these tools and reliable real estate training, real estate professionals keep their businesses running smoothly no matter where they are.
Real Estate Touring and Staging Options
Not every potential buyer will be able to make it to an open house, but with 3D tour options through services like Matterport, you can essentially offer a way for clients to tour the house without leaving home. Some websites provide detailed floorplans so that buyers have an in-depth scope.
Additionally, you also have the option to virtually stage a home so that clients have all the visuals they need to make smart decisions.
Real Estate Video Solutions
Youtube has been a critical player in the way real estate agents operate on the web, but organizing videos on the platform is often still a hassle. Thankfully, services are realizing the challenges posed and offer new categories and clean channel pages. Vidcaboodle is one such service, providing a way to organize videos by listings, testimonials, tips, and more.
Real Estate Live Videos
Real estate training emphasizes the need to communicate clearly with clients, but now clients expect more bang for their buck. Reaching out to a broader audience via live touring capabilities could be the key to snagging younger clientele. Periscope, Facebook, and Instagram all offer ways to broadcast your open house to remote buyers.
Time Management Resources
Time management is a significant issue real estate agents contend with, but new resources help professionals improve efficiency.
is just one of many different ways to track precisely how much time you use performing various tasks throughout the day.
Real Estate Marketing Material Creation
Clean marketing materials used to require a strong graphic designer on staff. Today, real estate professionals can create their own visuals thanks to websites like
Piktochart. These resources allow you to create visual marketing materials you can use on Facebook, your website, a blog, or even on printed materials like fliers and business cards.
It used to be that real estate agents had to meet with buyers and sellers in-person merely to collect signatures, which becomes a painful and time-intensive task when clients live further away or have hectic schedules. With resources like
DocuSign, and even
, you can collect signatures from clients that are legally binding.
Real Estate Keyword Planners
Search engine optimization requires that you pay close attention to the words and phrases you incorporate into content. A keyword planner, like
Google Keyword Planner, provides you with the best words to use based on search volume and relevance.
For continuous learning:
Being a successful entrepreneur means being a lifelong learner. To keep up with the ever-evolving real estate industry—and the business world in general—you need to read. A lot.
Blinkist is an app that allows you to digest content faster. With a library of 2000+ nonfiction books to choose from, it condenses a single book into a summary that you can read or listen to in 15 minutes.
With the free version, you get access to one pre-selected “book blink” each day. The Premium plan gives you access to any of the titles.
For visual content creation:
You no longer have to be a trained graphic designer to create stunning images for your Facebook page, blog posts, or enewsletter. Canva provides beautiful templates for everything from email headers and Facebook ads to business cards and gift tags. You can have as much creative freedom as you’d like—upload your own photos, change fonts and colors, etc.—or stick with one of Canva’s pre-designed images.
For a healthy, productive mindset:
Here at Realvolve, we’re big on meditation and mindfulness, so I couldn’t resist including this app. The Calm app provides a lot of great free features, such as a “breathing bubble” for breathing exercises, the 7 Days of Calm guided meditation program, relaxing Sleep Stories (soothing fiction read by the likes of Stephen Fry), music for meditation, and your choice of calming scenes to display. Additional sounds, scenes, and meditations can be unlocked with a paid subscription of $4.99 per month.
For video emails:
If you haven’t heard of BombBomb yet, it’s time to become acquainted. This tool allows you to record and send videos via email. When the recipient receives your email, they’ll see a muted, animated preview of your video (way more engaging than text or a static image!) and a link to view the full video with audio. This is a great tool for real estate agents because it allows you to be more face-to-face with your contacts—through what was once a fairly impersonal communication channel, email recipients can now see your smile and hear the warmth in your voice.
(Psst…just FYI, there’s a BombBomb integration with Realvolve!)
Voxer does so many things, it’s hard to define it as anything more specific than a really incredible communication tool. One of the coolest features allows you to transmit live voice messages to other users, essentially turning your phone into a walkie talkie. But people can also choose to listen to your voice messages later (and they can even listen to them at 2x, 3x, or 4x the normal speed). Other features include group messaging (great for communicating with your entire real estate team) and setting up broadcast groups (where you talk but others can’t reply).
For creating PDFs:
Everyone could use this handy little tool. Smallpdf.com is a free tool for creating and manipulating PDFs—you can compress PDFs, convert different file types to PDF, edit PDFs, merge or split PDFs, and eSign PDFs. It’s super simple to use!
For file backup & sharing:
This tool might replace Dropbox as your favorite cloud storage service. Not only is it more secure than Dropbox, it also makes sharing files with clients way easier because they don’t have to create a Sync account to open the file.
For years, Evernote has been the collaborative note-taking tool of choice. But I’ve recently started to hear things about OneNote—things like, “It’s Evernote on steroids.”
OneNote allows you to be ultra-organized about taking notes. You create notebooks, and within each notebook, you can create section groups. Within each section, you can create individual pages of notes. Your notes can consist of text, images, video, and audio. The one area where Evernote still comes out stronger is in clipping from the Web (in OneNote, it only clips a screenshot of a web page, so you don’t get the URLs or the ability to copy/paste text).
Other features of OneNote: You and your team can collaborate on notes and view each other’s revisions in the History tab. Notes can by synced across all of your devices and accessed on the Web.
To learn more about the differences between OneNote and Evernote, check out this review on Computerworld.
For adopting a new habit:
Coach.me is a favorite of Tim Ferriss (author of The 4-Hour Work Week). To use this app, just choose a habit to adopt, set a weekly target, get reminded to do it, and check in every time you do the habit. Each goal has a forum for you to get support from a community of other users working on the same habit, plus you can receive step-by-step plans from coaches (1 week free, additional weeks must be purchased).
For avoiding distracting websites: StayFocusd
It happens to all of us…you sit down at the computer, and you swear you’ll be productive. Next thing you know, it’s twelve hours later. You’ve checked your email, updated your Facebook status, read every article in your Twitter feed, and vanity googled yourself.
Enter StayFocusd! This productivity extension for Google Chrome helps you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. Once your allotted time has been used up, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day.
LenderLetter is a convenient way to access pre-approval letters for your buyers. Lenders who have an account can post an editable letter, allowing you—the real estate agent—to customize it with your client’s offer price and terms of the purchase agreement. This is particularly handy when you’re making an offer over the weekend or after typical working hours.
If your favorite lender isn’t already using this tool, encourage them to check it out!
This project management tool is great for planning and organizing your various marketing initiatives. You can create categories for each of your projects (e.g., Listings, Online Ads, Social Media, Blog, Direct Mail, Events) and invite members of your team to collaborate. Within each project, you can create a list of tasks, assign them to different people on your team, set deadlines, add comments, create subtasks, and more. We use Asana to plan out our blog posts—each task is a blog topic and it is assigned to the person who will write it.
If you’re not using Realvolve’s workflows to manage your lead generation campaigns, Asana will do the trick.
As a successful real estate agent, coach, or real estate trainer, you might be thinking about writing a book to share your knowledge. But the thought of sitting down in front of a blank computer screen for hours on end, pounding away on the keyboard, trying to capture your real estate wisdom—that probably isn’t the best way for you to produce a book.
Now there is a different way! Enter Scribe (formerly Book In A Box). Scribe has created a new, nontraditional process for writing a book. There are 7 steps, but in short, it all boils down to you (the author) doing a series of phone-based interviews to outline and structure your book.
First, a professional outliner helps you create a structure for your new book. Next, an editor uses the outline as a guide and conducts a series of interviews with you. These conversations are then transcribed and edited into the final manuscript. The whole process requires 50 hours on the phone over 7 months, and the final result is a book full of YOUR ideas, in YOUR words and voice.
We’re big on time management, so we had to include this cool app. Rescue Time runs in the background on your computer and mobile devices to track your online activity. It sends you weekly reports on how you’re spending your time, allows you to set productivity goals, and even lets you block distracting websites. So if you suspect you’re wasting precious hours mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, this app can help you add back some time to your day!
The free version allows you to set goals, receive a weekly email report, and view 3 months worth of report history. With the premium version ($72/year) you can also track offline activity like phone calls and meetings, as well as block distracting websites.
If you use a transcription service like Rev.com to convert audio recordings to text, you might want to also check out Otter Voice Notes. Moz staffer Stan Schroeder vouches for its ability to create pretty accurate transcripts, though he points out that it works best in a quiet environment. Additionally, the app can recognize your voice and distinguish between speakers within a conversation. The free version of the app allows you to transcribe up to 600 minutes per month.
Some clients want a lot of hand-holding. What better way to show them you have everything under control by adding the ability to predict the weather to your repertoire?
Dark Sky is a superior weather app that predicts exactly when it will rain or snow exactly where you’re standing. So you can choose the perfect time of day for a client’s open house, or know whether or not to bring extra umbrellas to a showing, or give your client a heads up to drive carefully on their way to meeting you. It’s the little things, right?
Our good friend Krista Mashore just shared this service with us. Whether you need to put together a client testimonial video or spruce up your PDF of First Time Homebuying Tips, Fiverr is the app for you! Fiverr connects users with freelance designers, writers, video editors, web developers, and more. And pricing is often as little as $5 or $10.
Krista also told us about BreakthroughBroker.com, an amazing free resource for real estate agents that covers everything from marketing to lead generation. This is a goldmine for marketing templates (postcards, brochures, prospecting letters, etc.), business plans, technology reviews, content to share on social media, and more!
Yep, this is ours. Pardon the not-so-humble brag, but we can’t end this list without including the tool we genuinely believe will be your biggest game changer. Realvolve is a customer relationship management software, but it’s not your typical CRM. A feature called Workflows allows you to automate your entire real estate process so you can provide a consistently excellent client experience every time.
Matterport is hands down the coolest 3D tour option for homes. Think of it like Google’s Street View feature touring a property. We’re pretty thrilled about it, because we’ve provided it at no cost for a few of our sellers at UpNest.
Periscope is a free live streaming app. You could use this to broadcast a virtual open house of a listing to remote buyers. Or just use it to stream video to buying clients of yours.
The days of mailing and driving documents to clients are almost over thanks to services like HelloSign. HelloSign makes it easy to collect legally binding e-signatures from clients remotely. Pricing depends on the amount of documents you want to send. A free version is available for signing 3 documents.
Another e-signature service like Hellosign, Docusign actually has a pricing plan specific for real estate agents and brokerages. For $20 a month, you can send an unlimited amount of documents, and have your own branding on the documents as well.
5. Free e-signature options
If you don’t want to pay for cloud based e-signature services like Docusign and HelloSign, you may not know about the free versions for Mac or PC. It’s not as easy to figure out, but you can import your signature into Preview on Mac or Adobe Reader on PC and sign documents that way.
Doorsteps allows you to nurture a buyer for months, answering their questions and more, since buyers take about 18 months to decide to buy a home or not.
Many real estate agents love using this app for presentations. You can easily take photo, then record audio on top of it. The possibilities are endless, but one application is to use it for a comparative marketing analysis. Use a photo from each comp, and talk about why a new listing will be slightly more or less than the comp.
My personal favorite app for file storage, Google Drive seems to do it all. Use it to store and share photos of properties in the cloud. Since every Gmail user has a Google Drive account, it’s easy to share files with users since a lot of people have Gmail. You can also create documents, spreadsheets, and slides with it.
Use Dropbox’s convenient cloud storage to create shared folders between clients or other agents, send pictures, and more. You get 2GB of free storage and can pay $9.99 a month for 100GB of storage.
Similar to Dropbox and Google Drive, Box is another cloud storage option. 100GB of storage costs only $5 on Box, compared to $9.99 with Dropbox.
Busy agent’s MUST stay organized in order to keep up with all of their client’s needs. Keep your tasks out of your mind and in endless amounts of notebooks. You could do one just for buyers, one just for sellers, and make a note for each client for example. Evernote syncs between all of your devices that you have it installed on, so you’ll never leave a note behind.
A free tool created by Evernote, Skitch allows you to mark up photos easily. For example, snap a quick photo of the sink you need fixed for a seller, draw circles and arrows to the problem areas, and shoot it over to a contractor.
Use Yesware to track your emails. Instead of wondering if your client has received an email of yours or not, Yesware will let you know if they’ve opened it or clicked on a link you send. You can track 100 emails a month for free. Use the paid version for sending mass marketing emails, so you can track open rates and tweak your subject lines.
14. Curb Call
Get a notification from a buyer wanting to see a place right away. Agents can select that they’re available to show nearby homes, and if a buyer wants to see something near you right away, you’ll receive a notification. Curb Call has great safety benefits as well. Your brokerage will always know where you are, and you can hit a big red “Panic” button if you ever feel threatened to notify your broker and emergency contact.
There’s no such thing as over-communicating with clients, and you can use custom Google Maps to communicate various locations to clients. For example, the day before you head out on a showing spree with buyers, do a good job at setting expectations and drop a pin at all the addresses you plan on visiting.
When you don’t have time for chit chat, but need to explain something to a client in detail, skip straight to voicemail by using Slydial.
CamScanner is a free app that converts photos of documents from your smartphone to PDF’s. There is a free version that most people believe fits their needs, as well as paid versions. Of course the paid versions of $4.99 a month come with more features like creating docs with password protection, auto uploading straight to services like Dropbox, and setting expiration dates for doc links.
Create custom real estate websites for yourself or your team for as low as just $10 a month. Placester’s websites are very modern looking, responsive, allow you to blog easily, and help you capture leads.
An empty room isn’t attractive to buyers. Fill up a room with virtual objects like couches, tables, chairs, and decor to let buyers imagine what a property would really be like when they move in. Virtual Staging Solutions costs a decent amount of money, at $225 for 3 photos. But it could be a better solution than paying a lot for a staging company.
If you’re an agent that loves to put videos on YouTube, whether it be listings, testimonials, or selling tips, Vidcaboodle helps you organize all of those videos into categories on a nice looking channel page.
A few good photos of a home is not always enough to give buyers a feel for the layout. Give buyers a better perspective of your listing by providing a floor plan. Truplace provides a layout/virtual tour setup that lets users flip through photos as they go through rooms.
Another floor plan creation company, Floor Plan Visuals creates illustrated floor plans instead of a virtual tour like Truplace.
23. Mortgage Calculator
The buyers you’re working with should already have a grasp on their price range and monthly mortgage payments they can afford. But having a mortgage calculator pulled up on your phone is still a great idea if the homes you look at fluctuate by a few thousand dollars so you can show your clients an approximate payment while at the property.
A new year means it’s time to examine new real estate technology that could benefit your brand in 2017 and beyond. From helpful time and finance management software to customer satisfaction and review platforms, there are plenty of mobile and desktop options at your disposal that can simplify and enhance not just your day-to-day, but also your long-term business goals.
Discover many of the cream-of-the-crop real estate tech tools and apps you ought to use for your online marketing and sales efforts in the year ahead — some of which are dedicated entirely for agents and brokers, others that are helpful for professionals at large, and all of which can provide some much-needed organization and assistance for your various real estate business needs and objectives.
(NOTE: You already know the most popular tech tools. These options, in comparison, are ones many Realtors may not be aware of, but can be just as resourceful — or even more so — than some of the most well-known choices out there. Having said that, don’t expect to see Dropbox, Evernote, or the like listed below. We hope you find these apps, tools, and software helpful for your real estate marketing plans!)
Instant messaging apps are definitely “in,” as of us writing this — and not just for teens and Millennials. Numerous industries have shown they need a communication system for their employees to conduct meetings, share ideas, and have a myriad of other essential business discussions. Whereas most chat-based software offers only the ability to talk one-on-one with others in a text-based format, Slack has broken all of the rules, so to speak, by offering a multimedia-focused, multi-room communication platform.
Within the feature-rich tool, you can chat with single individuals, specific groups of people (you can add and remove members to the conversations, as you see fit), and channels (e.g. departments within your company, like agents only) via text, phone calls, and video streams. What’s more is there are countless apps that can be integrated into your Slack account, all of which can improve your communications and team productivity in one facet or another.
So, if you need to constantly be in touch with fellow colleagues to monitor ongoing conversations — everything from sharing leads with agents at your firm to setting up meetings with your assistant — this is the ideal instant messaging software for you.
Ask dozens of other real estate agents and brokers how they organize their schedules, and general business priorities, and you’re likely to get a different answer from each and every one of them. That’s because no two professionals work alike. Everyone has their own particular organizational systems that keep them focused on the tasks at hand.
Having said that, there are certain software programs out there many of these pros use that provide a visual framework that helps them ensure they are able to distinguish various marketing and sales activities, prioritize which ones to handle first, and essentially categorize all of the daily and weekly duties associated with their real estate business. One such program — and a very handy one, at that — is OmniFocus.
This software affords you the chance to see every element of your job at a glance: projects you’re working on (like revising your listing presentation), high-priority emails (like those from prospective clients), and long-term marketing and sales agenda items you need to handle over time (like building your real estate blogging strategy). With apps available for iOS on top of the desktop version, OmniFocus is the premier solution for the modern agent.
Not every industry pro is willing to shell out $50 for content marketing tools like Adobe’s Creative Cloud solution (Photoshop, InDesign, etc.). The good news is there are plenty of free and more affordable options available to agents and brokers that provide just as helpful design resources as that software suite — one of which also happens to belong to the Adobe family: Spark.
With Adobe Spark, you can create unique graphics, animated videos, and pages, each of which can become brand new — and high-performing — real estate marketing collateral for your business: an explainer video for your agency, a lengthy infographic about your local market, buying and selling stats you can plaster on images and post to Facebook.
The design possibilities are literally endless with Spark — which, did we mention, is free! That’s right: Simply create an Adobe account, and you have access to this top-of-the-line program at no cost. Think of the innovative platform as a means to develop creative collateral that can tell your brand story and even generate and nurture new leads (just be sure to promote the heck out of any assets you create to maximize their effectiveness!).
Video editing tools like iMovie, Adobe Premiere, and Final Cut Pro can cost you a pretty penny, if they don’t already come with your computer or your broker hasn’t already purchased them for your agent team. But this is 2017: Look through the App Store and Google Play Store, and you’ll find hundreds of apps for your real estate video marketing strategy.
The problem with many of these resources, though, is they require a hefty amount of your time so you can organize, edit, and optimize your recordings. There is one app, however, that does all of the nitty-gritty work for you. All you have to do is upload the photos and videos you want featured in video montage, select some background music and a scene transition style, and boom — just like that, you have a marketing video you can share on your site. The app in question? Quik, by GoPro.
In addition to creating one of the most unique cameras in the marketplace today, GoPro has also crafted a few bonus video production tools for consumers and brands alike. Quik is one such solution. Simply play around with the types of videos you can create and customizations the app provides, and, in a matter of minutes, you can have an amazing-looking real estate video that shows off your latest buyer client’s new home, a celebration of a closed deal with a seller client, or even a tour of your latest listing or the local neighborhood.
Whether you’re a solo agent looking to discover where you are and aren’t spending your time wisely or the head of an agent team aiming to ensure your sales squad is aptly making the most of their meetings with leads and clients, chances are the Hours time-tracking app is something that can improve your efficiency as a real estate pro.
There are a handful of distinct features Hours offers users. For starters, you can track every activity you perform on a daily basis to see how long it tends to take you to complete certain tasks. After monitoring this time usage over … well … time, you can run reports that explain to you in detail where you tend to allocate most of your minutes and hours and, in turn, how you can modify your schedule to become a more orderly and adept agent.
Moreover, you can use this time-tracking method with your fellow team members, each of whom can figure out where they can afford to cut back on certain duties, like catch-ups with the managing broker or open houses. Once each agent has an idea as to how they should be spending their time at work, they can use the timeline feature to plan out their revised schedules.
In other words, you can save a day or two’s worth of time over the course of a year using Hours.
In the market for comprehensive and intuitive real estate CRM software that makes lead management a cinch? Look no further than our very own real estate marketing solution for agents and teams … and our dedicated iPhone app that makes organizing, prioritizing, and contacting prospects and clients on the go easy.
With Placester Mobile, you can collect all of your leads’ information in one place. Create lead profiles that feature your prospects’ primary contact information and housing preferences in a matter of minutes, then use that information to dictate the notes, tasks, and reminders you can set using the app as well.
What’s more is Placester Mobile allows you to email your contacts right from the app, so you don’t have to worry about going back and forth between the app and your iPhone email client just to send a message to your top leads or current clients.
The features and functionality of Placester Mobile continue to grow each month, so download the app today to access these essential lead management features — or sign up for a Placester real estate marketing subscription, so you can sync the lead and client details in your app with your desktop account.
Once you create custom content for your real estate website, one of your next moves — in this case, before your start promoting the pages in question — you should set up UTM parameters that will allow you to track all of the content you craft in Google Analytics. The downside of these parameters is they make your site links super-long and, in turn, look a little suspect in the eyes of anyone who clicks them.
The solution to prevent any click-through issues from occurring with these links is to use a link shortener, like Bitly, that can transform your 250-character URL into a brief, 40-character version. These link shorteners essentially act as a 301 redirect for your site links, meaning they still direct clickers right to the appropriate page.
While this is the main functionality of Bitly, the link-shortening platform now offers a wealth of analytical data associated with all of the links you create. So, if you produce an area page for a local neighborhood in your market and create different UTM links (for example, one for Twitter and one for Facebook, so you can see which source generates the most traction) and Bitly them (yup, it’s a verb as well as a noun), you can see which link “wins” — that is, which source earned you the most traffic.
There are plenty of other data-based use cases for Bitly as well, so it’s highly recommended you give the service a try so you can more easily ascertain what types of content (e.g. buyer and seller resources), sources (social media channels, email), and mediums (blog posts vs. pages) garner the most traffic to your IDX site.
Clients who want to know about the best nightlife options around town, coffee shops that are open 24/7, music festivals that tend to tour the area annually: These are just some of the requests your buyer clients may ask of you anytime. To ensure you’re able to be the one to provide the answers and info they need before anyone else, use Gboard: a fantastic smartphone keyboard from Google.
Instead of having to open up a browser on your phone, enter in your search terms, and try to find the most applicable link to share with your clients, Gboard makes it easy to search within your texting app on your iPhone or Android, meaning you can find the details you need to share with clients and send them their way, all in the matter of a minute.
While you may not save tons of time with Gboard, the convenient app can definitely help position yourself as a local thought leader and authority who can fill in clients and leads about the best stores, venues, entertainment options, and other locales around the community — something that can distinguish you from other agents in your market.
Canva and Piktochart have long dominated the DIY design space. Other options, with just-as-simple functionality and a plethora of pre-made templates, though, are certainly optimal options for agents looking to take on their own visual branding efforts and create some original content pieces to share in their digital outlets — and that includes DesignBold.
Whether you want to fashion some fancy images to use on Instagram and Pinterest, construct a direct mailer that can double as an infographic, or craft the imagery for a long-form asset, like an ebook or guide, DesignBold offers the resources you need to get the job done right (a.k.a. build some bold and beautiful marketing materials).
You can even create your own event invitations, postcards, and print ads using the design service — content that will resonate with clients of months and years past and help you earn new business in the future — so spend some time getting to know this polished platform and start crafting some amazing graphics you can leverage online and offline in not time.
“The detailed insight required to ensure consistent, long-term success.” That’s what RealSatisfied states it offers real estate professionals on its homepage, and that’s exactly what it delivers: the optimal medium for collecting customer satisfaction data from buyer and seller clients that can be leveraged as social proof for their real estate marketing plans.
Sending surveys to clients using the real estate software is beyond simple, and the reporting capabilities featuring the survey findings are comprehensive and can give you the requisite information you need to both understand what you did well for clients and to inform (and impress) your audience online by publishing said feedback data.
Sharing your real estate success stories with your audience through your IDX site and other digital channels is what will help you ultimately generate high-quality real estate leads for the foreseeable future and build your brand to the heights you want to reach. Creating and promoting a wealth of valuable content is needed too, but the feedback you secure via RealSatisfied is what can put your real estate business over the top, so to speak, with visitors considering hiring an agent soon.
Once you’ve mastered your organic real estate marketing on Facebook, you can afford to spend some time, energy, and money with advertising. There are few better ad options for Realtors today than Facebook, thanks in large part to its hyper-targeted audience options, which can get your ads in front of only the right individuals: those who are likely to convert into leads.
But you’re out of the office much of the day, so how you can efficiently oversee your ads’ performance and, when needed, edit them before they go live? With Facebook Ads Manager for iPhone and Android, creating, adjusting, and analyzing your ads on the social network is a cinch (just make sure you only link to your highest-converting real estate website pages to maximize ad success — your lead gen).
Without a doubt, Google Keyword Planner is the premier SEO keyword research tool today. Having said that, there are dozens of lesser-known options that can also give you a glimpse into what kinds of locally focused terms and phrases you should be incorporating in your content, based on their relevance and popularity (that is, their monthly search volume), and KWFinder is one such tool.
This keyword research solution can instantly give you hundreds of similar terms to main keywords along with their monthly search volumes so you can build or enhance your real estate SEO strategy in no time at all. The paid option definitely provides a much clearer view of what keywords will likely work best with your online content, but the free insights the site provides can still deliver the keyword details you need to build a strong SEO plan.
Knowing who’s opening your emails and when they do so may seem impossible, but in actuality, there are several tools that can give you email marketing insights just like these, including Bananatag.
The funky- (and fruity-) named email software tells you when your recipients open and engage with your messages and provides other key resources to help you boost your campaigns, such as email scheduling, so you don’t have to send each one manually.
What’s more is you can even determine which members of your email list open attachments in your messages, meaning you can easily discern which leads and clients check out your home buying best practices guides, home seller resources, homeowner checklists, and other nurturing content you share with your audience regularly.
Don’t get us wrong: Having a real estate YouTube channel is essential, nowadays — but that doesn’t mean every video you create needs to be published to the most popular video marketing outlet. Video hosting services, like Wistia, also afford you the chance to post recordings you can later embed to your site and share on social media and via email. Where Wistia and YouTube differentiate, though, is in the analytics.
Yes, YouTube offers its own brand of proprietary analytics that can give you key insights into how your videos perform. With Wistia, however, you get even more granular data you can use to enhance your video strategy: average engagement (e.g. how much of a video viewers watch), play rate (e.g. how many people watched a video who loaded it on a page), and heatmaps (where in the world your videos were viewed).
This tool is optimal for large teams and brokerages at large, given Wistia’s relatively pricy plans, but that’s not to say it’s not potentially the right video marketing solution for your real estate brand. For instance, you and fellow agents at your firm who also produce videos routinely for their personal brands could use a single account to organize your videos and measure your clips’ performance.
What other relatively new apps, tools, and software do you use for your real estate marketing? Share your suggestions with us below!
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