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THE SCIENCE OF STORYTELLING

By Marissa Mastroianni Posted in - Real Estate on August 17th, 2018

Today’s homebuyers don’t want to be “sold.” They are tech savvy people who do their homework to find the community that best meets their needs and personality. Every individual has a unique perspective, and their priorities are as varied as their personal style. The challenge is to deliver a sales message through less aggressive editorial stories that highlight the unique selling propositions of your community. There are hundreds of engaging stories about homeowners enjoying life in exceptional ways: A new love for gardening that’s putting fresh vegetables on the table. “Bella” the cocker spaniel they met at the dog park that is now a best friends with “Barley” their rescue dog. Or perhaps a passion for photography that inspired fabulous… Read more »

The Baby Boomer Effect Changes Everything in Discretionary Real Estate

By developer Posted in - Real Estate on July 18th, 2018

Revolutionary – it’s the single best word to describe a generation that dramatically changed the way we live in America today. From music, entertainment and fashion, to diverse social and political causes – the Baby Boomers have been shaking things up since the 60s. Real estate developers have planning for the onslaught of retirees to fill their amenity-rich new home communities for years. After marketing to the Silent Generation for decades, many developers have yet to recognize the drastically different demographic and psychographic profiles of the emerging retiree market. “Baby Boomers are living longer and seeking new ways to reinvent themselves,” says Stephann Cotton, president of Cotton & Company and Urban Land Institute Member. “They have a completely different attitude… Read more »

7 Things to Consider When Building a Country Club Website for Lead Generation

By Alyssa Greenspan Posted in - Advertising & Press & Real Estate & SEO on June 20th, 2018

It’s that time again – time to update the country club website to keep up with the times. Refreshing the website is always a good thing, but there are several things you should consider before getting started. For most private residential country club communities, new members come from new real estate sales, and new real estate sales are coming from a totally new generation of homebuyers. To add to the challenges, many real estate brokers are unfamiliar with the details of club membership and avoid selling in Club Communities. With the community sold out and real estate agents scarce, Country Club membership directors find themselves with a new set of challenges. They now need to play a stronger role in… Read more »

Naples Reserve Wins Big

By Alyssa Greenspan Posted in - Advertising & Real Estate on May 25th, 2018

Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family, and custom estate homes, has captured Silver Award honors in The Nationals new home sales and marketing awards from the National Association of Home Builders. Naples Reserve secured Silver Awards for both “Best Lifestyle Program for a Community” and “Best Sales/Welcome Center.” Both the Naples Reserve logo and its direct mail program were also recognized with Silver Awards. The Nationals salutes the best in the building industry for their determination, integrity, creativity, and endurance. With 57 categories across various disciplines of the new home industry, the awards honor excellence in product and community design, advertising, marketing and sales achievements by individuals and sales teams. During a three-day judging process, a… Read more »

Homebuying Habits Across Generations

By Alyssa Greenspan Posted in - Advertising & Real Estate on May 25th, 2018

Homebuyer Behavior They might do their research online and also believe that data and machine learning will have an important influence on the real estate experience, but when it comes to the process of searching for a home, millennials and baby boomers lean more on their agent than digital platforms. This, according to a survey on homebuyer behavior by Owners.com that studied that homebuying patterns of over 1,000 buyers across different age-groups. The survey revealed that 82 percent of the buyers said that online access to data-focused property information was essential to their decision-making process. But that was the only aspect that all the three generations—baby boomers, Gen X, and millennials—agreed upon. The survey highlighted vast differences in the way these generations… Read more »

Social Media is Driving Millennials to Become First-Time Homebuyers, According to Report

By Angelene Posted in - Real Estate & Social Media on May 16th, 2018

Although the news is grim with reports of millennials putting off home-buying due to frivolous purchases, data shows that millennials are flexing their buying power in the real estate market. According to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) annual Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report released in March, millennials were the most active homebuying generation for the fifth year in a row. Across the nation, there’s a shortage of homes on the market associated with rising home prices. Despite this, millennials continue to buy—a full 36 percent of all home purchases were made by millennials, a 24 percent increase in home purchases by millennials from 2016, according to the report. It’s estimated that, if more homes had been on… Read more »

Cotton & Company To Attend the 2018 Facebook Developers Conference

By Angelene Posted in - Advertising & Media & Press & Real Estate & Social Media on April 26th, 2018

On May 1st & 2nd marketers, publishers and developers from all over the globe will flock to San Jose, CA for F8, Facebook’s annual developer’s conference. This year more than 5,000 developers and Facebook Marketing Partners from all over the world will gather to experience new, breakthrough technology from Facebook and learn first-hand how developers are innovating on the platform and explore new ways to build community and bring the world closer together. Attendance at F8 is by invitation only so Cotton & Company was proud to have two of its key team members invited to the prestigious digital marketing event. Webmaster Sonya Pereira and Digital Strategist Angelene McCullough will represent Cotton & Company at the event next week. Facebook… Read more »

Cotton & Company’s Casually Awesome Concept Sweeps Four Silver Awards

By Angelene Posted in - Advertising & Real Estate on January 22nd, 2018

Cotton & Company, in partnership with developer iStar took home 4 Silver Awards from The Nationals 2018. The National 2018 honor the best in Sales, marketing & design. The Nationals (NAHB’s National Sales and Marketing Council ) salutes and honors the best in the building industry for their determination, integrity, creativity, and resilience. Silver Award Winners are the top vote recipients in each category and are the finalists for the Gold Award. Gold Awards in each category will be presented as part of the International Builders’ Show. Naples Reserve & Cotton & Company Win Four Silver Awards From The Nationals Including:   Best Lifestyle Program for a Community Naples Reserve Naples, FL Developer: iStar Financial Marketing Director: Heather Thompson Ad Agency: Cotton &… Read more »

The 3 Best Reasons to Buy a Home in 2018 (but You’d Better Hurry)

By Angelene Posted in - Real Estate on January 7th, 2018

 Figuring out when to plunge into the real estate market can be quite intimidating—especially when prices are high, choices are limited, and history urges restraint. “We’ve seen two or three years of what could be considered unsustainable levels of price appreciation, as well as an inventory shortage that resulted in a record-low number of homes for sale across the country,” says Javier Vivas, director of economic research for realtor.com®. “When you factor those together, you have a market that has to either explode or see some relief.”

Most Effective Forms of Marketing Strategies for Country Clubs

By Jennifer Magill Posted in - Advertising & Media & Real Estate on August 8th, 2016

Marketing your golf course is a necessity. You probably knew that already. However, not every form of marketing was created equal, and there are SO many to choose from. Between the historic economic cycle, and the shifting demographics between baby boomers and Gen Xers, it’s been a moving target for Country Clubs around the country.  The past several years have been remarkable. One thing that never changes is the importance of gaining an understanding of your membership’s wants and needs. Cotton & Company is a full-service, marketing firm exclusively specializing in luxury residential real estate. We have found success in lead generation, content marketing and branding with traditional as well as digital advertising, and that is the real key for… Read more »