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How to Drive Outside Broker Sales in 2013

By Laurie Andrews Posted in - Real Estate on February 12th, 2013

In regional marketplaces across the country, real estate brokers are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Although the downturn has been prolonged, brokers stand ready to drive success as the market rebounds. With the national media promoting the rebound of the housing market, brokers are anxious to earn those illusive commissions. And that’s the name of the game – making money. As the developer or owner of a new residential community, brokers can provide a quick burst of momentum for your program. Here are some things you do to capture their attention and their clients: 1. Communicate and educate. A strong broker partner is a resource for his clients. He/she knows what is happening in the market…

6 Reasons Video Should be a High Priority When Selling Real Estate

By Laurie Andrews Posted in - Advertising & Media & Networking & Public Relations & Real Estate & Social Media & Uncategorized on January 21st, 2013

Video content is new terminology in the digital marketing age. In years past, creating a video meant a one-time production to acquire and edit a short film to tell the story of your community vision. In today’s content-rich environment, new marketing channels provide outlets where video becomes a constantly evolving tool. Creating compelling video content should rise to the top of your priority list for a variety of reasons: 1. As consumers, we live in a visual world and technology has opened the door to online learning, on-demand movies, and independent entertainment delivered through alternative channels. We look to YouTube for “how to” videos, recipes and research. Why would buying real estate be any different? 2. Making a new home purchase…

Why Social Media Marketing Works for Real Estate

By Marissa Mastroianni Posted in - Advertising & Media & Networking & Public Relations & Real Estate & Social Media & Uncategorized on January 14th, 2013

If you’ve been keeping up then you know that the final choice in the homebuyer’s decision-making process is most highly influenced by emotions. And for this reason, as real estate marketers, we must focus on lifestyle selling. Once you understand how important the lifestyle sell is to real estate, it then becomes increasingly clear why social marketing fits the bill. Here’s how: People love sharing exciting news about their lives on Facebook. This is the most natural place for buyers to showcase their new home purchase to their friends. The simple nature of sharing online and connecting with your closest friends and family falls perfectly in line with referral marketing. Never before was there such an easy way to reach…

Builders aren’t Selling Houses, but They are Selling.

By Marissa Mastroianni Posted in - Real Estate on January 7th, 2013

Everyone thinks that purchasing a big ticket item is all about the value and the return and the finances of it, especially when it comes to real estate. Some even call it an investment. And it’s true, frequently, the home buying process can begin as a numbers game…What can we afford? What will the interest on our mortgage be? What are the taxes? How much are utilities? How much can I sell it for in the future? But when it comes right down to it, the final decision of which home you are going to buy is a very emotional choice. Home buyers ask themselves…Can I see our family spending Christmas here? Would I enjoy entertaining company in this kitchen?…

Is it Time to Change Out Those Engines?

By Stephann Cotton Posted in - Advertising & Media & Networking & Public Relations & Real Estate & Social Media on December 26th, 2012

You own a yacht, and it’s been quite a few years since you updated her. The engines probably need to be rebuilt or maybe even replaced. After significant due diligence, you discover that much has happened in the engine world since you last overhauled your engines. Innovative technology has opened new opportunities for substantially improved fuel mileage, quieter running engines and a digital dashboard allowing for constant analysis of all mechanical components. While you’re thrilled with the innovation, you’re also concerned about what it is going to cost. What’s a captain to do? There is only one answer — order the new engines. Yes, it is large expense, but your investment in the vessel is larger, and you must protect…

Data Capture Essential to Build Sales Pipeline

By Laurie Andrews Posted in - Advertising & Media & Networking & Public Relations & Real Estate & Social Media & Uncategorized & Web on December 4th, 2012

As we all know, two-way communication is required to have a meaningful conversation. During the new home buying process, beginning the conversation sooner rather than later should be a primary focus of your website marketing initiatives. Of course, increased website visits are a positive indication of your marketing outreach, but it’s only the first step in the sales funnel that requires bringing the prospect through many steps prior to reaching a closed sale. Website interaction represents a golden opportunity to open a dialog with the prospective homebuyer. Consumers are busy people, and they are often researching their options late in the evening, long after your sales center is closed. They aren’t looking for direct person-to-person contact, but they are doing their homework to…

Top 5 Ways to Lure New Homebuyers

By Laurie Andrews Posted in - Real Estate on November 13th, 2012

1.    Be Found Where People are Looking: They’re out there, and every day we see the increasing numbers of unique web visitors. A very positive sign for new home developers. Homebuyers are doing their research online, well before they reach out to the sales team on site. Your Internet footprint is critical and it goes well beyond just keeping your website up to date. Content generation and distribution require a focused effort that should be one of your top priorities. 2.    Use Affiliate Database Resources. Data is king. You want to begin a conversation with the same people they do, so why not work on that together? While every company has digital assets, often the potential goes unrecognized. It’s time…

Real Estate Buyers Tell It Like It Is

By Laurie Andrews Posted in - Real Estate on October 23rd, 2012

A spirit of optimism is on the horizon for builders and residential developers as new home inventory continues to be absorbed and pricing begins to climb in many major US markets. As existing homeowners have the ability to sell their home, builders and developers will feel the effect of liquidity in the marketplace. Yet as buyers across the country return to new home sales centers, real estate professionals are wondering how have their priorities shifted? How has their perception of value been impacted by the lengthy downturn?Has the election cycle delayed their decision? As builders and developers strive to enhance 4thquarter sales results, it is crucial for them to recognize the shift in the market and thoroughly understand the changing buyer psychology….

Fresh Content- The Key to Building Your Internet Footprint

By Laurie Andrews Posted in - Media & Web on October 9th, 2012

With 95% of new homebuyers beginning their home search online, builders and developers infrastructure planning should not only include density, drainage and utility planning, but equally as important, Internet infrastructure. All too often web development is an afterthought that becomes a focus once the sales and marketing team is brought on board. “While everyone recognizes the importance of attracting homeowners online, building a strong Internet footprint isn’t their primary focus at the earliest stages of development,” says Laurie Andrews, COO of Cotton & Company. “Overlooking the importance of getting started early has a direct impact on the cost of lead generation at the time of the community’s sales launch later on.” Understanding the challenge begins with understanding search engines, especially…

Online Friend Referrals Are Driving Consumer Purchase Decisions

By media Posted in - Advertising & Media & Networking & Public Relations & Social Media & Uncategorized & Web on May 24th, 2012

Don’t like what’s hanging in your closet? Can’t decide what to buy in the store? Always sending photos of yourself to your friends asking – “What do you think?” When looking to purchase items, social media marketing is a game changer. Today 90% of consumers look to “friends” and ‘Liked’ pages or ‘Pins’ to decide what to purchase. Social media and peer recommendations are being taken to a whole new level, especially in Brazil. Brazilian retailer, C&A, has teamed up with Facebook in creating real time fashion feedback. They have already asked the question and are giving you the answer right on the hanger.