Friday, December 21, 2007

30% Off Expired Listing Leads, and a Few Marketing Ideas

My friends over at the RedX Expired Listing Lead Service have been doing a great job in some recent marketing endeavors, and I think I can leverage their activities to share some quick recommendations on how to better attract survival listings in this challenging market. Some of the ideas will translate to direct marketing, but a few may not. However, I thought I would list them out.

1) Discounted service (in this case 30%) in exchange for a larger commitment.
More and more we hear clients asking for a discounted commission in exchange for your dedication and hard work. If you are negotiating a discount in commission, get a bigger commitment for up-front expenses. If the client is taking your money on the back end, let them pay up-front for some of the marketing expenses.

2) If you are promoting yourself online, go where the traffic is.
I posted this on my Realtor Leads Blog, but if you see a politician making commentary on the recent sub-prime meltdown, comment on their site and be sure to include backlinks. They get plenty of traffic and may even improve you page rank.

3) Use multiple media.
If you don’t have a YouTube channel, a MySpace page and a presence on Facebook, it is time to register. Once again, be where your clients can find you.

4) Touch a prospect or partner many times.
RedX sent me a promotional flyer and sales PowerPoint to me today detailing their products and reiterating their promotion. This is part of a larger touch system where every time I take the time to touch them (call, respond to an email, click on a promotion) I receive one or two additional touches with appropriate calls to action. A REALTOR analog would be presenting to a local business group, getting the contact information for all of the attendees and sending out thank you cards with a referral request. Follow that up with an email reminding them of the specific takeaways of your presentation and an additional offer to do business.

5) Add a call to action on your email.
What’s the difference between an email signature that says “Barrett Niehus, REALTOR” and a signature that says “Barrett Niehus, REALTOR, Learn how I can save you $10,000.” A call to action can do a lot for a communication.


Anonymous said...

Great post. Thanks for the info

Ed Nailor - Mortgage Loans in Charlotte

mark said...

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God Bless!
Real Estate Professional Websites and Marketing

rick marnon, howell said...

i purchased leads until my site started generating its own leads,,, im not a fan of lead purchasing,,, they are more of a porblem than a benefit,,,

Chris Haller said...

Great post, another one I hope could be interesting is our new service RE-Text.Info.
RE-Text.Info enables Realtors to communicate with passerbys at their properties 24/7. It lets users create text messages that are sent to prospects upon request with a summary of their listing and a link to a mobile web page that provides more in-depth information and images. Cell phone numbers of text message requests are forwarded and provide unique leads and opportunities to follow-up with potential buyers. It's a free (ad-supported) alternative to the pricey competition on the market - try it at
Cheers, Chris