IFTTT | Automate Your Real Estate Marketing

IFTTT
Automate Real Estate Marketing
Automate Real Estate Marketing. How awesome would it be to automate your real estate marketing? I mean who has the time? As a real estate professional you are already short on time – looking for new buyers, sellers, getting deals into escrow, keeping them there, office meetings, client and networking events, getting buyers prequalified, paying bills – and on top of ALL this, you still need to find time to market yourself AND spend time with your family.

Well let me help you with the marketing part. It’s called IFTTT or IF This Then That. TFTTT is not a new acronym for those in the coding world. They used this code to prompt something specific to happen IF something else happens. For instance, with auto responders – IF a payment is received THEN send THAT. THAT could be a login link, a registration link, an online course and more. THAT could be adding a name to a CRM with a drip.

IFTTT may sound intimidating but it’s not. A service called IFTTT can help you automate your world and your real estate marketing. How awesome would it be to Automatically thank someone for following you on Twitter or automatically upload your YouTube videos to your Tumblr or your WordPress website or Facebook or Twitter? How about adding a picture from your Instagram automatically to a Pinterest board or automatically loading your Facebook posts to your Instagram or vice versa? How about automatically posting photos from Instagram to LinkedIn? How about automatically uploading your latest Instagram video to your Facebook page? How about automatically tracking your hours or automatically saving receipts? You can even automatically trigger your phone to turn on WIFI when you get home to save money on your wireless plan or even help Alexa (Amazon) find your iPhone.

All of this is possible, with thousands if not tens of thousands of recipes (that’s what IFTTT calls them) with IF This Then That or IFTTT. And the best part, it’s so simple – and FREE. See video below for how IFTTT works.

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Real Estate Video Benefits | Why Video In Real Estate

real estate video benefits12 years. 12 years working in the title industry here in Phoenix, Arizona. That’s a long time in any industry but it is even more significant in the competitive, often cut throat world of real estate. As a REALTOR® every title company, every title rep, every escrow officer wants your attention, your business. They call you, email you, tweet and facebook chat you, snapchat – all in the hopes of meeting with you. All so they can give you {essentially} the same spiel “our escrow officers are great” “we can help you grow your business” blah blah blah.
12 years in title. I used to chase real estate agents around. I hate to admit it but I used to be one of those title reps that called, emailed and facebooked real estate agents with the messages above. Notice I said “used to”. Not anymore and not for some time. Years in fact.
Question for you. Do you like to be cold called? SPAMMED with email and/or direct mail? I’m guessing – no. Yet so many real estate agents do this to consumers. While it may be fine now and then, a real estate agent can only “check in” with their database or sphere of influence so often before they start to HATE YOU:

“are you or do you know anyone considering buying or selling real estate? If so, do you have a real estate agent you would refer them to? My business is built on referrals. A referral to a fried or family is the highest compliment I could ever receive.”

Sound familiar?
My business changed 6 years ago. 6 years ago I started a website, MyTitleGuy.com, formerly MyTitleGuy.net. 6 years ago it was a labor of love, it did not generate a lot of business for me as the Phoenix metro real estate market was dominated by REO and then short sales. Real estate agents didn’t need a lot of help with marketing so they didn’t look for help. They didn’t look for me.
Today, it’s a business and a labor of love. I love writing, I love stating my opinion. I love being controversial. I filled My website with valuable content I thought my ideal client would look for when they had a need. Not why “I am the best title rep EVA!” or “my escrow officers are epically awesome” {they are by the way} but “how to get found online”, “how to identify your ideal client” “identifying your USP” “How to use video in your real estate business” “How to optimize your videos”.
My phone started ringing. It was what I teach in my real estate marketing classes coming to fruition.

“Create the content your ideal client would look for when they have a need and they will find you”.

As the Phoenix real estate market began to shift, began to stabilize, as REO began to slow – real estate agents needed help shifting their real estate marketing. Where did they turn? The Internet. Consumers, real estate agents, everyone goes to the Internet for 2 reasons. 1} Gather Information 2} Solve a problem. Who did many of them find? MyTitleGuy.com.

I became a resource to real estate agents, not just here in Phoenix but across the country. Across the world. I’ve talked to real estate agents from Vancouver to Miami, Ireland to Australia. Title companies and real estate attorneys across the country, Philadelphia to Hawaii. One of the ways I help them find me is with my video’s. Today 50% of all my leads come from my video’s. In this post I want to discuss real estate video benefits.

Real Estate Video Benefits

  • Video makes us smarter. Humans retain 58% more information when we are shown HOW to do something – visually. If you were making a new dish for your family, would you prefer to read instructions from a recipe book or watch a video of someone making it?
  • Video builds trust and rapport. Studies have shown that people are more likely to like and trust people they have seen in person – even in video marketing – than people they have only spoken to on the phone or through email.
  • Video is emotional. Video conveys so much more than text or pictures. We are more likely to laugh, cry, be happy or sad by something we see than something we read. If a picture says 1000 words, video says – them all.
  • Video is fast. We can convey a message is a shorter about of time with video than text. It could take another real estate agent 20 minutes to convey their value through text whereas that same message can be conveyed almost instantly through video. This is especially important given the immediate gratification, world we live in. As consumers attention spans get smaller you need to grab their attention immediately. Video does that.
  • Video is believable. You are more likely to believe a video message than one comprised of text or pictures.
  • Video uses more of our senses. We naturally believe in what we can hear and see. It is easier for our brains to process. These visual cues in a video can convince us of the appeal of a product or service. A home for sale or a real estate agents knowledge and experience.
  • Video Is Purple Cow. Every real estate agent has a website. Some real estate agents have multiple and some real estate companies has hundreds or even thousands of them. That is a lot of competition. Everyone has a website but not every real estate agent is using video in their real estate business. Nationally, less than 2% of real estate agents are using video. Video is different. In a sea of links on the 1st page of Google, Video sticks out like a sore thumb. Video is Purple Cow.
  • Video Gets Found. Video is 57% more likely to make it on the 1st page of Google than text alone. I have multiple videos on the 1st page. If you were looking for information about Phoenix, about a subdivision, a home for sale, the buying or selling process, short sale, REO – would you click one of the 9 links that all look the same or the video?

For the real estate agents that leverage it, video will get your message across faster and more convincingly than any other medium

Video is not the future

Video is not the future, it is the here and now. The present. I’ve never been shy about speaking my mind so for the real estate agents out there contemplating whether or not they should embrace video, know this: leads go to the best marketers, not necessarily the best real estate agents. Embrace video or risk being irrelevant. Adapt or Die. Video is uniquely suited for the real estate industry. Video is not just visual, it’s emotional as well.
I shot the video below for a client a few years ago. Which message is more appealing, compelling or conveys more VALUE: “This 3 bedroom + den home for sale in Villa Hermosa at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona is beautiful. This home for sale has a beautiful, open kitchen complete with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and wood floors. Mature landscaping, pool, spa and french doors!”
Or the short video below?

The Old Days

In the old days, the only medium available with these benefits was television. Those were the old days. Today you can leverage something better than TV, where more and more consumers are turning – YouTube. Unlike TV, the ultimate form of outbound marketing, video is inbound marketing. Inbound marketing is creating messages that only a specific audience would seek out. This is what we do. We target a specific demographic of people by creating the video content we believe they would look for; addresses, community names, major employers, schools etc.

Unlike other forms of media, your ideal client can find and consume the content you create at anytime. Day or night. Weekends or holidays. 24/7. All you have to do is create valuable content your ideal client would look for when they have a need, make your message valuable enough to watch and include a visual call to action. Go HERE, do this for THIS value.

our clients go to bed an night wondering how many people are on their websites, watching their videos, reading their articles. Unlike other forms of marketing, a properly optimized real estate video can work for FREE and FOREVER driving your ideal client to your real estate website. If someone finds you, YOU ARE THE EXPERT.

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Stephen Garner

Hub Media Company is one of the few media companies dedicated to real estate video marketing. We create beautiful cinematic real estate video tours, lifestyle, community/subdivision as well as green screen video. We have over 13 years experience in the real estate space working with some of the top agents in the Phoenix Metro area.

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Real Estate Video Production: Getting Over Fear Of Being On Video

When I was a kid, the Chicago Bulls were it. There was no team better. When I say “team” I am actually referring to Michael Jordan. He couldn’t miss! It seemed like everything he touched was good. He dunked with ease. So much so that I (and countless hundreds of thousands of other kids) thought, if we had his sneakers – “Air Jordan’s” or a Chicago Bulls Starter – we could be “like Mike”. Well, it didn’t take long to realize, “white men can’t jump” is not just a movie if ya know what I mean.

Mike made it look EASY. What we didn’t see is the thousands of hours he practiced to get better. The first in/ last out of the gym every day. The playing hurt, the missed shots, we didn’t see any of that, only the end result. Perfection.

It’s the same with real estate video. As you know, video is only getting bigger. I make this bold prediction…. Those real estate agents NOT using video in their real estate business will be irrelevant. They will be irrelevant for one reason and one reason only – CONSUMERS ARE DEMANDING IT. It used to happen once in a while, now it happens at least 3 times a month; an agent calling me franticly to shoot their listing because the seller demanded video as a condition of listing.

Real estate agents are a commodity in the eyes of most consumers. It’s why a buyer can walk into an open house and choose the first agent they find to represent them in what is the largest financial decision most of us will ever make. But video can differentiate you from your competition. One of the best ways to use video in real estate is to appear in your listing videos. When it comes to marketing, it’s (in my opinion) the BEST use of video in real estate. Priceless marketing actually. Pricless because the seller will be sharing the video with their friends and family through email and social media, it will be indexed by search engines like Google, Yahoo & Bing. And WHO is in the video??? Yep.

I meet so many real estate agents that are scared of being on video. They may have tried but couldn’t get it done and thought there was something wrong with them, that they were not suited for video in real estate. Well, to dispel this myth (and it is a myth) I have created the video below to hopefully not only put video in the proper perspective, but to get you out of your own way as well.


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Hub Media Company is one of the few media companies dedicated to real estate video marketing. We create beautiful cinematic real estate video tours, lifestyle, community/subdivision as well as green screen video. We have over 13 years experience in the real estate space working with some of the top agents in the Phoenix Metro area.

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