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 Subdivision Marketing | HOW To Be The Subdivision Expert

Community Real Estate MarketingREALTORS, Take your real estate hat off and put your consumer hat on. Imagine this. You are in the market for a new home in Phoenix, or Chandler, Sun Lakes – you get the point. So, like over 90% of consumers, you start your search on the internet.
Your search returns 1-10 of 30,000 pages. You quickly realize – you will need some help. You search again, this time adding more keywords to narrow down your search; subdivisions that are in your child’s school district and in close proximity to your job. You are not familiar with all the neighborhoods at this point so working with a real estate agent or REALTOR® makes perfect sense.

Given the scenario above, would you prefer to work with a real estate agent that works the general area you want to buy in (Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe) or an agent that works the subdivision you want to buy in (Val Vista Lakes, Ocotillo, Clemente Ranch, Dc Ranch)?

If you’re like me, and I am betting you are, you would choose the real estate agent that knows the most about the subdivisions you are interested in. By “knows the most about” I’m talking about builders, market trends, things to do, floor plans, lot sizes, lifestyle, etc.

But how do you find a real estate agent like that? Even better (put your real estate hat back on) how can you, the real estate agent, be seen as the expert in the area? How can you have buyers coming to you? Asking for your help?
The answer – Community real estate videos.


She Found It
The house I live in now – my wife found it. We lived in an adjacent community, but she (the wife) always, unbenounced to me, wanted to live in the gated community we now call home. It was on the way to the grocery store. A store she visited at least 2 times per week. On her way to the store, if the gate was open she would drive in. She did this over and over again until one day she drove through the community, found an exclusive listing, drove home, told me to “get in the car” and here we are almost 9 years later.

Google Is Your Friend
Today, consumers don’t need to drive a subdivision. They can simply “Google it”. (Fellas, ask your wife what community she wants to live in next – I bet she knows) And this is a great way for you to get found online. While Zillow, Trulia and Realtor dot com are sure to take up the 1st page of Google for homes for sale, there is a way you can leapfrog them and get the attention of consumers most interested in the communities you market. That way? Community real estate videos. Below is a community video of the master planned, active adult community of Sun lakes in Sun Lakes Arizona by Amy Jones of the Amy Jones Group at RE/MAX Infinity.

Personal Branding
Community videos are what we call “stealth marketing”. Community videos are excellent for tying your personal brand to the community or subdivision. If done correctly, the residents of the community/subdivision will identify with the video and share it with their friends and family, further extending the reach and personal brand of the real estate agent. From the video above you can certainly tell that Amy knows the community of Sun Lakes like the back of her hand. Note: YOU MUST BE IN THE VIDEO! Video is very powerful for building trust. Check to the many benefits of using video in real estate

Some Suggestions
The best community/subdivision videos will be an advertisement for the community, not the real estate agent. They will also be professional. By “professional” I mean, not a shaky video by a real estate agent holding their iPhone or iPad as they drive a community. Some great options include story board, like the video above, or voiceover narration. NAR reports 73% of sellers would list with a real estate agent that would use video to market their property. You can extend your personal brand and get found online by creating community videos for the areas you want to serve. We can help bring the community to life.

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Thank you for your interest in HMC. We provide the highest quality business, commercial, event video productions, classes and services. We look forward to meeting you. Please fill out the form below or call 480.223.8113

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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