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3 reasons why you want people talking about you

Sometimes the best sales are ones that occurred organically, and referrals are just that. A conversation from one person to another about how great you are, how quickly you close deals, or how you go above and beyond for your clients. It’s one client telling their friends and family about your brand.

Word of mouth is a powerful way to build your brand, but can occasionally be difficult to break into. It’s virtually free marketing – which is why its so important to break into. Gaining clients organically saves you time, money, and also let you know you’re doing well enough to be talked about within your community.

With all of that in mind, let’s talk about some tactics towards building your brand by word of mouth.


People refer who they trust

It might be a cliche statement, but trust me when I say it’s all about trust. People want this tip to come from a reputable source – someone they can count on. Whether this is the opinion of a social figure they find trustworthy, or a friend or family member.

More and more, people are trusting different sources for word of mouth referrals. This can be anything from customer reviews, testimonials or even news publications. Think of the last time you scrolled through Instagram and noticed your favourite blogger posting a picture with a new brand of workout gear they’re trying.

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Source: @Bethanymenzel on Instagram

Instagram is one of the top places where people can advertise a brand, and followers migrate to whatever their favourite socialite is showing off.

I’m not telling you to build an Instagram account and start advertising left and right (you totally can…), but I am telling you how important word of mouth is in today’s world from a social aspect.

The same goes for podcasts and purchasing something based on the podcasts sponsors. Trust me, I’ve done it! I’ve purchased several things based on items my favourite podcasters are selling because I trust their referral and opinions of the product.

I know exactly what your next question will be….”So how does this apply to me, Elysse?” Well, I’m glad you asked!

This is an important mindset to keep when searching for leads. If your leads trust you and your brand, they’ll more than likely turn into a client and even a sale. Building trust with the families and people in your community will go a long way when increasing your word of mouth referral.

Network, follow up, and start meaningful conversations.

Engagement will naturally build trust in your brand. The more people see and hear things about your brand, the more comfortable they’ll be when reaching out to sell their home.

Forbes magazine writes that “you should give them a reason to talk! Talk about amazing products, great service, insider knowledge, social elevation, incredible stories, unbelievable facts or even funny disclosures.”

Give it a try – what do you have to lose?


Consider your wow factor

Another key component is that everyone needs a wow factor. How do people remember you? What are you doing to stand out? Often times, people brush off the importance of providing leads with a little coffee card, or holiday treat. Do you want to be remembered for your service right? Well, this is the first step.

Dazzle leads right from the starting gate with a small token of your appreciation for reaching out. A great example of a company that does this is Starbucks.

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Not my dogs….but I really wish they were!

Typically, if you go through Starbucks drive through with a dog as your co-pilot, they’ll provide you with a dog-friendly treat for your furry friend. This truly keeps me coming back, because they provide me with something nice for the dog standing awkwardly in my centre car console while I reach for my iced coffee.

Small actions like this will make you stand out, make people talk about the cool things you’re doing, and get people to keep coming back for your services. Stand out over the additional agents in your area competing for the same lead.

If someone puts a little care into who I am as an individual, I’ll trust their motivations are genuine and feel more inclined to follow up in the future, and talk to their friends about you.

We also recommend considering local shops before popular places. People will find value in how you know the community and the places people enjoy to go.

Does your lead have small children? If so, send them an ice cream voucher! Do they have a dog or a cat? Send them something for their pet! Trust me, these small actions go a long way.


How does this apply to Real Estate?

Be social, be active, be noticed. We’re in the age of social media, where everything is accessible, and everyone is at our fingertips. If people can get to know you vis social media and have an idea of who you are, they’ll be more comfortable approaching you.

Post about your clients, families you’ve worked with and your connection to your community. Someone who is active and known is much more approachable than someone who is a bit of a mystery.

People want to know they’re interacting with a real person. Someone with a personality and isn’t just there to make the sale. I want to know just as much about my agent, as I’m sure the agent wants to know about me.

Creating a business page Facebook account will give your leads the chance to get to know you before they contact you. Get a nice recognizable picture, client testimonials, and a personal bio. These will allow for a little bit of transparency in your life and business.

Consider the power of giving your clients different ways to talk and share their stories with you. Let your clients know you value them and look at them beyond being a sale. Give them reasons to naturally rave about your services.

At the end of the day, a sure fire way to build word of mouth referrals is to just ask. If you have a great working relationship with your clients, ask them if they know of anyone else selling, or even buying in the near future.

There’s no harm in asking for it – if you don’t ask, you’ll never know!

 


StreetText gives you the opportunity to make the first connection and start that conversation through Facebook Marketing. What are you going to do to keep that conversation going? How are you going to grow your word of mouth referrals?

For more information, click below to book a demo, and to see how StreetText can help you start conversations.

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We’re growing!

Our team is expanding, and we want to say hello! Here is a little insight into who we are at StreetText, and why we love what we do. We’re a growing team, devoted to starting meaningful conversations, and embracing our inner superheroes!

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We’re growing! Read about our expanding team below

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Jonathan Whiting – Co-Founder

Alter ego: Superman

Jonathan is the co-founder of StreetText, and began growing the company with his brother Stephen and friend Art Bosma in 2009. From launch, things have been exciting and consistently building. Jonathan and Stephen had a big vision to create a cross-channel tool that introduced users to their potential customer first. In 2013, StreetText first started creating automated posts to Facebook. The growth continued when StreetText enabled users to post to YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Kijiji. From those, Facebook showed the most promise.

Fast forward 6 months and StreetText was experimenting with boosted posts to Facebook. We tried different content types with little luck at first, until things clicked – Our first Facebook Ad client started seeing a huge response to his posts. It wasn’t long before StreetText had clients signing up from across Canada, and then the US the following year. Facebook was proving to be a much better opportunity than all previous channels combined. Soon StreetText’s Facebook lead capture product (Lead Magnet) overtook their other offerings. The decision was easy – Lead Magnet became StreetText’s sole focus.

On a more personal note

Jonathan and Stephen are both South African-born Canadians. Jonathan Inherited an interest in computing and electrical tinkery at an early age from his father, who is a believer in win-win economics. This interest eventually directed him towards web development. Jonathan also loves anything with a bit of adventure, and won’t hesitate when it comes to traveling, skiing, and cycling.


Stephen Whiting – Co-Founder 

Alter ego: Ironman

Stephen is the co-founder of StreetText, and began growing the company with his brother Jonathan and Art Bosma in 2009. Stephen has a wealth of knowledge from his Real Estate background, which allowed him to have incredible insight on what agents need to succeed. During this time, he further realized that agents have to wear many hats to succeed in the Real Estate world. What seemed clear to Stephen was that agents got into the business because they loved connecting with people, and helping others through some of the biggest decisions of their lives. What he noticed they didn’t love was spending time trying to figure out how to get in front of the great people in their community. This realization then became the beginnings of StreetText, as a way to helping great agents find and start the conversation with new leads.

Stephen’s position gives him an opportunity to meet regularly with StreetText’s great clients, and to work closely with our growing team. He spends his time enhancing the product and experience for our clients and the leads they generate through StreetText.

On a more personal note

When Stephen is not in the office, he loves listening to audiobooks and doing anything outdoors with his family, especially if it includes a view.


Jordan Scheer – Client Account & Facebook Ad Wizard

Alter ego: Catwoman

Jordan has been a part of the StreetText team for 3 years. Jordan initially started as the CHRP girl and would spend most of her days setting up listings for the “Canadian Home Renovation Program” for our Mortgage Broker and Realtor clients. After a few months, she slowly transitioned into a support role when our client database continued to grow. In 2015, StreetText introduced a new tool for our clients and Jordan became eager to learn more about Facebook advertising. Now, she spends her days setting up Facebook advertisements, making sure client accounts are ready to rock post sign up, and answers all calls through the StreetText support line.

Jordan graduated high school at 16 in Manchester U.K. and was on her way to becoming an accountant when she decided to move to Canada. Shortly after high school, she was approached by a sales representative for a new condo development company in Kelowna. This is where her love for Real Estate began.

On a more personal note

Jordan has a phobia of frogs, she doesn’t drink coffee or tea, she loves photography, and likes going to the gym…(sometimes).


Markus Willard – Lead Specialist & Facebook lead Generation

Alter ego: Captain America

Markus has been with StreetText for just over two years and is a very familiar voice to most of you. Markus knows 2 things very well: Facebook Lead Generation and Facebook Lead Conversion. If you’re looking for an abundant supply of listing and buyer leads and someone who can get you results in less than 7 days you’re talking to the right person. Let’s start a conversation. He’ll show you in 5 minutes how you can add a dozen more transactions in the next 12 months!

On a more personal note

Markus has two little boys at home, adventurous and outgoing, much like him and his wife. He is originally from California, which means he has settled in nicely in the “California” of Canada, Kelowna. In his spare time, Markus loves CrossFit training, keeping active and focusing on nutrition. Markus has also been on the Price is Right, as well as the Jeff Probst Show, which makes him quite the Celebrity figure.


Angela Miller-Kolp – Office Administrator

Alter ego: Wonder woman

Angela has been working with StreetText since 2011, which makes her one of the team veterans! Angela does a number of things with StreetText, but you might know her best from hearing her lovely voice on administrative calls, as well as occasionally on our support line.

On a more personal note

Angela was born and raised in Northern British Columbia and moved to Jasper where she met and married her Husband. She has been residing in Kelowna for the last 18 years. Angela has a son who is soon to be graduating High School and belongs to the Kelowna Pipe Band Society where she Highland Dances.


Logan Prest – Inside Sales

Alter ego: Hulk

Logan is a former realtor and brings years of first-hand industry knowledge and experience to the team.  Active in the community, Logan volunteers his time coaching his son’s local baseball team and organizing fundraising events. Logan loves being active and participating in any sporting event. Logan even dedicates every evening of his week to playing a different sport in local leagues!

On a more personal note:

In his spare time, Logan enjoys hiking, camping, playing baseball and hockey, which means Kelowna has everything he needs to stay fit and entertained! Logan has an 8-year-old son, who is following his dad’s love for sports. Logan keeps it Canadian with his favourite teams, which include the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Vancouver Canucks. Logan also has a fear of snakes, which is a downfall in Kelowna’s desert climate.


Nick Prouten – Inside Sales

Alter ego: Batman

Known for being a globetrotting salesman for the forces of good, Nick began his career orchestrating deals with some of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech companies and is excited to bring his diverse background of experience to the StreetText Team. Nick worked as a Real Estate assistant, and in recent years began his venture towards obtaining his Real Estate license.

On a more personal note

Nick lives on a hobby farm with bees, loves going to the gym, and initially moved to Kelowna from Vancouver, BC. Nick has done a healthy amount of traveling, spending time in San Francisco, as well as other parts of the world. Nick has also spent time studying fine arts, specializing in painting and creative development. When not binge watching Netflix, Nick can be found painting or enjoying Kelowna’s active lifestyle in just about any season.


Elysse Bujold – Marketing

Alter ego: Scarlet-Witch

Elysse has been living in British Columbia for the last 10 years and plans on sticking around for a while. After finishing her degree from the University of British Columbia, she began her career working in online and mobile gaming and fell in love with the world of tech. Elysse is excited about being with StreetText, diving into writing and letting everyone know about our mission and our desire to start meaningful conversations.

On a more personal note

Elysse is very active at the gym, hikes most weekends, and loves spending time with her friends or hunting for new vinyl for her collection. She loves adventuring and touring around to new destinations in British Columbia. She has a degree in photography, loves cinema, and theatre. Elysse hates spiders and prides herself on knowing all the words to Don McLean’s American Pie.


That’s us!

We’re a team passionate about starting meaningful conversations. We are focused on sharing our knowledge, educating, and bringing you exactly what you need to meet prospective clients. StreetText is where the conversation and connecting starts, so let’s start chatting. Leave a comment and say hello! We’ve told you a bit about ourselves…now it’s your turn.

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What drives the most successful sale?

How well do you sell? How do you interact with your leads?

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How well do you sell?

The Challenger Sale is a book written by Matt Dixon and Brent Adamson that asks the reader “what drives the most successful sale?” Not only does this book question the reader’s understanding of their sales methods, it sheds light on some of the most effective methods.

So, what strategies drive the most successful sale teams and individuals? What are some of the most effective methods?

Matt Dixon and Brent Adamson explain that there is a variety of different seller profiles that contain different skill sets, and qualities. Each of these different profiles will yield different interactions and transactions. These range from the Relationship Builder, all the way to the Lone Wolf. Here are some of the qualities and profiles.

1. The Relationship Builder:
Has a strong focus on professional and personal relationships with their leads
Reaches out to prospective leads early
Does everything to meet their leads needs

2. The Reactive Problem Solver:
Works to make sure leads won’t run into any problems
Highly reliable and detail oriented
Work to make sure any issues their lead may encounter are fixed as quickly as possible

3. The Hard Worker:
Does not give up easily
Someone who shows up early, and leaves late
Always interested in personal development and being the best they can be

4. The Lone Wolf:
Very instinctual and confident
Might be a rule breaker, but it typically yields results
They are the least common profile among salespeople

5. The Challenger:
Loves to debate and really understands the business
May challenge your thinking
Assertive and great at communicating with leads

What sales profile do you identify with? Do you alter your sales profile based on your lead and their personality? Do you carry aspects of each profile? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear about your profile characteristics.

Want to read more? Take a look at Sydney Waits, an expert in relationship building. 

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12 Real Estate Photos That Make You Go Ouch

Warning! The following is a list of 12 real estate photos that never should have happened. They may be hilarious, odd or even slightly marvellous but please note that these photos were taken by amateurs and as such should not be attempted at home.

Photo #1.

Looks nice on the outside …

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And then the inside.

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Somebody killed an entire zoo and placed it in their living room!


Photo #2.

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Oh dear. This is awkward

Photo #3.

Terrible steady cam
steady cam

Photo #4.

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This is where dreams go to die

Photo # 5.

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I’m afraid this really is a real estate photo

Photo # 6.

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Business as usual

Photo #7.

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Home staging done right, things are looking up

Photo #8.

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Realtor wins award for best selfie

Photo #9.

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It’s only a doll holding a doll

Photo #10.

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“After days of waiting this agent’s patience is finally rewarded. Weak with thirst, a pair of wild mattresses appear at the watering hole.” – Terrible Real Estate Photographs

Photo #11.

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The seller assures buyers that the entire neighborhood will be upgraded to 1200 x 1040px resolution shortly

Photo #12.

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It’s not small, it’s far away

 

All jokes aside, real estate photography is really important. It could mean the difference between getting a cold shudder or a warm call about your listing. Have a great day, love to hear your thoughts below.