Many Realtors, like most companies, continue to market their businesses the same way that they have been for a long time. Possibly worse, many Realtors just market their business and their clients’ listings the same ways that their competitors do – and expect different or better results.
If you’re guilty of either of these, then I'm willing to bet your marketing strategy goes a little something like this…
- Put properties on the MLS
- Buy ad spots in magazines and newspapers
- Spend weekends holding open houses
- Call brokers and past clients for referrals
- Spam purchased email lists
- Add properties to website(s) and social media channels
Every Realtor is Doing This....
Here’s the idea…
Why would this be effective?
Buying a home is largely an emotional decision. What better way to tap into someone’s emotions than to let them physically experience and envision what their life would be like with them in the home before they buy it? This would also be a great way to prevent buyers from wasting your time as this will weed out anyone not seriously interested in living there.
What is the marketing angle?
This type of offer / opportunity will really market itself – at least until everyone starts doing it. Not only does this show that you’re a cutting-edge agent staying at the forefront of leveraging new marketing, but it proves that you and your seller care more about just getting the most money for their home. It shows that you / they want to find the perfect person or family for their home.
Great for Press...
The Press would eat this story alive, making it great for online media outlets and publications across the globe, aswell as pitching news networks for coverage on the story to make tv headlines garnering the attention of any potential buyer looking to relocate for a vaction or permanent home in the beautiful exclusive city of Malibu.
Before you spend tens of thousands of dollars on a car, thousands of dollars on home appliances or hundreds of dollars on electronics you have the opportunity to try them first. You can touch and feel them. Play with them. And visualize them in your home or in your hands.
Why is this not entirely possible with something we’re going to spend hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars on?
Yes, you can attend open houses, walk through a home (usually as much as you’d like), take pictures, etc. None of this really provides the full experience of actually living in the home though.
Idea #1: Let Them Try Before They Buy