Often we hear realtors tell us how expensive it is to do effective marketing as a real estate agent and how they don’t have the budget for these costs. Although there are some very pricey marketing tactics in play right now, you can be assured there are countless highly effective tactics that are “zero” cost or low cost.
2018 Low and No Cost Marketing Ideas for Agents:
1. Pick up the phone and talk to five current or past clients a day.
2. Ask for the business just by adding to your email signature “The greatest compliment you can give me is a referral to your family, friends and colleagues.”
3. Record a new, upbeat and original message on your voicemail every day. Try a riddle, joke, tip, quote or short story.
4. Create a “do it yourself” info graphic of your local market statistics for real estate and post it on social media or email it to your clients
5. Check the local news or internet for a good news story and clip or print the story and send the person who the story is about a personal note saying “well done or congratulations” and include your business card.
6. Create a video of your best buying or selling tips and post them to YouTube, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter.
7. Create a video of a past client testimonial sharing their experience doing business with you and post it to your website or social media.
8. Create an instructional video on “How to” or “Step by Step” process.
9. Constantly wear your company name badge. Don’t be a secret agent. Even add a company logo to your clothing.
10. Join or start a networking group like Business Network International (BNI).
11. Write and post some of your best marketing, buying or selling ideas in Real Estate on your own blog like we have done with Agents Sales Talk!
12. Submit press releases each week to local media sources like new innovative real estate marketing, using drones, videos, interactive floor plans, virtual reality, etc.
13. Create joint ventures and partnerships with other businesses and services that fall in line with the real estate industry. Add them to your website!
14. Complete a detailed profile of yourself in Google, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter.
15. Write a short market snapshot or update each month and email it to your database.
16. Post classified ads on free online websites like Craigslist, Kijiji, Oodle.
17. Teach other business owners and service providers how to market with little or no money.
18. Write and send a hand written note to 5 people every day.
19. Door knock an area where you have or your company has a bona fide buyer, recent sold or recent new listing or invite them to your open house.
20. Post on social media and email every month your local market “best bets” for buying opportunities. All categories like first time buy, move up buy, foreclosure or rental.
21. Visit face to face an expired listing owner with a sold topper in hand and say “We have just been notified your home is no longer on the market and I am sure the last person you want to see at your door is another real estate agent. I just have 2 quick questions and will be on my way. First why do you think one of these “sold” signs did not get on your property and second why did you want to sell in the first place?”
22. Hold an open house on a listing any day that only takes a customer no more than 2 open house signs to get to from the main traffic.
23. Create a contest or a client referral rewards program.
24. Volunteer for an event or at a local charity. Join a service club. Attend a networking event and exchange business cards.
25. Host a buying, selling or investing real estate seminar. Co-present with other experts like lawyers, lenders, inspectors, etc.
26. Logo your vehicle if you are not a bad driver.
27. Video interview local business owners, service providers and professionals in your community.
28. Create an agent to agent referral business with agents from other cities sending you their buyer and seller referrals.
29. Connect with solicitors that represent family, estate or financial institution law for referral business.
30. Visit face to face a for sale by owner and offer to provide them tips and ideas on how to sell their home themselves in exchange for referral business in the future.
31. Create a referral network with trades people, contractors, renovators and handyman professionals.
32. 97% response rate texting someone and asking them “How’s biz?” and in exchange you can expect them to text back the same question to you about the market!
So there you have it an in depth list of ideas for agents with smaller or no marketing budgets in 2018. Feel free to add more ideas and suggestions to this year’s list in the comment section below!