MARKETING AND DESIGN FOR REAL ESTATE

HOW A REAL ESTATE VIRTUAL ASSISTANT CAN HELP

When people buy or sell their home, the obvious choice is to do so with a Real Estate Agent. Someone certified and educated on the subject matter of real estate, right? Well, when you are an Agent and looking to find some support for your marketing and advertising, why would you go with just any Assistant or Virtual Assistant.

Real Estate Virtual Assistants (Real Estate VA’s) are a fantastic way to get not only beautiful marketing pieces and fantastic ideas, but you also get an invaluable resource of experience in your line of business. They are experienced in the field of real estate and know how it works and how it is different from other industries, has many rules, guidelines etc. Having someone who knows the language, the market and, more importantly the ethics, rules and guidelines around advertising is key, lest anyone get into hot water with RECO or other governing bodies.

There are many services that the right Real Estate VA can help you with:

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Set up and monitor accounts
  • Create content, schedule, and post
  • Engage with your audience
  • Grow your audience
  • Optimize accounts
  • Social Media Ads

PRINT MARKETING

  • Feature Sheets
  • Flyers
  • Post Cards and Mailers
  • Books
  • Presentations
  • Newsletters

ONLINE MARKETING

  • Google Business
  • Google Ads
  • Newsletters
  • Drip Campaigns
  • Social Media Ads

WEBSITES

  • Create
  • Update
  • Blog Writing

REPORTING

  • Google Analytics
  • Social Media Reporting
  • Custom Reports

BRANDING

  • Logos
  • Images
  • Letterhead
  • Envelopes
  • Business Cards
  • Promo Pieces
  • Social Banners
  • Signs
  • Email Signatures
  • Website Banners
  • Presentation Folders
  • Note Cards

GRAPHICS

  • Social Media Account Graphics
  • Social Post Images
  • Infographics
  • Photoshopping of Images
  • Signs

Now, like all Agents, not all Real Estate VA’s are the same. Some will provide some of the services listed above, and others will provide a wider selection, perhaps all. Thinking that the latter is a mythical unicorn? Think again! Feel free to check out these as well as some of the other tools we offer. Let us put our over 20 years of real estate experience to work for you. Let us provide you with Solid Support for Your Success.

DO YOU KNOW WHO YOUR IDEAL CUSTOMER IS?

Have you heard of a Customer or Business Avatar before? Every business should have a minimum one if not a few.  An avatar can help ensure you are attracting the right kind of client for your business. We are going to go over the what, why and how.

What is a Client/Business Avatar?

An avatar is a fictitious customer profile that details the ideal client for you and your business. You can have more than one to ensure you are speaking to all the segments of your business. Be careful though too many can be detrimental to the exercise. You need to be able to maximize your exposure to your ideal client, figure out how to advertise to them effectively, know how to speak to them (tone, language), what is your story and what value does it have to your client.

Why should your business have an Avatar(s)?

Avatars are the center of all your marketing or should be at least. They allow you to drive targeted marketing that speaks directly to your ideal client. It allows you to strategically think when writing everything from lead magnets to social media posts from blog posts to Facebook ads. You can write all the content to speak to your ideal client or clients.

Having an avatar that defines the type of client you do not want to work with or attract is also a good idea. Why? It will help you to choose who to work with and make sure you are not wasting valuable time and money attracting anyone and everyone to your business. We all want clients but some, I think we can agree, are more work than they are worth.

Quality over quantity!

How do I create an Avatar?

There are lots of free downloadable worksheets online you can use. Some are better than others, and some will work better for you than others. It is a personal choice for sure. Here are the main points to cover, be as specific as possible (example for age don’t put 26-36 you want an exact age like 34):

Name:

Age:

Gender:

Marital Status:

#/Age of Children:

Location:

Occupation:

Job Title:

Annual Income:

Level of Education:

Other:

Goals:

Values:

Challenges:

Pain Points:

Possible Objections:

Role in the Buying Process:

Decision-Making Factors:

Business Objectives:

Best Way to Communicate:

Once you have filled out your Avatar write a story as that avatar and see what comes of it. You might be surprised at what you see. Be sure to add a photo to this fictitious person that fits their personality so you can remind yourself and others who your business would like to attract (or not attract can sometimes be just as important). Have fun creating it really does make it so much easier.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND WHY GOOD DESIGN MATTERS

If a picture can be worth a thousand words, design can be worth thousands of dollars to your business.

What is design? There are many different forms of design services for business purposes.

Graphic design is visual communication. It’s everything from graphics, illustrations, typography, and photography. This includes logo design, business cards, postcards, presentation packages, sales pages on your website, an online ad, a flyer, your latest social media post, or even your product packaging.

Design also brings graphics, animations and other visual effects to life in your videos, online courses, website, and advertising campaigns.

Design services are essential for any business wanting to make a positive and lasting impression. For example, your brand is the first thing people will see – it sets the tone for your business. As the famous saying goes: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Make yours count!

You want to pay particular attention not only what your design looks like, but what it feels like, and how it works in your overall marketing strategies. Consistency, flow and clarity are essential parts of good business design.

When it comes to communication, graphic design communicates more than just words to your audience. The simplest design elements like font choice and colour scheme can help to portray an emotion or feeling that supports your message.

Here’s another way to look at it; when you share content that helps someone solve a problem, with curated professional design, the quality of your message increases, your professionalism becomes apparent, and that can speak volumes when clients are shopping around for products and services.

If you don’t value your company enough to invest in professional design, then it will be difficult to get potential clients to invest in you!

If a picture can be worth a thousand words, design can be worth thousands of dollars to your business.

What is design? There are many different forms of design services for business purposes.

Graphic design is visual communication. It’s everything from graphics, illustrations, typography, and photography. This includes logo design, business cards, postcards, presentation packages, sales pages on your website, an online ad, a flyer, your latest social media post, or even your product packaging.

Design also brings graphics, animations and other visual effects to life in your videos, online courses, website, and advertising campaigns.

Design services are essential for any business wanting to make a positive and lasting impression. For example, your brand is the first thing people will see – it sets the tone for your business. As the famous saying goes: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Make yours count!

You want to pay particular attention not only what your design looks like, but what it feels like, and how it works in your overall marketing strategies. Consistency, flow and clarity are essential parts of good business design.

When it comes to communication, graphic design communicates more than just words to your audience. The simplest design elements like font choice and colour scheme can help to portray an emotion or feeling that supports your message.

Here’s another way to look at it; when you share content that helps someone solve a problem, with curated professional design, the quality of your message increases, your professionalism becomes apparent, and that can speak volumes when clients are shopping around for products and services.

If you don’t value your company enough to invest in professional design, then it will be difficult to get potential clients to invest in you!

Top 6 Solutions to Skyrocket Your Business

There is not much that we don’t do; we are a jack of all trades, so to speak. We have our specialties for sure like design, marketing and real estate. Client’s as well as other businesses frequently ask, “Do you do……?” So, we thought we would put together the most popular services we provide.

CREATIVE SERVICES

Our creative department handles all types of tasks, whether you are an existing business looking for a re-fresh, continued creative support or a new company looking to establish your brand. Some of the creative services that we offer are:

  • Logos
  • Stationary
  • Print communications
  • Social media design
  • Website design
  • Signage
  • Desktop Publishing and book layouts

MARKETING AND ADVERTISING

We have created all types of campaigns and systems to get businesses noticed and bring in new and repeat business. Whether you are launching an online blitz, ongoing presence on social or perhaps strategizing on farming areas and print communication, we can help. We have years of experience in helping businesses with their marketing and advertising needs. Some of these services are:

  • Social Media Campaigns
  • Print Campaigns
  • Marketing System Implementation and Execution
  • Follow-up and Client Care Systems
  • Print and online ads (Google Ads, Newspaper, Magazine, etc.)
  • Custom presentations

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT

This is a popular one, especially since everyone realizes how important it is to have a presence on the web. We help you to develop, execute and track your campaigns, posts and pages to ensure they are performing at their best. It is important if you are posting or advertising on social media that you can track your ROI. Some of the items we cover are:

  • Content creation
  • Social Strategy
  • Social Audits
  • Social Ads
  • Execution of Posts
  • Content Calendar Creation
  • Social Image Creation
  • Consulting and Reporting

BLOGGING

Blogging is such an underrated tool in business. By blogging it not only offers you more visibility, but it also provides a source to pull multiple marketing strategies from. For instance, one blog post can generate 20 social media posts, videos, podcasts, newsletter content and more. Blogging also helps to answer common questions consumers may have about your business; it also helps establish you as a resource in your industry. A little “evergreen” content goes a long way.

WEBSITE SERVICES

Having a website is imperative for a virtual assistant, but it is also for any business now a days. With more and more people shopping online, researching products, comparing, etc. you need to be present. You do not need a big flashy WordPress site necessarily; perhaps you need a landing page only.  Once you are online, that site will need management on a monthly basis. This is just one of the many ways we can help. Some of our web services include:

  • Site design and set up
  • Migration
  • Landing Page design and optimization
  • Updates
  • Troubleshooting and Tech Support

REAL ESTATE SERVICES

With over 25 years of experience in both residential and commercial real estate (unlicensed), we have a wealth of knowledge and strive to ensure our agents have all they need to market properties, keep in touch with clients, provide that wow factor. Whatever their need, we are here to support and help grow their business. Let our design department take your brand/marketing to the next level.

  • Print Marketing and Design (Feature Sheets, CIM’s, Proposals, Flyers, Postcards etc.)
  • Database and Transaction Management
  • Social Media Management
  • Web Design and Management
  • Signage design
  • Consulting – Systems, Business Practices, Coaching

If you need some support for your business but are not sure where to start, start with these core services, then make a list of all the tasks you complete in a day, week, month. Once you have your list you can break it down into areas or tasks you would like to outsource.  We continue to learn and grow so that we can provide our clients with Solid Support for Their Success.

Why You Need a Business Coach

When you’re not feeling well, you seek out advice from a doctor or health expert.

If your kids need help with math homework,  you hire a tutor to improve their skills and confidence.

Successful people turn to experts when it comes to managing essential things in our life. Why? Because they get results.

When you stop making excuses and start to take responsibility for what you want to change – change happens.

Small, consistent steps in the right direction make a significant impact.

There is a psychological factor that comes with being proactive and seeking out help to change an uncomfortable situation. When you go from “problem” to “solution,” the brain sends powerful messages throughout your body, your neurons start to open a pathway taking you from feeling helpless and confused to focused and confident.

You know that feeling you get when you start to take action towards healthy daily goals and habits? There’s a science behind that. Momentum dissolves guilt, and each step forward creates room for the next opportunity.

We live in a world where information is available all day, every day, with a click, swipe or Google search. There is no shortage of temptation for the latest business trend, sales funnel, social media strategy, fancy new software, and the latest lead generation tool. While many of these can be invaluable assets in our businesses, it’s also easy to get distracted with information-overload that can lead to inaction.

What do Tony Robbins, Warren Buffett and Elon Musk have in common? If you guessed multi-billions, you’re right, but they also have and know how imperative it is to have a business coach.

Since running a business can be a rollercoaster ride, the right coach will help you not only set your goals but outline the goals in increments so you can achieve them. Goals can be significant, actually, the bigger, the better, but the small steps and foundations are the vital things to build as you move towards the finish line of achieving that goal.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you may be finding that you’re spending too much time and energy on counterproductive activities. Most entrepreneurs love to learn and are continually looking for innovative tools and ideas that will help them stand out from the rest at the risk of carefully filling day-to-day operations that are essential to revenue and growth.

If you’ve never made the connection – business and self-development are unanimous.

Limiting beliefs begin to creep in. Soon you’re asking yourself if you have what it takes to run your business. 

Are equipped with the right knowledge?

Are you ready without a specific training course?

Will people will like, trust and buy from you?

A coach will bring a new perspective and help you blast away any limiting beliefs you have about yourself.

According to the International Coach Federation, business owners who have hired a coach, have seen 70% increase in work performance, 86% have seen a return on investment, and an impressive 99% of entrepreneurs were happy that they decided to hire a business coach.

The House Wren offers an extensive business coaching program. If you’re ready to thrive and take your business to the next level, please contact us for more information. Take action today.

Discover the Secrets to Personalities

Have you ever wondered why some people “don’t get what you’re saying”?

Or have you ever thought “I can’t figure out why this person talks about same the details over and over”?

Do you have to “see”  or “feel” the question or task at hand before being convinced of its validity?

Or maybe you need to make sense of it before making a decision logically.

We decide if we agree with or reject ideas, people, or situations, in less than 4 seconds!

Neither is wrong or right – it’s just how different personalities respond to different environments.

To avoid conflict, you can refer to a powerful and straightforward personality tool to help you understand how you communicate when you’re at your natural best.

This tool also helps you understand how people with different personality traits also navigate the world.

By understanding DISC® you can build more cohesive relationships based on understanding the four predominant behavioural styles.

The DISC Model of Behavior was first proposed by William Moulton Marston, a physiological psychologist with a PhD from Harvard. His 1928 book, Emotions of Normal People, explains his theory on how normal human emotions lead to behavioural differences among groups of people, and how a person’s behaviour might change over time. His work focused on directly observable and measurable psychological phenomena. He was interested in using practical explanations to help people understand and manage their experiences and relationships.

Marston theorized that the behavioural expression of emotions could be categorized into four primary types, stemming from the person’s perceptions of self-concerning his or her environment.

And DISC® was born!

DISC assessments are used worldwide in thousands of organizations including governmental agencies, non-profits, start-ups, real estate teams, and Fortune 500 companies.

What does DISC stand for?

Dominance – direct, strong-willed and forceful

Influence – friendly, talkative and lively

Steadiness – gentle, accommodating and soft-hearted

Conscientiousness – private, analytical and logical

Keep in mind DISC profiling uses these four personality traits of human behaviour and even though we each have a prominent one, everyone has a unique blend.

If you’d like to take a free personality test, try out an online tool called Crystal Knows. After the test is complete, you’ll see a personality profile for yourself. You can then use the insights to communicate more effectively. We’ve tried it, and it’s fun and easy to use. (We are not affiliated in any way and do not receive compensation if you use it.)

Try it out here: Crystal Knows