6 ways you can improve your digital marketing in 2021 for real estate agents.
Updated: Jan 5
1. Set up an Email Campaign
No matter the industry, an email nurture campaign is a valuable tool in connecting with new leads and staying relevant to past clients. Ideally, a well-rounded campaign will funnel potential clients through predetermined actions based on their buyer profile and previous engagements with you.
According to Smart Insights, the average open rate of emails for real estate businesses is around 27% with a click-through rate (CTR) of 3%. However, the more relevant your content is to a client, the more likely they will be interested in opening the email to see what you have to say.
2. Create a User-Friendly Website
How many times have you opened a website only to close it because it wouldn’t load fast enough? With so many photos and links, realtor websites can sometimes be a web developer’s nightmare. However, with the help of a professional web designer and a knowledge of what your clients are looking for, real estate professionals can develop a responsive website that is optimized for mobile browsing.
Almost half of all web browsing is completed on a mobile device, so if your website is not designed to be responsive, your clients will not be able to browse your site comfortably. Your mobile-friendly website should include the following content in order to give your clients the best experience:
A list of all new listings
Content that will guide them throughout the home buying process
Links to relevant moving-related services such as lawyers, movers, and home inspectors
In addition, consider implementing a live chat feature on your website. Your real estate business is extremely people-centric, meaning that it’s important to be available when they need to ask questions. Investing in live chat software allows people to connect 24/7 and schedule appointments without necessarily speaking directly to you.
3. Create and Post Valuable Blog Content
Responsive websites that have a blog often have 434% more indexed pages, helping real estate professionals achieve better SEO.
A blog is a fantastic way to level-up your SEO, build a positive reputation online, and provide your clients with actionable advice on buying or selling a home or piece of property. A real estate professional's digital marketing strategy is nothing without valuable content, whether it's shared on your website or social media.
In addition to your responsive website, make sure that you regularly write content that buyers and sellers can come back to for answers to their most pressing real estate questions.
4. Host Virtual Tours
Virtual tours of the homes are incredible pieces of content in a successful digital marketing strategy. Not only do these tours share video content – which generates revenue 49% faster for marketers than non-video users – but a potential client can get an idea of what a home really has to offer them.
Purchasing a home can be difficult, and as a real estate expert, your job is to make the home buying journey as easy as possible for your clients. Andrew J Carr shared some of the more critical qualities realtors should try to include in successful virtual tours, such as:
Using real footage of the home, as compared to digital illustrations
Ensuring the video of the tour is interactive and responsive across all viewing methods (mobile and desktop)
Making the virtual tour 3D and user-friendly
5.Create a Social Media Marketing Strategy
It’s one thing to post real estate-related content on your Facebook account every once in a while, but a full-fledged social media marketing strategy is what truly yields the results you’re looking for. Some ideas of useful content to post on your social media channels include:
New or existing listings
Team bios (if you run a real estate brokerage)
Relevant blog posts
If you're experienced in digital marketing, you may realize just how difficult it can be to create a social media strategy and to post regularly across all channels. However, tools like Buffer are designed to help make social media content development and scheduling simple and clear.
The most important rule of thumb for developing a social media strategy for your real estate business is to share varied content. Although sharing listings is an important factor in your digital strategy, you want to make sure that your content is useful for a broad audience, not just leads in the market for a new home.
8. Ensure You Spend Time on SEO
SEO, or search engine optimization, is a critical technique to drive leads to your website. When done correctly, your website and web pages will show up higher on search engine results pages (SERPs) during relevant searches.
However, Google and other search engines are constantly changing their algorithms, so it's critical to focus on your SEO more than one time. Keywords are a basic aspect of SEO that can make a significant difference. To include keywords in your SEO strategy, make sure that you include high-ranking keywords such as your location and your industry throughout your blog content and website. There are other elements of a strong SEO strategy, including:
Meta titles and descriptions
Social media pages
Because content is such a valuable asset to a good SEO strategy, make sure that you update your blog regularly. Typically, the material that is ranked highest on Google is between 1,140 words and 1,285 words, so it may be a good idea to write high-value, long-form content on a regular basis.
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