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Online Real Estate Marketing Plan

Real Estate Marketing Plan

To receive the highest possible price when selling your house, you'll need a solid real estate marketing plan primarily consisting of posting and advertising on the internet. It doesn't matter if you're selling the home on your own, or your agent is selling it for you, without an effective marketing plan, you will be missing out!

I remember back in the day when it was time to sell my house, marketing on the internet wasn't really a factor. We were still placing ads in newspapers and local real estate magazines. Today, things are much different so we'll stop with the old stories and explain the best real estate marketing plan of today.

First make sure your house is in good repair and looks fantastic. For the sake of this article, we're going to assume you already have an accurate approximation of your home's value, the home is ready to sell and you are ready to initiate your real estate marketing plan and get started with selling. We will also assume, if you're going to the trouble and expense to making your home marketable, you'll want your real estate listing to be presented to qualified buyers interested in buying a home in your area or neighborhood. This is the tricky part!

Create and Gather Assets for Your Real Estate Marketing Plan

First thing you'll need to do is start gathering marketing assets. Of course, if you have a realtor, he or she will handle all this for you. In fact, if you have NOT selected your local realtor yet, we'd love to speak with you. If not, you could also use the following as a list of questions to ask any realtors you are considering using. Be sure to ask what assets they would plan to include in your real estate marketing plan.

PRO TIP: We know it difficult, but we suggest treating the process of selling your house as if it were a business. Your primary mission is selling your home, fast and for the highest possible price. Try to set your mind to detach yourself and your emotions and depersonalize as much as possible.

Example of photo asset from drone

The assets for your real estate marketing plan should include, text description, photos, video and such. You'll use these assets for your property website, social networks, YouTube, uploading to the MLS and other major real estate sites. You will also use the assets for emailing everyone you know.

List of Assets

  • Listing Price - This is not really an asset, but you'll want to get this right the first time. If you get it wrong, it can hurt because you lose all the FRESH NEW LISTING momentum. Take whatever measures necessary to depersonalize this process and establish a realistic listing price. Do NOT rely on an automatic online home evaluation.  If we are representing you, we will handle all of this.
  • Property Description - Your real estate marketing plan must include an accurate description of your home, focusing on the most marketable features. This description will appear everywhere!
  • Professional Photography - Do NOT use your cell phone for your property photos and DO NOT skimp. Hire a professional photographer to take photos displaying your real estate listing in the best possible light. We can promise, taking high quality photos will attract more buyers to your home.
  • Virtual Tour - This is nothing more than a video slide show using your photos. Your photographer can provide this, but if you go ahead with a 360 walk through video, use it as your virtual tour.
  • Online Open House Video - Yes, you'll need a video of your home. This is different than a virtual tour and will be used to share your 24/7 online Open House! Keep your video short! Instagram only allows short videos of around 48 seconds.
  • Drone Video - Drones are great and nowadays we're using them for almost all our listings. We promise, it will be worth it! See one of our drone videos below.
  • Fliers & Signs - All good real estate marketing plans include fliers and signs. You'll need digital and hard copies of fliers and signs. The fliers should be used as handouts for visitors, neighbors, etc.
  • 800 Number and Recording - Some agents use an 800 number strategy. If you want to include this into your real estate marketing plan, the 800 number is the only phone number displayed and it should be placed EVERYWHERE. The potential buyer calls the number, hears the recording and you are automatically sent the phone number and message.

If you are planning to select a realtor, you can easily include the list above as questions to ask during your initial interview. Just do a little tweaking, and they will work fine to use during your interview.

Local Realtors® Matt & Meray Gregory
661-713-4799

Example of Drone Video Uploaded to Youtube & displayed on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Property Website

What to Do With Your Real Estate Listing Assets

Now that you have your marketing assets together you might think, you're ready to go live, but we're not quite ready yet.

Next, consider exactly what you're trying to accomplish with your real estate marketing plan. Of course you want to receive top dollar for your home, but to do that you'll need to attract QUALIFIED BUYERS interested in your home and community. You'll want to avoid the lookyloos and stay safe when visitors tour your home.

View real estate webpage on phone
Publish Your Real Estate Listing to Your Own Web page!

Publish Your Property Website or Webpage

Your real estate marketing plan MUST include a property website or landing page! Don't skip this because having your own web page enables you full control of your listing. Remember, you'll be competing with other sellers and most home searchers have a very short attention span. If you think just using Zillow or the MLS as your landing page, think again! Potential buyers are easily distracted and change directions on a dime! Do you really want your leads to easily click or tap a button and leave your listing in favor of a similar property?

Real Estate Website ExampleThe MLS and Zillow don't care about your listing or your marketing goals and do little to help sell your home other than including it on their site.

Of course you will want your home to appear in the MLS and on major real estate websites. The thing is, if you find an interested buyer on your social networks or by other means, you want to get them OFF those other websites and send them to your own property web page so you keep their FULL attention.

If you have selected the Gregory Real Estate Group to represent you and your home sale, we handle all of this for you. If you are selling on your own, you'll need to find a way to create a single page web page or site.

Local Realtors® Matt & Meray Gregory
661-713-4799

If You're Not a Realtor, Consider Posting Your Listing On Major Real Estate Websites

Realtor.com
Zillow.com
Trulia
Redfin

Real Estate Listing - Video Examples

Video Example - Online Open House
Video Example - Drone Video

Tip for Displaying Listing Assets on Property Website

All good real estate marketing plans include the display of photos, videos and a clear call to action directly in the upper fold of your property web page. Prospective buyers prefer visual displays over the text. Keep your description brief, but make the photos and Call to Action the centerpiece.

There are two schools of thought with regard to how many photos, length of videos and how much of a description to include with your listing on your web page.

  1. Some agents and sellers prefer to provide less photos, shorter videos and no price. The goal here is to encourage the visitors to contact them so they can have a real conversation.
  2. Others, prefer to provide the price of the real estate listing, lots of photos and longer videos. It's up to you to determine what you want to accomplish. If you don't want to be bothered with lots of unnecessary phone calls you'll want to provide as much information as possible, including the price.

Our own real estate advertising plans always include the price in our listings because if we don't, our website visitors will go elsewhere and find it.

To sum it up, develop your real estate marketing plan, create your assets and publish them on your own webpage before publishing elsewhere.

If We Listing Your Home

We create a property web page for all our client listings on our own site. The benefit is, our site is already ranked in the search engines for our local area, so that's automatically a huge benefit for our clients. For local neighborhoods and communities, we even outrank the big sites like Zillow!

How to Market Your Real Estate Listing on the Internet

Other Options Instead of a Property Website

If you're selling your home on your own you'll need to create a one page website to use specifically as a property web page to market your real estate listing on the internet.

Another option, though not advised, you could set up a separate Facebook page which you could easily delete once you sell the home. We really don't recommend this because people on Facebook get way too distracted and you want to hold their attention. Also, do not use your personal Facebook page because you will most certainly lose some friends and you may be in violation of Facebook's Terms of Service. If setting up your own page, you will not have all the control, but it's better than nothing.

You could also go to one of those automatic web site builders such as SquareSpace. This is not ideal because, no matter what they advertise about anyone being able to create their own website, it's still very time consuming, all for a one page real estate listing property website. Geez, before wasting your time with this just call our web guy. Tell him you read this post he'll whip something up for you in a jiffy, cheap!

Pro Tip: Before moving forward with adding your home to the MLS or any large national real estate website, first publish your listing on your property website. It's important the search engines find your page before it goes into syndication to the world.

Upload Your Listing to the MLS and Major Real Estate Websites

Post Your Listing on the MLS & Major Website Syndications

If you are NOT a realtor and you are selling your home on your own, you will not have access to the MLS. There are still ways to include your real estate listing in the MLS but no matter what, it's going to cost you too much money. If selling on your own, you really don't need the MLS and here's why. Other agents are not going to be interested in showing your home unless you have a listing agreement in place with another agent. Yes, there are ways to offer agents a commission, but that can be a bit shaky and most realtors will not participate. That being said, post your home on Zillow, Trulia and anywhere else they will let you add your listing for free.

When posting, only use a portion of your assets, but not all. Your goal is to get interested buyers off the MLS or large sites and on to your webpage. You can do this by only providing enough teaser information do gather interest and get your buyers to click the link or call you directly. It's very important, when uploading all your real estate listing information to include the link back to your site.

Market Your Real Estate Listing on the Internet VIA Social Media

If you have a real estate agent, they will do all the social media posting for you. If so, be sure to go to all their social media pages and re-share their posts on your pages. If you have no agent you'll need to post your listing on ALL social networks. Anywhere you can do a post, do it! Include one of your videos and a photo or two at each location. It's CRITICAL to always include a link back to your property webpage when posting your listing on the internet.

Last, don't forget to email all your friends and be sure to ask them to share your social media posts with their friends. They will do it for you, but be sure to ask.

One more thing! Remember we made mention about having some fliers on hand. Well, go copy off about 100 copies and deliver them to each home in your neighborhood.

Real Estate Marketing Plan Recap

If you want to get the most money from your sale  a solid real estate marketing plan is a must. Remember, invest your marketing money on the visual assets. Then publish your listing on your own website and share everywhere! When sharing, only provide enough teaser information to entice your visitors to click or tap to your property webpage, or call you directly. Unless you fouled up on the listing price, you'll get your home showings and the offers will come rolling in. That's it, you're done!

We offer this post as a service to our friends, clients and the community we love. Should you have any questions please contact Matt & Meray Gregory with the Gregory Real Estate Group. 661-713-4799.

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