Marketing

Dos and Don’ts of Email Marketing

If you had an email marketing campaign in 1998, chances are your had somewhere between an 80-90% open rate. Today you would be considered OUTSTANDING if your rate was one-third that. Times have changed and it’s not that your emails are worse than before. The problem is that people get more emails than ever and most are extremely tired of it. According to textrequest.com, the average email user receives 88… Read More »Dos and Don’ts of Email Marketing

Do You Have a VP?

Value Proposition: Yours/Mine We chat a bunch in the real estate business about the concept of Value Proposition. So what is a Value Proposition? And why is it important? Well, first things first, according to Wikipedia, it is “a promise of value to be delivered, communicated, and acknowledged.” Okay, but that doesn’t really tell me enough. I like this one from the good people at Kissmetrics.com:  “a believable collection of the most persuasive reasons… Read More »Do You Have a VP?

10/1/2/3 A Facebook Plan to Connect

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In the days of my Great Grandpa Blackmer, if you wanted to chat with someone, you had to see them, as in really SEE them, in person. You rode to the next town, knocked on their door and paid a visit. Then, Alexander Graham Bell gave us the telephone. The phone was a great way of contacting people, building relationships. Easier on the horse too. The problem with the phone… Read More »10/1/2/3 A Facebook Plan to Connect

Got Relevance?

Talked to your travel agent lately? I was fortunate enough a while ago to attend a conference where the theme was “Winning Customers and Influencing Markets.” Setting the tone for the conference, I decided to focus on relevance. I began my presentation with Young and Rubicam’s Brand Asset Valuator. With apologies to Y &; R, allow me to paraphrase for those of you not “hip to the jive.” Young and Rubicam wanted… Read More »Got Relevance?

The Right Questions are Key

Asking the right questions will lead to the answers that help you determine which agent to use for one of the largest investments that most people make…the purchase or sale of their home. Rudyard Kipling wrote the verse “I keep six serving men, they taught me all I knew; their names were what and why and when and how and where and who.” Prefacing your questions with one of these… Read More »The Right Questions are Key

The Eight Irrefutable Laws of Customer Service

What is Customer Service? Before we can answer that, let’s go to dictionary.com and look for some definitions. First CUSTOMER: “a person who purchases goods or services from another” Next, SERVICE: “An act of helpful activity.” So, customer service is the act of helping someone who has purchased goods or services. The operative word, I believe, is activity. Customer service is active, even PROactive, not passive. It’s an action, not… Read More »The Eight Irrefutable Laws of Customer Service

Your IPOD is Video!

To say that the video explosion is coming to the internet is like saying that cars will replace horses as the main means of transportation. It’s already happened. 72 hours of youtube video is uploaded every minute, 4 billion videos everyday. Four billion hours of video are viewed each month. And get this; in 2011 there were one trillion youtube views OR 140 for every person on the planet. In… Read More »Your IPOD is Video!

Hitting the Road: Lots of Options, Many Blessings

As I pack my bags this morning, I am excited about the opportunity to teach at the Western Slope Realtor Rally in Grand Junction tomorrow. I am fortunate enough to get to teach two of my favorite things: Listings (Creating Listing Abundance) and Peak Performance (The Other Side of Peak Performance). Tomorrow begins a ten week run of non-stop teaching action and I couldn’t be more excited. The fun isn’t… Read More »Hitting the Road: Lots of Options, Many Blessings

How’s Your Package?

Wouldn’t it be great if there was someone who could precede your listing appointment: sharing the benefits of working with you, pontificating about the strength of your marketing plan, giving them just the right dose of information about how you work? Well, there is and he or she is staring back at you from your mirror. YOU, through an extremely effective positioning strategy can accomplish every one of those goals… Read More »How’s Your Package?

Five Marketing Principles

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“Money coming in says I’ve made the right marketing decisions.” So says author Adam Osborne As salespeople, one of our chief duties is to find business. This, either fortunately, or unfortunately, sends us down the road to marketing. So that each of us might do a better job marketing, there are five important marketing principles to follow. 1. Personal Promotion. Marketing is all about you. Personal promotion is all about… Read More »Five Marketing Principles