One of the things real estate investors struggle with is how to use Facebook and other social media effectively. Almost all of us use social media to some extent, but how do we actually get business from these sites?
I am really happy to have some great information to share with you on the best way for real estate investors to use Facebook. This guest post is by Joy Gendusa from PostcardMania who is true expert in “all things marketing”. She has so much information to share on this subject, that I will be posting her article in three parts. I don't want you to miss any of it, so be sure to check back for part 2 on Wednesday, and part 3 on Friday.
Social media has become a polarizing issue in the marketing community. Some favor the more traditional marketing methods such as direct mail, television, radio, and print advertising. They see social media as a passing fad, not a stable quantifiable avenue for marketing. The other side sees social media as the new frontier of marketing, and they believe it is here to stay. Sometimes they even abandon tried and true marketing ideas and fully invest in this fun new medium.
Both have a valid argument, and both fail to see the full picture. Social media is flawed in the way of quantifiable metrics. How much money is a “Like” making your company? Can you call a business a success if it has a million followers, or Facebook friends, but brings in no revenue? This ambiguity makes Social Media Marketing (SMM) hard to analyze from a bottom-line standpoint. However, social media as a communication form is clearly not a passing phase. The world is becoming more and more connected through the impact of the internet. In order to continue to succeed in marketing, you must continue to evolve your techniques. There are things that Facebook CAN do and there are things that Facebook CANNOT do for your real estate business.
We need to approach social media from a balanced outlook. We need to be open to progressive marketing ideas; however, you can’t fully invest in something and be unaware of how it is going to pay off for you. You should never embark on a marketing strategy without knowing how you are going to evaluate its success. That’s like throwing money out the window and hoping it buys you something nice. Not a great plan.
So what does it mean to be a success in Facebook marketing? I actually find it easier to start with what it CANNOT do. What Facebook CANNOT do is generate tons of leads for your company. The traditional outlets (Direct Mail, TV, Radio, Print, etc.) are still far and away the best lead generation tools. They have proven they can get the job done, and so far Facebook has proven it does not hold up as a suitable replacement to traditional methods when it comes to lead generation. You will be able to generate some leads through your social media connections, but social media marketing simply cannot match the scale of lead generation that those traditional avenues can deliver.
Okay, so it’s not going to be generating leads for me. What CAN it do?
One of the biggest reasons a business does not convert a prospect into a customer is lack of trust. In order to feel confident in your company, a prospect needs to get to know you and thus build trust in you. The same is true for real estate investing companies. You need to make solid connections and build trust with those who can lead you to investment opportunities, or may be a potential buyer for your property. THIS is where Facebook, Blogs, and other forms of social media marketing shine, and begin to payoff big time for your business.
Next… Part 2. How do I know if I am using Facebook successfully?
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