Guest Blogger Damon Remy, Founder, REIBlackbook
You Don’t Need A Brand, You Need A Plan
I have three truths to share with you.
- You cannot compete with Big Brand Marketing
- You shouldn’t even try.
- You can do it better and see greater results for less effort (truly)
Stick around, this entire article centers around why your brand is NOT the first stop on the lead generation line, but, rather, what is.
If you follow this approach, known as lead generation marketing or direct response marketing, you will crush the big boys without a big marketing budget and flood your business with motivated sellers, qualified buyers, renters, and lenders without sacrificing your time and sanity.
Before we get into the how’s, I want you to understand, marketing isn’t part of the business, marketing is the business.
The success of any business hinges on traffic and conversions. It’s true for every business, but it’s especially critical in real estate.
The only way to generate enough leads so that you have more deals than you can handle is through automation – unless you want to work more, make less, and not enjoy life.
Which we know, you don’t.
So, you have to market.
But maybe you think marketing is expensive?
How do you compete with a $46,000 a month marketing budget? (that’s the monthly marketing budge for one of the nations largest home buyers in the St. Louis Market alone)
How do you get your slice of the pie, so to speak?
Well you have to do it differently. The approach that will work for you doesn’t begin with your brand, it starts with the specific problem your prospects have that you can solve.
It starts with them. Not with you, and not with your brand.
You want to be asking this question: How do I attract the right people who need the solutions I offer?
The big boys market with a commercial fishing net, you need to market with a surgeon’s scalpel.
That will make all the difference.
What’s more, traditional marketing like billboards, radio commercials, TV spots, & brand building isn’t accurately measureable. In the industry, they call it “fuzzy analytics”. Fuzzy analytics is what makes marketing feel like an expense.
Let me ask you a question. Do you feel comfortable about building your business around “fuzzy analytics”?
I didn’t think so.
In order to turn marketing into an investment and not an expense, you need to know where your time and money is being spent; then you can track what’s getting the greatest results.
When you know the return for every marketing dollar you invest, you’ll feel a lot more confident investing in your marketing (which, like I said, you must do).
Marketing has to be:
- Be Able To Be Optimized For Higher Results
- Lead To A Clear Call To Action
It’s that last one, lead to a clear call to action that I’m going to focus on now. This is where it really gets good.
There are 4 Steps To Successful Lead Generation
- Select A Target Market
- Compel Them To Identify Themselves
- Educate And Motivate Them To Meet You
- Land The Appointment
At REI BlackBook we emphasize the power of niche markets, because, if your market is too large, how do you know how to compel them to identify themselves?
There are tons of target markets out there, and each has its own problem and desired solution; your job is to identify what they want, and give it to them.
Some Example Target Markets
- Absentee Seller
- Bankruptcy Lease Option
- Cash Buyer
- Distressed Seller
- Free And Clear Sellers
- Lease Option
Once you’ve identified your target market, you’re going to drive them to get more information about the solution you provide. This step is where so many people get it wrong.
So, where do you drive your traffic?
Do you send them to your main website? Or do you send them to a landing page (also known as a squeeze page)?
The answer is the latter, and here’s why:
You’ve identified this micro market, but when you send them to your branded website there are too many options, and it’s mostly about you and all the things you do in your business.
If you drive somebody at this stage to your overall website, there’s so much information that it’s too overwhelming for them to take action (except maybe to click off your site and launch Facebook, which is obviously not the desired action).
Whereas, if you send them to a landing page that speaks directly to their problem and offers a specific solution (in the form of a lead magnet) for which they will exchange their email, then you’ve successfully sourced a lead.
After identifying your market, your job is to discover what they want and offer it to them in the form of a lead magnet so that it’s their choice to take action. Get inside their heads. What’s the #1 problem that they have that they’d like solved yesterday? That’s the focus of your lead magnet.
Lead Magnet Examples
- Special report
- Educational video
- Pricing guides
Let me ask you another question, just to drive home the branded website vs lead page point.
If you have a problem, do you care what brand is solving it?
No! You just want it solved.
If you’re in the desert and you’re thirsty, do you care what kind of drink is offered, whether it be Gatorade, Powerade, or a glass of tap water?
No you don’t, you’ll take whatever’s on hand; you’re thirsty!
That’s why, at this stage in the game, your brand doesn’t matter, the solution does.
Now, once you’ve captured the lead your job remains to educate and motivate the prospect to meet you.
It’s called a follow up campaign, usually done through a series of autoresponders.
This is where we introduce your brand.
At this point we are building trust, establishing credibility, starting a relationship, and showing your unique solutions.
The ideal result of this step is to have built enough of a relationship and established enough rapport to lead to landing the appointment.
This process is a typical marketing funnel, and it’s how the small guy wins. It’s how you will win. And it’s the only way you’ll be to be able to track your results. Because, if you don’t track, you can’t know for sure, and you need to know.
Marketing this way is…
…And highly effective!
It’s what we at REI BlackBook specialize in so that you can be cherry picking your deals, spending time with family, and removing the shackles of your desk job.
It’s powerful, it works, and it will work for you.
To Your Success,