Agent With a Plan: Why Digital Marketing Is Critical to Selling Your Home
Digital marketing should be a major part of the modern real estate agent's job. Especially in the Foothills communities like Evergreen and Conifer. Without sharp digital marketing skills, an agent could inadvertently cause your house to sit on the market or sell for below top dollar because of an inability to target and attract the best buyers. More than that, not only should your agent have digital marketing experience, but they should know the differences between what tactics work best in Hiwan versus those that are better suited for acreage above Evergreen and of course how to pull enthusiasm from audiences considering a horse property in Evergreen versus a weekend retreat in Conifer.
Why is real estate digital marketing important?
Real estate digital marketing is both a critical and difficult skill to master. For an agent, digital marketing skills mean the difference between the perfect buyer finding your house or your home in a heated multiple offer scenario or sitting on the market for too long wondering how much of a price reduction it's going to take. You can still sell with just a "For Sale" sign on the corner and uninspired input into the MLS, but if your home is marketed at the highest level--it will sell at the highest level!
Marketing starts with the very best photography, comprehensive media like floor plans, Matterport 3d scans to provide an immersive experience, well crafted and thought through video, a detailed description, even a dedicated website page, but digital marketing goes beyond just posting the home online. It requires an agent who knows how to distribute it—on social media, on the MLS, and throughout their powerful network. First, you need to ensure your agent has digital marketing skills, and then you need to make sure that they know how to use them.
Questions to Ask a Potential Agent
Before you hire an agent, it's essential that you ask them a few questions to ensure that they have a marketing plan that they're ready to execute. Any good agent will be happy to answer your questions and back up their responses with proof.
What do you do to market a home?
It's the bare minimum expectation that your agent will write a description, arrange to have professional photos taken, and get the word out about your house. The agent you choose should be happy to list all the other things they'll do, too, whether it's getting drone photos of a big yard, offering to produce a listing video, or sending mailers to homes in your area.
How many people do your posts reach?
The best agents who are well-versed in digital marketing will constantly try to build their social followings on platforms like Facebook and Instagram by sharing information that's helpful to buyers and sellers. This network of local buyers means they can easily get the word out about your property.
3 Things Your Agent Should Be Doing
Already hired an agent and wondering if they're prepared to sell your home as they should? Here are three things every real estate agent should do to help sell a home.
- Share It: Aside from making sure your house is viewable on the MLS and popular websites, the agent should personally share a post about your home on Facebook, Instagram, and other popular social networks. Ideally, your agent will have a reputable and growing audience on these platforms, too.
- Write About It: Whether your agent has a focused website, featuring your home on their website when it goes up for sale is a surefire way to get attention.
- Show It Off: For properties big and small alike, virtual tours can play a major role in showing a home's strong suits and getting potential buyers interested. These can be as simple as planned photos in a slideshow to a video walkthrough or full-on virtual tour using 360-degree photos or a special camera.
Bob's Expertise Sells Homes
Bob provides a comprehensive digital marketing strategy to sell your home. His approach includes experienced, tested, targeted Facebook advertising, email marketing, content marketing, and personalized 1-to-1 outreach to reach the right buyer.