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Are You Using QR Codes to Promote Your Business?

Qr-Code-Pic-For-slider Are you using QR Codes to help promote your products or services?
If not, why not? They are free and easy to get. If you are not familiar with QR Codes, continue reading for some of the basics.

QR Codes are everywhere these days.
QR Codes are the square barcodes that are showing up more than ever on product labels, print advertising, signs, t-shirts and just about anywhere else you can think of. QR stands for “Quick Response”. We have a brief video that on our site that will give you some history and prospective.

QR Codes can be scanned by a smart phone and quickly display information about a product or contact information like a business card. It can also take the user to a webpage or play a video. While prospects are not always near a computer almost everyone has a smart phone nearby. That means the more you distribute your QR Code, the more exposure your product or service will receive.

The promotional possibilities of QR Codes are endless.
In many cases, QR Codes cost little or nothing to implement. Here is a link to a QR Generator where you can get one for free in less than 5 minutes. You should generate a couple today. Start with the information on your business card. Then the next time you print them put the QR Code on it. Now when you hand someone your business card, they can scan it and your information can go right into the contact list on their smart phone. That’s pretty powerful. In fact, maybe you should throw away your remaining business cards and upgrade to cards with a QR Code as soon as possible.

One of the best ways to use a QR Code is to link it to a video.
Videos are hot right now and once you upload one to your website or YouTube, it will be available to work for you 24/7. What can a video do? A Video can explain a complicated product or process. It can tell your story and highlight your claim to fame. Most importantly, it can make the perfect sales presentation, every time it’s viewed. There is no question, that having one or more great videos online makes perfect sales sense, however, they won’t do you any good if no one sees them. QR Codes are one of the best ways to get more views of your videos.

Show Prices On Your Postcard – A Good Idea?

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 showing prices on you postcard is a good idea

 

Show Your Prices On Your Postcard – A Good Idea?

You bet it is! If you don’t show a price then the prospect will subconsciously assign one to your product or service and chances are he is going to get it wrong. If the price he imagines is too high or too low, you’ve got some explaining to do if he responds.

But will he respond? Remember most postcard mailings come under the category of direct marketing. The prospects you are mailing to have not requested information on your product or service. They are retrieving your postcard from their mailbox and glancing at it as they sort through the day’s mail.

The job of the postcard is to grab the attention of the reader and motivate him to respond. Showing a price is one of the best ways to do both. However, most small businesses seem to be reluctant to show a price. Is that because they think their prices are too high? If you cannot defend your pricing, you shouldn’t be advertising in the first place. In fact you should feel comfortable showing your best lead price and then be able to “up sell” the prospect if appropriate. That’s not called “bait and switch” it’s called being a salesman.

Another excuse I hear a lot is “my product is too complicated to show a price, there are too many variables and options”. I have one word for that: Simplify! Feature a product or service that is your lead price and if necessary add a disclaimer “price shown for average purchase – similar savings for larger orders… etc”. Once again I remind you that the purpose of the mailing is to generate a lead. In most cases you will still need to make a presentation and close the sale.

Salesmanship is required if you want to grow your business. If you are going to have a discussion about price with a prospect, you need to be able to answer price objections without being defensive. A good salesperson knows how to do that.

Want to become a better salesman? We have a video training series on selling which covers the basics and a few tips you might not have thought about. Check it out when you have time, it’s free and can be found at our Video Learning Center.

We have also produced a brief video on the subject of showing prices on your postcard. It’s part of our Wednesday Advertising Appetizer series. It’s only about a minute and a half long so why not watch it now?

Real Estate Advertising Ideas: Remember 2 Things

 

Our Real Estate Advertising Ideas Video Training Series, is designed to help Realtor’s succeed. However, the concepts explored will work for any small business with a specific geographic territory. In the Real Estate industry, territories are called farm areas, however if you have a pizza shop or a lawn service route the ideas and strategies discussed in the Real Estate Advertising Video Series will apply to your business as well.In Video No. 2 of our series we cover two things your advertising must accomplish. The video is only about 2.5 minutes long, so why not watch it now. As always we welcome your comments and suggestions.

Real Estate Advertising Ideas: The Best Marketing Strategy

 

This video training series: Real Estate Advertising Ideas, can benefit new and experienced Realtors.Realtors often ask us what works best for a Postcard Mailing or Door Hanger Distribution. How many to mail or distribute, how often and what should the message be?

We have created this Video Training Series: Real Estate Advertising Ideas to answer the questions most frequently asked by Realtors. We will be releasing one each week beginning April 15, 2013.

Here is video number 1 of 3: THE BEST MARKETING STRATEGY. Please feel free to contact us with questions, comments or suggestions.

Real Estate Postcard Mailings Can Generate New Listings

Real Estate Postcard Mailing Can Generate New Listings!

real estate mailingthumb When speaking to Realtors, they often ask me to reveal a few advertising secrets to help attract new listings.  I give the same advice to new or experienced Real Estate Agents. Establish and then aggressively work a “Farm Area”.

 

A Real Estate Farm Area is a neighborhood, or in some cases several neighborhoods where a Realtor seeks to establish himself as the number one choice for Real Estate services. The best way to do that is to send a postcard mailing or conduct a door hanger distribution every month. Frequency is the key to success. For the same budget, it is far better to reach 1000 prospects 5 times than 5000 prospects once. Real Estate Postcard Mailings Can Generate New Listings.

The strategy of working a Farm Area is nothing new. Every agent starting out in the business usually starts with a basic Farm Area assigned by his or her broker.  Every new agent is bound to make a few sales from friends or family. Then a few more sales from referrals. Then he’ll try to market around the last house he sold. This may or may not yield some results. Many of these sales may wind up outside his or her farm area. Before you know it, his marketing strategy becomes pretty fragmented.

Hit or miss marketing is not the way to increase sales and reduce stress. There are no silver bullets. Get back to the basics, work a specific farm area. Close every deal you can, but don’t lose sight of your primary territory.

The last few years have been brutal for the Real Estate Market. Honestly, the thought of a monthly advertising campaign in this market may seem a too optimistic or even scary to some agents.  It’s difficult to spend advertising dollars when the results may be unpredictable. However, to be successful with any advertising, you need to be consistent. To be consistent, you are going to need a budget, even if it is a modest one. If your budget is limited, then adjust the size of your Farm Area to accommodate it.  Make sure whatever you decide to spend is realistic and comfortable for your situation. The important thing is to stick with it.

Once the decision has been made to work a farm area, the next most popular question asked is “how many new listings do you think I’ll get if I mail “X” number of postcards?  Here is my answer: “maybe none at first”. The look of disappointment and shock is usually the same. Why would you advertise knowing you might not get any results they wonder?

The truth is you can’t control when someone decides they are going to sell their house. However, you may be able to control whether or not they think of you when they make that decision. You can do that by creating a “Top of Mind Awareness” of you and your services, by sending a mailing or distributing door hangers once a month. So, even if you do not get any new listings, there are positive results. Homeowners in the neighborhood will begin to recognize you and your name.

With Real Estate Marketing, slow and steady wins the race. Momentum will build over time and the more successful you become, the more you can expand your farm area.

Sales Training Video: Sales versus Marketing

Sales and Marketing are terms that are often used in place of one another. They are two very different and vital ingredients to growing a business. So let’s start with some definitions.

“MARKETING” is what you do to create an opportunity for a sale. This would include product development and pricing, advertising campaigns, image, etc.

“SALES” is converting an opportunity (or a lead) into a deal or closed sale.

 

Each is very important and dependent upon the other. What good is a lead if you don’t make the sale? What good is having a great sales team if you don’t have any leads? You need both; effective marketing and sales.As a small business owner or manager you most likely assume both roles: Marketing Manger and Sales Manger. Of the two, we have found that sales is often the forgotten “step child”. Most small business owners realize they need to market their business. They do so by advertising and they use a variety of media (direct mail, newspapers, door hangers) to generate leads. The problem is, they don’t spend enough time thinking about converting the leads that are generated, in other words selling.Selling is a skill like any other. Contrary to popular belief, it is not about trying to manipulate someone to buy something. It is about identifying needs and then offering the best solution.

We have produced a sales training video to further discuss sales and marketing. It’s only about 1.5 minutes long, so why not watch it now?

 

 

Sales Training Video: The I Want To Think About It Delay

As a small business owner or manager, the better your selling skills, the more successful your organization will be.  Here is our latest sales training video. It’s only about 3 minutes long, so why not watch it now?

 

 

Sales Training Video: Do you have a Good “I B S” ?

Sharpening your selling skills is certain to help grow your business, that’s why we have produced a series of training videos: “SALES TRAINING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES”. Our latest installment deals with developing a strong “I B S” - Initial Benefit Statement. An I B S lets your prospect know what product or service you are offering and how it will benefit him. Watch this video to learn more.

Here is the video transcript:

HARRY:  Hi, Sam. Why so glum?

SAM:  Harry, I haven’t sold a vacuum in over three weeks. I think I’ve lost my touch.

HARRY:  Don’t worry, Sam. Every salesperson falls into a slump from time to time. You just have to get back to basics.

SAM:  The basics?

HARRY:  Right. Tell me how you begin your sales presentation.

SAM:  OK, well I know our vacuum is more expensive than the competition. So I start off by saying, Madam, this week our company is offering a $50 discount on our vacuum and three easy payments with no interest.

HARRY:  I think I may see your problem.

SAM:  Really? Tell me, please.

HARRY:  You’ve got to begin your sales presentation with an IBS. Do you remember what that is?

SAM:  Hmm, IBS? Well I know what “BS”  is. Does it mean exaggerating what the product can do?

HARRY:  Absolutely not. IBS is short for Initial Benefits Statement. In other words, what is the primary benefit the product offers to the customer?

SAM:  I’ve got that covered. It’s savings,remember? I’m offering a $50 discount, plus no interest financing.Who could resist that?

HARRY:  Evidently everyone you’ve talked to for the past three weeks. Savings isa benefit, but if you haven’tconvinced the prospect to buy, then it doesn’t matter how much savings you’re offering.

SAM:  So what’s your IBS?

HARRY:  Here’s how I begin. Madam, our powerful, lightweight vacuum will cut your cleaning time in half. It has a hypoallergenic filter that will make your home healthier, and there are no messy bags to empty and replace. Can I give you a demonstration?

SAM:  Wow, that’s pretty powerful. You didn’t even mention price or discounts.

HARRY:  I save the discount offer for my closing, if I need it.

SAM:  Thanks, Harry. I can’t wait to get back out there and use my new IBS.

HARRY:  Remember to keep the IBS short,about 15 seconds is ideal. Andkeep refining your IBS with each presentation. The better it is, the more you’re going to sell. Good luck, Sam.

How do you feel about selling and salespeople?

How do you picture salespeople?  Watch this brief video and perhaps you’ll have a different outlook about selling and salespeople.

Sales Training: How to recognize and handle different personality types.

If you are a small business owner or manager, I’ll bet you often play the roll of salesperson. The better your selling skills the more successful your business will be. Here is the latest in our series of sales training videos. It describes how to identify and handle different personality types. It’s about 3 minutes long. After you watch it, pass it along to the rest of your team and then see what type personality they think they are.