Luxury Real Estate Marketing Essentials – A Chinese Luxury Brand is Born

As a luxury real estate marketing professional, it is important to understand how a luxury brand is born and how it is developed. Here is an example of the challenges in developing the first Chinese Luxury Jewelry brand, Qeelin.

The founder Dennis Chan knew that he could not launch Qeelin in China. The Chinese marketplace would perceive it as a local brand regardless of the quality of the product. He knew that the Chinese marketplace would accept the brand if it was successful in other countries.

The brand was launched at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004. Maggie Cheung, who won the Best Actress award, wore the jewelry. Because she was the first Asian actress to be given this honor, she received worldwide coverage. And, so did the jewelry!

The first sale was made in Paris. They chose Paris as the first point of sale because the world of jewelry in Paris demands the very best. That challenged the partners to strive for and to achieve their potential.

The Results:

“We are currently perceived as an international luxury brand originating from China, and we have a good portion of our clients who are mainland Chinese.”

Qeelin’s target market is women who love haute jewelry (highest quality) from luxury brands. They have a discerning eye and look for handmade pieces with special stones. They do not follow trends; they follow what they consider to be the best.

The style of the designs reflect Chan’s Chinese heritage. One of the standouts is the Qin Qin (kiss-kiss, in Mandarin) goldfish pendant with magnets embedded within the golden lips. Chan explains, “The design has the ability to surprise and give our customers a little bit of a thrill through the unexpected.”

As you launch and build your own personal brand as a luxury real estate marketing professional it is important to understand your target market, i.e., their demographics. It is also important to understand their psychological preferences-their psychographics. By offering the unexpected such as a remarkable closing gift, you too can surprise and thrill your clients and trigger word-of-mouth advertising.

Real Estate Investing Basics – Choose Your Neighbor Marketing

A very effective, yet often overlooked method of marketing both your rentals and your houses for sale is door to door flyers in the neighborhood of your property. Residents who live near your property are likely to know someone – a friend, colleague or family member in the market for housing that they can pass your flyer on to. You may also attract the direct attention of a neighbor who is ready to buy or move up/down in their housing.

If you are local and don’t mind running around the neighborhood yourself, this method will only cost you a few hours plus the cost of printing. If you’re not available for the distribution, or just have better things to do, paying someone to distribute flyers is very cheap and incredibly cost effective if it results in a sale or a qualified tenant placement. Just remember to do a quick drive through of the neighborhood to ensure the flyers have been distributed if you’re paying someone to do it.

As for the content of the flyer, it’s worth it to take some quality photographs of the interior and exterior of the home. If your main selling point is the quality of the property, be sure to feature these in full color along with some of the basic specs of the home. If you are advertising a rent to own that’s a really great deal, make sure your analysis of the numbers is prominent and easily understood. Also, be sure to emphasize that this property is in their neighborhood and that this is an opportunity for them to choose their new neighbor. Lastly, don’t forget to include full contact information: your telephone number, fax number, email address and 24 hour recorded information line if you have one.

A more expensive variation of this method is to use direct mail to target your property’s neighborhood. Again, you’ll want to tailor your marketing message to let them know that this is their chance to mold the neighborhood by helping to select the new neighbors. To maximize your exposure, try using both flyer and direct mail distribution methods, timed several weeks apart to make sure that as many neighbors as possible get your message that you have a great property for sale or rent in their neighborhood.

Digital Marketing – A Fantastic Way To Boost Real Estate Sales

The real estate industry in India has found out a new and effective way of marketing that is known as Real estate marketing. Today our country has more than 200 million users online and it consists of people of high net worth, lower middle class and middle class people. Real estate companies in India are paying about 25% of their marketing expenditure on digital marketing. Today each and every customer does an extensive online research before purchasing any product.

There are various ways to boost online sales with the help of digital marketing.

• Blogs are the Most Effective Way

Where any high-valued product is involved, in-depth details of the product help the customer to take better and informed decisions. Therefore, it becomes important to develop blogs on your products and FAQ’s related to the sector. Try to conduct a survey within your present customer base. Jump into the deeper questions and mention answers for all of them on your blogs. Search for the trending topics like in the past few of the banks reduced the interest rates on home loans. Such type of news should be always be presented in an effective manner.

• Develop Your Strategy and Campaign from Conversion Perspective

It is very important to do all the promotional activities from conversion perspective. There is no meaning of any campaign if it doesn’t have any call to action. You have to tell your audience, what they are supposed to do after watching any video or campaign. Hence the phrases like “call to”, “visit here”, should definitely be used. Be creative in the campaigns, but tactfully keep the customer engaged and induce him or her to contact you. Do not compromise on the creativity because it is the key to any marketing strategy.

• Engage Your Customers Wherever Possible – Email, Blog, Social Media, Forums etc.

You can track customers over internet through emails, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, etc. and you can create blogs, forums and groups. You have to just join all these and you would find more and more people searching for you. Engagement is the quickest and the most effective tool to find an audience and this is done by various methods like blogs, info-graphics, videos and you should start any campaign, keeping in mind the end result of the same like sales, loyalty and identity. These engagement techniques are effective and if done at the right time, would take your business to new heights.

• Second Screen Marketing for Real Estate

India is witnessing a new wave in technology and smartphones are the first ones. Today, more than 90% of the youth have smartphones and so it becomes essential for real estate companies to implement second screen marketing strategy and should have mobile responsive sites. It should make groups like Whats App etc. and social media platforms like Instagram, vines. Real Estate Developers target both desktop and mobile customers and in a very short span of time, the results would be in front of you.

4 Best Content Marketing Strategies For Real Estate Wholesalers

What are the best content marketing strategies for those wholesaling properties?

There are many wholesaling marketing channels for real estate investors today. Many work, but content marketing is becoming increasingly important and valuable for wholesaling houses and generating real estate leads.

Many real estate investment companies flipping houses are seeing great results from direct mail, email marketing, cold calling, PPC advertising through Google AdWords, Craigslist ads and various guerrilla marketing efforts. These are powerful wholesaling marketing methods and make a solid part of a well-rounded marketing mix. Yet, no one can deny that a variety of emerging changes is also making it crystal clear that a good content strategy cannot be ignored either.

So what are some of the best content tactics for wholesaling CEOs to engage in today?

1. Blogging

Blogging has been repeatedly recommended to wholesaling CEOs for the last couple of years, though while proving incredibly profitable for many the majority has still failed to embrace it fully. This is tragic considering the long term benefits and high ROI it delivers, while holding the potential to drive in high quality traffic and leads in the short term.

2. Guest Blogging

While on-page blogging can develop as being the heart of a real estate company’s business, off-page guest blogging on other people’s and company’s blogs can be equally as important. This is even more true as results from email marketing and other link building efforts are buffeted by ongoing Google changes. Done right guest blogging improves SEO and search engine rankings long term, helps drive in leads in the short term, increases visibility and bolsters investor’s trusted expert status. So look for relevant, high quality blogs, online magazines and news sites that will accept your content.

3. Social Media

Most investors are well aware of the need and reported advantages of engaging in social media, but few still recognize just how important it is, or are doing very well at it. Just having profiles and posting the odd retweet or ad isn’t going to cut it. This is about content and that means original and interesting content are demanded. Ask questions, run contests, link to blog posts, highlight your successes, and find out how you can help others in your network.

4. Press Releases

While potentially one of the most powerful forms of wholesaling marketing for improving branding, positioning and driving in web traffic commanding their own media with press releases still continues to be sorely neglected by many wholesaling CEOs. Check out the variety of free and low cost options out there today for dramatically improving visibility and credibility.

The Future of Real Estate Wholesaling Marketing

What’s the future of wholesaling marketing for real estate investors?

Mastering what is working right now is great. However, as clearly seen from recent corporate battles between Apple and Google and real estate companies throughout history it is those that embrace future trends and stay on the forefront of change that consistently race ahead and stay on top.

Right now many investors are finding great success in simple wholesaling marketing strategies like direct mail, bandit signs, in person networking and of course online content marketing and PPC advertising through Google Adwords.

While many of those reading this might instantly be cringing, expecting this article to be yet another of the same old “you have to use social and mobile” pieces, that isn’t necessarily the only future of wholesaling marketing.

All marketing, just like the economy and housing market is cyclical. Print has gone out and come back, so has direct mail and email marketing. They were all very popular and successful in the early 2000s, then died off, and have been revived. So there will certainly be room for some of the more traditional advertising methods to rebound in the future, even if they take on a slightly more digital format.

Obviously technology can’t be ignored either though. We are all increasingly being wired in, even if we don’t want to be. Offline wholesaling marketing may continue to produce real estate leads and deals for flipping houses for quite some time, but at some point investors will have to adapt. You can put it off and give the lead to your competition or begin strategizing now to get the edge and enjoy dominating the market and more lead flow.

Mobile is an obvious trend. Apps, bulk SMS, mobile responsive sites and social are great ways to capitalize on the mobile movement. However, looking ahead this will also certainly mean responsive digital outdoor advertising, social notifications in car, on smartphones and via Google Glass, based on all types of activities and location based, even without prospects requesting it.

Social can’t be ignored. Some may not have figured out how to use it effectively yet, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t incredibly valuable or powerful and high ROI if done right. In fact social is really just figuring itself out. Once commercialized properly and wholesalers are able to infiltrate feeds by offering timed messages and truly valuable info it can be monetized. In the meantime the focus should be on building a tight tribe of customers and really being authentic.