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Pens, Still an Effective Promotional Marketing Product

Everywhere we go, we see pens with a logo on it, and even I have been guilty of thinking, oh, just another pen, why don’t they get something more exciting? The truth is that pens are still an extremely effective marketing product. People take pens keep it in their purse, car, or it ends up in their office or home where a family member or co-worker ends up walking off with it, they use it a while and it goes on to the next person. For some reason people don’t respect pens as “someone’s property” so they don’t think twice about walking off with a pen, in fact, most don’t even realize they are doing it. As silly as this is, it makes for great marketing, because people are distributing your logo all over the place, you couldn’t get that much exposure yourself with any other product if you tried!

At our company each sales person has their favorite items to show clients, one refuses to show pens because she believes they are boring and we have so many more cool products to present. Another we call the pen queen because she sells thousands upon thousands of pens every year. Knowing some of the statistics about how people use pens may change your mind about presenting pens to your clients. After all, just about everyone uses pens every day and most clients can fit some pen into their budget somewhere, even if they have to use an office supply budget.

PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) did a survey on the use of pens and found that 73% of people always carry a writing instrument with them. 83% use ballpoint pens on a daily basis and will keep and use it if given to them as a complimentary gift. What more can you ask for from a promotional product? If you can get 83% retention of your item, you know that most people aren’t just going to stash your item or give it away. Pens are both a functional product that everyone uses as well as an effective promotional product, so making sure to present some pens to every client is essential!

Some interesting facts to think about when presenting pens or other writing instruments: Of the people surveyed about the types of writing instruments they use on a daily basis 83% use ballpoint pens as mentioned above, but 36% also use pencils, 31% use highlighters, 30% use gel pens and 25% use markers with 20% using mechanical pencils and 20% using roller balls. So, if someone does want something a little different, there are other options in the writing instrument category. Of course as everyone in the industry knows, there are probably millions of options that we can present to our clients.

Statistics from PPB a PPAI publication July 2012

5 Key Steps To A More Effective, Successful, Open House

Although, some believe, holding an Open House, is key to the sale of a house, in reality, it is, just, one, component, in an overall marketing/ selling plan and system. While, nearly every real estate agent conducts these events, the value of them, often, substantially differs, dependent upon, how they are used, and conducted. With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 5 extremely important, key steps, to make them, as successful, as they might be. Unless/ until, these are done, effectively, and efficiently, there is the risk, they are wasted, in terms of time, money, effort, energy, and potential results.

1. Marketing/ promoting: The best results come from, determining the best approach/ way, to market and promote them. Which advertising media, might make the most sense, for this particular property? Why do you believe so? How will you achieve, the most, bang – for – the – buck? Start by identifying, the niche, if any, this house and property, fits, best, in, and, then, investigate the best options, to attract, the right, qualified, potential buyers. While everyone wants a big crowd, to be attracted to their Open House, unless/ until, it is, predominantly, real buyers, rather than house – hunters, you will probably not achieve the most desirable objective!

2. Greeting/ welcoming: You only get one chance, to make a first impression. This adage, is true, for, both, the house/ property, itself, in terms of curb appeal, staging, eliminating odors/ clutter, and other negatives. It is also true, of the agent conducting it, and how he greets, and meets, people, at the door, whether they feel welcome, and appreciated, and, directs them, forward.

3. Sign – in: You won’t be able to follow – through, effectively, until/ unless, you get, as much information, as possible, about everyone who attends. While I prefer to get them to, sign – in, via a digital tablet, at least, it’s very important to. at least, get them to do it manually. How can you follow – up, if you don’t have this? When you use a digital program/ application, you can stream – line the process, by automatically, transmitting follow – up, emails, immediately.

4. Show/ Questions and Answers: How well you show the house, often, depends on, how comfortably, you welcome and encourage questions, with genuine empathy, and the thoroughness of your answers/ responses!

5. Follow – up: A real estate agent should consider an Open House, both, as marketing for the subject house, as well as, for you, as an agent. Will you stand – out from the crowd, by being proactive, etc? Use the opportunity to, both, follow – up, for selling this property, as well as making appointments, to show other houses, to those, who aren’t that interested in this one.

Open – houses require much care, attention, time, effort, and expenditures. Doesn’t it make sense, to get them, to get, the most, bang – for – the – buck?

5 Keys To An Effective Real Estate Marketing Plan

When a homeowner decides to sell his home, he should interview potential agents, and have a thorough discussion, about, why he should hire that individual (what is unique, or better about their service, etc), etc. Once, one feels comfortable with the individual’s quality of character, integrity, ethics, attitude, aptitude/ skill – sets, negotiating ability, and ability to customize an approach, to fit a specific property, it is essential to, take the time, and make the effort, to, understanding the basis, reasoning/ rationale, etc, of that representative’s marketing plan, and what will be included, and any necessary teamwork, involved. With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, discuss, and review, 5 keys to an effective marketing plan.

1. How many Open Houses (Broker, and Community)?: Will Open Houses, be a component of this approach and planning? How might they, be marketed, introduced, and useful, in the overall marketing, of the client’s home? Should the house, be staged, or any other areas, addressed, and considered? How will your chosen, agent, introduce your home, to other local agents? Will they use a Brokers Open House? If a public, and/ or community one, is planned, how will it be promoted, where, and, who, do you believe, is the niche – market, for the specific property? What will the professional do, which differentiates his, from what others do, and make a significant, positive impact? How often will they be conducted/ held?

2. Where/ how promoted?: How will your home, be promoted, marketed, etc? Will your representative, explain his reasoning/ rationale, explaining, why, he will pursue a specific, course, and plan of action?

3. Pricing philosophy: After, well over a decade, as a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, in the State of New York, I have witnessed, certain agents, who suggest, unrealistically, higher listing prices, in order to try to buy a listing. Ask individuals, when you interview them, what their pricing philosophy, is, and, why, they feel, it works best. Pricing is a significant component of the overall marketing system/ plan!

4. Agent/ client, regular discussions: How will the agent, you hire, interact, with you, and how, often, will, both of you, regularly, discuss, the process, etc, which are relevant, to the process? Avoid anyone, who won’t be ready, willing, and able, to fully communicate!

5. When price adjustment, and why?: How smoothly, effectively, and in a timely manner, will, price adjustments, be made, and what will be the core reasoning/ rationale?

The more, you and your agent, remain, on the same – page, the better, you can proceed, with the necessary degree of teamwork, to make a quality marketing program, even more meaningful and effective! Remember, for most, the value of their house, is their single – biggest, financial asset, so, do all you can, to follow a smart, course of action!

6 Quick Tips For Writing Effective Property Listings

A lot of potential buyers look to the Internet and magazine and newspaper listings when looking for property. For this reason it is imperative that your property description is as well written and attractive as possible. The last thing you want to do is waste valuable advertising space and money with a boring listing. Here are some tips to make you listings effective in selling a property:

1. Start with a Catchy Subject Line

As with most things you have a limited period to grab a potential buyer’s attention. When writing property listing, the subject line is where you make the first impression and it is essential to make it eye-catching. Don’t use words like “3 bedroom” or “2200 sq. ft.” or the property’s address in the subject line, as this information will be displayed in property features and facts section. Rather use the words like spacious or roomy to describe this feature. The sentence shouldn’t be long, so use your words wisely.

2. Sell The Area In Your Description

The description should rather focus on information regarding location, such as the fact that it is close to the beach, or 20 minutes from the city center, close to schools in the area and other amenities. This will give the potential buyer a better idea of where the property is, what lifestyle it offers and why it is such a good buy. If you don’t have a dedicated area to add features and facts about the property you can use bullet points to highlight the amount of rooms, bathrooms, garages etc.

3. Words to Avoid

A recent study showed that words like “curb appeal”, “move-in condition”, and “landscaping” are better to use than words like “motivated seller”, “good value”, “as-is”, “clean” and “quiet”.

4. Highlight the Positives

Words like “small garden” imply a lack of space, but instead of stressing the negative, rather turn that into something positive like “easy-to-maintain garden”.

5. Use Good Language and Grammar

Show your professionalism by ensure that the language and grammar you use are correct. Let someone proofread you copy and run it through a spell checker before you publish it.

6. Avoid Boring Cliches

Words like “gourmet kitchen”, “luxury bath” “bargain” and “cozy” are very commonly used. To stand out from the crowd you need to be unique in every way.

When you are listing properties, it’s vital that your content are presented in a way that is attractive to potential buyers. Include as much information as possible and remember that all this translates into a higher likelihood of a sale.