IGTV – What are you waiting for? Use it Today!

What are you waiting for?  Start using IGTV for Real Estate Today!

You are hearing it from me first.  Instagram TV launched as a separate platform in June.   The goal of IGTV is to give the user an experience with vertical video.  Most social media users watch video from their mobile devices in vertical view. You also have the option to upload video directly to your account from your laptop.  A feature that isn’t available for Instagram.   I’d be the first to say, it’s hard for me to watch in vertical since our television shows video in horizontal view.  It might just be my generation.  But maybe this is how Instagram and even Snapchat are changing the game of vertical video.

Take your social game to the next level with IGTV:

  1. Download the app today. Apple and Droid and connect your Instagram account carrie igtv.pngwith IGTV
  2. Connect your business page to IGTV – Once you upload your video you’ll have the option to share your video to your business page.
  3. Give your video an awesome stand out title
  4. Write a description and include #hashtags
  5. Use your Instagram story to redirect people to your IGTV account. Tell your audience how to find you.
  6. If you are using direct mail add your IGTV account to your direct mail. Allow the consumer to watch your business online.
  7. As of today, IGTV is now integrated in Instagram.  Start watching and Creating today.  Just click in the top right hand corner after you’ve downloaded the new app.  Make sure you’ve updated your Instagram app.

What are you waiting for?  Be one of the first to add IGTV to your social media marketing campaign.   IGTV lets anyone that wants to create become the creator of their own brand. Leverage the technology today.  Follow us on Carrie on IGTV today.

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10 Reasons to go Paperless

Have you ever needed a document while on vacation? How about when you are out of the office or showing a house and your buyer wants to write and offer? You call the office and the office admin is too busy to send you the necessary documents. Or better yet, you are in the office and you can’t find the necessary documents to write an offer. If any of this sounds like YOU, then maybe it’s time to consider going paperless.

As a licensed real estate professional, former project manager, television producer, stay at home CEO” mom”, former legal assistant and secretary, I really understand what it’s like to make sure I have access to documents. I can remember having to copy documents and put them in the front of my suitcase, so I could have access to them when traveling. Ugh, who really wants to do that? If you’re not a paperless agent, it’s time to go paperless.

Today, I am managing broker owner of CarMarc Realty Group in West Chicago Illinois.  My goal was to open an office that was innovative with the latest technologies.  The agents in our office are paperless and in a constant mode of learning.  Going paperless isn’t an option.  When you work for CarMarc you must become a paperless agent.  The next gen agent wants this technology.  How about you?

10 Reasons to go paperless

1. Access your files from any Tablet, Smart Phone or PC

2. Sign Documents using your Tablet, Laptop or PC

3. Documents are always legible.

4. Share files with your affiliates, clients and office staff in one logical place—Your Virtual Filing Cabinet.

5. Easier to follow up with your buyers and sellers.

6. Email and split documents from the cloud.

7. Provides the ability to share your documents with an agent that’s helping you while you’re out of the office.

8. Write an offer from your car, in a restaurant, at the airport, just about anywhere.

9. Never lose a file again. Stop carrying that ugly bin in the trunk of your car.

10. Your Staff Will Love You!

If you aren’t paperless today, consider signing up for a paperless class with Docusign. If you’re an MRED agent, MRED will send an instructor to your office if you have 8 agents.

Let’s Talk About the DM

No, DM is not a dirty word!  It’s how we message each other on social media.  My generation is more likely to message via Facebook Messenger.  The next generation is more likely to use Snapchat and Instagram messaging.  I am more likely to

26D49B26-E6F3-4ACF-9B45-11632B8DC7FDreceive a message via Facebook than on my mobile device.  Therefore, who needs text messages on a mobile device when you have Facebook messenger, Snapchat direct message, LinkedIn messaging, Twitter messaging, and Instagram Direct Messages.   I will receive a faster response from my kids on Snapchat then any other tools.

I’ve negotiated a contract via Direct Message, followed up with clients, generated leads from a Facebook Live video and created group chats to follow up with my grade school friends.  My friends are more likely to respond to a Facebook Direct Message than from a text message.  Snapchat has changed the way I communicate with my techy friends, my real estate friends and my national connections.

Direct messaging isn’t new and today it appears that Direct messaging is the new “Cold Call”.   We are spammed with automated DM’s to follow a business page or to check out a new thingy that someone is selling.   If you’re a real estate agent only going for the hard sale in a DM you’re missing an opportunity to connect and generate a lead.  A great way to master the DM on your platform of choice are:

  1. Know your audience, friends, family and sphere of influence. Are you connecting better on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or Snapchat?  I’m more likely to a response from Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.  Why? These are my preferred platforms.
  2. IMG_8551Are you using the DM like an “Old School Cold Call”? Guess What? If you are, we are blocking you.  If you call me to sell something without being a part of my network or a personal relationship you’re as good as blocked.  I am more likely to connect with you when we’ve connected in person, I already know you personally or you’re offering to help me.   Give before the ask.
  3. If you’re going to automate your Direct Message Marketing with tools like IFTTT, then consider the “thank you” response. How can you help the person you’ve just connected with?  Are you an affiliate for the real estate industry?  Provide a coupon for an agent’s client.  Come to a networking event and meet an agent in person.  Make the relationship personal and intentional.  Get to know your network.  YPN or Women’s Council is a great way to engage face to face.  We want to see you as well as engage on social media.

4. Lead Generation – Direct messaging is a great way to generate leads.IMG_8549 However, you’re more likely to generate those leads from people you already know or those that reach out to you.  In the last 30 days, I receive two direct messages that have resulted into leads.  One of those leads was a direct message from Snapchat.  The other message was from Facebook Messenger.  That lead should generate a new listing in the next 30 days.

5. How to generate leads with direct messaging! Make sure people know you’re in business. Use LIVE social media to tell people your story.  Who is your audience?  Tell your audience what they get from contacting you. If you’re a real estate agent remind your social network.  Don’t let them forget that you’re in the business of buying, selling and creating lifestyle home ownership opportunities.

Generate Leads with Snapchats New Feature

So, what is this new feature?  The new Snapchat feature allows your friends and others to see your exact location, literally.  My daughter, Lauren, figured out that the new feature let’s everyone know when she is at home in the house.  That might be concerning for many.  The great part is you can turn it off and switch to Ghost mode.   Setup Ghost mode or leave your location mode on.  The choice is yours.  Steps to allowing the world to see you or not!

  1. Pinch your screen while in snapchat. The first time you pinch you’ll see these steps:

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2. Find your friends and select who can see your location.  Do you want to become a ghost or allow your family and friends to see you?  Real Estate and networking Tips below.

IMG_82123. Ghost mode prevents the world from finding you.  When in ghost mode you’ll have the ability to find those that turned off Ghost mode.  Turn it back on when you want people to see you.  Just don’t forget to turn it off.  Otherwise, anyone has the potential to find you.

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4.  If you add specific friends they have the ability to view your story.  A story built around a specific group of people.  Maybe your family, high school friends, real estate friends, your company, college friends, etc.

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5.When Ghost mode is turned off others will see your bitmoji.  That’s me below. My husband, kids and immediate family can always see me on the map.

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6. When in Ghost mode only you can view your location.  This image doesn’t appear on anyone else’s map.  You’ll have the ability to view others on the map but they can’t see you.

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This new feature might have you worried.  I would definitely turn it off when at home or when I’m out and about.  With social media we should be concerned that it’s so easy for someone to find us. However, if you are take advantage of the location feature, in our out of Ghost mode, it might help with your real estate business.  Think, when would you want people to know where you are?

  1. Open Houses – tell your network to find your next open house via Snapchat.
  2. Networking events – let others know where you are so they can connect
  3. Turn on the feature when showing houses so your family can find you.  This is a great safety tip.
  4. Are you member of an organization that has events?  As a Women’s Council Member, I can turn on my location so you can find me at the next events.
  5. Tell others when you’re in the office.

What other ways can you use the location finder?  Think out of the box and start building a business based on location.  If you aren’t 100% ready to turn on your location, create a new Snapchat account just for business and log out when your done with your event.  Or just don’t forget to switch to Ghost mode!  Let’s get snapping!  Follow me on snapchat with user ID: CarrieJoLittle

Snapchat for Business

It’s been a few years since I started using Snapchat.  I downloaded the app during a news broadcast when I heard that Mark Zuckerberg wanted to buy the social media app.  Evan Speigel, Robert Murphy and Reggie brown are   the co-founders and owners of Snapchat that never sold their trending app.  The app is mostly used by millennials and the igeneration.   I vaguely remember my 14 year old at the time telling me the app had an age limit.  She almost had me convinced.
Now that’s it’s been a few years using Snapchat, this is what I know:
  1. Millennials are clearly using this tool to communicate with their friends. All 5 of my kids use the tool daily.  The 26 and and 25 year olds use it differently than the high schoolers.  My youngest doesn’t snap as much but clearly uses the chat tool to communicate.
  2. Millennials and the generation are getting their news from this app in the Discover section.
  3. It’s a great way to build a story for business and build followers that might not follow you on Facebook or Twittersmartgirlgeofilter
  4. Snapchat uses geofilters.  Not sure what that is?  Small businesses can build their own filters to build awareness about their new products and services or to promote an event.  I recently created a geofilter for a tradeshow and a geofilter for my kids homecoming dance.  One of the filters from the homecoming dance generated 87,000 views. That’s 87,000 more opportunities for your business.
  5. We can create 10 second snaps and re-purpose those snaps on other social media platforms.  Re-direct your current followers to Snapchat and share new or different content.  A great place to build a short series of snaps about your business.
  6. Not quite ready for Snapchat?  Create an account and let someone else in your company manage it for you.  You social media team can create a behind the scenes experience.  Bring your fans into your office.
If you haven’t considered Snapchat, download it today and check it out.  I am sure your kids can teach you how to use it.  If not,  register for my online course at www.SmartGirlUniversity.com or click here.
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Facebook Live Vs. Periscope

Live Streaming gives a face to your personal brand and your business.  In 2015 Periscope gave the average marketer the ability to broadcast their thoughts, opinions, tips, basic information, hobbies or just about anything to the world.  These tools give everyone the ability to share news in real-time.  We have officially become our own broadcasters.   Although, a picture may be a thousand words, live video can show you around the event live and invite the audience into the conversation.  The trend in social is changing.  More businesses are using video and asking for assistance in video per the Social Media Examiner annual report.

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Periscope officially launched in March of 2015 for Apple IOS and Android in May of 2015.   The live streaming app gives the broadcaster the ability to share whatever they like to an audience that chooses to join your broadcast or when the broadcaster builders a network of followers that jump into the stream whenever they go “live”.

In December 2015 Facebook began testing the ability for users to go Live.   It was then made available to all iPhone users January 2016 then later to Android users.  Facebook live was first available for our personal feeds.  A business owner can now verify their business pages to allow Facebook Live on business page feeds.  If you broadcast on a personal page only your network will see the “Live Event”.  If you have a large network on your Facebook Personal Page your live stream will receive many live followers.  The same would apply for the business page.

Is there a difference in the platforms?  Yes, However, the platforms are also similar. The user can live stream to just about anyone.  By having a following on your Facebook Personal Page you’ll receive instant success if you have worthy content.  If you are new to periscope you’ll have to build your audience.  Periscope is owned by twitter and the great thing about this app is that someone can watch your live feed on the app or watch it live on twitter. You could literally have no one in your scope but have 20 people watching your broadcast on Twitter.  Both are great live streaming tools.  Now you need to chose the one that works best for you.  You may choose to use them both.

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Choosing to live stream might feel overwhelming.  Even I struggle with the idea of going live for anyone to view.  I can say that every time I broadcast live on Periscope I gain new followers on the app and more followers on Twitter. I have also seen an increase in growth in engagement on twitter.

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Revolutionary Tips on Generational Marketing for Real Estate

Understanding how different generations are shaped will help you understand how to reach potential buyers and sellers when building your sales funnel.  How do these groups think? How were they shaped?  And How do they like to communicate?

  • The Silent Generation – (Born 1925 – 1942)
  • Some fought in World War II
  • Korean War or
  • Vietnam War

Consider the “Lucky Few” and a smaller group due to financial insecurity. Therefore, it caused families to have less children.   Why the “Lucky Few”?  This group is the wealthiest, healthiest and educated of generation elders than any other eldest group.  They have a net worth on average of $228,400 and have set up trust funds for their grandkids.

Baby Boomers – (Born 1946 – 1964)

  • Born after World War II
  • Grew up during the depression
  • More children born – The average number of children born per women as 3.09 post World War II.
  • The age of the rejection and redefinition of traditional values. This is arguable.
  • Also considered the “ME” Generation –
  • “As a group, they were the wealthiest, most active, and most physically fit generation up to that time, and amongst the first to grow up genuinely expecting the world to improve with time.[4]They were also the generation that received peak levels of income; therefore, they could reap the benefits of abundant levels of food, apparel, retirement programs, and sometimes even “midlife crisis” products. The increased consumerism for this generation has been regularly criticized as excessive.[5](Wikipedia)

Generation X – (Born 1965 – 1979)

The accelerated generation.  Considered to be highly educated, active, balanced, happy and family oriented.

Their worldview is based on change – “Mapping a Youth Culture in Motion, a collection of global essays, Professor Christine Henseler summarizes it as “a generation whose worldview is based on change, on the need to combat corruption, dictatorships, abuse, AIDS, a generation in search of human dignity and individual freedom, the need for stability, love, tolerance, and human rights for all. “ (Wikipedia).

Generation Y/ Millennials – (Born 1980 – 1994)  

  • Also known as the Millennials, Echo Boomers which refers to their size.
  • Generation Me shows signs of confidence, tolerance, a sense of entitlement and some narcissism. This is based on the Strauss – Howe Generational Theory.
  • 49% say the best years are ahead – Pew Research
  • High student loan debt and employment – Pew Research
  • Possible that the suburban Millennial will have helicopter parents

Generation Z – (Born 1995 – Present)

  • AKA: Post Millennial, iGeneration, Generation Tech
  • Growing up with technology
  • Very comfortable navigating social media sites and the internet
  • “innovative, entrepreneurial, and highly conscious of their futures and the challenges they face” Patrick Cooper
  • Considered to be digitarians because they’ve always been connected to the internet. The first generation to have always been connected to the internet.

Ok, now that we have history and some understanding of different generations, how do we market to each of these groups to capture leads?  How do they consume content? Each group is unique in how they consume content, when these groups view content, the type of content consumed and the times content is consumed.

Time Spent Consuming Content

  • 23% Millennials are consuming content 5 to 10 hours a week and 21% over 20 hours a week
  • 27% of Baby Boomers are consuming content 20 hours per week
  • The same is true for Generation X 23% are consuming content 5 to 10 hours per week

When is content consumed?

Generation X and Millennials are consuming content late evening between 8:00pm and 11:59pm at 35%. Where baby boomers are spending time consuming content early morning between 5am up to 11:59am at 18% to 22%.

What device is content being consumed on?

Overwhelmingly Generation X and Baby Boomers prefer to consume content on a desktop computer or a laptop.  Where Millennials consume contact on a laptop, desktop or mobile phone.
Types of Consumed Content

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Of all the content available on line Blog articles and images are among the top two preferred methods to consume content among all three generations.

Marketing to the generations

After reviewing how each generation is shaped we can build a pretty good picture of how each group can be reached with marketing.  The silent generation is stable and will most likely read their mail and answer the phone.  Baby boomers are online but were not shaped by technology.  Therefore, traditional marketing is important when targeting this audience.  Generation X is considered to be highly educated, sense of tolerance and likes stability.  Millennials on the other hand are shaped by technology along with the soon to be iGeneration that will enter our market place.  With this is mind millennials and the iGeneration generation are more likely to respond to online marketing.

What creative ways will you market to these groups?

  1. Know your audience – Who are your social media followers? What is their generational makeup? Are they engaging or just researching? Ages 18 to 49 are on social media at 82%+. Ages 50 to 64 65% are using social media. What does this mean for you?  If you don’t know how your audience thinks you might miss out on a client opportunity.
  2. Silent Generation—this group will read their mail, newspaper & most likely answer the phone. They do research on social media.  Or what I call research.  Consume content in the morning.  Target them with traditional marketing use one image that conveys emotion.  Keep the marketing simple.
  3. Baby Boomers—this generation consumes content using a desk top or laptop. The content read comes from blogs, e-books, and reviews.  Baby Boomers also search online during the AM hours.  8am to noon.  This group places a higher value on face-to-face communication ad want to know what your business stands for!
  4. Generation X likes to read blogs, view images, e-books and case studies. They are most likely consuming content from 8pm to midnight.  The same is true for Millennials.  Avoid hard core sales tactics, make sure you are familiar with your market place with statistical data and combine traditional marketing with digital marketing.
  5. Millennials— Millennials are looking for referrals, they do their own research and will come prepared with questions they might already have the answers to. Have a strong online presence using blogs and social media.  Be quick to adopt the latest technology trends.
  6. iGeneration—This group is born from 1995 to present. The oldest group is turning 21.  Not quite ready to purchase but when they do this group will be extremely tech savvy.  They are quick with technology.  Get ready for this group and learn how to use digital technology.  Content Marketing to the Generations
  7. Social Media & the Generation –  Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials share content on Facebook, YouTube and twitter in that order. Facebook is ranked the highest. If your network includes the Silent Generation ad or Baby Boomers integrate direct mail with social media and digital marketing. Do you own research.  Check your social media insights.  What does the data tell you about your followers?

 

Does the REAL ESTATE Industry design software for REALTORS® or Consumers?

Does the REAL ESTATE Industry design software for REALTORS® or Consumers?

I love Margaret Gould Stewart’s statement in her TED Talk, “Know who you are designing for”.  Many companies use statistical data to determine software solutions.  As a technology trainer for the real estate industry I’ve had the opportunity to watch our software programs evolve into cloud based systems over the past 14 years.   Real estate software changes at a rapid pace with new programs added and offered to real estate agents every year.  From cloud based systems to apps where buyers and sellers can view properties on smart phones, tablets, and laptops.   Midwest Real Estate Data, a Northern Illinois Company, offers multiple products to their REALTOR® members.

As an instructor for the real estate industry, I have the ability to experience the different skill levels for all agents.  Many agents come into the business with little or no computer skill.  Where others come into the business with a tech savvy background.   The median age of all REALTORS® IS 56.  With that in mind you might think, based on statistics, the MLS service would offer products to keep in line with REALTOR® Demographics.  This age group is among the Baby Boomers and Boomers are adapting to the rapidly changing technology.  However, the Millennials and Generation Y groups are among the extremely tech savvy software, social media and smart phone users.  And learning these products are simple for the younger generations since they’ve typically grown up with technology.  Whereas, working with the Boomer groups, in many situations not all, it might take longer to adapt to technology changes and new products.

Why is this important?  If the median age of an agent is 56 why aren’t we developing products to service this age group?  That’s easy, many people in the market to buy or sell a home are looking online before they decide to invest in home ownership or choose a REALTOR®.    Therefore, if the buyer or seller chooses an agent to represent them in their transaction, that new client might expect that agent to be tech savvy and have the ability to access real estate information just as quickly as they can.   

Therefore, although it might make sense to focus on the Boomer agents when developing technology, focusing on the consumer would be the better option when designing for the real estate industry. The Millennials are expected to spend $2 Trillion in housing in the next 5 years.  Most buyers are searching online before making a decision to purchase a home.  And Based on how quickly real estate programs are developed and updated it’s certain that developers are focusing on the tech savvy users.  Given that this is true, Millennials and the Generation Y groups should be considered when developing cloud systems, websites, apps and software.  This could be one of the reasons the less tech savvy agents show frustration with real estate software.  It’s just not being developed for the agent.  It’s being developed with the consumer in mind.