A web site is a must have for all small businesses in today’s digital age but to stand out among the crowd you need to build credibility and use technology, like the internet was designed for. RealtyGo offers QR Codes, SMS/MMS TAG technology, delivering immediate information to prospective buyers, new customers and other real estate business professionals. Here are 20 tips to help promote your online network, they have worked for our company and I believe will work for you as well:
1. Secure a Unique MobileURL
A “name” is usually the first impression the customer gets of your business and most likely will use to tie that impression to your for future contact and lead generation. If you’re going to plaster it all over the internet, be sure the name is easy to remember, spell, and more importantly is relevant to the products or service you are selling. A well though out name above your QR Code will create a online resumer of sorts, linking all your listings, social network, websites and professional contact information in one easy to use Mobile friendly application. RealtyGo – Your Real Estate Listings Best Friend!
2. Have a professional looking website and a mobile friendly version.
Tasteful simplicity is usually the way to go. Something too flashy or sales-oriented will drive customers away while an attractive but straightforward layout will denote professionalism. Make sure end users can use their favorite hand held devices, like iPhones, Tablets, iPads, Smartphones, etc to get all your real estate information from advertisements ads, real estate signage, digital ads using your RealtyGo TAG. Also make sure you have your own domain name (www.yourcompanyname.com) and a blog that links from the site. Try Weebly or WordPress for easy, tasteful website building.
3. Showcase Press Coverage
Press coverage is a valuable badge of credibility. In the physical world we see restaurants displaying positive reviews on the door; why not do the same online? Even ask your customers and clients to visit your Mobile real estate application by forwarding them your site or sending an email with your QR Code, asking them to visit your listing and leave a review and/or helpful tips for others about their real estate experiences.
Keeping a well-maintained blog is simply the standard these days. It’s an opportunity for you to engage customers, as well as to demonstrate your vast knowledge of the industry. As stated previously, match the blog to your website and unique MobileURL for a unified brand feel. RealtyGo enables you to add your blog, twitter, facebook, corporate or professional website and much more, for one easy to use application and landing place for end users, needing more information about your real estate business and listings.
5. User Testimonials
Testimonials go a long way in reassuring visitors that you indeed have happy customers. Reserve a prominent place on your site, blog and mobile site for users to share their praises, and include pictures to prove these are real people. You can even link out to Trulia, Craigslist or any other social networking sites that end users may find useful.
6. Find a logo
Similar to your name, a logo can define your business as professional and established. Try to come up with a clean, tasteful stylization of a common word or image relevant to your business. If you need some help, you can consult Logoworks and they will come up with one for you.
7. Video Content
When it comes to web content, eyeballs tend to gravitate toward pictures and videos. Produced videos of reasonable length will grab the attention of browsers, and establish further your web credibility. For help producing a professional looking business video visit Pixability.
8. Social Media
Also a new standard, sites like Twitter, RealtyGo, Digg, Facebook, Scantac are now integral to a respectable web-presence. Build out your own social media pages, engage the community, and include link buttons on your mobile web site from RealtyGo.
9. A Friendly About Page
Often overlooked, your site’s about page is the first stop for many internet-goers. Speak in a relatable voice about what your company does, and include pictures your bio for personality. End users will be able to auto schedule an appointment to meet with you, reading notes and other pertinent information you provide within your mobile website from RealtyGo.
10. No Errors
If your site is riddled with typos and broken links, who’s to say your product isn’t flawed as well? Attention to detail is the mark of a professional business. RealtyGo does most of the heavy lifting, enables you to test your website by sending a text message or email, so you can see exactly what the end users will see. Make sure and do “once over” testing all your links, info and photos you uploaded, etc.
11. Mention Company News
Customers will always prefer an active company to a stagnant one, and sharing company news and updates is a great way to establish yourself as the former. Link you Twitter up to your Mobile website from RealtyGo and enable end users to access your tweets while they view your real estate listings pictures and information form right in front of the home or from a local realtor magazine or news feed. Place your Mobile TAG everywhere and let people know about you and your real estate business.
12. Update Content Often
Changing the content of your site (even a little) shows that there is a living company behind the webpage, a fact vital to your credibility. RealtyGo enables you to Archive your previous listings once they are sold, and reassign a new listing to the same QR Code and/or Mobile TAG, keeping your new listings updated and current while showcasing your sold or previous listings for SEO ranking and content and relevancy ‘weight’.
13. Establish yourself as an authority
Engage in community functions and social networking (like your local coffee shop) showing consumers and potential buyers/sellers you know your community. Leaving informed comments on relevant articles and forums will help you and your company be known as a credible resource and business and then link the articles to your blog or Mobile website from RealtyGo.
14. Provide Helpful Information
By offering genuine, unbiased information relevant to your industry you show both that you are knowledgeable in your field, and also that you aren’t just trying to sell something. Provide interesting information on your Trulia blog for others to leave, with a TAG, which enables readers to visit your real estate listings and other social networks.
15. SEO Optimize
Customers obviously need to find you , Major engines like Google, YouTube, Yahoo and Bing need to have your real estate listing information indexed the way consumers like to search for real estate. RealtyGo does all the proper coding and presents the content from your Mobile enabled website and Web enabled website, using zip codes, city, state and even neighborhoods to increase your chances and parring up content relevant to search queries when end users are typing keywords in their Search bar. If people have a hard time finding you on major search-engines, they assume something is wrong. Let RealtyGo worry about your search ranking, all you need to do is focus on your real estate business and we handle the rest.
16. Make Contact Easy
RealtyGo enables you to offer your Phone numbers, email, address, and any other forms of contact available for new customers and other business professionals. Showing customers that you’re open to talk improves trust and professionalism. Secure an 800 number, a mark of professionalism, easily set up with Grasshopper. Update your Calendar within your RealtyGo account and enable end users the ability to schedule a time to meet, preview and show your real estate listings, All completely automated
17. Show Affiliations with Credible Sites
If you are somehow associates with or work alongside credible people and websites, let that be known. People like to review, share and link to others that have the same business ideas. Link all your Social Networking sites and information within your Mobile real estate listings from RealtyGo.
Awards act as a shiny badge of credibility that customers can take comfort in. If there are any industry or other awards you and your company have earned recently, be sure to include them and links to them for consumers to read and review. RealtyGo enables you to link all your social networking sites as additional information for potential home buyers and sellers to review when looking through your real estate listings.
19. Choose content wisely, lead generation and consumers first impression is key.
Consumers and end users want to see what they are interested in immediately. Using your unique TAG from RealtyGo, you can place end users in the Sweet spot of what every your promoting at that time for dynamic real estate listings and auto scheduling. Keep end users looking at your listings and your information, people can become distracted and loose sight of why they originally took notice to your promotion and real estate listing. RealtyGo offers exactly what you want the user to see, and can be updated and edited with ease, without costs associated with traditional advertising and real estate listing promotion.
20. Highlight Experts on Your Team
If there is anyone on your team that would qualify as an expert, find a way to include this on your site. It gives customers that personal feel, and makes them feel that they are in good hands.
As you can see, building web credibility takes a lot of work and patience, and that is precisely why you should do it. Your competition may not be up to the challenge leaving you standing above the crowd. Link your services within RealtyGo, Social Media, Personal website, Reviews, Contact information and more, offering all your relevant and current information to the end user in a well organized and established channel compatible with all mobile devices.
RealtyGo – Your Real Estate Listings Best Friend!