How to Create CUSTOMERS for LIFE

From First Contact to Close

By Real Estate Coach Judy LaDeur

To make it in this business for the long haul – you need to build a referral base. And that process?  Starts with the very first contact. Every person that you meet is a potential client, even if they currently know another agent. I always asked everyone that I met if I can send them my homeowner tips and ideas each month. They rarely say no. A NAR survey showed that 87% of all homeowners surveyed were happy with their agent and would use that agent again IF they could remember their name! That’s sad but true. I would say that 9 out of 10 times that I ask someone that I meet who sold them their home, I get the same response. They were really nice, but just can’t remember who they are. I have found that repetition of marketing materials, combined with personal contact, is the #1 thing that you can do as an agent to not only have those you know do business with you, but it’s also a great source of ongoing referrals.

When I started in the business, many years ago, I was “thrown in” and told to “hit the phones”. No one told me what to say or what to do. That has changed, and today’s agents have more training than ever before. Here’s the million-dollar question: If there is more training today than ever, why are so many agents still struggling to earn a living? Perhaps they are not doing the basics. This is a contact business, and if you are not selling or listing a home, you should be looking for someone who wants to sell or list a home. It’s just that simple!

What does your pipeline look like? Your pipeline consists of the total number of active listings, combined with the number of buyers that you are working with, plus any prospects that you are currently talking to about listing their home or buying a home. You should have 25 people in your pipeline at all times. How many do you have right now? If it’s not at least 25, then it’s time to hit the phones!

Once they are your client, stay in touch weekly, providing reports and feedback to insure that they are happy. Most clients want results. Results require honesty. Is the home priced too high? Does it need staging? Our job is to deliver the “tough news” in a way that they appreciate and understand. I picked up many expired listings, through referrals, and each time it was the same scenario. They needed a price adjustment and staging or decorating. They were always willing to do what was asked, when they knew that it was the key to getting their home sold. If they were not willing to do what was needed to sell their home, I was not the right agent for them.

Happy clients are clients for life if you get the job done and stay in touch after the sale. If you stop chasing all the NEW commissions and focus on building a strong book of business.  If you put each and every customer and contact in a database that you can stay connected to week after week, month after month.

If you’re an agent who wants an easy, comfortable, effective way to stay in touch, visit www.TheProfitableSalesAgent.com and sign up for our weekly newsletters, training, social media tips, and agent tools. They weekly newsletters are perfect for staying connected in a way that positions you as a resource people can trust. They are filled with lots of great messages, tips for homeowners, and calls to action. If you’re a broker who wants to help your agents get on the fast track to successfully staying in touch, invite them to do the same. In fact, register in the next 45 days and take advantage of our 4th quarter special! Use promo code 50OFF any agent membership and save 50%!

If you follow these simple steps and you’ll have happy clients from first contact to close, and a source of referrals for life.  You’ll end up with a lot of great new friends too!

COACHING TIP OF THE MONTH: MAKE THE CALL 

There are many agents who take the listing and then don’t communicate with the seller because they have no idea what to say.  Here’s an idea: Contact each of your listings, without fail, every Tuesday.  If there has been absolutely no activity, simply tell them that.  Generally, though, even though nothing has happened with their particular listing, something has happened in the neighborhood.  Whatever it is, tell them and, if appropriate, discuss a price reduction. Studies show that sellers want lots of communication from their agent, so stay in touch and you will see that they are more likely to work with you to get it sold.

Start communicating effectively today!  Register for www.theprofitablesalesagent.com today with promo code 50OFF and save 50%. 

And if you’re a broker – the same principle for success applies to you.  You’ve got to stay positioned with the agents you are eager to recruit!  Join us today and take advantage of our special offer of 35% off with the promo code PLAN35 any pro membership.  That’s 35% off everything you need to be in the right place at the right time when the agents you want are ready to make a move – including SEVEN HOURS of recruiting audio training!  What are you waiting for? When you join – you and up to 10 managers can access your account! Try it for a month and see what it can do for you.    

It’s NOT Just a Numbers Game

It’s a PEOPLE Project

by Real Estate Recruiting Coach and Speaker Judy LaDeur

Since the dawn of recruiting, we’ve all been told, “it’s a numbers game,” and “it’s a contact sport”.  While a portion of that is true – you do have to contact a number of people CONTINUOUSLY to recruit new agents and build your company, it’s not JUST about numbers – or contact.  It’s about PEOPLE.  And RELATIONSHIPS. Because that is the business you are in really.  Not real estate – but those hard working folks who list and sell every day that are people.  Getting to the heart of what makes them tick, what makes them successful, and what makes them think of you when it’s time to make a change is the biggest job you have.

So there are a three truths you should know…

  1. It’s not about the money.  Almost every time an agent leaves a current broker it doesn’t have anything to do with money.  It’s usually lack of trust, or a breakdown in the relationship, or a shift in culture in the company.  So keep this in mind – both for staying in touch with those you want to recruit – and maintaining a great relationship with those current agents you want to KEEP.
  2. Salespeople don’t like to be SOLD.  If every contact you make with the folks in your pipeline is about pitching them to move to your office, save yourself time and money now.  It won’t work. What does work is CONSISTENT interaction. Non-threatening, non-salesy interaction with something of value.  Something that makes them WANT to hear from you.
  3. It’s not about the first contact or the last.  It’s about showing up time and time again in a supportive and positive way.  Agents who are looking to make a move don’t go with the first broker that tried to recruit them or even the last – they go with the one who is rock-steady and always there.

Our brokers are loving the way we help them stay consistently in touch and build those relationships.  And our Monday Morning Wake Up Call eNewsletters are not only getting the job done for bringing on new recruits – but for helping their agents build their book of business too.  As motivational messages with a clear story to tell, valuable information to share and inspiration that kick starts the week off right, it’s become a tool that allows brokers to stay in touch, share a real estate success strategy and keep top-of-mind with both their recruiting prospects and their current team.  The side benefit?  Is the agents then share that message with their sphere and farm and your branding and positive impact on the market spreads.

Picture this:  Let’s just say, for easy math’s sake, you are a broker with 50 agents in your office.  (Multiply the math for your current numbers.)  You send your message every Monday to your current agents.  You invite them to tweak it and make it their own, and send to their sphere and farm. If each of your agents have 200 in their sphere or farm, you’re then reaching 10,000 people each week (and helping your agents do the same.)  Add to that a recruiting hit list of 50 agents, and you invite them to also tweak and make it their own and share with THEIR sphere or farm. That’s 20,000 each week you are touching.  That’s going a long way towards making a serious impact on your market, your communities, and the agents who service it.

Will they all do it?  Of course not.  But will it stick with the ones who are eager to take the lead?  Absolutely.  Will it make a difference to those agents who are ready to make a move and wondering who to turn to in terms of a new company, culture, and broker relationship?  You bet it will.  Position yourself today to be THE broker to talk to in your market.  Actively. Consistently.  Positively.  Your bottom line will thank you for it.

The key to making recruiting easier – and even more fun is to dare to be different. To set yourself apart from your competitors.  Our members tell us that we make that so much simpler by providing the creative how-to’s each and every month so they can focus on getting face to face with new recruiting prospects.  Every month they can choose from new lumpy letters (for top rung recruits), seasonal letters (for B & C lists), and they stay positioned with all of their recruiting lists by using their Monday Morning Wake Up Call eNewsletters and social media tools. Then they use the training they get from the 7+ hours of audio training and 35+ webinars on demand to feel confident, competent and ready for anything when they have that recruit on the phone or in an interview.  

You can too!  Join today and take advantage of our special offer of 35% off with the promo code PLAN35 any 6-month or annual pro membership.  

Not sure if this is the right thing for your company?  Watch this video on demand to learn why brokers of every company size are making it their turn to way to stay positioned for recruiting success in today’s market — and putting the fun back into their recruiting.  We’re taking the guesswork out of recruiting for brokers — and they are loving it.  We can do the same for you! Questions?  Email us today.  

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