Refocus on Recruiting Now
By Judy LaDeur
If you’ve been biding your time to kick your recruiting into high gear, it might be time to re-think your game. Put systems in place NOW to attract, connect, and engage with the recruits you want, and you’ll be the broker to beat in this competitive market.
Here are five guidelines for recruiting the experienced agents that you want:
#1: Remember that it is not what you do that makes the agent move; it is what their broker or company does or does not do that makes them move or motivates them to look at their options. It is what you do between now and then that causes them to call you when that day comes. That is why it is so important to keep your mailings going out on a regular basis. You never know when something will happen to make them unhappy. With regard to your mailings, keep in mind that your marketing pieces are designed to educate them as to what your company has to offer.
#2: Your marketing pieces should also create curiosity and desire to know more about your company, your results, and your systems. Testimonial letters from your agents make great recruiting letters. Do not try to sell them the entire company in just one letter. Each letter should focus on one unique thing about your company and should show the benefit to the agent, as well as the results that your agents have had by utilizing that system. Your marketing pieces should appeal to the emotional agents as well as the logical agents. Emotional agents like things that are cute, fun, humorous, and emotional in content. They also relate to success stories about other agents. Logical agents like their letters to be factual, business-like, and to the point. You should alternate between emotional and logical letters so that you are relating to everyone. You should have a marketing piece that goes out one time every two weeks. The marketing piece can be a letter, postcard, email, company newsletter, or anything that educates the agents in the marketplace about what you have to offer. Look to your Lumpy Letters and seasonal letters in your system for done-for-you pieces.
#3: If your results are slowing down, look at your hit list. With new agents coming into the real estate business every day, your hit list should constantly be updated. At least 30%-40% of your names should be agents who have been in the business for less than one year. Statistics show that most successful agents make their first move during their first year in the business. I believe that is because they do not know what to look for in a company when they are newly licensed, but the good ones learn quickly who the best companies are for them. Those same studies show that most agents are with three companies in their real estate careers and stay with the second company for an average of 7-9 years. That is when they are building their career. So, if you do not get them before their first move, you may be waiting a while. The majority of the agents on your list should be agents who sell an “average amount of real estate for your area.” Averages vary quite a bit, but usually, an average agent is someone who sells 1-3 million per year. An average producer is usually more willing to look at their options somewhere else. You should have 30%-40% of your hit list as average producers.
#4: You must follow up on your letters with phone calls. If you make the calls, the agents will come in. I recently held a class on developing phone skills with managers who did not regularly call the agents in their area. In just two hours of calling for appointments, the managers booked over 50 appointments. The challenge these days is finding the agents and not getting the appointment. For this reason, I recommend that you call the agents in the morning. You should talk to at least three agents per day to keep your pipeline full.
#5: In addition to sending out letters and making phone calls, you should do whatever possible to stay face-to-face with the agents in your marketplace. That includes Open Houses, Broker Tour and Luncheons, Broker and Realtor Functions, invites to special events that your company is holding, or just stepping out of your office and saying “Hello” when an agent stops in for a key.
Remember that recruiting is a contact sport. The more contacts you make, the more recruits you will have. Need help? Join The Profitable Recruiter.
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