How to Correctly Use Facebook as a Marketing Tool

A marketing plan is key in both generating more leads as well as increasing exposure for your business. Given that the technology landscape is ever-changing, it also comes with its fair share of scrutiny and controversy at times. Here are a few best practices in utilizing Facebook as a marketing tool.

To mention Facebook is to also mention some of its downfalls. More recently in March, Facebook was charged with violating the Fair Housing Act by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In the suit, Facebook is accused of restricting who can view a housing-related ad, since Facebook allows users to customize ad campaigns to target certain people and locations.

Teachable Moment

The dispute with HUD and Facebook has created an opportunity for agents to adjust their marketing plans and educate their clients on the rules and regulations that come with marketing a listing. This means that when clients are asking for more social media engagement and bold ideas to get their property to sell, mentioning fair housing is key to being on the same page and clearing any confusion. This also calls for agents to check their marketing plans; if you use a third-party vendor it’s best to follow up on their alignment with the Fair Housing Act.

Make It Personal

It’s more than likely you’re active on some social media platform. Whether that’s Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube, you have the opportunity to reach out and create a brand image. With that in mind, creating content for your business profile doesn’t need to be pure real estate all the time. Adding in a personal touch — such as posting about what you do on your free time, with family, or on nights out with co-workers or fellow agents — creates more connectivity with your clients. It allows prospects to see you as a person, rather than just a business owner.

Engage

Another key component of any marketing plan is to be engaging with your clients through social media channels. Along with making it personal, this is another great way to connect with your followers and clients. Allocate some time, or even hire an intern to assist you, to write back to people who comment on your posts and take time to comment and like their posts as well.

Being a Dependable Source

With social media at everyone’s disposal, the issue of misleading information and confusion is also a problem. As an agent, building trust is an area you should always be working on, and this also means making Facebook a part of those efforts. Creating content that counters false information is a great way to become a dependable source. This can go hand-in-hand with educating your sellers in regards to the Fair Housing Act, but also it can be incorporated in marketing, such as showcasing your recent sales figures or the current state of the market.

In all, Facebook is a fundamental platform and needs to be a part of any marketing strategy you have. Incorporating Facebook in your business activities allows for more growth and exposure. However, as explained here, there are rules and regulations to follow and be aware of.

For more tips on how to create effective marketing, start your seven-day free trial of AgentEDU and gain access to the fundamental advertising track.

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4 Ways to Handle a Negative Yelp Review

Despite your best efforts, it’s possible to receive a less-than-stellar review on Yelp and other social media platforms. While about 79 percent of the reviews on Yelp receive three stars or more, every business will likely receive negative feedback at some point because it’s impossible to please 100 percent of the people you deal with 100 percent of the time.

With this knowledge in mind there are ways to boost your online reputation and make sure that your Yelp profile is working for you and not against you. In this blog we’ll cover the four ways to handle a negative Yelp review.

Start with Great Customer Service

Most real estate agents place an emphasis on making sure their clients feel great before they walk out the door. But in this age of social media, business owners should always treat their customers as if they were newspaper reporters. Anything you say or that your customers observe while they’re working with you can end up online.

Stay Cool if You Read a Negative Review

If you find yourself getting too emotional about your reviews, you may not be the best person to respond to an upset customer. Appoint a trusted admin or another agent at your brokerage to manage your online reviews. Also, if you see a negative review written by someone without a photo and no friends, it may not be worth losing sleep over. Consumers on Yelp naturally gravitate to reviewers who have established presences on Yelp.

Be Diplomatic

When it’s time to respond to a critical reviewer, use Yelp’s free review response tools to join the conversation about your business. You can respond privately or publicly but remember to always take the high road when it comes to your customers and your reputation. If you feel like a review violates Yelp’s terms of service, you can flag it for evaluation by Yelp’s user support team.

Implement Feedback

Online reviews can help you figure out what you’re doing well and what you can improve upon. Some business owners discuss Yelp reviews with their employees during staff meetings and implement corrective measures according to the feedback they receive.

If you work hard at customer service and promote a positive image of your business, many of the reviews you will receive will be positive. Over time, all of the positive reviews become like an online book of testimonials for your business. You can send new customers to your Yelp page so they can learn more about the great service they will receive if they choose you as their representative.

Developing your Yelp profile with positive reviews of your services is a great way to improve your referral sources online. To learn more, start your free seven-day free trial of AgentEDU and watch the full Yelp For Your Real Estate Business course.

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AgentEDU® is a platform where agents at every level can come to watch 10-minute video courses for the many situations that successful agents must master. From essential to advanced level and everything in between, AgentEDU® courses help agents become top producers with increased earnings and a plan for continued growth. For a 7-day free trial sign up here.

AgentEDU® is an Agent Publishing brand. For nearly two decades, Agent Publishing has been committed to providing residential real estate professionals with the information and training required to build successful and meaningful careers in their local markets. Agent Publishing’s influence extends to every career stage and reaches agents across print, digital, events and online learning.