How Large Property Developers are Targeting an International Audience

Property Developers and Project Marketers Australia-wide have been casting a global net to try and reach buyers. Competing on a global stage to attract these international buyers is becoming increasingly difficult, demanding new and innovative ways to differentiate your project.

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At Brightfox, we create interactive applications for Touchscreens and Tablets. These tools use the power of the latest innovative technology and our proprietary foxSuite software to create a rich multimedia solution that takes takes sales presentations to new heights.

Demand for interactive applications from Property Developers has never been so high. This demand is being driven by savvy buyers and savvy agents. The buyers of today expect an information-rich experience, and are drawn into developments offering this. Agents demand the best tools for presenting to their clients. Our Touchscreen and Tablet Apps do both.

Built from the ground up to sell property in every market, in every language, our Touchscreen and Tablet Apps are truly international. Most commonly they are deployed in both English and Chinese, immediately being available to the majority of property investors interested in the Australia, New Zealand, US, Canadian and UK markets.

Our most recent iteration of our Interactive Property Apps was created for international developer Frasers Property for the latest project launch at Hamilton Reach, in Brisbane Australia. A large multi-stage Project built along the Brisbane River, this Project is the pinnacle of riverfront and riverside living in Brisbane. Nothing can compare to visiting this Project in person, but if you can not be on site, our Tablet App is the next best thing.

Our foxSuite Tablet App has given Frasers Property the ability to give internal and external agents located in Australia, HK and mainland China, an interactive sales tool which can be used to present to prospects anywhere at anytime, delivering a truly powerful multimedia presentation that enables both agent and purchaser to explore every aspect of the project, its surrounds and the greater Brisbane region. Our foxSuite Tablet Apps make every agent look and present as a true professional, making every presentation a winner.

Whether it is an interactive display suite touchscreen solution to bring your project to life or an interactive app empowering your sales team with tools to sell more property, Brightfox are here to help by developing your next interactive application solution.

Contact us now for an obligation free quote on (07) 3177 0505 and
ensure your reaching the global audience your project deserves.

Why salespeople hate CRM? (& our solution!)

Why is it that salespeople generally dislike and do not use CRM software implemented by the Company that they work for?

After all as commission based salespeople don’t they stand to benefit from the primary reason CRM exists – to improve sales!

To start with you might even question this proposition. Perhaps in your organisation your salespeople do use your CRM. That is great if they do, but let me assure you that in most organisations with CRM software, the greatest problem with true implementation is getting salespeople to adopt and use the software. Over the 20 years that we have been building and implementing CRM software in the property industry, this has been and continues to be the single most difficult issue.

In the property industry we can charactarise a number of reasons that management elect to implement CRM software. We believe they are:

– improve sales

– improve systemisation

– provide better data clarity

– reduce costs

– reduce risk

I will go through each in turn:

1. Improve Sales. This is the most obvious reason and ostensibly the primary reason for putting in a CRM. “Lets capture every lead, put in sales source automation, coupled with fully integrated database marketing, and lets see our sales rates improve”.

2. Improve systemisation. In the property industry this includes everything from capturing leads, then implementing systematic database marketing, price list management, contract administration, financial reporting and so on. The implementation of a system to manage this entire process is a compelling reason to implement a CRM.

3. Provide better data clarity. A CRM should provide clear and realtime data on everything from leads, to live price lists, contract status, financial exposure and so on. All critical information to be a successful property business.

4. Reduce Costs. This is really a by-product of Point 2 – Improve Systemisation. Through implementing a CRM successfully, you should be able to reduce operational costs in your business.

5. Reduce Risk. This is not raised as often as it should be as a reason to implement a CRM. By centralising your company data into a single ‘silo’ you will eliminate significant risk in that data walking out the door, being lost and generally misused. Data is becoming an increasingly valuable asset to all property businesses, and a CRM should be an essential tool for collating and securing that data. Through systemisation of your business CRM will also reduce a businesses reliance on specific personnel, reducing the impact on any one or multiple employee’s leaving.

Quality CRM software is now generally good at delivering on the last 4 of these points. Industry specific software such as our foxEnterpriseCRM, are particularly powerful at Point 2 through many years of continuous optimisation to meet the specific needs of property developers, project marketers, investment groups and so on.

Point 1 – improving sales is however still a significant challenge for almost every CRM implementation I have seen. Why you might ask? The answer is simple. If you salespeople do not systematically use your CRM software, your sales pipeline has failed at the very point where it starts. If your salespeople are not entering new leads, are not updating leads as and when they communicate with them, if they are not following your automated activity plans, and not even accessing live price lists and other essential sales information via the CRM, then your attempt to improve sales through improved conversion rates, cross selling, database marketing or other techniques will fail…. or at the very least will struggle.

So we come back to the question at hand: Why do salespeople hate CRM? I will pose this in another way. What do salespeople want in a CRM? In our view it is the following:

1. Software that is easy to use.

2. Software that helps them perform their sales or admin tasks more easily.

3. Software that gives them the essential sales information they need (live price lists, sales kits, floor plans, fly throughs etc)

4. Software that is available to use no matter where they are

I have included below a screen grab of Salesforce, reputably the most popular CRM in the world.

The No 1 reason salespeople do not use CRM software is complexity. CRM software is just too complicated and confusing to use. When looking at this Salesforce screen grab there is nothing ostensibly easy about reading and certainly entering this data. Lots of of fields, lots of categories, lots of buttons. If you use the toolbar and start going into Accounts, then Opportunities and so on it just gets worse and worse.  If this software was developed and implement for salespeople, as every CRM vendor purports, just why has it ended up being so complex and difficult to use!

I am not just picking on Salesforce here. The is no CRM software that is as powerful and as full of features as our own foxEnterpriseCRM. For 20 years we have been customising and improving it with feature after feature to meet the specific needs of the property industry. The answer as to why foxEnterpriseCRM and other CRM software is just so complex can be found on my earlier points on why CRM software is implemented in the first place. As pointed out earlier CRM software is expected to do a lot more than just help salespeople make sales. Points 2 through to Pt 5 above all have nothing to do with salespeople and helping them make more sales. Each of them are fundamentally important reasons to implement a CRM however, so we can not say that a CRM should be developed solely for the needs of a salesperson. Marketing Departments, Contract Administration teams, Customer Service and Handover teams, Management and so on all have detailed requirements, and the CRM software has to meet all of them. By virtue of this, the CRM inevitably and inexorably morphs into a complicated beast that salespeople will simply not use.

If you have read this far then you are desperate to know the solution (or are a competitor of ours!). So I will let you out of your misery. The answer is you need 2 CRM’s. One for your salespeople, and one for your admin team!

One that gives your salespeople exactly what they want and need, and another that gives your administration staff exactly what they want and need. We think this is a revolutionary idea and is going to change forever how people think of CRM software. We are calling it CRM V2

One size does not fit all. One CRM does not work for all! Your current CRM almost certainly does not work for your sales team. So we have developed and launched a new CRM that runs side by side with foxEnterprise CRM – its called SalesCRM and as the name suggests it is made exclusively for salespeople. It is easy to use, beautiful, fast, available on every device and did I say simple to use! And it works.

Your salespeople will love it, and your management team will love foxEnterprise. Two CRM’s, working as one representing a whole new approach a successful CRM implementation.

Park Residences Interactive iPad Solution for Conrad Properties

As one of Australasia’s leading apartment developers with over 17 years experience in developing successful projects in Australasia (particularly in New Zealand), Conrad Properties approached Brightfox to begin developing interactive iPad solutions for use by their agents in their display suites and by their network of referral agents throughout South East Asia at Seminars and Property Road shows.

Park Residences

With the release of their latest development, Park Residences, Conrad Properties approached Brightfox to develop an interactive iPad solution. Consisting of 225 apartments over 28 floors in the heart of Auckland, Conrad Properties needed a solution that would help showcase the project to prospective purchasers both locally and internationally.

App Layout

The resulting product allows sales agents to take prospective purchasers on a ‘guided tour’ of the project. With image galleries, project video and an interactive rotating 3D model; users are able to not only showcase the development but navigate to specific levels and apartments for more in-depth information including views, floor plans and property details.

With a dedicated and highly successful team along with a myriad of successful projects in various stages of completion, construction & planning; 2014 is looking like a bright year of innovation for both Conrad Properties and Brightfox. To find out more about our interactive iPad and Touch screen solutions visit our website.

HTML5 in mobile and web development

You may or may not have heard the term ‘HTML 5’ used lately when discussing the future of web development and in particular the future of mobile web development. So what is HTML 5? HTML 5 is a browser-based programming language that can make your content more accessible and interactive. In short HTML 5 can deliver app-like usability and mobile friendly delivery in a website.

Is it worth jumping on the HTML 5 band-wagon? The continued support and growth of HTML 5 is undeniable and its capabilities were clear to Apple Inc’s CEO Steve Jobs over two years ago when in April 2010 he controversially issued a public letter that concluded that Adobe Flash would no longer be necessary to watch videos or consume web content as “new open standards such as HTML 5 will win . . .” in the mobile arena. The result of this statement? Apple does not support Flash based content on any iPad or iPhone devices and when you consider that global sales of these devices are in the region of 180 million units, that’s a whole lot of users without the ability to view your content and subsequently adobe gave up the fight and ceased development of mobile versions of flash.

With improved support for offline data storage, advanced form development and API support for complex web applications HTML 5 is clearly becoming the favoured path to follow, particularly for companies looking to avoid the increased development time & cost to publish multiple platform specific applications. Brands such as Ford, The Financial Times and Vimeo have paved the way, utilising the power of HTML 5 to develop their web based ‘apps’. According to the Burrows Communications Agency who developed the ‘Ford Showroom’ application it’s all about cross platform integration and “The cost savings of not developing twice (for multiple platforms) can add up to the hundreds of thousands . . .”

Here at Brightfox we’ve been busy building HTML5 websites (stay tuned and check out our revamped website due for release in a little over a month) and web apps for the property development industry. A new product that we have recently launched is a powerful multimedia sales tool developed for use on Tablets, and in particular for the IPAD. Combining the power of our live agent portal sales tools and our interactive display suite touch-screen solutions, we have developed a sales and presentation tool that not only allows our clients to interactively present their product to potential purchasers but also seamlessly roll their presentation into a sale utilising one dynamic tool. Stay tuned for more on this product!

Click Here to be taken to an interesting infographic about HTML 5 hosted by mycustomer.com

Look who is going Places in Project Marketing (our recent newsletter)

This month Brightfox is proud to introduce Brisbane based project marketer, Place Projects.
In the last few months Place Projects have not only adopted foxEnterprise to manage the sales, marketing and reporting functions for their project sales but have also released a brand new website with a custom design by Brightfox utilising the power of the Umbraco Content Management System.

The Place brand launched onto the Queensland residential real estate scene in late 2002 and since then has grown significantly in both recognition and in market position.

Real Estate power houses – Bruce Goddard, Syd Walker, Damian Hackett and Lachlan
Walker partnered with this growing name, to open the Place Projects office. Understanding that their project marketing needs were going to be immensely more complex than a residential sales office, they approached Brightfox looking for a high quality CRM system and a website that could keep up with the times.

The Place Property group had an existing in-house CRM software application in use
throughout their offices. But to suit their specific project marketing needs
Place Projects spent a considerable amount of time investigating the various
options available on the market before deciding on foxEnterprise and according
to Kathy Cuthbert of Place Projects.

“. . . We never found a system before that catered for
projects. . . and the system is amazing and so user friendly”

and 3 months down the track…

“Since using foxEnterprise we get help with anything
we ask for and if it can’t be fixed straight away or the
person we speak to can’t help us, any issues
arenormally resolved within 24hrs.”

Place Projects is a business involved in launching and marketing
new ‘off the plan’ Projects, so it was essential that the website presented the
Company and the Projects it was marketing professionally. The website needed to
be user friendly and be easily updated, with both new Project content but also
up to date research from Place Projects own internal research division.

The Place Projects website has been built from the ground up to work
seamlessly with foxEnterprise, ensuring that all prospects are imediately
captured and profiled for each Project within the foxEnterprise CRM. The
Brightfox CMS (Content Management System) ensures that Place Projects is 100% in
control of the content on their website, updating as they need to, thereby
ensuring it’s up to date and encouraging repeat visitors to the site.

and the results…   

“We had our projects website designed and operational within a couple of months, the training for it was great and even now, when there is a question it’s answeredin no time at all. It’s so user friendly we can make 99% of the change ourselves”

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Impeccable Customer Service!

Not long ago we talked about the importance of implementing CRM systems. As a winner in your industry, I hope you critically analysed your own processes and the available products out there and took immediate action.

This week we will be following up on the topic and adding to it, just like a builder will add the walls on top of a solid foundation for a multi-storey building.

 Let’s take two stories as an example:

1. Buying a Luxury Car – When you go to test drive a luxury car, let’s say a Jaguar or something similar, a good salesperson will be asking questions to get to know you; to get an understanding of who you are, what you like and more importantly what you don’t like, so that he / she can utilise this knowledge to persuade you to buy that expensive but lovely car. One sales agent I know of asks the question: What kind of music / artists do you like? When you do purchase the vehicle and return to the dealership to pick-up your new car, a stack of cd’s with all your favorite music is waiting for you!

2. Le Meridien Hotels – one of the well known, luxury hotel chains, has a unique service to ensure their clients always return to their hotels, anywhere they go in the world. So how do they get their clients to be so loyal? When you first go to one of their hotels they ask you a bunch of questions, silly things like what kind of pillows do you and your partner like (feather, downe, etc), how you like your eggs, do you like orange juice or apple juice, how do you take your coffee, etc. Silly questions right? Well, should you choose to stay with Le Meridien again, no matter where in the world you stay, when you walk into your room you will have your favourite pillow on the bed and when you wake up, your breakfast in bed will consist of your eggs prepared the way you like them, alongside your preferred morning drink, etc.!

Now the simple question you may ask, as a fellow salesperson, is how in the world did they know all this information and remember it? I can’t even remember a person’s name, let alone his / her partners name or where they work, let alone their kids’ names!

Well let me tell you that this is where the best salesperson leaves the rest trailing behind.

Just imagine, you maintain as much information about your prospective buyer or seller and even if they don’t do business with you now, you keep in touch with them (via email marketing as discussed in one of our earlier blogs) and when they do come to discuss their options with you in a year or two, you’re able to say:

“Hi Paul & Wendy! How is [insert kids names here]? Are they still at [Name of school]? Etc. And did you get my [Birthday Card /Anniversary of Purchase Letter]? . . .”

If I talked to you like that, would you feel a rapport between us? Would you like to do business with me? I hope you say yes!

How do you achieve this in your business?

Step 1: Build a strong foundation for your business with a good real estate specific CRM system.

Step 2: Capture the Data! You will need a process where you are able to capture the required information while you are on the move. This can be achieved by a paper based form which you fill out as soon as you have spoken to a prospect (buyer or seller). This information can be entered into the CRM by yourself or by your PA so as to maintain the accuracy of your CRM system.

Step 3: Implement the process. Time and again we have seen many agencies implement a fancy CRM program and even design a very good system but do not follow through. This is where your CRM supplier has to play an integral part to coach / consult with you to ensure the implementation is successfully carried out over the first 90 days. As soon as the Agency has been using the system continuously for over 90 days, it becomes second nature and the chances of falling back to the old ways of doing business will be reduced.

A Quick Brightfox Plug!

Brightfox is one of the world’s leading providers of CRM software and online marketing solutions for the property industry. We have a suite of software applications to suit individual agents, small, medium and large agencies, multi-office agencies, property developers, investment networks and retirement village developers and managers. We would welcome the opportunity to show you how we can help your busines, so please do not hesitate to contact us.

Action Plan:

• If you have not finalised a CRM system as yet, please do so. And when you are talking to your supplier, please enquire on whether they provide a consulting / coaching system to ensure successful transformation of your business processes.

• Decide on what kind of information that you would like to obtain from your prospects (buyers / sellers) and put it in a form / CRM • Start collecting information today!

• Put a plan in action for sending cards to your prospects / clients for birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

As always, please let us know your feedback on this or any other idea, as your feedback helps us to continuously improve these strategies. And don’t forget to pass these insights on to your friends / colleagues and help share the success!

Understand your clients and communicate better!

In previous blogs we have talked about how you can keep track of all your past customers and the people you meet every day.

In this blog we will look at trying to understand what they want!

There’s no point in you having boxes and boxes of business cards from as far back as 1989 if you have no clue where you met the people they belong to, what you discussed with them and what they were looking for.

I hope after reading and taking action on our last few posts, you will no longer have boxes of business cards, or excel spreadsheets filled with people’s names and contact details. I am sure you will have pulled the plug and done some research and implemented a specific CRM system for your business.

Now let’s look at segmenting these people into manageable sections.

  • Some of these people might have talked to you about buying their first home.
  • Some of them may have said that they can only afford to buy for less than $450K.
  • Some of them might have said that they already have 3 properties and may be looking at buying some more or may even be selling 1 or 2, if the price is right.
  • Some of them might just be local business leaders you met at the Chamber of Commerce and they may even consider referring new business your way, etc.

Can you see where I am going with this? When you add a new person into your CRM system, you will need to have thought through which category or categories that person will fit into. This is going to be extremely effective when you send out targeted marketing materials.

Now why do you need to send out targeted emails as opposed to just sending the same emails to everyone?

Well, as the saying goes, even if you get the highest quality Grade A steak lovingly cooked by a world renowned chef, when you put it in front of a vegetarian he or she is still not going to eat it. Are they?

The same applies to your prospects as well.  If you keep sending email messages that are not targeted to what they want, they are going to see you and your marketing material to be more of a nuisance/spam rather than a helpful service provided for their benefit.

This simple point is extremely vital for your success (online or otherwise) and that’s why we take great care and spend hours working with our clients to see how they want to segregate/categorize their customers/prospects/etc, to effectively market and get more business.

For example, one of our client’s categorised their prospect list as follows:

  • Buyers under $350K.
  • Buyers between $350 – 500K, etc.
  • Buyers for apartments with ocean views.
  • Buyers for apartments close to ocean views, etc.

What we have seen and learnt from the best agent’s is that they have a system that they follow without fail, especially when it comes to adding new prospects to their database, segmenting them and marketing to them on a regular basis.

All we are recommending is for you to refine your system or create a new system that will help you convert this routine task into a habit, just like you have converted the activity of driving a car into a habit.

One of the additional benefits of categorising your database is that it will be a fantastic marketing tool for you to get more listings.

Imagine this, you get a call from a prospective vendor and they say, “I am looking to list a property with ocean views”. Now, even before you start talking about anything else, all you need to do is jump into your categories and check the number of people who are in your database specifically looking for this kind of property. And you tell the vendor, I have just over 175 people looking for your property.

Will that make them want to list with you or walk down to your competitor who says, “we have a database, but we don’t really know exactly how many are looking at something similar to your property”?

When the vendor lists with you (which invariably happens to quite a few of our customers, as they have the right data at their finger tips) the first thing, even before advertising or putting it on realestate.com.au, is to select everyone in this category and send out hundreds or even a thousand emails to your database of buyer’s who are looking for that exact property. Just imagine how fast the property will be sold!

Action Plan:

  • Go through your last 12 month’s sales and see what kind of categories/segments you can create
  • Implement these into your CRM and go through the list of people in your CRM and categorise them. If you don’t know which category a prospect/client falls into, then it’s a good time for you to give them a call to chat and understand what they are looking for. If the number of calls you need to make is huge, get your assistant or hire temporary staff to call and update this information as this will be extremely valuable in the current market.
  • Develop a Customer Registration Form and carry them in your folders and give them to your entire team so that they can get as much information they can from a prospective buyers anytime.

If you haven’t looked at our CRM systems as yet, I urge you to contact us for an obligation free online demo.

As always, please let us know your feedback on this or any other idea, as your feedback helps us to continuously improve these strategies.

 

Brightfox Plug!
Did you know that Brightfox not only develops some of the leading CRM solutions for the property industry, but also has their own award winning web design team that can help you market yourself and your business more effectively online.

Never Lose Another Client Again!

Recently we have been talking about the importance of communicating on a regular basis with your client database. The question that we want you to think about this week is, how many names do you have in your database and how often do you add to that list?

In the last 12 months how many people did you meet or talk to on the phone?  Stop and think about the approximate number.. Is it 100 or is it more like 1000 + +.

Online marketers love to talk about how the money is in the list. What do they mean LIST? It basically means the list of prospects / clients that you have in your database. So in your career as a Real Estate Agent, how many people have you meet, and are they all in your list?

We know that in most developed counties people move houses every 5 to 7 years. So if you meet me today and we talked about buying a home, then theoretically by 2016, I will do the following:

– Buy a home

– Sell my home

– Buy another home

So in theory, you could possibly be involved in up to 3 transactions with me over the next 7 years. Now that does not include

– Any investment properties that I may buy.

– Any family and friends that I may recommend to you.

So let’s say you have 1,000 people in your list, who you keep in touch with regularly with valuable information: you know what they want and they know who you are. Now let’s say that you got 10% of their business as outlined above, then your settlement list will look like this by 2016:

3 x 1000 x 10% =
300 settlements in 7 years, that’s approximately 3-4 settlements every month!


That is the foundation of a very solid and successful business.

Now the question is, do you have all these 1000 + prospective customers details and have you kept in touch with them?

If you are not already doing this, what are you going to do to get started?

There are many different ways you can maintain this list:

1.     On pieces of paper / sticky-notes !!

2.     Outlook

3.     On excel spreadsheets

4.     Generic CRM software. You may have heard of ACT, Goldmine or similar off-the-shelf software.

5.     Real Estate specific CRM software

What is CRM Software?

Definition: Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software is a way for you to capture every lead, purchaser, seller, service provider and other contacts that you deal with on a daily basis. It then enables you to systematically communicate with all or select contacts very easily by email, phone, mail, the web or sms.

It will transform the way that you sell, increasing sales whilst lowering the cost of sale, improve customer service standards and protect your business when
key staff leave.

Action Plan:

1.  Review your current CRM / Database system

If you already have a CRM system that you are using, identify if you are using
the system to  its full capacity and if you need further training to make
better use of it, then organise that. If you can’t get it working the way
you want, you might need to consider changing software and suppliers.

If you don’t have one – identify that you want to implement Real Estate
specific CRM software. Research the software out there in the market (Choose
one that is easy to use and gives you the functionality you need. It is
important to list for yourself exactly what you want to achieve from the CRM
software and then use this to compare the various options available).

2.  Set up your existing contacts. We suggest that you focus on quality and not quantity. That is put into your database people that you have meaningful relationships with and will welcome communication from you. Don’t import old databases from prospects 10 years ago that you have never spoken with since.

3. Send out your first email to all your contacts / prospects / customers / past customers. You can use the templates you have already downloaded from our previous blogs. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the response you will get from even your first email.

As always, please let us know your feedback on this or any other idea, as your feedback helps us to continuously improve these strategies.

A Quick Brightfox Plug!

Did you know that Brightfox is one of the world’s leading providers of CRM software and online marketing solutions for the property industry. We have a suite of software applications to suit individual agents, small, medium and large agencies, multi-office agencies, property developers, investment networks and retirement village developers and managers. We would welcome the opportunity to show you how we can help your business, so please do not hesitate to contact us.

Utilising Email Templates to create consistent communication!

Let’s talk about why you should be email marketing and how you can utilise email templates in your business to attract more buyers and sellers!

Some of the reasons that make email marketing so popular include:

*  It is one of the most cost effective methods of marketing / advertising
*  When setup correctly it is extremely simple to carryout
*  When used correctly, you can use it to become known as an expert in your local area
*  It’s instantaneous and can command a fast response

Following are 3 effective templates that you might look at creating:

1. My Profile

This is an extremely effective piece of marketing material that you can use as part of your pre-listing / initial communication process. As soon as you have an appointment set-up with a prospective vendor, just send them this email with your pre-list kit. The idea behind this email is to pre-sell yourself and your expertise / services to the prospective client, before you even meet them.

You can even add images of recent properties that you listed & sold in the local area. The Agents who use this on a regular basis find that their prospects are very impressed with the testimonials, the information about how they do business, etc.

This is exactly like giving your business card and company profile all rolled into one, which is easily accessible in their inbox and may even be forwarded to other prospects.

One of the systems we have successfully used with some of our clients, which you can easily replicate with your website / software provider, is to send this My Profile to all those who enquire online (from your websites).

For example, if a visitor sends a request for an appraisal, an automatic email will be sent to the visitor with your details (including photo, testimonials, other useful information on what a seller will want) thanking them for their enquiry and promising that you will be in contact shortly.

You can see how powerful this kind of email can be, especially in this day of instant gratification. The prospective seller feels that their request was acknowledged and they have been provided with more relevant information that they can use whilst they wait for your call. It also has the added benefit of acting as an easy referral mechanism. The prospect can also onforward your details with a simple click of the button.

2. Congratulations

This email can be used to send to both Purchasers and Vendors.

Imagine the following:

Sending a prospective purchaser an email as soon as their offer has been accepted by the Vendor congratulating them on purchasing the property. This email has the “next action” steps that the purchaser needs to take, such as organise finance, building & pest inspections, etc.

A similar email goes again when the property actually settles. However, hold on to this thought as we have another Email HTML template coming your way and the details to download it will be available in the next blog!

You can also send a similar congratulatory email to the Vendor when the property goes under contract and then when it settles.

So why do you need to send these emails and why ask for referrals now rather than wait till the property settles?

The experts in human psychology talk about RAS (Reticular Activation System), that’s a mouthful I know! What it basically means is people who are buying a property normally meet / talk / discuss with others who are also buying a property or looking to buy a property. Similarly, vendors normally talk with other vendors / prospective vendors.

The bottom line is this (30 or so days) is the best time to ask for referrals! And you can educate the vendor or buyer that you ideally work via referrals and ask them for people they know who might be interested in buying / selling. As we all know referrals really do form the core of a successful business. Understanding how to tap into the psychology of the buyer / seller to maximise the number of referrals
is therefore essential to your business.

In foxEnterprise (one of our software products), these email templates are already provided and are linked to changes in listing status. As soon as a listing goes from Listed to Under Contract, one or more emails are automatically sent to the Vendor and the Purchaser. The same thing happens when the listing status moves from Under Contract to Settled. These emails are automatically sent out when these triggers happen, without you or your PA having to remember to do them and physically spend the time doing these routine activities. Systemisation of your customer service processes in this way really does make these initiatives achievable.

Now for our plug:
If your current software system cannot do the above then perhaps you should give us a call!

3. Newsletter

This is one of the most effective marketing tools and, unfortunately, under utilised by many in the real estate industry.

It’s a simple technique but not easy to implement! That’s exactly why we diligently train our clients to gather latest local and national news (weekly) and on a monthly basis, choose maybe 2 to 3 relevant news items and send that out as part of their newsletters. When these newsletters are used in conjunction with Blogs (we will discuss on how you can setup a Blog in detail in a later blog) you will be able to cement your position as an expert in your area.

The newsletter is an extremely important piece of marketing material that you should use to keep in touch with your entire customer database. This includes prospects, current clients, past clients and your referral network. You need to think of it as your primary marketing piece for ensuring you are “top of mind’ with your customer base. Real estate is such a competitive and dynamic marketplace that being top of mind with your customer base is essential to success.

Upload Listings straight to homesales.com.au from foxAdvantage CRM software

After the successes of its various websites including carsales.com.au and bikesales.com.au, the team at the CarSales Network have turned their attention to the property industry with the introduction of homesales.com.au into the mix.

With over a decade of experience and a network of more than 24 classified websites attracting over 14.2 million visits every month, the CarSales Network is sure to make an impact on the property industry with the introduction of this new site.  According to the site, their goal is to lower the cost of real estate advertising in Australia and offer you “an opportunity to extend your buyer and seller reach by listing your properties on homesales.com.au for FREE”.

With the cost of advertising on some real estate portals on the rise, we may soon see many people making the switch to this new rival.

For all foxAdvantage users, uploading to homesales.com.au is 100% free. There are no extra charges for uploading to additional portals.