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3 online tools to enhance and streamline your social marketing campaigns

We’ve found three tools that make it easier to manage your social media platforms.

A strong social media presence is one way to increase the visibility of your business, expand your reach and generate new leads:

Buffer: Buffer is a relatively simple web application that allows users to schedule social media posts across a variety of social network platforms. Dually mobile and desktop friendly, the app optimizes posts for peak engagement times (it also allows for customization) and best of all, its users receive salient feedback, via analytics, to view social media post performance, improve results and create data-driven reports for clients and managers.

Canva: That old cliché that a picture is worth a thousand words rings true with Canva, an intuitive, easy-to-master graphic-design creator that businesses can use to increase website traffic and social media engagement. It uses a drag-and-drop format and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics and fonts. You don’t need a background in design to use the tool, and with more than 50,000 templates to choose from, it’s easy to design just about anything,including those all-important info graphics.

Woobox: Engagement and buzz are key when it comes to social media, and with Woobox, an increasingly popular marketing platform, businesses can create contests, giveaways, polls, quizzes, brackets, photo contests and more, all of which encourage your audience to engage. Bonus: It allows businesses to seamlessly integrate several social media platforms while running campaigns, plus it collects and exports useful data that stems from those campaigns, an advantageous perk that all but guarantees robust leads.


Real Estate Corner
Millennials are flocking to smaller cities to buy homes

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According to a recent study published by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), expensive home prices, coupled with high demand, are driving today’s youngest homebuyers to smaller cities.

“As long as supply keeps up to meet demand, and prevents costs from rising too high and too rapidly, these identified metro areas are likely to see an uptick in purchases from millennial homebuyers,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the NAR. A robust job market and affordability are two of the main factors that impact home-buying decisions by millennials, notes the report.

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Grow your company with these marketing strategies

Federal and state regulations don’t make it easy for title insurance companies to market and grow their business, but there are strategies to maximize their marketing efforts.

Federal and state regulations don’t make it particularly easy for title insurance companies to market and grow their business, but despite the regulatory RESPA obstacles, there are strategies that title insurance companies can implement to maximize their marketing efforts.

Leverage Your Online Presence

Leveraging your online presence is paramount. By using the right technology and social media platforms to create insightful, compelling and informative content, you can generate – and keep – a captive audience.

The key takeaway is to provide value to your readership, which in turn establishes trust. And trust is key to growing your business.

Additionally, regularly updating your website with a clear mission, current marketplace trends, blog posts, analysis and data backed by research shows that you’re an expert in your field.

Authoritative blog posts and engaging social media posts generate the strongest leads, so it’s crucial to maintain a regimented and consistent posting schedule.

If you slack, you risk losing the audience – and potential clients – that you’ve worked so hard to connect with and cultivate.

Remember that homebuyers and sellers are a core element of your target customers, and they’re more educated than ever before about title insurance.

Savvy consumers compare title insurance companies, and if you don’t have a go-to resource stocked with information, services and products, you’ll miss your opportunity to connect with these people.

Good, Ol’ Fashioned Networking

As well, network at every opportunity, and taut your services with lenders, real estate professionals and others in your field.

While social media and an informative website are critical, word-of-mouth recommendations continue to generate leads.

Collecting e-mail addresses legally is also an effective way to market your services to the right demographics.

Deliver a Useful E-Newsletter

An educational enewsletter providing insight about relevant topics – including escrow, property searches and title insurance protection – is another proven way to reach your target audience and build a solid customer base.

Use graphics and photos to illustrate trends and salient points, and present simplified information that home buyers can easily digest. These are just a few ways to effectively market your title insurance company. Amanda Farrell, who writes for PropLogix, offers several more ideas to jumpstart your marketing efforts.

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Intellectual Property: Value & Pitfalls

It can be helpful to have a baseline understanding of what intellectual property is; and how it can benefit you and your agency.

Intellectual property comes in many forms. Your company logo is intellectual property. So is the name of your agency, any tag lines you’ve developed and consistently use to identify your company, your color schemes, if you have any – and content you’ve originated, like your website’s copy.

The good news about intellectual property is that it clearly identifies and separates you from your competitors. What can be a challenge, however, is challenges to your right to use your agency’s name or logo – if another entity takes issue with the use and raises the question of your right to its use.

IP lawyers know the ins-and-outs of intellectual property, but it can be helpful to have a baseline understanding of (a) what intellectual property is; and (b) how it can benefit you and your agency. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a helpful website dedicated to intellectual property issues.


Real Estate Corner
Zillow or Redfin?

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Who hasn’t stopped, looked up addresses (including one’s own) – to determine what a property is worth, how it compares to similar properties and whether or not professionals involved in appraisals really know what they’re doing?

As Zillow and similar sights today embrace the added option of selling a property and eliminating real estate brokers’ commissions, the conversation about accuracy is a fast and furious trending topic.

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Don’t Get Shut Down Due to “Spam”

Don’t think you can download or even ask for someone else’s email address list unless you know for certain those recipients – each and every one of them – has opted into receive your content.

We’ve previously offered our thoughts on the importance of a well-built email list of customers.

While some consider email “old-school” in the face of loads of social media platforms and texting, beautifully built content contained on your website, email still connects you to your audience in ways social media platforms might not.

You need email addresses. You need new email addresses. You need an email distribution list that is constantly growing and evolving.

Why?

Because engaging your clients and colleagues in a narrative about your business, while also providing useful information, is powerful in establishing you as an industry leader and establishing your brand.

But don’t think you can download or even ask for someone else’s email address list unless you know for certain those recipients – each and every one of them – has opted into receive your content.

To do otherwise, to poach or duplicate or take anyone else’s email address list without first getting a recipient’s okay to receive – or better, without getting the recipient’s email address directly from them – is “spamming,” and the implications are not pretty.

Spamming your audience could result in getting permanently banned from your recipient’s inbox such as if she hits the “do not contact” button or flags you as spam on her email client. Spamming your audience can even result in getting yourself permanently banned from your email management service.

When you think about it, sending unsolicited emails is not even helpful toward getting your message to the masses because these recipients have expressed zero interest in your offer – they may not even know who you are.

You’re better off taking the slow and steady approach to building your email database. Here are just a few ideas for building your email database:

  1. Create an email subscription form for your blog
  2. Promote contests that require an email address for entry
  3. Offer downloads that are accessible only by volunteering an email address
  4. Share a subscribe link to your social media pages

Always tell your would-be subscribers what they should expect. Do you email once per month or once a week? What type of information is included in your distributions?

By building your email list the right way, you’ll ensure you have quality contacts who are more likely to engage with your message.

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3 costly PR pitching mistakes & how to avoid them

Successful public relations is all about relationships.

While securing a story in a prime publication is terrific, building solid relationships with the press is the golden ticket to getting that story published.

Think about it: Journalists receive dozens, if not hundreds, of story pitches every day, most of them mass-produced pitches that end up in a laptop’s trash bin, often unread.

To set yourself apart from every Mary, Marty and Michael that pitches a story, you’ve got to earn and cultivate a trusting relationship with the journalists that cover your beat and your business. To achieve that goal, you’ve got to do your research and ensure that you aren’t making mistakes along the way. Suffice it to say that every detail matters. Here are some ideas to consider as you aim to become a trusted member of the media

7 ways to build better relationships with journalists

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Major news outlets generally get three times the average amount of email in pitches alone. There is a lot of noise, and most of it is irrelevant to the topics that each journalist covers.

7 steps to DIY PR

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Put yourself in the shoes of any busy journalist who gets over a hundred emails a day asking for their time and attention.


Real Estate Corner
While home prices are rising, buyers aren’t biting

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While home prices are rising, buyers are baulking at the price tags and submitting fewer offers because they’re being priced out of the market.

This blog contains general information only, not intended to be relied upon as, nor a substitute for, specific professional advice. We accept no responsibility for loss occasioned to any purpose acting on or refraining from action as a result of any material on this blog.

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