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Leading by Example: AlphaGraphics Optimized New Website

The old saying is, “practice what you preach.” It’s a good reminder to take your own advice and be mindful of the wisdom you’re dispensing to others. For all of us here at AlphaGraphics, it means paying attention to the marketing advice we give our customers—to make sure we’re helping them achieve new levels of success. In the ultimate gesture of taking our own advice, AlphaGraphics is pleased to announce our brand-new website! We’ve taken all of the advice, counsel, wisdom and disclaimers we’ve dispensed over the years to heart, building our brand-new web presence around the best practices we use to help our very own customers succeed. We invite you to take a look at https://www.alphagraphics.com/! What’s new? You might be wondering what we’ve done to our website to fully transform it into what you see today. The answer is, frankly, a lot! The AlphaGraphics team has gone right to the core, to give our website a complete makeover from the ground up. Here are a few of the highlights:
  • We’re fully SEO-optimized! Now, customers searching for a wide range of print, marketing and signage services will be directed to our new website, where they can easily explore our capabilities.
  • Our website now features responsive design, which enables customers to browse on any device with optimal results. From desktops to smartphones, tablets and beyond, we welcome customers across all modes of tech!
  • We’ve opened the lines of communication! Customers can now contact us directly through our website to get quotes and information about their unique print and marketing projects.
  • agOnline is now live through our website, which enables recurring customers to order materials and manage their print products remotely, from any location at any time. We’ve made collaborating with your local AlphaGraphics even easier!
These big changes are just the tip of the iceberg, too! Our revamped website also doubles down on visually-engaging graphics, seamless navigation, multimedia communication and more, to ensure our customers get the best experience when they visit us online. Practicing what we preach Above all, the new AlphaGraphics website plays a very important role when it comes to showcasing our brand’s confidence. Because we’ve put all of our own advice into action and built a new platform on the same advice we give our customers, we’re leading by example. When new and existing clients come to us seeking success, we can show them our website as a model for what we can do to assist them. We’ve taken brand confidence to a whole new level! If you’re already an AlphaGraphics customer, our website should come as no surprise to you—it’s the culmination of the marketing advice we’ve been doling out for years! If you’re new to AlphaGraphics or are looking for a print and marketing partner who can help you achieve success, look no further than our newly redesigned web presence. Explore https://www.alphagraphics.com/ today to see our complete website redesign for yourself and to experience the level of online sophistication and excellence we’re ready to offer you and your brand. Read article →

Simple Marketing Automation Will Save You Time in 2017

Automation is the way of the future and in the coming years, it could determine the success or failure of many businesses. Those that adapt and streamline their automation will be able to save money, conserve resources and innovate on a better scale than those that don’t. It’s important to start thinking now about how you can start automating different facets of your business. Perhaps the easiest place to start investigating automation is through marketing. There exists a number of relatively simple tools for marketing automation that allow business owners to get a feel for the process and to instantly improve their day-to-day capabilities. Let’s take a look at a few automation tips and tricks across different marketing mediums! Email automation Chances are, your business sends emails regularly—be it a newsletter, sales email, receipt of purchase or something else. If you’re still manually sending emails, this is the first place you should think about automating. Email platforms like MailChimp, Constant Contact and others come equipped with automation scripts built in, allowing you to cut down on the effort you put into sending an email. For example, it’s possible to create a month’s worth of emails ahead of time, schedule them all and automate their dissemination throughout the month. For a more advanced automation example, consider the possibility of using variable data in emails. You can set up triggers that automatically take a customer’s name from a form submission, insert it into an email and then send that email—all without you ever having to touch it! Social media automation Businesses that can succeed on social media are businesses with brands that flourish. If you’re putting in a ton of time on social media but seeing very little in the way of returns, it’s a sign that automation might be in order. Use platforms like HootSuite or TweetDeck to schedule social posts throughout the month, so you’re not spending countless hours per day investigating newsfeeds. Through these platforms, it’s also possible to investigate what time of day your posts are best sent and what type of response or reaction they’re getting. To take things up a notch, consider using a program like IFTTT (If This, Then That) in conjunction with your social posts. This program allows you to create “recipes” for your social channels—for example, “if someone posts a picture to your Facebook wall, download that picture automatically.” Print marketing automation If you use business cards, flyers or letterhead, the opportunity for print marketing automation is within your grasp! Consider working with AlphaGraphics to open your own agOnline web-to-print portal. A print portal will allow you to automate the order and re-order of these essential products, among other printed collateral. It’s a quick, efficient, effortless way to keep your tasks in line, while maintaining a hands-off approach. Seek out automation! The above are just a few examples of how you can automate in 2017 with relative ease. Make no mistake—this is just the tip of the automation iceberg! Once you become comfortable with basic automation, start looking for other ways to streamline your various marketing prospects. Then, start investigating automation in other aspects of your business. The secret to automation is experimentation and you’ll never know if something works unless you try it! Read article →

On-Page and Off-Page SEO: Separating Two Sides of the Same Coin

Many small businesses are already familiar with the beast of burden that is SEO. You’ve been told time and again by marketing gurus and other professionals that SEO is critical to business success in the Internet Age. Telling you again doesn’t make it any less true, however breaking it down and simplifying it might make it a little more understandable for the common business owner! On a macro level, the overall concept of SEO can be split into two distinct, yet equally critical focuses: on-page and off-page SEO. Understanding both sides of this same coin offers great insight into some of the core tenants of SEO and how they all come together to boost your business’ success. On-page SEO Think of on-page SEO like looking at the outside world through the windows of your home—you’re inside, and everything else is outside. Everything involved with on-page SEO is done right at home: on your website. Some examples include:
  • Optimizing your website’s text to contain relevant keywords that people might be searching for in search engines.
  • Having markups in your website’s code that tells search engine bots how to behave when they’re on your website.
  • Managing meta-data so that external websites pulling information are met with properly formatted, accurate datasets.
On-page SEO is all about building your website and all of the information on it to make it as easy as possible for people to use it and for search engines to find the answers they’re looking for. Having good on-page SEO means creating a beacon on the World Wide Web that sends a signal to search engines that your website is open and ready for business, and that you’re intent on helping your customers find what they need, be it information, products or access to a guru. Off-page SEO Everything not done on your website, yet still done for your website, is considered off-page SEO. It’s like landscaping your property: you might not be doing any work to your house, but you’re still working to increase its value! Some examples of off-page SEO include:
  • Sending out a press release about your business, with links back to your website.
  • Guest blogging on an industry website, to share your brand’s expertise.
  • Re-selling products on Amazon or hosting videos on YouTube.
Off-page SEO is all about helping your website rank higher and become an authority for its core focus. The more places online that are saying your name, giving you credit, linking back to you, etc., the more clout you’ll develop and the bigger your reputation will become. With great off-page SEO, you’ll be weaving a web across the Internet that helps create paths back to you. Whether you’re building sales funnels or establishing a repository for information, off-page SEO is a critical focus that broadens your reach online. Putting the two together On-page and off-page SEO, as mentioned above, are two sides of the same coin: you can’t have one without the other. Building focus for both on-page and off-page also means building leverage for your brand in two different ways that have crossover appeal. For example, your on-page SEO efforts to boost conversions may actually draw in new customers, while your off-page efforts in building a brand name might actually help bring focus to a specific product you offer. When you put the two together, you’re putting together the pieces of the puzzle to digital success. Making your website easier to find and easier to use means building a presence on the Internet that’s sustainable and defining. Even if you don’t quite understand the nuances of SEO, it’s important to understand the concepts. Talk to an AlphaGraphics professional today if you need SEO help—both on-page and off-page—and learn more about what steps you could be taking towards success online. Read article →

5 Ways Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Will Benefit Your Small Business

Let’s face it: small business marketing is done chiefly online these days. The Internet is its own ecosystem and learning to properly project your business’ brand within that ecosystem can lead to some amazing results—results that your newspaper ad or billboard could never even dream of achieving. As a small business owner you’ve probably heard a lot about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), but maybe not as much about Search Engine Marketing (SEM). And while they’re both important to master for your business to thrive online, SEM can be particularly beneficial to budding businesses when used appropriately. Let’s take a look at 5 ways SEM can positively boost your business’ abilities and why it makes sense to spend some time learning the ins and outs of marketing through Google directly with Pay-Per-Click (PPC) ads and other forms of direct advertisement. 1. Conversion tracking: Virtually everything having to do with SEM is measureable. Want to know how many people clicked on your ad? What time of day they clicked? Which of two ads was more popular? Thanks to quantifiable data, all of these questions and more can be answered. Not only does this give you insight into what works, it also allows you to change what doesn’t. And, at the end of the day, you can match up your investment to your sales conversions to see just how effective your SEM campaigns are. 2. Targeted advertising: Gone are the days of marketing to anyone who will give your ad a second glance! Thanks to SEM, targeting a specific audience is more viable than ever before. Get as granular as you need for a specific campaign or focus on a niche based on your message. The depth of control you have over an SEM campaign is astounding, which means you have the power to shape your marketing like never before. Target keywords, age, geographic location, gender, hobbies/interests and more to see if your message is reaching the right people. 3. Controlled advertising: Thanks to SEM, you’re the master of your own ad campaign. You can choose when your ad runs, what your budget is, which devices will see your ad, where your ad will run and more. This is extremely important for small businesses who need to make smart moves on a limited budget! Being able to tailor your campaign around your needs means control like never before over how your advertisement dollars are working for you. 4. Ongoing exposure: Even after your latest SEM campaign has run its course, you might still be reaping the benefits of your digital exposure. Thanks to cookies and sophisticated tracking technology, you can advertise to great effect on other platforms such as social media, with significant overlap! Users will keep seeing your ads wherever they go online, which helps boost exposure and keep the ball rolling on your marketing, even after you’ve pulled your PPC ad. Moreover, if no one clicks on your ads, you don’t pay, which means free advertising! 5. Instant exposure: Trying to shout your name out online is like shouting into the void—with so many other companies trying to do the same, you’re not likely to be heard unless you have a plan. SEM puts you front and center with your customers, to give you an opportunity to speak to them, without shouting at them. Most PPC ads are front-page on Google and targeted ads occupy prime real estate on other websites. Positioning your brand front and center means getting the best chance to appeal. As you plan your next online marketing campaign, look for SEM opportunities to maximize its effectiveness. When utilized appropriately, SEM could just be your small business’ secret weapon. Consult with an AlphaGraphics marketing professional today to learn how you can master search engine marketing! Read article →

The Value of Infographics in Modern Marketing

What’s the best way to relay a lot of facts and figures to someone quickly and concisely, without losing their attention or confusing them? The answer, is an infographic. Infographics—especially in the world of marketing—have quietly become a go-to tool for content creators for a number of reasons. Not only are they able to convey a bevy of data—including complex facts and figures—they can do so while attaching meaning to them, while also being easily digestible by a wide range of content consumers. In short, infographics are an ideal vehicle for the content they’re delivering. What exactly constitutes an infographic? Chiefly, two things: information and graphics—hence the name! And while infographics can come in a wide array of colors, shapes, sizes and other variables, it’s easy to spot one when you see it. Most infographics also have a top-down approach to relaying data: the biggest concepts are visually broken down into refined data segments, each with pictures to illustrate the data being conveyed. Ideally, at the end of the infographic, a reader should have a thorough understanding of a concept, complete with the facts to back it up! Why use an infographic? There are a number of reasons to use an infographic as opposed to other traditional means of data conveyance, but these five reasons are generally doted on as the basis for any and all infographic use: 1. They can quickly break down complex topics because they focus on identifying the chief components of a larger concept. Giving readers the big picture and then explaining it little by little—with both facts and visuals—means offering up a concise understanding. 2. They are more visually captivating than blocks of text and will hold a reader’s attention more than text. People are visually stimulated—an infographic panders to this need for stimuli while delivering relevant data. 3. Infographics can be applied virtually anywhere, in any medium. Print media, digital content and even video can all make use of an infographic and its benefits, making it one of the only forms of marketing that can transcend media streams. 4. They’re cheap to create and largely effective for this cost! Between the time spent to source data and the time spent designing the infographic, the cost of creation is marginal and the resourcefulness of a single infographic is astounding! 5. Simply put: infographics are uncomplicated. There’s nothing fluffy or superfluous about them: they delivery information in a way that virtually anyone can understand—even children! It’s all of the above traits and more than have really paved the way for infographics to become a trusted tool for any marketer and today, infographics are used to great effect across all industries. Creating a good infographic Creating a good infographic means more than just having good data to share and some graphic design competency—it means being able to pair the two in a way that’s appealing on both levels to your target audience. Good infographic communications don’t just shape themselves: they’re guided by the hand of someone who has a clear understanding of how they’ll be purposed. If you’ve got data that could easily become an infographic, it’s in your best interest to consult with an AlphaGraphics expert about how you could be transforming that data into your next marketing vehicle! Read article →
December 18 / 2015

Boost Your Ecommerce Sales with Traditional Print Materials and Signage

The world between traditional commerce and Ecommerce is filled with blurred lines. Conceptually, the two share many similarities that make them one in the same, but the obvious mediums by which they operate could not be more different. Simply put: in theory, they’re the same but in practice, they’re different.   One key to succeeding in today’s world of rapidly growing and evolving Ecommerce is drawing inspiration and ideas from the proven practices of traditional commerce. When it comes to marketing and sales, this means learning from experience by looking at things that have worked well in the past and avoiding the common mistakes made by so many.   Many people think the game has changed in regards to marketing an Ecommerce versus a traditional brick and mortar store—but it really hasn’t: it has just expanded. Email and direct mail are one in the same; popup ads and fliers are cut from the same cloth; referral links and landing pages are akin to canvasing and customized offers. The trick to succeeding in Ecommerce marketing isn’t thinking of new marketing as different, but rather in adapting old marketing concepts to new, modern media!   All of this is a simple way of saying that materials like print products and signage are too often overlooked by Ecommerce marketers, when in reality, they should be a cornerstone of any marketing campaign, digital or otherwise!   Making the jump from real-world to digital   Even though your Ecommerce marketing is delivered digitally, your customers are still a part of the real world, which means you’re going to need ways to bridge the gap between online and offline. Traditional print materials and physical signage are one answer to building this bridge.   Whether it’s a brand name, a web address, a product or something else altogether, printed materials and coordinated signage are two footholds in the physical world that will induce your potential customers and target demographic online, to learn more about what they’re seeing offline. Think about it—when you see an interesting brand, product or subject, what’s the first thing you do? Chances are, you look it up on the Internet.   Having the right print materials in the physical world is going to jumpstart your Ecommerce in ways digital campaigns can’t match. While online, you can hide popups, ignore links and navigate away from referrals but in the real world, you can’t ignore a physical sign that’s right in front of you!   Crafting a real-world, Ecommerce campaign   The beauty in using physical printed materials and signage for an Ecommerce campaign is that it’s more of a soft sell. Generally, popups and email spam that people associate with digital advertising and Ecommerce marketing have a bad reputation for being invasive and a hard sell. The perception of a soft sell, as might be perceived with a simple print product—will be a welcome change that can actually encourage people to visit your Ecommerce site, rather than flee from it!   Like any real-world campaign, crafting a successful physical campaign for Ecommerce takes planning and the right materials. Whether you’re trying to drive people to a landing page, promote a specific product, increase memberships or just build brand awareness, it takes refined marketing materials and a coordinated plan to funnel action into the form you want it to take.   At AlphaGraphics, we understand the synergy between offline print products and signage and the world of Ecommerce marketing. Stop by your local AlphaGraphics today to learn more about how a few traditional materials and a proven approach can elevate your Ecommerce marketing strategy to an entirely new plane in the coming year! Read article →
November 11 / 2015
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Enhancing Your SEO Efforts with Strategic SEM Campaigns

When you get into the wide world of online marketing, the importance of SEO is constantly pressed upon you. Without a good grip on what search engine optimization is and how it works, you’re bound to fall down the rankings and lose valuable face time with customers as competitors continually rank over you. But, just as important as SEO is a less talked about acronym: SEM or search engine marketing.   Any good SEO effort is bolstered with a strategic SEM campaign and if you’re not privy to what SEM is and how it works, you might be losing valuable traction to those who understand that online marketing is a two-headed beast.   Understanding SEM   Whereas SEO is the on-page optimization of your website to help it list better for relevant searches, SEM is what you’re doing off-page to enhance your presence through Google and other search engines. In a more watered down sense, SEM is paid search advertising—usually pay per click (PPC)—that shows up in search engine page results (SERPs).   SEM is a modern, digital form of soliciting people at the point of inquiry. Think of it like a salesperson at your local hardware store: if you ask them a question, they’ll give you a response that directly addresses that question. Google and other search engines are your hardware store where you can ask questions and PPC ads are your way of giving customers the response they’re looking for.   Why is SEM important?   There are a number of reasons why SEM is an integral part of any good online marketing campaign and a complement to SEO practices. Take a look at just a few reasons:   - SEM can be tailored to fit your needs, whether you’re trying to funnel leads to your website or get the word out about a new product or service. Like any form of advertisement, you’re in control of the message.   - You can gauge the intent of your prospective customers and target demographic with SEM ads, based on what people are searching for and what SERPs your ads are displayed on.   - SEM ads float straight to the top of the pile on SERPs, which means even if you’re ranking poorly for some SEO keywords, you’ll still make the front page. This can also boost your SEO efforts in helping your target demographic to relate certain keywords with your business.   - There are millions of searches each day, most of which don’t apply to you or your website. Having SEM that’s targeted and tailored means a better chance of reaching that small group of searchers who are actually trying to find you.   - You can measure SEM efforts with tangible data! Any good marketer knows that results come from refined data and tailored approaches—having SEM data to give you these hard facts means a more measured approach to marketing yourself online.   Kick your SEM efforts into gear   If you’re not engaged in SEM practices or you’re still throwing ideas at the proverbial wall to see what sticks, perhaps it’s time to take a new approach to understanding and implementing SEM. Take a step back, consult with a marketing professional and make sure your approach and goals are defined. And, if you really want to make a splash on SERPs, let AlphaGraphics help you create a campaign that’s targeted at success. Read article →

The Beginner’s Guide to On-Page SEO

If you own a website, you’re probably familiar with the term SEO—and rightfully so. SEO makes the digital world go round and if you know what it is and how to capitalize on it, your website will reap the benefits: namely more visitors, better leads and a higher rank on major search engines like Google.   The problem is that unless you’re a website wizard, you probably have little knowledge of what actually goes into a good SEO approach. Don’t feel bad—many small business and first-time website owners are lost in the sear of industry jargon, niche practices and tailored approaches that SEO generally is associated with. The good news is, however, that SEO needn’t be as complicated as people make it out to be—especially if you’re a local small business owner who’s just looking to capture honest leads.   The basics   First things first: what is SEO? Search engine optimization is the practice of addressing the content on your website so that it’s more relevant to people who might be searching for businesses like yours. Simply put: SEO means showcasing your expertise and capabilities in a way that’s easy for people to understand.   A good example can be found on an automotive repair shop’s website. Not every mechanic does the same thing: some are routine maintenance shops, others offer auto body repair, still more offer niche services like paint or transmission rebuilding, and so on. When people look online for an auto shop that fits their needs, they’re looking for a website that will give them all of the information they need, up front and clearly explained—what a shop does do, doesn’t do, why a customer should pick them and any other relevant information.   The concept of SEO is as simple as that! The practice of manipulating SEO and zeroing in on factors that will exemplify it is a bit more challenging, as you’ll see.   The methods and practices   Now, telling people what you’re all about is a great foray into the world of proper SEO, but knowing how to get your name in Google’s mouth is a bit harder. It comes down to a myriad of variables, but in the case of on-page SEO—content that’s directly on your website—the approach is all about keywords, phrases, locations and links.   * Keywords are words or phrases that Google picks out as relevant to what people are searching for. As an example, if you’re an auto repair shop that specializes in transmission rebuilds, having iterations of “transmission rebuilding,” “transmission shop,” or any other similar keywords in your content lets Google and customers know about your specialty. Because of this, when people search Google for transmission shops, you’re more likely to come up because you’re a recognized source for that service.   * Location has become hugely important in proper SEO practice—especially for location-based businesses with brick and mortar shops. Ideally, if you serve a specific area—such as Olathe, KS—you’re going to want to make sure you’re showing up in Google searches in that area. It does you no good if people halfway across the country are seeing results for your business, which has a defined service area! Attaching cities, counties and states to your keywords or on your website is a great way to let Google know where your service area is.   * Links are also an essential part of SEO because they’re what ties the Internet together. Having links on your page to other websites and having other websites link to your pages means strengthening the web that is the Internet—just make sure the links are relevant and make sense!   * The world of SEO is infinitely more complicated than what’s laid out above, but the concepts are simple enough for anyone to grasp: write good content, make sure to define your business and make sure you’re connecting the right dots!   Take a look at your website and ask yourself if it’s telling people everything they need to know—if it’s not, take steps to make it more relevant to your audience’s interests. If you’re still looking to improve, contact the SEO experts at AlphaGraphics and start seeing just how important good SEO is and what benefits it can have for you. Read article →

Five Tips for Crafting Relevant, Engaging Marketing Messages

Any advertising professional will tell you that crafting an optimal message is about more than just stringing together some words or pictures and kicking a product out to the masses. More often than not even the best marketing messages fall flat, sometimes for the smallest of reasons, leaving entire marketing teams to head back to the drawing board.   If you’re a small business, creating relevant, engaging marketing messages might sound impossible as you don’t have an entire marketing department to fulfill your needs; it’s just you and your knowledge doing all of the work. But, while it might seem like an uphill battle, understand that being a small business doesn’t put you at any less of an advantage when it comes to understanding what goes into creating a good message.   Take a look at five things you can always fall back on when you’re brainstorming your next advertising campaign and why taking into account these five tips can pay off:   1 - Emphasize seasonal messages: You may or may not realize it, but the seasons have significant sway over the world of marketing and advertising. Certain products become available or emphasized during certain seasons; different tones and feelings are characterized by the time of year; and, most importantly, consumer mindsets shift with the seasons. Understanding and wielding seasonal power for the benefit of your marketing message is absolutely going to turn favor and give you a better chance at landing a message that’s effective.   2 - Evoke emotion: There’s nothing more ineffective than an advertising message that makes a person feel nothing! If someone feels nothing when they intake your message, they’ll have no motivation to act, meaning you’ve lost them right from the get-go. Instead, make sure your messages evoke some kind of emotion! Make a person laugh, pluck at their heartstrings or even make them angry—whatever it takes to provoke emotion and inspire action!   3 - Be transparent: We’ve all seen those advertisements that are too good to be true, that usually end up being a scam in the end, right? They’re not just annoying—they’re a great way to lose customers. People don’t like being tricked or taken advantage of: they prefer to be spoken to with a straightforward message and honestly. With this in mind, tailor your messages to be honest in their appeal—no asterisks with hidden messages or sneakily-worded jargon that tricks people. Your audience will appreciate transparency and know you for being honest, which will lead them to pay attention to what you have to say now and in the future. On the flip side of this, remember that it’s okay to talk things up and embellish a little—so long as the message is clearly understood and everyone has the same expectations!   4 - Showcase value: Benefits-driven content is the key here and it’s truly the cornerstone of any successful marketing message. People want to know what they’re getting and they need to fully appreciate the value of what you have to offer them. Whether you’re selling a product, advertising a service, offering a membership or creating awareness, the chief takeaway from your message for every customer should be the value.   5 - Talk the talk: Know how to talk to your customers! This can never be overstated. Knowing how to talk to your customers means knowing how to relate to them, which ultimately leads to better communication and a more engaged audience. This means using the right vocabulary, embracing the right values, speaking to the right “person,” showing the right images and communicating the right benefits. It may seem like a tall order, but if you know your audience and what it has to offer people, bridging the gap to create effective marketing messages becomes a whole lot easier than you might think.   Keep these five tips in mind the next time you’re sitting at a blank computer screen trying to come up with the next feel good marketing hit of the summer! Embracing as many of these tips as you can means raising the bar for your success when it comes to pushing out messaging that’s truly effective. Read article →

Help for Realtors: Using Marketing Tools to Generate More Offers

The real estate market, like any market, is governed by supply and demand. For a seller bringing their home to market, it’s all about creating demand for that unique home; for prospective homebuyers, it’s about having enough homes and enough variety to choose from. It’s simple economics.   What’s not so simple, however, is creating demand for singular components of the market: or, in layman’s terms, generating interest in a home as it relates to others on the market. If a home you’re trying to sell is put side by side with other, similar homes on the market, what’s going to make people choose it over another that might be just like it with a more flexible price point? It’s something that every realtor has to think about and overcome if they’re going to help their clients succeed.   Distinguishing a home starts with understanding the power of vertical marketing within the real estate niche and utilizing the right advertising mediums to generate better bids for potential buyers.   Multi-channel advertising to bolster your home’s image   How do people search for homes in today’s day and age? Most people head online to their favorite real estate hub. Some people still buy the paper for the classifieds section. Some people visit a real state office. No matter where they go to get information about available real estate one thing remains certain: if the information about a home isn’t accessible through the channel they’re visiting, they’re likely not going to know about that home.   This is what makes multi-channel real estate marketing so valuable to you as a realtor. By utilizing every vertical channel within the real estate market to leverage a home, you can target a wider audience, cast a wider net and reel in a buyer that’s going to pay the right price for the home you’re helping to sell.   But multi-channel marketing isn’t always easy and it takes the right tools and materials to not only reach everyone, but to entice people that you do reach. In short, the home you’re pitching needs to be appealing, accessible and worthwhile for anyone who might be interested.   Utilizing the right materials   Generating interest in a home in every available marketing channel comes down to having the right materials at your disposal and a message that prompts people to act. Take a look at a few of the modern marketing methods good realtors use to help boost the value of their clients’ properties:
  • Online advertisements: By utilizing geo-tagged keywords, buzzwords and appealing imagery, realtors can create targeted online ads that funnel online users to your home’s web listing.
  • Postcards: Postcards are by no means an antiquated form of advertising and are actually making a resurgence in the real estate marketing niche of all places! By coupling intriguing postcards and appealing messaging with targeted lists and every door direct mail (EDDM) campaigns, realtors are able to get the word out about your home to people who are actively looking to pull up roots and set them down elsewhere.
  • Email templates: A good email goes a long way when it comes to generating interest in your home, simply because an enticing email can open the door to all forms of interaction with your home’s online listing. Link it to the listing, hyperlink your phone number, enable email responders, etc.—these options and more will get people interacting with your listing so that you can field offers in real time.
The above materials and more are just basic examples of how a realtor who understands the marketing verticals of the real estate market can generate more interest and more offers in a home. And, the best part is that with each new, interested prospector you reach, you’ll be able to leverage another offer into the value of a home, driving the market price up, rather than settling as it goes down.   Generating better offers   It’s not enough to just get people interested in a home—you need to truly sell the value of that home if you’re going to hook a potential buyer at the right price. To this end, it’s important to understand the tools and materials can be utilized in the latter half of the selling process: when people are actively considering the home you’re selling versus other options on the market. Take a look at just a few simple ways to distinguish a home with the right materials:
  • Video tours: With a video tour in your repertoire of marketing materials, potential buyers won’t even have to leave their seats to see what a home has to offer. These tours can give people a basic glimpse into a home and generate excitement before a showing, to up the “wow” factor of the real thing when they finally come for an open house or walkthrough. It’s a nice primer that often lends to the value of the home, driving up the perceived and actual value.
  • Slideshows: The more you can show someone about a home before they visit, the more reasons they have to visit. Slideshows, like video tours, are a great way to give people a glimpse of the home before they visit. Giving people pictures of the interior and exterior can get them thinking and envisioning themselves in those areas and slowly, people get attached to these homes. All of this leads to concreteness when it comes to maintaining the home’s market price!
  • Restoration photos: If you’re pitching a home that has had work done, showing before and after pictures really ramps up the value. People like to see what they’re getting for their money and what better way to show them than what could have been! Whether it’s new moldings, restored floors, a finished basement or something else, giving people a true peek into the upgrades that have been made to a home can really cement the asking price at a higher level.
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