Deciding how to project and brand yourself on social media platforms can be confusing. Social media is meant to be organic, honest, transparent, and personal, and people identify strongly with that. Blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn and many other all encourage us to some extent to be a bit more “real.”
But then you can run into the problem of being TOO personal. Oversharing or sharing the wrong things is a great way to destroy your reputation.
So what to do?
Believe it or not, you can be professional and personal at the same time in social media. Your online brand needs a personality. The key is not to confuse “personal” with “private.” Be yourself via social media. Don’t be afraid to be funny, or a little more informal than usual. But keep your private life private. Think about this like the beginning of a conference call on Monday where you spend a few minutes talking about how you spent your weekend. You probably aren’t going to reveal anything private, inappropriate or unprofessional in a conference call with a client or coworkers, but sharing a little personal information does help you get to know each other on a level that is slightly deeper than just having strictly work conversations. This is exactly the type of personal information you can easily share on social media.
Blogs are a great way to portray your friendly, accessible side. Use your own conversational voice when you write. This will also help take some of the pressure off of writing blog posts. Show that you're an expert in your field by answering real estate questions and talking about local things to do. You want to create engagement, interact with readers to build a more personal relationship with them. Build prospects by sharing your opinions, thoughts, and experiences on all kinds of things, not just about real estate.
And that is the heart of the matter, when it comes to turning real estate leads into clients. Most people don't want a stuffy, cold agent who acts "professional" all the time - they want a personable agent, someone who is as human as them and who has shared similar experiences and so can relate to them. Real estate leads are EVERYWHERE for agents - it's just a matter of having the right tools to ensure the real estate leads are coming your way, rather than someone else's.
Creating a Facebook business page for your real estate business helps you get found on the largest social media platform in the world, but it's not enough to add a profile photo, post once in awhile, and call it a day. Take a few easy steps to make sure you're getting the most from your Facebook business page:
Fill out the "About" section completely. Click on the "About" tab under your cover photo and take a few minutes to fill out each section. First, fill out the "Category" and "Subcategory" sections. These are important for helping Facebook to return your page in search results, so make sure to choose any applicable real estate categories and subcategories. Next, add a short and long description. A quick summary of your credentials, experience, and the areas you serve works well for the short description. For the long description, add a bit more of a bio or resume and your specialties. Lastly, don't forget to fill out all of your contact info as completely as possible so people can get in touch quickly and easily.
Reorder your page tabs. Your Facebook business page displays posts in the right-hand column and information about the page in the left-hand column. This information includes a preview of the "About" section, the number of page likes, reviews, apps, and more. The "About" section always appears first, but you can reorder the other sections any way you'd like. Prioritize these sections in order of importance. For example, if you're a Social Pro Gold client, we provide you with a Property Search app so that visitors can search for homes directly on Facebook. This can be a great way to get visitors engaged on your page. Or maybe you have some killer five-star reviews, awesome videos, or tons of page likes. Make sure the important tabs are at the top. To do this, click the "More" tab under your cover photo, then click "Manage Tabs". Drag and drop to rearrange in the order you prefer.
Add a call to action. This simple button can entice page visitors to take action once they reach your page. If you haven't set up a call to action already, you'll see a button that says "Add a Button" next to the "Like" button on your page. Click to choose from a variety of options. "Contact Us" or "Call Now" work especially well for real estate agents. Facebook will then walk you through a few simple steps to set up your button. You can even preview what it will look like on different devices. This is a great way to help page visitors call or email you directly to get in touch.
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