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Recruiting Strategies For 2019

As 2018 draws to an end, you and the rest of the real estate broker universe are actively thinking about how to make 2019 your best year yet. A big part of that plan is sure to be how you will attract more sales associates to your brokerage. If you’ve hit a plateau or feel like you need new tactics, it may be time to take a fresh approach to your recruiting strategy in the new year. Here are a few thoughts on recruiting strategies for 2019.

Get Serious About Instagram & Facebook

Yes, you have heard for some time that Instagram and Facebook are important platforms for real estate professionals, but are you using them actively for something other than home sales? It turns out that these portals have a role to play in recruiting agents, as well as buyers and sellers, but unless you are consistent about staying active and engaged on each of them, you won’t see results. By having the right connections, and being active on these portals, agents will see your brand as dynamic and active and you will increase the number of touchpoints you have with other professionals. When using these portals for recruiting, here’s a few things to keep in mind.

  • Start and grow a FB group to engage the agent community that’s different from your general group for consumers.
  • Use 10-20 hashtags on every Instagram post to increase your reach.
  • Take the initiative by commenting on other’s agent posts, asking questions, and sharing valuable content relevant to the people you hope to recruit.

The key here is to be helpful. Both your content and your comments should give people real and valuable information. What you give freely, you will receive in return tenfold.

Get Yourself in Front of the Right People

While there is no dispute that technology has earned its place in real estate recruiting, face-to-face connections will never lose their value. The more you can get yourself, your name, and your brand in front of interested recruits, the faster you will grow. One way in which Weichert affiliate brokerages have achieved recruiting success is hosting a weekly career night at their offices. With careful promotion and consistent scheduling, this activity helps each of our brokers shake hands with interested candidates and take that first step to bringing them onboard or into the industry.

Get A Buzz Going

One thing experienced agents will evaluate is what value your brokerage brings to their business. That can take many forms, one of which is lead gen. At Weichert for instance, we invest in a national lead network from generation to qualification to distribution, which is an extremely powerful recruiting tool. We cultivate leads from Weichert.com with over 3 million visitors a month, which supplements an agents’ own activity. Another is tools and resources. Weichert, for example offers one of the best Listing Presentation tools in the industry. Still another is your company culture. Creating an environment of support and open communication empowers agents to do their best.  Agents talk to each other and if they love where they work, they talk about it. That kind of talk can ignite a fire of interest around your brokerage that will attract agents like moths to a flame.  It’s these kinds of dynamics that makes working for a Weichert brokerage so popular.

Recruiting Isn’t Easy, but Weichert Makes it Easier

Have you done a check-up of your recruiting strategy lately? If there’s one story our brokers tell us over and over, it’s how much easier recruiting was once they affiliated with Weichert. Sustained agent recruiting is one of the keys to achieving your brokerage dream, and no one does more to give you the right recruiting tools and strategies than Weichert.

If your brokerage could benefit from better recruiting systems, contact us to see how we can help. For more information about the Weichert system, go to https://www.weichertfranchise.com or call 877-567-3350.

 

 

Franchise Success Spotlight: Weichert® Affiliate Brenda Elliott Weichert, Realtors® – The Space Place

Huntsville, Alabama may be the one city in the country where the expression “it’s not rocket science” doesn’t apply. In Huntsville, it kind of is all about rocket science. It’s home to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and the Army Aviation’s Space and Missile Command.

Weichert Affiliate Brenda Elliott, owner of Weichert, Realtors® – The Space Place, is well acquainted with the ever-present missile, spacecraft and rocket themes that run deep throughout the city. Indeed, the word “Space” in her brokerage name isn’t just referring to square footage. Though now an Alabama native, she lived in Georgia most of her life and still calls it home, graduating from the University of Georgia with a BFA in interior design. Her husband Paul graduated Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial Management and their three daughters went to Auburn University.  Now a Huntsville resident for over 20 years, Brenda is intimately familiar with her local real estate market and her passion for real estate is clear.

Life as an Independent Broker

Brenda’s career in real estate actually started in Northern Virginia, in the early 90’s while Paul was stationed at the Pentagon. Brenda decided she wanted to know the real estate side of interior design and went to work for none other than Weichert, Realtors® in Burke, Virginia. The experience of working inside a Weichert Brokerage stayed with Brenda, even though she eventually started as an independent broker when her family moved back to Alabama.

“My family and I were blessed with moving to Huntsville, Alabama in 1999, where I helped start the Executive Group Realtors, an independent real estate company, with three other partners,” notes Brenda. “As we got going, I actually modeled some of our processes after what I had seen at Weichert.”

Brenda became the broker of record for the agency in 2002 and by 2005 helped build the agency to 56 agents working out of one office. Despite her success, with her increasing business responsibilities came the occasional desire for a partner who could provide guidance and help with the recruiting, branding, and lead generation challenges common to independent brokers.

Still when Weichert approached Brenda’s team in 2005, she told them she was too busy to consider an affiliation. “But their follow up impressed me,” remembers Brenda. “After months of small conversations in fits and starts I agreed to go to New Jersey to hear the full pitch.”

Deciding to Partner with Weichert

For Brenda the decision to partner was not easy. Brenda and her team had concerns about affiliation with a national brand in general, as well as affiliation with Weichert specifically. What would that mean for her existing business and how would her agents react? Brenda and her team had heard all the positives about proven processes, coaching and support and lead generation, but frankly, not enough straight talk about the downside of becoming an affiliate.

Brenda decided to make some calls. But rather than call the list of brokers the Weichert team in NJ gave her, Brenda called other Weichert brokers that she selected arbitrarily, from across the country. In fact, inside Weichert Corporate Offices, it is well known that Brenda set a record by calling 29 other Weichert brokers to try and find someone who would say something substantively negative about their Weichert affiliation. On the 29th call Brenda reached a Weichert Broker in Florida who finally gave Brenda what she needed to hear.

He said, “The downside of becoming a Weichert Broker was realizing that I had wasted so much time and money by not doing this years ago.”

Brenda was done. She began her affiliation with Weichert in 2006.

Everyone’s Path to Success is Different

Those who know Brenda, know she is all about her agents. According to Brenda “I didn’t sleep for about two weeks before the Weichert announcement.” Yet Brenda did not lose a single agent once she impacted. “I very quickly showed them the tools, training, and systems that were now at their disposal,” says Brenda. “Having this level of support for my team was great for me as well.”

Consistent with the Weichert philosophy, Brenda was able to pick and choose the benefits that she wanted to roll out in her brokerage. The Weichert processes allowed her to craft a strategy that worked best for her brokerage and that respected her independent style. That meant that agents could continue using the existing methods that worked for them and implement Weichert tools and systems where they needed them. And everyone was able to benefit from the increased recognition that a brand like Weichert brought to the entire brokerage.

During the market crash of 2008, Brenda watched other local brokers go out of business on a regular basis. Brenda credits her Weichert affiliation 100% for her agency survival. “Due to the advantages of being a recognized brand and having good systems and lead generation, we weathered the storm.”  In 2011, Brenda finally bought out her business partners and made the decision to go all in on the Weichert Model. “We had been implementing parts of the Weichert Model, but when I became the sole owner, I felt the time was right to really be ALL IN on the Weichert Systems,” says Brenda. “We hired many new agents who fully embraced the model from day one, and that has made all the difference.”

Weichert, Realtors® – The Space Place in 2018

Today Brenda’s team is firmly rooted in the methodology presented by Weichert, while still running things in a way that is appropriate for her local market. Weichert, Realtors® – The Space Places does a little commercial, a little relocation, some property management, but its primary focus is on residential sales.

From one office and 38 agents in 2011, Brenda has grown her team to 3 offices and over 125 agents covering a good portion of northern Alabama. Brenda credits things like the Weichert DOORS™ listing presentation and their recruiting system, which includes “career nights”. Brenda sells at least 2-3 houses a month using their open house process and embraces the WeichertPro CRM for marketing campaigns, and more. “I especially love that while I get amazing support inside the Weichert model, I’m still free to build the systems that work in my area. This is an active and creative partnership with real experts at the other end.”

The Weichert Model

At Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., we exist to help you make the most of what you’ve already built and learned. Brenda is right about partnership we strive for with our affiliates. It’s the kind of partner support you won’t get from any other national real estate brand. When you affiliate, you become part of a supportive family where you’ll never have to wonder what to do next.

For more information, contact the Weichert Affiliates team today at 877-567-3350 or visit weichertfranchise.com.

 

Tech Is Great for Getting Them, But It’s Still Your Sales Skills That Close Them

We live in a world of distractions. The media, news, entertainment, technology tools and social media are constantly bombarding us from all directions. It’s easy to get sucked in to all the cool, shiny new ways to attract leads. While tech is great for attracting leads, don’t become so distracted that you forget to practice the skills and habits that close them. In this highly connected world, it’s more important than ever to hone your relationships and your personal selling techniques.  Lots of people can use the same lead technology, but there is only one you. Use that to set yourself apart.

Use Technology To Stay Connected

Make sure you have a good CRM. This is the best way to keep your contacts organized and keep track of your communications with them so you don’t lose touch. If you stay out of touch too long, it opens the door for a client to become connected with someone else and call on them when they need something. A good CRM is the perfect example of a tech application that blends automation and good sales techniques. Use the automation and calendaring features to:

  • Send personal notes celebrating birthdays or anniversaries or just to see how they are doing or if they or someone they know are ready to make a move.
  • Disseminate useful information related to their home or friendly updates about your business.
  • Invite guests to your Open Houses and keep track of your visitors.
  • Keep track of your phone call outreach.
  • Automatically receive leads from your lead gen source.

Successful business owners understand that it takes some effort to learn these tools, but they use them regularly and teach and encourage their agents to do the same. The use of these tools actually helps you automate your business and have more freedom to spend one-on-one time forging new connections. Use technology to replace functions of your business that give you and your team more time and opportunity to make great connections within the community.

Use Technology That Showcases Your Personality

It’s no secret. People want to do business with people they feel a connection with and can trust. That is especially true when it comes to one of their biggest assets – buying or selling their home. The best way to stand out is to utilize technology that allows your personality to shine. Use video to share real estate tips or your knowledge about the neighborhoods you work in. Post them on Facebook or use a video email service, such as BombBomb to communicate. This will help humanize you and make you more memorable than a static post or email.

Don’t Forget Your Hustle

Lead generation sources are focused on one thing…selling leads. And they are happy to sell the same lead to you and the 10 other agents in town if you are willing to buy them. Customers typically work with the first agent they speak with. So make sure that agent is you. This means picking up the phone when it rings and not waiting to respond to that email. Don’t be so busy that you don’t have time to be responsive. Yes, you may have to speak with a few frogs, but you never know when that awesome lead is going to come to you and you need to be ready.

Be Smart About Lead Gen Options

Make sure the lead gen options you choose are truly productive for your business. How qualified are the leads you are receiving? Do you have to pay for them up front? What is your close rate on the leads you do receive? If it’s not good or you don’t know, you may be spinning your wheels and wasting valuable time and money. This can distract you and make you unavailable when the quality leads do come to you. Make sure you are spending your time and money on the right things.

Always Keep It Personal

No matter what technology and lead sources you use, don’t lose sight of the personal touch. Don’t let the technology do all the work. Find ways to use it to reach your customers in personal ways or use those applications that allow your personality to shine through. You are your product and people can’t buy if they don’t know you. As Jim Weichert always says, “People buy people, before buying a product or service.”

Conviction & Consistency Are King

At Weichert, we believe that tech is critical, but must be complemented by proven and successful sales activities. From a technology and lead generation perspective, Weichert associates and affiliates are automatically provided with its proprietary CRM and can qualify to receive leads from its lead center. Weichert invests heavily to attract online leads that are then screened by its call center. This helps connect the most qualified prospects to its agents. Those leads feed automatically into the Weichert CRM. Additionally, Weichert provides a blueprint of best prospecting and sales practices, together with qualified suppliers to help its offices and agents stay connected with prospects.

When you approach tech with the right frame of mind, stay true to your mission statement and core values and deliver value to your community, you will never have to worry about how fast tech changes or its impact on the industry. Don’t be concerned with change, as much as you are maintaining consistency and staying connected with your clients.

For more information on how Weichert systems can set you up for technology and beyond, go to https://www.weichertfranchise.com or call 877-567-33350.

Real Estate CRM Options Making Your Head Spin? Here’s How to Choose.

In this, increasingly digital era, more and more real estate leads are acquired online. Managing all of those online leads, in addition to those coming in from more traditional sources has become the Achilles heel of real estate agents. If your agents are not automating their follow-up, your brokerage is at a disadvantage. Enter the real estate CRM. In recent years, real estate CRM’s have become a dime a dozen and while all promise to simplify the path to success, some may not be the best match for your needs. Brokers are busy and it’s hard to find time to hunt for that diamond-in- the-rough CRM to help their agents be more productive. Here are some ins and outs of selecting one that will help your agents make the most of their time and never miss an opportunity.

The Not So Obvious Value Of Real Estate CRM’s

At this stage in your career, you realize that a CRM is invaluable when it comes to agents keeping track of leads, clients and referrals. You also expect that a CRM will help them manage their to-do list, calendar, and progress of their transactions. Obviously, this is all important because it helps prevent them from dropping the ball and losing business. What you may not realize is that the capabilities of a truly valuable real estate CRM will reach far beyond those basics. Here are some not so obvious benefits of an ideal CRM:

  • A smart CRM can reduce the need for an assistant or virtual assistant and help administrative costs.
  • Good CRM reporting makes it easier to keeping priorities straight and goals in sight.
  • Ability to personalize messages by keeping track of individual details like birthdays, anniversaries, hobbies, preferences, etc. BoomTown reports that using these details can increase lead response by 450%.
  • Increased consistency around how your brokerage brand is presented by having shared email and newsletter templates, designed with your brand look and feel.
  • Systems and processes can become easier to implement, which leads to improved performance by the team.
  • ROI tracking becomes possible because agents can organize leads by groups defined by each lead source. Knowing which lead generators are paying off and which are not is essential in the management of your business.

What To Look For In Your Real Estate CRM

One of the biggest problems with real estate CRM’s is that there are so many of them out there with varying features and benefits. It can make choosing one a bit overwhelming! But investing time in selecting a CRM can pay off for your business in the end. To end up with a successful solution, it’s important that you study what they have to offer and how easy it will be to implement and use. Opt for a free trial if one is available and see if it can work in harmony with your business. But before you even start your search, develop a clear cut list of what you want to get out of the software. Here’s what capabilities we suggest you prioritize in your search:

  • Action plans that automatically trigger your activity and give you reminders.
  • Contact management which helps you track everyone in your sphere and access them easily.
  • Mobile capabilities so you can access the system from anywhere using your phone or tablet.
  • Automated marketing capabilities like beautifully branded email campaigns you can use on holidays or to highlight listings.
  • A sophisticated tool for open house management that organizes and cultivates these valuable leads.

Final Thoughts on Real Estate CRM’s

Offering your agents a way to organize and manage their leads will help them be more productive and your brokerage be more successful. No time to vet them? A CRM is often one of the many benefits your brokerage receives by affiliating with a larger brand. When Weichert looked at the world of real estate CRM’s many years ago for its agents, for example, no one off-the-shelf CRM addressed all the follow-up processes and systems that Weichert felt its agents needed to be most productive. So it developed its own proprietary CRM, WeichertPro. Not only does it contain all of the capabilities mentioned above but goes a few steps further:

  1. Leads received by our call center and transferred to an agent are pushed directly into the agent’s CRM avoiding manual data entry and improving response times.
  2. Branded email templates make staying in touch and promoting events both beautiful and easy with reminders and automation available.
  3. An advanced open house management system, that includes for the agent promote, capture guest information and send out follow-ups to make contact handling a breeze.
  4. Overall the tool supports all the proven processes for brokerage success that Weichert has designed, making it the perfect fit for your operations.

WeichertPro CRM is just one of the many tools offered to our affiliates that support their growth and success. If you’re interested in plugging your business into the suite of tools and resources that Weichert offers, contact our team at  https://www.weichertfranchise.com or 877-746-2067.