Your real estate farm is online, and usually, they’re hanging out in all the Local Facebook Groups. This article will show you how to use Real Estate Facebook Groups, so that you can locate and engage with your farm online, wherever they are.
One of the things that I like the most about technology is that it allows you to become more efficient. If you decided to door knock, you’d always be restricted by time, weather, and even physical stamina. But technology changes all that. With Facebook Groups, you can scale your business infinitely by adding hundreds of people to your database over time without ever leaving your office.
Likewise, if you decided to mail each of the individuals in your farm, you’d be restricted by cost. But all of these local Facebook Groups are totally free. So online forums are a unique opportunity to get your brand in front of your community without spending a dime.
If you decided to cold call people in your farm, you’d be restricted by accuracy. You’re always going to be reliant on the phone number being active, in use, and not on the do not call list. These days, that’s not always easy – Especially since most cell phone numbers aren’t easily accessed. When real estate agents use local Facebook Groups to connect with people, it’s almost always a real human on the other end of the line.
Since you can contact people instantly and in mass quantities, building relationships are easy. I’ve seen real estate agents beautifully orchestrate events in their community. And because the agents were helpful and provided value, they received a huge return on their investments.
Here are just a few of the examples local Facebook Groups I’ve seen:
Everyone has a Facebook account, so it’s pretty easy to get people back into your group and looking at your content consistently. Facebook also notifies members of new posts via phone whenever new posts are created, which is another great way to get more eyes on your content as well.
To get started, type your local city name into the Facebook search bar. Then click on Groups. Then send requests to join every single group in your local area. Once you’re in, read the rules of the group to make sure that you stay on the administrator’s good side. Then work the group using the methods listed above.
Just like anything else, it only takes a few bad apples to spoil the bunch. Here are a few of the pitfalls to watch out for when you mine a local Facebook Group for real estate business.
Remember, these Facebook Groups are filled with local residents, and they have a lot at stake in their communities. Sometimes, people will lash out at leaders, homeowner’s associations, government officials, school board members, the list goes on and on. Furthermore, some of the people in the group already have beef with each other offline and they may carry it with them into the forums as well. People can get really bold when they’re sitting behind a computer.
For all of the Debbie Downers of the world, these local forums can be a jackpot. These types always get a strange source of joy from trolling on the internet. These local groups just give them another avenue to complain about their neighbor’s grass, barking dogs, and trash cans. For people like this, the sky is always falling!
Facebook Groups are monetarily free, but they will cost you time. And if you allow it, these groups will suck you dry! You’ll look up an hour later and realize that you haven’t done anything that you planned and the last hour of your life was totally wasted. Don’t do it! I’m speaking from experience here, so please take my advice.
[su_pullquote]When it comes to Facebook Groups for real estate, the trick is to: Get in, search for relevant posts, and get out! You’ll be tempted to stay and take a look at all of the juicy gossip. But just say no.[/su_pullquote]
Here are a few (sneaky) ways to get real estate leads from these local groups:
Local Facebook Groups are the most popular avenue for real estate agents to nurture and capture leads, but there are a few other online groups that you can join to get leads! I’ve listed a few of them below!
NextDoor.com is a website and app that’s a private social network for your neighborhood. To get into your neighborhood forum, someone from the neighborhood has to approve you or you have to reply to a postcard mailed to your home. This means that you have to live in the area to get into the group. This could be a deal-breaker if you’re planning to farm an area that you don’t reside in.
Nextdoor is also notoriously strict when it comes to Realtors®. If you post anything even remotely related to business promotion, you’ll get slapped or banned from the website for good. However, they are in the midst of fundraising, and once that happens, I’m sure they’ll gladly allow you to advertise.
With all that being said, there are a ton of people on Next Door, so it’s definitely worth exploring. And although you can’t promote yourself, or say that you’re a Realtor® directly, you can private message people to answer their real estate questions. And when that person clicks the link on your profile, they’ll figure it out.
You can also start off with phrases like, “My clients love….” or “Everyone that I work with has…” To subtly signal to people that you’re not just a neighbor – But a Realtor® as well.
City-Data.com is a website that is chocked-full of stats for United States Cities. Visitors frequent the site because they have everything that people are looking for: Real estate, relocation info, crime, house prices, schools, demographic data, sex offenders, maps, education, weather, and home values. And because they have all of this information, they tend to come up on the first page of Google for every major city.
But what most Realtors® don’t know about the site, is that they have local forums for each city – And this is where the magic happens!
When you first sign up with City Data, you need to fill out your profile completely, so people can contact you. Next, join the Real Estate Agents user group. When you do, a little house will appear next to your name, indicating that you are a Realtor®. This step is small, but very important because you’re not allowed to promote your business in any other way.
Once you’ve set up your profile properly, and the house appears next to your name, start working the forum! Be helpful, answer questions, schedule meetups, and blog. The more you post, the more people will notice you. And it doesn’t all have to be related to real estate either. If someone has a question and you know the answer, just be a good neighbor and tell them. Over time, people will begin to notice you and look to you as an authority.
Remember, Google loves fresh data, and since this website is so active, it gets really high rankings in Google. You never know who might Google a question and stumble across one of your posts. There are agents that have generated tens of thousands of views every day by blogging and posting on City-Data! Just imagine how much of that traffic can be converted into leads, sales, and referrals. It’s mind-blowing.
85% of real estate agents fail within their first 5 years. And do you know why? Because they aren’t generating enough leads to scale their business.
That’s the ugly truth about this industry. But the good news is that you are 100% responsible for the actions you take and the results you get.
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