Monday, September 30, 2013

This Is Home - Coldwell Banker Life, Camera Action Contest Winner

The Coldwell Banker Life, Camera, Action YouTube contest provided some amazing videos of kids, pets and homes from across the country. Actually the videos with pets vs. the videos with kids was pretty much a 50/50 split. The 10 finalist videos were all pretty amazing. It was fun to see the different takes on what makes a home so special. Some were touching. Some were humorous. But the winning video was just plain adorable.
I dare you to watch this video without smiling. The $25,000 grand prize winning video above is called “This is Home” but affectionately here at the Coldwell Banker office we refer to it as “Rapping Kids.” It’s quite simply one of the sweetest and entertaining videos about home that you’ll ever see.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Social Media…Fad or Fundamental

Jodi Tate
Chief Operating Officer
Coldwell Banker Triad, Realtors
My hope is to inspire you to embrace the fundamental value in social media in your business. So let’s get started with a few  statistics. I would like to reference a great book you should all read: Socialnomics by Erik Qualman.

1. Gary Vaynerchuk grew his family business from 4 million to 50 million using social media. His company name is Wine TV Library. He found first hand that $15,000 in direct mail= 200 new customers; $7500.00 billboard=300 new customers; $0 Twitter= 1800 new customers!

2. Dell sold $3,000,000 worth of computers on Twitter.

3. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center witnessed a 9.5% increase in registrations by using social media.

4. Over 50% of the world’s population is under 30 years old and 96% of them have joined a social network.

5. The fastest growing segment on Facebook is 55-65 year old females. Single females are also the fastest growing segment of first time homebuyers.

So you ask, “How do I get started?” There are 4 easy steps:
  1. Listen to your customers and the conversations around you on the social network you join.
  2. Interact and join the conversation.
  3. React and adjust your product or service based on this feedback.
  4. Sell your product more easily because most consumers buy from a direct referral from someone they know (friends of friends on Facebook count, too.)

Now let’s look at how the consumer responds within these same 4 steps. The buyer LISTENS to feedback about what to expect from the product and then buys. They then INTERACT with the product. Next, the buyer REACTS to the product based on their personal experience. Finally, the buyer decides if they will “SELL” for you or against you.

There are two top rules in sales that I remind our agents all the time, “Listen and Know your customer.”  For all you naysayers out there, I know the question you are asking is, “What kind of return of investment can I possibly get from an active social media strategy?” I will answer this with a quote from Socialnomics. 

“The return of investment of a strong social media campaign is that your company will be in business 5 years from now. It is no longer whether you do it, but how well.”

I will leave you with one more stat: 

If Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest ahead of the USA and only behind China and India. In your opinion, is social media a fad or a fundamental change in how we communicate?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Epitome of Luxury in Winston-Salem, NC

4001 Nathaniel Place Court
Winston-Salem, NC

Exquisite design and modern amenities meet to create functional living spaces in this pristine estate situated on 1.7 acres of secluded landscape.  Four large en suite bedrooms truly set this home apart.  The meticulous craftsmanship is complemented by luxurious finishes in custom lighting, fine hardware, and imported fixtures.  A gourmet kitchen boasts commercial grade appliances fit for a discerning chef.  Unique elements, including hand carved stone and imported wrought iron doors are not limited to the interior.  The expansive bluestone terrace in the outdoor entertaining area overlooks the home’s sequestered lawn. Just minutes from area country clubs, residents are sure to enjoy the convenience of this location.

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