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OMG! What a Great Idea!

Yesterday I spoke on the phone to a very impressive agent named Flora A. I’ve withheld her last name because I don’t have her permission to share it. Flora practices real estate in the San Jose, California market and as a listing agent she was very interested in learning more about my listing approach. She is a long-time reader and has followed my blog and was asking me some questions about my 8% listing presentation and wanted my recommendation on which of my books might help her. I mentioned two: ... Read More »

Beating the Winter Blahs…

I received an email from one of my readers and long time LCM and Ultimate Website users that I wanted to share with you. His name is Butch Rumenapp and he’s the broker owner of an Exit Realty office in Marine City, Michigan. I have to say that of the many emails I received this week, this one has to be one of my favorites, primarily because it is just plain honest. See if doesn’t resonate with you. Hey Matt, The problem I’m having lately is lack of motivation! I’m ... Read More »

Little Ditty About Tom and Marian…

I was working at my desk last night around seven when my phone rang. It showed to be a Missouri number and I thought it might be an agent needing help so I answered. I met the wife of a husband and wife real estate team. Marian. Tom and Marian work for a local franchise real estate company. I didn’t ask for their permission to share their names so I have omitted their last name. Marian was very youthful and energetic sounding so I was floored when she told me ... Read More »

A Happy New Year Voice Mail from Gary H.

I received this phone message over the holidays and wanted to share it with you, my readers. Gary has been with us for some time now and so he’s had time to really see what the LCM and Ultimate Website can do for your marketing. I thought some of you might like to hear right from him… straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. I’ve bleeped out his last name to protect his identity because I’ve not asked his permission to share the voice mail with 30,000 readers. Happy ... Read More »

Tony’s Deal

Today I was away from my desk and I missed a call from an agent named Tony who lives in Clearwater, Florida. I didn’t get his permission to share his last name so we’ll just call him Tony C. Tony said he’d been reading my blog and receiving my daily emails for quite a while and he was ready to try out my Ultimate Website. But he had a question first. “How much does it cost?” (After sharing this with my staff I was told we get that question a ... Read More »

Yes, I Am Optimistic… And Here’s Why

Let’s face it: Our nation is in a very tough place, economically.  We have mounting debt, ever increasing taxes, less and less people paying into the system and more and more people taking money from the government. Today’s bad news was that Industrial Production is down for October.  The labor participation rate (the percentage of people over 16 who either have a job or are actively searching for one) is the lowest it’s been since 1978. What’s worse is that the leaders of our country seem incapable of working together ... Read More »

She’s Just Not That Into You!

Have you ever received a phone call from an ad or yard sign and the call went something like this: You: Good morning! This is Matt with FavoriteAgent Realty. How can I help you this fine morning? Caller: Yes, I was calling about the house on 4th Street. Can you tell me how much it costs? You: Sure, I’d be happy to. (fumbling around frantically, trying to stop the car to look it up) Let me check for you. (dead air, customer impatience is palpable) OH, here it is… it’s ... Read More »

A Huge Craigslist Opportunity!

It is not often when changes in major destination websites create real opportunities but the most recent change on Craigslist has created a huge one to anyone using our LCM technology or Ultimate Website.  Check this out! Over the last couple of weeks Craigslist has changed their site to prevent HTML “<a> tags” or clickable links on real estate ads. The changes took place market by market, but near as we can determine, last Thursday, the changes became global. What that means is that where before you could post a ... Read More »

Advertising 101 (Part 7)

In this final installment I’m going to give you the key that will make you money: knowing how to test your results.  If you can’t test and measure your results, you can never make an intelligent and informed decision about various advertising ideas that come your way. In the 1980s when Lee Iacocca was CEO of Chrysler Corporation, he was asked about the millions of dollars that the company spent every year on advertising.  He said that he was convinced that half the money they spent on advertising was wasted. ... Read More »

Advertising 101 (Part 6)

Now it’s time to actually write our ad.  Before you dismiss this step as not important,  I would like to ask you a question: If the actual ad copy were not critically important, why is there an entire industry whose job is writing ad copy? You can have a great product or service, a great advertising budget, and even a great method of capturing the leads, but if nobody responds to your ad, you have nothing.  Well nothing but a lot of expenses. Your ad copy is probably the most ... Read More »

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