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Learn Some Zillow Ju-jitsu

Ju-jitsu is the ancient art and technique of using your opponent’s force and momentum against him rather than confronting it with your own force. First developed and practiced during the Muromachi period in Japan (1333-1573), this old style of martial arts training was focused on teaching the unarmed or very lightly armed farmer/warrior to fight […]

A New Twist on Sphere of Influence Marketing

When I was a new agent, one of the first marketing ideas I tried was “sphere of influence”, or “SOI” marketing.  If you are not familiar with the term, it is marketing to your personal network — those people who know you, like you, and would do business with you or would refer business to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Prepare for 2014 by Doing Three Things…

In less than two weeks it will be 2014!  Wow, did this year fly by!  I don’t know about you but as I wrap things up for this year, I begin to think about next year.  For years I didn’t think about next year until January, but eventually I realized that if I waited until […]

The Anatomy of a Sale

Most of you know that I am a number guy.  I love numbers because numbers don’t lie.  You can always count on them to give you accurate information.  You also know that I am constantly preaching that you should know your marketing numbers, your budget per lead, and your cost per lead.  Some of you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 101 (Part 5)

In the last part we covered developing your advertising budget and then translating it to a budget per lead.  Now I’ll show you how to calculate your cost per lead.  After you have your budget per lead and your cost per lead, it is easy to see which ideas are good and which ones are… […]

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