CHAPTER 1: REAL ESTATE POSTCARDS AND DIRECT MIAL MARKETING MARKETING MARKETING

USING DIRECT MAIL MARKETING

Direct mail marketing is the method of sending out professionally-designed brochures or mailers directly to your target audience’s homes. By sending targeted direct mail marketing materials to select individuals and leveraging direct mail as a marketing channel, you give yourself the opportunity to corner the market as “the neighborhood expert.” In fact, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), 78% of homeowners state that they would use the neighborhood expert for their real estate needs if there was one (or if they were even aware of one). With only 5% of homeowners finding their real estate agent online according to NAR, it’s never been more important to utilize direct mail marketing efforts to build up your presence in the markets you’re most interested in doing business in.

A partnership with a full-service design firm like REAL Marketing provides you with the tools you need to establish yourself as a trusted expert, as well as improve your response rates to your direct mail marketing campaigns. Let’s take a look at some of the basics of direct mail marketing, including real estate postcards.

what is direct mail marketing?

In its simplest form, direct mail marketing reaches prospects through physical brochures and mailers. Reaching out to potential leads with targeted direct mail  provides you with a physical touchpoint that can help you foster stronger relationships with them, and position yourself as the neighborhood expert they go to in the event they’re looking to buy or sell a home.

Although some real estate agents believe email and digital marketing have pushed direct mail marketing out of the picture, the truth is it’s still one of the most effective ways to get in front of your target clientele and stay top of mind. While a digital campaign may seem more valuable these days, it’s actually the digital campaign that should be enhancing your existing direct mail marketing efforts — not the other way around.

Remember, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), only 5% of people find their real estate agent online, which means a whopping 95% still find their real estate agent through some other avenue. Direct mail marketing is the only way that you can directly reach people in your preferred market.

Do you want to know another reason why direct mail marketing is so effective? A recent study by USPS found that 81% of people still scan and read their mail daily. Remember, only a very small fraction of would-be buyers and sellers find their real estate agents online, so don’t neglect direct mail marketing if you’re seeking to grow your presence as the neighborhood expert.

The postcards, brochures, and market reports you send all serve as physical touchpoints, encouraging your potential clients to slow down a bit and take a look. Their brand recall improves as a result, helping instantly position you as a local real estate expert in their minds.

Unlike digital messaging, your customers cannot simply click the ‘X’ and close the window on your correspondence. Instead, they must physically handle the marketing materials, potentially resulting in several more reviews before discarding the item.

Better yet, if they enjoy your mailings, they’ll keep them on hand for future reference and to possibly show other people they know. Then, when they’re ready to move forward, you’ll potentially end up as their first point of contact in all their real estate dealings.

How do postcards work with
direct mail marketing?

A direct mail marketing campaign is a powerful way to reach people with personalized content. It allows you to target locally, keep content relevant, and provide a unique experience within your greater marketing strategy. Real estate postcards and other print materials are the perfect way to send relevant information to your potential leads in an easy to digest, visually appealing way.

Whether you are just starting out, or you have an already established brand, a strong direct mail marketing campaign with real estate postcards will help demonstrate your local expertise and help build up your presence as everyone’s trusted, go-to real estate agent in the area. Real estate postcards can be an eye-catching way to leverage your current listings as well.  Attention-grabbing headlines, professional HD photography, and thoughtfully-designed postcard layouts allow you to more effectively reflect the quality of your real estate services.

Think about the last time you checked your mailbox and received a postcard. Do you remember what you did? Typically, after we thumb through envelopes and any other mail pieces, we always seem to take a moment to take a closer look at the postcards we receive. Why? Well, typically because of their visual appeal — which provides real estate agents everywhere with a prime opportunity to “stand out” amongst every other advertisement brought into the home that day from the household mailbox.

If you want to truly succeed with direct mail marketing, you need to be creative with your strategy and be willing to invest in it to reap the rewards. High-quality postcards require more time and effort to produce, but the return on investment more than makes up for that.

REAL Marketing real estate prospecting postcards are designed to make an impact. Professional, enhanced photos are essential for allowing the best features of the property to shine. Real estate postcards feature key information and highlights of the home and spotlight you as the agent. And the best part? As a full-service design firm, REAL Marketing does ALL the work for you. From the research and messaging to the design and distribution strategy, REAL Marketing is ready to help you take your direct mail marketing campaigns to the next level.

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what are the advantages of using postcards to grow your potential client base?

Real estate postcards are like business cards, going directly into the hands of potential buyers or sellers. Personalizing postcards with the homeowner’s name not only helps you connect with the homeowner on a more individualized basis, but it helps improve your response rate. In contrast, a service Every Door Direct Mail® (EDDM® ) from the United States Postal Service does not allow for personalization, has a much lower response rate, and often leads to your marketing message getting lost in the “junk mail” pile.

A high-quality, well-designed postcard can be a conversation starter. Recipients might even hold onto a postcard if the message really resonates with them, and share that message with their social circle as a result. Unlike other pieces of mail marketing that might blend in with everything else, a beautifully designed postcard is the perfect reminder of the services you offer, and a preview of the quality of service and results you likely offer your clients.

how should you follow up on direct mail advertising?

To be blunt, your follow-up should be consistent and persistent. The more direct mail marketing pieces that you send a household, the more likely you’re going to be top of mind in the event the homeowner is looking to sell their home or refer you to someone looking to buy. Be sure postcard and other direct mail marketing piece recipients can easily get into contact with you. Remember, you’ll want to provide different ways of getting into contact with you — your phone number, email address, website, or social media handles, in particular.

Direct mail advertising is a top of the funnel marketing strategy. Once you’ve peaked a recipient’s interest and they’ve reached out to you because of a direct mail marketing piece, be sure to continue nurturing them. Your referral network will continue to grow with a consistent direct mail advertising approach.

WHAT IS A GOOD RESPONSE RATE FOR
DIRECT MAIL MARKETING ?

To be blunt, your follow-up should be consistent and persistent. The more direct mail marketing pieces that you send a household, the more likely you’re going to be top of mind in the event the homeowner is looking to sell their home or refer you to someone looking to buy. Be sure postcard and other direct mail marketing piece recipients can easily get into contact with you. Remember, you’ll want to provide different ways of getting into contact with you — your phone number, email address, website, or social media handles, in particular.

Direct mail advertising is a top of the funnel marketing strategy. Once you’ve peaked a recipient’s interest and they’ve reached out to you because of a direct mail marketing piece, be sure to continue nurturing them. Your referral network will continue to grow with a consistent direct mail advertising approach.

WHAT IS THE COST OF DIRECT MIAL MARKETING?

If you want to truly succeed with direct mail marketing, you need to be creative with your strategy and be willing to invest in it to reap the rewards — it’s going to take a bit more effort than slapping together a few flimsy flyers to post around town, and you may need to invest more money upfront for higher-quality marketing. If the quality of the materials you’re marketing doesn’t surpass those of your competitors, you’re not doing all that you can to brand yourself as the go-to agent in the area, and you’re potentially missing out on opportunities as a result. Remember, a home is one of the largest, most important investments a person is going to make during their lifetime, and providing high-quality marketing materials helps reflect that this investment is just as important to you as it is to them.

To help steer real estate agents in the optimal direction, REAL Marketing offers market reports, postcards, high-end brochures, and other direct mail marketing materials to leverage as part of your next direct mail campaign.

Our postcard design fee is $39.00/hour — but will be waived if you’re mailing to your Market Report neighborhood. Additionally, postcards themselves range in price from $0.85 to $1.59 each.

If necessary, REAL Marketing can also pull a recipient list to use on your behalf, at the cost of $0.10 per name.

We’re here to help answer your questions and are available to create custom sizes and styles upon request. 

DO YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR REAL ESTATE POSTCARD AND DIRECT MAIL MARKETING?

If you want to truly succeed with direct mail marketing, you need to be creative with your strategy and be willing to invest in it to reap the rewards — it’s going to take a bit more effort than slapping together a few flimsy flyers to post around town, and you may need to invest more money upfront for higher-quality marketing. If the quality of the materials you’re marketing doesn’t surpass those of your competitors, you’re not doing all that you can to brand yourself as the go-to agent in the area, and you’re potentially missing out on opportunities as a result. Remember, a home is one of the largest, most important investments a person is going to make during their lifetime, and providing high-quality marketing materials helps reflect that this investment is just as important to you as it is to them.

To help steer real estate agents in the optimal direction, REAL Marketing offers market reports, postcards, high-end brochures, and other direct mail marketing materials to leverage as part of your next direct mail campaign.

Our postcard design fee is $39.00/hour — but will be waived if you’re mailing to your Market Report neighborhood. Additionally, postcards themselves range in price from $0.85 to $1.59 each.

If necessary, REAL Marketing can also pull a recipient list to use on your behalf, at the cost of $0.10 per name.

We’re here to help answer your questions and are available to create custom sizes and styles upon request. 

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