It doesn't matter if you're a flipper or a landlord, maximizing your profits is what it's all about. You can be the best expert at what you do but if the people you want to deal with don't know it, it does you no good.
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Think about how marketing works in general. There are those that focus on low-end deals, those that shoot for the middle, and those that go for the high-end. Luxury car dealers don't target the low-end market. They make a case for why their vehicles are worth the extra cost. You need to do the same thing for your business.
Get Your Message Out
First, understand your target audience. If you rehab houses, your target audience is both motivated sellers and end buyers. You need to get your story out as to why they should do business with you instead of with your competition. You can write the best "I Buy Houses" advert but your competition will be doing the same thing. You can stand out from the crowd by including a link in your advert to a blog or articles that you write. These can be stories about how you helped others get out of a bad spot or helped someone move into their dream house. Having testimonials to go along with the story will take you over the top.
This doesn't need to be some long elaborate production and it doesn't need to be written content. If you are more comfortable making a video that is a great way to go. Start out small by putting up one or two pieces of content. Over time, add to it to show that you create repeat win-win scenarios.
What Content Works Best
Once you have a few success stories out there, move on to letting people know what you can do for them now. Keep your content current by adding stories about what you are working on today. Focus on the benefits that others will receive. If your looking for a motivated seller, let them know that you will close in as little as three days. Let them know that you buy damaged houses that most potential buyers walk away from.
If you're selling a home, put up a video tour of the property. Let viewers know the highlights of the neighborhood. Let parents know the benefits of having their kids attend school in the local school district. Let them know about easy access to freeways or public transportation. You can do the same thing for rentals as for rehabs. Going the extra step to create a video and providing additional information will make you stand out from the crowd.
You don't want to create long technical content. Keep it short and on point. Articles should generally be 650 words or less and videos between three and four minutes. This will keep their attention and whether they do business with you this time or not, they are likely to pass your information on to others. There is nothing better than word of mouth advertising to establish you as the expert in the field.
Your goal here is letting your target audience know why they should do business with you instead of your competitors. However, don't knock your competitors, take the high road and let them stand on their own reputation.
About the author: Brian Kline has been investing in real estate for more than 30 years and writing about real estate investing for seven years. He also draws upon 25 plus years of business experience including 12 years as a manager at Boeing Aircraft Company. Brian currently lives at Lake Cushman, Washington. A vacation destination, a few short miles from a national forest in the Olympic Mountains with the Pacific Ocean a couple of miles in the opposite direction.