In this post I’m going to expand on the common A-I-D-A formula and delve into real world examples of successful ads from a few top agents.
A-I-D-A is an acronym for…Attention Interest Desire Action
Attention – In our media-filled world, you need to be quick and direct to grab people’s attention. Use powerful words, or a picture that will catch the reader’s eye and make them stop and read what you have to say next.
Interest – This is one of the most challenging stages in the AIDA model: You’ve got the attention of your target audience, but can you engage with them so they’ll want to spend their precious time understanding your message in more detail?
Gaining the reader’s interest is a deeper process than grabbing their attention. They will give you a little more time to do it, but you must stay focused on their needs. This means helping them to pick out the messages that are relevant to them quickly. So use bullets and subheadings, and break up the text to make your points stand out.
Desire – The Interest and Desire parts of the AIDA model go hand-in-hand: As you’re building the reader’s interest, you also need to help them understand how what you’re offering can help them in a real way. The main way of doing this is by appealing to their personal needs and wants.
In preparation for an upcoming speaking engagement I spoke with some of the top brokers I coach to find out their favorite listing techniques.
If you’re not already, try using a few of these tips at your next sales call…Broker #1
Use professional photography. One broker said he shows clients the visual difference between his listings and competition (that doesn’t use professional photographers). He’ll even ask the seller to pick a house they know is for sale in the MLS and compare its listing to his; he makes sure that his listing beats the competition in the virtual tours.
Explain the system of regular communication. He guarantees every seller communication between 10 and 12 once a week. That’s because having a regular talk with clients is the biggest complaint that sellers have about agents.
Take off your shoes when you enter the house. No matter what condition the house is in. I’m surprised at how many people actually do take their shoes off, but it shows a respect for the house, casts a good impression, and helps the clients feel more respect for the real estate. One of our coaching clients even buys booties from a hardware store for prospective buyers to use when entering a home.
Be prepared with and know the comparables. Get comparables for all of the houses in the neighborhood. Having them printed or in notes that you use to answer the seller show that you’re very aware of the same data as [...]
How many times a week do you hear the classic question, “So… How’s the market?”
Pre-planned responses to common questions are a great way to make sure you don’t drop the ball when someone expresses interest in your work.
You want to be known as the source of positive, intelligent, and accurate real estate information for the people that know you, so watch the video below and set a goal for yourself to practice one of these points once or twice this week.
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