The Best Kept Secret in Social Media Advertising

HDC_Pinterest_Blog_2787_1200x600In the current world of social media, Pinterest doesn’t seem to get the recognition it should. While it’s one of the most well-known social networks, Pinterest only has 150 million monthly active users compared to Facebook’s 1.96 billion and Instagram’s 600 million. So, how is it that Pinterest is so far behind on monthly active users, but is still leading other social networks in organic and inorganic reach, as well as cost-per-click (CPC)?

Even if you’re an active Pinterest user, you have probably never noticed the promoted pins before. This is because Pinterest has designed their Promoted Pins to look like regular, organic pins; however, promoted pins have more capabilities. By utilizing Pinterest’s Promoted Pins you can create huge opportunities to drive sales and leads to your real estate business. Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide to Facebook Ads

HDC_Evergreen_FB_Ad_2759_1200x600Real estate professionals have outgrown marketing tactics like advertising on bus benches, billboards, and classifieds, and it’s a good thing they have; traditional advertising comes with a hefty price tag. Fortunately, social media has made it possible to advertise your business without emptying your bank account while targeting your audience with 1000 times more accuracy than traditional advertising methods.

With over 1.94 billion active monthly users, Facebook can be viewed as the one of the greatest advertising markets available for any business, including real estate. By providing businesses with the means to reach an exponentially larger number of customers with a significantly smaller budget, Facebook has put businesses where they want to be: in the eyes of their target market. Continue reading

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees. It Grows in Geographic Farms.

HDC_Geographic_Farming_Blog_2717_1200x600.jpgThere are dozens of ways to generate leads for your business. One very effective method is geographic farming, a long-term lead generation strategy in which you focus primarily on a specific market or area from which you will solicit most of your business. Once you’ve established your brand identity and built relationships with those in your chosen community, the benefits of this approach are tremendous. Instead of weaving your way back and forth across your city each day on showings and listing appointments, you can simply hop over a few streets to your next client, cutting down on commute time and travel costs while also freeing up time for other lead-generating and lead-converting activities. Continue reading

Professional Looking Photos Don’t Have to Cost a Fortune – Smartphone Photography

HDC_Photography_Blog_Image_8-1_2704_1200x600Not long ago, you either had to have a professional grade camera (along with the knowledge of how to use it) or hire a professional photographer to take your listing photos to compete with the images you see in magazines and on the web. Thanks to the advancement of today’s mobile technology, you can take and edit professional looking images on your phone.

Taking great photos on your mobile device isn’t just point and shoot; some skill is required. However, there’s no secret to amazing photos; with just a few tips and tricks you can capture the perfect image and add the finishing touches right from your phone. Continue reading

Facebook Ads for Real Estate: Part 4, Creative Ads & Reviewing Your Insights

HDC Social Profile Blog 5 2638 1200x600When telling a story you want to create a message that resonates with audiences. You want their imaginations to wander and make them feel as if they’re part of the story. Consider this an integral part of creating ads within your Facebook campaign as well, but instead of telling a story with words, tell it with images. As a real estate pro, understanding the power of online marketing is crucial for continuous growth; according to NAR 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers 89% of buyers who used the internet found photos to be very useful.

In Part 1 of the Facebook Ads for Real Estate series, ‘Creating a Business Page,’ we walked you through the process of creating a Business Page. In Part 2, “Campaign Objectives,” we gave you a step-by-step guide of accessing your Ads Manager and selecting your campaign objective (“traffic”). In Part 3, “Audience Targeting,” you learned how to set up your audience, select your ad placements, and create a set budget for your ad. Now, in the 4th and final part of our series, we will explain how to choose the best format options to engage with your audience and how to read your ad results. Continue reading