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By Bruce Keith | Real Estate Marketing | Jan 15, 2015

Listing and selling property efficiently requires several components. One of the fundamental keys is to price a property accurately. Not too high, not too low but in the middle to help the client get the most money possible. The salesperson and the seller must agree on the final number. Often the most important “sale” in the whole transaction is helping the seller price their home correctly the first time.

There is a logical process to helping the seller agree to a realistic price.

Here are some keys to help you be powerful in pricing:

  1. Know your overall market statistics and have them at your fingertips (volumes, days on market, sale price to asking price).
  2. Have a hands-on knowledge of the existing inventory, what is selling and what is not (consistently inspect homes in their price range).
  3. Present the comparables in a simplistic, easy-to-understand fashion (not too much detail). Preferably put them on one page only.
  4. Tell them the truth. Help them use logic, not emotion when pricing.
  5. Don’t complicate things. You are the messenger. Help them look at the facts. It is not rocket science.

Finally, if you are going to take a listing and you know it is overpriced, be sure the sellers know this and have agreed to a strategy of reducing the price in two weeks. If your board will allow it, have a post-dated price reduction form signed when you take the listing. No excuses.

Advertising has changed: Digital over traditional media

The Emmy-winning TV series Mad Men is all about the advertising industry and Madison Avenue in the 1960s. It reminds me of the oft-presented objection: “Why aren’t you advertising my home more often?”

It might have been a good question in 1965 but not today. Why not? Because that approach for promoting a property doesn’t work anymore! Consumer habits have changed. Here is an excellent (and modern day) response to that old objection.

  1. “Mr./Mrs. Seller, let me ask you, nowadays if you wanted to know something would you try and find the answer in a book or would you simply Google it?” (I guess I’d Google it.)
  2. “Exactly. Would it surprise you to know that in today’s market, more than 93 per cent of homebuyers start out looking on the Internet? Ninety-three per cent!” (Makes sense I guess.)
  3. “So you can see that if we’re going to get a maximum exposure for your home, we need to move away from traditional approaches and we need to have great coverage on the Internet, right?” (I suppose.)
  4. “Great. Let me show you how we’re going to do that. Let me show you how our marketing will position your home so the bulk of the qualified buyers are going to find your home easily. That’s what you really want isn’t it?” (You bet!)

Learn this approach. Be current. Let the competition keep watching Mad Men. Help the client see how you are using today’s technology. They’ll love your strategy! No excuses.

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By Chris Johnson | | Jun3 18, 2014

When I started Simplifilm, I made a conscious decision to work with the best people in the world. A decision that continues to this day. And I did it.

I’ve worked with amazing people, people I picked years in advance. And some even more incredible people I never imagined. (Such as Will.I.Am, Arianna Huffington and Scarlet Johannsen—all in the same project.)

None of this was accidental. It was—and is—predicable. I call it my 10–10–10 strategy, and here’s how it works.

Block quote Note from Chase: This is a post from Chris Johnson, one of the most inspiring business builders I know. What he gets into in this post is what I call his strategy for bringing “intention” to the sales cycle. You’ve probably heard me rant on the podcast about the amazing interview he has in Fizzle. When Chris talks, I listen. Enjoy!

Step 1: Write down 10 people, 10 projects and 10 companies you want to work with. I have people at all levels on my list. “Salesforce.Com” is there, and so is “Clicky,” a Portland company.

Who are 10 people you’d like to work with? Maybe they wrote a book you loved, did an interview you’ve heard, gave a TED talk, are a leader in a company you admire, etc. Currently on my “10 People” list I have both Guy Kawasaki and Jon Stewart listed as people I would really like to work with.

Chris keeps his 10-10-10 board in picture form in his office.

What about companies? You want to work with people leading their field and at the center of their culture. They generally attract a high caliber of person. On my list this year was Hachette Book Group — the big publisher we haven’t worked with yet.

For your purposes, you might divide each list into 2–3 “chunks” that are based on your level currently. For example, I have people in 3 classes: realistic, reaches, and Oprah-class. A realistic get on my list is Nancy Duarte—I don’t yet know her, but eventually our paths will cross. A reach get would be Guy Kawasaki. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon is my Oprah-class get.

Step 2: Learn all about them. This is a grind, but look:

Studying people you deeply admire has huge side benefits. Learn who they follow on Twitter and who they connect with. Learn what they are interested in. Learn what they need.

On my list right now is Apple. In order to work with Apple (and I’ve been close), I have to learn which products have the most opportunity. There’s no way I’ll be doing the new iPhone video, but there are other products and services they offer that I can have a crack at.

We have to live in the tension between opportunity (what winning this client would do for our business) and possibility (how likely it is that we could win this client). Making a video for Oprah would be a big opportunity, but it’s less likely than landing a deal through a friend of a friend.

When we learn about these people, companies and projects we can discover back roads into working with some of those dream clients.

Step 3: Connect from the outside in.

When we study our people and companies, we will learn a ton about them. Things like who their vendors are, who they hang out with at conferences, who they pay attention to and admire. This is a whole new list of people to target as clients because you’re that much likelier to be recommended to your 10-10-10 people.

It’s an indirect route to your targets, but it is faster sometimes. Meeting a friend of the VIP and adding value could get you referred (with or without an ask) much faster than other cold tactics. Therefore, start adopting people into your network and adding value to them.

The natural outcome of adding immense value to a network is being embedded deeper within and getting referrals.

Step 4: Make your business good enough for them.

10–10–10 will change your business. Why? Because you’ll have secret mentoring from all these people you studied. Think about the caliber of people your targets work with. Do you make things at that level? Are you easy to work with like the Apple Store? Do you know my name like my Starbucks does? Is your proposal good enough to impress Nancy Duarte (another person on my list)?

Being realistic, it’s possible to win with some ‘ghetto’ materials, but the real job is to win with amazing stuff. So, what is the next step to bring your quality up to the level of your targets?

Step 5: Get a real win.

CAUTION: A lot of service businesses make the mistake of subsidizing rich people in hopes of a retweet. Don’t be that guy!

Here’s how I keep score on my 10–10–10 list. I get either a full price sale or a full price referral from one of the people on my list. So, when we work with someone, and get a result, it’s a win.

A discounted deal to work with someone is NOT a win. The goal of working with elite people is the ability to do great work at premium prices.

Riches On Your Path To OZ

Now, let’s talk about something else important. Dorothy was off to see the Wizard. But, along the way she got to work with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion. That’s 3 sales she made on her quest to sell Oz on going to Kansas.

The people you meet aren’t “first tier” people. They may not be the brainiest, heartiest or courageous… yet. But they’re the people Dorothy spent time with, grew with, overcame her fears with and were more important and more memorable than OZ was. The people my company will meet on our way to doing a Super Bowl ad are more important, more lasting and of greater consequence than the ad itself.

You can always tell if a strategy is going to be effective if it has many different ways to win, and 10–10–10 is that strategy where you have many wins to get.

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No matter how busy you are, try to find some time over the next two weeks to reflect, think, give and plan.

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