How to Sell your Home using Social Media?
Social media is no longer just being used by teenagers as a way of
keeping track of their ever increasing social circle. Today
professionals and even consumers are getting in on the act and using
sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and others for financial and
commercial applications. In addition, an increasing number of home
buyers and sellers have begun to utilize social media in order to market
properties in a market that remains frustratingly slow. The benefit
offered by the use of social media when selling your home is the ability
to reach out to a much larger audience while also targeting a specific audience.
Keep in mind, the key to using social media is that it does require a
specific strategy. Indiscriminate use of social media can often have the
unintended result of alienating your audience. First, it is important to
identify the social media channels that will provide the biggest impact
for your particular needs. For instance, if you are trying to sell
your home, you might consider launching a website, producing home-tour
type videos and then uploading them to YouTube and your website and
updating your Facebook page to let friends know your home is for sale
and all of the details about the property.
You might also consider creating a Facebook page specifically to sell
your own home or your company's listings if you are a realtor. This is a
great way to showcase a particular property. Even though some of the
people who visit your page might not currently be in the market for a
home, they may have friends or family who are. A listing that is passed
from one Facebook user or page to another can generate an incredible
amount of exposure. You simply never know which one of your friends or
contacts may know someone who is in the market for precisely the
property you have for sale. Facebook and other social media sites take
the old word-of-mouth marketing technique to an entirely new level and
allow you to get the word out about a property you have for sale to a
much larger audience.
Another idea is to use the marketplace on Facebook, particularly if your
friends use the marketplace. Marketplace is much like a classified ads
section for Facebook that can prompt your contacts and let them know a
listing has been posted.
It's also a good idea to use social media to create a buzz about the
home you are trying to sell. Is there something exciting or unique the
home? Is it located near a celebrity hangout? Are there trendy
restaurants located in the area or perhaps a championship golf course
nearby? If so, send out some Tweets to let everyone know. Make sure you
include a link to the listing so people can learn more about the
property right away.
When selling a property through social media it is also important to
appeal to whatever may be going on in the surrounding area. By showing
potential buyers what they can take advantage of by living in that area
you may be able to generate a stronger amount of interest in the
property. The old cliché that the grass is greener on the other side of
the fence really is true in many instances. Take advantage of that and
use it to your benefit when marketing your property on social media
sites. Let people know what they might be missing out on if they do not
act right away!
Media sites such as Twitter and Facebook have proven to be incredibly
valuable when it comes to selling a home. Keep in mind; however, that
you should not post too often or make repetitive posts as that can
quickly run the risk of becoming spam. Basically, you should not post
unless there is something that is truly relevant to let others know
about the home such as a specific feature or some other detail. Above
all, you should never re-post the same information over and over.
Repeated posts tend to encourage people to remove you entirely from
their distribution list; which of course is entirely counterproductive
to the idea of using social media.
In the end social media, when used shrewdly, can prove to be an
excellent tool for marketing and selling a property. The key is to make
sure that you spend some time becoming familiar with these tools and
understand the best way in which to use them for the most benefit and