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Three Creative Ways Real Estate Agents Can Market to Millennials

 

Born between the years of 1981 and 1996, millennials are projected to overtake baby boomers as America’s largest generation. They’re slated to be the next drivers of economic force and likely comprise a large portion of the consumers who are now spending, on average, over five hours per day on their smartphones.

So as video increases in popularity and the homebuying demographic shifts to the next generation, your marketing strategy should adapt accordingly. Therefore, one of the best ways to connect with these clients is through social media tools built specifically for video.

Facebook Live

With your smartphone, you can film yourself and stream it live to your Facebook friends and followers (for a maximum of four hours). Essentially, they are seeing what you’re seeing in real time. It’s a great format for walking through a house or neighborhood, all the while providing narration and color to what your viewers are seeing. Facebook has 2.23 billion active users, and nearly 2 billion people have watched Facebook Live broadcasts.

Instagram Stories

Instagram Stories alone has more than 400 million active users. These videos are short (a maximum of 15 seconds), and they are available to your followers for 24 hours after being posted before disappearing. These are not live videos; rather, once you shoot a video, you can publish it as is, or you can add words, URLs and graphics within the video to highlight specific points you want to make.

Snapchat

Snapchat has only ever been about video (though not live video), so users are very accustomed to this format. They expect entertaining, fun videos. You can provide this with great one-off shots of things like home features, great landscaping or even videos of yourself. These videos are short, at only 10 seconds (you can piece together multiple videos to make a longer piece that is viewed as a series of video “chunks”), which provides more of an opportunity for highly visual elements.

If you are one of the few companies that does not advertise using live videos, you must move fast and get used to this powerful tool before your competitors are years and followers ahead. 

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Top 3 Real Estate Marketing Trends for 2019

 

2019 is already here and you should be prepared for changes in consumer habits. As a real estate agent, you should look ahead and strategize a plan of attack for the rest of the year. This way you’ll stay ahead of your competitors by preparing yourself for what’s to come. With that in mind, we’ll discuss a few of the major real estate trends to expect in 2019.

Millennials Buying Homes

Real estate agents must adapt to how these younger buyers are searching for homes. It’s  time for agents to start really utilizing tools like social media and PPC campaigns to showcase the properties they offer. Understanding how today’s buyers are searching for information and making purchase decisions can help agents tremendously in 2019.

Little things like learning real estate photography to upload quality photos and incorporating videos to highlight certain aspects and places within the community that may appeal to millennials, will make a world of difference when selling to these prospective buyers. If you haven’t done so already, it’s also best to keep up with local trends and regulations through real estate continuing education.

Technological Transformation in Real Estate

There will be an influx of buyers in 2019 who are looking to infuse the latest technology into their homes. Rapid urbanization along with population growth will propel the real estate industry as expected in the upcoming years.

But along with those, technology, especially in this digital era will play a bigger role in the industry. Technology has already transformed the process of home buying, as we’ve gone from reading print ads to using mobile apps in a matter of years. Now it’s expected to come in with a bigger influence in 2019’s housing trends and homeowners preferences. Make sure to educate yourself on this so you can help guide your clients.

Rising Trend of Downsizing

Downsizing is a movement that revolves around individuals looking for a simpler, less materialistic way of life. The point is to buy functional homes that meets the owners’ needs and satisfies their way of life, without any excess. As a real estate agent, it’s going to be your job to make it easier for clients to downsize. There will likely be a bunch of queries coming your way, so it’s important to understand why in some cases having less is more. Remember, realtors aren’t just selling homes, their business is also about helping people as they navigate through life changes and very important decisions for their future.

Zentap has invested millions in our technology to help you generate leads and have a robust social media presence that includes branded content and videos. We are offering a free 2019 strategy session to help you achieve your goals! Schedule your session today and get ahead of the competition!

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