Working With A Real Estate Virtual Assistant in Today’s Economy
Most business people seem to be struggling out there, what with the economic slowdown, but that’s absolutely no excuse to quit trying to make your business the best that it can be! Think of it like this…if you don’t give up at this critical time, but keep plugging away to improve and grow your business, keep marketing to clients (past, current and potential), then when this economy does start to improve…you will be out there ahead of the rest and looking good! Competition? What competition? All the competition gave up and went home!
This is the time to rally the troops! Have a meeting with your real estate virtual assistant and create a marketing game plan for the next six months. This isn’t the time to get reckless with your money, so I am not talking about a huge Adwords campaign or print advertising. I am talking about reviewing the content on your website to improve organic search results (which studies show hold more weight to the consumer than the paid search results do), carefully research the keywords that you are targeting and make sure that they are words that will actually get searched on. There’s no point in targeting “Leprechaun Homes” if there aren’t any Leprechaun’s out there typing that into the search box!
Another important thing that you and your virtual assistant should be doing now is making sure that you are keeping in contact with the people who have supported your business in the past. Newsletters, cards, postcards, press releases, etc…you cannot forget about them if you don’t want them to forget about you when the economy picks up and it’s time for them to start spending some money again. Do not let them forget about you!
And finally, make sure that you and your virtual assistant have an excellent handle on streamlining the daily operations of your business, because when the economy picks up and all those people that you’ve been marketing to start coming around, you need to be ready and able to serve as many of them as possible in as efficient of a manner as possible so that you not only earn their repeat business, but their referrals as well!
Here’s to all the real estate professionals left out there…may we all persevere and not just survive – but THRIVE – as the economic upturn descends upon us!
RESOURCE: Here’s a link to an article gallery on Entrepreneur.com with some low cost marketing ideas that you and your real estate virtual assistant can get started implementing today!
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