The Marketing Tactic Your Real Estate Business Needs to Succeed

The Marketing Tactic Your Real Estate Business Needs to Succeed

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Adam Gower

Adam Gower Ph.D. is a highly sought-after expert in crowdfunding, helping real estate professionals finance their projects without having to spend all their time searching for investors. Learn more about how he does that in his personal biography, here.

He has more than 30 years and $1.5 billion of transactional experience in commercial real estate finance and investment and is actively preparing to buy distressed real estate and non-performing loans— both a type of real estate in which he has considerable experience. Over the last five years, he has built a digital marketing agency at GowerCrowd.com, where he advises real estate pros on how to raise capital by helping them build and convert their investor lists.

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Adam has held senior management positions at some of the largest companies and institutions in the world, including running real estate for Universal Studios and Paramount Studios (Asia Pacific), heading the distressed real estate group at a major California bank ($1 billion portfolio), running real estate workouts and sales at Colony Capital ($6 billion portfolio), and others.

When the JOBS Act of 2012 was passed, Adam realized that commercial real estate finance would be transformed by the new regulations by permitting equity to be raised online. Seeing that this would revolutionize the industry, he formed GowerCrowd, an agency geared to assisting real estate developers raise money online by crowdfunding and to educating investors on what to look for.

His goal is to liberate real estate entrepreneurs from the shackles of in-person equity raising by automating the process for them so they are free to buy the deals they want, grow their portfolios, and provide passive income for themselves and their investors while building long-term wealth.

Adam has published multiple books, including Leaders of the Crowd
(Palgrave Macmillan: New York, 2018), which examines how the origins of crowdfunding and how real estate has come to dominate the industry; Real Estate Crowdfunding: An Insider’s Guide to Investing Online (Routledge: New York, 2020), which gives investors the inside scoop on what to look for when investing in crowdfunded deals; and his latest book, SYNDICATE, a practical guide on how to raise money online.

He is host of The Real Estate Crowdfunding Show, Syndication in the Digital Age podcast and writes extensively on real estate crowdfunding best practices.

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Adam has been extensively covered in the national press including Routledge.com, Commercial Property Executive, The Real Estate Network, Forbes, GlobeSt., REJournals, NAIOP, Propmodo, has appeared in countless podcasts and webinars. He provides educational training on Real Estate Syndication in the Digital Age on the Springer network, the 150-year-old “leading edge of information for people on the frontier of research,” as well as having taught the only fully accredited university course in the country that focuses on how to successfully invest in crowdfunded real estate syndications.

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Note: I had the great pleasure of speaking with BiggerPockets’ very own Managing Editor, Jessa Claeys, on my podcast. This article is written based on that conversation.

You may already know what a useful tool real estate content marketing can be when trying to find prospects, strengthen relationships, and close more deals. But for those unfamiliar with this technique, here’s a quick definition: “Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience—and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.”

Too often, though, real estate professionals invest in creating content that falls flat and never gets read. One of the issues tends to be how the articles are structured. So, let’s discuss how to structure your real estate content so that it gets read by your target audience. 

Create an Outline to Organize Your Thoughts

We’re going to assume that you’ve already researched your target audience, you already know what they’re interested in, and you know the topics you want to write about. Once you’ve selected a topic to write about, you’ll want to start framing the article with the key points or messages that you want to convey.

Sometimes, particularly when you’re dealing with complicated real estate topics, you’ll need to do a lot of research. This research can take your thoughts into several different directions. You don’t want to be all over the map—this is how you’ll lose readers. Instead, outline the article before you start writing. This will help to organize your thoughts and allow you to write clearer, more concise real estate content that gets read. 

Related: Why Search Engine Optimization Is Still Important During COVID-19

The more you can get to know your real estate audience the more relatable you will become and the more effective your communications will be be. That's powerful.

Use Headings and Subheadings to Convey Key Messages

We live in an era where people tend to skim headlines, so use headlines to your advantage! When writing real estate content, use headings and subheadings within the body of the content to convey key messages.

Headings should be the primary point you want to convey but written in a way that captivates your audience to read on. Subheadings should contain beneath them another sentence or two that elaborate on the main heading. Assume that some people will first scan the headings and subheadings in your article before deciding what sub-sections to read in depth and whether to read the article in its entirety.

You want to be sure to map out the salient points of the article with subheadings so someone who scans can get the big picture. This structure is a great way to ensure your real estate content gets read and the most important points are understood by all readers—both those who scan and those who read every word.

Optimize Design for How Your Real Estate Content Will Be Consumed

Roughly 90% of people consume real estate content on their mobile device or tablet. Whether you’re writing blog posts or white papers, or producing videos and podcasts, you want to be sure that the real estate content is optimized for how your audience will be consuming it.

For example, an article that looks beautiful on your desktop might read poorly on the small screen of someone’s mobile device. A video recording might be too large of a file to load properly on someone’s device, timing out before a person gets to hear what you have to say. People will only spend so much time trying to consume a piece of content that does not seamlessly load and present elegantly on screen.

Related: How to Create a Video Tour to Show Off Your Commercial Property

Create a ‘Call to Action’ for Your Real Estate Content

One of the key objectives of creating real estate content is to subtly convey your message while otherwise providing valuable information for your audience. While the bulk of your content might be educational, for example, you should still weave in an appropriate call to action (CTA) to further engage with your audience.

Most CTAs come at the end of the article and will sometimes be as simple as “contact us to learn more” or “subscribe to our newsletter for ongoing market updates.”

Learn the secret of great email subject lines from Jessa here in this short video snippet from the podcast conversation with article author, Adam Gower.

Use Provocative Subject Lines to Ensure Your Real Estate Content Gets Read

Real estate content is only so valuable as it is in reaching your intended audience. In order to ensure your real estate content gets read, use emails with provocative subject lines that draw people’s attention.

How do you know what subject lines will be interesting to readers? There are two strategies to consider.

At a very basic level, you can start by scanning your own email inbox over time. What sort of subject lines capture YOUR attention? What are your competitors using for subject lines that seem interesting? Don’t reinvent the wheel—simply model your subject lines similarly.

Another strategy, one that’s a bit more complex, is to use A/B testing. Essentially, you use two separate subject lines to send out the same real estate content and then look at which subject line generates the most click-throughs. Start with a small sample size to conduct this test, and then use the “winning” subject line to send the email blast out to the rest of your email database.

Put Your Most Important Message in the Few Words of Email

Given the display on most people’s mobile devices, we know that only the first few words or so of a subject line or teaser text will be visible to a reader before clicking through to the actual email. If you want to draw someone’s attention, put your most important message up front. This structure is used to hook people in, and then you can go on to provide more information in the body of the email once you’ve secured their attention.

The Bottom Line

Mastering real estate content marketing is no easy task. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by it, consider hiring a third party who specializes in this field. They’ll be able to help you with all of these steps, from identifying your target audience to creating content that speaks to their pain points and ultimately, helps build the funnel you need to close more deals.

Listen to the full conversation with Jessa Claeys here.

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