Do you have a favorite social media site you prefer either in your life or in your business? You’re not alone! Everyone has a preference and while a good online marketing plan incorporates a few of the key social sites, there are usually one or two you find yourself going back to time and again. We asked our CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty agents their preferences. Which one do you think was most popular?
You pretty much give away your age depending on what you call this sign: #. Is it pound or is it hash? What used to be the pound sign to many is now what most people associate with hashtags. Hashtags were actually first predominantly used on Twitter as a way for people to organize information and find it again quickly. (In fact, you can blame one man, Chris Messina, for the first real uses of hashtags.)
Did you know that one of largest resources and social platforms online is YouTube? Created to host and offer videos spanning a wide variety of topics, YouTube is a popular place for people to find information. Are you on YouTube yet? If you are, have you organized your YouTube channel to make it easier for people to find you and your content? YouTube isn’t just a place for you to upload all your listing videos. There are a number of ways you can use your YouTube channel for real estate, and it starts with your YouTube set-up.
While Facebook remains one of the most popular social media platforms, at least demographically with older age groups, it could benefit a real estate agent to at least consider consistently maintaining a Facebook Page. (If you’re interested in Facebook and/or Instagram advertising at all, or having an Instagram Business account, you’ll need a Facebook Page anyway.)
59% of its users are under the age of 30. 38% of its users check it several times a day. (Source) The chances are good that you’re on (or at last have heard of) Instagram. With a myriad of app choices to use to enhance your Instagram marketing, it can be challenging to figure out where to start. So, we thought we’d help you out with an Instagram App starter pack!
Native Instagram Apps
Certain apps are “native” to Instagram, meaning that Instagram developed them themselves to seamlessly work with its app.
One of the newest is IGTV. IGTV is a vertical video app, which is meant to be more of a TV-like experience. Videos can be uploaded up to 10 minutes in length, and up to 60 minutes if you’ve got enough followers (and/or have a verified account). IGTV is meant to try to take advantage of the digital video watching boom evidenced by people ditching their cable and streaming more content.
Most online marketers agree that visual content marketing is their most significant focus now and moving into 2019. Take video - mobile video usage alone has increased by nearly 10 million daily viewing minutes in the last two years! (Source.) That’s a lot of eyeballs…and wouldn’t you like those eyeballs to be watching your content, too? You’re going to be creating and sharing interesting, engaging images online. So, where should you start?
Have a Plan
Start by having a plan. What do you want your content to convey? Are you going to be showing off a particular lifestyle? Will you be focusing more on the community you live and work in? Or are you going to be strictly business – sharing the stories of the buyers and sellers you work with, as well as the day to day behind the scenes of work of a hard-working real estate agent?
Knowing what kind of story you want to tell and what people you want to attract most will help you figure out the next step in your planning, which is deciding where to post your content and how often.