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A Simple System for Commercial Real Estate Marketing

When you have a property to take to the market you will have a number of options to consider as you reach out to the target market.  You can promote the property selectively and directly to the right people, or you could undertake a public campaign to the general market.  So a good degree of strategy is required to find the right buyer or tenant as the case may be.  Understand the listing and the client before you get started in designing your marketing campaign.

 

Drill Down on the Property Facts

 

You are the professional person to establish the promotional strategy, and then make the marketing campaign work.  You can do things generically, or you can drill down into the real facts of the market and the property; your choices here are critical to the end result.  Your marketing choices are really important to the resultant ‘time on market’ and price or rent achieved.  When you help the client understand those facts, the conversion of vendor paid marketing funds is a lot easier.

 

A property marketing campaign is a bit like a sales drive, and that process will be supported by the many promotional tools that we have today both online and offline.  Sometimes you can use gimmicks to attract the attention of the buyers and tenants in your target market, but the end resultant inquiry will usually be driven by the facts of the property zone and the listing itself.  It is a personal selling process.

 

Professional Systems in Commercial Marketing

 

You are the professional to take a property listing forward, so convert the listing exclusively for a good period of time, and then match the promotional campaign through a deliberate mix of advertising strategies including geographical concentration, marketing message, and target marketing.  Here are some ideas to help you do that:

 

  1. Understand the client first – What does the client want to achieve, and what must they achieve in the marketing of their property? You should understand those facts.
  2. Inspect the asset – When you comprehensively understand the asset, you can penetrate the targeted segments of buyers and tenants. Don’t do things generally.  Promote with focus and significance.
  3. Resolve problems and challenges – Every property will have issues; some of those issues will be real hurdles in the marketing and promotional process. Resolve those property problems before you go to market.
  4. Comparable properties – Check out the competition and the other listings in the location. See if there is any conflict with other properties in the region and adjust your marketing efforts to encourage inquiry given all of those other properties still on the market.
  5. Marketing alternatives – Understand the promotional tools at your disposal for the property and then make the right choices to get the property out into the location or target market of buyers or tenants.
  6. Focus the budget and the campaign – Achieve target market coverage. You can cross sell and promote all of your listings, providing you really understand the strengths of each of the listings; cross selling is a great concept in commercial real estate brokerage. When you work the target market comprehensively, there is a reasonable chance of gaining inquiry inertia and better results with all of your properties listed.

 

Take these marketing ideas, and apply them to your clients and commercial listings.  Upsell your services where possible and cross sell your listings where the inquiry allows; do more with less, that’s the rule.  There are good commissions to be converted in commercial real estate today; there are plenty of business owners and investors looking for a property resolve.

 

A blanket approach to your listing territory and your property segments will help you to get to know the right people in the right way.

(N.B. these ideas are also sent out to regularly to our friends in Commercial Real Estate Online Snapshot to help amplify brokerage results…. Get your access here)

 

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Branding Solutions for Commercial Real Estate Leasing Agents and Brokers

In commercial real estate leasing you want the tenants and landlords to remember you as a leasing specialist, and thereby use you at the times when they have a leasing challenge.  On that basis you really should know lots of people locally that own or occupy investment properties. Your database should be the lifeblood of leasing commissions and vacancy opportunities. Your brand and your image should feature in your professional leasing marketing plan.

 

You want the tenants and the landlords in the local area to remember you as the industry specialist at the right time and in the right way. The best agents and brokers have a reputation for resolving leasing challenges effectively and directly. The understand how to shape the lease and rental transactions for the best outcomes possible for their clients.

 

Whats happening?

 

Consider the leasing market over the last 12 months. Think about how the rents have changed and the enquiry rates similarly so for the different property types. Somewhere within that change and churn you will have the opportunities for tenant placement and vacancy resolve.

 

The local leasing market will always be under change and churn, and the commissions can be found when you tap into the changes in the property market.  Rents will alter, as will the vacancy factors throughout the year.  An active leasing market will have plenty of opportunities for commission growth. Look for the tenants that need help when it comes to occupancy and premises expansion or change. Ask the right questions, and comprehensively talk to all of the tenants through your business zone or precinct.

 

Know the tenants

 

So the message here is that you can and should talk to plenty of tenants each and every day. Understand what the tenants are thinking and doing when it comes to lease occupancy and rental intentions. Some of those tenants will need to expand or relocate their business operations. Other tenants will be coming to the end of lease occupancy and will be looking for better value from a rental and occupancy cost perspective.

 

The agent or the broker with a comprehensive tenant database will be of great value to the landlords that they serve. Market your leasing services accordingly, using your database as part of your lease listing pitch.

 

Your database rules

 

A good leasing agent will have several thousand local businesses in their database, and that database will be fresh and up-to-date. All of the tenants and business owners in the list will be contacted in an ongoing and complete way. Their leasing status will be changing in the database over time.  Track and measure the changes and the challenges of local tenants.

 

Here are some other ideas to help you build your brand awareness with the tenants in the landlords in your investment leasing market:

 

  1. Comprehensively canvass all of the local businesses within your territory – take an organized approach to buildings, streets, precincts, and property types.
  2. Connect with all of the landlords within the region – some landlords will have a valuable portfolio of prime properties to lease. Work with the landlords that have or offer the most opportunity for you over time.
  3. Offer specialized vacancy resolution services – develop some unique and valuable leasing services to help resolve vacancy challenges and local leasing requirements fast and efficiently. Tenant retention plans, tenant advocacy services, and lease negotiation services are all valuable services to offer to the local area and the people therein.
  4. Provide tenant mix strategies and clustering solutions – office buildings and retail shopping centers have unique challenges when it comes to tenant mix strategy and clustering. The mix of tenants in the building can make or break the growth in market rental over time. The types of tenants can also strengthen or weaken the occupancy within the building over time.
  5. Understand how to improve the value of a lease – a long-term occupancy can improve property cash flow and values over time. The rental structure can include variations in rent reviews, outgoings recoveries, and option periods. Think about how you can negotiate leases with due regard for your client and their investment circumstances.

So you have five ways here to help improve the leasing services that you offer locally.  As a direct result, your personal brand can grow in the local area with tenants and landlords.  That is the best way to build your leasing business.

 

(N.B. these ideas are also sent out to regularly to our friends in Commercial Real Estate Online Snapshot to help amplify brokerage results…. Get your access here)

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How to Deliver High End Marketing Solutions for Exclusive Listings in Commercial Real Estate Brokerage

The quality and focus of your marketing campaigns in commercial real estate will attract volumes of clients and prospects over time, providing you build quality and target marketing into your promotional processes.  Build your brand through your current marketing processes with all of your listings.

(N.B. these ideas are also sent out to regularly to our friends in Commercial Real Estate Online Snapshot to help amplify brokerage results…. Get your access here)

So the rule here is typically that ‘a quality focus in promotional activity generally attracts quality new business in local property’.  The best clients and investors locally like to work with the agents that have a market domination of the location and the property type.

Compare the competitors

Compare your marketing solutions to those used by your competitors:

  • Can you claim to be more relevant and real as an agent in your property activities?
  • Do your advertising efforts stand out as the best for the property type or the location?
  • Will people remember you at the right time?

Review and research your market position when it comes to your brokerage and your personal profile.  Examine where you are now in the order and ranking of local agents.  Drive a better profile.

Here are some ideas to help you stand out as a ‘go to agent’ for your location:

  1. Property and target market match – Always match your property to a target market before the campaign of promotion commences. Help the client understand the target market that you are chasing and why that is the case.
  2. Local area coverage and regional coverage – When you promote your listings, devote different strategies to the local area, versus the broader region. Vendor paid marketing funds should allow you to specialize your property coverage and penetration.
  3. Online marketing versus traditional marketing – You will need to mix and match your marketing to the online and offline media outlets and channels. Think about everything from the traditional signboard through to website coverage, and the industry portals.  Your exclusive listings should get special attention in that process.  Use the email marketing system as well as the more traditional approaches to listing distribution.
  4. Brochures and photographs – Some people like to review the local papers and or get a brochure in the mail, so photos and brochures are valuable in property marketing. Use them in directly marketing the listings that you have.  The direct marketing process has merit as long as you are taking the time to follow through with telephone calls and direct contact.  If you have spent the money in mail outs, then make the calls to see what others think of the listing and the brochure.
  5. Editorials – When you have a good quality listing coming to the market, get an editorial ready for release, and promote that editorial to the local papers and media outlets. If the property has a good history or local relevance, an editorial is a good strategy to use promotionally.
  6. Database – Use your database in your client and prospect discussions. Create a shortlist of people from your database to inspect a property as soon as it is released to the market for sale or lease.  It is hard for a client to overlook a relevant database of local contact.
  7. Feedback – Seek comments from the people that you take to your listed properties and hold inspections with. Allow their comments to shape your clients thinking and their perceptions of the property as it is being marketed.  This is called ‘third party conditioning’ and it is a valuable strategy in shaping a property for better listing and or negotiation outcomes.
  8. Reset and refresh your listing advertisements – Don’t let an advert for property remain unchanged for too long. Refresh your listing stock promotions with different promotional copy and feature points every 3 weeks or so.

These simple and yet direct strategies are valuable in delivering high quality property promotions.  They allow ‘high end’ coverage, and will attract better levels of inquiry.  Refine and revisit all of your commercial property promotions accordingly, with a real bias towards your exclusively listed assets.

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Prospecting and Focus Facts in Commercial Real Estate

In todays program we cover 1. Ways to focus your prospecting and marketing, 2. Essential prospecting guidelines, 3. Priorities for a commercial broker or agent, 4. Great ways to use your spare time in brokerage. Commercial real estate training by John Highman.
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Major Change Initiatives for Commercial Real Estate Brokers

Most years in commercial real estate will dish up a variety of market conditions.  You have to be versatile and driven as an agent or broker.  If something is not working for you, look for the signs and then implement change.  There are plenty of people to watch and use as role models.

(N.B. these ideas are also sent out to regularly to our friends in Commercial Real Estate Online Snapshot to help amplify brokerage results…. Get your access here)

What are the signs?

Top agents leave a trail of skills and information that you can replicate.  Watch what they are doing with their listings and marketing, and then pick the best activities for your own implementation.  Apply your own twists to a property initiative; there is no point in being ordinary in commercial real estate today.  Learn how to stand out as the person that commands the market and the enquiry.

Don’t struggle

If you are struggling in the market place, then create some major changes in your business and marketing efforts.  So how do you do that?  Try some of these for starters:

  1. When you take a property type and specialize in it.  You can monitor key performance indicators and weave those indicators into your client presentations and marketing recommendations. Real facts will help you connect with the client.  Show that you are a critical part of the marketing process.  Tell the client exactly what you will do if the client appoints you as the agent to resolve their property issue.
  2. Look deeply into your client relationships. Some of those clients will be well placed to take action on a quality listing.  Keep your VIP clients fully briefed on the best listings as they come to market.  There is nothing wrong with holding an inspection early in the campaign with your preferred and qualified clients.
  3. The email marketing process today is something that is part of the business. That being said, you can do it generically, or you can do it with relevance.  Why not send your campaigns with some focus or property type in mind?  Don’t send out too many properties of different types to everyone that you know.  Be more specific in segmenting your Email marketing efforts to business owners, tenants, landlords, and investors.
  4. Don’t just market your listings online; market yourself. In saying that I mean creating some valuable online property based information in a regular way that can help people.  The best way to do that is through a blog and a series of resources and articles shared on that blog.  You can then link your social media back to the blog, in that way showing your clients that you are significantly better than the other agents locally.

So there are some good things that you can do here in creating major change in your property and marketing efforts.  Don’t be ordinary in commercial real estate brokerage; strive to be different and relevant.

(N.B. these ideas are also sent out to regularly to our friends in Commercial Real Estate Online Snapshot to help amplify brokerage results…. Get your access here)

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Finding Robust Market Conditions in Commercial Real Estate

The commercial property market is always changing, and the shifts and swings each year will move from buying to selling, as well as owning to renting.  Property developments also come and go from the market based on expected growth in a location.

Somewhere in those changes you will find property opportunity to work with the right clients and prospects.  The foundation of your real estate business will come from your database and the people that you are connecting with on a regular way.

(N.B. these ideas are also sent out to regularly to our friends in Commercial Real Estate Online Snapshot to help amplify brokerage results…. Get your access here)

Some clients are very active on property matters for the long term, whilst others are irregularly moving in and out of the industry.  Have you categorized your clients and prospects?  Who are the clients that will be doing things soon?  When you know the answers to these questions, you can take some direct action and move on some leads and property requirements.  Timing is everything in our industry ‘game’ so understand just where your clients and prospects sit in the timing cycle of change and activity.

Check your client list

So let’s look at your database and location now.  How well do you know your property market now?   Where are the next opportunities arising?  Have a think about these questions and answers:

 

  1. Where is the vacant land currently that could be the subject of a new development in the future? Whilst property development will come and go from the momentum of the market, future demand will eventually ignite a new building or property complex.  Watch for the zoning changes that could lead to a property release and new development.
  2. What are the classes of property that seem to be creating the most inquiry now and into the future? A regional assessment will help you pick a few property classes that seem to have most of the interest from the market.
  3. What can you do with investors to open up some buying and selling activity? Some investors are very aware of the need to grow or shift certain property holdings in their respective portfolios.  You can achieve some real momentum in knowing what these owners are thinking and planning for.
  4. What are the local businesses looking for when it comes to property occupation? There will be parts of your town or city where businesses like to occupy premises.  Look at the trends and pick those areas.

 

These 4 simple facts allow you to optimize market conditions in commercial property.  Stay close to the transaction momentum and the current listings in your territory.  Listen to what people are saying and identify what they are thinking; pay special attention to investors and local business people.  Within those groups you will find the future property deals that you are looking for.

(N.B. these ideas are also sent out to regularly to our friends in Commercial Real Estate Online Snapshot to help amplify brokerage results…. Get your access here)

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Commercial Real Estate Brokerage – Property Developments are High Opportunity Listings

In commercial real estate brokerage, there will always be plenty of new business to convert locally when it comes to upcoming and current property development approvals.  Part of your prospecting model as a broker or agent should incorporate that focus on new developments, incorporating a real strategy and approach to the right people.

(N.B. these ideas are also sent out to regularly to our friends in Commercial Real Estate Online Snapshot to help amplify brokerage results…. Get your access here)

What’s coming up?

When you tap into a new or upcoming local property development, the business that you achieve can be ongoing and the listings can be numerous.  A property development can incorporate a number of stages and premises to be marketed.  That being said the ‘front end’ work to a property development can be extensive and take time, so be prepared for that ‘down time’.  It is the longer term and bigger focus on the development outcome that is important; understand just how many listings and or commissions will come from the final project when it is active.  Is the project for you?

As a base strategy to get this concept underway, you will need to regularly visit the local planning office to understand where current and new property developments are being considered and will be located.  You can then inspect the property location and approach the property owner and or developer accordingly.  Get in early on any upcoming property development.

Local Planning Office

Visit the local planning office at least once per month to review the minutes of the planning committee or planning approvals board.  Understand how planning approvals are processed in your town or city, how long they take, and how the approvals documentation can lead you towards future listing opportunity.

Relevance is the key to converting leads and opportunities from and with property developers.  A property developer will be inclined to use the services of the top agent who can prove that they dominate the market segment, and achieve the best results in a timely way.  Is that you?  How can you display that?

Here are some ideas to help.  Remember the motivations behind any new property development and consider the following factors:

  • Time on market will be a factor of concern for any property developer. They will need to know how the time on market can be shortened whilst they are still achieving the best levels of enquiry for the new property development and or premises.  Show them how you will do that.
  • Vacant land in the local area will always be a good source of property development opportunities providing there is a relevant demand in the local area and the zoning for the property is suitable. Merge vacant land ownerships into your prospecting model.  Determine how long it takes to create a new property development, what could be involved, and how you can help the process and outcome for your investors and or developer clients.
  • Redundancy in local investment properties will happen at any time in any city or town. Some properties reach the end of their serviceable use, and you can work with that.  Businesses tend to move away from the older properties over time, and you can work with that.  Those older properties can become renovation opportunities or redevelopment sites.  Tap into the redundancy issues in your location.
  • Change of use and zoning use will occur locally. Look for the decisions and the changes of property zoning as they apply in your town or city.  A change of property zoning will usually create future property churn be it as a sale or leasing opportunity.
  • Business migration and change are factors that we can always tap into. Look for the segments of the business community that are under pressure and change.  Pressure factors can include business growth, expansion, contraction, or relocation.  Connect with the local business community to understand where those opportunities will be occurring next and what those businesses will need to do.
  • Property developers can be matched to local investors. You can be the creator of future of development business and property opportunity.  You can find the parcel of land, the appropriate developer, and the business investor to take this project forward.  Any new property development and redevelopment change will usually take two or three years to complete.  You can be the catalyst of matching the three main elements to create that project opportunity.  Work with the local property investors to understand where they are focusing and what they are looking for.  Find investors (with the funds backing) that can work with those property developers and then locate the parcel of land to suit.

You can attract property development business in commercial real estate brokerage.  Understand what is happening locally and then drill into the market segment.  Talk to the right people to open up the enquiry and leads for new property projects.

(N.B. these ideas are also sent out to regularly to our friends in Commercial Real Estate Online Snapshot to help amplify brokerage results…. Get your access here)

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Commercial Real Estate Brokers – How to Amplify Your Commissions with a Good Database

The database system that you choose in commercial real estate will help you drive new business opportunity.  If you are looking for more listings and commissions as part of your business plan, then the database creation and nurturing process should be part of the plan.

Most agents and brokers struggle with the process of client contact and database creation.  They simply do not spend enough time on growing their business in this way.  When the property market gets slow or becomes tougher, a good database is the only way to move through challenging economic conditions and any market slowdown.

Who do you know?

You simply need to know a lot of people in a relevant and ongoing way, and a contact management system will help you interact with your clients are the right time with relevance.  They need to trust you as the expert of choice, and remember you at the right time when it comes to property help and assistance.

Here are some specific rules to help you establish your contact management system in your real estate brokerage:

  1. The correct information – the information that feeds into your database needs to be correct in every way. When the information is captured, that is the start of the contact management system, and you will be connecting with the same person in a number of different ways over time.  Accuracy and regularity feature as part of a professional contact management.
  2. Segment your database – given that you will be working with a number of different clients and prospects, you do need to segment the database into the various levels of opportunity and also within property types and locations. The contact management system that you choose should offer you that flexibility in a simple and direct way.
  3. Cloud based storage – you must be able to get to your information at any time, and then use your database from a number of different computer platforms. Cloud based storage and access will give you the flexibility that you need in commercial real estate brokerage.  Make sure that the storage and access points for the database are reliable and secure.  Given that the data you collate and collect over time will be growing significantly in frequency and volume, you should be using the software platform that is well proven and reliable.
  4. Determine how you will be connecting – there are many ways to keep in contact with clients and prospects today. As part of your connection pipeline, establish some rules and systems of contact.  Every stage or step within the pipeline process will be a professional advancement on the last point of contact.  Understand how you can use social media, emails, telephone calls, and meetings as part of regular ongoing contact.  Relevance will be important to help you connect with your clients professionally.  What can you do or add to the contact process that will help with this relevance?  How can you connect with more people every day?  What can you do or provide as part of the contact process to build the client relationship over time?

If you’re looking to improve your commercial real estate business both as an agent and within the brokerage, then have a solid and direct look at your database activities and systems.  If you are not connecting with a lot of people in a new and relevant way, then you have a few problems to address.  Build a database system that works for you and keep the process going in every way possible.

(N.B. these ideas are also sent out to regularly to our friends in Commercial Real Estate Online Snapshot to help amplify brokerage results…. Get your access here)

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Commercial Real Estate Brokerage – A Custom Designed Strategy to Work with Commercial Property Investors

Every commercial property is unique and on that basis every property investor will have special challenges to work with their asset.  In every property location there will be special factors to consider and challenges to resolve.  You can be the specialist for the location to help investors through the challenges that they experience.  The value that you can offer through a set of comprehensive property services needs to be carefully considered and promoted.

Know the facts locally

To successfully work with commercial property investors, it is simply a matter of understanding what they are experiencing in the local property market and how you can be the solution that they need.  With particular clients you can drill down into the unique challenges of a single property, its ownership, and its location.

So how can you do this?  You can do an analysis of property performance and property opportunity.  You can provide a real property performance plan based on solid recommendations supported by strategy and opportunity.

What can you do?

As the local property specialist, you can add considerable value to the services that you provide your investor clients.  Specialise completely and thoroughly within your location and within a small number of property types.  That specialisation will be of great value to the clients that you serve.

Here are some of the most common challenges that you will strike with property investors today.  These particular issues all require solutions:

  • Timing – Many property decisions will be based around factors of timing. Time will impact property cash flow, rental, tenancy mix, and occupancy.  Ultimately over time there will be property based issues that will flow through to changes in capital value.  Understand the timing factors for your location when it comes to selling, leasing, and property upgrade.  When it comes to selling or leasing a property, you can show your clients the best strategies of timing matched to the challenges within the asset.
  • Financing – Some investors will need to change financing strategies and structures during the ownership cycle for a property. There will also be the need for property valuations to support mortgage funds.  Understand the duration of financing applies to the clients that you serve.  You will need to strengthen the tenancy mix and the rental income to improve and enhance the financing position.  The loan value ratio between advanced funds and property value is a ratio to watch.
  • Cash flow – The leases within the tenancy mix will support the rental cash flow. Can add cash flow be improved?  How does the rental cash flow matched to the prevailing market rentals?  You can do a rental assessment and compare the results of the assessment to other properties in the location.
  • Portfolio performance – When you delve into the factors of property performance for your client, you can cover off on matters of income enhancement, maintenance management, expenditure controls, tenancy changes, and lease changes. All of these things each year will flow to the end result of property performance.
  • Vacancy factors – How can you improve the occupancy rates within the property? How can you find the best tenants to strengthen the tenancy profiles and lease covenants?  A good property will be strengthened by the tenants in the mix.  Look at how you can encourage and shape the tenant occupancy over time.
  • Property maintenance – You cannot own an investment property without spending money. You can however develop a strategy of timing that takes into account known expenditure and the performance of the asset.  You can set a budget in place incorporating rates and taxes, repairs and maintenance, capital expenditure, and property renovations.  Understand the future of the asset and the maintenance that will be required to improve it over time.

There are some good things here that can be tracked and managed for your investment clients.  You can provide some stability and controls to enhance property performance over time.

Understand the asset for what it is, and look at how you can bring change and opportunity to the tenancy mix, rental strategy, lease documentation, and property value.  Your clients will appreciate the real strategies that you bring to the process of property ownership and investment.

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230 Commercial Real Estate Online

Here are 5 topics for Commercial Real Estate Brokers around the World – 1. 4 Ways to Ramp-up Your Marketing Efforts, 2. How to do an Accurate and Valuable Tenant Mix Report, 3. A Blueprint for a Good Quality Commercial or Retail Property Management Budget. 4. How to Dislodge a Commercial Competitor, 5. The Tenant Mix Services that are Valuable Today. These are commercial real estate brokerage training programs by John Highman.
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