How to Be a Successful Target Marketer in Commercial Real Estate Brokerage

You can win more local property business if you are a ‘target marketer’ for a location.  The clients that we serve in commercial real estate like to have the best agent with the best market coverage working for them in every way possible.  Random actions and the generic approach to the real estate business no longer works.  A top agent needs to be specialised and targeted in the actions and marketing efforts.

 

A good agent has to have some special processes of driving the real estate listings out into the property market and to the tenants or buyers as the case may be; not just relying on advertising online and in the newspapers to do that.  Only the ‘open’ listings of the market dictate a generic approach to marketing and client contact.

 

Think about your property listings now.  Split your listings into the two groups of ‘open’ and ‘exclusive’.  Your ‘exclusive’ listings should take priority in just about everything that you do as a broker or agent.  Review your marketing efforts and your client contact processes between the two listing types.  Are you connecting your listings to the right ‘target audience’?  Can you improve those connections?

 

Marketing Strategies that Really Matter

 

Let’s get to the facts of how and why targeted property promotions really work.  Put your exclusive listings into the process.  Here are the most important skills of a target marketer in our industry today:

  1. Providing the deep and relevant facts – with every listing, take the time to explain to the client exactly how their property sits in the local area by way of price, marketing, and potential enquiry. Do a SWOT analysis so that the client can fully appreciate how you can help them resolve their property challenge in a timely and meaningful way.
  2. Understanding how to reach the right audience – every listing will have a target audience of tenants or buyers as the case may be. Show the client exactly how you will connect with that audience in a deep and meaningful way. Put yourself into the connection process so that you are the real point of difference when it comes to finding the right people to inspect and negotiate on the listing.
  3. Creating momentum with property listings – take every listing and create momentum across enquiries, inspections, and negotiations. Soon the people in the local property market will understand that you are the agent of choice when it comes to creating churn and activity with a listing.
  4. Understanding how to inspect a property to show all the features comprehensively and thoroughly – with all of your exclusive listings, develop a special inspection process to feature the property in both layout and improvements. Create an inspection strategy and explain to the client exactly how that will work in encouraging offers from the right people.
  5. Building and segmenting a database for comprehensive property enquiry – your database can and should be at the centre of your real estate business. Each and every day you should be creating conversations with the VIP clients within the database, and adding new people to the list. It is a special skill to be refined and developed over time. If you are looking for new clients and new listings now, then review your database activities and your client list. How regularly are you connecting with those people in a relevant way? The top agents of the market know how to drive enquiry and interest from their database and their client list. Put your client list at the centre of your business so that you can find the right listing activity and the right buyers or tenants at the time of change and opportunity.

 

So the message here is that you can be a target marketer covering the specialized segments of the commercial property industry. In your town or city, review the best segments of the industry and the property types that will offer you the ongoing opportunity that you are looking for.

 

Look at how the property market is changing in your location and position yourself into the zone as the industry specialist. Market yourself accordingly in comprehensive ways. Let the local business owners and property investors see that you are the industry specialist that they will need when the next property challenge evolves. Help them remember you through deliberate and direct marketing activities.

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)

 

The essential components of a professional commercial real estate marketing plan

Every quality listing in commercial real estate brokerage should be the subject of a comprehensive and specific marketing plan.  When the elements of the property are matched to the levels of enquiry, the prevailing property market conditions, and the client, the marketing plan is likely to produce the better results from the selected target market.

Most high quality listings today are the subject of a competitive tender involving a number of brokerages and agents.  You may only have a short period of time or one brief opportunity where you can present your promotional ideas and marketing strategies to your client.

Your presentation, the listing pitch and the marketing plan will need to be of exceptional quality and relevance to attract the interest of the client and convert the listing.  It is very likely that the best agent will win the listing based on recommendations, commitment, and confidence.

The Best Way to Set Out Your Marketing Ideas

Here are the elements of a property marketing plan in commercial real estate brokerage.  These ideas will help you prepare your professional marketing plan:

  1. The title page – give the property and identity through the use of a title. That title should be specific to the property and where possible incorporate the history of the property.  It is quite likely that the local property owners and business proprietors recognise the property in a particular way.  That image or recognition can be incorporated into your marketing plan.
  2. Use professional property photographs – the front of your proposal or marketing plan should feature a professional photograph. That strategy should continue through the document.  Most clients will be drawn to the proposal that features the asset in a creative and professional way.  Through your marketing submission, you can add a number of professional photographs taken at different times of day, of different parts of the property, and use photographs that enhance the strengths of the asset to the target market.
  3. An executive summary – at the front of the document, make sure that you are using an executive summary to pull in all the features of the asset and the intended marketing campaign. The executive summary should be no more than one page in length and feature a number of dot points as part of the layout.  You want the executive summary to attract the interest of the client and refer them further into the document for greater detail.
  4. A table of contents – simplify your marketing proposal with a table of contents so that the client can refer to the correct parts of the document as part of the review.
  5. A preference for simplicity – keep your marketing document simple and informative. Avoid bulky submissions that complicate the marketing process.  Help your clients see the promotional strategy to be used with the target market.  The best way to do that is through the use of a Gantt chart displaying the different marketing strategies and the timing process to be applied.
  6. Property analysis and recommendations – show the client that you really understand the property and its position in the prevailing market conditions. Summarise the property as you see it today and provide details of comparable property market activity in the location.  From that information you can make specific recommendations towards a target market, the enquiries, and the inspections.
  7. The marketing plan – from the target market, you can specifically apply strategy to the marketing plan when it comes to the choice of the right media, the timing, and the expenditure. Help the client see exactly how you will be spending the money and why that is so.  Show the client that you are in control of the property marketing process and the feedback to be encouraged.
  8. Implementation and control – make it easy for the client to formulate a decision and move ahead with their marketing challenge. If there are any problems within the property that need resolving prior to promotion, provide specific solutions and ideas to help that occur.  Make it easy for the client to see the best way forward with their property challenge based on the attributes of the asset and the local property market.

 

Taking all of these things into account, you can make your marketing proposal stand out as specific and special with any good quality commercial real estate listing.  Make it easy for the client to select your services as the agent of choice in resolving their property challenge.