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Some of us are stuck in the time zone of using software that is a few years (maybe even a few months, LOL!) old and outdated.  There’s a place for both but you need to embrace the digital future to watch your business grow.  Are you using word of mouse?

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Here are 3 ways to look at modernizing your technology.

  1. Upgrade your technology.  Make sure you are on the same wave length as the people you talk to.  After all the 30-somethings buying houses today are up on all the latest and greatest.  You don’t want to appear as a technology illiterate but you also don’t have to be a technology geek either.  Have enough knowledge to “walk the walk and talk the talk” and be open to new ideas.  After all, you’re never too old to learn something new!
  2. Make use of the technology and apps they may already be using.  Upgrading technology doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming.  However you communicate with your kids may also be the best way to communicate with your clients.  Get on their level and you’ll garner more leads.
  3. Don’t forget traditional communication.  As we said before, there’s still a place for the “old” way.  We still love to receive physical cards for our birthday or Christmas, for example, and your business can have great success by traditionally communicating with clients.  We still like to get a personal phone call once in a while instead of email.  And sometimes a letter, handwritten or through the computer, can say more than an email.  Find a happy balance between the two.

“When you look at the disruptions and waves of change around you don’t look at them as disruptions, rather as opportunities,”  Anders Sorman-Nilsson, innovation strategist

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In 2014 it may be an art.  Even with the market beginning to look up, what is the formula for success?  Quality of work? Definitely!  Referrals? Without them where would we be?  Excellent customer service?  Of course.  Regardless of any of the afore mentioned items, it all boils down to a great support staff.  Without those key people in our lives the daily tasks that need to get done would keep getting pushed off until tomorrow …and tomorrow… and tomorrow and maybe never getting done.  I don’t think that that works do you?  Doesn’t for me.  If I don’t’ get something done today chances are it won’t get done tomorrow because there’s always something else on my plate.  Sound familiar?  I thought so.  So whether it be transaction coordination, social media or keeping in touch with clients let Office Solutions 4 U be the solution to your business needs.  An efficient and cost effective means to an end.

Emily Post where are you when we need you?  Our parents’ would cringe at the distasteful use of etiquette in the 21st Century.  I can still hear my mother correcting me or my brother, or her grandchildren for that matter, on saying “yes mam” and “no sir” as well as “please” and “thank you”.  Now I understand that as we get older sometimes that “yes mam” and “no sir” becomes “yes” and “no”.  Not that it’s okay, mind you, but at least it’s better than some of the slang you hear today from our youth.  What’s up with that?  Where did some of those words come from?

mannersAlso what does it cost you to be nice or do a great job and be proud of what you do?  Where would we be if we went around with a chip (or a boulder) on our shoulders all day?  How easy is it to take pride in what you do, put in a little extra effort or just be pleasant?  I get so angry when I see some people nowadays doing as little as possible to get paid or not thank someone for something as if it’s expected.

I’m sure we’ve all been there.  Being in a customer oriented job, as most of you are, it just doesn’t make sense to me to be rude.  I try to be nice even if I have something bad to tell someone.  You can always have compassion and treat others as you want to be treated.  Remember the Golden Rule.  Most of us learned it at a very young age and it still holds true today.

So take that extra moment to be polite and use proper etiquette.  Who knows…by making Emily proud you may even change your own approach!

 

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Some of us are stuck in the time zone of using software that is a few years (maybe even a few months, LOL!) old and outdated.  There’s a place for both but you need to embrace the digital future to watch your business grow.  Are you using word of mouse?

Social Media Computer

Here are 3 ways to look at modernizing your technology.

  1. Upgrade your technology.  Make sure you are on the same wave length as the people you talk to.  After all the 30-somethings buying houses today are up on all the latest and greatest.  You don’t want to appear as a technology illiterate but you also don’t have to be a technology geek either.  Have enough knowledge to “walk the walk and talk the talk” and be open to new ideas.  After all, you’re never too old to learn something new!
  2. Make use of the technology and apps they may already be using.  Upgrading technology doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming.  However you communicate with your kids may also be the best way to communicate with your clients.  Get on their level and you’ll garner more leads.
  3. Don’t forget traditional communication.  As we said before, there’s still a place for the “old” way.  We still love to receive physical cards for our birthday or Christmas, for example, and your business can have great success by traditionally communicating with clients.  We still like to get a personal phone call once in a while instead of email.  And sometimes a letter, handwritten or through the computer, can say more than an email.  Find a happy balance between the two.

“When you look at the disruptions and waves of change around you don’t look at them as disruptions, rather as opportunities,”  Anders Sorman-Nilsson, innovation strategist

250/365 - BricksSometimes my day gets away from me and I wind up spending too much time on one task.  What about you?  Check out this great article that uses lego blocks (who doesn’t like to play with toys, right?) to help you navigate the daily grind.

http://lifehacker.com/use-lego-bricks-to-ration-your-time-and-stay-productive-1533291971

I just read a couple of interesting articles that talked about postcard marketing and farming local neighborhoods.  I know I know most of you are probably turning up your noses and saying “I don’t have a budget big enough to do a farming campaign.  Postage and postcards are way too expensive.”  But what if I gave you a way to market that was within your budget?  Would you be interested?  Read on!

First, postcards and postage are expensive especially if you try to market to your entire area/sphere.  But what about targeting a specific area and getting help doing it.  Maybe you should try co-marketing with a local business near your target area.  Consider something like an open house catered by a local restaurant or event hosted by you with the business providing the service.  You could share the cost of sending out the postcard invites to neighbors marketing both of you.  You would have a place to get leads and referrals and the business owner would add people coming to his establishment.  A mutually benefiting experience for both of you and not so expensive to either.

Second, you always want to work with a marketing partner, not a vendor.  You want to stand out from the crowd and not do something everybody else is doing.  A lot of times those pre-designed campaigns are used by multiple agents who market to the same areas.  I would send multiple emails of the same info to my spam folder.  Do you want that to happen? I wouldn’t and I don’t think you would either.  Stand out from the crowd!

Although either of the above ideas take work, and it’s a process to set things up, just think of the return. You increase your contacts/SOI, you create awareness in the minds of people living in your marketplace and over time you get solid exposure and business.

So don’t go down the wrong path…create a new one!  And by partnering with us your new path can be a long and prosperous one.

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When working with clients sometimes we need to shut up and listen.  Sounds kind of harsh doesn’t it but it’s true.  When working with a prospective customer do you often try to anticipate what’s going to be said next?  Is your mind already thinking ahead to formulate possible answers to every question before it’s even asked?  If you are, then you may have lost that customer before you every start.

Think this way.  Does a lot of questions bother you? It shouldn’t because it shows they are motivated about your prospects. What if they suddenly speed up or slow down the conversation?  This proves they are excited about the outcome or maybe their rationalizing a decision.  A good indicator of interest is when they start asking general questions.

Watching for these verbal, and sometimes nonverbal (body language), cues is to your advantage because you can then ask leading questions to be sure you are “hearing” them correctly.  But don’t rush the process.  If you start talking like you’ve got the listing or buyer you may jump the gun and lose control.  Nothing makes me angrier or turns me off than to have someone talk over me and not listen to what I have to say.  So put your foot in your mouth (not literally of course LOL!) and open your eyes and ears.  It’s the way to gain more business and referrals!

If a day in your life is like a day in mine, I never have enough time to get everything done the way I would like.  My to do list most always runs over to the next day and I constantly have a feeling of being behind before I ever get started.   Does this sound familiar?  I figured as much.

Because of the nature of the real estate business, and most any business, time management is always a top priority.  We have deadlines to meet, projects to get done and customers/clients to please.  Making efficient use of your time is a must.   Here’s a few things that might help you to stay on track.

1. Create a schedule and stick to it.

You must commit to organizing and prioritizing each item on your list.  But most of all be realistic.  Don’t set goals that you can never reach and schedule the less desirable ones to be done first thing in the morning so that they are completed and out of the way.  Then you create a sense of accomplishment that carries throughout the day and it’s easier to complete each task thereafter.

2.  If necessary invest extra time.

If you complete all things on your list early then spend the extra time “catching up” on things you planned to do later like making a phone call to your sphere or writing that social media post or even cleaning up your desk.

3.  Use technology to your advantage.

Technology usually helps us increase efficiency but can also hinder us as well.  Be sure your use those apps wisely and gain the benefit of available tools and resources to help you achieve your long and short term goals.

4.  Don’t waste time.

Disappointment and discouragement often sabotage our best work ethics.  Be bold in what you do and move forward.  Don’t constantly take steps backward because something didn’t go as planned or you didn’t get everything done.  Resolve to do better tomorrow.  After all it is a new day.

These are all tips I try to utilize myself.  But if you do find yourself falling miserably behind every day and you are wallowing in despair, call, message or live chat with me.  I can help.  Office Solutions 4 U is here to assist you in whatever way possible to help you stay ahead of the game.

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